10/05/20: Michael and Debbie have just begun acting as a collection point for Farnham Foodbank (FFB). During the current crisis, FFB have closed their centres and instead are running emergency deliveries to those in need. Our plan is to collect food and then take it ourselves to the Rowledge collection point so that FFB don’t have an additional journey to make to us. We would really welcome any contributions you feel that you may be able to make in the coming weeks and months. If you have any spare items at home, or can add some to your own list every time you shop, that would be great. Please leave any contributions in our (open) front porch at Farm Cottage, Bealeswood Lane. We will be sure to check the porch at least twice a day and take food in for safe storage until we deliver to Rowledge ahead of the weekly Monday collection there. Foods specially wanted at the moment are tinned tomatoes, tinned potatoes, tinned fruit, sponge puddings and UHT milk. Also, the occasional treat like chocolate is very welcome. Naturally everything needs to be in code. Evidently, they have plenty of butter beans, chick peas, kidney beans and lentils, so no need for those. The Farnham Foodbank is part of the Trussell Trust UK-wide network of foodbanks. Their website is https://farnham.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-food/ , where you can find updates on the foods they most urgently need and other ways in which you can contribute if you so wish. Thank you. -------------------- 19/04/20: News From Dockenfield Parish Council In times of adversity the value of our community and helping others comes to the fore. Dockenfield is fortunate to have the Parish Friends, the emergency warden volunteers together with numerous informal, local WhatsApp and other support networks. Whether it is shopping or collecting medication for those in self-isolation, sharing that all important bread making flour or simply having a supportive Skype call to keep the spirits up; we have all found new ways of going about our daily business in these challenging times. Fortunately, the weather has been great and we are blessed with fantastic countryside on our doorstep for exercise which makes it so much more bearable. In the last edition of the DNL we called for more volunteers and the response has been fantastic, the number of volunteers has grown over four-fold, plus Parish Friends and all those helping neighbours on a more informal basis. Dockenfield Parish Council extends our gratitude and thanks to all those providing this vital local community support at this challenging time.
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N.B. When contacting anyone above it would be helpful to know if you are self-isolating. We all need to do our bit to keep the community safe and healthy - enhanced hygiene, social distancing, staying at home if you have symptoms, self-isolating if you are in a vulnerable group. For health information and advice please refer to the NHS Coronavirus (COVID-19) website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Let’s all keep Dockenfield safe and healthy, Paul Wood On behalf of Dockenfield Parish Council