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Look after yourself this winter – advice from the NHS

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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:

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Temporary Closure of: Lye Common 06 – 11 January 2020

Temporary Closure of: Lye Common, Christian Malford

06 to 11 January 2020

Notice is hereby given that the Wiltshire Council has made an Order (Ref: TTRO 6325) to close temporarily to all traffic:

Lye Common, Christian Malford; from its junction with The Green to its junction with Friday Street.

To enable: Avonline to carry out excavation works to lay cable, chamber and cabinets.

Alternative route: via Friday Street – B4069 Main Road – Station Road – The Green and vice versa.

The closure and diversion route will be clearly indicated by traffic signs. See PLAN.

This Order will come into operation on 06 January 2020 and the closure will be required until 11 January 2020. It is anticipated that the works will take the stated duration to complete depending upon weather conditions. Access will be maintained for residents and businesses where possible, although delays are likely due to the nature of the works. The Order will have a maximum duration of 18 months.

For further information please contact Daniel Copeland (Avonline) on 0117 953 1111.

Sustainable Transport Group, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge BA14 8JN

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Wilts Council Targeting 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.

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Vacancy for Parish Councillor

Following the resignation of Nick Cox, we have 1 vacancy for Parish Councillor (see Notice of Vacancy). We are looking for someone who would be interested in taking up an Environmental ‘Officer’ role.

Christian 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.

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

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