Avian influenza (bird flu): Latest situation

New housing measures will come into force in England, Scotland and Wales on 14 December.

The Chief Veterinary Officers for England, Scotland and Wales have agreed to bring in new measures to help protect poultry and captive birds, following a number of cases of avian influenza in both wild and captive birds in the UK.

Government Chief Veterinary Officers are encouraging bird keepers to use the next 11 days to prepare for new housing measures, including taking steps to safeguard animal welfare, consult their vet and where necessary put up additional housing.

Whether you keep just a few birds as pets or thousands, from 14 December onwards you will be legally required to keep your birds indoors, or take appropriate steps to keep them separate from wild birds. We have not taken this decision lightly, but it is the best way to protect your birds from this highly infectious disease.

Poultry and captive bird keepers are advised to be vigilant for any signs of disease in their birds and any wild birds, and seek prompt advice from their vet if they have any concerns. They can help prevent avian flu by maintaining good biosecurity on their premises, including:

  • housing or netting all poultry and captive birds
  • cleansing and disinfecting clothing, footwear, equipment and vehicles before and after contact with poultry and captive birds – if practical, use disposable protective clothing
  • reducing the movement of people, vehicles or equipment to and from areas where poultry and captive birds are kept, to minimise contamination from manure, slurry and other products, and using effective vermin control
  • thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting housing at the end of a production cycle
  • keeping fresh disinfectant at the right concentration at all points where people should use it, such as farm entrances and before entering poultry and captive bird housing or enclosures
  • minimising direct and indirect contact between poultry and captive birds and wild birds, including making sure all feed and water is not accessible to wild birds

Register your birds

We encourage all keepers to register their birds with us so we can contact you quickly if there is a disease outbreak in your area and you need to take action.
If you have more than 50 birds, you are legally required to register your flock within one month of their arrival at your premises. If you have less than 50 birds, including pet birds, you are still strongly encouraged to register.

Find out how to register your birds.

Poultry and captive bird keepers and members of the public should report dead wild birds to the Defra helpline on 03459 33 55 77 (option 7), and keepers should report suspicion of disease to APHA on 03000 200 301. Keepers should familiarise themselves with our avian flu advice.

Public Health England advise the risk to public health from the H5N8 and H5N2 strains of bird flu is very low.

The Food Standards Agency has said that on the basis of the current scientific evidence, avian influenza poses a very low food safety risk for UK consumers. Properly cooked poultry and poultry products, including eggs, are safe to eat.

Protect against Cold Calling

Statistics show that older people are a target of conmen and fraudulent traders.

Cold calling is not illegal. However, any trader that ignores a sticker or notice on your door stating that you do not wish to receive cold calls may be committing a criminal offence.

As a home care provider since 1980 we have decided to try and help prevent, where we can, an older person becoming a victim. Please see below a door sticker which may be of interest to an older person you know.

These are free of charge and you can request them using this email: info@ablecommunitycare.com

Best wishes – Angela pp Able Community Care.

Defibrillator training by the British Heart Foundation

You are invited to come to a FREE session about how to use defibrillators in the villages and where they are located.

Includes some basics around first aid for an unconscious person.

Georgeham Village Hall from 7:00-9:00pm on Tuesday 10th March.

Phone Barrie on 01271 813816 or e-mail barriebudge@gmail.com to reserve a place

Further courses are:
Kingsacre School Braunton: 7:00-9:00pm 16th March
The Bowling Club: 7:00-9:00pm 12th March
Heanton Church Hall: at the top of the hill 14th of March 10:30-12:30am

Beat heartbreak forever

Beat heartbreak from heart diseases and all circulatory disease

British Heart Foundation 2014 registered charity in England and Wales (225971) and Scotland (SCO39426) HIS/0314

Community Insight Survey

The Community Insight survey is running until 22nd December and is capturing a snapshot of life in Devon for our diverse communities.

We’re asking people whether they: can get around easily, access green spaces, look after themselves, feel safe, can access community resources and adult learning etc. We’re also asking about their health and wellbeing and social connectivity alongside views on fly tipping/cleanliness, decision making, whether they feel listened to and whether they think council tax should increase.

In order to reach all Devon’s communities, I’d be grateful if you could publicise this in your local areas.

Here is a link to the survey:

Initial results will be available early in the new year and will be shared with partners, including District Councils. Further analysis (age, disability, locality etc) will be available by the Spring.

Georgeham Playing Field – New Community Pavilion

On behalf of Georgeham Parish Council.

Preparatory work at Georgeham playing field is underway for the removal of the two metal storage containers and the installation of a new Community Pavilion incorporating changing facilities, showers, toilets and a hopefully a small kitchen. There will be some disruption for the next week as the playing field will be closed from Monday for a few days.

The Parish Council is indebted to Park Dean Holidays who have very kindly given us a lodge to install that we can adapt to our needs in the fullness of time.

Thank you.

THE RED BOX PROJECT

WE NEED YOUR HELP.

The red box project provides free period products to young people in need in schools. This is a community enabled project so we need everyone to get involved

WHAT’S THE ISSUE

It can be hard to believe that in this day and age people cannot afford period products. But this is true, and it is happening every day. Research by Plan International UK found that:

  • 137,700 girls in the UK have missed school because of period poverty
  • 1 in 10 girls have been UNABLE TO AFFORD sanitary wear
  • 1 in 7 girls have struggled to afford sanitary wear
  • If you had to choose between buying sanitary wear or eating

Which would you choose? And how about this….

  • 48% of girls in the UK are embarrassed by their periods Only 1 in 5 girls feel comfortable discussing it with their teacher
  • 71% of girls admitted they have felt embarassed buying sanitary products
  • 49% of girls have missed an entire day of school because of their period
  • of which 59% have made up an excuse instead.

Whether it’s period poverty, not being able to ask at home, or just being caught short, we want to have their backs and let them keep their dignity

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

  • Donate period products
  • Set up a donation point (at home/business/centre)
  • Donate funds to our cause
  • Volunteer as a local Red Box ambassador (set up donation points/spread awareness/deliver/help collect boxes)
  • Set up an event to raise money & awareness
  • Run a stall for us
  • Help with packing up boxes

GET IN TOUCH

Visit our Facebook Page: facebook.com/redboxprojectnorthdevon
Email us at: redboxprojectnorthdevon@gmail.com
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Tour of Britain Stage 2 – Georgeham and Croyde

Tour of Britain Stage 2: Including Georgeham & Croyde

After a year’s absence the OVO Energy Tour of Britain returns to the South West of England on Stage Two, which also represented the race’s 10th visit to Devon in the past 12 years. Day two of this year’s race departs from the UK’s newest town – Cranbrook and finishes in Barnstaple, which last welcomed the race back in 2012

Please see below the details regarding the times the race will be passing through Georgeham & Croyde on Monday 3 Sept including advance notice of road closures and disruptions to traffic.

Approximate Timings

  • 14:42: The advance escort managing the race and rolling road closures should arrive in Georgeham & Croyde
  • 14:57-15:22: (depending on their average speed) the race should arrive in Georgeham & Croyde. This should then take a maximum of 5-10 minutes to pass through.

We recommend people watching the race should try and be at the road side between 30mins and 1hr before the race is due to pass.

The Full Stage Route

Advance warning signs

Advance warning signs on A-frames will be placed on the key approach roads to Georgeham & Croyde from 20th August (2 weeks in advance of the race). These will display – ‘Delays likely’ 13:45 to 16:00 (see attached) and should help raise awareness of the event locally.

Clearways through Georgeham & Croyde

To ensure the safe passage of the race it has been necessary to implement a clearway (no waiting or parking) as the race passes through Georgeham & Croyde. The length of clearway is indicated in the plans that can view viewed below:

The clearway will run from 09:30 until 16:00 with signage about the clearway going up at the same time as the advance warning signs, 2 weeks in advance of the event. Signs will be mounted to lamp columns or posts on highly visible yellow signs. A recovery vehicle will travel approximately 2hrs ahead of the race to remove any vehicles that are parked illegally within the clearway.

Volunteers Needed

We would very much value the support of any volunteers in advance with any door knocking to residents/businesses or sharing via social media through local groups that may exist. This should be to remind people to park elsewhere and to reschedule things like deliveries, particularly avoiding the afternoon of the race when we will be more actively policing the clearway.

On the day itself it would also be helpful if volunteers could be asked to keep an eye on the clearway and remind motorists/residents to keep the route clear. This would be of particular assistance after midday so we can be made aware of any issues.

For all people interested in volunteering please contact the Devon Tour of Britain Project Manager below:

Zsolt Schuller
tourofbritain-mailbox@devon.gov.uk
07980 015173

 

 

 

Resources

Timetables, maps, programs, race manuals and more can all be found here: https://www.tourofbritain.co.uk/stages/stage-two/

Devon & Cornwall Police June 2018 Newsletter

HOT DOGS!!

One of the worst calls we have to attend during the good weather is to dogs in hot cars, already this year the fine weather has resulted in several calls of this nature. Please be aware that the temperatures in cars rises very quickly even when not in direct sunlight.

If you HAVE to leave your dog in the car make sure that there is water easily accessible for them to drink and plenty of ventilation ( windows down at least two inches ). If we attend a hot dog call, OUR actions are based on our perception of the level of distress the animal is in.

This can result in us deciding to break a window in order to remove the dog to safety, that’s not an easy decision to make and often leads to conflict with an irate dog/ car owner who’s opinion regarding the condition of their dog differs from ours.

Please don’t put us in that awful position, make sure your pet is safe.

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