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AVIAN INFLUENZA (BIRD FLU) OUTBREAK IN THE UK
As you will be aware there have been a number of Avian Influenza outbreaks in the UK and a Prevention Zone was declared in December that covers the whole of the UK.
The prevention zone means that all poultry keepers – whether on a commercial scale or simply a small backyard flock – are now required by law to house them (keep them under cover) or otherwise keep them separate from wild birds. This requirement (the Prevention Zone) has now been extended until 28 February 2017. They have also banned gatherings of poultry across the UK.
It is also important that poultry keepers must continue to keep a close watch on the health of their birds, and take steps to reduce the risk of infection via the environment, for example in wild bird droppings, by practising good biosecurity. They should do this even if your birds are inside. If they are concerned it is important that they contact their Vet.
This has been necessary because the same Avian Flu strain has also been found in wild birds in England, Scotland and Wales. DEFRA have taken this action to reduce the risks and help protect poultry and captive birds from avian flu.
The Food Standards Agency advise that bird flu does not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers. Properly cooked poultry and poultry products, including eggs, are safe to eat.
Bonfire Night 2016
This year’s event went like clockwork and yet again we were blessed with great weather. It was dry and not too
cold following a period of dry weather. No issues therefore with ground conditions.
Thanks to all the helpers and volunteers who made it all possible especially those people who stepped in at the
last minute to help with food. The burgers and sausages went down very well as did the butternut squash soup
by Adrian. The mulled wine was as usual hitting the right spot and we managed to successfully finish off the
barrel of real ale. All in all we just about had enough food and beer to satisfy everyone.
Another lovely bonfire ensured that people kept warm and the fireworks themselves were superb.
Thanks to everyone for turning up and making it a success and raising around £900 to share between the village
hall and the cricket club.
Rubbish Collections - Bank Holiday changes
Note that after any Monday Bank Holiday, collections will be one day later, on the Wednesday.
Lydeard St Lawrence Cricket Club secures £48,787 from sporting legacy fund to support their ‘Quantock Vision’.
• Somerset Village Cricket club secures £48,787 National Lottery funding from Sport England
• Club hosts Open Day for local community to celebrate the investment
• Sport England announces £40 million to extend Inspired Facilities Fund to 2017.
A popular Somerset village cricket club has secured Olympic legacy funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund.
Sport England today revealed that more than 1,300 local sports projects across the country have now received National Lottery funding through Inspired Facilities, part of its Olympic and Paralympic legacy programme.
Under the project, named ‘Quantock Vision’, Lydeard St Lawrence Cricket Club will receive £48,787 of National Lottery funding to upgrade the facilities of the club, which is a central community facility for this stunning West Somerset village. The improvements include a complete upgrade of the pavilion, including improved changing and showering facilities, and an artificial wicket which will greatly improve the ability of the Club and the wider community to host more games, youth and social events throughout the summer. It also includes improvements to the facilities to enable the Somerset Visually Impaired Cricket Club to base themselves at Lydeard St Lawrence as a home venue.
To celebrate the award, local people are being invited to visit the Club for an Open Day on Saturday 17 August to discuss the improvements that the whole community will benefit from. Please contact email@example.com to register.
Sport England’s Chair, Nick Bitel, said: “A year on from the Olympics, this National Lottery investment is helping us deliver a lasting sporting legacy in Somerset.
“With investment now on offer from our Inspired Facilities Fund until 2017, we look forward to supporting many more sports clubs in the South West who play such a vital role in grassroots sport.”
Club Chairman, Hugh Lloyd-Jones, said: “We are delighted to have secured this investment, which means we can upgrade the quality of our premises to match the quality of all our teams. It is the cornerstone of our strategy to have an outstanding club for the 2012 Olympics’ legacy.”
Adam White, Chairman of the Somerset Visually Impaired Cricket Club said “We are thrilled that Lydeard St Lawrence Cricket Club have secured this much-needed funding and are able to make their ground and facilities more suitable for our players. We are a thriving county-wide club satisfying a great need for visually impaired people, who have been keen to identify a local club that we can call ‘home’ “
Lydeard St Lawrence Cricket Club is one of well over 300 projects across England receiving lottery investment from the fourth round of the Inspired Facilities fund and one of more than 1,300 to benefit overall.
Many more communities are now set to benefit from the hugely popular fund, after Sport England today announced that it was extending Inspired Facilities until 2017, with an additional £40 million of National Lottery funding to invest. Bids will be accepted for the next round of Inspired Facilities funding from the 21 October 2013. You can find out more at: www.sportengland.org/inspiredfacilities.
For more details about the LSLCC project “Quantock Vision”, please contact Warwick Moore on 07525 670925, 01984 677697 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The additional £40 million will be invested during 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17. Funding for the round that opens on 21 October 2013 will come out of the existing budget.
For more information about Sport England, contact Natasha Quinn on 020 7273 1889.
Girlguiding in Bishops Lydeard
RAINBOWS is the youngest section of Girlguiding UK, for girls aged 5 to 7.
Rainbows play games, make things, cook, have parties and outings, make friends and have fun!
To register your interest in your daughter joining us and put her name on the waiting list (which can be done from the age of 4) please contact either :
The Bishops Lydeard Rainbows Leader - 07870 954587, Loubelou45@gmail.com
Girlguiding UK has a Join Us! site where you will be guided through steps to enter the information we need. www.girlguiding.org.uk/interested
Louise Roberts, Leader, 1st Bishops Lydeard Rainbows
From the Quantock Hills AONB Service
Keep your dog under close control this Spring.
Nothing is more evocative of spring than seeing new lambs by their mothers out in the Quantock countryside.
But, please remember that it is at this time of year when sheep and lambs are at their most vulnerable. Quantock Rangers, local farmers and the Police would like to highlight the problems that some dogs can cause to livestock on the hills.
From 1st March dog owners are required by law to keep their dogs on a lead when being walked across Open Access land. In all other areas of the countryside dogs should be kept under close control. It’s not just the physical attacks that cause harm but simply allowing a dog to chase sheep may cause ewes to abort or become injured.
Owen Jones, Quantock AONB Ranger said “I’m a dog owner myself and there’s nothing I enjoy more than walking over the hills with my spaniel, but I have to remember that sheep, lambs and wildlife can easily be disturbed if the dogs, no matter how well trained, are not under very close control”.
Owen went on to say “There have been many times when Quantock Rangers have had to deal with the aftermath of dog attacks on sheep and in all cases I believe they could have been easily avoided - it’s never easy visiting a farmer to tell them that their livestock has been injured or killed”.
If your dog does kill or cause harm to livestock, you can be liable for a significant fine and for the value of the livestock harmed - your pet may also be dispatched, the cost of which will also have to be borne by you. Moreover, if your dog is actually seen in action harassing livestock it could be shot on sight.
If you actually witness an attack in progress, call 999 otherwise any incidents witnessed should be reported to the Police on 0845 456 7000 or directly to the Quantock Hills AONB Office on 01823 451884.