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Calverton and Woodborough Allotment Association

At present the government recognise that managing an allotment could be a safe occupation and a useful form of exercise.  However we thought it would be useful to let you have the latest advice from NSALG on staying safe on your allotment.


Covid 19 Emergency Measures – UPDATED 30/03/20

The government is presently advising the population to stay at home and practice social distancing, whilst being allowed to take one form of exercise a day. If working your allotment is to carry on being seen as legitimate exercise then it is imperative that plot-holders follow all the guidelines, allotment sites are as risky as anywhere else.

We think that now is the time to consider working your plot in isolation i.e. not with household members, and if you can stay away for a few weeks, do so.

It is vitally important that you follow all the advice about social distancing and hygiene in the points below and not gather together on site.

Any plot-holder who is self isolating because a household member is ill with corona-virus should not be visiting the site.

Associations should display an advice notice on their boards. It is important that anyone attending the allotment takes care to stay the appropriate distance from others, avoid body contact and wash hands at taps, do not wash hands or use detergents in the water tanks and please pay attention to notice boards.

It is essential that no un-authorised people are allowed onto the plots for the duration of this emergency, if you do wish to bring someone to assist with work on the plot, please ensure that that this is notified either to Secretary or Site Manager.  Careful consideration should be given to introducing anyone over 70, those with underlying illness or pregnant women.

We are aware that at the moment some police forces are advising that driving to the plot will not be viewed as essential travel if you are stopped at a check point. The Society is endeavouring to get central advice on this issue and we will post as soon as it arrives.

Members should take the following precautionary measures :

  • Keep hand sanitiser in your shed and wash your hands regularly
  • Use hand sanitiser before opening and closing any gate locks
  • DO NOT gather together for a chat even if you are 2 metres apart CLICK HERE for guidance
  • Observe “Social Distancing” with each other 2-3 metres
  • If you take your children to the plot, ensure that they stay within its confines and do not run around on communal paths and spaces.
  • Do not share tools
  • Minimise the contact with each other for example no handshakes
  • Do not wash your hands in water troughs
  • We recommend that all communal facilities are closed

If we all follow these rules we should be able to continue enjoying work on our allotments.

Mike Hope  (Secretary) 0115 8458703

St Swithun’s Church Bell Ringers

The Coronavirus cares not for who we are or what we do. Its indiscriminate action has affected bell ringers all around the world. We now neither have services to ring for nor the freedom to ring at all. Hopefully this unprecedented situation will eventually be resolved, though it seems that it might take quite a few months.

Meanwhile the community of ringers, like many church groups, are maintaining their social contacts as far as possible and providing support for one another whilst we are all in enforced isolation.

If you are missing the sound of our bells, there’s a multitude of YouTube videos of performances and other aspects of ringing that can be found to fill the silence.

Our thoughts are with all of you. We wish you a safe passage through these times of uncertainty and look forward to the time when the danger has passed and we can joyfully ring again.

Stephen Smith, Tower Captain

Phone: 0115-965-4426

Mobile: 07817-979390