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1401, 2021

Beware of vaccine fraudsters

Thursday, January 14, 2021|

Advice from Somerset County Council; please pass on to anyone you know without internet access:

Vaccines: Be aware of fraudsters

14 January, 2021

Action Fraud is warning the public to remain vigilant as criminals begin to take advantage of the roll out of the coronavirus vaccine to commit fraud.

•  The vaccine is free of charge.
•  The NHS will never ask you for your bank account or card details.
•  The NHS will never ask you for your PIN or banking password.
•  The NHS will never arrive unannounced to your home to administer the vaccine.
•  The NHS will never ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips.
•  If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up.
•  If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to [email protected].
•  Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726, which is free of charge.
•  If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk

1201, 2021

Somerset County Council updates

Tuesday, January 12, 2021|

Latest updates from SCC re vaccinations, BBC TV school programmes & ‘Every Mind Matters’, amongst other items… https://www.somerset.gov.uk/coronavirus/latest-coronavirus-updates/

901, 2021

Upper High Street road closure-07:30-17:30 11-15th January 2021

Saturday, January 9, 2021|

Although we had notice before Christmas that these roadworks (resurfacing) were delayed until February, the one.network website is showing that they will go ahead ( &  notices are up)

401, 2021

Government update on rules for latest lockdown

Monday, January 4, 2021|


See the Government website for full rules relating to this lockdown:


401, 2021

Castle Cary Post Office

Monday, January 4, 2021|

Castle Cary Post Office will be open 09:00-13:00 on Wednesdays & Thursdays  only until further notice.

Alternatives are at Wincanton: https://www.postoffice.co.uk/branch-finder/400549x/wincanton

Bruton: https://www.postoffice.co.uk/branch-finder/4205499/bruton

or the mobile Post Office that visits North Cadbury at various times during the week: https://www.postoffice.co.uk/branch-finder/7085494/north-cadbury-mobile-service

3112, 2020

Tier 4 from 31st December 2020

Thursday, December 31, 2020|

Somerset enters new Tier 4 restrictions

Somerset will be escalated to Tier 4 coronavirus restrictions from midnight tonight (31 December) following an announcement from the Health Secretary Matt Hancock this afternoon.

The Tier covers all four districts – Mendip, Sedgemoor, South Somerset and Somerset West and Taunton.

Leader of Somerset County Council David Fothergill said: “In the last three weeks in Somerset the number of Covid-19 cases has almost trebled.  Rising from 473 cases per week to 1,299. In the most recent week, the rate of new cases increased by more than a third (37 per cent).

“Tier 4 restrictions are tough but very necessary if we are to get back in control of our rising rates and cases.  We’ve just heard the new Oxford vaccine has been approved, so the vaccination programme will gather pace but now is not the time to be complacent.  I urge you all to do your bit, follow the new restrictions exactly and help everyone in Somerset to get back to a more normal way of life.”

For Somerset residents living in a Tier 4 area, this means you must not leave or be outside of your home except for specific purposes. The essential guidelines are set out below:

  • No household mixing, aside from support bubbles and two people meeting in public outdoor spaces.
  • Hospitality closed, aside from sales by takeaway, drive-through or delivery.
  • Essential shops can open. Non-essential retail must close and can only open for click-and-collect and delivery.
  • Everyone must work from home unless they are unable to do so.
  • Early years settings, schools, colleges and universities open during term time. Registered childcare, other supervised activities for childcare purposes, and childcare bubbles permitted.
  • Indoor leisure, accommodation and personal care – closed.
  • You must not stay overnight away from home. Limited exceptions apply.
  • Funerals of up to 30 people permitted. Wakes and other linked ceremonial events can continue in a group of up to six. Weddings of up to six can continue in exceptional circumstances.
  • Indoor entertainment closed. Some outdoor attractions may remain open.
  • Places of worship open for private prayer and communal worship but cannot interact with anyone outside household or support bubble.
  • You must stay at home and only travel for work, education or other legally permitted reasons. If you must travel, you should stay local, and reduce the number of journeys you make. You must not leave a Tier 4 area or stay overnight away from home. Residents in Tiers 1 – 3 should not enter Tier 4 areas. Do not travel abroad if you live in a Tier 4 area unless an exemption applies.
  • You can leave your home to exercise by yourself, with your household or support bubble, or with one person from another household. Outdoor sport allowed but gatherings limit applies except for youth and disabled sport.
  • You can visit relatives in care homes with COVID-secure arrangements such as substantial screens, visiting pods, and window visits.
  • The Clinically Extremely Vulnerable are advised to stay at home as much as possible, except to go outdoors for exercise or to attend health appointments.

For more information visit:  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/full-list-of-local-restriction-tiers-by-area#tier-4-stay-at-home

James Rimmer, Chief Executive and System Lead, Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group added “Health and care teams from across the county are working exceptionally hard to continue to make sure people get the care that they need, while cases of Covid-19 continue to rise.  All our health and care services including hospitals, GP surgeries and community services are busier than ever, caring for the most vulnerable people and those who have confirmed Covid-19.


“Everyone has an important part to play in keeping our loved ones and our health and care services as safe as possible and help us to manage demand on our services by continuing to follow social distancing. Over the past few weeks we have successfully started our Covid-19 programme in Somerset, offering vaccinations to the first priority groups as identified by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, but we need your help to keep everyone safe while we continue to roll-out the vaccine programme.


“If you need to access urgent medical advice or treatment, please call ahead before visiting your local GP surgery or hospital. You can contact NHS111 online, or call 111 for advice and if you need to be seen you will be. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, if you have an urgent medical problem both online and by telephone. NHS 111 can signpost you to the most appropriate local service to help you and if you need to be seen, an appointment will be booked for you at the right service. Please make the right call and only dial 999 in a genuine life-threatening emergency.”


Lou Woolway, Deputy Director of Public Health for Somerset said: “We have come so far in our fight against this disease but Tier 4 is the right Tier for us at the moment; if we act now and do the right thing we will be able to soon get back to a more normal way of life.


“We know that many you will be glad to see the back of 2020, but this New Year’s Eve really isn’t one to celebrate – we have to resist the temptation to party, even getting together with small groups. One in three people who has the virus will not display symptoms – the risks are just too high.”


A single phone number is available for anyone in Somerset who needs Coronavirus-related support from their councils. The Somerset Coronavirus Support Helpline number, 0300 790 6275, is open seven days a week from 8am to 6pm, offering a range of support – from help accessing food or medicines, to emotional and financial support, and employment, housing and business advice.



Steven Salter

Communications Officer

Somerset County Council

E: [email protected]  T: 01823 357317 M: 07977 400304

Press Office: 01823 355020 | Website: www.somersetnewsroom.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/somersetcountycouncil | twitter: @somersetcouncil

201, 2021

Woodcock Street road closure 4,5,6th January

Saturday, January 2, 2021|

As you’ll have seen from the notices in Woodcock Street:


1001, 2021

Road closure 15th-28th February (postponed from January)

Sunday, January 10, 2021|

101, 2021

Advance notice of road closure 15th-28th February (postponed from January)

Friday, January 1, 2021|

1812, 2020

Support for families over the Christmas holidays and beyond…

Friday, December 18, 2020|

Schools Christmas Support Somerset County Council