Keep in touch - join your village's Facebook group
A Wansford Facebook group has been set up for people to exchange snippets, post pictures, originate a discussion - whatever. It is called Wansford YO25 Community. If you're already a Facebook member you can search for Wansford YO25 Community or can be emailed an invitation - just let the clerk know by emailing Sandwpclerk@yahoo.co.uk
The only rules are that your are kind and courteous and to keep politics, religion and any contentious issues out of any discussion.
If you're not on Facebook, joining is easy.
Skerne has its own long-established Facebook group.
Letter to all residents from Humberside Police
Humberside Police letter to residents
Help for vulnerable
Humberside Police have asked that if you become aware of any persons within the community who are not receiving support from Government agencies or volunteer organisations to please let them know via their email address Driffield@humberside.pnn.police.uk so that they can assess and signpost them accordingly to the correct support.
Trading standards advice in the coronavirus emergency
During the coronavirus emergency as people struggle to get to the shops and have time on their hands, there will always be unscrupulous people wishing to take advantage of the situation. These East Riding trading standards leaflets point out many pitfalls, caution residents to be wary of misinformation and give guidelines that will protect both vulnerable individuals and those genuinely trying to help them. Leaflet for groups Leaflet for individuals
Covid-19 update from Greg Knight
Click here to download/read a letter from MP Greg Knight giving a comprehensive update on the current emergency.
Fraud and scam alert from Humberside Police
For details from Humberside Police on how to counteract fraud and scams of all types, click here
Reporting social gatherings contrary to Government guidance
These should not be reported to the parish council but direct to https://www.reportingcrime.uk/HPBreachOfCovid19Guidance/index.html
Help at hand in Coronavirus emergency for self-isolating Skerne and Wansford residents
As social distancing takes hold—and the possibility of having to self-isolate should you or a member of your family become infected—parish councillors and residents alike have rallied around.
They are hoping to create a network in both villages of people willing to pick up shopping, collect prescriptions, etc for the duration of the emergency or just to make a friendly telephone call.
In Skerne, Catherine Bristow has volunteered to coordinate this effort and in Wansford, Caroline Harrison has offered her services.
Already some people have indicated that they are willing to help in this way, and if you wish to join forces with them please be in contact.
Meanwhile, if you are in the ‘vulnerable’ group who has been advised by the Government to distance yourself socially it would be helpful if you could let us know.
While it behoves us all to look out for our neighbours at the best of times, at the worst of times it could be comforting to know for definite that someone, somewhere cares…
We are Catherine Bristow (Skerne) and Caroline Harrison (Wansford)
Our telephone numbers are: Catherine—250190, 07774 402577; Caroline—254452, 07703 354394
If you are self-isolating due to COVID-19 we can help with:
Picking up shopping, posting mail, a friendly phone call, urgent requests
Just call or text one of us and we’ll do our best to find someone to help you—
Items should be left on your doorstep.
Government Coronavirus information Whats App service
To use the free GOV.UK Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp, simply add 07860 064422 in your phone contacts and then message the word ‘hi’ in a WhatsApp message to get started.
A set of menu options is then presented which the user can choose from and then be sent relevant guidance from GOV.UK pages as well as links to GOV.UK for further information.
Prof Yvonne Doyle, Medical Director, Public Health England, said:
This service will help us ensure the public has a trusted source for the right information about coronavirus, updated with the latest public health guidance and providing assurance that they are not misled by any of the false information circulating.
Matt Idema, Chief Operating Officer, WhatsApp, said:
At difficult times like these, people are using WhatsApp more than ever to connect with and support their friends, family and communities. We are pleased to be able to provide the UK Government with the communications tools to help them answer the public’s questions about the virus with reliable, timely health advice, in order to keep people safe.
East Riding Covid-19 helpline for those self-isolating
A dedicated contact centre specifically for residents who don’t have that network of carers, family, friends, neighbours or local community groups to call upon is now up and running.
Staffed by council officers based either at County Hall or at home, the contact centre will triage and log calls from residents. The calls will then be passed to the HEY Smile Foundation who will call upon their bank of community groups and volunteers to act upon the request for help. In order to do this, nine community hubs are being set up in locations across the East Riding, in Anlaby, Beverley, Bridlington, Driffield, Goole, Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, Hornsea, Pocklington and Withernsea. These are not open to the public but are a place where volunteers can co-ordinate their help and support for the surrounding areas. The volunteers are being supported by many council officers in all nine hubs.
The contact centre will have a dedicated number (01482) 393919 and will be open from 9am until 9pm Monday to Friday and from 9am until 6pm on Saturdays and Sundays. An email address is also available for those who wish to contact us electronically - firstname.lastname@example.org .
The aim of this service is not to take away, substitute for or replace the great work and community spirit that has been established over the last few weeks across the East Riding but to provide extra help and support for those residents who really need support with their daily living and who don't have carers, family, friends, neighbours or local community groups available to help.
This contact centre is not for emergencies or for those vulnerable residents who are in our adult care system. The people we want to help through this service are those who may be in self-isolation and need medicines or essential food collecting, pets that need walking or are maybe feeling lonely and would like to be able to chat with someone.
CONTACT CENTRE DETAILS
9am-6pm Saturday and Sunday
Tel: (01482) 393919
Countywide Covid-19 initiative
The Coronavirus Community Support Hub: East Riding (https://coronavirus.beecan.org/) – launched on 19th March, this hub is a positive response to the current Coronavirus (Covid-19) situation. It offers a platform where communities can connect, get involved, stay informed and take care of their health and wellbeing.
March 17 2020 parish council meeting minutes
Click here for the minutes of the meeting of the Skerne and Wansford Parish Council which took place on Tuesday March 17 in Wansford Village Hall starting at 7.30pm.
Spring 2020 newsletter
Click here for the latest Skerne and Wansford Parish Council newsletter
Don't fall victim to scammers
During this difficult time not everyone will be endeavouring to help.
Unscrupulous people will be aiming to take advantage of the isolated with internet, telephone and doorstep scams of all sorts from offering hand sanitisers to the usual discount on your appliances insurance as well as recorded messages, such as those about ‘your’ Amazon account or, as has happened in Beverley, people pretending to be local health professionals knocking on your door.
Be very wary of all cold callers, unknown visitors however credible they may appear, and never give your bank details to anyone.
There are initiatives to help and it’s perhaps worth idling away some of your hours in isolation by logging onto Friends Against Scams at www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk, a Trading Standards initiative which aims to protect and prevent people becoming victims of scams and where there is much information on what to look out for whether the scam is via e-mail, telephone, letter or a well-dressed, personable individual standing on your doorstep.
Another website is www.actionfraud.police.uk where scams can be reported. Don’t let the emergency develop into a crisis; take care.
Village hall coffee mornings suspended
Due to the Coronavirus emergency, the weekly Wednesday coffee mornings at Wansford Village Hall have been suspended until further notice.
Information sheet re use of defibrillators
Click here for the information sheet re the use of defibrillators which was available at a defibrillator usage course held in Wansford Village Hall on February 11.
Winter 2019 Skerne and Wansford News
Click here to access the winter 2019 edition of the Skerne and Wansford news
Minutes of parish meeting re donated land at Skerne
Click here for the draft minutes of the parish meeting held at St Leonard's Church, Skerne, on Monday September 9. For minutes of the Skerne village green working party click here
Powers and duties of parish councils
All parish councils have powers and duties (things that they may do and things that they must do) conferred upon them by statute. Click here to find a list of the duties and potential powers of your parish council. Note that no parish council is a highways authority or a planning authority. Neither is Skerne and Wansford Parish Council a burial authority although it uses the power to contribute towards the expenses incurred in the upkeep of the two villages' burial grounds.
Annual Governance and Accountability Return 2018-2019
Click here to access the Skerne and Wansford Parish Council annual return for the financial year 2018-2019.
Click here for the bank reconciliation for the year ending March 31 2019 and here the explanation of variances for the year,
136 service - new timetable from September 3 2018
East Yorkshire Motor Services will take over the 136 Driffield to Bridlington bus service on September 3 2018. There will be no change to the service, The thrice-daily service has been run by Bus King. It services Wansford, North Frodingham and Beeford as well as several coastal villages. For a timetable click here or see the village noticeboard
PC expenditure 2018-2019
Click here for a breakdown of Skerne and Wansford Parish Council expenditure in 2018-19 financial year
Parish council bank reconciliation year ended March 31 2019
To access the year-end bank rconciliation click here
A Jobcentre near me
To find you the local Jobcentre Plus offices as well as benefits and employment information, click here
Latest rural headlines
Coronavirus - how to help the rural elderly
Monday afternoon craft sessions at Wansford Village Hall take place each Monday, from 1.30pm to 3pm. Take a project, learn a new craft, knit and natter or call in a for a cuppa. £1 entry.
Humberside Police: East Wolds and Coastal Beat latest edition
To access the latest local news from Humberside Police click here
Rural Vulnerability Service
To access the Rural Vulnerability website, which tackles issues such as poor broadband speeds, rural transport, fuel poverty and health, click here.
The Emergency Plan for Skerne and Wansford has now been compiled and a copy of it can be found in the Policies and Procedures section of this website. If you have any special skills or equipment you feel able to offer the community in the event of an emergency, please call on or contact the parish council clerk, using the contact form above, or any parish councillor.
Village Hall coffee mornings
Weekly coffee mornings usually take place in Wansford Village Hall each Wednesday in aid of the hall refurbishment fund. The cost is £1 and all members of the Skerne and Wansford community are welcome to attend as well as passers-by and visitors.
Safeguarding policy in the York diocese
Click here for the home page for safeguarding in the diocese of York, where you can find information and guidance concerning protecting children and vulnerable adults in your church. For information about church services in the Nafferton and Hutton Cranswick benefices follow the link at the top of the page
Weather outlook for East Yorkshire
For the Met Office local forecast click here
Site last updated April 2 2020