July parish council meeting
Click here for the agenda of the July 14 meeting of the Skerne and Wansford Parish Council, which will be a remote one. Should any member of the public wish to join please email the clerk on Sandwpclerk@yahoo.co.uk for the Zoom meeting ID and the password. Places are limited so they will be on a first come-first served basis.
Three steps to safety
3 Steps to Safety poster
The Government has asked all principal councils to produce local plans and ERYC has worked with health organisations and other regional and national partners to produce a plan which we hope will help to ensure the East Riding is a safe place for people to live, work, shop, learn, play, invest and visit with confidence.
How you can play your part
For the plan to work, we need your support and what you need to do is simply follow 3 Steps To Safety and to encourage your local communities to do likewise.
The 3 Steps To Safety are: Prevent. Notice. Act.
STEP 1: Prevent:
• Keep your distance – always follow the latest social distance guidance
• Wash your hands - thoroughly washing your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds remains the best personal hygiene precaution
STEP 2: Notice:
• Be aware of COVID-19 symptoms – so you can recognise as soon as possible if you or someone close to you has them
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
STEP 3: Act:
• Get tested – If there is any hint of the symptoms in your household, make sure the person with the symptoms is tested as soon as possible
• Stay home – Do the right thing if you and your household need to self-isolate:
- whether one of you has symptoms and you are waiting for the results
- whether one of you has tested positive
- or whether one of you has been in contact with someone who has tested positive
You can request a test by visiting www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or calling 119.
A copy of one of our 3 Steps To Safety posters is included in this email.
Please also encourage your local communities to follow any other safety requirements, such as wearing face coverings on public transport, and it is worth checking the Government website www.gov.uk/coronavirus regularly for updates, as national guidance changes frequently.
What we (ERYC) are doing
As part of the East Riding Outbreak Management Plan and the 3 Steps To Safety public health campaign, we are working with businesses, care homes and many other organisations across the East Riding to create a COVID-safe environment.
We are providing businesses and other organisations with guidance about appropriate safety measures and we are asking them to tell us as soon as possible if they get any cases or suspected cases so we can support them as quickly as possible in confining the outbreak.
We are supporting the national NHS Test and Trace service at a local level in the East Riding so that individuals and their households are informed as quickly as possible if they need to self-isolate, to avoid passing the virus to others. Our work with local, regional and national partners will also help us to quickly identify people who have been in close contact with those who have tested positive for the virus and to advise them to self-isolate and get tested if they develop symptoms.
If we all follow the 3 Steps To Safety, if we keep doing those simple things like regular and thorough handwashing, respecting social distances and being aware of COVID-19 symptoms in ourselves and others around us, we reduce risk. If we quickly get tested for COVID-19 when we need to and if we self-isolate and stay home when advised to, we reduce risk.
If we don’t do these simple things, we increase risk and increased risk will inevitably lead to more infections, more illness and more tragedies for East Riding families and it could lead to a local lockdown and tighter restrictions on all of us.
By doing the right thing and following the 3 Steps To Safety, we are all helping to keep ourselves, our loved ones and other East Riding residents protected from COVID-19.
More details, as well as copies of the East Riding Outbreak Management Plan and the Humber COVID-19 Prevention and Outbreak Management Framework, are available in the www.eastriding.gov.uk/3stepstosafety section of the council’s website.
Thank you for your continued support.
Electors rights - financial year 2019-20
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Public rights of way advice for cyclists and horseriders
The increased use of public rights of way has highlighted some issues concerning public rights of way and civil trespass, according to the ERYC, A key issue being an apparent lack of understanding about the different types of rights of way and where people can or cannot cycle or ride horses.
In light of this ERYC has produced this poster which gives a brief and positive guide to public rights of way, to help users identify appropriate routes to walk, cycle or ride.
By clicking on the appropriate place you can either preview or download it.
Free bespoke cycle training for ER residents
Please see text of email below from ERYC.
During the lockdown, many residents have been walking and cycling as part of their daily exercise.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council is keen for people to continue as the restrictions are eased and its Road Safety Team is offering safe, free personal cycle training to support residents in this transition.
The sessions will help to give adults and children aged 11 and over the opportunity to gain the skills and confidence to cycle more regularly as workplaces, shops and as schools begin to reopen.
The council’s Road Safety Team would like to see walking and cycling become a ‘new normal’ for people who only have short, daily journeys.
Principal road safety officer Steve Wigley said: “We’ve seen a lot of people across the county walking and cycling more regularly in the past couple of months.
“Now is the perfect opportunity for us all to really look hard at our future travel habits and to convert these leisure activities into active commuter journeys, reducing the overall number of vehicles on our roads, the current burden on public transport and dependence on cars, creating cleaner, less congested and more enjoyable environments.”
Councillor Chris Matthews, portfolio holder for strategic management, said: “As we all know, daily physical exercise has a huge impact on improving our physical and mental health which East Riding of Yorkshire Council is extremely keen to encourage.”
“We want to support more of our residents with the opportunity to access free cycle training giving them the necessary road skills to make cycling their regular way to travel.”
For more information, advice or to discuss free cycle training requirements, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For a copy of Skerne and Wansford news click here
ERYC video highlighting the authority's Community Hub and where help is available
Please click here
Letter from Sir Greg Knight
Please click here for a letter from East Yorkshire MP Greg Knight re the Government's announcement re lockdown changes on Monday
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.
Take the survey re Skerne Village Green
With the land transfer for the land at Skerne under way, the village green committee is asking residents of both villages to fill in an on-line survey - the more people who complete the more hope the committee has of obtaining grant funding from various sources. It is hoped there will be play equipment, etc on the land, which is only a Sunday's afternoon's family walk away from Wansford. The link to the survey is https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MP9BGRJ
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
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 - email@example.com .
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 reconciliation 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
Covid 19 and rural economies
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 July 7 2020