National Day of Reflection – 23 March 2021

Join Marie Curie for the first anniversary of the first UK lockdown, a National Day of Reflection to reflect on our collective loss, support those who’ve been bereaved, and hope for a brighter future

Take a Minute

Pause on your doorstep to observe the national minute of silence at 12 noon; together, we’ll honour loved ones who have died and reflect on the challenges we have overcome.

Shine a Light

At 8:00 pm stand outside with a candle or torch or place a light in your window to show your support.

Rapid Testing

From Shropshire Council – Stay Safe in the Workplace 
Overall our infection rate in the county has been coming down, but not as fast as we would like. We know that businesses and organisations are working hard to keep their sites COVID-19-safe, but we have seen a recent spike in cases linked to workplaces. 
Whether you’re a staff member or business owner, please continue to do all you can to help stop the spread of coronavirus

Government Advice:
Around 1 in 3 people have coronavirus without displaying any symptoms, therefore regular testing for people with no symptoms will help to find positive cases earlier and break chains of transmission.”

Frontline and key workers are advised to take a lateral flow test to identify more positive cases, reduce the spread of infection and protect lives and livelihoods.

The nearest rapid test centre will open in Wem on 22nd February. If you live along the A41 you may find it easier to access the test centre in Newport.

To book a test in Wem or Shrewsbury click here

To book a test in Newport click here.

Do not use this service or go to a test site, GP surgery, hospital or pharmacy if you have a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. Order a test for people with symptoms online or call 119.

 

Shaping for Mission – Listening to our Community

Shaping for Mission is the work in Lichfield Diocese to strengthen our life of discipleship, vocation and evangelism while facing a significant reduction in financial income.

The project aims to determine the mission of the Churches in our area. Deaneries are working together as they look for the gifts, strengths, opportunities and challenges, by reaching out to the communities they serve to gather the information needed to form a faithful vision for their future.

If you live in the ecclesiastical parish of Christ Church, Ash we would like to hear from you. 

Our survey is one side of A4 with 7 questions. Please help us by completing the survey either online here, or

download it, complete it and e-mail to HodnetDeanerySalop@gmail.com, or

Print and post a hard copy to Revd. Catherine McBride, The Vicarage, Mount Lane, Market Drayton, TF9 1AQ  

Download in word 

Download pdf. 

Thank you

COVID-19 Extension Grant Funding for Small Businesses

Shropshire Council has just launched COVID-19 Extension Grant Funding for Small Business. The grants are now live and are targeting those businesses who weren’t eligible for the small business and retail, leisure and hospitality grants.  information

For more information click here 

The purpose of this extension grant scheme is to support businesses who to date have been ineligible for Government grant funding.

It seeks to prioritise those who are based in locations where no business rate payment is made directly to Government, via Shropshire Council.

The Government has prioritised the following sectors, so the first round of this competitive funding round is now open exclusively for these businesses and will close at 23.59pm on Sunday 7 June 2020.

  • Small businesses in shared offices or flexible workspaces (such as units in industrial parks and incubators) which do not have their own business rates assessment. Grant funding available of £2,500 per business in office accommodation (B1), up to £10,000 if located in industrial / warehouse facility (B2 & B8).
  • Regular market traders with fixed building costs, such as rent, who do not have their own business rates assessment. Grant funding of £2,500 per trader.
  • Bed & Breakfasts which pay Council Tax instead of business rates. Grant funding of £2,500 available for businesses operating premises with less than 6 beds, which is the expected number to pay Council Tax.
  • Charities that are based in commercial properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief which has not been eligible for the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure grant can apply for £5,000 grant funding.

Businesses are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as we will have to manage the limited funds on a first come first served basis.

After that time it is hoped there will be further competitive funding rounds over a period of 4 weeks that will each be open for 7 days but these further rounds are reliant on unallocated funding being available, so cannot be guaranteed.

Press Release 

Application Form

Terms and Conditions 

 

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Health, care and wellbeing support & services during the Covid-19 pandemic

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Health, care and wellbeing support & services during the Covid-19 pandemic

Healthwatch Shropshire wants to know how the current pandemic is affecting people in Shropshire, their well-being, how they are finding useful information, how they are being supported, what helps them cope and how their experience of health and social care has been affected.

They are trying to establish what is working well, where the gaps are and where people feel things could be improved.

Lynn Cawley, Chief Officer, explained, “At Healthwatch Shropshire we know that staff and volunteers from across health, social care and the charity sector are working hard to support people in the community during the Coronavirus outbreak. Local organisations  from across the health and care system are working closely together to respond to COVID-19 whilst ensuring that essential everyday services carry on.

These organisations want to know what people think about the support available and if there are any gaps so they can make sure they are working as best they can for the people who use them. To help do this we have published a short survey asking people about their experiences and will share this feedback anonymously with the people organising services so they can see what is working well and where improvements could be made.”

Survey and more information: https://www.healthwatchshropshire.co.uk/health-care-and-wellbeing-services-during-covid-19-pandemic

Healthwatch Shropshire is the independent consumer champion for health and social care in Shropshire. It gathers the views and experiences of patients, service users, carers, and the general public about services including hospitals, GPs, mental health services, community health services, pharmacists, opticians, residential care and children’s services.  It also has statutory powers that it can use to influence service provision by encouraging improvements.

 

Ash Covid19 helpers

Thank you so much to all those villagers who have offered help to vulnerable persons and those self isolating, the response has been fantastic. Our coordinator has been liaising with local surgeries and pharmacies to ensure that we are able to collect prescriptions when needed. We have an extensive list of volunteers but would still like more young people if you are available to help. Please contact us at info@ashvillages.co.uk

A Message from Rev’d Rich

Dear friends,
Following guidance from the Church of England, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all church meetings and services in the AMICA Benefice until further notice.  This includes the Calverhall PCC meeting tonight, and our Mothering Sunday services this weekend, and we are very sorry for any sadness or disappointment this causes.

All of our Churchyards, and some of our Churches, will still be open daily for prayer and reflection, and we would encourage you to make use of them.  We are also encouraging people to join us in praying wherever you are at 9am and 9pm each day.

I know that these are anxious times, but your church has been here to support you through plagues and famines, World Wars and Civil Wars and we will be here for you through this!  Please be assured of our prayers for all our communities, and if there is anything (practical or spiritual) that we can help with please don’t hesitate to contact Rev’d Rich on (01630) 639576 or revrichclarkson@gmail.com.

At Pat Davies’ funeral yesterday I read these words which I think are very appropriate for us at the moment:
I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year:
“Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown”
And he replied:
“Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God,
That shall be better to you than light, and safer than a known way”

Yours in Christ, Rich
Rev’d. Rich Clarkson
Rector of the AMICA Benefice
(Adderley, Moreton Say, Ightfield, Calverhall and Ash)

Ash Covid-19 help group

The last few weeks have been a bit alarming for us all with high winds and floods to deal with and now Coronavirus. If you are concerned about your, or a relatives health, and you think you or your relative may be affected, please visit https://shropshire.gov.uk/coronavirus/ for up to date local information and what to do. There is a wealth of information on this link for the public, schools, businesses and social care.

Shropshire Council’s Community Reassurance Team is providing advice and support including working with local groups and organisations to offer help to vulnerable residents and access to the Food Hub. If you need support or know someone else who does, you can call the dedicated helpline: 0345 678 9028 or email: customerfirst@shropshire.gov.uk.

For more information : https://newsroom.shropshire.gov.uk/2020/04/coronavirus-vulnerable-residents-support/

Please look out for your friends and neighbours and let them know if you are willing to help them. Residents of Ash are concerned that anyone in our village who is affected may be isolated but we would like to think not forgotten. A number of thoughtful folk have offered assistance to those self –isolating to collect shopping, pick up prescriptions, post a parcel or even just take the dog for a walk. If you are struggling let us know and we will try and connect you to a willing helper.

We will not pass on personal details of anyone who contacts us unless you have given specific consent for us to do so. If you are contacting us on behalf of someone else, please make sure you have their consent before providing any personal details to us.
If you are happy to volunteer, please let us know; a name, contact details and a postcode would be helpful so that we can better connect our neighbours. We will not pass on your personal details without your consent and unless and until there is a person in need.

Contact:-  info@ashvillages.co.uk

We urge everyone to take care of their own personal safety. Please don’t hand over cash, data or precious items unless you know and trust the person you are dealing with. In Ash we will do our best to help each other but Ash Villages cannot be responsible for mishaps or missing items.

Ash Villages Calendar

Each year in September we invite everyone to submit photographs to our Photographic Exhibition. The pictures are of people, places or events taken in and around the Villages. By popular vote the photographers chosen for the 2019 calendar are Pam Dodd, Jackie Evans, Chris Gittins, Judith Griffin, Judith Smythe, Jan Thornhill and Roger Thornhill,

Any profit from the sale of this calendar is used towards village hall funds and associated charitable community projects within the villages.

The copyright of each of the photographs remains with the photographer.