Community help

Bawdeswell and Foxley North Elmham Foulsham other links

More ideas? Maintaining contact with each other and others in our villages (and beyond) is going to be crucial over the coming weeks and months. One idea is to set up WhatsApp groups for those who can use this technology (Smart Phone). If you have other ideas or information to share in future bulletins, please let us know. 

A reminder about Foodbanks. Foodbanks should continue where possible under strict guidelines and may have to move to be delivery points, not places where people gather. If you can, please consider making a financial contribution to your nearest Foodbank.

Please continue to support this vital service in whatever way you can Mid Norfolk Foodbank   

Practical issues around Community help. We will all be wanting to help neighbours and the vulnerable in our communities. Our Archdeacons have suggested the following best practice to protect volunteers and the vulnerable:

* safety of volunteers is paramount;

* Bank Card and PINs on behalf of others must not be used;

* Receipts for shopping must always be left and payment by cheque (in envelope) to be collected from the door-step the next day;

* Safeguarding concerns to be reported in the usual way (refers to Church of England safeguarding policy);

* Volunteers should refrain from entering peoples' homes unless they are part of a church pastoral team or other organisation operating a robust safeguarding framework, and certainly not if the householder is self-isolating.

NEXTDOOR  and Volunteering Norfolk
The Nextdoor community message boards are a good source of local information and are being used by Norfolk County Council and Norfolk Police as well as local voluntary groups, which are rapidly forming to support their own communities. (For example,  Help in North Elmham). PM’s statement on Monday (23rd) included ‘helping vulnerable people’ as part of the four limited purposes for leaving home, so these initiatives are to be encouraged, within social-distancing parameters and under the Volunteering Norfolk umbrella Volunteering Norfolk

Bawdeswell and Foxley

In the event that you, or anyone you know within the village needs help and don’t have anyone who can help, The Community Car Scheme have kindly offered to be the central point of contact for anyone who is in isolation and has no other means of obtaining medication or essential food shopping. Because the CCS covers Bawdeswell and Foxley, these plans will cover both villages. If anyone else is available to offer assistance during this time, please let Jackie at the CCS know on 01362 688956.

Update from Bill Cunclife

Today ( Wednesday 25/3/20)Tesco are not taking on any new applications for deliveries, though their stores are still open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9am to 10am just for the elderly and infirm.

Sainsbury’s hotline 0800 328 1700 for registration of elderly for deliveries is permanently engaged.

This morning Jackie and I had a Sainsbury’s delivery but it's worth noting that if you agree to substituting another product for one you have chosen, they won’t let to return the alternative product when you see what it is, you have to accept it.

The local milkman is still delivering to Bawdeswell and Foxley, he is Milk and More 0345 606 368. As his title suggests he offers more than just milk.

For those able to get to the Bawdeswell Village Store, they have been able to keep their shelves pretty well stocked.

Algy’s. have a good stock of fresh foods but at the moment you have to queue outside with only one customer at a  time inside. The Algy’s website gives details of their products for sale.Their telephone number is 01362 683893, and they are offering a pay over the phone ordering service. If anyone orders and pays  Algy’s but has no way of collection (no friends of relations) then having arranged a time of collection with Algy’s, Bawdeswell residents can phone our helpline number 688956,  and Foxley residents phone Linda on 688488 and we will try to arrange a driver to collect and deliver. 

Bawdeswell Garden Centre has unfortuntly had to close.

Just by way of a word of caution - yesterday I was horrified to see someone with first degree burns to their hands and arms.  This was caused by using hand sanitiser containing alcohol then having your hands near to naked flame - lighter, candle or cooker hob etc.  

Stay safe and look after the lonely.

Message and help in Bawdeswell 

North Elmham

Self Isolation – North Elmham (SINE) - A community group has been set up to assist those who are in self isolation or otherwise unable to get out and about. Leaflets are being distributed to all households in the parish, giving details of how to ask for help, how to volunteer etc, and providing basic ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ to ensure that the system works well for everyone.

WhatsApp St Mary's If you would like to join the WhatsApp group please email David and he, as administrator, will add you.  If you haven’t downloaded WhatsApp – it woks on phones and tablets I think – you can do this in the App Store for either Apple devices or Androids.  If you need some assistance to work this out, please email us or call our home number 01362 668424 and we will try to help – no guarantees that we will be successful, but we will certainly try.

Support for North Elmham.


Foulsham Parish Council is compiling useful local information and advice in respect of the current outbreak of coronavirus. Information is changing rapidly so please check back regularly for the latest news. If you have useful information to share, please contact the Parish Clerk or any of the councillors.

Covid19 support in Foulsham 

Useful web links - an App which lists the busness who are delivering.

The Green Pastures Christian book-shop  in Dereham issued a letter on 1st April about how to contact them/ order resources whilst the shop is closed.




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