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EU Settlement Scheme – help available from Citizens Advice

Dear Residents

We have been sent the following information and hope it is of help to EU Settlement Citizens.

Citizen’s Advice Mid Mercia are working alongside the Government in order to reach out to all of the families in Tamworth and East Staffordshire to support them with their EU Settled Status.

The Government has recognised that not all families are aware that they need to ensure they have been granted settled or pre-settled status by the end of June 2021.

The aim of our project is to raise awareness of the scheme, empower individuals to access the scheme and assist the most vulnerable in society applying to the scheme.

To find out more about this scheme visit the Citizens Advice website:

Or telephone: 01827 909101
The poster attachment, gives all details:

Wildflower Border – Stramshall Village

Dear Residents

As you know,  the Parish Council gained funds to install 2 further water troughs onto the allotments, repair the fencing and create a wildflower border on the verge starting by the allotment gate, on the High Street, Stramshall.

The Parish Council have great pleasure in announcing that work on the wild flower border will start next week.

The border will be 1m wide and 40m long and will be installed and maintained by SJL Landscapes (, who were awarded the contract.

The hope is that in the spring/summer next year, the entrance to the village will be full of wildflowers to cheer everyone up.

We have been approached by a resident who wants to help to ensure this project is a success and if any further residents want to contact the Parish Council to become involved, please do so.

The Parish Council would like to say Thank You to Severn Trent Water, Community Fund, for providing the funds for the whole project, it is much appreciated.

Silver Birch Tree – Stramshall Village Green – update

Dear Residents

I can confirm that the Silver Birch Tree has today, 13.11.2020, been removed from the Village Green, Stramshall, as per the Parish Council resolution, at the Parish Council meeting, 3rd November 2020. Draft Minute Reference: 20.11.004.

I was on site when Michael Johnson, Tree Surgeon, (BTEC – 1st Dip Hort, nch-arb) and his quality team started the works and I apologised to residents who had not been informed of the date for removal. I hope all residents understand this was a health and safety issue and needed to take place quickly.

The Logs will be removed from the Village Green by WH Durose, as stated in the Draft minutes.

I hope you all agree that Michael Johnson and his team provide a good service and the job was completed between 8.30am – 10.30am. He can be contacted on 07976 028 265, or see his advert in the Uttoxeter Echo newspaper

They have also removed the branches from the Oak Tree, that were causing concern to the Bus Company and have ensured the Oak Tree will not be damaged any further by the buses.

I have attached a photo of the Village Green, so you can all see the site.

Covid 19 – Lockdown guidelines

Dear Residents

Please read the guidelines for Lockdown below:

What are the new rules?

  • People will be told to stay at home except for education, work (if it can not be done from home), exercise and recreation, medical reasons, shopping for food and other essentials, or to care for others.
  • All pubs and restaurants will have to close.
  • All non-essential shops will have to close.
  • Households will not be allowed to mix with others indoors, or in private gardens.
  • Individuals can meet one person from outside their household in an outside public space.
  • Support bubbles for people who live alone, and households made up of single parents and children can continue.
  • Schools, colleges and universities will remain open.
  • Workplaces will be asked to stay open if people cannot work from home – including construction and manufacturing.
  • Outdoor exercise and recreation will be allowed, but gyms will have to close.


For more information, please visit the Government Website –

For answers to the Frequently Asked Questions, please visit Staffordshire County Council website

Covid 19 Lockdown – from Thursday 5th November – full details

Dear Residents, this is an update from Staffordshire County Council with regards to Lockdown

Coronavirus COVID-19 Briefing


This briefing summarises the key points around Staffordshire County Council’s response and now recovery to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

This bulletin will be issued on weekly basis every Friday – unless there are major announcements or changes to the current situation.

Saturday 31 October 2020


Boris Johnson announces new national lockdown to control Autumn surge


The current situation nationally

  • At 7pm today (Saturday 31 October), Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a four-week national lockdown in England, which will begin on Thursday 5 November and run until 2 December.
  • At the press conference, Professor Chris Witty and Sir Patrick Vallance presented some sobering statistics, the R-rate is consistently above one, cases are increasing across the country, hospitalisation and deaths are also rising.
  • If no further action is taken, the number of deaths is likely to exceed those seen at the peak of the first wave by early December and our NHS will be overwhelmed.

The current situation in Staffordshire

  • Staffordshire has also seen cases rising sharply in recent weeks and moved to High Alert today to try to stop the spread of the virus.
  • Our case rate is now above both the West Midlands and national seven-day rate.
    • England is 225 per 100,000 population,
    • West Midlands is 233 and
    • Staffordshire is 288.
  • The Staffordshire Resilience Forum (SRF) has declared a Major Incident for the second time.

Outline of the lockdown

  • Whilst the main message ‘Stay at Home > Protect the NHS > Save Lives’ is familiar, the proposed lockdown is different to the first, with education being unaffected and no formal ‘shielding’ in place – although those who are clinically extremely vulnerable are being asked to be extra careful to minimise contact with others and if they can’t work from home, they should not attend a place of work.
  • Measures outlined include:
    • People in England should not leave their homes without good reason.
      • The reasons for which one may leave one’s home include:
      • for education
      • for work, if you cannot work from home
      • for exercise and recreation outdoors
      • for medical reasons
      • to shop for food and essentials
      • to care for others
    • No mixing of people inside homes, except for childcare bubbles and other forms of support
    • All pubs and restaurants to close, though takeaways and deliveries will be permitted.
    • Supermarkets and essential services will remain open. All non-essential retail and other services will close
    • Schools, colleges and universities will remain open.
    • Manufacturing and construction are encouraged to keep going.
    • Outdoor exercise and recreation are encouraged with other members of the household or one other person outside the household
  • The PM also confirmed that the furlough scheme (which was due to end today) will be extended throughout November and will pay 80% of employees’ wages.
  • After 2 December, the exit strategy is that different parts of the country will revert to having their local economies and behaviour governed by the local alert level (medium, high or very high) depending on how serious the virus is in respective places.
  • The measures proposed will be presented to Parliament on Monday 2 November and subject to Parliamentary approval on Wednesday 4 November.
  • If approved, they will come into force at 00:01hrs on Thursday 5 November 2020.