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Willersey Covid-19 Support Group

If you are housebound, in isolation and require assistance during this difficult time, please call our Call Centre number below, where your call will be directed to a local volunteer in Willersey Parish.
The Call Centre telephone number is: 0330 1070 300 (calls are charged at a local rate).
This number is for non-medical assistance only. For medical assistance, still call 111 or for emergencies 999.

Willersey's Support Group Service sprang into action, with its call centre number operational and 70 volunteers mobilised and organised by eight area coordinators, on Monday 23rd March. Since then we have already responded to over 30 calls for assistance, particularly for delivering prescriptions and food and supplies. Also, if you are fearing fearful, have concerns or feeling lonely at this time of isolation, contact us and we'll make sure one of our friendly, supportive volunteers call on you.

Please also contact us via email if you have concerns about any neighbours who may require assistance. Email:

For as long this situation lasts, we will keep you updated via the village notice boards, flyers and our Facebook page:
www.facebook.com/Willersey/ .

If you wish to help with volunteering or have any questions please also email:

From Willersey Covid-19 Support Group's Steering Group
Anthony Lishman (Chairman),     Robert McNeil Wilson,     Neville Jelfs,     Justine Steventon,     Quentin Thomas,     Kevin Wainwright,     Wendy Riley,     Briony Lusted,     Alison Braithwaite     and Kristina Drury.

Here is an outline of the services that we want to offer to Parishioners. We need a consistent approach and hope this clarifies what we can now offer,
please do not deviate from this without consulting the Steering Group. We will produce a flyer for every household so that Parishioners are left in no-doubt about what they can ask for.
I hope this is clear. Any concerns please let us know. Keep safe and thank you for all you are, or will be, doing.
The Steering Group.
Note to AC's and Volunteers. We wanted to clarify the process around taking care of Parishioners' Basic Needs and the services we wish to provide
and make this clear to you and to the people we want to support in our community.

The Steering Group agreed that we would provide four basic, but very important, services.
1. Helping parishioners with shopping It was agreed that, in conjunction with Nisa and the CoOp we will help parishioners with provisions to see them through this period of self-isolation.
The CoOp are offering an order and collect service, order between 10.00am and 1.00pm; Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, on 01386 842870. Once again we are suggesting that parishioners place and pay for the order, the CoOp have put together a list of 30 essential items (see attached flyer which will go out to parishioners shortly). Once the items are ready, the CoOp will let the parishioners know, who will then let their volunteer know that it is ready for collection.
Because we do not know the level of future demand that we might face we are asking Area Coordinators and Volunteers not to deviate from the above. We have seen shopping requests for specific items from specific stores and this we feel adds complexity, risk and additional demands on volunteer’s time. To avoid confusion and to set expectations we will make this clear in the flyer we send out.

2. Delivering Prescriptions We want to ensure that parishioners have access to important medications that are keeping them well and avoid the need for them to visit doctors' surgeries. Barn Close Surgery will deliver prescriptions to the Willersey Village Shop at 9.00am on a Friday We are asking Area Coordinators and Volunteers to encourage parishioners to tell Barn Close this is what they would like. If a prescription is urgent i.e. can’t wait for the Friday delivery then a volunteer should collect it, making sure before heading off to the surgery that it is ready for collection and any future prescriptions should be added to the Friday delivery. In the past some powerful medications, like Morphine, could not be delivered in this way but for the duration of this crisis the policy has been relaxed.
For Parishioners registered at Chipping Campden surgery there is no delivery system in place and Volunteers will be asked to collect prescriptions from there. If they are making the trip please can they put a time that they intend to go to Campden on the WhatApp group chat to avoid others having to make the trip on the same day. We have some parishioners who are not registered at the above surgeries e.g. Moreton in Marsh, we are asking them to have their medications sent directly to them, but some medicines can not be sent and on these very rare occasions we are asking volunteers to collect them. They tend to be medicines which need to be chilled like insulin.

3. Welfare Calls One of the most important services we can offer is to be on the other end of a telephone for people who are lonely or frightened.
If this is a role you are happy to take on as a volunteer (particularly if your circumstances change and you need to self-isolate or are uncomfortable with shopping or prescription pick-up & delivery), please let your area coordinator know as soon as possible. A friendly telephone call to check up on any parishioners who have come forward and asked for help will go a long way to ease their worries and concerns. The steering group are also in the process of compiling a list of the most vulnerable in our parish and hoping to obtain phone numbers with a targeted flyer which will be delivered to their home, asking them to make contact. With their permission, we should soon be in a position to give these to you so you can strike up regular contact with them.

4. Newspapers For many of our more elderly parishioners who do not get their news from the internet a weekly newspaper is very important.
We want to set up a system for the delivery of the Saturday & Sunday papers, not a daily service. The weekend papers have enough content to keep parishioners entertained and mentally active. It is hoped that some of Willersey's teenagers may take this up, place orders and organise the delivery of the papers. We are looking for Volunteers for this. We will be publicising this in our next flyer.
Thank You.

If you'd like to volunteer to help in the village during this time please email
to add your name to our helpers list.
Include in your email:
Name and Address
Email address
Mobile phone number
WhatsApp? Yes/No
Please don't call the new helpline number on the flier unless you are in need of help!
Here are guidelines for our volunteers.
Many thanks everyone...

The virus doesn't move. People move it. We stop moving. The virus stops moving. The virus dies. It's that simple.

On some surfaces the virus can die quickly but it appears the longest
it can survive is 72 hours.

The Prime Minister's Address to the Nation 23rd March 2020.       Gloucestershire News.

He said that people would only be allowed to leave home for:
* shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible;
* one form of exercise a day - for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household;
* any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person;
* travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home.

The text of the Queen's Address to the Nation 5th April 2020.      A video of the Queen's Address to the Nation.

Why Washing With Soap & Water is Best
Pall Thordarson, Professor of Chemistry, University of New South Wales, Sydney

Viruses can be active outside the body for hours, even days. Disinfectants, liquids, wipes, gels and creams containing alcohol are all useful at getting rid of them – but they are not quite as good as normal soap.
Health authorities have been giving us two messages: once you have the virus there are no drugs that can kill it or help you get rid of it. But also, wash your hands to stop the virus spreading. This seems odd. You can't, even for a million dollars, get a drug for the coronavirus – but your grandmother's bar of soap kills the virus. So why does soap work so well on the Sars-CoV-2, the coronavirus and indeed most viruses?

Because the virus is a self-assembled nanoparticle in which the weakest link is the lipid (fatty) bilayer. Soap dissolves the fat membrane and the virus falls apart like a house of cards and dies – or rather, we should say it becomes inactive as viruses aren't really alive.
Most viruses consist of three key building blocks: ribonucleic acid (RNA), proteins and lipids. A virus-infected cell makes lots of these building blocks, which then spontaneously self-assemble to form the virus. Critically, there are no strong covalent bonds holding these units together, which means you do not necessarily need harsh chemicals to split those units apart. When an infected cell dies, all these new viruses escape and go on to infect other cells. Some end up also in the airways of lungs.

When you cough, or especially when you sneeze, tiny droplets from the airways can fly up to 10 metres. The larger ones are thought to be the main coronavirus carriers and they can go at least two metres. These tiny droplets end on surfaces and often dry out quickly. But the viruses remain active. Human skin is an ideal surface for a virus. It is “organic” and the proteins and fatty acids in the dead cells on the surface interact with the virus. When you touch, say, a steel surface with a virus particle on it, it will stick to your skin and hence get transferred on to your hands. If you then touch your face, especially your eyes, nostrils or mouth, you can get infected. And it turns out that most people touch their face once every two to five minutes. Washing the virus off with water alone might work. But water is not good at competing with the strong, glue-like interactions between the skin and the virus. Water isn't enough.

Soapy water is totally different. Soap contains fat-like substances known as amphiphiles, some of which are structurally very similar to the lipids in the virus membrane. The soap molecules “compete” with the lipids in the virus membrane. This is more or less how soap also removes normal dirt from the skin. The soap not only loosens the “glue” between the virus and the skin but also the Velcro-like interactions that hold the proteins, lipids and RNA in the virus together. Soap is the most effective method of protecting yourself.

Alcohol-based products, which pretty much includes all “disinfectant” products, contain a high-percentage alcohol solution (typically 60-80% ethanol) and kill viruses in a similar fashion. But soap is better because you only need a fairly small amount of soapy water, which, with rubbing, covers your entire hand easily. Whereas you need to literally soak the virus in ethanol for a brief moment, and wipes or rubbing a gel on the hands does not guarantee that you soak every corner of the skin on your hands effectively enough.
So, soap is the best, but you can use alcohol-based sanitiser, as a substitute, when soap is not handy or practical.

If you are the type of person whose hands become cracked with plenty of washing
then this article may be useful.

Thorough hand washing video.

Informed Covid-19 questions and answers.

Explanation of the virus shape.
Click for a larger inage.

Diagram of covid-19 virus


Prescription Delivery Service to Willersey
From Broadway's Barn Close Surgery's Pharmacy
An established service exists, with prescriptions delivered to Willersey Stores every Friday, which kindly holds them for delivery. Social distance arrangements will be in place if you are able to call at Willersey Stores.
Parishioners who are incapacitated, or over 70 self-isolating in the at-risk group can contact can contact the surgery by phone to arrange for their prescriptions to be delivered to their home, direct from the surgery.
Any self-isolating or incapacitated parishioner needing to have their prescription delivered more urgently can phone the Barn Close pharmacy 01386 853651 and say “I wish my prescription to be collected by a neighbour or a named person” or “The Willersey Support Group” and arrange the collection with their neighbour or, if necessary, by contacting the Willersey Support Group
The Support Group Call Centre number is 0330 1070 300 /

Willersey Stores
Continues to open Monday to Saturday 07:30 to midday.
Newspapers will be made available outside to ensure social distancing, with payment and change made via a tin on an external table.
Other products/groceries etc can be purchased from outside, again with distancing maintained. Collection of Prescriptions on a Friday.

The Bell Inn, Willersey
The Bell has introduced a daily take-away and home delivery service of food.
Groceries, including fresh bread, milk, eggs & bacon etc can also be purchased and delivered.

Wayside Farm Shop, Wickhamford
Place orders by phone for groceries. Delivery to your home, next day or within 48 hours.
Produce is sourced locally, including fruit and vegetables, freshly-baked bread, homemade pies, quiches, jams, marmalade, chutney, pickles, cakes and scones. Also, licensed to sell beer, wines and cider.
If there is sufficient interest the Wayside Farm Shop will be introducing a mobile shop to visit the village full of groceries and homemade meals to buy at the van.
Call 01386 830546.

The Merry Mouse Van
5pm to 7pm every Thursday, outside the Bell Inn.
Featuring pies from the Cotswold Pudding and Pie Co.
- And a mobile deli selling fine British Produce.

Cotteswold Dairy
Milk, bread, butter & spreads, cheese, yoghurts, eggs
NB due to escalating demand, the Dairy may not be able to start delivering to new customers until on or after 6th April. Currently, expanding their delivery team rapidly.
Call 01242 672426

Badsey Butchers, Badsey
12 High Street, Badsey
Selling fresh meats but also homemade pies and sausages, gluten free products, ready meals, cheeses and a wide range of sauces.
Free home deliveries for orders over £15.     Call 01386 830459

AP Meats, AlcesterVeg Box, Pershore
During this period, Veg Box has linked up with Clives of Cropthorne to provide home deliveries of fresh produce, kitchen basics and meat boxes.
Product range shown on: https://www.facebook.com/WorcesterProduce/
Call 01386 56240
Home deliveries of meat shipped within 2 days of receipt of order. Range available shown on their website: www.apmeats.co.uk
Call 01789 400115

NISA Local in Broadway
01386 859218     Collect from Shop.

Wayside Farm Shop
01386 830546     Will deliver for Free.

Broadway Deli
07483 404497     Will deliver for Free.

Collins of Broadway
01386 852061     Will deliver for Free.

Veg Box, Pershore
During this period, Veg Box has linked up with Clives of Cropthorne to provide home deliveries of fresh produce, kitchen basics and meat boxes.
Product range shown on: https://www.facebook.com/WorcesterProduce/
Call 01386 56240

Six tips from Gloucestershire County Council to help you
cope with quarantine.

COVID-19 Update from Gloucestershire County Council 18th March 2020.

Updated guidance called ‘Staying at Home’ is now available online at Stay at home guideance.

The main messages are:
* if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started.
* if you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
* it is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.
* for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.
* if you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.
* if you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible.
* if you have coronavirus symptoms:
o do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
o you do not need to contact 111 to tell them you 're staying at home.
o testing for coronavirus is not needed if you 're staying at home.
* plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home and consider what can be done for vulnerable people in the household.
* ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home.
* wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser.
* if you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

So you want to wear a facemask but there are none available to purchase. Why not make one from a handkerchief or some material.
It will also be washable and reusable. First way   or   similar second way.

(If you can, avoid high densities of people in say large blocks of flats, refugee camps, care homes, cruise ships, aircraft carriers and prisons!)

This may help to explain to a child. (Three year olds may understand intellectually but emotionally “Why is Grandma not visiting me now?”

Corona Virus Worldwide Statistics.
Do note that the figures for the USA and China are by state and not aggregated for the countries as a whole.
Another source of statistics.
Do note that any figures are likely to be lower than the actual numbers.

Figures for UK only.

Boris needs you       Piglet go home

New Words for The Sound of Music.      Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.

Corona Virus Slogan

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