Dear All,

Firstly, I hope that everyone is keeping well. This is likely to be the last regular weekly newsletter that I will publish. Most businesses have re-opened but it may be worth checking what level of service they are providing. If there is information that needs circulation, I will produce ad hoc bulletins. All of these bulletins are on www.amberley.org.uk .

 

People who are shielding or self-isolating may still need our support. Over the next week I will contact the various self-help groups across our community to see if they are still planning to operate. I will also speak to the individual volunteers in our village to see if they are willing to continue to provide ad hoc support.

The next crisis that we will face is the economic hardship brought on by businesses not re-opening and by people being made redundant. There were over 75,000 people are on furlough in Gloucestershire. How many of them will have jobs in the future is unknown. How we can respond to this is uncertain but charities like Marah, Stroud Food Bank and the Long Table will still be needed.

Marah still need donations of instant coffee and white sugar. Please drop any donations at the Rectory under the canopy at the back door.

From Monday the church will be open each day as normal for private prayer but with socially distanced seating

There will be two services at Holy Trinity Amberley this Sunday for the first time since Sunday March 15th. One at 8 o’clock and one at 10 o’clock. The seating will be socially distanced. No singing is allowed. We will review how these services went and move forward from there. There will be no weekday services until we are satisfied that Sunday services are workable.

I have been asked to publish this note from the Royal British Legion:

“The Royal British Legion, like so many charities, is having to adapt to present day conditions. The annual coffee morning did not take place, and the house to house poppy collection will not happen this year. It is a year of commemorations and for the 75th anniversary of VE Day, resulting from word of mouth suggestion, some 40 people gathered at the War Memorial at 11.00am and a prayer was said. It is felt that VJ Day can be publicised, and there will be a gathering at the War Memorial at 11.00am on Saturday 15th August.”

 

Listed below are items relating to on-going support
Keep safe and keep in touch. Please call me on 873176 if you need help.
Have a good week

Reverend John

 

Fraud
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.

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.

Gloucestershire Community help hub
This allows 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..

NHS Responders
www.nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk or 0808 196 3646 – they will help with shopping and prescriptions for no charge.

Prescriptions

www.boots.com/online/pharmacy - free online service for ordering and delivering your prescriptions You can call them (Boots Minchinhampton - 01453 882146) but it will cost £5 per delivery if you arrange this over the phone. On-line is free.
www.echo.co.uk - free online service for ordering and delivering your prescriptions.
www.pharmacy2u.co.uk - - free online service for ordering and delivering your prescriptions.