Please visit this page to find out the latest advice and news about the impact of Coronavirus on Bourn and the surrounding area.
We know that people are concerned about news reports on the spread of Covid-19 – or Coronavirus. This continues to be a fast moving issue, which is being carefully monitored by Public Health England (PHE) with the current impact and risk to the UK population considered moderate.
However, there are some really simple steps we can all take to get into good habits to protect ourselves and others to stop the spread of viruses and germs including Coronavirus.
Social distancing – what it means and why we should all follow the rules
British Society for Gastroenterology advice for people with inflammatory bowel disease
Stay-at-home advice if you have symptoms
BOURN COVID-19 ACTION GROUP – LOCAL VOLUNTEERS
If you are self-isolating and need support we are here to help. We have a group of volunteers who are able to provide help to villagers who need support. This might involve picking up prescriptions, collecting shopping, posting mail or just providing support and a friendly voice. If you would like to volunteer or need help, please email us on [email protected] or call/text 07727 462523.
You can place orders for food from Knibbs Meat Safe (01954 713978). For food and other essentials you can place orders from JJ at the Bourn shop (07790 839663). Your order will be delivered to your house by a volunteer.
We can also collect medication from Bourn Surgery and deliver it to you.
Takeaway food can be ordered from The Willow Tree (01954 719775) – the menu can be viewed on their website – and from The Lalbagh (01954 719131 for collection or delivery).
If you are in need of emergency food or baby supplies in the current coronavirus situation, a local foodbank may be able to help.
Cambourne Foodbank is part of Cambridge City Foodbanks (part of the Trussell Trust – https://www.trusselltrust.org/get-help/find-a-foodbank/ )
Trussell Trust foodbanks normally require their customers to be referred to them and they operate on a voucher system. If a person does not have a voucher, they will not issue a food parcel. Under normal conditions, the best place to get a referral from is Citizen’s Advice. At this time, other agencies might be helpful to get a referral from. By calling or emailing the Cambridge City Foodbank you can talk through your situation and they will put you in touch with a relevant local agency. See –
https://cambridgecity.foodbank.org.uk/contact-us/ or phone 07772 538628
In response to the current situation there is a service for Cambridge City Emergency Foodbank Voucher Requests. This means that, without referral, you can use the website to apply online for a foodbank voucher. To use this service, you must have a mobile phone capable of receiving texts. However, please be aware that Cambridge City Foodbanks can only issue vouchers in certain cases such as sudden loss of work or reduced hours. For general hardship or benefits problems you should contact your support worker (if you have one) or Cambridge Citizens’ Advice on 0344 848 7979.
Online applications can be made here https://cambridgecity.foodbank.org.uk/get-help/foodbank-vouchers/
In order to assess the application, Cambridge City Foodbanks will require you to provide various personal information. If a voucher is issued, they will provide instructions where to get the food. If you do not meet the criteria they will inform you that they are unable to issue the voucher by text. It might be possible that Cambridge City Foodbank can deliver food parcels, however they request that people have a friend collect for them if they cannot collect it themselves.
Finally, Cambridge City Foodbanks cannot issue more than three vouchers in a 6 month period according to Trussell Trust rules. Each food parcel takes into account the members of your household and is designed to provide enough food for a minimum of 3 days.
If you are in urgent need and unable to get help from the Cambridge City Foodbank, please contact Cllr Jaggers at Bourn Parish Council and we will look for alternative ways to support you. Email [email protected] or phone 07711 503382.
Coronavirus update – 24th March 2020
Following the Prime Minister’s broadcast to the nation last night, our Archbishops and Bishops have given us new guidance. This requires us to close and keep closed all our church buildings with immediate effect.
This is a big blow; it removes our capacity to offer use of the buildings as places where, in this time of international crisis, people can go for prayer, quiet reflection and to enjoy the beauty of these places we treasure. Please pass this news on to people in your community who may not access this message and will be affected by this new constraint; where possible, and they have internet access, give them the link to self-register for our regular Papworth Team Ministry bulletins.
Therefore, as soon as possible, the church buildings in the Papworth Team Ministry open and accessible throughout the week will be locked; and those open for set periods during the week will no longer be unlocked. This will be the new norm until we are advised we can relax these restrictions.
Many people from our wider community of friends and contacts are affected by what is happening around us. With immediate effect, also, no weddings or christenings are taking place; and funerals will be conducted under very clear and strict arrangements. We have been in touch with all who are expecting to have weddings and christenings in the near future; we will keep in touch with them as things evolve during this very demanding and worrying time for them.
Later this week we will offer updated suggestions for daily prayer resources, access arrangements for a range of helpful OnLine streaming of church services that will suit a variety of preferred styles, how to access our enlarged weekly Notes based on the regular Sunday readings and a short videolog from me.
Meanwhile, it has been very moving to learn of a whole range of local initiatives in many of our villages whereby people are putting in place arrangements to ensure the most vulnerable are supported and cared for at this time. Thank-you to so many for all you are doing.
Until later in the week.
Nigel di Castiglione
16 April 2020
In an update briefing to local parish councils, South Cambs District Council (SCDC) Leader, Cllr Bridget Smith, provided the following updates:
The number of people contracting coronavirus in our area is lower than anticipated and the peak in infections is expected here at the end of April. Addenbrooke’s Hospital is working well within capacity and is taking coronavirus patients in from London and surrounding areas. This suggests that the social distancing policy people are adhering to is working well.
Support for Small Businesses
The Government has issued £20 million to SCDC to support local businesses. To date, half of that funding has been given out. If you are a small business owner please see here to see what help is available to you during the current crisis. SCDC are issuing a weekly business briefing which you can subscribe to here.
Council Tax Support Scheme
The Government has provided SCDC with additional funding to support those struggling with payment of council tax. If you are struggling with payment of your council tax, and you are eligible, support is available. See here for details.