NHS Covid-19 Big App Download Weekend

The Big Download Weekend resources to communicate the importance and ease of NHS COVID-19 App are all here for you to share

We are asking you all to download NHS Covid19 App and share the communications to encourage others to download it as the simplest way to help protect those we love.
The NHS COVID-19 App is part of the large scale coronavirus (COVID-19) testing and contact tracing programme and will be used, alongside traditional contact tracing, to notify users if they come into contact with someone who later tests positive for coronavirus – helping to keep us all safer. The NHS COVID-19 App alerts people at risk of coronavirus, asking them to isolate before they potentially pass the virus on to others as well as providing local area alerts and QR venue check-in. The app will help the NHS understand if the virus is spreading in a particular area, and so local authorities can respond quickly to stop it spreading further and save lives. The app does this while protecting a user’s anonymity. Nobody, including the government, will know who or where a particular user is.
As ever we thank you all for your support
The PHE (Public Health England) Partnerships Team

Bepton Church Gift Day

Bepton Church has not been immune from the pandemic with both the Church Jazz Concert and Bepton and Cocking Church Fete being Cancelled this year. Sheila Ryan was not to be beaten and today organized a produce store and raffle on Severals Green which attracted a lot of passer-by’s. Contributions to the store were generously made by Poppy Farm and many individuals brought cakes and fresh home grown vegetables. Also Linda Sadler brought along some swashbuckling home made bread. The donations from the proceedings have all gone to Bepton Church

Heat Health Alert

The Met Office has issued a Level 3 heat health alert between Thursday, 6th August and Sunday, 9th August.

View the full warning at the Met Office Heat Health Watch site.

Heatwave and Covid-19

Please note that additional information and tips for Covid-19 and hot weather has been issued by the government.

  • Fans should not be used in offices as this could increase the spread of infection. Remember that fans are ineffective in temperatures above 350C and cause increased dehydration
  • Open windows and use blinds to help regulate temperature
  • Staff wearing PPE should keep hydrated, change masks regularly (especially if damp) and ensure that their own wellbeing is maintained
  • Paracetamol (and aspirin) may be used to manage COVID-related symptoms but it is recommended that they are not used solely to reduce body temperature. Always consult your pharmacist, GP or NHS 111 for advice
  • Keep cool and hydrated by regularly sipping cold water-based drinks and avoid alcohol
  • Use sponges or cloths made damp by cold water to help control your temperature
  • Close blinds and curtains to help control the temperature of your home
  • Check on the wellbeing of vulnerable friends and family who may be shielding or who are isolated. Remember to observe social distancing guidance social distancing guidance

Budgens Out, Sainsbury’s In

Sainsbury’s Neighbourhood Hub store, Midhurst. Extracts from a letter sent to Midhurst Society

Budgens Food | South Downs Directory

We’re writing to notify you of a new Sainsbury’s store that we will shortly be opening in Midhurst. The new store will be replacing the existing Budgens on Bepton Road, which will be completely refurbished prior to opening as a Sainsbury’s. “We are excited to bring our convenience store offer to Midhurst and the new store will be over twice the size of a normal Sainsbury’s Local, at 6,500 sq. ft. The store will provide a wide range of exciting products and everyday essentials for local people, including household products, ready meals, fresh food and chilled products, as well as a pizza counter, an Argos collection point and our popular lunchtime offer. The store will open daily from 8.00am to 8.00pm Monday to Saturday and from 10.00am to 4.00pm on Sundays.” As the new Sainsbury’s store will be replacing the existing Budgens, there will be a temporary closure for approximately 12 weeks from the beginning of September whilst the building is refurbished and made ready to open as a new Sainsbury’s store. We are however committed to minimising any impact on local people and these works are not expected to be disruptive. “We will be taking on the existing staff members at Budgens as Sainsbury’s colleagues and we look forward to welcoming them to our team. The Sainsbury’s team in Midhurst will play an active role in the local community by supporting a local Charity, as well as our nationwide community programmes and charity partners.”