The Parish Council has collected together information on how to get by under the latest coronavirus restrictions. This ranges from the UK Government official advice, to what local shops are doing and how you can help your neighbours. Any feedback you can give about the situation – or this page – would also be very welcome.
Fulking.net – this page and the home page will carry regular updates as the situation changes. You can print this page by clicking this link. If you are seeing this as a PDF or it has been printed, the website can be reached at www.fulking.net.
Mailing List – We use the mailing list as an official channel for Council announcements, including those about the anti-virus measures. Most residents are on it – to join click here. To see recent announcements click here.
Written Announcements – Occasionally we will hand deliver announcements to all households.
Facebook – There are two FB Groups in the village, Fulking Villagers and Fulking Village Community Group These are private groups, containing comments, observation and notifications affecting the community. You can apply to join when you land their pages. Click the links above or search for this group.
WhatsApp – Community Skill Swap. Primarily a way to share skills for the benefit of others, presently focused on helping others cope with the new regulations. There are a number of admins who can sign you up, but you should contact Samantha Leader on 07479 458323 first.
Poynings.net: Announcements from our neighbouring village’s website are worth keeping an eye on. Visit www.poynings.net
Henfield Hub: A good source of information about our largest country neighbour, with regular updates on status of shops and services. Click here for more detailed shopping updates.
Latest Updates from FPC:
COVID-19 Action Plan: This contains information on volunteering and requests for assistance forms. It’s probably best to print it Click here to access it.
Playground Closure: The local playground was closed just prior to the Government announcement that playgrounds were not to be used. Click here to view.
Updates from Local Authorities:
Mid Sussex District Council: Although leisure centres and recycling centres are closed, waste collection services are operational. More detail can be found here.
West Sussex County Council: Updates on schools (for key workers’ children), libraries, and registrations, plus a variety of links to other resources. Click here for more…
South Downs National Park: Advice is offered on accessing the Park under current regulations. Click here
National Trust: Updates on what is open where can be found here. The latest is closure of car parks (presumably including Devil’s Dyke CP). Fulking escarpment and environs remain open.
NHS official advice
Click here for current advice on CV-19
Henfield Medical Centre
Prescriptions – If you are a volunteer collecting a prescription on behalf of someone else please use this form to help the pharmacists complete the back of the prescription form. If the patient needs to pay for their prescription the dispensers will phone them to take the payment over the phone.
This form should be used in conjunction with the consent form when possible. Available here.
Health Advice – Click here for their website which has a pop-up with the latest CV-19 updates
Hurstpierpoint Health Centre (Mid Sussex Healthcare: also Ditchling/Hassocks)
Health Advice – Click here for their website which also has a pop-up with the latest CV-19 updates
Self reporting symptoms: Download an app to help slow the spread of #COVID19 and identify at risk cases sooner by self-reporting your symptoms daily, even if you feel well.
Local Shops and Services
Knights Budgens (Henfield/Hassocks): Updates are available on their open Facebook page.
Opening times: 8am – 8pm weekdays, Wednesdays 8-9am is reserved to over 70s or those in high risk groups, Sunday opening is 10am-4pm. There currently restrictions on total number allowed in the shops at one time. Contact: 01273 492750 or Facebook messenger
Rushfields: The farm shop is open, and a ordering/delivery/drive-through service has is being implemented, although this is under review due to overwhelming demand. An update due shortly. FPC is working with Rushfields to develop a shared delivery/collection service within the village. More information is available on their website, here. Contact: email@example.com or 01273 857445
Swains: Open as usual, Presently well stocked with the basic fruit and veg. Some shortages of non-essentails. Website here, but no specific CV19 reference. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 01273.494582
LLoyds Pharmacy: Opening an hour later (10:30am) and closing an hour early every day. Closing between 1 and 2 for lunch. Only 2 people inside at a time – one out, one in. No signatures needed on prescriptions. Also operate a delivery service (ECHO), which is under some strain at present. General updates here. Contact: 01273 492030
Truffles: They are open as usual and offering a delivery service, which appears to have a reasonable turn-around. The latest situation can be found on their Facebook page, rather than their website. Contact: email@example.com or 01273 492687 or FB messenger
Jeremy’s: They are open as usual and operating a limited local delivery service. Although they are clearly under some pressure. Updates are available on their Facebook page. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 01273 495799 or FB messenger
Shepherd & Dog: Although closed as a pub, the S&D is looking at setting up a grocery shop – no final decision has been made yet. Contact: 01273 857382
The Royal Oak & Devil’s Dyke Pubs: closed
The Plough, Pyecombe: Open daily, 5 – 10 pm, for a take away service of most of their regular menu (10% discount on all orders). ..orders can be placed over the phone. Call: 01273 842796 to order. Delivery £5. Menus etc here
Relish Cafe: Now offering home delivery (and takeaway) home cooked meals, all freshly made, at five pounds per serving. Contact: 01273-495551 or Facebook
Hawthorn Veterinary Services: The Partridge Green surgery is closed. Henfield remains open for urgent and emergency surgery by prior arrangement. Clients may call and request up to 3 months worth of medication for their pets. This will either be delivered to you if within a 5 mile radius or sent to you by post. Video consultation is being offered. Contact: 01273 495227 or email@example.com their website
National Supermarkets: This is well covered in the national news, but most are now enforcing social distancing inside and around the stores, with limited numbers allowed inside and some product rationing. Stock levels are improving, but online delivery services remain backlogged.
The local authorities are keen to understand the situation on the ground. We have decided to give them a weekly report. We need your help to do this. If there’s anything your would like to pass on, please contact Trevor Parsons by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01273 846310, or contact one of your councillors.