Covid E Newsletter – Issue 11 June 2021 now available

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County, District & Community updates
Issue Date: 11 June 2021

1.COVID 19  Updates

  • Sussex/NHS COVID 19 Vaccination Update

2. Fittleworth Parish Council news

  • Annual Parish Meeting Draft minutes
  • June Parish Council Meeting – Monday 21st June – Agenda
  • New Hesworth Common Information Board
  • Fittleworth BT Phone Box

3. Celebrating Marion Cole’s Life

3. WSCC 

  • Our Council Plan and County Councillors contacts
  • Sussex Day – 16th June
  • Give Bees a chance


Sussex/NHS COVID 19 Vaccination Update 

Vaccination Update : People aged 25 – 29 and above now eligible
People in this age group are starting to receive a text message to invite them to their vaccination, and the National Booking Service is now open for anyone in this age group to arrange their appointment.

GP led local vaccination services are also contacting patients who are now eligible to invite them for their vaccination.

It is the first step into the final age group to become eligible for their vaccination – those aged 18-29 – with the rest of the group expected to become eligible in the coming days.

It comes as latest data shows that more than 1.8million vaccinations have now been delivered across Sussex, with 96.1% of all those over 50 now having received their first dose, and 87.4 receiving their second.
In West Sussex, services are being extended to increase the places where people under 40 can go for their vaccination. The vaccination service at Chichester’s Westgate Leisure Centre is being extended so that it can offer the Pfizer vaccine (which is recommended for people aged under 40) as well as the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine. Appointments are expected to be made available from next week and will be through the national booking service either online or by calling 119.

NHS England has now also confirmed that appointments for a second vaccine will be brought forward from 12 to 8 weeks for the remaining people in the top nine priority groups who have yet to receive their second dose. This includes those aged 50 and over, those clinically vulnerable and unpaid carers. Read more here.

Everyone is encouraged to come forward for their second vaccination when they have an appointment. Both doses give you the maximum protection against the virus.

COVID – 19 Update
We are seeing an increase in the number of positive Covid-19 cases across the county in most age groups and all local areas. Variations in rates are to be expected and measures are in place to respond to specific incidents as they are identified.

You can check infection rates in your area through our Data Dashboard and if you use the postcode tool under the ‘cases in your local area’ section, more detail about cases in that area will appear. Please help share the link to other people who may not receive this eNewsletter so they can check rates in their local area too, or you can see our daily dashboard updates on our social media.

Data dashboard showing the COVID figures published on 11 June in West Sussex. In the seven days to 5 June there were 227 new confirmed cases.

Everyone should continue to follow the sensible measures in place to help prevent the spread of Covid-19, such as handwashing, physically distancing, wearing face coverings, fresh air, getting regularly tested, and vaccinations

Fittleworth Parish Council news

Annual Parish Meeting – Draft minutes
The Draft minutes for the Annual Parish meeting held on 25th May are now available on our website (click here) or else please contact Louise, our clerk to obtain a copy.

June Parish Council Meeting – Monday 21st June 2021 – Agenda
The June Parish Council meeting is taking place on Monday 21st June at 7pm in the Sports Pavilion. This will be the first face-face Parish Council meeting and we request that all those who attend wear face masks and follow social distancing rules. To help control numbers and arrange suitable seating please inform the clerk if you would like to attend. If you have a question and would rather not attend please submit your questions via email or call the clerk.

The agenda is now available on our website (click here) or else please contact the clerk to obtain a copy.

 Hesworth Common : New Information Board
We are delighted to announce and you might already have ‘spotted it’, that we now have a smart new sign in the Car Park on Hesworth Common, which features lots of helpful information and advice.  We worked in partnership on both the design and the content with the SDNPA and so they have kindly paid for most of it, with only a small amount having to be covered by the Parish Council, which we were pleased about.  We hope you like it!

We have also filled in some of the large potholes that had appeared in the carpark making it safer to use for visitors.

Fittleworth  BT Phone Box
Earlier this week BT Openreach finally came out to repaint the phone box. As you will see from the photos below it is now look as good as new. BT have also confirmed that the Phone Box now on the BT Openreach maintenance programme.

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Celebrating Marion Cole’s Life

The long-awaited service to celebrate the life of Marian Cole, who died in March 2020, is taking place at 12 noon in Fittleworth church on Saturday June 26, 2021.

All her friends are welcome. The service will be followed by a finger buffet lunch in the village hall. It would be a help if those who plan to join us for lunch afterwards could let me know, so that I can ensure we have enough lunches prepared. Lunch will be “on the house” but there will be an opportunity to support the charities which Marian was so keen to help.

Peter Cole
29 Swan View, Pulborough RH20 2BF
Tel: 01798 873238


Give bees a chance!

You may have noticed pollinator-friendly road verges starting to appear across  West Sussex as part of a pilot project to increase the biodiversity of plants and wildflowers – crucial habitats for bees, moths, and butterflies.

Community road verges (CRVs) are identified, and often looked after, by local communities interested in caring for pollinators.

CRVs are limited to one mow per year, herbicides are not used, and grass is collected in these areas to reduce soil fertility and enable wildflowers to compete against dominant grasses.

Communities are beginning to monitor and track biodiversity changes in these areas to understand the impact CRVs might have on pollinators.

We will be reviewing the success of the pilot project over the coming months. Requests for the next phase, if we extend the programme, can be sent to:

Find out more here and you can also read about what else we’re doing to help pollinators.

Our Council PlanOur Council Plan and county councillor contacts

West Sussex County Council Leader Paul Marshall has set out his priorities for the next four years.
The priorities are captured in Our Council Plan, the corporate plan for 2021 to 2025, and the budget. The plan covers everything from education to highways, community support to the fire service, and provides stability across the organisation.
Within the wide-reaching strategy, the main four priorities are:

  • keeping people safe from vulnerable situations
  • creating a sustainable and prosperous economy
  • helping people and communities to fulfil their potential
  • making the best use of resources.

View the full list of Cabinet, Chairman and Vice Chairman appointments here and photos and contact details of all county councillors here.

Sussex Day collageSussex Day: safely celebrating our county’s past, present and future

The past, present and future of our county are once again being celebrated on Sussex Day – 16 June.
Spread the word among your residents about ways they can celebrate the Day, including