Hello everyone,

Firstly, I hope that everyone is keeping well. We now seem to be in a situation where we are able to do more and more but in quite a different way.

 

Now that the Church of England have announced that supervision is not required when churches re-open to allow people to sit quietly or pray we hope to open Holy Trinity Amberley next week. Worship is still not permitted

This week I came across a reference to this poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God,
But only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round and pluck blackberries.

With the recent rain and then with warm weather forecast next week, our gardens, hedgerows and the common will be bursting with renewed vigour. We should take time to sit and soak in the immense beauty that is Creation.

A few weeks again the Private Road self-help group alerted us to the NHS Test and Trace scam. Note that Contact tracers will only call you from the number 0300 013 5000. Anyone who does not wish to talk over the phone can request the NHS Test and Trace service to send an email or text instead, inviting them to log into the web-based service.

All text or emails sent by NHS Test and Trace will ask people to sign into the contact tracing website and will provide you with a unique reference number. We would advise people to type the web address https://contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk directly into their browser, followed by the unique reference number given to you, rather than clicking on any link provided in the message.

The NHS Test and Trace service will never:

  • ask you to dial a premium rate number to speak to them (for example, those starting 09 or 087)
  • ask you to make any form of payment or purchase a product or any kind
  • 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 download any software to your PC or ask you to hand over control of your PC, smartphone or tablet to anyone else
  • ask you to access any website that does not belong to the government or NHS

If you think you have been a victim of fraud, please report it to Action Fraud at https://www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

There are now very few requests for support but if you are helping people here are some straightforward safeguarding guidelines:

'Volunteers to be advised to practice all government advice, so frequent hand-washing, keep a safe distance (leave things on doorstep). They should collect receipts for any purchases and wait for payment before handing over purchases. Those who need help to be advised of receipt/payment structure and that this is a volunteer operation, nothing formal.

The Gloucestershire Community help hub allow people to post offers of and requests for help. Here is the link

https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/gloucestershires-community-help-hub/

For the most vulnerable please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The link to the table of local suppliers is below.

Keep safe and keep in touch
Have a good week
Reverend John

 

The link to the table of local businesses:

https://mcusercontent.com/555e3483e189855b20cf3234b/files/2b3135bf-744f-438e-82ed-d14af8bf1de6/200528_Minchinhampton_Life_Business_Directory_during_COVID_19_.01.pdf