Children asked to help with new Somerset “Healthy, Happy and Safe” Campaign

Children in Somerset are being encouraged to take part in a campaign to design a logo for a new ‘Healthy, Happy and Safe’ campaign aimed at countering the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Healthy Somerset website – run by Somerset County Council’s Public Health team, has been updated to provide key information on dealing with the UK’s ‘lockdown.’

The website includes information on how to access help and support across a range of public health topics from breastfeeding and giving up smoking to support for victims of domestic abuse.

And now Somerset County Council’s Public Health is launching a competition for local children, including those currently in schools, to come up with a logo to accompany the campaign.

To enter, simply upload a picture of your drawing or artwork that is inspired by our theme ‘Healthy, Happy and Safe’ to Somerset County Council’s Facebook and Twitter pages with the hashtag #HealthyHappySafeLogoCompetition.

The closing date for the competition is Thursday 30th April and the winning design will be used on the Healthy Somerset website and across social media to support the campaign.

Hold Fire on Bonfires

Hold fire on bonfires, say SWP and fire chiefs

Somerset Waste Partnership and fire services are teaming up to ask people to pour cold water on plans for back garden bonfires.

Recent weeks have seen a rise in calls to the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service to attend potentially dangerous back garden bonfires.

And district councils are also seeing a growing number of complaints about nuisance fires – in some cases including ‘black smoke’ fires, with people allegedly burning plastics and other toxic materials.

The increase is being put down to the fine weather and the impacts of Coronavirus: restrictions on movement, closure of recycling centres and the suspension of the garden waste collection services.

It may be tempting to burn garden waste and material you might usually take to the Recycling Centres, but the public is being urged to hold fire and think about the impact on neighbours and emergency services.

Where possible, people should hold on to garden waste until the Recycling Centres reopen and try not to generate waste that is going to be hard to dispose of.

Home composting may be an option for some and you can find more information here

Burning plastics, rubber or painted materials is illegal and the fumes can cause pollution and is harmful to health. With recycling centres closed, people are asked to keep hold of materials until they reopen.

Mickey Green, Managing Director of SWP, said: “We appreciate that this is a difficult period and it will be frustrating and inconvenient for some.

“But it’s important that we don’t put additional demand on hard-stretched emergency services and think about the impacts on others.

Laura Pratt, Community Safety Prevention Manager for Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, said: “When a fire crew is checking a bonfire, it could be delayed from going to a more serious incident elsewhere. Particularly at this time, we need to keep our resources ready for real emergencies.

“So we are asking people not to light bonfires and not to contact us to report other people’s bonfires unless they are out of control. Always call 999 in an emergency and stay safe.”

All 16 of Somerset’s Recycling Centres are temporarily closed, in line with the current restrictions on non-essential travel. Garden waste collections have been suspended so crews and vehicles can focus on maintaining the rubbish, clinical and recycling collections.

For more information about how oy reduce and reuse your waste, visit For the latest information about services and any disruption visit and follow @somersetwaste on Twitter and Facebook.

Coronavirus Support Helpline – One Number for All

A single number is now available for anyone in Somerset who needs Coronavirus related support from Somerset’s Local Authorities. Anyone who can’t find help within their community can use the helpline to get help and advice surrounding:

  • Emotional support if you’re feeling worried or anxious
  • Financial support
  • Personal care and support including food and delivery of prescriptions
  • Housing and support for the homeless
  • Social Care or Medical transport needs Waste collection and disposal

Please see the attached poster for more information.

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URGENT Call for Carers

Somerset’s local authorities are calling for care workers to come forward and play a vital role in tacking Coronavirus pressures. If you are a former care worker and feel that you can help, please see the attached document for more details.

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Coronavirus – COVID 19

The situation in regards to Coronavirus – COVID 19 is changing on a daily basis and therefore Durleigh Parish Council recommends people with questions and concerns with regard to this issue refer to the specific pages, of the UK Government, Sedgemoor District Council and Somerset County Council websites, following the links below:

As a Parish Council we realise that there may be parishioners that need additional help in these unprecedented times, such as help with deliveries if people are self-isolating. We recommend that you try to ensure that you have support networks in place with your family, friends and neighbours. However, if you have no other means of support and need emergency supplies or prescriptions collected, please contact the Clerk in the first instance, or the Chairman or a member of the Parish Council whose details are on this website. If this is the case, we will do our best to help you.

If we can politely ask that if contacting by telephone, please do so between 9:00-18:00. If outside of these hours, you can still contact us at the email address on the ‘Contacts’ page on this website and we will pick it up and contact you the following morning.

Lastly, please ensure that you share this message to those within the parish (we are happy for this to be copied to social media platforms), but please also let people know verbally, especially those that may not have access to the internet.

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