Updated 18th October 2020
This aim of this page is to pull together links to all the various pieces of information and advice we have received about living through the coronavirus epidemic. While we cannot verify everything we hope it will be a useful resource for Minstead residents and we will update it as and when new or revised information becomes available.
To get the latest follow the Parish Council’s Facebook page
And have a look at our recent eNewsletters by clicking HERE
The main sources of advice and information from the Authorities are:
- From our Government https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Tells you what you can and cannot do (includes advice about animals)
- From Hampshire County Council https://www.hants.gov.uk/
Services, police and NHS information
- From the New Forest District Council http://www.nfdc.gov.uk/article/15728/Council-Services
Local services including waste disposal and recycling
Keep up to date: add your email address at http://newforest.gov.uk/emails and get information straight to your inbox about how NFDC services are changing as they adapt to Coronavirus.
Click NFDC email 15th October 2020 to read the latest information and advice about:
- Wheeled bins being considered as part of improved waste service
- Safe events – including Halloween and bonfire night
- Are you prepared for winter?
- Visit the Lyndhurst Surgery website for the latest about seeking help, how to get advice and the arrangements for appointments.
New Forest National Park Authority https://www.newforestnpa.gov.uk
Mainly about visitor and travel restrictions
Follow our local police on https://www.facebook.com/NewForestHeartCops/
They have a difficult job, please give them your support if you can.
Click https://www.hampshire.police.uk/ for Hampshire Constabulary.
- Health and Safety
HCC’s health and safety policy document provides useful guidance for volunteers who may be visiting people in their homes to provide essential help. It can be read by visiting
- Church Services
All Saints Church is open for private prayer and reflection every Sunday morning from 9am until 11am.We have prepared the church so that all visitors will be safe and there is always someone in the church on Sunday mornings when it is open to give advice.
All Saints is also open for services! Please see the information in TOGETHER NEWS 16TH AUGUST 2020 about how to access the booking system and also to read about new developments in the autumn.
- Food and Essential Supplies
- Help in the Community
If you need help or are able to help in our Minstead Community please contact:
Helen Bennett firstname.lastname@example.org or 07804 046122 or
Diane Andrews diane.andrews@NFDC.gov.uk or 07762721521
- Do you need to brush up your digital skills?
The Government website ‘The Skills Toolkit’ is made up of free online courses, tools and resources to help you improve your digital and numeracy skills. The Department for Education has consulted some of the country’s leading educational experts and employers to make up a collection of high quality resources to suit a range of interests and skill levels. Have a look, you do have to scroll through to look at the many options but they’re all free! For further information click https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/find-a-course/the-skills-toolkit
- The Hampshire Helpline 0333 370 4000
This is available seven days a week from 9am-5pm and is for vulnerable people who do not have support from families, friends of their local community and who need urgent assistance with practical issues.
- Support Services
Click Support Services COVID-19 for a list of contact numbers for a variety of charities who will be there for you if you are struggling in any way. You can also contact them is you are concerned about someone you know.
- Voluntary Organisations
- Go New Forest
Click The New Forest Autumn 2020 for general information about what is going on in the New Forest this autumn.
WE WILL BE UPDATING THIS PAGE AS FURTHER INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE