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Playparks Remain Closed

From The Parish Clerk , Stephen Grist, 11 May 2020:

Good Morning ,

Following last night’s statement by the PM I felt it appropriate to seek guidance regarding the Staunton on Wye Playpark. I am passing on the advice that I have received following my e-mail in case anyone of you receives questions about access to the Playpark .

I can therefore confirm that the Playpark will remain closed until further notice. For more information, here.


Steve Grist

Clerk to Staunton on Wye Group Parish Council

Volunteering Opportunities

VENNTURE are looking for volunteers. More information about their work also here and here.

Talk Community Covid-19 Update

The Talk Community Covid-19 response has received over 3000 telephone calls since the commencement of the service 7 weeks ago.  We have deployed over 40 council staff to support the telephony service and vulnerable people of Herefordshire and at its peak were receiving 180 calls a day.  The infrastructure has enabled over 1500 requests for support for the most vulnerable people with the main areas of support continuing to be for supplies and medication collection.

The numbers of calls has significantly reduced to an average of 50 per day over the past few weeks, which indicates that the needs of the vulnerable are being met either in the communities, through the Talk Community response or within their own networks.   Over the past few weeks we have been planning for the next phase of the Talk Community Covid response and considering the future and sustainable model during this next stage.  The telephony service has been available 7 days a week 8am-8pm during the weekdays and 10am-4pm on the weekend, however the numbers of call have significantly reduced over the weekend and out of hours therefore to provide a permanent offer for the vulnerable residents of Herefordshire we will be looking to reduce the hours over the next week. 

The weekend of the 16th/17th will be the last weekend that the telephony support will be open and from the week commencing the 25th May, the bank holiday will be open 10am-4pm and from 26th May the telephony service will be available 9am-5pm Monday to Friday with the Blueschool House staff providing the telephony support.  This enables a permanent infrastructure at a time when staff are being redeployed to substantive posts and to continue to meet the demand albeit at a reduced number.

Out of hours support through Adult Social Care service remains available as well as the NHS 111 service, however the nature of the small amount of calls out of hours has not, in the majority of cases, required an urgent response.

Brobury Gardens Open for Daily Exercise

Brobury House Gardens

Keith and Pru are pleased to offer our gardens to residents of Brobury & Bredwardine to use for their daily exercise from tomorrow, Friday 24th April – No charge, but if you wish, make a donation to Weobley & Staunton Surgery in the Donation Box. – Open 10 am – 4.00 pm Monday to Saturday  Closed Sundays.– The Car Park is closed. Please walk here if you can. If not, please park your car in the council lay-by opposite our railings.   Do bring a picnic and your dogs, but dogs must be kept on leads at all times..A dog poo bin is  just inside the Car Park.- The Garden Entrance is half way down the drive, on the left, through the yew arch.- Take a Brochure and Map from the entrance box.- Please respect family privacy adjacent to the houses and keep 6 feet from anyone you meet.

Closure of Play Parks


In order to protect the public from the threat of COVID-19, Herefordshire Council has taken the decision to close ALL public play areas from Monday 23 March 2020 until further notice. The decision has been taken due to the unprecedented threat to Public Health posed by the outbreak of COVID-19.

Closing Play Areas will support the recommendations of national government for people to avoid places where people will, as a result of the natural use of Play Areas particularly by children and parents, congregate in a way that is contrary to the recommendations of national government in regard to social distancing.

Please follow government advice by avoiding gatherings and maintaining social distancing.

Planning application

A planning application has been received (200928) for installation of a package sewage treatment plant and discharge to the nearby road gully – details can be found here.

Representations can be made via the Herefordshire Council website and are requested by 24 April 2020

Churches Closed

The Church of England has decided that with immediate effect all Churches should be kept locked.

Staunton on Wye Children’s Playground Closed

In accordance with Herefordshire Council Coronavirus guidelines, passed down from central government, the Parish Council have closed the children’s play area until further notice.

Any queries to the Parish Clerk Steve Grist on 01981 500695.

Council Letter about Recent Flood Damage to Roads and Drainage