Two Minutes’ Silence

Unfortunately this year we are unable to meet for a Service of Remembrance in the Memorial Garden. Village Organisations have been going individually to lay wreaths. 


For information regarding Remembrance Services on Zoom please check on Henham, Elsenham and Ugley Churches Website: heuchurch.co.uk

Essex County Council Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update 6th November 2020

Dear Resident,

As we enter the second national lockdown, our focus is on supporting Essex’s businesses and the most vulnerable members of our communities through the next month, and on planning for Essex to come out of lockdown as strongly as possible.

In order to come out of lockdown at the earliest opportunity, I need to remind everyone that we all need to play our part and follow the guidance. If we do, we believe that the infection rate will have fallen sufficiently for us to exit lockdown.

Because Essex entered Tier 2 (High) restrictions earlier, we are confident that we will be well placed to recommend to Government that we leave lockdown at the lowest level of restrictions (Tier 1: Medium).

We will be announcing further support for families, vulnerable people and businesses in the coming days.

Cllr David Finch,

Leader, Essex County Council

Read more of Cllr Finch’s letter to residents on our website.


Changes to our services

Libraries

Essex Libraries is closed for book borrowing from today (Thursday 5 November). Some libraries are continuing to offer public computer use by appointment only.

The mobile library service is temporarily paused. A new click-and-collect service will be put in place. The home library service will continue and the e-library service is still fully accessible.

Essex Registration Service and Blue Badge Assessments that take place from libraries will continue to operate.

Visit Essex Libraries for more information.

Essex Record Office

The Essex Record Office (ERO) is closed from today (Thursday 5 November). No weddings will take place but online services are still available. For more information, visit the ERO website.

Essex Outdoors

All Essex Outdoor Centres and The Lock Climbing Wall are closed from today (Thursday 5 November). Find out more on the Essex Outdoors website.

Registrations

Ceremonies of marriage or civil partnership are unable to take place from today (Thursday 5 November). Registration services continue as usual on the online booking system.

For more information, go to our Births, ceremonies and deaths section.

Recycling centres

Recycling centres remain open with current restrictions. Go to the Love Essex website to find out about the current restrictions.

Country Parks

All Essex County Parks remain open, including car parks, children’s play equipment and toilets. Some cafés are also continuing to offer a takeaway service.

All visitors are required to follow government guidelines. More details can be found on the Explore Essex website.

Cressing Temple Barns

Weddings cannot go ahead at Cressing Temple Barns. Its outdoor spaces, including the grounds and Tudor Walled Garden, remain open.

Visit Explore Essex for more information.


Update on shielding for vulnerable people

If you are over 60 or clinically vulnerable, you could be at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus. You should be especially careful to follow the rules, minimise your contact with others and wash your hands more frequently than usual. Find more guidance for clinically vulnerable people on GOV.UK.

If you are over 70 or clinically extremely vulnerable, you should stay at home as much as possible and not go to your place of work, even if you can’t work from home.

This week, the government is sending letters to people identified as clinically extremely vulnerable. These will provide further guidance and support. Read the guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people on GOV.UK.


Support for residents

New funding to support vulnerable people

We are investing £3.7 million of Covid-related funding from the government and £200,000 of our own funds to support the most vulnerable people in our communities through winter and beyond.

We plan to spend the funding on:

  • helping families and individuals in financial crisis or hardship
  • providing food for children and their families during school holidays, supporting foodbanks and targeting further food support for those who need it
  • supporting people identified as clinically extremely vulnerable due to Covid-19
  • providing safe long-term homes for rough sleepers
  • running mental health, domestic violence, alcohol and substance misuse services
  • grassroots clubs and activities for children and young people
  • helping vital support agencies and voluntary organisations.

Read more about our extra support for the vulnerable this winter on our website.

Essex Wellbeing Service

The Essex Wellbeing Service offers free support with practical tasks, mental health, feelings of loneliness, debt, housing, employment, caring responsibilities and more.

Visit the Essex Wellbeing Service website or call 0300 303 9988.


Support for businesses

There is support available to help businesses during the pandemic.

The government recently announced that they are extending some business support schemes. This includes the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), also known as the furlough scheme, which will now run to the end of March 2021.

You can visit our business support pages to find:

  • support for self-employed people
  • government business support packages
  • local advice and support for your business
  • advice and support for hospitality businesses
  • advice and support for care providers
  • advice for security businesses.

The latest data in Essex

See the latest Covid-19 data for Essex on our website, including cases by age band, cases by district and hospital beds occupied by Covid-19 patients.

Firework Safety

A timely reminder for Guy Fawkes Night – Fireworks should not be set off on Parish Council Land including the Playing Field and The Spinney.

Used irresponsibly, fireworks can cause damage to property and do significant harm to people and animals. Not only is there a danger from fireworks exploding, they can also pose a serious fire risk as well.

This is why members of the public may only use fireworks on private property, such as their back gardens, and only licensed professionals can use them in public places.

Essex Police Fraud Update 23rd October 2020

Roboscammers – protect yourself from cold calling

With more people now working from home than ever before, you may have recently become more aware of the number of nuisance calls to your landline or mobile phone.

Robocallers are likely to have increased during lockdown, as they do not rely on human call centres.

Many of these calls are computer generated making them cheap and difficult to trace. The pre-recorded messages are often designed to scare people into handing over money or personal details—this includes the Amazon Prime scam and HMRC scams. These calls will often ask you to “Press 1 to speak to someone”.

HOW TO STOP UNWANTED CALLS

  • BT: The free BT Call Protect service monitors nuisance calls and sends them straight to junk voicemail. BT says it blocks 99 per cent of pest calls.
  • Sky: Free service Talk Shield stops fraudsters by insisting all callers provide a name.
  • TalkTalk: CallSafe screens and blocks unwanted calls for free.
  • Plusnet: Call Protect is free and blocks unwanted calls from a list that you can add to.
  • EE: Landline customers can block up to ten numbers at a time using the free Choose to Refuse option, which bars the last call answered. Dial 14258 and press ** when asked to confirm.
  • Virgin: You may be able to blacklist, silence or block calls, depending on your phone.
  • Mobile phones: Download free apps such as Truecaller, Whoscall and Hiya to block dodgy calls and alert firms to possible scammers.
  • Complain: By making a complaint about a robocall, you can help to stop them. Experts recommend directing complaints to three bodies: the ICO, by calling 0303 123 1113, visiting ico.org.uk/make-a-complaint, or writing to ICO, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF; the Telephone Preference Service, by calling 0345 070 0707 or visiting tpsonline.org.uk/complaint; or Ofcom, by calling 0300 123 3333 or visiting ofcom.org.uk/complaints

Coronavirus update – Essex is at High local Covid alert level

From Essex County Council:

Dear resident,

Essex has moved to the High local Covid alert level. This does not include the Southend and Thurrock Council areas.

This is because cases are rapidly rising across our county.

We need you to please do two things. Both are critical if we are to reverse the increases in cases in Essex and minimise the impact on businesses, who we are working with to support.

First, please work from home if you can.

Second, please follow the High alert level restrictions. These are mainly about not mixing with other households.

If we all play our part, we can reduce the number of people who die or become seriously ill from Covid-19. By acting now, we hope to exit High alert level restrictions sooner rather than later.

What this means for you

The main difference between the Medium and the High alert level is socialising with other households.

You must follow these rules all the time, even if you are seeing friends or family who live in a Medium alert level area. The restrictions apply to you as an Essex resident.

What’s changed

You can no longer socialise indoors with people from a different household unless they are in your support or childcare bubble.

The Rule of Six (up to six people from different households meeting) applies outdoors, in both private and public spaces.

Work from home if you can. Take extra precautions if you work in other people’s homes.

Aim to only make essential journeys.

Do not visit a care home except in exceptional circumstances, for example to visit someone at the end of their life.

What’s stayed the same

Covid-secure businesses can keepoperating and hospitality venues can stay open until 10pm.

You can still go to school, university and places of worship.

Weddings and funerals can go ahead in the same way as before.

You can still use registered childcare settings, including childminders, after-school clubs and nannies.

Where to find more details

View the government guidance on High alert level restrictions.

We’ve also produce a helpful guide, what the High Covid alert level means for you. We’ll be regularly updating this guide with any local information which will help you understand how the restrictions apply in Essex.

Guidance for businesses

Business must work in a Covid-secure manner. Guidance is available for businesses and venues.

Tradespeople

Official or registered tradespeople can continue to go to other people’s homes for work purposes. Follow the guidance for people working in, visiting or delivering to other people’s homes.

Hospitality

If you work in hospitality, use the guidance for your type of workplace to keep your employees and customers safe.

Funding and support

We are working to do everything we can to support our people and businesses in Essex.

Use GOV.UK’s business support finder tool to see what support is available for you and your business.

Help and support for residents

Looking after yourself and others

Confusion, anger, anxiety, despair – these feelings are common reactions to the ongoing pandemic and changing restrictions.

You might be worried about your job, your business, juggling work and home life, loneliness or being unable to see friends and loved ones.

Whether you need support or need help to support someone else, you can get help and support from a range of local organisations.

Support from the Essex Wellbeing Service

Set up in response to the pandemic, the Essex Wellbeing Service is here to help all residents, providing a single point of access to practical, emotional and specialist support.

Whatever you need support with, there is help available. If you or anyone you know needs support, visit the Essex Wellbeing Service or call 0300 303 9988.

Domestic abuse awareness training available online

The Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex has invested in training to help the community to spot the signs of domestic abuse taking place around them. Free training is being offered across the county to ensure everyone is equipped to respond appropriately and effectively if they suspect someone is a victim of domestic abuse or if someone reveals they are suffering abuse – and this training is now available online.

For more information and how to book, visit the Essex PFCC website: https://www.essex.pfcc.police.uk/news/domestic-abuse-awareness-training-available-online/

Essex Police Fraud Update 16th October 2020

Crimestoppers launch COVID hotline

The Crimestoppers COVID Fraud Hotline (0800 587 5030) has been set up by HM Government in partnership with Crimestoppers to enable individuals to report fraud within the public sector during COVID.

The hotline allows those with information to anonymously report their concerns in the knowledge that this information will be dealt with.

Giving Crimestoppers information in relation to fraud means we can help protect the public purse from individuals and companies seeking to undermine the stimulus schemes brought in by Her Majesty’s Government to assist people during COVID. Contact anonymously and free of charge on 0800 587 5030 or use the form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org if you have any information or suspicions about any potential crime involving the public sector.

If your information is in relation to the furlough scheme, please visit the HMRC Fraud website or if your information is in relation to benefit fraud, including universal credit, please visit www.gov.uk/report-benefit-fraud.To report fraud within the NHS, please use the NHS Counter Fraud Authority online form.

Amazon-themed phishing campaigns peak ahead of Prime Day

Police in the North East are warning of a number of phishing emails following the Amazon Prime Day earlier in the week.

The sophisticated campaigns attempt to leverage both Amazon features and consumer behaviours to lure victims to fraudulent webpages that harvest financial information, credentials and other sensitive data.

One new campaign targets “returns” and “order cancellations” related to Prime Day orders using a fraudulent site, www.amazoncustomersupport.net, that impersonates a legitimate Amazon site.

Parcel Delivery Service (PDS) hoax email

A number of residents have recently received a hoax email (right) that warns them about a parcel delivery scam in the lead up to Christmas.

The majority of the information provided in the email is incorrect or out of date. The number in question has since been repurposed by another company (although will still set you back £3.60 per minute).

However, residents should still remain alert if they receive a card stating a parcel they do not remember ordering could not be delivered, and should be wary of taking delivery of parcels they have not ordered.

If you receive this hoax email, please do not pass it on, simply delete the message. For more information, read the Action Fraud article here:

www.actionfraud.police.uk/news/hoax-email-from-pds-parcel-delivery-service

COVID-19 scams

With new Tier 2 Covid restrictions in place in parts of Essex, residents are reminded to remain vigilant for the Covid-19 scams that have previously been circulating.

If you would like copies of previous EFAS alerts relating to Covid-19 scams, please email: Essex.Fraud.Alert.System@essex.police.uk

IMPORTANT – Essex Coronavirus Update

In a move to slow the current rates of infection across our county, from Saturday, Essex will be placed into the high level of restrictions (tier 2 on the new COVID system).

What does this mean?

  • No household mixing indoors – this includes at home or in hospitality venues
  • Different households can meet outdoors in public spaces but must stick to the ‘Rule of six’
  • 10pm curfews will remain in place for all pubs and restaurants
  • Remember hands, face and space
  • Reduce travel where you can

If we act now, we can stop the spread and protect our loved ones as we head into the winter months.

Get detailed information on the new guidelines

► Read about the request to move to the high COVID alert level and the data that informed the decision

► You can also read 20 questions about moving to the high COVID alert level

Uttlesford Community Response Hub

The Uttlesford Community Response Hub continues to help people in the community who need it, particularly those who are finding themselves having to return to self-isolation.

The number 03333 408 218 is available Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm.

Alternatively, email:  communityresponse@uttlesford.gov.uk.

NHS COVID-19 App

Downloading the NHS COVID-19 App is the fastest way to see if you’re at risk from the virus. 

Based on an Apple/Google privacy framework, the app has a number of tools designed to help protect those we love, like contact tracing, checking into venues through an in-built QR code scanner, risk alerts by postcode, a symptom checker and test booking.

The more people use the app, the more we can keep each other safe and stop infection rates rising. 

Find out more

There are three simple actions we must all do to keep on protecting each other:

  • HANDS – keep washing your hands regularly
  • FACE – wear a face covering over your nose and mouth in enclosed spaces
  • SPACE – stay at least 2 metres apart, or 1 metre with a face covering or other precautions

If you are feeling unwell, get a test and do not leave home for at least 10 days.

Get latest NHS advice