Poultry and other captive birds
An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (PDF, 39.1KB, 6 pages) (AIPZ) has been declared across the whole of England effective from 5pm on 11 November 2020.
All poultry keepers in England (whether they have commercial flocks or just a few birds in a backyard flock) are required by law to take a range of biosecurity precautions.
If you keep poultry (including gamebirds or pet birds) or other captive birds, you must act now to reduce the risk of disease in your flock by following the relevant biosecurity measures required within the AIPZ. Your stock needs to be feed and watered under cover to prevent contamination from wild birds.
Good biosecurity improves the overall health and productivity of your flock by helping keep out poultry diseases such as avian influenza and limiting the spread of disease in an outbreak.
All bird gatherings within the AIPZ are prohibited therefore the general licence that had permitted bird gatherings has been revoked.
For more guidance please visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu
If you find dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks) or other dead wild birds, such as gulls or birds of prey, you should report them to the Defra helpline (03459 33 55 77)
Public Health England advises that the risk to the public’s health is very low. Food Standards Agency (FSA) has said that on the basis of the current scientific evidence, avian influenzas pose a very low food safety risk for UK consumers
Avian influenza is unconnected with coronavirus (COVID-19).
You can choose to register fewer than 50 birds, or birds you keep as pets. The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) encourages you to register even if you do not have to by law.
- APHA will be able to contact you if there’s a disease outbreak (such as bird flu) in your area
- you’ll help prevent the spread of disease and protect the national poultry flock
Ansford Parish Council has a vacancy for a Parish Councillor. If you are interested and would like more information please contract the Parish Clerk at [email protected]
If you would like to get actively involved with local issues and help with our plans to improve essential facilities for our parishioners, we would welcome your assistance.
Our current and long-term objectives are now being formulated, in preparation for an increasing number of new homes in our neighbourhood, and this will require an expansion of local amenities and services, to serve the needs and aspirations of all age-groups within our community.
With your help, Ansford Council could then provide more resources in which to plan some important improvements to local infrastructure projects, such as Road Safety/Transport links, Recreation & Leisure and Health & Social Well-being. Another crucial matter we are keen to develop, is the care and maintenance of the local Environment, and to encourage people to help with a variety of small-scale rural projects involving volunteer groups.
By joining our small team of councillors, we can set our sights on becoming a greener and more sustainable place in which to live, for the benefit and satisfaction of all our parishioners.
Just to confirm that the TUESDAY MARKET will be on tomorrow (November 10th) and following strictly the Government’s guidelines.
All stalls will be outside and PPE will be in place.
- Collects medicines/shopping for you
- Provides free food and essentials if you are in need
- Arranges phone calls if you are feeling isolated
For help please:
Email: [email protected]
Cary Cares is organised by Churches Together in Castle Cary/Ansford, supported by the Parish Charity and endorsed by the Town Council. It is run by a group of volunteers here to help anyone in need in our community.
If you would like to make a donation, please use the contact details above.
A message from Nat West: This is to advise you that due to the National Lockdown we have unfortunately been taken off the road for the 4 week lockdown period. Hoping that this isn’t extended and we can resume our service once again.
Castle Cary Community Library
will be closed on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 November.
After that we hope to be able to offer an “order and collect” service (now called “Library Choice”) – you let us know what books you want, we find them and organise collection or delivery.
Look out for details on the Library door and elsewhere.
This is being updated regularly: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november
Food support for families in Somerset
29 October, 2020
Somerset County Council has pledged £125,000 of additional support for families in Somerset who may be struggling to find food this winter.
We want to ensure no child or adult in Somerset goes hungry. Our aim is to meet the immediate need for food, and work with the family to address underlying needs. This is because if a child is hungry there are usually other issues we would want to help them address – such as financial, housing, mental health and wellbeing, employment, and skills.
Throughout the pandemic the Coronavirus Helpline has been providing information, advice and support to families, adopting the same community orientated approach as that developed in the Adults service. The Village Agent offer to families has been extended so that they can get support to address underlying issues and regain, or retain, their ability to be as independent as possible.
This has enabled many families in Somerset to get the support they need to become more resilient. One element of this has been to make sure families can access nutritious meals – this remains a focus of our work.
This week it was agreed to set aside a further £125,000 in case more funds are needed to ensure families are fed this winter.
We have food available this half-term and any family in need should call our Coronavirus helpline on 0300 790 6275 and select Option 1.
Please visit the website for much more information: https://www.somerset.gov.uk/coronavirus/covid-19-latest-advice
IT HAS ARRIVED!