Coronavirus – Scam Alert

South Hams District Council has sent the following alert-

Fraudsters are preying on your fear and sending all sorts of scams related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Every hour we’re being notified of a new scam or ransomware attack using the Coronavirus situation.

Below are some examples of the types of scams you should be on the lookout for:

Emails that appear to be from organisations such as the Centres for Disease Control (CDC), or the World Health Organisation (WHO). The scammers have crafted emails that appear to come from these sources, but they actually contain malicious phishing links or dangerous attachments. Phishing is the term used for dishonest people pretending to be a reputable company so they can gain your personal information.
Emails that ask for charity donations for studies, doctors, or victims that have been affected by the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Scammers often create fake charity emails after global phenomenons occur, like natural disasters, or health scares like the COVID-19.
Emails that claim to have a ‘new’ or ‘updated’ list of cases of Coronavirus in your area. These emails could contain dangerous links and information designed to scare you into clicking on the link.
Remain cautious! Always remember the following to protect yourself from scams like this:

Never click on links or download attachments from an email that you weren’t expecting.
If you receive a suspicious email that appears to come from an official organisation such as the WHO or CDC, go to their website directly online and follow links from there.
If you want to make a charity donation, go to the charity website of your choice to enter your payment. Type the charity’s web address in your browser instead of clicking on any links in emails, or other messages.

Stop, Look, and Think. Don’t be fooled.

St George’s Church

As you will all know by now we have sadly had to close and lock the church until further notice. We are very sad that we can no longer leave the door open so people can go in for private prayer and quiet contemplation.
Our clergy team are very busy finding other ways to keep in touch with their congregations and these are some of them.
LIVE STREAMED WORSHIP
Fr Will is live streaming from his dining room at home
On SUNDAYS at 11am a Eucharist Service
Also on WEDNESDAYS at 10am
You can find these services on line on the News page at
Or on the Parish Facebook page
There may be other services and initiatives coming further down the line!
To keep up to date with what is happening do sign up to the weekly E bulletin by sending an email to
Ask the office to add you to the mailing list for the bulletin
Here in the Village Peter and Jenny will be keeping an eye on the church to make sure all is well inside and out. Please let us know if you notice anything that needs our attention.
Please also let us know if you need help, we may not be able to help personally but could pass your request on to an agency that may be able to help you. So much good work is going on in the area, everyone is trying to be supportive.
If you would like a telephone call from one of the clergy team or know of anyone you think might appreciate one please do let us know.
If you have any questions give one of us a call we will do our best to find an answer for you.
With our very best wishes. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this strange and difficult time. Please keep Frs Will, Andrew and Bob and their families in your prayers too.
Peter and Jenny
Churchwardens
01803 722424
01803 722358

Coronavirus: Strict new curbs on life in UK announced by PM

The Prime Minister has announced strict new curbs on life in the UK.

BBC News LINK

What you need to do-

Stay at home

Only go outside for food, health reasons or essential work
Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
Wash your hands as soon as you get home
Anyone can spread the virus.

For more detail see the Government website LINK.

Parish Council Coronavirus Support Information

The Parish Council is taking an overview of the parish response to the coronavirus outbreak.

We want to ensure that members of the parish and visitors receive the most effective information and support to stay healthy, and are able to access the support they require.

We cannot offer medical advice or assistance.

Should you have non-medical questions or concerns please contact any of the Parish Council to discuss:

Name Role Contact Details
Mr John Tucker Councillor – Chair 01803 722 249

07711 855898

johntucker@dittishamparish.co.uk

Mr Graham Anderson Councillor – Vice Chair 07850 722244

grahamanderson@dittishamparish.co.uk

Mr Richard Bond Councillor 01803 722685

07813 171773

richardbond@dittishamparish.co.uk

Mr Mike Faulkner Councillor 01803 722549

michaelfaulkner@dittishamparish.co.uk

Mr Nik Green Councillor 01803 722 394

07979594854

nikgreen@dittishamparish.co.uk

Ms Lara Lloyd Councillor 078666 77436

laralloyd@dittishamparish.co.uk

Mr Sune Nightingale Councillor 01803 722 695

sunenightingale@dittishamparish.co.uk

Miss Sharon Quinn Councillor 01803 722 722

sharonquinn@dittishamparish.co.uk

Ms Annette Thom Parish Clerk 01803 722 417

parishclerk@dittishamparish.co.uk

 

There are many other informal and more formal active community networks providing support:  including local businesses, St George’s Church, and Sustainable Dittisham, that can also support local needs.

Volunteers

Dartmouth Caring is co-ordinating volunteers to deliver two essential services during the COVID-19 outbreak, specifically:

  1. food shopping and/or prescription collection and delivery for those unable to do so themselves (e.g. due to self-isolating)
  2. telephone befriending, to help those struggling with a lack of social contact.

Please register with Dartmouth Caring if you need help, or can offer help:
Register via the Dartmouth Caring website (preferred) or phone 01803 835 384.

Visiting second homes or holiday premises – New Government Guidance

The Government has published guidance to avoid non-essential travel in the UK (LINK):

Following on from the government’s guidance on social distancing in relation to COVID-19, people should avoid travelling unless it is essential.

Who this guidance is for

This guidance is for people planning to visit second homes or holiday premises during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Essential travel does not include visits to second homes, camp sites, caravan parks or similar, whether for isolation purposes or holidays. People should remain in their primary residence. Not taking these steps puts additional pressure on communities and services that are already at risk.