In light of the continually changing situation with respect to COVID-19, it is important that we do our best as a community to help those who are most vulnerable at this time, and who may need help from those around them.

As a Parish Council, we will follow guidance from both the Government and West Berkshire Council as circumstances continue to evolve. However, it would be very helpful if each household could reach out to those around them, and let the Parish Council know by return if they are concerned about any of their neighbours. In this way, we can ensure that those that need it the most get the support that they need.

Should circumstances change for an individual or household, for example as a result of a period of self-isolation, if they need shopping, prescriptions collected or other assistance they can contact the Parish Clerk who will then contact relevant local volunteers

This is a situation that is affecting us all, and it is good to see how many of us are coming together as a community and showing our compassion for each other.

Please also be aware that this situation can also bring out the worst in a small minority. Some elderly members of the Parish have already been contacted by people pretending to offer services to the elderly for a small fee. Please let us know if you have been contacted.   
Boxford Parish Council
Clerk Contact Details – / 07811322994

The Downland Practice – we are getting regular updates from the Downland Practice, Chieveley – the latest message being :

As you will be aware the UK is experiencing the COVID-19 Pandemic.  GP appointments at the surgery will be screened by a GP telephone call first and then a decision will be made if the patient needs to attend the surgery.  Repeat medication requests will only be issued for 1 month at a time due to supply concerns.  Telephones will be answered where possible but the surgery is experiencing unplanned staff absences.  Medications can be collected from the Pharmacy.  Requests for non NHS services (requests for medical records/medicals etc) will be dealt with once the surgery is able to return to normal service.  Questions submitted on the website may take longer to receive a reply again this is down to what staff we have available to deal with these requests. On behalf on the GP Partners at the Downland Practice thank you for your patience.