Forestry Operations in Dymock Woods

Updated 10th November 2020

Forestry England will be timber harvesting in Dymock Woods, near Kempley, from November 2020.
The works will impact some of our trails and access points, this page provides more information about the work we are doing and why.

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Climate Change Emergency

The Forest of Dean District Council held an online workshop for all the Parish and Town Councils in the Borough on the 7th October 2020. They confirmed the important role both can play in encouraging their communities to reduce carbon emissions and to help the Forest reach carbon neutrality by 2030.

If you doubt the urgency with which we need to tackle this issue I urge you to view the Royal Society of Arts, Commerce, Manufacturers and Commerce (RSA) Climate Change Video. The link to the video is as follows:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUh-TXKIdiE&t=2s
Please share this with family and friends and across any social media channels you may use.

We often think of climate change as something that will happen long into the future caused largely by activities from the industrial revolution. Neither is true. Over half the increase in carbon in our atmosphere has been emitted in the last 25 years and climate change is now affecting our lives. If our children and grand-children are to avoid catastrophic climate change it is the responsibility of our generation to start moving to zero carbon.

Whilst the UK has made a good start in that direction the easy wins have already been made. The next 52% of emission reductions now need to be achieved by all of use changing our behaviours and adopting low carbon options for the supply of our heat , power, transport and food. All these changes can save money for our businesses and our home budgets. Government grants are now available and we hope as a Parish Council to highlight these opportunities through a series of online webinars over the winter months.

Martin Brocklehurst – Chair Kempley Parish Council

COVID-19 Pandemic

Tim Gwilliam, Leader of the Forest of Dean District Council, has recently written to all Parish Councils with views on the covid-19 pandemic projections over the winter 2020/21. He paints a gloomy picture both in terms of the next phase of the pandemic and about its economic consequences and highlights that this winter the Forest of Dean will continue to support local communities and will promote :

  • The Flu vaccine and staying well – Exercise / isolation / mental health
  • The Role of Foodbanks and community dinners
  • Healthy eating
  • allotments and growing your own

We have been fortunate so far in both the Forest of Dean and in Kempley that cases of covid-19 have been at a low level. Case numbers have however been rising in Worcestershire and across Gloucestershire (see below) so this is no time to lower our guard in Kempley. The Kempley Parish Council Emergency Response procedures remain in force and I would urge everyone in the village to follow the National Guidelines and keep our village safe over the winter

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance.

In Kempley we still have in place our volunteer emergency co-ordinators with whom you can raise any issues of concern, our local food producers who will deliver to your home, collection arrangements for prescriptions if you need to self-isolate this winter or are shielding. Details on all these arrangements can be found on the Parish
Council website https://kempleyparishcouncil.org/category/covid-19-updates.

We are also encouraging everyone in the village to download the NHS Covid-19 contact tracing App https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/nhs-covid-19/ and the Kings College London covid-19 symptom tracker APP https://covid.joinzoe.com. The symptom tracker APP will give you the latest predicted number of cases in the
Forest of Dean. This APP is now supported by the Government and by both Herefordshire and Gloucestershire County Councils and will give you the latest and most up to date information on the disease in our local area.

So please stay safe and if you need help this winter do not hesitate to contact your local community emergency contact point. If you are not sure who your volunteer is, you can look them up here.

Martin Brocklehurst – Chair Kempley Parish Council

Confirmed cases from Public Health England Data.

Casual Vacancies

Notice is hereby given that two (2) vacancies exist in the office of Parish Councillor for the Parish of Kempley.

The vacancies will be filled by election if any ten (10) registered local government electors for Kempley Parish submit a written request to that effect in the manner prescribed below.

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Kempley Prescription Collection Service

We will be doing a bulk collection of prescriptions for Kempley Parish from Newent Doctors and Day Lewis Pharmacy (Newent) starting Friday 17 April. Anyone can use the service; you do not need to be shielded or self-isolating. Prescriptions will be delivered to your door if needed or can be collected from The Croft, Kempley.

If you would like to opt in to this service please download and complete the delivery service form and return it to The Croft, Kempley. Your data will be held in hard copy only and destroyed when the service is no longer required.

Copies of the form are available on request from: Arin Spencer (Parish Clerk) at The Croft, Kempley

Helpful Links

Gloucestershire’s Community Help Hub The helpline is open 8am-8pm on weekdays and 9am-4pm on weekends or visit: https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/gloucestershires-community-help-hub/

Age UK: Covid-19 and older people https://www.ageuk.org.uk/gloucestershire/our-services/coronavirus-covid-19-and-older-people/

Adult Social Care: Information, advice, support https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/adults-and-older-people/adult-social-care-information-advice-and-support/

COVID-19: Support for businesses https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses

Four ways to stay motivated at home https://www.grcc.org.uk/news-events/news-events/post/171-four-ways-to-stay-motivated-at-home

VE Day 75 Anniversary Commemorations

In line with government guidance, the Royal British Legion is encouraging people across the UK to take part in the VE Day 75th Anniversary commemorations from the safety of their homes by joining in a programme of activities, including a moment of reflection and remembrance at 11am on Friday 8th May 2020. With members of the public unable to attend VE Day group gatherings, the Royal British Legion is playing a central role in the delivery of a range of activities, including VE Day broadcast, national moments of remembrance and thanksgiving, and links to an education pack for children and young people.

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