The Stoke sub Hamdon History Group has put together recordings entitled Stoke sub Hamdon WW2 Memories. The recordings are presented as videos of which there are 16 in total and all available to watch here. To access the full playlist, click the playlist icon located in the top right of the video.
IMPORTANT VILLAGE INFORMATION
All households in Stoke have recently received several leaflets on Coronavirus (COVID-19). These describe what the virus is and how to comply with the Stay at Home requirement issued by the Government. Link to the latest one here.
NEED HELP? A NEW COMMUNITY HELP SCHEME HAS BEEN SET UP. This scheme run by volunteers from all organisations in Stoke can provide help for those of you not allowed to leave your house to shop, collect medication, walk the dog etc. Please call the Community Shop hub on 509100. Services are free. Leaflet here.
COUNCIL MEETINGS. The Government has ordered all council meetings to be suspended: delegated authority now with the Chair and Vice Chair supported by the Parish Clerk in order to keep essential village services running. A Resolution to this effect was passed on 21 March.
ALL PUBLIC BUILDINGS AND OUTDOOR SPACES ARE NOW CLOSED. The Memorial Hall, HCAP, Youth Centre, Working Mens Club and all pubs are now CLOSED with immediate effect. The play areas at Stonehill, the Memorial Hall Grounds and the equipment on the Recreation Ground ( MUGA and Skateboard Park) are also CLOSED to all. Notices have been put up to advise of this.
ALL NON-ESSENTIAL SHOPS ARE NOW CLOSED. But our Community Shop at the Cross (and the Co-op at East Stoke) remain open for food.
SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES
Info on debt recovery, loans and rate reliefs being offered by Government here, on the South Somerset District Council website here and Somerset County Council website here.
COVID-19 is a serious new illness that can affect your lungs and airways and can very easily be passed from one person to another. It is IMPORTANT that we ALL comply with Government healthcare guidance until we are advised otherwise.
Everyone to stay indoors from 23 March for at least 3 weeks, shopping for basic necessities as infrequently as possible.
Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people.
Outdoor exercise allowed including travel by vehicle to a location.
All those over 70 or with underlying health conditions to remain indoors for 12 weeks.
You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.
Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap as often as you can each day. It will break down the virus molecule on your hands.
Mother’s Day was traditionally a time to return to the Mother Church, to your family and your roots. A time to reflect and feel grateful for the support you have received and the beautiful world around you. Today mindful reflection and gratitude for even the smallest things has been proven to increase your mental well being, and an important way to feel good – try 5 minutes of this type of thinking when you wake up in these lighter mornings, it’s a great positive start to your day!
CCS Somerset Agents are also all around you to help you to get the most out of your life. Village Agents work with anyone who asks for support and can be found in your parish magazine and website and on our website www.somersetagents.org
Carers Agents will support you if you are over 18 and are looking after someone in an unpaid capacity whether that’s your child if you are their Carer, partner, relative or friend – lots of advice and support options can be found at www.somersetcarers.org or by calling our freephone helpline 0800 3168 600. We have a new Carers Group starting in Yeovil on Monday 2nd March at the new beautifully refurbished Samaritans building Marley House, follow the Samaritans signs on Manor Road from opposite the entrance to the Octagon theatre.
Community Agents will support you with a referral from Adult Social Care (call Somerset Direct on 0300 123 2224) or may work direct from your local doctor’s surgery. And finally, our transport agent is working on transport solutions for the whole county.
To find out more pop-in to any of our Talking Cafes – free drop in’s – and meet one of the CCS Agents who can set you up with the right support for you. See below for your local Talking Café:
Chard: Chard Library, Holyrood Lace Mill, Holyrood St. Every Monday* 2pm – 4pm Langport: The Angel, Bow Street Every Monday* 10am – 1pm South Petherton: South Petherton Library, 3 St. James St Every Friday 10am – 12 noon Yeovil: HomeFirst @ Yeovil Hospital, in the Canteen Every Wednesday 2pm – 4pm
We have a team of Community Agents and Village Agents across Somerset. They help to bridge the gap between isolated, excluded, vulnerable and lonely individuals and statutory and/or voluntary organisations which offer specific solutions to identified needs. We can offer advice and support to find local groups and activities available in your community. Please visit www.somersetrcc.org.uk and www.somersetcarers.org or call me to find out who can advise you.
A MESSAGE FROM OUR YOUNGER RESIDENTS……
We wanted to say a big “thank you” to the village now our project is finally getting started and we have our own place. We are just beginning the work to change the Methodist church into our very own Youth Centre. It’s going to be lots of hard work but really exciting!
Stoke is such a great place to live and grow up in, and we are very proud to be part of it. Thank you for making this happen!