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Join the Lockdown Litter Pick

As the Fairfield Wombles are having to isolate and shield due to lockdown restriction, we need you to help keep our roads, ditches and open spaces clear of litter.

When out for your daily exercise please help keep your community tidy and safe for wildlife by picking up litter – take with you a pair of gloves and a bag. Only pick up with your hands items that are not sharp.

Along some of our roads and in the hedges grot can be found, please help pick this litter up before the vegetation grow back.

If you would like to borrow one of out litter pick stick do drop us a message admin@fvca.org.uk

Message from Dr. Kathryn Cobain, Director for Public Health in Worcestershire

“Dear Residents, I know that the news of a new lockdown for England, will be frustrating and upsetting for many people.

Worcestershire has tried very hard to keep Covid-19 cases down, and many of you have made sacrifices to protect yourselves and others. We have all had to make changes to the way we live our lives in recent months, and that included over Christmas, when so many were not able to spend time with loved ones. 

But some stark realities remain for us all. Worcestershire’s infection rates are at the highest we have ever seen. In the past 7 days alone, the county has 1,888 positive Covid-19 cases, which is more than all positive cases seen during May, June, July, August and September 2020 combined. I am concerned about this level of spread, and the risk it poses to our health and the lives of our vulnerable and elderly residents. We need to act now to protect one another, prevent the virus spreading further and reduce the demand on our hospitals. 

The pandemic continues to dominate our daily lives, cases are rising nationally and we know the new variant of Covid-19 spreads very quickly. Our NHS is also facing considerable pressure on its services. All of these factors have led to the government’s announcement of a new lockdown across England. This means once again, we are facing tough restrictions on our way of life. I know this is hard, but by doing as we are asked, we are saving lives. The restrictions have been brought in to protect every one of us. 

Please now stay at home, don’t go out unless you need to, for example to buy food or collect medicines. The Government has set out the clear limitations of the lockdown and I ask you to read the restrictions and follow the rules. You can read a full explanation of all the restrictions on the government’s website;

Once again, Worcestershire County Council’s Here2Help service is available to anyone who needs support or is clinically extremely vulnerable (shielding). If you have no-one to turn to for help, our service can respond and provide help such as collecting medicines and getting shopping. You can reach the Here2Help service online 

If you are on the Government’s shielding list, you will be receiving guidance about what to do now. It is key that you socially distance, and you reduce your physical contact with others. The governments webpages are updated regularly and you can read detailed guidance on shielding their website.

While we are all at home, please do remember to check on vulnerable or isolated residents. Just a phone call or a text message can provide a vital link to the outside world, and can ensure those who need comfort or help, have someone to turn to. 

You will know that a programme of vaccination has begun nationally, and we are already seeing Worcestershire residents receiving the first doses. This process is being co-ordinated by central Government, and following a strict order for administering the doses. Worcestershire County Council is supporting NHS colleagues to ensure the roll-out is progressing. The vaccines are safe, and if you are called forward to receive one, I strongly urge you to do so. In the meantime, please keep following the rules, wear face coverings, wash your hands, keep your distance. These simple measures help reduce the spread of the virus. 

We are all in this together. Throughout the pandemic, you have shown your resilience, kindness and compassion for others. We have seen many examples of people supporting one another, lending a hand or going the extra mile. The situation has demonstrated how working together, we are able to support one another and get through. I am asking you to do this once again. The single most important thing you can do for everyone, is to stay home. Please do this for yourself and for others. We all want to protect people who are precious to us, our family and friends. Let’s take care of each other, and work together. 

Thank you for doing this. Our actions now will hopefully bring brighter days for us all in 2021. 

Best wishes
Dr. Kathryn Cobain”

Lockdown Restrictions – Statement from Chief Constable Anthony Bangham

Chief Constable of West Mercia Police, Anthony Bangham, has issued a statement (5th January 2021) following the announcement of the new lockdown for the country as we continue to work together to prevent the further spread of Covid-19.

Chief Constable Bangham said: “Over the last year the vast majority of people in our communities have kept to the rules and I am confident that they will continue to do so through this new phase of the pandemic.

“West Mercia Police will continue to be visible across our villages, towns and cities working with our partners to do all we can to prevent the spread of the virus. As the public would expect, we will respond firmly, but fairly, using all the powers available to us to take action against those people that flout the laws and knowingly put others at risk.

“Policing across West Mercia will continue unabated throughout the lockdown and as the Prime Minster outlined yesterday help is available to anyone whose home is not a safe place to be. We would like to emphasise that we are still here for you 24/7.”

We are awaiting the official regulations from the Government and will share them on our website and social media channels as soon as we can.

Third National Lockdown Announced

The Prime Minister has this evening (Monday 4th January) announced a third national lockdown

The PM says you may only leave their homes:

– To shop for essentials

– To go to work “if you absolutely cannot work from home”

– To exercise

– To seek medical assistance

– To get a Covid test

– To escape domestic abuse

Primary schools and secondary schools and colleges across England must move to remote provision from Tuesday 5th January, except for vulnerable children and the children of key workers.

Early years settings such as nurseries will remain accessible.

“If you are clinically extremely vulnerable, we are advising you to begin shielding again, and you will shortly receive a letter about what this means for you”

To view details lockdown restrictions and permittable activities visit https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Winter Weather Advice

With snow still on the ground over some of our area and a possibility of more forecast over the next couple of days West Mercia Police are reminding motorists to take extra care on the roads. The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of snow, ice and freezing conditions throughout Wednesday and Thursday.

Motorists are being encouraged to really consider if their journey is necessary or not.  Driving in icy and snowy conditions is challenging for drivers as vehicle handling changes significantly and stopping times and distances increase. When roads are slippery, it can take up to ten times longer for your vehicle to come to a stop. 

If your journey really is necessary then ensure you reduce your speed, keep well back from the vehicle in front and allow plenty of time to slow down. Motorists are advised to carry out simple POWDERS checks on their vehicles to ensure they are as prepared as possible;

P – Petrol (or diesel). Make sure you check your fuel level and if low, ensure you know the nearest garage.

O – Oil. Does your vehicle have enough oil? Don’t just rely on a sensor to tell you if your oil is low, it’s always better to check yourself

W – Water. Coolant/antifreeze should be checked to ensure this is at the correct level. It is vital the washer fluid is full to keep your windscreen clear, especially during winter months

D – Damage. Always check areas like damage to tyres or windscreen wipers.

E – Electrics. Check your headlights, indicators and hazards.

R – Rubber. Checking the tread, pressure and condition of the vehicles tyres is a simple, quick thing to do.

– Service. Is your vehicle due a service?

Drivers are being reminded about the importance of carrying an emergency kit in their cars in case of a breakdown or delay. This should include items such as an ice-scraper, torch, warm clothes and a blanket, a pair of boots, a first aid kit, battery jump leads, a shovel for snow, food and drink and sunglasses to help see in low winter sun. Motorists are also advised to make sure their mobile phone is fully charged before heading off on a long journey and to watch or listen to local news for updates and be prepared to alter their travel plans.

Santa’s Christmas Message

Even though he is very busy, Father Christmas likes to take time out of his busy schedule to visit the children at Fairfield Preschool, to hand out some early presents and to wish children & staff a Merry Christmas.

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 Santa was unable to visit the children this year. Instead he recorded them a very special video message.

A Christmas safety message from the Chief Fire Officer

It’s been a year like no other for all of us and our Christmas celebrations are also not going to be anything like the sort we normally enjoy.

As usual, however, there will be memorable moments created and a chance to enjoy some time and relaxation with our nearest and dearest.

But in amongst all the changes we have to make to our usual routines, one thing remains the same and that’s the need to remember to take extra care and think about fire safety in our homes at this special time. Simple things such as not leaving candles and cooking unattended and turning off Christmas lights can make the difference between enjoying a memorable festive time and suffering a devastating house fire.

Statistics show that an accidental fire in the home is more likely to happen in December than in any other month and so if the worst were to happen, it’s worth remembering that smoke alarms can buy you vital time to escape. Please consider fitting one on every level of your home.

Giving some thought to having an escape plan in the event of fire could save your life and so it’s worth making sure that all of your house guests are made aware of yours.

There is plenty more good advice on fire safety in the home on our website www.hwfire.org.uk so please check it out.

As always, our crews and fire control staff will maintain their around-the-clock cover across our two counties to help to keep you safe during this festive time.

So on behalf of everyone at Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, I would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas in the hope that 2021 will be a more normal year for us all.

O Holy Night at St. Mark’s

Local singer Mitzy this evening (Thursday 17th December) sung “O Holy Night” at St. Mark’s, our village church.

With there being no village carol service this year, we hope you enjoy this beautiful performance.

Thanks to Mitzy, and to St. Mark’s church for hosting.

Christmas Eve Jingle

Residents are invited to take part in a worldwide Christmas Eve jingle bell event to spread joy after lockdown.

Participants are asked to stand on their doorstep and ring a bell for two minutes at 6pm on Thursday 24th December 2020.

After what has been an unprecedented year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with people losing loved ones, being separated from family and friends and struggling with the impact of lockdown restrictions, the hope is to bring “magic, hope and togetherness” to communities.

The idea was started by Mary Breggs-Reid, 41, an estate manager from Harrogate. She was inspired by the ‘Clap for Carers’ initiative, along with the movie ‘Elf’ starring Will Ferrell in which characters sing to provide Christmas spirit to fuel Santa’s sleigh.

Don’t let fire put a damper on your celebrations this Christmas

Present-wrapping, decorating your home and dinner with all the trimmings will hopefully take our minds off other concerns this yuletide, especially now that the Government has given the go-ahead for the Christmas break.

But Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service and the national Fire Kills campaign are reminding people that fire safety always needs to stay high on their Christmas lists.

While fire safety is vital throughout the year, the extra distractions of Christmas make it especially important to be vigilant, so HWFRS is asking people to take extra care over the festive season to ensure that their families and loved ones are protected from fire.

In recent years, excessive alcohol consumption has been a major contributor to fire-related casualties, so if you are having some festive drinks, please don’t drop your guard.

Last Christmas, between 24 December 2019 and 1 January 2020, there were more than 120 incidents in Herefordshire and Worcestershire, more than 30 of which were fires.

Over the Christmas period, more than half of the fires were accidental, including 14 accidental dwelling fires in which cooking was the most common cause. The kitchen was the most common start place for fires to occur.

15% of non-fire related callouts were for road traffic collisions and other vehicle incidents.

There were also more than 50 false alarms throughout the period.

HWFRS Community Risk Manager Emma Roberts said: “Christmas is a time for festive cheer with family. But fairy lights, candles and decorations mean it is also a time to take extra care to keep our loved ones safe from fire.

“Make sure you place candles in suitable holders and away from curtains and, at this time of year, from Christmas decorations, never leave cooking unattended, especially with so much more food than usual on the go, and of course, test your smoke alarms.

“The colder weather brings its own menaces, too. Take care when using portable heaters or open fires to keep warm.”

Here are some simple tips from the Fire Kills campaign to help you and your family enjoy the joys of Christmas safely:

Check your Christmas tree lights carry this British Safety Standard sign

  • ensure you have working smoke alarms installed on all levels of your home. Test them regularly and never remove batteries.
  • never leave cooking unattended, especially the extra quantities for a Christmas meal. The majority of fires start in the kitchen so this is a high-risk area.
  • never leave burning candles unattended. Keep candles out of the reach of children, and away from decorations, cards and wrapping paper, fires, lights and heaters.
  • put your cigarette out, right out. Make sure your cigarette is fully extinguished and take care when under the influence of alcohol or tired.
  • never use heaters to dry clothes. Heaters can start fires when things are placed too close to them. Keep them well away from curtains, clothing and furniture.
  • don’t overload electric sockets. Ensure only one plug per socket. Always turn off plugs when they are not in use, except those that are designed to be left on, like freezers
  • ensure you switch off fairy lights and unplug them before you go to bed or leave the house
  • always use an RCD (residual current device) on outdoor electrical equipment. This safety device can save lives by instantly switching off the power if there is a fault and can be found in any DIY store.
  • do something good this Christmas. Test the smoke alarms of someone you know who may need help such as an older relative or neighbour to ensure their safety.
  • make sure that everyone in your home knows what to do in a fire – in the event of fire you should Get out, Stay out and Call 999.
  • watch the Fire Kills campaign’s short Christmas Tree video at: http://youtu.be/hMtjGfr0tYs .

“From everyone at HWFRS, we wish you all a very happy and safe Christmas.”

Winter Warmer Fuel Vouchers

This winter is going to be the most challenging in living memory.

Act On Energy can help!

If you are struggling to pay fuel bills due to COVID (furloughed, drop in wages, self-isolating) & on a low income, or just on benefits, APPLY NOW for fuel vouchers. Contact https://actonenergy.org.uk/contact-us/ or call free 0800 9882881

Second Bin For Pepper Wood

Due to the increase in dog walkers visiting Pepper Wood, a second bin has been installed in the car park.

Procured and sited by the Pepper Wood volunteers with the help of Fairfield Village Community Association, the bin will be emptied as part of the Parish Council current “dog waste” contract.

In response to a need the Parish Council have agreed to a Community Association request to procure, site and maintain a dog waste bin on Woodcote Lane, on the side of the road where the footpath leads into Nutnells Wood.

Our thanks to the Pepper Wood Volunteers and Parish Council.

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West Mercia Police Christmas Domestic Abuse Campaign

This year has been difficult and challenging for our communities with prolonged periods of isolation and time at home which is why we are launching a new campaign against domestic abuse.

During the festive period we usually see an increase in reports of domestic abuse and with the heightened strain of the pandemic we are expecting to see these figures unfortunately rise further. During this time victims may have spent prolonged periods of time with their abusers and when this is added to the standard stress that Christmas can bring it may cause an already dangerous situation to escalate.

As part of this year’s Christmas campaign #ItsNotAGame we are encouraging people to look out for potential tell-tale signs of domestic abuse among their friends and family. Although many are not getting to see people in person at parties or gatherings like usual, there are still signs you can look out for; they may seem small but they aren’t trivial.

Are your friends or family members;

  • withdrawn
  • not themselves
  • hiding parts or their body or potential injuries
  • limited in how long they can talk or be on video calls
  • distant and distracted
  • reluctant to share information

DCI Jon Roberts from the Vulnerability and Safeguarding team said “Although Christmas is a joyous time for many of us it can be an extremely stressful time for others. This heightened level of stress can cause tempers and frustrations to become more apparent and can lead to incidents of both emotional and physical abuse.

“We work to tackle domestic abuse all year round but with the events of this year now coming to a head over the Christmas period it is now more important than ever to look out for your friends and family. Are they becoming more distant, do they bruises or marks they can’t explain? Perhaps they just aren’t talking to you as much as they used to. Although these signs might not be anything to worry about it is always best to check. Changes in behaviour can be early warnings for serious domestic abuse.

“If your friend or family member does not feel comfortable coming to us directly there are other options for them and you to consider using. There are numerous charities and helplines they can contact to get the support they need but please be assured that we are here for you, despite the pandemic, Christmas time or anything else going on the police are always here to help you.”

The domestic abuse area of the campaign will be shared through our social media channels so please keep an eye out on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

West Mercia Police supports Home Office weapons surrender initiative

Lawful owners of certain weapons can begin to surrender them to the police from today as part of a three month scheme launched by the Home Office.

The weapon surrender scheme runs from today, Thursday 10 December 2020 until Tuesday 9 March 2021, where those owning particular weapons can hand them over to police and submit a compensation claim from the Home Office.

The Offensive Weapons Act 2019 contains measures to make it unlawful to possess certain offensive weapons– including rapid firing rifles and specific types of knives such as flick knives and zombie knives.

West Mercia Police will be accepting offensive weapons – those detailed in the Offensive Weapons Act 2019 – at front counters at the following police stations; Kidderminster, Redditch, Worcester, Hereford, Telford and Shrewsbury.

Those with legally held firearms that are affected are being contacted directly by the Firearms licencing unit with specific instruction on surrender and compensation.

Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Jones said: “Supporting this Home Office initiative is part of our commitment to tackling violence together with our partners and the public. It is only by working together that we will reduce violence including street violence and domestic abuse.

“For those weapons that are not detailed in the Offensive Weapons Act, there will also be knife bins at every station so they can be deposited safely.”

If you have information about someone you suspect to be in possession of an illegal weapon, you can contact West Mercia Police through the 101 number or via our website. Any information received is always dealt with in the strictest confidence.

If you have information but don’t want to speak to police, then you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or by visiting their website Crimestoppers-UK.org They are 100% anonymous and totally independent of the police. They never ask your name, they cannot trace your call or I.P address and no one ever knows that you’ve passed on information.

Young people can find advice by visiting Fearless.Org Full details on the Home Office surrender scheme can be found here.

Are you ready for winter?

As the nights get colder and darker, the chances of severe weather increase.

Storms, floods and other extreme conditions can cause damage to network infrastructure and disrupt your energy supply.

That’s why Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service is reminding the public to be well prepared for power cuts and gas emergencies that may result from bad winter weather.

In recent years the chances of unplanned problems with electricity and gas supply have reduced dramatically, and network companies have invested £billions in improving the reliability of local energy networks in the UK.

As a result, on average, electricity and gas distribution customers hardly ever suffer a power cut or interrupted gas supply these days.

Despite this, however, our gas and electricity networks can be affected by natural events, with severe winter weather potentially causing significant damage.

So be Winter Ready for the 2020/21 winter.

Make sure you’re prepared in case you have a power cut or gas emergency.

To be well prepared:

  • know your free emergency numbers – in a power cut dial 105 or, for a gas emergency, dial 0800 111 999
  • prepare your home – keep a torch handy and get your appliances serviced by a Gas Safe registered engineer to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning
  • find out about the Priority Services Register – a free service provided by suppliers and network operators to vulnerable households which can give advance notice of planned power cuts or priority support in an emergency, eg with cooking and heating facilities. (Each energy supplier and network operator maintains its own register – to get on it, contact your energy supplier or visit www.energynetworks.org to find out who your network operator is.
  • keep a regular check on the weather forecast

Emma Roberts, HWFRS Community Risk Manager, said: “The danger of fire is also at its greatest during autumn and winter – so we’re asking people to remember these simple safety tips as the bad weather approaches:

  • watch out for overloaded plug sockets – many people use four-way bar adaptors to allow them to plug in more appliances, particularly in older properties that have fewer sockets
  • make sure that any portable heaters are being used safely – they should not be used to dry or heat clothes and should not be left switched on and unattended
  • check that electric blankets are in good condition – and that manufacturers’ instructions are followed
  • position your candles carefully – make sure they are on a stable surface, out of the reach of pets and children, and away from flammable objects like curtains, furniture, bedding, books and newspapers, especially while the Christmas decorations are up
  • fit smoke alarms and test them regularly – working smoke alarms can buy you valuable time to Get out, Stay out and Call 999
  • make sure that everyone in your home knows what to do if there is a fire – practise and memorise your escape route

Operation Snap Leads To Action

Operation Snap is the online dashcam reporting initiative where members of the public submit footage of moving road traffic offences directly via a secure portal on the internet.

Since mid 2018 the Op Snap Team at West Mercia Police alone have dealt with over 5100 submissions and around 91% of these reports have resulted in a ‘positive action’ result.

This doesn’t mean that 91% of drivers reported have been prosecuted, as in many case, an alternative means of dealing with the matter may have been used, such as warning letters or driver improvement courses. However, approximately 40% of reports have ended with a prosecution.

Around 5% are repeat offenders and those who are deemed to cause the most harm on our roads, for example drink/drug drivers, speeders, those using mobile phones whilst driving so the initiative has a huge part to play in ensuring these motorists are removed from the roads.

In approximately 9% of cases, no further action is taken – this may be because no offences can be confirmed from the footage, or the vehicle cannot be identified as the registration number or other unique markings are not visible.

West Mercia Police are very grateful to both our residents and visitors to the force area who take the time to submit Op Snap reports and by doing so, are helping to make our roads a safer place for everyone.

The work of Op Snap is contributing to helping us make the roads in West Mercia safer for all.

Anyone who captures what they believe to be a moving traffic offence is encouraged to upload it via the Op Snap portal at www.westmercia.police.uk/operationsnap

Changes to Bin Collection Dates due to Christmas and New Year Holidays

Normal Collection Day   Revised Collection Day
Thursday 24th December   NO CHANGE
Friday 25th December   Monday 28th December
Friday 1st January   Monday 4th January

Garden waste collections will not take place week commencing 21st December or week commencing 28th December. The service will resume week commencing 04/01/21 or 11/01/21 depending what sequence you are on.

Don’t Let Fire Ruin Festive Fun

Hereford and Worcester Fire & Rescue Service is asking people to take extra care during their Xmas preparations to ensure that their loved ones are protected from fire. Never leave your Xmas lights on unattended – just look how quick a spark can engulf a room!

How many smoke alarms do you have in your home?

Latest fire statistics reveal that one smoke alarm may not be enough to provide you with the best chance of escaping a fire in the home.

Most people know a working smoke alarm can save lives by providing those vital few seconds needed to escape a house fire. Despite the majority of homes (95%) having at least one working smoke alarm, smoke alarms only alerted householders to just one in every three fires in the home in England. The most common reason a smoke alarm failed to activate was because the fire was outside its range.

For this reason, Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) are encouraging people across the two counties to have a think about the number of smoke alarms in their home.

Group Commander Stuart Crebbin, Community Risk department said: “We all must make sure that we have enough smoke alarms in our homes and that they are in the right places. If your whole home isn’t covered, you could be leaving it to chance and, in a fire, you might not get the early warning that you need.

“The vast majority of us now have at least one working smoke alarm in our home, but early detection and warning is vital to reduce the devastation a fire can cause. That’s why it’s so important that you have enough smoke alarms and that they are in the right places. That will give them the best chance of alerting you and your loved ones to a fire.”

He continued: “You should make sure you have at least one working smoke alarm on every level of your home, preferably in hallways and landings. Placing smoke alarms near to sleeping areas and in rooms where there are electrical appliances could give you the extra warning you need.

“It’s also important to remember that smoke alarms don’t last forever. The power might work, but the mechanism deteriorates with time, so whether they are battery operated or wired to the mains, to work at their best they should be replaced every ten years.”

HWFRS offered these smoke alarm top tips:

  • Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home.
  • The ideal position is on the ceiling, in the middle of a room or on a hallway or landing.
  • Consider fitting additional alarms in other rooms where there are electrical appliances and near sleeping areas.
  • Don’t put alarms in or near kitchens and bathrooms where smoke or steam can set them off by accident.
  • Install a heat alarm in your kitchen
  • Replace your smoke alarms every ten years.
  • Test your smoke alarms weekly

Group Commander Crebbin also urged carers and people who keep a close eye on less able relatives to check that these homes have enough smoke alarms in the right places too.

“Finally, if you want to see if you would qualify for a free Home Fire Safety Check or would like any fire safety advice, please call 0800 032 1155,” added Group Commander Crebbin.

Have a Happy Christmas – Smoke Alarms Save Lives

It’s beginning to look a lot like the time of year when statistically accidental fires in the home are more likely to occur! As many of us are ‘going early’ with putting the decorations up check your smoke alarms are working properly, and ensure that everyone in the house knows how to escape in the event of an emergency!

Make a diary note to regularly check #TestItTuesday

FREE Health Improvement Programmes

Several education and exercise programmes that are starting in January 2021, these are:-
 
NHS BETTER HEALTH – FREE 12 week weight loss programme following the NHS app
https://www.redditchbc.gov.uk/things-to-do/in-the-community/health-and-exercise-sessions/list-of-health-and-exercise-sessions/nhs-better-health-weight-loss-programme.aspx
 
ESCAPE-pain – FREE 12 session (6 week) programme for people living with arthritis of hip/knee
https://www.redditchbc.gov.uk/things-to-do/in-the-community/health-and-exercise-sessions/list-of-health-and-exercise-sessions/escape-pain.aspx
 
ESCAPE-pain for BACKS – FREE 12 session (6 week) programme for people living with lower back pain
https://www.redditchbc.gov.uk/things-to-do/in-the-community/health-and-exercise-sessions/list-of-health-and-exercise-sessions/escape-pain-for-backs.aspx
 
All of these sessions are available in Bromsgrove.

Properties Taking Part In Festive Fairfield’s Advent Calendar

On the 24 days leading up to Christmas Day a different property in the village will “unveil” a festive display.

As part of your daily exercise, visit the properties and see if you can spot our Advent Calendar window; displays are of various sizes, some in the windows, some on the ground or on the roof. Take photos and share on Twitter @fairfield_info message to www.facebook.com/fairfieldinformation or email admin@fvca.org.uk

Download our Advent Calendar Map

DateProperty Address 
1st December 10 Pepperwood Close
Barn Owl Cottage, Stourbridge Road
 
2nd December Village Hall 
3rd December32 Stourbridge Road  
4th December 5 Wood Lane
77 Stourbridge Road
142 Stourbridge Road
 
5th December Fairfield Cafe 
6th DecemberThe Police House, Stourbridge Rd  
7th December 186 Stourbridge Road 
8th December Fairfield Dental Surgery
334 Stourbridge Road
 
9th December 7A Stourbridge Road 
10th December 28 Stourbridge Road 
11th December Fairfield First School 
12th December 153 Stourbridge Road 
13th December 57 Stourbridge Road 
14th December 112 Stourbridge Road 
15th December1 High House (188 Stourbridge Rd)  
16th December 55 Brook Road 
17th December 55 Stourbridge Road 
18th December 2 Yew Tree Lane 
19th December 9 Stourbridge Road 
20th December 24 Yew Tree Lane
59 Stourbridge Road
 
21st December83 Brook Road  
22nd December 111 Stourbridge Road 
23rd December 20 Yew Tree Lane 
24th December Top of Swan Lane 

Road Traffic Collision

This morning (24th November), the emergency services attended a road traffic collision, involving two vehicles, on Sandy Lane.

2 people received precautionary checks from paramedics, an appliance from Bromsgrove Fire Station was also in attendance.

Don’t delay contacting a GP if you have signs and symptoms of bowel cancer

Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in the UK, more than 100 people are diagnosed with it everyday.

Bowel cancer is very treatable but the earlier it’s diagnosed, the easier it is to treat. People whose cancer is diagnosed at an early stage have a much higher chance of successful treatment than those whose cancer has become more widespread.

Patients can be assured that GP and hospital services in Herefordshire and Worcestershire have gone to great lengths to put infection prevention measures in place to ensure patients can safely access these services. Patients are reminded that the NHS is still here for them when they need it and to telephone their GP if they have signs and symptoms of bowel cancer.

The early signs of bowel cancer can vary and are not very clear. However, they can include:

  • A change in bowel habit (diarrhoea or constipation) for more than two weeks
  • Bleeding from the back passage
  • Loss of weight or appetite
  • Lasting abdominal pain/unusual lump
  • A feeling of not having emptied your bowel properly after a bowel motion

Dr Alison Riley, Macmillan Cancer GP Facilitator for Worcestershire, said: “If you have any signs and symptoms, don’t be embarrassed and don’t ignore them. Doctors are used to seeing lots of people with bowel problems.

“If you notice a change in your bowel movement which isn’t normal for you or have a symptom that doesn’t settle it may be important to arrange further investigations to exclude serious problems such as cancer.

“The symptom might not be due to serious illness and your GP may be able to easily reassure you. If it is cancer or another serious problem, the earlier it’s picked up the higher the chance of successful treatment. 

“When you arrange an appointment with your GP they will initially telephone you to discuss the problem, and then bring you in to be examined or have blood tests if needed. If necessary they will refer you to the hospital.”

Patients are reminded that, while practices remain open, first contact should always be made by telephone or online, at which point the most appropriate appointment will be offered.

Wye Valley NHS Trust in Herefordshire and Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust continue to investigate and treat patients referred by a GP with symptoms, such as those that may indicate a potential cancer.

More information on cancer signs and symptoms can be found here:
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cancer/symptoms/

Jobs Fair Message From Sajid Javid

I am writing to inform you that I’ll be hosting my Sixth Annual Jobs Fair on Friday, November 27, 10:00am – 12 Noon. This year, for the first time, the event will be held online. 

The fair, which is free to attend and exhibit at, brings together businesses looking for new employees, apprentices and volunteers together with prospective jobseekers. This is an excellent opportunity for those looking for work, or a career change, to meet with local and national organisations. 

In these challenging economic times, the work of local businesses and organisations has never been so important. Where employment opportunities are available, it is important to help people seize them, so we can secure the strongest possible economic recovery from this virus. 

The Fair has turned into an important annual event. I am very proud of its strong track record of creating more opportunities for local people and companies. 

I have enclosed some information and promotional material about the Fair [see images below]. I would be most grateful if you would be kind enough to share these online, display them in any public area you may have and pass on the word about the event within your community.  

I would like to personally assure you that this event remains strictly non-political.  The Fair is not about promoting a certain political opinion or party, it’s about bringing our local community together to support jobseekers and local organisations.  I am hosting it in partnership with our local JobCentre Plus.

If you have any questions at all, please contact me via sajid.javid.mp@parliament.uk or on 020 7219 0930.  

Thank you very much for your time. 


For information about the online format of the Fair, please visit 
https://www.bromsgrovedistrictjobs.com/sajid-javid-mp-jobs-fair-2020

Festive Fairfield’s Advent Calendar

This year, Christmas in the village will be very different, with many of our annual activities not taking place.

A suggestion has been received to create a Village Advent Calendar. 

What is a Village Advent Calendar?

On a given date, something festive is placed in the window (or garden) of a property in Fairfield, that can be viewed by people passing by.  The display staying in place until the end of Christmas day.  Examples of displays are:

  • Christmas wreaths
  • The whole Nativity Scene
  • Candles
  • Santa & Rudolf in the snow
  • Winter tree wonderland

How can I take part?

Below are listed the 24 days preceding Christmas Day and the addresses of the properties that are taking place.  Email admin@fvca.org.uk with your address details, the date when you will “unveil” your display and an outline of your display (to reduce likelihood of duplication).  We will then update the webpage.

Then, during December, wander around the village, enjoying the festive displays. 

DateProperty AddressOutline Display
1st December 10 Pepperwood Close Partridge in Conifer
2nd December Village Hall Christmas Tree
3rd December32 Stourbridge Road  Father Christmas
4th December 5 Wood Lane
77 Stourbridge Road
142 Stourbridge Road
 Candles
Lighted Snowmen
Icicle House
5th December Fairfield Cafe Christmas Presents
6th DecemberThe Police House, Stourbridge Rd Candy Land 
7th December 186 Stourbridge Road Reindeer & Homemade Crafts
8th December Fairfield Dental Surgery
334 Stourbridge Road
 Festive Window
9th December 7A Stourbridge Road Reindeer
10th December 28 Stourbridge Road Illuminated Wreath
11th December Fairfield First School The Jolly Postman
12th December 153 Stourbridge Road Snowmen
13th December 57 Stourbridge Road Christmas Bears in Snow
14th December 112 Stourbridge Road Christmas Roof Tops
15th December1 High House (188 Stourbridge Rd)  
16th December 55 Brook Road Santa, Sleight & Reindeer
17th December 55 Stourbridge Road 6 Little Elves
18th December 2 Yew Tree Lane 
19th December 9 Stourbridge Road 
20th December 24 Yew Tree Lane
59 Stourbridge Road
Stars 
The Nutcracker at Pepper wood
21st December83 Brook Road  Five Gold Rings
22nd December 111 Stourbridge Road I Saw Three Ships
23rd December 20 Yew Tree Lane 
24th December Top of Swan Lane Nativity Scene

Appeal To Motorist When Passing Horses

To provide safety to horse, rider and motorist, please follow these four simple steps when passing horse riders along our country roads;

  • Slow down to a max of 15mph,
  • Be patient & dont sound your horn or rev your engine,
  • Pass the horse wide and slow, (if safe to do so) at least a car’s width,
  • Drive slowly away

Full Fibre Update

Preparations continue to deliver Fibre To The Premises, across our community.

Contractors are preparing the underground ducts for the fibre optic cables that will connect telegraph poles to local junctions boxes, which are in turn connected to the telephone exchange.

Once cables are laid and connected to telegraph poles, residents & businesses will be contacted.  OpenReach have produced a video that explains the procedure of connecting telegraph poles to your property.

Extra Bank Holiday to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022

The Government has announced a weekend of celebrations are being planned to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s 70th anniversary as monarch.

The 2022 May Bank Holiday Weekend will be moved to Thursday 2 June and an additional Bank Holiday on Friday 3 June will see a four-day weekend to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s  Platinum Jubilee – the first time any British monarch has reached this historic milestone.

Planned national event will reflect on Her Majesty’s reign, and her impact on the UK and the world since 1952.

Fairfield Village Community Association are asking for ideas on how we, in our community, can mark this historic occasion; this could include a lasting legacy, as well a community gathering. .  Please email your suggestions to admin@fvca.org.uk

Help Double Pepper Wood

The Woodland Trust is looking at an exciting opportunity to double the size of Pepper Wood, acquiring 120 acres of adjacent land, thereby achieve some 100 hectares of resilient continuous native woodland.

Pepper Wood is an ancient woodland site, designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, the aim of the Woodland Trust is to blend opportunities for natural regeneration/ colonisation with sympathetic tree planting, and this will create a significant locally distinctive and accessible landscape asset promoting nature recovery and climate resilience.

To deliver this vision, the Wood land Trust needs to raise £1.5 million to secure the extension of Pepper Wood. A national appeal has been launched, which members of the community may wish top donate to.

This is an exciting project that will have many benefits for our community.

For further information and to make a donation CLICK HERE

Nominate Your Village Hall For £1000

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Ecclesiastical Insurance are donating £1,000 to 10 charities each weekday from 7 – 22 December. That’s £120,000 to 120 charities over 12 days. 

Charities large and small are struggling this year with reduced revenue streams. Fairfield Village Hall (also known as Fairfield Church Hall) is a Registered Charity that has seen costs rise and income reduced due to lockdowns and adopting Covid Safe Protocols.

Residents and supporters of our community are asked to nominate Fairfield Village Hall, the more nominations the Hall receives the greater the chance of winning.  

A draw will take place each day, choosing 10 lucky charities, with all nominations rolled over to the next available draw unless the charity is drawn. 

To nominate Fairfield Village Hall CLICK HERE

The Hall’s Charity Number is :  507422

Community Oil Buying Scheme

  • Community First will negotiate on your behalf with the oil suppliers
  • The best deal will be secured
  • You pay the supplier direct for the oil they deliver
  • Deadlines for orders are approximately around the 26th-28th of each month

To become a member please complete the form and return with payment or for more information please call 01684 312730

Information and Advice for Older People

AGE UK offer a free and confidential information and advice service for older people, their families and carers. Our team can provide help in a variety ways including:

  • Providing Benefit Checks and help with claiming benefit entitlement
  • Checking if a person is eligible for a Warm Home Discount
  • Providing information about staying safe, warm and well during the winter

Read more CLICK HERE

High Sheriff Awards Nominations are Open

Do you know an individual, community group or voluntary organisation that goes above and beyond to improve the lives of others in our county? Perhaps it’s a small group that doesn’t get any publicity or a person who deserves recognition for everything they do.

Winners will be celebrated in spring 2021 either in person or remotely!


Please submit nominations before the 15th January 2021.

https://www.highsheriffofworcestershire.org.uk/high-sheriff-awards

FREE parking in Bromsgrove town centre throughout the lockdown

Bromsgrove District Council is set to suspend car park charging in a bid to support small businesses.

In line with Government guidance the Council is urging people to only make essential trips to centres and to shop local too.

Parking Charges will be suspended from November 6 until December 2 and during this time Churchfields multi-storey will be closed.

Leader of the Council Karen May said: “Our independent traders are particularly hit by lockdown restrictions and we want to encourage shoppers to use them, and our centres, as part of their essential trips for shopping.

“However we urge everyone to stay at home where possible and adhere to Government guidance.”

A list of the Council’s car parks is available here.

Keeping in touch – It’s Good To Talk

As we enter the winter months, another lockdown and ongoing restrictions, it’s important to understand that increased loneliness and isolation makes us all, especially the elderly, susceptible to scams and poor mental wellbeing.

We encourage members of our community to reach out to friends, family and neighbours with a telephone call, letter, email or video call.  A friendly chat can make a huge difference to peoples’ wellbeing.

Fairfield Cafe is Staying OPEN

Please continue to support by buying milk, bread, cakes and take-away meals

Following yesterdays lockdown announcement, Fairfield Cafe WILL be remaining open.

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday of this week the Cafe will be open to dine in but from Thursday 5th November it will be takeaway only.

📱 Please preorder for collection wherever possible to avoid waiting around.⌚

🍰🥖 The Cafe will continue to offer fresh bread and fresh cream cakes but to avoid disappointment please order the day before you’d like to collect to avoid disappointment as we will only be holding a small amount from now on as we are in such an unsure time.🍰🥖

200 Club Update

It is with regret that the temporary suspension of the monthly 200 Club draws has had to be extended. 

It had been planned to restart the draw in November but in view of the recently announced lockdown it has been decided to suspend the draws until the environment is more suitable. 

All subscriptions already received will be carried forward. The draws will start again as soon as it is reasonably practicable and safe to do so.

Linda Garvin, 200 Club Administrator (01527 834935)

Swan Lane Update

FVCA have been chasing Worcestershire County Council regarding the ongoing outstanding work on Swan Lane.

The Council have provided the following responses:

Blocked Gully at bottom of Swan Lane, near gas pipeline

“This has been placed on a list for ditch digging. The drains on the plan do not work just not as efficiently as they should until the ditch is dug out.”

Blocked gully grids

“The drainage team have advised that they have broken connections along this road and that there are few broken lids, as well as the pot holes that have been marked up for repair.

Having inspected the lane, there are a lot of the gullies are covered in mud. In order to get all of the above addressed, the team are looking to put in place a road closure . At present there is not an advised timeframe for this.”

Unsuitable for HGVs sign

“As for the additional sign- we are looking into it. The consideration is for a sign to be in place when coming out of farm.” [FVCA have asked for clarification regarding sign location]

Weight Limit

“It is advised there is no reason for weight limit to be implemented, as these have to be associated with a weak structure.”

Speed Limit Reduction

“Finally, with regards to the consideration of a speed limit reduction, I have been advised that this is not feasible. The location is derestricted, meaning that drivers should be driving at the appropriate speed to the road, and not at the drivers discretion.” 

FVCA have responded as follows “According to the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 section 82 traffic authorities have the powers to remove restricted road status – a restricted road being where “there is provided on it a system of street lighting furnished by means of lamps placed not more than 200 yards apart”, Swan Lane has no street lighting.

Swan Lane is a narrow, winding, low light road, that is regularly used by pedestrians, horse riders as well as motorists; pedestrians are mainly older people.  According to Department of Transport guidance Setting local speed limits paragraph 127 it suggests that Swan Lane can be considered for a 40 mph speed limit, due to, and not exclusively to, the bends, landscaping (that provide low light) and vulnerable road users.  We, therefore, request a reduction in speed limit, in accordance with Department for Transport guidelines.”