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6 April

Bayfields launches new ear and eye support service during Coronavirus outbreak

Bayfields Opticians & Audiologists in Fleet has launched a new remote service to support the community’s eye and hearing health during the COVID-19 crisis.

People in the area who would normally visit the store at 202 Fleet Road can now have their eyecare assessments performed over the phone; one of Bayfields’ qualified optometrists will speak to the client about their eye health, providing any advice needed.

The company says this will be an effective way of diagnosing most minor eye conditions, but to support those needing emergency, in-person care, its support centres in Harrogate and Woking will be offering physical appointments.

Additionally, it is inviting key workers in need of glasses or contact lens prescriptions – who might not be able to access their usual optician – to submit their requirements to Bayfields who will order the products and send them straight to the person’s home. Additionally, its team of dispensing opticians are available to send out replacement glasses to Bayfields clients, while its contact lens supply service will run as normal.

Clients requiring hearing support are being advised to call their local practice, where a team member will provide guidance and advice for a range of issues including problems with existing hearing aids or replacing hearing aid batteries.

Royston Bayfield, founder and managing director of Bayfields Opticians and Audiologists, said: “In order to protect our clients and employees during the coronavirus pandemic, we’re temporarily closing our practices across the UK for routine appointments, but we’re still very much here for everyone.

“We know that for many, not knowing whether their eye examinations will go ahead or whether they can access eye and hearing health support will create additional stress during these uncertain times.

“That’s why we have established a series of ear and eye services which mean we can continue to provide reassurances to our clients, very much in line with guidelines surrounding coronavirus and social distancing. We hope that doing so will provide some comfort to clients that their ear and eye health is taken care of during this challenging period.”

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1 April

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New Hampshire Coronavirus Services

Good Afternoon,

This email is intended to update you all to a new service provided by Hampshire County Council in relation to the current Coronavirus pandemic. The information below explains what the service is and how to access it -

Coronavirus Hampshire Helpline - How can I get help?

A new helpline is now available to provide information and advice, as well as practical support to frail or vulnerable Hampshire residents.

The Coronavirus Hampshire Helpline (Hantshelp4vulnerable) can be contacted on
0333 370 4000

The helpline* is available seven days a week, from 9am-5pm, and is for vulnerable people who do not have support from families, friends or their local community, and who need urgent assistance with practical issues

The Government has also identified some people who are 'extremely vulnerable' to getting seriously ill from Coronavirus because of an underlying health condition such as COPD, certain cancers and auto-immune conditions, and pregnant women with underlying health conditions.  Those in this group will have been contacted by the NHS to request that they should not leave home for at least 12 weeks, and have been advised that if they do not have friends, family or neighbours who can provide support, they can register for help to access food, medicine and social contact via gov. uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulne rable.
What sort of help will I get?

The Hampshire helpline is for frail or vulnerable people who need urgent assistance with essential food or household supplies, collection of medication, or who are at risk of loneliness. Please discuss your requirements with our friendly advisors who will ensure you get the help you need.

If you need urgent food supplies, you can expect to receive a food box, typically containing:

UHT milk
Long life orange juice
Plus urgent household necessities if needed eg shower gel
Wherever possible, special dietary requirements will be met. 

Keeping safe

It is vital that if you are giving, or receiving help, you take precautions to ensure your safety and those of others. We urge all volunteers to adhere to Government's (How to help safely) guidance on how to volunteer safely.
Your local Council for Voluntary Service (Link to voluntary services) will also be able to provide information and support.
If you are receiving help, you should follow the Government's social distancing and hygiene guidance. Do not let anyone into your home, unless you have confirmation that they are a registered professional or representative of a recognised Voluntary / Community sector organisation. Be cautious and curious and ask volunteers for proof of ID.
You can keep up to date with the latest Government guidance via
If you're worried you have Coronavirus, follow the NHS advice

Please remain safe and follow the Governments guidance on Coronavirus which states you need to -
Stay at home

Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)

If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times

Wash your hands as soon as you get home

Do not meet others, even friends or family. You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

Thank you fro taking the time to read this important email. I hope you, your family and friends stay safe and well during these difficult times.

Take care

PC Noel Griffiths 24309 Fleet Town Beat Manager  

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Noel Griffiths (Police, PC, Hart District)


25 March

HWRC Recycling Centres are all closed at the present time

23 March

Changes due to Coronavirus:

19th March - Bulky waste - We have had to take our online bulky waste form off-line temporarily. We apologise for the inconvenience. 

19th March - Garden waste - We have had to take our online garden waste signup/renewal form off-line temporarily. We apologise for the inconvenience.

19th March - Bin orders - We have had to take our online bin replacement form offline temporarily. We apologise for the inconvenience.

Our waste and recycling collections are currently running as normal. To help protect our crews and stop the virus spreading we are asking people to follow these guidelines from Public Health England about how to dispose of their waste if they suspect they may have the virus. 

This guidance states:

Personal waste (such as used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths should be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual external household waste bin. Other household waste can be disposed of as normal.


17 March

Parish Of Fleet - Urgent Notice

Please note that the 9.30am communion service for Wednesday 18 March, and all services of public worship are suspended until further notice.  You can read the press release from the Church of England here

Further details of the ways you can join in with prayer and worship remotely will be issued as soon as possible and will be emailed out and added to the parish website.

We are keen to support each other in what ever ways we are able and remind you of our note in last week's news sheet -  that you let the Parish Office know if
· you become ill
 - you are advised to self isolate
· you choose to stay indoors.
We will then endeavour to contact you regularly by phone to make sure you are okay and to arrange any other support you might need.

If you would like to speak to the clergy at any time please ring 01252 219281 for Mark or 01252 444872 for Carol.


15 March:

Fleet Half Marathon has been postponed in a bid to minimise risks surrounding the current coronavirus outbreak .

The organisers said "it was not an easy decision to make" but their priority was the wellbeing of the runners and the community who support the event.

The Junior Mini-Mile has also been postponed.

"The organisers apologise to those runners who were travelling some distance to run.

"This is not an easy decision to make the day before the event, but one that aims to ensure the wellbeing of the runners and the community."

At this stage it hasn't been confirmed whether the half marathon will take place later in 2020.

Runners should keep hold of your race number for the time being."

10 March:

A member of staff at NatWest in Fleet has tested positive for coronavirus.

The bank in Fleet Road is currently closed for a deep clean and will not reopen for another two weeks, as it works alongside Public Health England (PHE) to contact customers who may have been in contact with the infected member of staff.

The branch opposite Hart Shopping Centre was pictured on Monday (March 9) with a sign on the door saying it was closed for "operational issues", however, the bank confirmed on Tuesday (March 10) that the closure is due to a member of staff testing positive for the virus.

All other members of staff at the branch are self-isolating in line with guidance from PHE.

A NatWest spokesman said: "We can confirm that a member of staff at our NatWest Fleet branch has tested positive for coronavirus. The health and safety of our colleagues and customers is paramount and we are closely following the advice of Public Health England as well as our own safety and security procedures.

"The branch is currently closed while deep cleaning is being carried out and we are aiming to reopen the branch by March 23. In the meantime customers can continue to use our mobile, online, video and telephone banking services. They can also visit any other NatWest branch.”

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