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Christmas Greetings the SWG

Slow! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas from the Speed Watch Group

The Stinchcombe Community Speed Watch Group is up and running (or should that be slow jogging) with speed monitoring points on Taits Hill Rd and The Street. 

Please email speedwatch@stinchcombepc.co.uk to request monitoring at other locations.  As long as we can agree a safe site with the Police we will include them in next year’s programme.    

Stay safe over the festive period.

Kath

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Latest on the Oldhill Lane Post Box

Local residents protest at loss of Post Box

Stinchcombe residents sorely miss the Oldhill Lane post box.  People now need to get into their cars or face a longish walk along a busy road. Before, they had a convenient box.

Missing since February

The post box was first spotted with its pole bent almost to the ground in February. The Chair of the Parish Council, Marian Shaw, made her own arrangements for a speedy repair to the pole because of the problems getting another Stinchcombe post box replaced a couple of years ago. Unfortunately The Royal Mail removed the box before this could happen.

With the box still missing 3 months later, local resident Mandy Delafield contacted Royal Mail’s Customer Services.  She was assured that it would be returned. A promise then repeated when she checked on progress in June and again in July.  Mrs Delafield was then horrified to learn in late August that Royal Mail no longer intended to replace the box.

Different Excuses

Parish Councillors, District Councillors and MP Siobhan Baillie all added their voices in support of residents to no avail.  District Councillor Catherine Braun took the matter to a Postal Review Panel, insisting on an explanation.  She was told that the box “gets knocked over a lot by we suspect farming machinery, and by vehicles trying to turn”.   Long standing residents have no recollection of this ever happening and no hard evidence has been provided to support the claim.

Villagers have good reason to be sceptical – in the recent previous post box dispute The Royal Mail talked to The Gazette about the wrong post box entirely, one that was not even in Gloucestershire!.  Bizarrely, The Royal Mail gave our MP an entirely different reason for not replacing the box, citing “the balance of economy against service provision”.

To make matters worse, a Royal Mail Customer Services Advisor suggested the Postal Redress Service to resolve the deadlocked complaint.  It quickly emerged that the matter is outside their remit. This shows The Royal Mail’s willingness to turn its back on solutions previously agreed with customers, undermining its own complaints procedure.  The Parish Council has had to contend with a system that is both confusing and confused. The contrast with the highly regarded postmen and women on the ground could not be more pronounced.

Stinchcombe is in no mood to give up and is considering how to continue its fight.

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UK Passport

Visiting Europe in 2021

Requirements for visiting Europe in 2021

Forget all the lorry chaos at the ports, it’s time to plan your summer Holiday in France next year. So what do you now need? After, years of just hoping onto a ferry with your E111/EHIC card, what are the new requirements in 2021? In the brave new world after Brexit surely all you will need is your Great British Passport! I have been looking at the UK GOV website.

Passports: check if you need to renew

You may need to renew your British passport earlier if you’re travelling from 1 January 2021.

On the day you travel, you’ll need your passport to both:

  • have at least 6 months left
  • be less than 10 years old (even if it has 6 months or more left)

Healthcare: check you’re covered

You should always get appropriate travel insurance with healthcare cover before you go abroad.

Your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will only be valid up to 31 December 2020.

It’s particularly important you get travel insurance with the right cover if you have a pre-existing medical condition. This is because the EHIC scheme covers pre-existing conditions, while many travel insurance policies do not.

You can read advice on buying travel insurance with the right cover.

Entering other countries

Border control: you may have to show your return ticket and money

At border control, you may need to:

  • show a return or onward ticket
  • show you have enough money for your stay
  • use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens when queueing

Visas for short trips: you will not need one if you’re a tourist

If you’re a tourist, you will not need a visa for short trips to most EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. You’ll be able to stay for up to 90 days in any 180-day period.

Different rules will apply to Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania. If you visit these countries, visits to other EU countries will not count towards the 90-day total.

You may need a visa or permit to stay for longer, to work or study, or for business travel.

Check each country’s travel advice page for information on how to get a visa or permit.

Travel

There may be changes from 1 January 2021. What these are depend on how you’re travelling.

Driving

You may need extra documents from 1 January 2021.

You might need an international driving permit (IDP) to drive in some countries.

If you’re taking your own vehicle, you will also need a ‘green card’ and a GB sticker.

Pet travel: allow at least 4 months to arrange

From 1 January 2021 you will not be able to use the existing pet passport scheme. Instead you’ll need to follow a different process, which takes 4 months.

Follow the guidance about pet travel to Europe from 1 January 2021.

Mobile roaming: free roaming may end

From 1 January 2021, the guarantee of free mobile phone roaming throughout the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway will end.

Check with your phone operator to find out about any roaming charges you might get from 1 January 2021.

Read all the above at the UK GOV website

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Oldhill Lane Post Box

Old Hill Lane Post Box

Show your Support

The Gazette will be holding a meeting with residents at the end of Old Hill Lane, by the notice board on Tuesday 8th December at 11am. They will write an article about the missing post box. Also the failure of the Post Office to reinstate the post box, and highlight how it’s absence is affecting those of us who relied on the post box.

Please come along to show your (socially distanced) support to put your point across to the journalist.

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AED at Village Hall

Defibrillator at the Village Hall

New AED (Automatic External Defibrillator)

After over a year of fundraising, donations and a grant from the Parish Council it has finally arrived! A new Automatic External Defibrillator at the Village Hall. There are now 3 in the Village. At the following locations:

  • The Rugby Club
  • The Village Hall (can be used on children)
  • The Old School House

The AED’s are easily accessible and visible and hopefully it will never be needed.

About defibrillators

Defibrillators are very easy to use. Although they don’t all look the same, they all function in broadly the same way. You don’t need training to use one. The machine gives clear spoken instructions – all you have to do is follow them – and it won’t shock someone unless they need it.

If you come across someone who is unconscious, unresponsive, not breathing or not breathing normally, they’re in cardiac arrest. The most important thing is to call 999 and start CPR to keep the blood flowing to the brain and around the body. After a cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces someone’s chance of survival by 10 per cent.

If you’re on your own, don’t interrupt the CPR to go and get a defibrillator. If it’s possible, send someone else to find one. When you call 999, the operator can tell you if there’s a public access defibrillator nearby.

The New AED at the Village Hall

How to use a defibrillator

To use a defibrillator, follow these simple steps:

  1. Turn the defibrillator on by pressing the green button and follow its instructions.
  2. Peel off the sticky pads and attach them to the patient’s skin, one on each side of the chest, as shown in the picture on the defibrillator.
  3. Once the pads have been attached, stop CPR and don’t touch the patient. The defibrillator will then analyse the patient’s heart rhythm.
  4. The defibrillator will assess whether a shock is needed and if so, it will tell you to press the shock button. An automatic defibrillator will shock the patient without prompt. Do not touch the patient while they are being shocked.
  5. The defibrillator will tell you when the shock has been delivered and whether you need to continue CPR.
  6. Continue with chest compressions and rescue breaths until the patient shows signs of life or the defibrillator tells you to stop so it can analyse the heartbeat again.

Learn CPR with the BHF Heartstart courses

Heartstart courses teach you CPR and other emergency life saving skills. They are free to attend.
There are over 1,000 Heartstart schemes across the UK supported by the British Heart Foundation.
Visit the BHF Heartstart courses page to find out more.

Training for all

First Aid and CPR are useful skills for all people to have some knowledge about. The Village Hall Committee hope to arrange for some training in the near future for all residents of Stinchcombe. The AED still needs the operator to understand how to give CPR.

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Telephone Box

Done

Refurbishment of the Stinchcombe Phone Box

Refurbishment of the Telephone box is finally complete with our nice new Stinchcombe name panels. Thanks to Simon Packer for fixing them in place.

Now for the inside….

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Census 2021

Census 2021

Census 2021 will provide a snapshot of modern society

Households across Stinchcombe will soon be asked to take part in Census 2021.

The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

“A successful census will ensure everyone from local government to charities can put services and funding in the places where they are most needed,” Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at the Office for National Statistics, said. “This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, schools and new transport routes. That’s why it is so important everyone takes part and we have made it easier for people to do so.

The first online

It will be the first Census to run predominantly online. Each household will receive a letter with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets.

Census Day

Census day will be on March 21 2021, but households across the country will receive letters with online codes allowing them to take part from early March.

The census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.

For more information, visit the website

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