Whilst we will continue to update this page with the latest news and announcements, please also visit our standalone information and support website
KEY LINKS FOR COVID-19 DAILY UPDATES
VISUAL/ STATISTICAL UPDATES
John Hoskins University - Coronavirus Resource Center
Online statistics - UK Coronavirus/COVID-19 Figures
03.04.20 - Woodbridge Town Council publish Covid-19 Facebook page
02.04.20 - Woodbridge Town Council ERG volunteers are now delivering prescriptions and food parcels across the town and beyond. In order to identify themselves they will be wearing WTC branded hi-vis jackets, as modelled below by the Mayor of Woodbridge, Councillor Patrick Gillard! :)
31.03.20 - The National Allotment Society has issued useful guidance on how to manage allotments in accordance with government regulations.
31.03.20 - Update from the Suffolk Association of Local Councils
SCAMS – please be aware there has been a huge increase in coronavirus-related frauds. We recommend you register as a consumer champion here to receive the latest information and share this with your community.
National events cancelled – eg: VE day celebrations and British Spring Clean.
Public Works Loan Board – clarification is being sought on whether repayments would be subject to deferral in keeping with other measures announced regarding mortgages and loans.
AGAR – PKF Littlejohn instructions delayed pending clarity over coronavirus implications – we have forwarded a communication from PKF Littlejohn to all local councils. To read this in full follow this link to their website.
GDPR – Information Commission’s Office blog to help community groups – go to their website here.
Guidance on closing business premises and venues, including playgrounds – use this link to go to the official Government page
NALC is engaging with government and other stakeholders including the Local Government Association and Public Health England on how local councils are responding to the current health crisis and raising issues regarding any impact on the operation of local councils.
Fast-tracked Coronavirus Bill has now received Royal Assent and is an Act of Parliament. Provisions of particular relevance are on the postponement of local elections and local authority meetings. NALC is pressing the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government to work with them on any subsequent legislation. There is no timeframe for those regulations at present.
30.03.20 - Woodbridge children's cookery school to launch a community focused 'Batch and Deliver' scheme.
The times we all find ourselves in are very sad. Rather than continue to be downhearted about the possibility of postponing the children's cookery school I have worked so hard to launch for next month, I would like to help those in the community instead.
I am batch cooking meals and freezing in single portions. These are available to all vulnerable residents of Woodbridge, Suffolk, and anyone who is willing to collect.
All I ask is a £2 donation to cover the cost of ingredients, packaging and cooking costs. If you would like to donate more than £2 I would be incredibly grateful and this profit will be split between a local charity supporting vulnerable people and the cookery school start-up fund.
26.03.20 - East Suffolk Council announce that garden waste collections are suspended.
24.03.20 - Here is a list of Choose Woodbridge members who are providing delivery services for essential items during this time. All order and payments are taken over the phone. Home delivery list
23.03.20 - Councillor Jewers has put together a database which details the businesses in town offering delivery services, as well as their contact details. Business delivery list
19.03.20 - Our friends at Choose Woodbridge have put together a wonderful guide to those shops in town which are offering a delivery system for those unable to attend to shops in the current climate - please see the link below. Choose Woodbridge guide
From the Mayor of Woodbridge, Councillor Patrick Gillard.
You are all aware of the rapidly-developing problems caused by the COVID-19 virus. Woodbridge Town Council have suspended all public meetings of the council for the time being to protect the residents of Woodbridge, however we want to continuing serving you as best we can in this time of national concern.
We in Woodbridge pride ourselves on our sense of community. Woodbridge Town Council are therefore looking for people with or without a DBS certificate to join the ‘Emergency Response Group’, a database of volunteers willing to help;
If you are forced to stay indoors due to Coronavirus, we can help YOU with:
• Picking up shopping and medication which has been ordered and paid for
• Posting mail
• A friendly phone call
• Answering questions
• Walking the dog
We are looking for volunteers to help our community, can YOU:
• Deliver shopping
• Make a friendly phone call
• Answer practical questions
If you need help, or if you want to be added to our database of volunteers, phone us on 01394 383599, option 1, or contact us via our emergency email; firstname.lastname@example.org
To view the Emergency Response Group leaflet please click here
With so much information being shared on the COVID-19 coronavirus we should all be using government advice to inform decisions and be checking that advice regularly. Please refer to https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus for official guidance.
We will endeavour to update this page with important information from government agencies to keep you all updated as possible with the official guidance.
There are a number of excellent Community Groups on Facebook which have begun offering help for those in need (registration/ approval may be required), which we hope to work alongside to co-ordinate an efficient response for our wonderful town.
Nextdoor Woodbridge (Registration required)
Please note that Parish and Town Councils are being guided by the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) who are engaging with government on the situation and will also keep us updated on any developments. The business of the Town Council is carrying on as usual wherever appropriate, however we are prepared for this to change at any time.
Please submit any websites, document etc which you feel would be of benefit to the community to the Deputy Town Clerk via email
Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.
Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home.
As a minimum, please ensure that you are following the Public Health England (PHE) recommendations for general cold and flu precautions to help prevent people from catching and spreading COVID-19:
As government advice is updated, we will reassess and communicate as soon as possible.