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Census 2021 – Your questions answered

Hi Town and Parish Clerks, please find this PDF which answers a lot of common questions for your parishioners in regard to the Census.

My request is that you forward this to your mailing lists, and ideally post it to your websites and share via your social media as well. 

Many of you are doing that already, and it is fantastic to see the materials and messaging across City, town and village social media and websites, however there are gaps, and there are town councils that are still not sharing any materials about the Census. 

The Census drives decisions at national & local government levels , the higher our participation in Wiltshire, the better represented we are in terms of decisions about investment in our county. 

Thank you for all of your help and participation. 

Jonny Corbett

Census Engagement Manager| Wiltshire

Office for National Statistics

Everleigh Parish Council – 5th January 2021 Meeting Minutes



Chairman:     Cllr D Bottomley

Present:           Cllr K Wheeler-Mallows, Cllr P Evans, Cllr H Waight and Cllr A Earle.

In Attendance: Mr P Gill (Parish Clerk), Wilts Cllr I Blair-Pilling, Wilts Cllr C Williams and Mr T Martin (Potential Co-Optee) and one Member of the Public.

1.         Explanation and Welcome.  The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting and explained that on 4th April 2020 the Government introduced The Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 which allows local councils to meet remotely.  These regulations apply to meetings held before 7th May 2021. A copy of the Regulations is available from the Clerk. The Chairman also highlighted that an Everleigh Parish Council protocol for the conduct of remote meetings was issued on 1st May 2020 and summarized the key points from this protocol.

2.         Apologies:       None

3.         Disclosure of Interest.  None declared.

4.         Co-option.  The Clerk reported that an expression of interest to join the Parish Council had been received from Mr T Martin after the Agenda had been issued and after he had been resident in Everleigh since mid December. As a result, Cllrs RESOLVED to defer consideration of any application until the next PC meeting.  However, the Chairman invited Mr T Martin to introduce himself.                                       Action:  Clerk

5.         Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 27 October 2020. 

5.1       Previous Minutes.  The minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on

27 October 2020 were agreed and Cllrs RESOLVED that the minutes were to be signed by the Chairman as a true record as soon as possible after the meeting. 

Action:  Chairman & Clerk

5.2       Matters Arising.

Item 11.4 The Street Notice Board has been repaired for which the Chairman congratulated Cllr Earle, and Parish Walk Leaflets have been posted on the notice boards.  Item closed.

6.         General Public.  No questions asked.               

7.         Wilts Council Cllr Report.  Wilts Cllr Blair-Pilling reported the following: due to the upsurge in COVID -19 cases and the latest restrictions Wilts Council has moved out of recovery mode and back into response mode.  He encouraged all Cllrs to join the Wilts Council live half-hour COVID-19 Public Update which is scheduled for Wednesday 6 January at 7pm. 

Cllrs noted the report and asked a number of questions for clarity. 

8.         Police Report.  PC Dugan reported the following by email: 

8.1       October.

            8.1.1    Vehicle Offences – Everleigh and Netheravon – 3 reports.

            8.1.2    Burglary – Non-Dwelling Everleigh and Netheravon – report.

            8.1.3    Public Order – Everleigh and Netheravon – 1 report.

8.2       November:

8.2.1    Throughout the area crime rates in October 2020 have been compared to that of last year’s rates in 2019 and results are as follows;

Overall crime down 16%

Violent Crime down 19%

Violence with injury down 52%

Burglary down 45%

8.2.2 Violence against the person – Everleigh – 1 Report.

            8.3       December. 

8.3.1    Assault/Violence against the person. There have been 15 reported assaults for the month of December. These incidents can be domestic violence or offences outside of the home. Due to the nature of the incidents- individual details will not be shared.

Cllrs noted the report

9.         Correspondence.  None that has not been previously circulated.

10.       Forecast of Events. Having considered the draft forecast of events previously circulated on 18 December 2020 Cllrs RESOLVED to adopt the forecast of events as drafted.

11.       Planning. 

11.1 No applications received.

12.       Property. 

12.1 Grass Cutting.  Cllr Wheeler-Mallows reported that the invoice for the 2020 cutting season has been paid.  He has yet to confirm the grass cutting contract for the 2021 cutting season; however, he anticipates that the costs will be similar to 2020.                                                                                                                 Action.  Cllr Wheeler-Mallows.

12.2    Play Area.  The play area remains closed, but is secure.   Cllr Bottomley reported that based on information he had gathered from a number of sources he intended to draft a plan to implement the safe reopening of the play area.  To this end he volunteered to conduct a risk assessment and present a draft reopening plan at the March PC meeting with a view to opening the play area in the Spring or on call, with due regard to the COVID-19 situation.                                                                                  Action:  Cllr Bottomley.

12.3   Streetscene Minor WorksLiaison with the Parish Steward continues and

all identified works have been reported via the My Wilts App.

                                                                                    Action: Cllr Wheeler-Mallows.

12.4   Bench Seat.  Cllr Wheeler-Mallows reported that gravel had been laid out around the tree and that he was to start construction of the bench in the near future.

                                                                                    Action:  Cllr Wheeler-Mallows.

12.5   Lower Everleigh Bus Shelter.  Cllr Wheeler-Mallows reported that the Lower

Everleigh Bus Shelter was in a poor state of repair and needs to be repaired or removed and

that the local residents appear to be ambivalent regarding repair or removal.  After

discussion Cllrs RESOLVED that the bus shelter should not be removed at this time

and Cllr Wheeler- Mallows was to investigate and report back at the next PC meeting.              Action:  Cllr Wheeler-Mallows.

12.6 Defibrillator.  Cllr Earle reported that the village defibrillator by The Street noticeboard is in working order and monthly checks are being conducted and reported.

13.       Finance.

13.1    The Clerk presented a bank reconciliation and current liquidity statement as follows:

            13.1.1   Balance at Lloyds CA (statement date 1 Dec 20) £5,321.35

13.1.2   Reconciled Balance as at 4 Jan 20 £4353.30

Cllrs noted the statements, but had no comment at this time.

13.2     Authorise the following payments and those cheques issued since last meeting.

13.2.1 686 A Earle (Cork Sheet 30 Oct 20) £43.49 (VAT £7.25)

13.2.2 687 P Gill (Lexis Nexis 4 Nov 20) £60.00

13.2.3 DD ICO Registration (30 Oct 20) £35.00

13.2,4 BACS J Bowen (Grass Cutting 26 Nov 20) £545.00

13.2.5 688 P Gill (Print Cartridges 15 Dec 20) £22.99 (VAT £3.83)

13.2.6 689 P Gill (Clerk’s Salary & Expense Jan- Mar 20 – 21 Dec 20) £320.06

13.2.7 690 HMRC (Clerk’s PAYE Jan-Mar 21 – 21 dec 20) £80.00.

Cllrs RESOLVED to authorise the payments and cheques.

13.3     Receipts. Nil.

13.4     Bank Signatories.  Having considered the number of Cllrs required to be bank accounts signatories Cllrs RESOLVED that Cllrs Bottomley, Wheeler-Mallows, Cllr P Evans and H Waight were to be the bank signatories. Action:  Clerk

13.5.    FY 21/22.  Having considered in some depth the draft budget presented by Cllr Bottomley and the Clerk Cllrs RESOLVED to accept the budget as presented and as a result further RESOLVED to set the precept for FY 21-22 at £3688.71.  This is an increase of 1.83% (£0.73) for Band D.   Action: Clerk

13.6     Future Projects. Following on from the discussions at item 13.5 Cllrs RESOLVED that there was a requirement to develop a more formal process to identify future projects and their timelines and that this is to be an agenda item at the March Meeting.                                              Action:  Clerk

14.     Lower Everleigh Broadband Build.  Cllr Wheeler-Mallows reported that the build was on going. Wilts Council have indicated that improved broadband for Lower Everleigh should be in place by the end of March this year. Cllrs RESOLVED that this item need not appear on the agenda of the next meeting.                                 

                                                                                   Action:  Cllr Wheeler-Mallows & Clerk

  15.     Village Events.

15.1 Litter Pick Sat 6 Mar 21.  Cllr Bottomley reported that at present the litter pick is to take place in its usual format as planned subject to the then current COVID-19 situation.

                                                                                                Action:  Cllr Bottomley

16.     Marlborough Road Speed Limit.  Cllr Bottomley recapped on the background to this item and reported no change to his last report in that he anticipates that implementation can be completed within the current financial year.  However, he is due to attend a CATG meeting on 11th January after which he will circulate an update by email.   Action: Cllr Bottomley.

17.       Right of Way (RoW) 6.  Cllr Earle reported that a number of villagers had commented to him on the deteriorating condition of RoW 6 at the top of the StreetCllr Bottomley reported that he had confirmed that RoW 6 is a Restricted Byway and as such horses are allowed to use it.  Having considered the condition of the RoW 6 Cllrs RESOLVED that Cllr Earle was to contact the Wilts Council RoW officer (Alex Howson) to find out what could be done to protect the RoW and once he had done so Cllrs were to meet on site to discuss the situation.                                                    Action:  Cllr Earle

18.   Date of Next Meeting: The date of the next meeting was confirmed as 7.00 pm on Tuesday 2 March 2021.

Meeting closed at 8.25pm

Signed:                                                                                     date:



Everleigh Parish Council – 5th Jan 2021 Agenda


Dear Sir/Madam

I hereby give you notice that the next Meeting of the above named Parish Council will be held remotely (VIA ZOOM) on 5 January 2021 at 7.00pm.

All members of the Council are hereby summoned to attend for the purpose of considering and resolving upon the business to be transacted at the meeting as set out hereunder. Councillors should join the meeting at least 5 minutes before the meeting is due to start.

Members of the Public or Press who wish to attend this meeting should use the following Meeting ID and Passcode to join the meeting: – Meeting ID: 868 7338 5360: Passcode: 4quhjA.  Moreover, it would be appreciated if attendees could notify the Clerk at at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Members of the Public who wish to ask questions regarding items on the agenda are to notify the Clerk in writing at at least 48 hours before the meeting. 

Dated this 29th Day of December 2021.

Signed:             Philip Gill



  1.  Explanation.  To explain why the meeting is being held remotely and protocols for the meeting.
  • To Record any Apologies for Absence.
  • Declaration of Interest in Items on the Agenda and Granting of Dispensations To receive any Declarations of Interest on any agenda item to be discussed and to consider dispensation requests.
  • Co-option.  To consider co-option applications as received.
  •  Minutes of Previous Meetings. 
    • To confirm and signthe minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 27 October 2020.
    •  Matters Arising.
  • General Public.  To take questions.
  • County Cllr Report.  To consider report from County Cllr
  • Police Report.  To consider report.
  • .   To consider as received.
  1. Forecast of Events.  To consider the Village Forecast of Events for 2021.  Lead: Cllr Bottomley.
  1. PlanningTo considerthe Planning Applications as received from Wiltshire County.


12.  Property.  To receive a report and consider any necessary action

12.1 Grass Cutting.  To receive update and to consider contract for cutting season 2021. Lead: Cllr    Wheeler-Mallows.

12.2 Play Area.  To receive update. Lead: Cllr Wheeler-Mallows.

             12.3 Street Scene Minor Works.  To receive update. Lead: Cllr Wheeler-Mallows.

12.4 Bench Seat.  To consider the construction of a bench seat in Everleigh Centre.  Lead:  Cllr Wheeler-Mallows

13. Finance:

13.1 To receive Current Liquidity statement and bank reconciliation. 

13.2 To authorise cheques for payment and those cheques issued since last meeting.

13.2.1 686 A Earle (Cork Sheet 30 Oct 20) £43.49 (VAT £7.25)

13.2.2 687 P Gill (Lexis Nexis 4 Nov 20) £60.00

13.2.3 DD ICO Registration (30 Oct 20) £35.00

13.2,4 BACS J Bowen (Grass Cutting 26 Nov 20) £545.00

13.2.5 688 P Gill (Print Cartridges 15 Dec 20) £22.99 (VAT £3.83)

13.2.6 689 P Gill (Clerk’s Salary & Expense Jan- Mar 20 – 21 Dec 20) £320.06

13.2.7 690 HMRC (Clerk’s PAYE Jan-Mar 21 – 21 dec 20) £80.00  

13.3 To note receipts.

13.4 Bank Signatories.  To confirm bank accounts signatories.

13.5. FY 21/22.  To consider draft budget and set Precept for FY 21/22.  Lead:  Cllr Bottomley

14. Lower Everleigh Broadband Build.  To receive update. Lead: Cllr Wheeler-Mallows.

15. Village Events.

15.1 Litter Pick Sat 6 Mar 21.  To confirm date and to consider outline plan for the Litter Pick

event. Lead: Cllr Bottomley.

16.  A342 & Marlborough Road Speed Limits.  To receive an update on the Speed Limit Review implementation on Marlborough Road.  Lead: Cllr Bottomley.

17.  Right of Way (RoW) 6.  To consider the condition of the track.  Lead:  Cllr Earle

18. Date of Future Meetings. To confirm the date of next meeting as Tuesday 2 March 2021.

Note:  Members are reminded that the Council has a general duty to consider the following matters in the exercise of any of its functions:  Crime & Disorder, Equal Opportunities (race, gender, sexual orientation, marital status and any disability), Freedom of Information, Health & Safety and Human Rights.

Wiltshire News : 23rd December Update

View this email in your browser 23 December 2020 Wiltshire remains in Tier 2: High alert

Following today’s Government announcement (23 December) Wiltshire remains in Tier 2: High alert.

All of the areas around Wiltshire will be in Tiers 3 or 4 from 00.01am on Saturday 26 December (Boxing Day). Please do not travel to these areas.

Keep playing your part by following the Tier 2 restrictions, stay local and shop local to protect our local population. Full list of Tier 2 restrictions The latest Government advice on Christmas

Wiltshire remains in Tier 2 which means you can form a Christmas bubble with two other households on Christmas Day only.

Please remember: You can only be in one Christmas bubble Your Christmas bubble should not include people from more than three households Do not form a Christmas bubble with anyone from a Tier 4 area Stay local and do not travel to higher Tier areas Only see your bubble on Christmas Day. Do not stay overnight. Meet outdoors where possible Ensure indoor spaces get as much fresh air as possible Make space between members of different households wherever you can  Wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds You must not visit another household if you, or anyone in your household, is feeling unwell or self-isolating. Keeping your Christmas bubble as small as possible and keeping celebrations shorter than usual can help stop the spread of Covid-19. Where possible, you should stay local and avoid travelling outside of your local area, meaning your village or town.

We know this news would have come as a big disappointment to many of you who were looking forward to seeing some more family and friends over the Christmas period. However, it’s vital we follow the guidance and continue playing our part to keep the virus under control here in Wiltshire. Hopefully next year we can all have a merrier Christmas. Read more Sadly, Wiltshire COVID-19 cases have risen sharply in the last week, so please keep playing your part to keep each other safe. Christmas and New Year waste and recycling changes Waste and recycling collection dates will change over Christmas and New Year. There will be no collections on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
There will be catch-up collections on Saturday 2 January and Saturday 9 January 2021.

Garden waste collections will stop for two weeks over this period. The last collections will take place on Thursday 24 December and they will restart on Saturday 9 January 2021.

All collections, including garden waste, return to normal from Monday 11 January 2021.

All household recycling centres will be closed from 1pm on 24 December and all day on 25 and 26 December and 1 January. Other than on these dates, the centres will open as normal on their specified opening days. Please remember to book a slot online before visiting a household recycling centre. Check your collection dates Our services at Christmas

The opening times of our facilities and services will vary over Christmas and New Year.

On Christmas Eve, many council services will be closed. All services and facilities will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Full list of opening times of our hubs and services Our Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub remains in place for those who may need additional support.

You can call the hub on 0300 003 4576 or email 
It’s open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Those who require help with tasks such as picking up food and other essentials, should ask friends or family or order online. If they do not have family, friends or a support network that can help, please contact the Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub and request help. Need some mental health support? Below are all the numbers you’ll need.  North Team – 01249 468500 South Team – 01722432555 West Team – 01249 706611 Emergency Duty Service for out of hours and weekends – 0300 456 0100 (Option 7 then ​1 for Adults) 0300 303 1320 – Avon & Wilts mental health care provider (24/7) 0808 196 3382 – NHS ‘GoodSam’ 01380 724833 – Richmond Fellowship Mon-Fri 24 hours Check the opening times Government grant to help people stay safe, keep warm, and fed this winter

We have been awarded over £1 million from the Government’s £170 million national COVID Winter Grant Scheme, to help ensure as many vulnerable people as possible in the county are warm and fed this winter.

The aim of the scheme is to give vulnerable households peace of mind in the run up to Christmas and over the winter months during the pandemic by helping those who need it to have food on the table and other essentials, such as heat and electric, to ensure they are warm and safe.
People eligible for a grant will be identified by the relevant organisation responsible for distributing the different elements of the grant scheme. Read more Merry Christmas

Finally, we would like to say a huge Merry Christmas to you all from all of us at Wiltshire Council.

2020 has been a very challenging and tough year and we really appreciate all the support and patience that you’ve shown in following the guidance we’ve put out in relation to COVID-19.

Throughout this difficult period it’s been heartwarming to see the whole county come together and make sacrifices, in order to keep one another safe.

Have a lovely Christmas break and we will see you all in 2021. High Alert Tier: Wash hands regularly, wear face coverings and make space Want to change how you receive these emails?
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Christmas Waste & Recycling Dates

Garden waste collections will stop for two weeks over this period. The last collections will take place on Thursday 24 December and they will restart on Saturday 9 January 2021, for those households that were due a collection on Friday 8 January.

All collections, including garden waste, return to normal from Monday 11 January 2021.

Only Amesbury, Marlborough, Melksham, Purton will be open from 10am-1pm on 24 December. All household recycling centres will be closed from 1pm on 24 December and all day on 25 and 26 December and 1 January. Other than on these dates, the centres will open as normal on their specified opening days. People will need to book a slot online before visiting a household recycling centre.

Bridget Wayman, Wiltshire Council Cabinet Member for Waste, said; “This has been a difficult year for our collection crews who kept working throughout both lockdowns and I would like to thank them for their dedication in keeping the collection service running.

“The Christmas and New Year period is a very busy time for our waste contractors, with lots more waste and recycling to collect than normal. The team will work tirelessly to collect all the recycling and waste generated and to get collections back to their normal schedule by Monday 11 January.

“This Christmas we would like everyone to recycle as much as they can including wrapping paper which scrunches into a ball and doesn’t bounce back*, cardboard packaging, plastic sweet tubs, mince pie foil cases, drink cans, glass bottles and Christmas cards without glitter or plastic decorations can all be recycled. Local charity shops may be happy to receive donations of any unwanted Christmas presents.”

Additional recyclable material such as cans, cardboard and paper can be placed in suitable alternative containers alongside your bin.  Flatten cardboard and wash and squash plastic bottles and cartons and put their lids back on as this will help make more room in your blue-lidded bin. 

It’s really important that people do not place batteries or electrical items into any of their bins as these have caused fires in the collection vehicles and at waste facilities.

People who pay to have their garden waste collected can put their real Christmas tree out alongside their garden waste bin on their first collection day in January so that we can collect it for composting, or they can support local charities by paying a small donation for a charity to collect. This is done via the Just Helping scheme at

For information about local recycling centres, recycling Christmas trees, collection days and advice on how to reduce waste and recycle as much as possible during the festive period visit

*The scrunch test is when you try to squeeze paper into a ball and it doesn’t stay scrunched – this indicates that it contains other materials as well as paper which means we cannot collect it for recycling.

Police Appeal – 2 car collision near Collingbourne Ducis

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We’re appealing for witnesses after a man died, and two further people were hospitalised, after a two-car collision near Collingbourne Ducis last night (16/12).

The driver of a Nissan X Trail – a man, from Poole – was taken to Southampton Hospital, with serious, life-threatening injuries, where he sadly died. Our thoughts are with his family, who are being supported by specially-trained officers, at this time.

A passenger in the same car, a 56-year-old man from Salisbury, was also taken to Southampton Hospital, by air ambulance, after suffering a suspected heart attack at the scene. He remains in hospital.

The driver of a Ford Ranger, a man in his 50s, from Salisbury, was taken to Salisbury District Hospital with minor injuries.We’re appealing for anyone who was in the area, especially those who may have dash cam footage, when the collision happened around 6.15pm on the A338 between Collingbourne Ducis and Collingbourne Kingston, to get in touch.

We believe a driver of a HGV was just ahead of the collision, who may be unaware of the incident that unfolded, and could be a key witness to our investigation.

The road was closed while emergency services attended the scene. It remained closed until 4.30am while collision investigators assessed the scene and the road was made safe and clear of debris.

Anyone who may have witnessed the collision, who hasn’t already spoken to police, is asked to call 101 and quote log 218 of yesterday.

The Courier – December 2020

The December edition of The Courier, the magazine of the Parishes of Collingbourne Ducis,
Everleigh and Collingbourne Kingston is now available to view/download online.

The COURIER Office, and Editorial address for contributors:
c/o 4 Sunnyhill, Collingbourne Ducis, Marlborough SN8 3EP
Contact Details:
ADDRESS for Contributions ONLY:
EDITOR: (Position vacant)
ADMINISTRATION: Sandra Fisher (850363)
Linda Hardiman

The COURIER is the Magazine of the Parishes of Collingbourne Ducis,
Everleigh and Collingbourne Kingston. Items for publication are most
welcome but may have to be edited if space, etc, demands.

All items published solely express the views of their author and are copyright of
the COURIER unless otherwise stated. Whilst every care has been taken,
no responsibility can be accepted for statements made by the advertisers.
The deadline for February copy is 6.30 pm on 18th January 2021.

Wiltshire in Tier 2 Restrictions – Useful Information

From Wiltshire Council :

Wiltshire confirmed to be in Tier 2 ‘high’ category from 2 December

The Wiltshire Council local authority area has been confirmed to be in the Government’s COVID-19 Tier 2 ‘high’ category, which will replace the national restrictions on 2 December.

This is a different Tier that the county was in prior to the current national restrictions and it means from 2 December:

  • People must not socialise with anyone they do not live with or who is not in their support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place.
  • People must also not socialise in a group of more than six people outside, including in a garden or public space.
  • Businesses and venues can remain open in a COVID secure manner, other than those which are closed by law.
  • Pubs and bars must close, unless they are operating as restaurants.
  • Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals.
  • Hospitality businesses selling food or drink for consumption on their premises are required to provide table service only. In premises which sell alcohol, they need to close between 11pm and 5am with some exemptions, and stop taking orders after 10pm
  • Education settings remain open
  • Council services such as leisure centres and libraries will be able to open their doors to the public again. Leisure centres are due to open on 3 December and a date for libraries to reopen will be confirmed in due course. 
  • Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies and receptions, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, and 15 people can attend linked commemorative events.
  • Household recycling centres will remain open for pre-booked visits
  • Outdoor street markets will be able to sell full range of items, not just food 
  • Places of worship remain open, but people must not attend or socialise in groups of more than six people while there, unless there’s a legal exemption.

More information can be found on our COVID-19 tier news story

Take a look at the Government Tier webpage

National restrictions 

National restrictions continue to run until Wednesday 2 December, at which point the Tier 2 restrictions will replace them.  See GOV.UK guidance on the restrictions.

The national restrictions mean everyone in Wiltshire must stay at home and may leave only for a limited set of reasons, including:

  • to shop for basic necessities including food and medicine
  • for education (schools, colleges and universities) and childcare
  • for work, if you cannot work from home
  • for exercise and recreation outdoors with your household, support bubble or on your own with one person from another household
  • for all medical reasons, appointments and to escape injury or harm
  • to provide care for vulnerable people
  • you should avoid travelling in or out of your local area and look to reduce the number of journeys you make.

To reduce social contact, certain businesses and venues will close. There are also new restrictions around weddings, civil partnerships, religious services and funerals.

See our response to the new restrictions.


With new national restrictions in place, it’s important we find ways to keep our spirits up and ensure we have fun whilst complying with the new guidance. So we’ve put together a list of ideas you might wish to try either on your own or with members of your household or support bubble. Give them a try, and let us know how you get on. You can tag us in your social media posts using #WiltshireTogether

Icon for pdf #WiltshireTogether Things to do to keep your spirits up [7.23MB]

Shielding latest

Updated guidance has been published for those identified as clinically extremely vulnerable. If you are in this group, you will previously have received a letter from the NHS or from your GP telling you this. You may have been advised to shield in the past.

Health advice and information

If you have Coronavirus symptoms, you need to get tested as soon as possible:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste.

If you are getting a test because you have symptoms, you and anyone you live with must stay at home (self-isolate) until you get your result. Anyone in your support bubble must also self-isolate until you get your result.

For more information on symptoms and how to book a test visit: NHS: Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Government’s winter plan

When national restrictions come to an end, the tier system will return. On Thursday we should know what tier Wiltshire will be in after 2 December.

View the Government’s planned approach to ending the national restrictions on 2 December: GOV.UK: Government’s COVID-19 winter plan


Type of dataCase rates
Total number of cases in Wiltshire4,673
New cases in Wiltshire in the last 7 days674
Rate of cases per 100,000 in Wiltshire in the last 7 days134.8
Rate of cases per 100,000 in Wiltshire in the previous 7 days105.8
Rate of cases per 100,000 in England in the last 7 days240.7

You can find up-to-date information about the latest number of COVID-related deaths in the Wiltshire Council area at GOV.UK.


DateCOVID-19 positive patients in hospital beds
24 November 2020121
17 November 2020115

You can find more on the hospital admissions by trust level.


DateCOVID-19 casesNumber of school settingsNumber of pupils self-isolating
17 November 202055442,895
9 November 202037271,101

We are seeing transmission outside of school and not within the school community.

Care homes

DateNumber of care homes with COVID-19 cases in last seven days
17 November 202022
9 November 202015

In the past seven days 22 care homes in Wiltshire have had positive cases and the majority of these have been staff members. Very few care homes have seen onward transmissions of COVID which demonstrates the effectiveness of infection prevention and control measures.

COVID-19 Community Pack

We have created an updated Community Pack of information to help support communities during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the current national restrictions:

Icon for pdf COVID-19 Community Pack [2.39MB]  (last updated 18 November)

Within it you’ll find a list of key contacts, resources and information in one place, which we hope you can share with your community to support each other as much as possible during this time.

Community Groups Directory

The communities of Wiltshire have risen to the challenge of COVID-19 throughout the year to make sure people are supported through this very difficult time. We have collated all the community groups we have identified so far in our Icon for pdf Community Groups Directory [668.51KB], which also contains a link to details on local food banks. This directory is updated regularly so please ensure you are using the most recent one. The date it was last updated can be found on the front cover.

In the time available we have only been able to collate this directory and therefore this is not an endorsement of the groups listed but it is for you to decide what use you will make of the offers of support at this time.

If anyone uses a community group and has concerns about the response/practice please inform us by emailing giving the clear reasons for your concern. The council wants to ensure that everybody can access the support they need. If you make contact with a group and they cannot help or you do not get a response within the required time-frame, then please do not hesitate to contact the council by emailing and we will ensure you get the support you need.

COVID-19 Community groups map

Take a look at the community groups map. It shows the general location of the community groups featured in the directory. You can use the search box towards the top left of the page to find a particular location. To find out what services each group are offering, the area they cover and contact details, just click on a red star. Some groups cover a wide area so it is worth checking neighbouring locations as well.

Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub

Following the introduction of new national COVID-19 restrictions our Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub remains in place for those  who may need additional support.

You can call the hub on 0300 003 4576 or email . It’s open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm. 

Those who require help with tasks such as picking up food and other essentials, should ask friends or family or order online. If they do not have family, friends or a support network that can help, please contact the Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub and request help.

Our Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub staff can:

  • Connect you with local community groups who can assist you with your support needs – please see enclosed information with useful local contact details
  • Resolve any issues with the delivery of medication from a pharmacy
  • Give you ideas for staying physically and mentally well

But they cannot:

  • Give professional health advice
    – In an emergency please dial 999
    – For all other medical advice please go online to NHS 111 online  wherever possible, or if you do not have access to the internet dial NHS 111

Competition time!

Do you love writing?

Maybe you’re more of a crafty person and enjoy making things?

Perhaps creating posters is more your thing?

If you’re aged four to 18 we want to hear from you!

Wiltshire Council is launching a competition to encourage young people to share their creative flair during lockdown.

Poetry, short stories, posters or creating your own face covering are all part of the competition

The competition launches today (18 November) and we will be sharing entries as they come in on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages.

Final judging will take place early December when there will be prizes for the winners for the four categories.

The competition is split into age groups of ages 4 – 7, 8 – 11, 12 – 15 and 16 – 18

For younger primary age there is an opportunity to create a poster on our template on how to keep 2m apart. Older primary children can write a poem or short story based on “2021 is going to be …”

Secondary age children are being encouraged to get crafty and create a face covering and share their pictures or write a story or poem along the same theme “2021 is going to be….”

The full details are available on our COVID lockdown competition page including a competition entry form which must also be filled in. 

Recommendation to postpone events for the remainder of 2020

Given that we continue to see outbreaks of COVID-19 across the country, Wiltshire Council is strongly recommending that local businesses and event organisers postpone or cancel events (that aren’t exempt in the government regulations) that are planned to take place in the county for the remainder of 2020. Please read Icon for pdf this letter [557.41KB] from Wiltshire Council’s Chief Executive for more information.

Self-isolation – you could be entitled to COVID-19 Test and Trace support payment scheme

We all have to work together and follow the guidance as we look to keep COVID-19 under control in Wiltshire. We know that when people are told to self-isolate this can increase financial pressures at an already difficult time.

If you are required to self-isolate, a £500 payment is available if you are working and on a low income and will lose money because you cannot work from home.

If you are self-isolating because you’ve come home from another country this does not mean you are eligible, you must have a unique Test and Trace number provided by the NHS to qualify, as well as the other criteria detailed below.

To receive this payment, you must:

  • have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace after Monday, 28 September 2020 and have a unique Test and Trace number provided by the NHS
  • be a Wiltshire resident
  • be employed or self-employed
  • have lost income by being unable to work from home while self-isolating
  • be receiving at least one of the following benefits:
    • Universal Credit
    • Pension Credit
    • Housing Benefit
    • Income Support
    • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
    • income-based Employment Support Allowance
    • Working Tax Credit.

Please visit our COVID-19 Test and Trace payment support scheme webpage for more information and how to apply.

It is now the law to self-isolate when instructed to do so

Self-isolating when instructed to do so is vital to keep COVID-19 under control in Wiltshire. You are now required by law to self-isolate if you test positive for COVID-19 or are contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

If you don’t comply with these requirements, they may result in a fine of a least £1,000 and up to £10,000 for a repeated or serious offence. This also applies to employers who do not allow employees to self-isolate. These news regulations only apply in England.

NHS COVID-19 App launched  

The NHS COVID-19 app is now available and is part of a large scale coronavirus (COVID-19) testing and contact tracing programme called the NHS Test and Trace service.

The app will be used, alongside traditional contact tracing, to notify you if you’ve come into contact with someone who later tests positive for coronavirus.

It will help the NHS understand where and how quickly the virus is spreading, so it can respond quickly and effectively. The app helps the NHS track the virus, not you individually.

The app uses your smartphone’s existing “Exposure Logging” feature to work out if you have spent time near other app users who have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

You can download it via the App Store or Google Play.

Once downloaded, you will be able to check yourself in when visiting venues such as restaurants, pubs, museums or places of worship, by scanning the QR code on a poster that will be visible at the entrance of the place you’re visiting.

We will also have the posters at all of our council buildings including our hubs in Chippenham, Salisbury and Trowbridge, libraries and leisure centres. 

Here’s a video which explains how the process works.

Wiltshire’s Contact Tracing Service

Wiltshire’s local tracing partnership is our local COVID-19 Contact Tracing Service which seeks contact people who have tested positive for COVID-19 but for whom NHS Test and Trace have been unable to reach. Our contact tracers use local methods to contact cases and give them the advice they and their households require as well collecting contact details for people they have been in contact with.

With robust contact tracing we can work to ensure any potential exposures to the virus are identified, gathering information on where people may have been in the days prior to a positive test. It also means individuals can be provided with the appropriate self-isolation advice.

If you are contacted by the test and trace service, or you receive a call or text from our COVID Contact Tracing team at the Council via 0300 4560100, please adhere to the advice and self-isolate if you are advised to do so.

More information can be found on our local test and trace news story

Gemma Brinn from our Public Health team explains more in this local test and trace video

COVID-19: Public health advice and guidance for your business and employees

We have produced a Icon for pdf COVID-19 – Public health advice and guidance for businesses [385.14KB] to provide businesses and employees useful advice and guidance to support them as much as possible. Within it is a range of resources including symptoms step-by-step guides, advice on car sharing, guidance on staying safe outside of work, and a lot more. If you run or own a business please feel free to share far and wide.

Urgent Closure of: C259 (Part), Everleigh

Update from Wiltshire Council

Section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984
Urgent Closure of: C259 (Part), Everleigh
WILTSHIRE COUNCIL HEREBY GIVE NOTICE that on 10th November 2020 , the following length of road shall be closed to all traffic in the interests of public safety to enable Wiltshire Council to carry out carriageway reactive patching.

C259 (Part), Everleigh; from the Tank crossing for a distance of approximately 75m in either direction.
Alternative route: via C259 (unaffected length) – A338 – A342 – C259 (unaffected length) and vice versa.
The closure and diversion route will be clearly indicated by traffic signs.

Access will be maintained for residents and businesses where possible, although delays are likely due to the nature of the works.

These works will commence on 10th November 2020 and are anticipated to be required for 1 day between the hours of 07:00 and 19:00.

This Notice will have a maximum duration of 5 days.

For further information regarding these works please contact Helen Pickett 01225 713376 Wiltshire Council

Wiltshire Council’s reaction to new national restrictions from 5 November

Wiltshire Council is here to support residents and businesses following the government’s announcement of a new four-week period of national restrictions to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

These additional restrictions come into force on Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December 2020.

From Thursday 5 November 2020, new restrictions for Wiltshire will mean everyone must stay at home and may leave only for a limited set of reasons, including:

  • for education (schools, colleges and universities)
  • for work, if you cannot work from home
  • for exercise and recreation outdoors with your household, support bubble or on your own with one person from another household
  • for all medical reasons, appointments and to escape injury or harm
  • to shop for food and essentials
  • to provide care for vulnerable people

Terence Herbert, Chief Executive, Wiltshire Council, said: “I would like to thank our residents and businesses for their continued commitment in helping to curb the spread of the virus. Without these efforts, we would have seen even more cases in Wiltshire”.

“Whilst infection rates in Wiltshire remain lower than in many parts of the country, we have still experienced a rising number of positive cases in recent weeks. We anticipated Wiltshire would move into a higher alert level in the coming weeks and we have already put plans in place to continue protecting our residents”.

“Whilst this is undoubtedly a worrying time, I want to reassure residents that Wiltshire Council is here for them. We are here to provide support to all of our communities, particularly our most vulnerable residents. We will also ensure that support is available for our businesses. We are also working closely with schools as they return from half-term break. All schools are COVID-19  secure and it is important that young people in Wiltshire remain in school at this time”.

“We are awaiting further details from central government about support available to businesses and the full impact the restrictions will have on council services. As soon as this is available we will provide more information”.

“Our Wellbeing Hub remains open to anyone that needs additional support. Please call us on 0300 003 4576 , Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm”.

“If we all continue to do the right thing and follow these measures, we can curb the spread of the virus and help protect ourselves and our loved ones too.”

To help stop the spread of COVID-19:

  • work from home if you can
  • limit contact with other people
  • wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms
  • wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you meet people you do not normally meeting
  • anyone who has symptoms should book a test and not leave home for at least 10 days. Those living in households should self-isolate for 14 days if they or any members of the household receive a positive test

you can book a test by calling 119 or visit

The council is hosting a live public COVID-19 update on Tuesday 3 November at 5pm. During the online broadcast Terence Herbert , Chief Executive will be joined by the Wiltshire Council Leader, Philip Whitehead and the Director of Public Health for Wiltshire, Kate Blackburn.  You can  use this link to access the webinar on Tuesday 3 November.


Notes to editors:

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For political comment:

Conservatives: Philip Whitehead

Liberal Democrats: Ian Thorn

Labour: Ricky Rogers

Independent: Ernie Clark