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Dementia Choir

As part of Arts Uplift’s Lock Down Sessions there is also an Arts Council England funded online dementia choir from Monday 18 May from 2pm for 10 weeks for people living with dementia and their carers. See the poster below. No experience is necessary. It will be a good old sing along with familiar songs and learning a new song from the Suitcase Stories project. Places are limited so get in touch quickly!

Message from the Community Safety Team

The Community Safety Team at Stratford on Avon District Council have experienced greater demand for service due to the lockdown measures.

Domestic abuse, neighbourhood disputes, business and cybercrimes have all risen during this period and we wanted to raise awareness of ways in which people can protect themselves and their communities. We have recently updated our website with all the current Covid 19 crime prevention advice and information.

To access the webpage click –

We are also regularly tweeting crime prevention advice, follow us- @SDC_Safer

County Councillor’s Monthly Report for May 2020

Please click the link below to see John Horner’s newest report.

Alcester Police North Safer Neighbourhood team (SNT)

We are pleased to note that the SNT weekly report to 10 May doesn’t document any reported incidents relating to Earlswood or Forshaw Heath.

Anti-social Behaviour – The Lakes – Parking

FYI, we have just received the following email today from CRT:

“Hello all,

Sadly following the weekend I have been inundated with complaints regarding people parking on the toe of the reservoir dams Engine and Windmill pools. This action is disheartening to see following the recent support of the police, Aadila was the activity from the police stopped? The general public taking these measures to park here is totally unacceptable, and has now led to further expenditure and work required to be undertaken by the Canal and River Trust.

I have lodged a complaint for the signage along valley road with the Warwickshire County Council, Reference: CU 205843110

As of today posts will be installed to mitigate against people taking this action. Aadila can you please carryout further patrols and where applicable issue fines to people flouting the rules around Covid-19, also those members of the public that parking inappropriately on Malthouse road, and on the causeway.

I look forward to hearing back from you.”

Kind regards,

Timothy Booker
Area Operations Manager Worcester-Birmingham, Droitwich & North Stratford Canals.
West Midlands Waterway Region

Coronavirus Help & Advice Update 6 May

The letter below has been delivered to all accessible households in Earlswood and Forshaw Heath. We hope you find it useful. It was updated on 6 May.

Update from Stratford District Children & Family Centre

Life as we know it has been turned on its head. You may be aware we had to make the difficult decision to temporarily close the centres to the public, in line with government guidelines to keep our ffamilyamilies and all the teams safe. As a result of this we have been busy with our Facebook page and are now able to offer activities online. We are continuing to look for creative ways to extend this.  We also share many helpful partner agency activities and helplines regularly on the page.

Each week the Children and Family centres produce a ‘virtual timetable’ for activities taking place on Facebook. For those of you who don’t access Facebook, we are now also sending out by email the weekly virtual timetable which we are hoping you can share with those families on your networks who may not have seen the weekly postings on the Barnardo’s Facebook page for Stratford District.

It would also be helpful to know whether we can share these activities via other platforms with you.

The link for the page is

Community Transport Response

We have received this from VASA and WRCC:

As you are aware, due to the Covid 19 pandemic and following guidance from Public Health England, both the VASA Community Transport (using volunteers own cars) and the UBus service, have had to be suspended.

Both organisations are acutely aware that there is still the need for community transport for urgent medical appointments but that safety for all parties is paramount.

Therefore, after some work and guidance from CTA (UK) and Public Health among others, we are able to offer the following reduced service.

Community Transport for Medical Journeys during Covid 19 Pandemic

VASA and WRCC, working in partnership, can offer the following service to:

  • Those in the shielded or high risk groups


  • Have no other means of transport


  • Urgent medical or GP appointments only

Referrals can be made, using the electronic form by:

  • Community groups such as Stratford Support
  • Hubs
  • GP surgeries or hospitals

Service details:

  • Available Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 4pm
  • Booking will be made on a first come first served basis
  • There will be no fee for this service, but we retain the right to introduce a fee at a later date to help cover our costs if needed (not retrospective)
  • Two passengers only to be transported at any one time in order to maintain 2 metre social distancing
  • Following guidance, the driver may be wearing PPE
  • The bus will be disinfected, the driver will follow strict hygiene procedures and 2 metre distancing upheld.
  • If a passenger is using a wheelchair or needs assistance due to mobility, strict guidelines will be followed, and the driver will use appropriate PPE.
  • Bookings can be made for appointments no more than 7 days in advance, ensuring VASA are informed of any cancellations immediately to allow another patient to be offered that space.
  • Bookings can be made the day before. We hope to expand this to same day bookings if possible and will inform referrers when this is possible.
  • All drivers are fully trained, and DBS checked
  • Bookings to be made by completing the online form Transport Referral Form
  • Service details may change, we will inform you as soon as possible of any alterations to the scheme.

The patient must confirm at the time of the referral that:

  • The appointment has been confirmed as going ahead
  • They have been ‘triaged’ by the hospital or surgery and be showing no symptoms of Covid 19 that day or in the last 7 days, (or within the last 14 days if anyone within their household has shown any symptoms)
  • They must adhere to the Public Health guidelines on hygiene including hand washing
  • Give any details of mobility issues (the buses have lifts and are wheelchair accessible) as additional PPE may be needed for that journey.
  • If a carer needs to be travelling with them, this must be absolutely necessary as this will be taking up an additional seat on the minibus.

For the safety of all concerned, referrers are asked to remind passengers:

If you have shown any symptoms in the last 7 days (or someone in your household in the last 14 days), YOU MUST NOT TRAVEL.

To make a referral, please use the following link Transport Referral Form

For journey queries please email

Thank you

EVH Book Swap

Fiona has asked us to let you know that the book swap table in the Village Hall will be moved outside when the weather’s suitable. Feel free to use it as long as you remeber your social distancing responsibilites.

Expansion of Coronavirus Testing

Last night the Government announced the further expansion of access to coronavirus testing to help protect the most vulnerable. 

Anyone in England with coronavirus symptoms, who either has to leave home to go to work or is aged 65 and over, will now also be able to get tested.

Tests are available across the country. They can be booked immediately.

People can register at the testing portal Full guidance on testing can be viewed at