Volunteer to help find the vaccine for Covid-19

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Volunteer to help find the vaccine for COVID-19
Join the national effort and sign up for the NHS COVID-19 vaccine research registry. Be part of the fightback against the virus by volunteering to be contacted by researchers to take part in COVID-19 vaccine research. 
There are a number of vaccines being identified, but only large-scale studies can give researchers the information needed about how effective they are. The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is working with the NHS and aims to recruit as many people as possible onto the registry, which will allow people to be put in touch with the vaccine studies in the coming months. 
Researchers are looking for people from all backgrounds, ages and parts of the UK – including both people with or without existing health conditions – to take part in vaccine studies, to make sure that any vaccines developed will work for everyone. The service is available to anyone aged 18 or over, living in the UK. There is no obligation to join in any study, if you are contacted. But by taking part, you could help researchers find vaccines to protect us all more quickly – which in turn could help the NHS and save lives. 

Sign up today! 

Gillian Reeves Communications Coordinator  | LCRN Kent, Surrey and Sussex Core Team | NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN)

How to shop online safely this Christmas and Black Friday

This year, Christmas will be a bit different. Whatever you’re doing, don’t give a fraudster a Christmas or Black Friday treat.

Get Safe Online has come up with these expert, easy-to-follow safety tips to help protect you from falling victim to seasonal scams.

  • When you’re shopping online, make sure websites are authentic by carefully checking the address is spelled correctly. Ideally, type it in rather than clicking on a link in an email, text or post. It’s easy for scammers to set up fake websites that are very similar to the real thing.
  • When you’re paying, make sure the page is secure by checking that addresses begin with ‘https’ (‘s’ is for secure) and there’s a closed padlock in the address bar. An additional word of warning: this means that the page is secure, but the site could still be operated by fraudsters.
  • Many advertisements for items such as gifts, holidays and events on social media and online forums are genuine, but be aware that others are fraudulent. Be extra vigilant about checking that such ads are authentic.
  • However desperate you are to buy that late gift or an item that’s in short supply, don’t pay for anything by transferring money directly to people or companies you don’t know. If it’s a fraud, it’s doubtful the bank will be able to recover or refund your money. If you can, pay by credit card. The same goes for holidays, travel and tickets.
  • Log out of the web page or app when payment is completed. Simply closing it may not log you out automatically.
  • Fake or counterfeit goods are of inferior quality, contravene copyright law and affect the livelihoods of workers who make the real thing. They can also be dangerous to users. Don’t buy them intentionally – however cheap or ‘authentic’ they appear – and do all you can to make sure what you’re buying is authentic.
  • Avoid ‘free’ or ‘low-cost’ trials – whether for the latest handset or slimming pills – without thoroughly reading the small print and trusted reviews. You could be signing up for large monthly direct debits which are very hard to cancel.
  • If a winter holiday or short break is on the cards, check that what you’re booking online is genuine by doing thorough research. Look for independent reviews, and make sure travel agents / tour operators are genuine by checking for an ABTA/ATOL number. Pay by credit card for extra protection.
  • Christmas is a favourite time for scammers to send fraudulent emails, texts or DMs, or post fraudulent offers on social media.
  • At this time of year, with the increase in internet shopping, fake parcel firm delivery notifications are commonplace attachments or links, as are emails and other messages featuring ‘special offers’ and ‘prizes’. Don’t click on links in emails, texts or posts that you’re not expecting, and don’t open unexpected email attachments.

Fibre Broadband – Government Offering £4,000 per property available to you! Bepton Parish Council will make the application for you. Please read below.

Fibre Broadband for Bepton

You may have read in the recent Parish Council newsletter that we are pursuing a fibre broadband
strategy for Bepton.
As a rural area, and with Openreach’s “Community Fibre Partnership” supported by the
Government’s “Gigabit Voucher Scheme” in place to the tune of £4000 per property, it is now
possible to bring fibre from the exchange to each property at little or no cost to all our residents and
The process for the southern area of Bepton (c 50 properties) is well under way, a contract with
Openreach is signed, and we expect completion by the end of 2021. There will be no cost to our
residents as part of this, other than in some cases a small connection charge to their provider (BT,
SKY, TalkTalk etc).
A second application has now been made for the northern end of Bepton (c 67 properties) and
Openreach are currently quoting for this. I fully expect this will also be at zero cost to residents.
Coordinating this both Openreach and I need to be in contact with all residents so that I can keep
you updated on progress and Openreach can contact you as they will need to at a couple of stages in
the process.
I would be very grateful if you could drop me an email to BRDH.BPC@gmail.com confirming your
interest (or otherwise) in receiving fibre broadband.
Please note that this will not be taken as a commitment of any sort.
I am aware residents in north Bepton get varying degrees of broadband performance – it would be
useful when you reply if you could let me know what speed you get, but don’t worry if you don’t
know this!
I’m sure you will have many questions about how all of this will work, so please do get back to me
with any queries or concerns you may have.
In short however, some key points:
The Process
 Openreach initially provide a high-level guestimate for the work so that feasibility can be
 If all is well we then ask them to provide a quote, which is binding, for the work
 If we are happy with that, and crucially the cost can be met with the voucher scheme, we,
Bepton Parish Council, sign a contract with Openreach to deliver the work
 Once the contract is signed Openreach are committed to delivering the work in 12 months,
whilst 10 months is their average
 It will take a small number of months to get to contract signing
 There is no liability on residents as part of this process

The Implementation
 The first part of the implementation work is infrastructure – getting fibre from the exchange
to local distribution points
 When that is complete Openreach will connect those distribution points to properties, using
existing cable routes wherever possible (i.e. we do not expect driveways to be dug up!)
 As part of that Openreach will install a new fibre socket in each residence
 This final phase will only be done for residences that want it, and Openreach will liaise with
each before any part of this final connection work is undertaken
The Result
 As examples of the different contracts that are available here is a recent selection from BT:

 It depends on your provider, but there should be no change to your monthly broadband cost
unless you want to upgrade to one of the high-end contracts.
I live at the Coach House, near the Bell Lane T junction, and I would be more than happy to come to
see anyone who wants to know more.
Many thanks.
Duncan Hollowood
+44 (0)7966 297324

Lane End Cottage -Proposed New Garages

SDNP/20/04603/LIS | Demolition of existing concrete panel garage, proposed new garage, and alterations to existing dwelling including new french doors to rear. | Lane End Cottage 151 Bepton Road Bepton GU29 0NB.

Diagram showing demolition of single garage and the addition of a double garage with steps leading to a first floor.

Click on link for full planning details

Covid 19 in Stedham

The Clerk of Stedham & Iping Parish Council has asked us to circulate the following information:
Please be aware that the publican of the Hamilton Arms and his partner were diagnosed with Covid-19 and the pub was closed as from Saturday 24th October.
Track and Trace has started. Please alert your friends and neighbours in the village. The following link is for the NHS Track & Trace website.
https://covid19.nhs.uk Regards, Morag Birch
01730 814575
07976 247070

Covid 19 Cases 7 day rolling to 11 Oct 20 Interactive Map

On the link is an interactive map of Covid19 cases across the UK. Just enter your post code and click over your area and you will be able to see cases per week in your area. For the week ending 11 October there were 4 cases in Midhurst District and in Bepton which is included with Milland & South Harting District there were 7 cases. Click on link for Interactive Map