Well done Fittleworth Stores! National Winners!

Well done to our community shop, Fittleworth Stores – National Winners of ‘ The Village Store/Local Shop’ section of  ‘The Farm Shop and Deli Awards’! It’s a brilliant community shop (hopefully to return with its café and playground, when safe to do so!)

As Fittleworth Stores said:-

We are absolutely thrilled to have been declared today as the national winner (yes, that’s right, the NATIONAL WINNER!) in the “Local Shop/Village Store” category at the Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2020 ( Farm Shop & Deli Show). What an accolade for our shop!
The judges commented “Absolutely at the heart of their community” and “well run, with good business acumen”.
Thanks to all our customers and supporters for making the shop the heart of our community. We shall be celebrating with you all in an appropriately socially distanced way!


Message from WSCC – Closure of Household Waste recycling sites

Message from WSCC
Closure of Household Waste Recycling Sites
All Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRS) across West Sussex are now closed until further notice due to the current Covid-19 situation.

This is to reinforce the need for social distancing, protecting staff and highway safety.
With high numbers of visits, the risks of spread are greater and we cannot encourage this risk or guarantee visitor or staff safety at the HWRSs. We will be looking at measures that can be taken to enable us to re-open the sites safely, but for the time being we have no choice but to close them entirely. We will issue guidance on disposal of excess waste, with the focus on vulnerable and elderly residents in the first instance. Thank you for your patience and understanding and please check the West Sussex Recycles website for updates and further information.

Household Collections
At the present time, household recycling and waste collections continue as normal across West Sussex, and we will be supporting our colleagues at the district and borough councils to enable these to continue, but would ask residents to be sensible about their waste production.
You can also find information about recycling and waste reduction on our website; www.wastepreventionwestsussex.co.uk

Covid-19 Update – Disposal of rubbish in households with suspected cases of Covid-19
The Government has issued advice about disposing of rubbish should you have a confirmed or suspected case of Covid-19 in your household. Used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths should be put into a rubbish bag. The bag should then be put into a second bag and tied securely. You should then wait 72 hours before putting it in your outside bin. You are able to dispose of other household waste as normal.
Please continue to check www.westsussex.gov.uk/coronavirus for details of any impact to County Council services. We would also advise you to check any information or updates given by your local district and borough council, as they operate your waste and recycling collections and will be able to advise of any disruption or changes


To see all updates posted by Fittleworth Parish Council please click here

Re Coronavirus – Fittleworth Stores New Opening Times and Services – times are also on the Community Shop page

As a result of the global Coronavirus pandemic the opening times for Fittleworth Stores and the Café have had to change. There are also new services to help those who may not be able to get to the stores.

Reduced Opening Hours
From Saturday 21 March our revised opening hours for the shop and post office will be as follows:
Monday – Saturday: 9.30am – 1.30pm
Sundays: Closed
Note: Open on just Sunday 22nd March 09.00-10.30 – for newspapers and basics only

Temporary Café Closure
Our café will be closed from Saturday 21st March. Takeaway coffee, takeaway sandwiches and takeaway cakes and pastries will still be available however

Home Delivery Service
As mentioned in our earlier post today, we will be launching an expanded home delivery service shortly. More information to follow.

Whilst we appreciate that the reduced opening hours for the shop and post office and temporary closure of our café will be a disappointment, these steps are necessary to ensure that we can continue to provide a service to the village during these difficult times. Thanks to all our customers and volunteers for all the offers of help and support- we will all need to work together in the months ahead.


Coronavirus/Covid 19 Message from the Parish Council


Coronavirus/Covid 19 Message from the Parish Council

The Fittleworth Parish Council would like to reassure residents that they are in direct contact with both the Chichester District Council and West Sussex County Council and other bodies to make sure that we are able to keep the residents of our Parish as safe as possible.

If anyone has any concerns about how they or a neighbour or relative is going to be able cope with the restrictions to our day to day lives that the Government may ask us to make, whether this is financially, or practically with things like food deliveries or practical help, please can they either email us on: clerk@fittleworth-pc.org.uk or in an emergency phone us on: 07411571500 and we shall either provide immediate practical help or put you in touch with an agency you can assist.

Also please be aware that we have been advised that there fraudsters operating in our area who pretend to help with shopping but then end up stealing people’s money and credit cards so please make sure you only take help from someone you know and trust. Any worries, please contact us.

Here are some useful links that are being updated regularly

Chichester District Council Advice and guidance
A new page has been created on their website www.chichester.gov.uk/coronavirus with links to key Public Health England and Government advice. Government advice is constantly being updated and so CDC advise you to keep referring to these sources. the CDC website will update residents and businesses on any disruption to our services and signpost people to key information and advice.

West Sussex County Council Advice and guidance
A new page has been created on their website www.westsussex.gov.uk/campaigns/coronavirus-covid-19/

Government Advice
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection useful sources of information.

We are thinking of you all at this difficult time and are here to support our parishioners wherever we can.

Fittleworth Parish Council