IMPORTANT NOTICE – For the attention of all residents
As the current health situation unfolds, we want to remind everyone to look after their neighbour!
During the next few weeks, maybe months, we are all going to experience unprecedented difficulties, both practical and economic.
We don’t know exactly what will happen from one day to the next and our usual routine has already been upset, not only by the fear of contracting Coronavirus, but also by all the restrictions and panic surrounding its arrival here in the UK.
In Withiel we are more fortunate than most, having space around us and a very small population, most of whom know one another. We are also lucky to have a shop at the Ruthern Valley Campsite for basic groceries, a vegetable supplier at The Real Food Garden and meat can be ordered from Lobbs in Ruthernbridge.
Can I just remind all residents to keep a close eye on family and neighbours, albeit from a safe distance. If your neighbour is alone, elderly, not computer literate or suffering any kind of ill health, disability or disadvantage please offer to help!
People may need shopping, dog walking, collection of medications or simply a friendly phone conversation and it will be up to all of us to make sure that everyone in the parish eats well, stays safe and stays in touch. Our immune system needs good food, fresh air and exercise to work properly.
Here is a regularly updated link to Cornwall Council’s latest information about the situation to keep people in the loop: https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/public-health-cornwall/information-about-coronavirus-covid-19/
The most vulnerable people may not see this information and so we can all make a small effort to print out anything which is relevant and make sure it has been seen. For those of you who do use the internet, there is a Facebook local support group – Covid-19 Support | Withiel & St Wenn – set up to provide information and to keep locals in touch. Don’t hesitate to ask for help if you need to!
Janet Shearer, Withiel Parish Council
Stephen Horrocks Tel: 01208 832 613 Mob: 07496258686
Janet Shearer Mob: 07881 930884
Withiel is a small rural community just off the A30 in North Cornwall. It occupies a total area of 3,093 acres on the southern slope of the Ruthern River valley, and is approximately six miles from Bodmin and seven miles from Wadebridge. Most of the land within the community is agricultural. The nearest major shopping and cultural centre is Truro, some 22 miles to the southwest. The nearest retail outlets and a petrol filling station are located some three miles from the village.
The centre of population is Withiel village, with two nearby hamlets at Withielgoose and Retire. The last official figures available (1991) showed 119 households and in 1998 the population was 380.
Withiel is served by a Parish Council and has a Parish Church, St Clement’s. We have a village hall with car parking, children’s play area and the sports field is located in the centre of the village.
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