CORONAVIRUS AND BERDEN
First and foremost I want to thank all the amazing people that have volunteered to be Berden Buddies during the difficult times we might be facing: over thirty seven individuals have stepped in to the breach. As of today, Friday 20/3, over eighty Berden households have let me know that they want to be registered on our developing Buddy Scheme. Yes, Berden is a real community.
It will never be too late to register your involvement, whether as a Buddy or a possible recipient of assistance. Just let me have your name, address, email details and telephone numbers.
Whether we live on our own or as part of a family unit, if we catch the virus we will need to isolate ourselves, and may require help with essential shopping, collecting prescriptions or anything else without direct contact being involved. We must consider that our usual friends and family network of support might also become infected, and thus be unable to help each of us in extremis. Do not forget that if just one person in a household contracts this virus everyone in that house will need to be isolated, and that we might have to isolate individuals within the home too.
I think we all understand now that society and all of us as individuals are facing a huge crisis and an uncertain future. Most of us have now witnessed the results of panic buying in the shops and that medical services are going to be under a severe strain.
We need to stay calm, keep our distance from others and self isolate as much as possible – but we also need to support each other. Sadly all the enjoyable forthcoming community organised events and gatherings have had to be postponed or cancelled and the village hall is closed for all events for the foreseeable future, though this may give us the opportunity to install the new kitchen earlier than intended. On the plus side the church and its supporters have installed a significant book, DVD, CD and jigsaw library/ swap/shop/entertainment facility. Go on – have a nice walk, on your own, to the church and find a film, book or jigsaw to help you through the hours of isolation.
Sadly we have decided to close the children’s playground and Simon’s Field for the foreseeable future and the litter pick, planned for Sunday 29 March, is cancelled. We all need to stay at home.
We are trying to find ways of working round not having the currently legally required statutory Parish Council meetings and the fast approaching Annual Parish Meeting.
I do not intend repeating all the advice and instruction that we are receiving from the government and many other sources, as it is changing by the hour and many of you will not read this until the April magazine lands on your door step, but it is important that we all work together for the benefit of ourselves and each other.
John Burton, Chair Berden Parish Council
01279 777674 or 07860 343324 or JOHNBURTON@BERDEN.ORG.UK
Wheelwrights Cottage. The Street, Berden, CM23 1AS
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THE BERDEN CORONAVIRUS BUDDY SCHEME IS UP AND READY TO RUN!
It is completely brilliant that over 40 people/households/families have volunteered to be
BERDEN BUDDIES! Thank you one and all.
How is this scheme going to work? The answer is simple.
Should you be in a position to seek community help please call either myself, Bron, Sue, John or Jenny and we will put you in touch with an appropriate volunteer who is living as close to you as possible.
JOHN AND BRON BURTON -777465, 07860 343324
SUE GRIFFITHS – 777465, 07484 619761
JOHN & JENNY ARNELL – 777239, 07803 150037.
It will never be too late to add yourselves to the list.
KEEP WELL, KEEP HAPPY, KEEP SMILING!
Useful information regarding support available for those who cannot leave their homes due to current COVID – 19 situation
Information from Kemi Badenoch, MP for the Saffron Walden constituency regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
This is a worrying and challenging time for us all and the advice on Coronavirus is changing day by day because of the fast-moving environment. I understand it is difficult to know what advice to follow when there is so much information out there.
Furthermore, I am receiving messages from constituents who are offering to help and others who want to know how they can help. It is good to see the community coming together in a desire to support one another, especially the elderly and vulnerable.
For both these reasons, I have put together a page on my website that includes the links to the most up to date information from all the various bodies I am in touch with. These include the Government, local authorities such as Essex County Council, Uttlesford District Council and Chelmsford City Council, as well as information from local organisations and charities across the constituency. Please follow this link to access it: www.kemibadenoch.org.uk/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-and-guidance
For constituents who do not have access to the internet, as advised by Public Health England, if you think you have might have coronavirus don’t go to your doctor’s surgery or hospital. If you need to speak to someone, call 111 and they will make arrangements directly for testing and treatment or 999 if you require urgent medical treatment. Carers are also advised to call 111 or doctor surgeries for specific advice.
The Government will be holding daily televised briefings on Coronavirus and I would encourage constituents to tune in for the most up to date information and advice.
If you do have any individual concerns, please do contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call my office on 0207 219 1934 and we will endeavour to sign post you to the relevant organisation for information
Parish Council Meetings During Emergency
To comply with the latest restrictions, the Parish Council has agreed there will be no physical Parish Council meetings during the current emergency. This also covers our Annual Parish Meeting and Annual Parish Council Meeting, normally held at the end of April/early May.
If there are urgent matters that you wish to bring to the attention of the Council, please contact Sue Griffiths (Clerk) or any of the Councillors.
Sue Griffiths email@example.com 777465
John Burton firstname.lastname@example.org 777674
Amanda Coomber 777046 Duncan Murdoch 778098
John Riddell 777852 Pete Hewitt 777332
Ian Stumpf 777659 Diane Holt 777779
STOP PRESS – HOT NEWS, RECIEVED FRIDAY 18 OCTOBER
Thanks to the efforts of our councillors and the many, many people that signed the petition your Parish Council is delighted to be able to tell you all that Berden has been awarded a grant in excess of £3000 by The National Lottery Fund that will enable us to make some much needed improvements to our village playground.
Signed – A Grateful Parish Council on behalf of all small to medium sized Berdenites.
THREE FIRES AT BERDEN PRIORY FARM
On Monday 8thJuly the site of the bonfire in the middle of the farm, north of the farm buildings was set alight.
The bonfire can only be approached on the footpaths.
Since the barn fire on October 2ndthis is the second time the bonfire has been set alight. This is particularly dangerous at this time of year.
I believe we have an ARSONIST walking our footpaths with a box of matches.
After the barn fire we had to cut down the old and badly singed Leylandi and the nearby hedge again damaged by the fire. Together with fallen trees I have collected a lot of wood to burn this year.
Please be alert and let me know if you observe anything suspicious.
Frank Tinney, Berden Priory Farm. 01279 777208 Mobile 07977 076919
NEW / OLD BERDEN FOOTPATHS
Please be aware that the ‘new’ footpaths in the vicinity of the Priory Farm, which in the majority of cases are the unofficial paths that many of us have enjoyed for decades, became legally protected 9 May and the old, very rarely used, routes ceased being protected 16 May. In due course the official maps will be revised and new wooden finger posts will be installed.
If you need further clarification please contact John Burton – 777674.
Berden Parish Council
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Too good to throw away?
Give your unwanted items a new home in your community.
Do you have items which are too good to throw away? It’s quick, easy and free to pass on your items and you may not even need to leave home.
In Essex we’re lucky to have many reuse organisations to choose from.
If you are having a clear out, there are lots of easy ways to pass items on to other people.
More and more of us are donating and purchasing items from reuse organisations meaning you are supporting local people and great local community causes while passing on your unwanted items. Many reuse organisations will even collect from your own home – no need to leave the house!
Local charity shops are always happy to accept good quality donations as this helps raise money for good causes.
Freegle is an online platform to help people give items for free in your local community. The types of items you can give and get on Freegle ranges from furniture, clothing and children’s toys to soil, rubble or even pre-loved garden ornaments. You can pass almost anything on using Freegle!
You can even sell good quality items through popular selling websites, or jumble sales and car boots. This is a great way to clear out the house and make a bit of money while doing so.
Passing on your old items is a hassle-free way of doing good in your community. Visit http://www.loveessex.org to find out more.
Overhanging Branches: a reminder from Essex County Council!
After a summer of exuberant plant growth there are trees, shrubs and even low growing plants that need cutting back if they are forcing people to walk in the road (or if they could damage passing vehicles). We have had a reminder from Essex County Council of the legal position:
“Landowners have responsibility for any trees near the road….These should be regularly checked and cut to prevent large branches or the whole tree blowing down and blocking the road. People walking along the pavement or verge shouldn’t have to avoid overgrown trees or hedges.
The Council has the power to issue enforcement notices to landowners….with
branches and vegetation found to be obstructing the highway, compelling the owner to carry out any necessary work.
Pavements should be entirely free of plant growth up to a height of 8ft (2.5m). The
road should be clear to a height of 17ft (5.1m) and 1.8ft (0.5m) from the edge of the
road towards your land.”
We appreciate this is difficult to achieve in a rural area, but please do your best to comply with the legislation.
Sue Griffiths, Clerk, Berden Parish Council
DOGS AND FOOTPATHS
We have been receiving more complaints about dogs out of control and their owners not clearing up after them on public footpaths and, astonishingly, on other people’s private property. In recent weeks we have had a report of a young Berdenite, and that means a friend or neighbour of all of us, coming indoors from the families own property ‘covered’ in dog waste.
Please enjoy walking your dog but do make sure that you stick to the legal public paths, or those routes where you know for sure that the owner is happy for you to use them. In the eyes of the law you are trespassing if you step off a public right of way. We are very lucky in Berden: We have a relatively large network of enjoyable legal and permissive paths and, with just a few exceptions, they are all clearly defined through use, so – please – stick to them and keep your dogs under control at all times
There are dog waste bags, provided by your parish council, available by the bus shelter. Please use them and help everybody to enjoy their time out and about in our beautiful countryside.
If you wish to consult the definitive rights of way path, please contact John Burton on 777674.
THANK YOU – BERDEN PARISH COUNCIL
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BERDEN NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
Berden Parish is part of the Uttlesford Neighbourhood Watch (NhW) scheme. Its aims are to keep parishes up to date on the latest crimes in the area and offer advice on how to avoid becoming a victim of crime. As we know, police resources are in decline and it is becoming more and more important to raise awareness in our community about the possibility of crimes and frauds. By being watchful and alert we can help the police with vital information.
Since our village is sprawling in various directions, we have contact persons in the different parts who will be your first port of call for anything unusual, an incident or a crime. The names and phone numbers of these volunteers are published below and will also be published on the Berden Website. Although we live in a safe and generally trouble-free area with little crime, we would all be advised to consider the following:
- Home security
- Garden, outbuildings and vehicle security
- Bogus callers/doorstep crimes
- Telephone and online security
- Identity fraud
Nowadays, the largest surge in fraud is on the telephone or on-line. Everybody is no doubt aware of this or may have experienced scams. NhW publishes a very useful guide to safety and to crime prevention and their website is: www.ourwatch.org.uk. Weekly, Uttlesford NhW emails me an online Bulletin with updates of the latest crimes in the area and also with very useful advice on crime prevention. I will forward these to John Barber who will regularly put them on Berden Facebook.
If you see something suspicious or want to report information about a crime that has taken place, call the police non-emergency number 101. At the same time, alert your local coordinator. If you see a crime in progress, always use the emergency number 999.
Potash, Highlands, Mill Hill, Peyton Hall John Barber 145
Little London John Arnell 239
Dewes Green, Priory, the Knoll Andrew Nelson 784
St. Nicholas Field John Walker 470
The Street John Burton
Brickhouse End, Park Green Deborah Patrick
Village Hall, Pelham rd. Vicarage Lane, Bonnetting Lane Ulla 994
We would welcome a volunteer for Benskins, Gawlers and upper Pelham Road.
Ideas and suggestion regarding the NhW scheme are always welcome.
Demand Responsive Transport
An Demand Responsive Transport (DaRT) has been introduced in parishes in the North of Essex.
This service allows residents to travel between 0600 and 2000 Monday to Saturday. It increases the opportunities to travel and improve access to shopping, health appointments, work, school or college. It can also be used to visit friends and family.
Passengers can travel alone or as a group. Concessionary Bus pass holders can use the service for free after 0900 Monday to Friday and all day on a Saturday.
Instead of using fixed routes with fixed stops and times, customers book journeys with the operator in advance and are picked up from an agreed point – often their own home, a bus stop or local place of interest. To book the DaRT service contact Arrow Taxis on: 01621 874411.
For more details click here Rural Transport publication May 16
Doorstep/Rogue traders are operating in your area trying to obtain work related to block paved driveways, garden work or tree cutting, roofing or any other household repair or maintenance.
Never agree to have work carried out by traders who knock on your door offering these services and always thoroughly check out leaflets as addresses provided can be false with telephone numbers that stop working if you have a problem with the work. You can also be provided with guarantees that are worthless.
We would always advise residents to consider using one of our Buy With Confidence businesses who have been audited and approved by Trading Standards. The nearest three to your postcode can be found by calling the national consumer helpline on 03454 040506 or
We would ask all residents to look out for household repair and maintenance activity at the homes of elderly neighbours, friends or family members.
Residents who do get caught out by doorstep/rogue traders are often too embarrassed to
report it. If you are concerned call the helpline with the information.
The Parish Safety Volunteer Programme is a new community safety initiative, delivered in partnership by Essex Police, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and volunteers from local communities. Could you volunteer?
Parish Safety Volunteers are trained by experts from our organisations to deliver bespoke fire and crime safety advice and fit smoke detectors in homes. Parish Safety Volunteers will work in pairs, in a smart but comfortable uniform and visit people in their own homes to offer this bespoke service. A diverse range of people will benefit from the Parish Safety Volunteer programme from young families, to the elderly and those vulnerable to the risk of fire or fear of crime. You must be over 18, know your local area well and be able to commit to an average of 10 hours each month. Everyone who volunteers as a Parish Safety Volunteer will be interviewed, provide two references, complete standard Police security checks and a confidential health questionnaire. Good all-round communication skills are also a must. Reasonable expenses will be paid. If you are interested in finding out more about what is involved in becoming a Parish Safety Volunteer, please visit www.essex-fire.gov.uk/volunteering or email PSV@essex-fire.gov.uk or ring 01376 576237.