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Covid-19 Parish Council Update

April 14, 2020

We hope that all our residents have stayed safe and healthy during the current crisis. Thank you to everyone in our community who has volunteered formally or informally to help others at this challenging time. These fantastic people include:

Everyone involved in the “Hurst Covid-19 Neighbours’ Support Group”

Those organising and delivering on behalf of the Food Bank

The (mostly young) volunteers who delivered the Parish Council “Local Response” leaflet when our normal distributor closed down

Residents taking bags and litter-pickers on their daily exercise walk to help protect our local environment

Those keeping the Sayers Common Community Shop open and taking deliveries and other help to those in need

Thanks also to those businesses who have gone the extra mile working extremely hard to provide residents with goods and services. Lloyds Pharmacy, JanTons, Truffles, The Co-op and many others – you have been fantastic – thank you!

The Parish Council would also like to thank everyone in our community who works for the NHS or in social care or in a key sector e.g. making deliveries or in other ways keeping vital services running. We have some true heroes living among us!

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Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, we have had to regrettably close all our play areas and public buildings to ensure that they are not a source of infection. Thank you to all residents for not using these areas and following the government guidelines. We have also had to delay many of our initiatives including the Safe Place Dementia Training, but we will be ready to go with these as soon as restrictions are lifted. Staff and councillors are concentrating on basic maintenance of facilities and of Hurst Meadows at the moment. Hopefully plans such as re-planting the Village Garden will be able to go ahead in 2021.

Staff are working from home. We are still able to consider, and indeed welcome, grant requests – information on how to apply is on our website or email

The Parish Council’s response to the current crisis has been led by our Strategy Panel which has been meeting weekly via video-conferencing. Our response has very much focused on getting important information out to residents, particularly those who are isolated or do not have internet access. We have used the same platform to hold monthly council meetings (minutes can be found on our website). If you have issues or suggestions for the parish council to consider please email us.

APPLE WALK 10 MAY CANCELLED By the time you read this, our newly-planted Sussex apple varieties should be in flower. Although we have had to cancel the walk, please do visit our Heritage Community Orchard in Hurst Meadows (in the fields behind Highfield Drive). On your daily exercise of course!

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