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Foodbank Update:

Advice — 30th March 2020

Food can be left at the Queen's Hall, High Street, Cuckfield, on Monday to Friday between 10am and 3pm.

Food can be left at the Co-op at Whitemans Green on Monday to Sunday, 9am - 8pm.

Items required are non-perishables such as tinned food e.g. beans, veggies, soup, tomatoes, cooking sauces, cereals, pasta, rice, biscuits, coffee and tea, and toiletries. These are just a few examples.

Donations will be collected each Monday and taken to the Trussell Trust in Haywards Heath, who will arrange deliveries to be made to families in crisis on Wednesdays.

Thanks to everyone who is supporting this.

Government Guidelines regarding Coronavirus

Advice — 30th March 2020

Please see a link to the main government website which remains updated with current and latest advice regarding coronavirus:

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

Cuckfield Post Office

Council News — 23rd March 2020

Regretfully I have to announce that the opening of the Post Office at the Queen's Hall has been delayed until the risk of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has passed.

As soon as it is safe to do so, a new date will be scheduled for the opening to take place.

Please accept our apologies for any disappointment or inconvenience this may cause.

Coronavirus - Leave No-one Behind

Advice — 30th March 2020

Please see the help leaflet distributed about the village; if you need any assistance, please see the details and call the number 01444 635002.

If you would like to help out by volunteering at this time, please visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/CuckfieldVolunteers/?fref=mentions for more details.

Coronavirus Help Leaflet

MESSAGE FROM MID SUSSEX MIND

Advice — 23rd March 2020

Our support plan from March 23, 2020

Due to the Government advice regarding Coranavirus, we are offering the following services.

Anyone struggling with their mental health:

  • can ring us on any of the phone numbers below or email the addresses listed below to let us know you would like to talk.
  • when we speak, you can tell us what is happening and we will listen. We can also offer advice and information and direct you to other sources of support. If we agree you could benefit from some regular support from us, we can develop a well-being/support plan with you.  

People we are already in contact with and supporting:

  • can phone or email us for advice and information. Phone/email addresses remain the same and are below
  • will be offered booked phone support appointments to review well-being/support plan and discuss any issues
  • where people are more at risk or isolated, particularly people who are self-isolating and live alone, we will keep in touch with you by phone and email to make sure you are safe and have what you need.

Phoning us - please note

We now have most of our staff working from home. Because of this, we may only have one duty person answering the phone. This means most of the time when you ring us, we will need to have a quick conversation to take your details. Then the duty member of staff will get someone who has time to talk to you to ring you back as soon as they can.

Watch this space - we will update again on March 30.

From next week, we hope to be able to offer opportunities to book and take part in on-line supportive groups and activities. We are also planning to extend our phone and on-line support sessions and appointments across evenings and weekends.

Our service contact details

Bognor and Chichester (older people):  07495 077341, email: [email protected]

Chanctonbury: 07495 077298, email: [email protected]

Littlehampton: 01903 721893, email: [email protected]

Midhurst: 07474 871899, email: [email protected]

Worthing: 01903 268107, email: [email protected]

Southwick (the Corner House): 01273 871575, [email protected]

Youth services

Worthing 01903 268107 [email protected]

Adur 01903 268107 [email protected]

Chanctonbury (Steyning, Storrington, Pulborough and surrounding areas) 07732 026030 [email protected]

Littlehampton and Bognor 01903 721893 [email protected]

Midhurst and Chichester 07496 988212 / 07949 963757 [email protected]

Families in Mind parental mental health support for parents of children of nought to five:

Worthing and Adur (Shoreham, Southwick, Lancing): 01903 268107

Bognor and Littlehampton: 01903: 721893

Cuckfield Parish Council - Precept Increase

Council News — 1st March 2020

Please see details of the breakdown of the precept increase for Cuckfield for 2020-21.

Precept Comparison Summary 2020 21 Website
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Government to grant permission for pubs and restaurants to operate as takeaways as part of coronavirus response.

Council News — 22nd March 2020

Planning rules will be relaxed so pubs and restaurants can operate as hot food takeaways during the coronavirus outbreak, the Communities Secretary has confirmed. 

Currently, planning permission is required for businesses to carry out a change of use to a hot food takeaway. The government has confirmed regulations will be relaxed to enable businesses to deliver this service without a planning application.

The measures are the latest in a series of practical steps the government is taking to support businesses and help people who need to self-isolate, as well as vulnerable groups and older people who have been strongly advised to avoid social contact outside their homes to prevent the spread of coronavirus.  

Communities Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said:

We are committed to doing everything we can to tackle the pandemic and support people, businesses and communities through this difficult time.

These changes will provide vital flexibility to pubs and restaurants and will ensure people are able to safely stay at home while still supporting some of the great local businesses across this country.

The government has confirmed the relaxations to planning rules will be put in place as soon as possible to provide reassurance to businesses and enable them to start providing takeaways to people quickly.

WSCC E-Newsletter March 2020

WSCC Press Release — 1st March 2020

Please see the latest newsletter from WSCC for March 2020 via the link below:

https://content.govdelivery.co...

Cold Callers - Message from Sussex Police

Sussex Police — 1st March 2020

Mid-Sussex Police has seen a number of reports about cold callers. These are young men reporting as being ex-offenders or looking to break free of homelessness (etc.) but in fact are just peddlers.

At this stage we don’t think they are either linked to or intending to burgle any premises, however the story told is part of a sales patter and unlikely to be true.

Our advice for all cold callers stands in that residents should not to buy or sell on the doorstep.

If any resident experiences any abuse or feels threatened then they should call the police, either 101 or 99 as appropriate to their risk.

We are interested in any sightings but are not asking for anyone to specifically ring in.

Neighbourhood Advice regarding Coronavirus

Advice — 15th March 2020

You will all be aware of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Neighbourhood Watch exists to look out for communities across England and Wales and at a time like this we encourage you to consider ways to keep yourself, your loved ones and those in your community safe, particularly the isolated and vulnerable. We are following the advice from the government and encourage you to do the same:  https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response 10 ways you, as a Neighbourhood Watch supporter, can protect yourself, your loved ones and your community:

  1. Meet with household members, other relatives, friends and neighbours to discuss what to do if a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in your community and what the needs of each person will be.
  2. If your neighbourhood has a website or social media page, consider joining it to maintain access to neighbours, information, and resources. Alternatively, share phone numbers and email addresses particularly with those who are isolated or vulnerable.
  3. Consider establishing a ‘buddy’ system within your community to ensure everyone stays connected to COVID-19 related news, services and can receive support safely, such as essentials deliveries.
  4. Plan ways to care for those who might be at greater risk for serious complications. 
  5. Choose a room in your home that can be used to separate sick household members from those who are healthy. 
  6. Learn how to self-isolate. Guidance can be found on the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/
  7. Create a list of local organisations that you and your neighbours can contact in the event that one of you need access to information, healthcare services, support, or resources. Consider including organisations that provide mental health or counselling services, food, and other supplies.
  8. Create an emergency contact list of family, friends, neighbours, healthcare providers, teachers, employers, the local public health department, and other community resources.
  9. Learn about the emergency operations plan at your child’s school or childcare facility, and your employer’s emergency operations plan.
  10. Practice everyday preventive actions including regular hand washing.
    1. The NHS provides guidance on how to wash hands: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/.  
    2. The World Health Organisation provides guidance on basic protective measures: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public
    3. The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention provides guidance on handwashing for families https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/handwashing-family.html

Please note: whilst we encourage you to follow advice from UK Government we are also sharing links to organisations such as the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention an agency which works 24/7 to protect the safety, health, and security of America from threats here and around the world. Some of our key points above have been sourced from:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/home/get-your-household-ready-for-COVID-19.html.
The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention also published (14th February 2020) Interim Guidance for Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Homes and Residential Communities which you may find useful: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html.

MSDC Budget & Corporate Plan Approved

MSDC Press Release — 5th March 2020

Ambitious plans for 2020/21 agreed in new budget

Mid Sussex District Council (MSDC) approved its Corporate Plan and Budget for 2020/21 at a meeting of Full Council on Wednesday 4 March 2020.

The 2020/21 Corporate Plan and Budget is set to focus on supporting economic growth, protecting the local environment and investing in community facilities and services.

Councillor Jonathan Ash-Edwards, Leader of Mid Sussex District Council said:

“Despite the challenges facing local government finances, many years of careful financial planning mean the District Council is in a strong position to deliver our ambitions for Mid Sussex.

“These ambitions include encouraging sustainable economic growth, through the delivery of full fibre digital infrastructure, funding to support micro businesses, planning for more employment spaces in the District and our Open4Business expo event.

“We are committed to protecting our environment and will shortly be commencing a weekly food waste recycling trial in partnership with the County Council, becoming the first Council in West Sussex to trial this new service. This year we will start a significant programme of investment in our flagship parks and open spaces to ensure they meet the needs of residents and roll out a network of electric vehicle charging points in our towns and villages. The Council also agreed a £100,000 environment and sustainability fund to support future environmental initiatives.

“Setting any budget is seldom easy, especially in a time of constrained resources. However, we are determined to provide the best range of services we can for Mid Sussex residents. It’s vitally important that we continue to plan for the long-term, invest wisely and focus our resources on the things that matter most to local people.”

The Mid Sussex portion of Council tax will increase by 3% in 2020/21 which equates to £4.95 for an average Band D property.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Please note that due to Government advice and guidance the Parish Council office will now be closed to all visitors.  Staff will be working from home and available via email:


Sam Heynes (Clerk) [email protected]

Caroline Hansen (Assistant Clerk) [email protected]


Jane Forester (Booking Enquiries) [email protected]


Paul Stevens (Operations Officer) [email protected]


We will arrange to make a call back for any urgent enquiries, but please note the office phones may not be manned.

Please take care and stay safe. 

We look forward to resuming normal service as soon as we can.

23rd March 2020

Events

6th June 2020

Royal Observer Corps Post (Nuclear Bunker) Open Days 2020

Opening hours are 11am - 3pm.

Royal Observer Corps Post (Nuclear Bunker) Open Days 2020

Cuckfield ROC post is a 3 man nuclear bunker hidden in our idyllic village of Cuckfield It was built in 1962 and operated until stand down in 1991. Its role was to monitor the nuclear threat from the Russians during the Cold War. The Post was restored by Mark and Ed during winter 2008/spring 2009 and opened that summer for public visits. Approximately 4 to 6 open days occur per year, usually at weekends over the summer months.

There is no charge to visit but donations are very welcome which go towards the insurance and upkeep of this nearly 60 year old structure.

Interested groups can arrange special access visits outside of regular open days, please contact us for details.

Please visit http://thetimechamber.co.uk/beta/sites/roc-posts for more details.

NB* THE BUNKER IS LOCKED SECURELY AND IS STRIPPED OF ANYTHING OF VALUE WHEN NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

25th July 2020

Royal Observer Corps Post (Nuclear Bunker) Open Days 2020

Opening hours are 11am - 3pm.

Royal Observer Corps Post (Nuclear Bunker) Open Days 2020

Cuckfield ROC post is a 3 man nuclear bunker hidden in our idyllic village of Cuckfield It was built in 1962 and operated until stand down in 1991. Its role was to monitor the nuclear threat from the Russians during the Cold War. The Post was restored by Mark and Ed during winter 2008/spring 2009 and opened that summer for public visits. Approximately 4 to 6 open days occur per year, usually at weekends over the summer months.

There is no charge to visit but donations are very welcome which go towards the insurance and upkeep of this nearly 60 year old structure.

Interested groups can arrange special access visits outside of regular open days, please contact us for details.

Please visit http://thetimechamber.co.uk/beta/sites/roc-posts for more details.

NB* THE BUNKER IS LOCKED SECURELY AND IS STRIPPED OF ANYTHING OF VALUE WHEN NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

8th August 2020

Royal Observer Corps Post (Nuclear Bunker) Open Days 2020

Opening hours are 11am - 4pm.

Royal Observer Corps Post (Nuclear Bunker) Open Days 2020

Cuckfield ROC post is a 3 man nuclear bunker hidden in our idyllic village of Cuckfield It was built in 1962 and operated until stand down in 1991. Its role was to monitor the nuclear threat from the Russians during the Cold War. The Post was restored by Mark and Ed during winter 2008/spring 2009 and opened that summer for public visits. Approximately 4 to 6 open days occur per year, usually at weekends over the summer months.

There is no charge to visit but donations are very welcome which go towards the insurance and upkeep of this nearly 60 year old structure.

Interested groups can arrange special access visits outside of regular open days, please contact us for details.

Please visit http://thetimechamber.co.uk/beta/sites/roc-posts for more details.

NB* THE BUNKER IS LOCKED SECURELY AND IS STRIPPED OF ANYTHING OF VALUE WHEN NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

9th August 2020

Royal Observer Corps Post (Nuclear Bunker) Open Days 2020

Opening hours are 10am - 1pm.

Royal Observer Corps Post (Nuclear Bunker) Open Days 2020

Cuckfield ROC post is a 3 man nuclear bunker hidden in our idyllic village of Cuckfield It was built in 1962 and operated until stand down in 1991. Its role was to monitor the nuclear threat from the Russians during the Cold War. The Post was restored by Mark and Ed during winter 2008/spring 2009 and opened that summer for public visits. Approximately 4 to 6 open days occur per year, usually at weekends over the summer months.

There is no charge to visit but donations are very welcome which go towards the insurance and upkeep of this nearly 60 year old structure.

Interested groups can arrange special access visits outside of regular open days, please contact us for details.

Please visit http://thetimechamber.co.uk/beta/sites/roc-posts for more details.

NB* THE BUNKER IS LOCKED SECURELY AND IS STRIPPED OF ANYTHING OF VALUE WHEN NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

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