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Coronavirus Update 30/03/20

  • Government food hampers will be delivered this week to 50,000 people deemed most at risk from the coronavirus outbreak, as the whole country was placed on an “emergency footing” on Sunday;
  • Exercise:  Michael Gove has warned the public to limit daily walks, when in public spaces, to a maximum of an hour, ahead of a tightening up of rules on the national lockdown. Joggers, he said, should limit their runs to 30 minutes;
  • Neighbours are being urged to “look out for each other” and spot signs of domestic abuse such as bruises and regular shouting during the national lockdown. People in immediate danger are urged to call 999 and ask for the police. Those not in immediate danger are being advised to contact the 24-hour confidential National Domestic Abuse helpline or online forum run by Refuge, the national domestic abuse charity, or other online support services;
  • Fake news about coronavirus spreading on social media “could cost lives”.  Be aware that there are about 70 fake news items being reported every week just now:
    • Among the false claims are Facebook and WhatsApp posts citing false advice from the ‘Stanford Hospital Board’ telling people to gargle water every 15 minutes to ‘wash the virus down into the stomach, where acid could kill it’. 
    • Another was a doctored image of a message falsely claiming people would face criminal charges if they left their home ‘for no urgent reason’ from March 20;
  • Some councils are starting to cancel parking charges and reduce parking restrictions and enforcement during the COVID-19 outbreak;
  • Home workers have been warned their employers could be spying on them as many have installed software on their computers which takes pictures of their screen.  Large organisations have installed software on employers’ laptops that take photos of their screen at intervals throughout the day and monitor how much time they spend browsing the internet, and which websites.

Smiles Better

  • Postmen across the country have been cheering up the elderly, who cannot leave their homes, leaving bunches of flowers, tubs of yoghurt and cartons of milk on their doorsteps as they do their rounds;
  • A jogger has managed to run a half-marathon whilst in isolation in his London flat.  He completed 5,000 laps of his 10 foot long balcony!

Coronavirus Help & Advice

In the last 24 hours, this letter has been delivered to all households in Earlswood and Forshaw Heath. We hope you find it useful.

Coronavirus Update 31/3/20

  • Viral Load:  “Viral load is simply a term for how much virus a person has got,” says Professor Barclay. “In general, with respiratory viruses, whether you get severely ill or only get a mild cold – can sometimes be determined by how much virus actually got into your body and started the infection off. Think about the analogy of two armies at battle. The outcome of the infection is your own immune system, whose army is of a fixed size and doesn’t change, versus the virus, whose army gets bigger and bigger as it replicates, but also starts off at different sizes.  With flu, I quite often describe it like this: if you sit next to somebody and they cough right in your face, you’ll probably get a huge amount of virus, but if there is someone on the other side of the bus that breathes, by the time the virus is diluted in all the other air you don’t get very much. And the battle between the virus and your own immune system is weighed comparatively depending on the size of the army at the start.”  If you want to reduce your chance of not only catching the virus but also reducing the severity of the infection you should observe the two-metre rule. “The point of social distancing,” says Professor Barclay, “is that by standing further away from someone when they breathe or cough out the virus, it likely means fewer virus particles reach you and then you get infected with a lower dose and get less ill.
  • Households have been warned to prepare for blackouts by keeping torches and gloves nearby as energy networks fight to keep the lights on during the coronavirus lockdown.

Electricity networks across Britain have implemented emergency pandemic strategies and all non-essential work has been put on hold.

  • Bonfire call outs are increasing due to the closure of rubbish dumps, firefighters have said.

As rubbish tips across the UK have closed in line with Government orders to ensure social distancing during the coronavirus outbreak, householders have turned to bonfires to dispose of waste.

  • One of Britain’s most senior police officers has told colleagues their handling of the coronavirus crisis will be remembered for generations and urged the public not to “judge too harshly” following growing criticism of officers’ tactics.  Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said officers must preserve “the trust and confidence of the public” and maintain the tradition of “policing by consent” amid complaints about the “overzealous” enforcement of social distancing regulations.
  • The frequency of bin collections could be reduced due to coronavirus, councils have revealed, as they say that the vital service is under constant review.  Councils that are desperately trying to keep household waste collections going amid staffing shortages have admitted that if the coronavirus outbreak continues to take its toll, they will have to reduce the frequency of collections.
  • The coronavirus outbreak could be stifled by warm English May weather, a new study from UCL has indicated.  Researchers found that infections from three common coronaviruses followed a seasonal pattern in England, with large numbers occurring during winter and at roughly the same time as influenza.  Cases peaked in February but only small amounts of the virus were transmitted in the summer months, with infections dropping rapidly from May and not ramping up again until the end of the year.
  • The Government has reached an agreement with five British airlines. Hundreds of additional charter flights will be organised and sent to countries where commercial flights are no longer available.  British travellers will be asked to pay between £250 and £500 to secure a seat on an aircraft, which will be operated by one of the partner companies that have signed a memorandum of understanding with the Government.  Those unable to pay will be offered an emergency loan, but only once they “have exhausted all other avenues”.

Smiles Better

  • A breathing aid that can help keep coronavirus patients out of intensive care has been developed by mechanical engineers, medics and the Mercedes Formula One team.  The CPAP device bridges the gap between an oxygen mask and full ventilation.
  • More than £400,000 has been raised in the last week by a non-profit organisation set up by nine friends in order to pay for hot meals for NHS staff.

Fake News

  • Vodka does not contain enough alcohol to act as a hand sanitiser.  Viral sanitisers need to have a minimum of 60% alcohol;
  • Eating garlic does not ward off Coronaviris;
  • Holding your breath does not ward off Coronaviris; and
  • Drinking water every 15 minutes does not ward off Coronaviris.


Covid 19 Information

There is lots of conflicting information on and offline relating to Covd-19. Make sure you have the most accurate and timely information from Public Health England.

It’s important that we all remember that if anyone in your household has #COVID19 symptoms, you must all stay at home. You should read the stay at home guidance.

Scam Aware: Online Shopping in isolation. If you’re having to shop online and you need to buy from a company you’ve not visited before, ask a friend or family member for advice before completing the purchase. More info available here.

Spending time outside is good for our health BUT social distancing is good for ALL our health. If you are not in isolation, you are allowed to leave your house once each day for exercise. Remember to stay 2 metres away from other people and avoid busy areas. Do your bit to help yourselves, your loved ones and your communities. Shopping is limited to household necessities – eg, food and medicine. Try to limit the amount of visits you make in one week. We’re in this together, there is enough for everyone if we can share. Think of others, buy only what you need so vulnerable people are helped and key workers can keep the country going.

Foodbanks across Warwickshire provide a lifeline for anyone in need of food and provisions to look after their families, but they need extra volunteers to keep them running. Think you can help? Visit the WCAVA website.

In Warwickshire, the Council is doing its bit, rising to the challenges posed by the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak, find out more.

To limit the spread of Coronavirus, we need to ensure supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). If you have FFP2 face masks or other PPE, please contact They will distribute to health & care staff to support the vulnerable in Warwickshire.

Things to Do from Earlswood Wildlife Partnership

The EWP has put together Newsletter 33 based on things you can do in your own back garden along with bird and butterfly ID sheets. You can find them here

Response to the NDP Consultation

The Residents’ Association submitted the following response on 20th March

Dear Julie,

Earlswood & Forshaw Heath Residents’ Association thanks the Parish Council and its NDP Committee for the time and effort put into preparing the NDP that is currently, under the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, Part 5, Reg 14, going through its re-consultation.

We have scrutinised it and believe that it correctly reflects and represents the points raised during its creation and the ensuing development, vision, criteria and objectives resulting therefrom.

We are therefore delighted to fully support its onward submission for adoption into SDC’s Core Strategy Framework.

Yours sincerely, 

Ewen Cunningham

Chair of Planning, Earlswood and Forshaw Heath Residents’ Association

 J. Buckley

Chair , Earlswood and Forshaw Heath Residents’ Association

Cycling Around the Lakes

CRT have confirmed that  they will be continuing with the cycling ban around the lakes. They stated that they never have and never will be removing the gates around the pools and will be improving the signage around the lakes as soon as they can.

Are your children entitled to free school meals?

If they are then call Warwickshire Welfare for 6 weeks of support for food – 0800 4081448  

Cyber Crime Update

Due to COVID-19, students will be online a lot more often than before with school closures. Cyber Safe Warwickshire has compiled some internet safety and gaming advice sites and guidance for both students and parents.

There are also some Crime Prevention Advice Leaflets covering topics such as two-factor authentication, antivirus, backing up data, recovering an infected device, malware and ransomware, passwords, and phishing emails. 

You will find links to helpful advice from the NCSC regarding working from home and also a link to an article stating that Coronavirus-related fraud reports have increased by 400% in March. 

Many of you may be seeing this come up in your junk email folder, they are in the process of getting this fixed. So subscribers should add ‘‘ to their address book.

See all the information here.

Earlswood Village Hall Needs Your Help

As you are aware EVH is entirely self-funded.  It relies on regular bookings and party bookings to keep going. In the current situation all events at the Hall have had to be cancelled until further notice. This means that it will have no income and reserves will quickly run down.

How can you help?

If you do any on-line shopping you can help to raise funds at NO COST to yourself.  You simply need to follow these simple instructions:

Log on to

When prompted, ‘Search for a cause’ put in Earlswood Village Hall and click ‘support this cause’

You will then be asked to create an account for yourself

When this is done, follow the links to you chosen store and click ‘shop now’

All you do then is shop as you would normally do with that shop.  The Village Hall will automatically be given a donation based on your shop.

All of the major retails are on this site ie Sainsbury’s, Tesco. Waitrose, B&Q, Next, Amazon etc.

It is as simple as that and it will help to keep the Hall going.

The Village Hall Committee would appreciate your help in this and, if you feel able, pass this on to your friends and relatives.  The more support they can get the better.