Limpley Stoke and Freshford working together to beat Coronavirus

FLiSCA in conjunction with Freshford and Limpley Stoke Parish Councils and organisations from the two parishes have formed LiFERAFT, an organisation set up to support people at risk and in need of assistance in our communities.

What we’re doing:

Zone Coordinators

Freshford and Limpley Stoke have been divided into zones. Each zone has a coordinator whose role is to identify people at risk and who need assistance, and to arrange support from volunteers. For details of your coordinator, please scroll down or contact John Adler, 01225 722439.

Calling for volunteers

If you would like to volunteer, please contact 01225 722289 

Email: The villages email list is being reorganised to allow community-wide information to be disseminated. To sign-up for regular email updates go to and

click on the link ‘Community Email Database’ or or contact John Adler on 01225 722439.

Website: Regular updates can be found on You can also sign-up for a weekly E-newsletter via the SUBSCRIBE button on the Home page.

Facebook Join the "Limpley Stoke Community" page
WhatsApp: To join the community wide group contact Elayne Richards 07900 731473.

Updated on Monday 11th May. Updates in red, please click on links for full information    


Limpley Stoke and Freshford working together to beat Coronavirus

Volunteers list

If you’d like to add your name contact or 01225 722289  

Galleries:  Re-opening for customers on Monday, 1st June 

Monday – Friday: 09.00 – 17.00 

Saturday:  09.00 - 12.30 

Sunday:  CLOSED

For full details of re-opening and about placing, collecting and the delivery of orders, click on the following link: LiFERAFT - Galleries information 

Medication/prescriptions service: Beckington, BOA/Winsley, Combe Down surgeries

- Beckington Surgery patients can collect medication from Galleries on Tue & Fri: 14.30-15.45 

- Unable to collect medication from the surgeries above?  It can be delivered to your home.

For full details about this service, please click on the following: 

For full details about this service and the new Administrator, click on the following

As of today, Monday 18th May, Jean Hawker is taking over the administration of the Prescriptions and Medications Service. Please click on the following link for full details

 LiFERAFT - Medications and prescriptions information. Jean can be contacted at or by phone on 01225 722473 between the hours of 13.00 and 15.00 Monday to Friday (please note change of time)

Message from Jean: ‘Although the shop is closed for essential maintenance, medicines can still be picked up from outside Galleries on Tuesday, 19th May between 14.30-15.45.’

Pastoral support

For support for wellbeing and mental health issues, please contact Heather Coombe, and for spiritual pastoral support, Mike Taylor on 01225 723570. 

For more information about wellbeing and support groups click on the following links:

LiFERAFT - Pastoral and wellbeing information 

LiFERAFT - Mental health support groups  New information added

Financial support

If you need financial support, please contact Lee Newlyn at

Any questions or concerns? Contact 07966 027637

Mental Health Awareness Week: Compassionate Communities in B&NES and Wiltshire

Heather Coombe has signposted Mental Health Support services and the Pastoral and Wellbeing Support service. Please see the details of these services here

LiFERAFT - Mental health support groups

In addition, as it’s Mental Health Awareness Week we thought you’d be interested to hear that our local authorities are working closely with MIND to provide wider support for mental health issues. These services all provide non-judgemental advice and support and also activities, and can be contacted through a central hub, where your query will either be addressed immediately or be passed to the appropriate group. The contact details are:

· BANES:          0300 247 0050 (9am to 5pm)· Wiltshire:         0300 003 4576 (8am to 8pm)

Compassionate Community Hub

The Compassionate Community Hub is a joint initiative between Bath & North East Somerset Council; Virgin Care and the BANES Third Sector Group (3SG). It  provides a single port of call for any required support service, which will accept calls from individuals or anyone with concerns about a resident’s wellbeing.

Bath Mind and Breathing Space 

Bath Mind is a local, independent charity providing services who are leading on the Compassionate Communities Hub mental health and wellbeing Pod.  They are dealing with calls from residents who are feeling anxious, isolated, or with low mood, or from people with more complex issues and ongoing poor mental health seeking advice and support.  They spend time listening to people, talking through their concerns and discussing some options to support their wellbeing.  This often includes linking up with and signposting to other relevant organisations who can help.  The Bath Mind team will also make regular follow up calls if required.

Bath Mind is offering a new service - Breathing Space - which is a calm, non-clinical, evening telephone service supporting individuals who are experiencing, or at risk of a mental health crisis.  It is open 365 days a year between 5.30pm and 11.30pm every evening supporting members of the community at the point of mental health distress or crisis.  This service provides practical and emotional support and may be used as an alternative to admission to statutory services.

To access the service, call 01225 983130 or e-mail:,

Freshford and Limpley Stoke Masks

There will be a distribution of free face masks this Thursday 21st May from 13:00 at Galleries.  The distribution will coincide with the re-opening of Galleries.

Can you help by sewing masks? - even if you only make a mask for yourself and family.  Here are the Sewing Instructions

F&LSM would particularly appreciate any donations of patterned material - please read the Donor Instructions.

Please use your mask when in enclosed close proximity environments such as shopping or public transportHelp to cut the transmission of COVID-19 and adhere to Safe Face Mask Usage

Should you require further details or wish to be put on a list to receive a mask then contact David Webster (Email:, Phone: 01225 722022 or Mobile: 07584 076652). For sewing advice contact Charlie Murray (Email:  or Phone: 01225 722089). Please give us feedback on the masks so we can improve the design.

Park and Tennis Courts come out of lockdown

The King George V Play Park in Limpley Stoke is now open for you to enjoy again; however, the play equipment is still out of bounds.  Also, the Freshford and District Tennis Club courts opened again on Wednesday 13th May for singles and family doubles only.  LTA rules apply concerning Covid-19, please see for details.

If you have a snippet of news for the LiFERAFT Weekly News, contact our Communications Coordinator, Jonelle on 01225 720375  07763 943004



Village Zones and Coordinators in Limpley Stoke & Freshford

Please find below a list of the village zones and the residents who have kindly agreed to coordinate the provision of support. They all have access to the central database and their role is to:

1. Identify the 'at risk' people and people who need assistance in each zone.

2. Identify the people who would like to volunteer assistance in each zone.

3. Coordinate support to the 'at risk' people in each zone.

4. Establish a good communication system between residents in each zone.

5. Identify, where necessary, a deputy.

Please use the list below to identify your local coordinator and make contact.

limpley stoke co-ordinators

freshford co-ordinators


Don’t delay seeking medical help because of coronavirus

People living in Wiltshire are being advised not to let worries about coronavirus stop them asking for medical help for themselves or their children if they become ill, have a serious accident or have a concern about their health.

They are also being warned that not seeking medical help for symptoms that could be the early warning signs of serious conditions such as cancer could be putting lives at risk.
The warning comes as new data shows a considerable drop in the number of people coming forward to ask their GP for help and advice during the coronavirus outbreak.

Recent statistics show that, in Bath alone, the total number of weekly referrals from GPs to the Royal United Hospital have fallen from around 2,000 at the beginning of March to 300 at the end of April.

In Swindon, the average number of patients being sent by their GP to the Great Western Hospital for further investigations into symptoms that suggest cancer each week has dropped by more than 200 to 80.
Dr Ruth Grabham, Medical Director at BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire CCG, said the statistics made for worrying reading because the drop in numbers  “is not because people are not experiencing symptoms.”
“While it may seem that coronavirus has put a stop to most aspects of everyday life, the one thing it hasn’t stopped is what’s going on inside our bodies,” she says. “Now more than ever, we need to pay attention to anything that isn’t normal and seek help early on.

“For example, if you notice blood when going to the toilet, or if you’ve found a lump that wasn’t there previously, or if you’ve just noticed something odd that is causing you to worry, you need to speak to your GP.
“Should the symptom be the early warning sign of something serious like cancer, that delay in seeking help could have serious implications for how successful possible treatments may be.”

Although GP practices across the region have adopted new ways of working, such as establishing isolated clinics for potential coronavirus patients, the practices themselves are still open to offer care, treatment, advice and peace-of-mind.

The same also goes for emergency departments at the three hospitals in Bath, Swindon and Salisbury, all of which continue to be open 24 hours a day for people with a genuine and life-threatening health concern.
Additionally, all healthcare facilities in the region, as well as those elsewhere in the country, have put in place stringent infection control measures to ensure that the risk of contracting coronavirus while visiting a hospital or GP surgery remains low.

·  Details of which services continue to open, as well as how to get in contact, can be found online by visiting
·  For information about local hospital services visit, or
·  Further information on how to stay well throughout the coronavirus outbreak can be found at




COVID-19 UPDATE – Thursday 9th April

We will be providing updates on our services on our website and you can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

For central government updates follow:
Public Health England
Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Wiltshire's beauty spots aren't going anywhere

That's the message from the Wiltshire and Swindon Local Resilience Forum (LRF), as people are urged to stay at home and avoid unnecessary travel over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

With sunny weather forecast and people heading into the third weekend of the Government's restrictions, the advice to the public is clear.

Everyone must do their bit to help protect the NHS and save lives.

More on doing our bit this bank holiday weekend to save lives

Waste collections over the Easter period

Our waste and recycling crews will be collecting as normal on Good Friday and Easter Monday, so if these are your collection days, please leave your bins out as usual.

The teams will also be catching up on some missed recycling collections on Saturday, so if your recycling collection has been missed, please leave your containers out. 

Check your waste collection dates

Elections and referendums postponed in Wiltshire due to COVID-19
As legislation has now been published to confirm the postponement of national and local elections, by-elections and referendums during the coming months, we have now released details of the forthcoming polls affected in the county.

In Wiltshire, the Police and Crime Commissioner election, scheduled for 7 May, will now take place on 6 May 2021, the same day as the unitary elections and town and parish council elections. The current Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, Angus Macpherson, will remain in post until the next election.

More on the postponement of elections and referendums

Help for our waste and recycling teams

We know that the closure of household recycling centres has made it difficult to dispose of large items, but please only put household waste into your bins and store any large items safely until the household recycling centres open once again.

Our teams have found lots electrical items (including rechargeable battery tools) and scrap (such as car brake discs) and gas canisters in the recycling collected from the blue-lidded recycling bins. These could cause damage or fires at the recycling facility and put our teams in danger.

Please make sure you only put acceptable items into your blue-lidded bin, and to maximise space, please wash and squash your recycling.

Taking care of your mental health

During this COVID-19 situation, it's vital that you take good care of your mental health.

Here are a few ways in which you can do just that:

  • Stay connected with people – stay in touch with family and friends by phone, video call or social media
  • Talk about your concerns – sharing your worries and fears can help you feel less anxious
  • Support others – helping someone else can make you feel good, but remember to stick to the social distancing guidelines
  • Be prepared – make sure you have the things you need to be able to stay at home and how you might get help if you need it
  • Look after yourself – try to eat healthily, drink plenty of water, avoid smoking and drugs and try not to drink too much alcohol
  • Get some exercise – you can leave the house, alone or with members of your household, for one form of exercise a day, like walking running or cycling. You must keep a safe 2-metre distance from others. Or you could try a home workout

More on how you can look after your mental health

Active communities resource page:

Learn More

The latest Wilts CC guidance as shared by Johnny is repeated here: 


banes update

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Message to residents from leader and chief executive of Bath & North East Somerset Council

We’re writing to update Bath & North East Somerset residents about what the council is doing to minimise the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on our local communities.  We recognise that the situation changes quickly and we are saddened to learn that a man in his 80s, who was being cared for at the RUH and had tested positive for Covid-19, has died.

We know that you are receiving many messages about Covid-19. Our aim in this letter is to provide clear information that we hope is useful to you, your family, your neighbours and your community at this challenging time.

We have a dedicated section on our website<>.  This updates you on council service changes resulting from the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. Our priority during this period will be to maintain the critical services our communities, especially the most vulnerable, depend on.  We are doing all we can to keep our communities safe during this challenging period.  We would like you to understand that it is highly likely that there will be some reductions in service levels across the council. We also anticipate you may have to wait longer for some services during the Covid-19 pandemic. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

We are also co-ordinating our efforts with partners such as the Police, Curo, RUH and CCG, all of whom are working closely together to protect our local communities.

What you can do to help

We must work together as a community to protect ourselves and those around us. It is important that everyone follows the latest national advice and guidance.

It is vital that you read the social distancing measures<> we should all be taking to reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus.

 You must also:-

 *  Wash your hands often with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds, especially after using public transport, when you arrive at work or arrive home. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water is not available.

 *  Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, wash your hands or use a sanitiser gel.

 *  Don't touch your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

 *  Avoid close contact with people who are unwell. Stay at home if you have symptoms. Please read the stay at home guidance<> for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection for more information.

For more information go to:<>

We can support each other and public agencies during this challenging period by

 *  Only calling 111 if you can’t get help using the NHS online service.

 *  Being flexible and understanding of the pressure that we are all under

 *  Using online services wherever possible

Supporting local communities and the most vulnerable

Bath & North East Somerset Council is working to support community and the most vulnerable in their own homes. Our Third Sector Group (3SG) is recruiting volunteers through its #CompassionateCommunities<> scheme to offer support to community groups and charities as they work to help elderly or vulnerable people self-isolating.

More than a thousand people from across Bath and North East Somerset have already volunteered. If you're healthy and at low-risk, you can be a Compassionate Community


Connector<> and help others across Bath and north East Somerset

Our website contains a wide range of resources for you to download and use, including posters and guides.

The Bath & North East Somerset Homeless Partnership are meeting regularly to limit the impact of COVID-19 on rough sleepers and others in housing need. There are opportunities for rough sleepers to self-isolate if needed.

Supporting local businesses

We recognise the impact that the Covid-19 pandemic is having and will have on local business. We have produced a briefing pack to provide guidance on the support available for employers and businesses during this period.

Please contact the B&NES Business & Skills team at  or visit the Invest in Bath website<> if you require any further information.

More information

If you or others would like to receive these regular updates please sign up to our e-newsletters<>.

Learn More

We have set up a dedicated email address for queries directly relating to Covid. 19

Follow us on twitter and facebook @bathnes and Instagram bathnescouncil

Finally, we want to extend our thanks to residents, partners, volunteers and local businesses who are doing their best to support each other in this difficult time.

Yours sincerely

Councillor Dine Romero                                                  Will Godfrey

Leader, Bath & North East Somerset Council                Chief Executive


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