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Stay Well This Winter – Advice from NHS

Look after yourself this winter

As the dark nights draw in across Wiltshire and winter really starts to bite, it’s worth thinking about how we can all make sure we’re looking after ourselves and staying well over the cold winter months.

The NHS recently launched its annual winter campaign – Help Us Help You– which is here to help make it easier to understand the things you can do.

We all know hospitals and surgeries can be especially busy during the winter months and it can often be tricky to know the best place to go for help, so here’s some handy tips to see you though until spring:

  1. It’s not too late to get your flu jab

The free flu vaccination is offered to those who are at increased risk from the effects of flu, including people aged 65 and over, pregnant women, those with underlying health conditions and children aged 2-10. If you’ve not had one yet, it’s not too late.

  1. Call 111 or visit online

If you’re unsure where to go and think you need urgent medical attention, but it’s not life-threatening, contacting NHS 111 can help you make sure you reach the most suitable NHS service for your needs.

  1. Ask a pharmacist for advice before minor ailments or winter illnesses get worse

Community pharmacists are qualified healthcare professional who can offer clinical advice and over the counter medicines to safely manage things like coughs, colds and sore throats.

It’s quick and convenient to see a pharmacist– you don’t need to book an appointment and can often be seen in a private consultation room.

  1. See your GP in the evening or weekend if you can’t see them during the day

If you need to see a GP but find it hard to find the time during routine hours, appointments with a GP, nurse or other healthcare professionals are often available in the evenings and at weekends through many local practices or other local NHS services.

For more information about services in your area visit:

Wilts Council Target Fly-Tippers

Wiltshire Council have launched a new campaign to encourage you to report fly-tippers.

If you spot someone fly-tipping in Wiltshire, report the offender to them, and as a reward you’ll get a gift voucher of up to £200 following the payment of a Fixed Penalty Notice or a successful prosecution.

We want to put a stop to fly-tipping, and we need your help to catch the culprits to keep your county cleaner, greener and safer.

Report a fly-tipper.

Vacancy – Voluntary Environment Officer

Sutton Benger Parish Council

Vacancy* for an


Sutton Benger Parish Council is committed to protecting the environment and the natural heritage of the Parish, in conjunction with businesses, community groups, other agencies and the general public.

Climate change and its repercussions is an acknowledged global problem. We will be doing all we can to make a positive contribution to protecting and enhancing the local and global environment.

To help us achieve this we are looking to appoint a new Parish Councillor.

Do you care about the Environment?  Would you like to Get Involved? Contact the Parish Clerk for more information and an Application Form.

(*This is a voluntary role)

£24K Arts Project

Following the public presentation* on 9 October 2019 it was agreed to spend the £24,000 Arts Development funds on the Sutton Benger Arts Festival (BARTS).  It will include Arts, Music, Drama and Dance events that will provide a day’s entertainment in the summer, which would seed support for other ongoing clubs and projects.  Please contact the Clerk if you would like more information or to volunteer to help!

*See the presentation here.

St Modwen Park Development – Commencement of Work

St. Modwen intend to commence works on site under the scope of the Groundworks Planning Permission (LPA ref. 18/03007/FUL) on Monday 7th October 2019.  This will include the construction of the temporary access granted as part of that permission, before undertaking the groundworks.

Information note explaining the scope of the Groundworks Planning Permission.

Winvic Project Manager, Malcolm Flute, will handle day to day issues and should be your first point of contact if you need to speak with a member of the team at the site.   He can be contacted by Email – Malcolm Flute or T: 07564 727324.

Your Local Area Priorities 2019/20

I’m getting in touch to ask you to complete a very short survey which has been developed as part of a review of local priorities and to inform the next round of “Our Community Matters” events planned to take place in the Spring of 2020:

Your Local Area Priorities 2019/20

The needs of our local community are at the heart of what we do.

We want to make it easy for everyone in Wiltshire to participate and engage in their community and influence decisions that will affect their local areas. Please help us to get a positive response so we can be sure we understand your views and those of your friends, families, clients and colleagues. Follow this link and complete the short survey.

The results from this survey will be used to help inform local priorities for the next 3 years through the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment and the Wiltshire Area Boards.

The Survey ends on 13th October.

Kind regards,

Ollie Phipps

Community Engagement Manager

Benger Blaze 2019 – Volunteers Needed!

Benger Blaze Saturday 9 November 2019

Can you Help?

The Benger Blaze is the main fund raiser for the Village Hall Charity and relies on volunteers to keep the event going.  In particular we need volunteers for:

Friday 8 November 10:00 for turf cutting and fence erection and at 14:30 for bonfire building.

Saturday 9 November 10:00 for Marquee erection, signage and general preparation. At 16:30 we need a number of volunteers for BBQ, Bar and Stewarding (ending at 19:30)

Sunday 10 November: 10:00 for general clearance and turf relaying. Hopefully complete by 13:00. Dog walkers can pick-up debris beforehand if there bring a bag.

Refreshments will be available for volunteers together with an safety equipment.

If you would like to get involved please contact John Carlyon (Chair) or 07985413003 or 01249 720597 or simply turn-up and introduce yourself!