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Coronavirus

Message from The Lord-Lieutenant

Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Worcestershire, Lt Col Patrick Holcroft LVO OBE, has asked that the below message is shared with the community, thanking the many volunteers and staff that have respond to the Covid-19 crisis.

Fairfield Village Community Association would also like to thank the many people in our community that have helped others over the past few months; whether checking on our elderly residents, making phoning calls, shopping for others, delivering services at the Village Hall and more, you deserve a massive thank you.

NHS test and trace – fraud awareness

If NHS Test and Trace calls you by phone, the service will be using a single phone number 0300 0135 000. The only website the service will ask you to visit is https://contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk.

If NHS Test and Trace calls you by phone, the service will be using a single phone number 0300 0135 000. The only website the service will ask you to visit is https://contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk.”

Contact tracers will never:

• Ask you to dial a premium rate number to speak to us (for example, those starting 09 or 087)

• Ask you to make any form of payment

• Ask for any details about your bank account

• Ask for your social media identities or login details, or those of your contacts

• Ask you for any passwords or PINs, or ask you to set up any passwords or PINs over the phone

• Ask you to purchase a product

• Ask you to download any software to your device or ask you to hand over control of your PC, smartphone or tablet

• Ask you to access any website that does not belong to the Government or NHS

If you think you have been subjected to, or a victim of, a scam or attempted fraud using Track and Trace or any other fraud please call 101 or contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. If you or someone else is in immediate danger or risk of harm dial 999 now.

Fairfield Village Hall Covid-19 Update (2nd July)

Even though the Prime Minister has said that Community Centres (Village Halls) could open from 4th July there are, at the time of writing this piece, many caveats, including but not exclusively the restriction on physical activities, maximum occupancy of 30, music at a level that does not encourage people to raise their voices or dance, etc.  These restrictions currently prevent many activities & events taking place at our Village Hall.
 
The trustees of Fairfield Village Hall are following the guidance given by the Government and the advice issued by our insurers and advisors.  Use of the Hall will only be allowed if the activity/event is permitted, risk assessed and can be delivered adhering to the Hall’s Covid Secure protocols, Special Conditions of Use, Hall Risk Assessment and an approved Hirer Risk Assessment.  We are in an uncertain times where guidance and advice is changing, therefore, Village Hall protocols and documents are subject to change and organisers of events/activities must be prepared that bookings may be cancelled if guidance and advice from Government, Acre, Insurers, Public Health England and other bodies changes or if the trustees feel that delivery of the activity/event is not compliant with Village Hall protocols and Risk Assessments.
 
The Hall Trustees are taking a cautious, phased approach to reopening our hall to permitted activities, to ensure that we have a safe venue for all our users & volunteers. 
 
If you have any questions, please get in touch with Hall Chairman secretary.fvh@outlook.com

Play Area Update

In March, the Government gave instructions for the closing of all children’s play areas as part of a strategy to reduce the spread of Covid-19.  The Government have recently announced that playgrounds can reopen from 4th July, subject to the management of playground facilities being safe and compliant with Government guidelines.

The responsibility for managing the village play area on the Recreation Ground, making sure that it is safe for all users, rests with the Parish Council.  The Parish Council have received the Government guidelines and is currently assessing the actions required that may allow the play area to open.  The Parish Council will only consider reopening the Parish Council if it deemed safe to do so and if the requirements laid down in the guidelines can be achieved.  

For the time being the playground remains closed.  It is understandable that children will be wanting to use the facilities, but for everyone’s health, patience is required.