Stoke Row

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Stoke Row is a village of approximately 700 inhabitants and is situated 175 metres above sea level at the southern end of the Chiltern Hills. It's flint and clay soil, laid over chalk, enabled its early history of pottery making. However, there was no natural water source and it is likely that only hunter gatherers would have visited this wooded area until the Saxons came.

At that time it became know as Stoches (meaning a fenced place) Ruh (meaning a rough, outlying place). Later this long narrow village, straggling along the ridge, became Stoke Rewe (the latter from the Norman French Rue, meaning street). Administratively, the village was in the parish of Ipsden until 1952, when it formed its own Parish Council...

- Angela Spencer-Harper, March 2004
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Please see below for stories and information that we would like to share with you and your residents regarding health and adult social care:

New coronavirus clinics to help patients across Oxfordshire:

https://news.oxfordshire.gov.uk/new-coronavirus-clinics-to-help-patients-across-oxfordshire/

Praise for Oxfordshire's inspirational care teams:

https://news.oxfordshire.gov.uk/praise-for-oxfordshires-inspirational-care-teams/

New hotline for diabetes patients during COVID-19

https://www.ouh.nhs.uk/news/article.aspx?id=1225

Health and well-being services affected during the coronavirus:

There are a range of well-being and health services that are affected during this period. If you need to find out about services such as: support to quit smoking, sexual health clinics and weight management sessions, please click here.

 Local information about services affected during the Coronavirus:

Updates about critical frontline services such as fire and rescue, waste collections, highways and children’s social care:

https://news.oxfordshire.gov.uk/coronavirus-information-from-the-government/

For information and updates about other services, please go to: https://news.oxfordshire.gov.uk/?h=1&all=1

Best wishes

Louise Chandler

Media & Communications Officer

Oxfordshire County Council | 2nd Floor | County Hall | New Road | Oxford OX1 1ND

Phone number: 07776388154

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Website: www.oxfordshire.gov.uk

Press Release: 

Domestic abuse advice is being shared by Oxfordshire County Council and its partners, in recognition that Coronavirus movement restrictions will be having a direct impact on many individuals and families.

Existing abuse can escalate because of stress, anxiety, and other challenges, whilst widespread health concerns and job losses may mean some people experience or use domestic abuse for the first time.

The Home Secretary has confirmed that anyone who is experiencing domestic abuse can leave and seek refuge, despite restrictions on movement. Refuges remain open, and the police will provide support to all individuals who are being abused - whether physically or emotionally.

Oxfordshire’s domestic abuse services continue to offer support and can help people at risk by finding safe alternative accommodation or by increasing safety measures to enable them to remain at home.

The County Council is working closely with partners to ensure those at risk of domestic abuse are able to access the help they need to be safe. 

Sarah Carter, Strategic lead for Domestic Abuse, from Oxfordshire County Council, said:

“It is more important than ever that Oxfordshire residents have access to information and support.

“Social distancing, isolation and shielding measures mean people suffering domestic abuse are less able to reach out for help. This means we all have a role to play in protecting those at risk; looking and listening out for our neighbours, friends, family and others in the community.”

How and where to get help and support:

  • Anyone in immediate danger should phone 999.
  • Or if in danger and unable to talk on the phone, dial 999 and then press 55. This will transfer the call to police, who will assist without the caller having to speak.
  • Oxfordshire Domestic Abuse Services offers free advice: 0800 731 0055 (Mon-Fri 10am-7pm). Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Alternatively, call the 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247.

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This story has been published on Oxfordshire County Council’s website here,

… and we’ve also shared advice on Twitter (please RT and share via your local communication channels)

Many thanks

Chris Dyson

Press Officer

Oxfordshire County Council

Oxfordshire residents have been warned to be on their guard against criminals and scammers exploiting the coronavirus situation.

Some scammers are claiming to be charity workers, offering assistance with shopping, or requesting donations.

Here are some tips from our Trading Standards team on how to check charity workers are genuine (graphic attached for social media and websites):

How to check if they are genuine:

  • Check the charity’s name and registration number at gov.uk/checkcharity. Most charities with an annual income of £5,000 or more must be registered.
  • Make sure the charity is genuine before giving any financial information – it’s ok to decide not to give on the spot. Be wary of unsolicited emails from charities you have never heard of and be careful when responding to emails or clicking on links within them.
  • Exercise the same caution as with any other internet transaction, for example, to donate online. Visit the charity’s own website and always type the website address into the browser yourself.
  • Contact or find out more online about the charity that you’re seeking to donate to or work with, to find out more about their spending. Ask a trusted friend, neighbour or relative if you are unable to research this or need a second opinion.
  • Ignore requests to donate through a money transfer company.

Full details and advice from our Trading Standards team here:

https://news.oxfordshire.gov.uk/oxfordshire-residents-warned-against-coronavirus-scams/

Many thanks

Chris Dyson

Press Officer

Oxfordshire County Council

Stoke Row Parish Council has become aware of fly tipping taking place in Newlands Lane, close to The Crooked Billet. This is a problem that has increased in recent months across the country.

Please can we ask you to keep a look out for any evidence of fly tipping in Newlands Lane and across the whole parish and report it either to SODC via REPORTIT-Flytipping or to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Please do not approach anybody who you see fly tipping as this might put yourself at risk however, a note of the location and any photographs you can take will help with the form filling.

Thank you

 

Ina Chantry

Parish Clerk, Stoke Row

Stoke Row Parish Council has become aware of fly tipping taking place in Newlands Lane, close to The Crooked Billet. This is a problem that has increased in recent months across the country.

Please can we ask you to keep a look out for any evidence of fly tipping in Newlands lane and across the wole parish and report it either to SODC via REPORTIT-Flytipping or to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Please do not approach anybody who you see fly tipping as this might put yourself at risk however, a note of the location and any photographs you can take will help with the form filling.

Thank you

 

Ina Chantry

Parish Clerk, Stoke Row

Oxfordshire residents warned against coronavirus scams

Please share the following important advice with local residents via your social media and other communication channels:

Residents have been warned to be on their guard against criminals and scammers exploiting the coronavirus situation.

In Oxfordshire, County Council’s Trading Standards has received reports of scams targeting people via emails, text messages, and on the doorstep.

Full details and advice from our Trading Standards team here:

https://news.oxfordshire.gov.uk/oxfordshire-residents-warned-against-coronavirus-scams/

Many thanks

Chris Dyson

Press Officer

Oxfordshire County Council

Hello

These are difficult times for all of us, and now it’s even more important we do what we can to support the most vulnerable.

We would like to inform people in your communities about our free priority services register. We invite our customers to share their individual needs with us, so we can tailor our communications with them, improve their resilience and prioritise how we help them if their water stops. You can find out more about our service, here.

Of course, we work hard to try and ensure water never stops flowing but from time to time, things can go wrong. In these events, we try to deliver bottled water to people with water-dependent medical conditions (i.e. at-home dialysis) and to those with mobility issues, first of all.

We understand a huge number of people are self-isolating because of the coronavirus at the moment, and although we’d love to be able to deliver water to every home, it’s sadly not possible. We recommend that anyone at-risk and/or self-isolating who needs water supplying to them reaches out to friends, family members or neighbours to help. If they have a pre-existing health condition or mobility issue, or nobody can deliver water along with their groceries, they should join our register and we’ll always try to help.

If you would like a briefing on our services and how we can support your communities’ resilience please email me or Tania Chrisite to book a conference call.

Thank you and please take care

Kind regards

Olivia

Olivia Johnson

Partnering Lead – Vulnerability

Thames Water Utilities Ltd

Clearwater Court

Vastern Road

Reading

RG1 8DB

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Visit us online www.thameswater.co.uk , follow us on twitter www.twitter.com/thameswater or find us on www.facebook.com/thameswater

Many are concerned about the ongoing Coronavirus public health issue and the way it has affected nearly every industry across the world.

We want to reassure you that, as the company responsible for distributing power to over 8.3 million properties across London, the South East and East of England, we know how important it is to keep electricity flowing to your home or business, especially during these uncertain times.

Our engineers are out as normal continuing their core role in maintaining your electricity network, and fixing any electrical faults that occur.

We have put into place a number of well-rehearsed contingency plans and precautions to ensure we maintain a good level of service, with high numbers of engineers and call centre staff available to support the ongoing situation.

With many of our customers now working from home and to support the wider UK economy through this very challenging period, from tomorrow evening (Friday 20th March), we will be cancelling most of our lower priority planned maintenance work. This is in order to avoid prolonged planned power cuts for people who are currently working from home.

If you or your constituents need information on a power cut, you can, as always, visit our Power Cut Map for live updates, tweet us at @UKPowerNetworks or telephone our customer service team, 24 hours a day, on 105 or 0800 3163 105. Calls are free from a landline or mobile phone.

Here are some of the practical steps we are taking:

  • To ensure continued resilience in months to come, we have split key teams across different locations, and hundreds of call agents are equipped to answer customer queries while working from home
  • All essential work will continue as normal, including fixing power cuts on the rare occasions they happen
  • We’re postponing lower priority work on electricity cables and substations, as we recognise many people are working from home and we want to minimise disruption to their lives
  • We are working with other network operators and trade associations to ensure we share best practice and focus on activities that safeguards power supplies
  • We have engaged with our supply chain to ensure access to the equipment and supplies we need to keep the electricity flowing

What it means for you or your residents:

  • If our engineers might need to enter your home to restore your power, we’ll ask you on the phone first if you are self-isolating so we can make the relevant arrangements
  • National guidance has been given to our engineers, who will wear protective equipment, stay in a different room from people who are infected or self-isolating, and avoid touching surfaces
  • If you live in London, the East or South East of England, then being on our Priority Services Register will ensure you will receive extra support if you experience a power cut.
  • We understand that the coronavirus outbreak is a worrying time for many, and we want to make sure you have access to local services, should you need assistance during this unprecedented time.
  • We are here for you 24/7 and there are over 20 ways to get in touch including our website, on Twitter @ukpowernetworks, or ring 105

We will continue to support those who need help the most during a power cut

We continue to offer free additional tailored support and guidance to customers on our Priority Services Register if they experience a power cut, reliant on electronic medical equipment or with young children.

For more information on our Priority Services Register, please visit www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority to register, or call us on 0800 169 9970.

Thank you for your support

This is a fast-changing situation, and we will continue to adapt so that the way we work ensures you, our customers, continue to receive the highest level of service.

We will keep you updated and will review the information on our website continuously to ensure you have the most up to date information.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this very uncertain period.

Yours sincerely,

Michael

Michael Horwood

Public Affairs Manager

UK Power Networks

Newington House

237 Southwark Bridge Road

London   SE1 6NP

The council is gradually increasing its response to the Coronavirus situation while monitoring and following the latest government and medical advice.  We thought it might be helpful to share what we are doing:

  • We’re in regular contact with partner organisations and monitoring and following the latest government and medical advice.
  • We are reviewing our business resilience plans on a daily basis so that we can continue to deliver our front-line public services to residents. 
  • As of Monday all our staff that can work from home without affecting front line services are currently doing so. This is as a precaution and part of our plans to test our business continuity arrangements for a situation where all staff are asked to stay at home.
  • We have created a dedicated section on our public website to provide the latest information on our current response to the situation, but also to announce any changes to service delivery. 
  • We have cancelled or postponed any public event or activity that was predominantly aimed at people in high risk groups, until further notice.

From yesterday we have closed our arts and community centres to the public and are thinking through what measures we might need to put in place to make them available for other uses, if necessary. 

We are already receiving messages from community and voluntary organisations sharing urgent updates on the latest support available. Thank you and please continue to share your news with us.

So far, we’re aware that,

AgeUK Oxfordshire , has launched a new, free of charge telephone support service offering advice and assistance to older people concerned during this time. For more information visit  www.ageuk.org.uk/oxfordshire/

South Oxfordshire Food and Education Academy (SOFEA) is expanding its Community Larder network to provide free groceries to as many people as possible. This means delivering hundreds of tonnes of packets and tins, as well as fresh fruit and vegetables to those who find themselves in need.

They have set up a JustGiving page and would welcome donations. You can access this page through the link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sofeacommunitylarder

 

As ever, the government’s website has the latest updates on the virus and the situation: 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public 

 

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