Covid E Newsletter – Issue 14 May 2021 now available

County, District & Community updates
Issue Date: 14 May 2021

1.COVID 19  Updates

  • Easing of Lockdown Roadmap Step 3 from 17 May
  • Sussex/NHS COVID 19 Vaccination Update

2. Fittleworth Parish Council news

  • Annual Parish Meeting – Tuesday 25th May via Zoom
  • May 2021 Parish Council meeting Draft minutes
  • Temporary road Closures notification

3. Fittleworth Stores update

Easing of Lockdown – Roadmap Step 3 from 17 May

The fourth and final step of the Government’s measures is set for 21st June when, depending on infection rates, vaccination progress, hospital admissions and deaths arising from Coronavirus, it is hoped that all legal limits on social contact will be removed.

This evening the Government has announced second vaccine doses for the over-50s and clinically vulnerable will be accelerated amid concerns over the Indian variant. The prime minister has announced that there will be only eight weeks between doses, rather than 12 week.

Sussex/NHS COVID 19 Vaccination Update



People aged 38 and 39 now eligible for vaccination



The NHS Covid vaccination programme, the biggest in health service history, has opened today to people in their thirties.
From this morning people aged 38 and 39 are now eligible.
The national booking system was updated this morning and GP led local vaccination services are also able to call in this group for appointments, in line with vaccine supply.
The move to the next age group comes as nearly three quarters of people aged between 40 and 49 have had their first dose, less than a fortnight after they were offered a jab.
Second dose appointments continue to be delivered across our vaccination sites, and we encourage everyone to make sure you attend your booked appointment to ensure you receive the maximum protection from these vaccines.


Residents in Sussex care homes given vital protection from second dose of the COVID-19 vaccination


Teams vaccinating residents in care homes across Sussex have now visited 641 (85%) of homes (as at 11 May 2021) – giving some of the most vulnerable people in our communities maximum protection from the virus.

Care home residents and staff were prioritised after being identified in the top priority groups by the Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisations, due to their high risk from COVID-19. Second doses are scheduled up to twelve weeks after the first and provide the most protection possible by reinforcing the recipient’s initial immune response triggered by the first vaccine.

In Sussex we have one of the highest numbers of nursing and care homes per capita across the country and so the work of the vaccination teams from local GP practices and Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust is a significant undertaking.

In addition, those people registered as housebound in Sussex – either living in their own homes or a form of supported housing such as Extra Care – have also now begun receiving second doses of the vaccination.

Visiting loved ones in care homes

Alongside other protections in place, vaccination of both residents and staff in care settings as well as an overall reduction in COVID-19 cases, has helped to enable further easing of visiting restrictions for families and friends of those living in care.

From Monday 17 May 2021, the number of named family members or friends able to visit their loved ones in care homes will be increased from two to five. A maximum of two visitors will be allowed at any one time or on any given day.

Residents will also be able to go to medical appointments, a workplace, educational setting and day centres without having to self-isolate on their return.



Fittleworth Parish Council news

Annual Parish Meeting  – Tuesday 25th May 2021
Last year, due to COVID, we were unable to hold the Annual Parish Meeting. Unlike the Parish Council meetings, where face to face meetings have now become mandatory since 7th May, the Annual Parish meeting can be held virtually. The meeting will therefore be held via zoom at 6.30pm on Tuesday 25th May. Click here for the agenda

May Parish Council meeting – Draft Minutes
The draft minutes of the Annual Parish Council meeting held on  4th May 2021 are now available to view on the website. Please click here to view the draft minutes..

Temporary Road Closure Notifications
B2138 Tripp Hill  – 19th & 20th May 2021
Please be advised that the below road is due to be closed on the dates and times specified for Road stud removal in advance of Surface Dressing. An alternative route for traffic will be signed on site.  Please note that these works are weather dependant,

  • B2138_Tripp_Hill – (HFS *30/40mph 178LM north of Coates Lane to Waltham Park Road)
  • 19th & 20th May 2021
  • Nights 20:00 – 06:00

Fittleworth Stores

New extended opening hours from Monday 17 May

As mentioned before, from Monday 17 May we are delighted to be returning to our full pre-COVID opening hours.  With thanks to our volunteers who are returning to us for making this possible.  Our opening hours will be as follows:

Mondays – Fridays: 8.30am – 5.30pm (Post Office closes at 5pm)
Saturdays: 9am – 5pm (Post Office closes at 1pm)
Sundays 9am – 2pm (Post Office closed)

Our kitchen stops serving prepared foods 30 minutes before closing time although takeaway drinks and counter items continue to be available during this time.

New café menu from Monday 17 May
From Monday we will be offering our summer menu in the café.  Look out for new menu additions, like Caesar Salad and Pitta Bread with Homemade Hummus.  And the return of some old favourites, like Quiche and Milkshakes!

We are looking for new volunteers to join the ranks!  We use volunteers in all sorts of ways so there is a role for everyone.  Some of our volunteers like to man the till or the coffee machine but there are plenty of others who are happier behind the scenes, whether that is washing up in the kitchen, coming in before the shop opens to help put away the morning deliveries or assisting with putting stock out or helping with our big weekly stock delivery.  We are also keen to welcome those who might like to give a hand with keeping our outside space neat and tidy (sweeping up the terraces, litter picking around the tables, watering the plants etc). A typical shift in the shop is 2 – 2.5 hours although some come in for more or less time each week and for those who help with deliveries before the shop opens a shift is typically only 30 – 60 minutes.

If you might be interested or would like some more information please do get in touch – email us at  Volunteers are what the Stores is all about.  We wouldn’t be the same without them and we really do value everyone that helps out!

Proposed Cafe Extension Project – fundraising underway!
We have reached the £60,0000 mark and have received an exciting offer of a donation dependent on us sourcing further match funding.  Thanks to everyone who has purchased more shares – and many of you have.  Please do keep those share applications and donations coming – we would love to be able to get the extension built ready for winter.
Share forms available in the shop or on our website ( or there is a box in store for your donations, all of which are greatly appreciated or, if you wish to donate a more substantial sum please contact Alison Welterveden on 01798 865650 or Mick Foote on 01798 865156
Please be aware that under our Rules an individual’s total shareholding is capped at £1500.  So, if you would like to contribute towards our extension and already hold £1500 worth of shares or if your proposed contribution would take you in excess of this amount then you will need to donate direct to Fittleworth Stores for any sums in excess of the maximum shareholding.
Fittleworth stores extension drawing

Food Angels
Food Angels supports local families and individuals in need with free weekly food boxes.  It is funded by grants and donations and is independent from support families or individuals may receive from other local foodbanks or government agencies.  It was set up with the aim of supporting our local community through the worst of the COVID crisis.  We have been able to support a number of families over the past 12 months, many on a long term basis.  We have changed the focus of Food Angels, moving away from long term support to the provision of boxes on an emergency or short term basis.

If you would benefit from a free food box or if you would like to recommend others for the scheme please do get in touch.

Shop and Eat Local!
We understand that now restrictions are being eased everyone is keen to get out and about again to make the most of our new found freedom.  Please do remember to keep doing some of your shopping and eating with us.  This past year has been tough for all businesses, including ours.  We are hoping for a bumper summer to make up for the many months the café has been closed over the past year.

Fittleworth Stores Management and Committee
Winner of the “Village Store” category, Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2020