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The Coronavirus Situation ...

To help Dersingham residents, the Parish Council is providing some advice and information on this page which may be useful in coping with the current public health situation. The most reliable advice will be found on websites run directly by the Government or by NHS England and you will find links to these futher down this page. Follow Government advice, wash your hands frequently and let's keep Dersingham fit and healthy!

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Useful Information and Advice ...

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A message from the Chairman

Unfortunately, we will not be re-opening our playground on 4th July. The health and safety of our residents and visitors is our priority and therefore we need a little more time to consider the practical implications of the recently issued Government guidance on re-opening, the results of a safety inspection and risk assessment. It is our intention to re-open as soon as practical and we would like to thank you for your understanding during these challenging times. Please keep an eye on this website for further updates. Please be assured that we will not make you wait too much longer.

Now that lockdown has been eased a little I hope those of you who can get out have enjoyed the reopening of Thaxters as much as me. Please do remember when you are out and about to respect social distancing. The Parish Council Office remains closed, although our staff are still working. If you do have a query it can be emailed to the or you can telephone the office on 01485 541465.

Coral Shepherd
Chairman Dersingham Parish Council

Test and Trace Service

The NHS test and trace service launched on 28th May. The service:

  • ensures that anyone who develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can quickly be tested to find out if they have the virus
  • helps trace close recent contacts of anyone who tests positive for coronavirus and, if necessary, notifies them that they must self-isolate at home to help stop the spread of the virus

Find out more here

The Government has also) expanded testing availability from 28th May for children aged under 5, to help support the phased opening of schools and childcare settings in England from 1st June. All symptomatic individuals in England will be able to access a test if they need one.

Beware Coronavirus Scams

Just a timely reminder that unfortunately there has been a boom in criminal activity as a result of the Covid-19 health situation. Be on your guard for phone calls, emails, texts, posts on social media, or even personal callers purporting to be from the Government, the Police, the NHS or Coronavirus Charities. Always ask yourself 'is this really genuine'. Popular scams are bogus tests for the virus, or false offers of government money if you either pay some money yourself or give your personal details. The link below from Norfolk Trading Standards shows some of the latest scams doing the rounds, including new scams linked to Track and Trace. Be alert and stay safe!

Norfolk Trading Standards alerts about Coronavirus frauds and scams

Risk Assessment

How to carry out a Covid-19 risk assessment

Social Distancing

Guidance on staying alert and social distancing

Social distancing guidance for young people

The Cabinet Office has published guidance for young people in England on social distancing that explains the new measures that will help young people stay safe as rules on being outside, or at school or work, change. Social distancing guidance for young people


Links to Government and NHS Advice on Coronavirus


Government advice on what you can and can't do The UK Government's Recovery Strategy Government advice on what to do if you have symptoms General Coronavirus advice from the NHS Government advice about Coronavirus and businesses


Other useful links


Government guidance on travel download the parking app for West Norfolk car parks Police Connect - Advice about Coronavirus frauds and scams Police & Crime Commissioner's website Age UK Norfolk Ask Lily - Advice for senior citizens Equal Lives - Advice for those with disabilities Shelter - Help with housing and homelessness Norfolk Community Law Service Norfolk Citizens Advice Norfolk County Council Coronavirus information West Norfolk Borough Council Coronavirus information


Public transport links


Lynx Bus information West Norfolk community Transport National Express Stagecoach Buses Megabus Coach Services


Useful Telephone Numbers


Housing Benefits - 01553 616200, Option 2

Pest Control - Millennium Pest Control on 01553 344002

The Universal Credit - Enquiry Line on 0800 328 9344

The Growth Hub - The Growth Hub from the New Anglia LEP offers free, expert advice for any business in Norfolk and Suffolk and the advisers are able to signpost employers and employees to details of the new Government support schemes. They’re a valuable additional resource. Please call them on 0300 333 6536 or email

@newanglialep and @angliahub for tweets with links to the latest Government guidance and updates.