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Re-opening of Play Areas


We realise there will have been some excitement about the Government’s announcement that outdoor play areas can be reopened. However, the guidance which was only published on 26 June, comes with a long list of safety measures that the owner of the play area must consider and a detailed risk assessment compiled before they can be reopened.

At their meeting on 6th July, the Town Council will review the situation and consider whether they can safely reopen the play areas. They will consider the government guidance, the full risk assessments and the view of their insurer etc. They will also consider the benefits to our local residents.

We are aware how desperately young families have been looking forward to using the facilities.  We will do everything we can to make that possible, while keeping residents of Silloth safe.

Thank you for being patient.

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Online Council meetings


Last month, the Town Council held it’s first online meeting using the Zoom video conferencing platform.  The current covid-19 restrictions have meant that Councils are unable to meet face to face and have had to embrace the use of technology to enable them to meet virtually.

Members of the public and press are welcome to attend Council meetings.  The joining details are on the meeting agenda which can be downloaded from the Council’s website at  Members of the public wishing to address the Council during the public participation section must send their request to the Town Clerk prior to the meeting, in the usual manner.  Email:

To access the meetings please use the link included on the Agenda.

Information on how to join a Zoom meeting is below.

or you can dial into a meeting via a UK phone number unique to Zoom (please note that charges may be applicable depending on your phone tariff).  To find your local number visit:

Please be advised that members of the public attending the meeting will have the audio muted during the meeting.

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Stay at home, keep communities safe and save lives


You must stay at home, only leaving for the following very limited purposes:

  • Shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible.
  • One form of exercise a day – for example, a run, walk, cycle or to walk the dog – alone or with members of your immediate household.
  • Any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
  • Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.


  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home).
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people.
  • Do not meet others, even friends or family. You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home.

Useful links:

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Notice of Vacancy


A vacancy has arisen on Silloth-on-Solway Town Council and a Notice of Vacancy completed, a copy of which is below.  The Notice gives a period of 14 days for requests to be made for an election (excluding Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays).

Notice of vacancy April 2020

By the end of the 14 day period if the Elections Team at Allerdale Borough Council have received a ‘Call for Election’, they will  notify the Town Council if there is to be a by-election.  A valid call for election is when ten registered local electors from the relevant area write to the Returning Officer requesting an election be held.  If there is no call for election, the Town Council will be required to fill the vacancy by co-option.

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Other Health Conditions


People are being reminded that other health conditions don’t go away during the Covid-19 pandemic

People who experience new symptoms and are managing long term conditions are being reminded to seek medical advice if they need it.

In particular those who experience life threatening symptoms, such as chest pain or the signs of a stroke, should still call 999 or go to A+E.

GPs are still supporting people who need medical advice or monitoring and want to reassure people to ask for help if they need it. People can still see their primary care health professionals; they will receive a call back to discuss the issue and may be invited for an appointment.

Distington GP Dr Helen Horton said: “We have really seen people respond to the Stay at Home message to support our NHS, but we need to make sure that people who should be getting medical support continue to receive it.

“We know that there are lots of things that don’t need an immediate response, but some things do, and other health conditions don’t disappear because we have to prioritise Covid-19.

“We also know some people will be anxious about burdening the NHS at this unprecedented time – so we want people to be sensible. If you need advice check NHS services online or call your Practice and have a telephone conversation. We will be able to reassure you, give you the support you need over the phone, or call you in if it is needed.”

You should call 999 or attend A+E if you experience:
• chest pain
• experience the symptoms of stroke such as a drooping face or slurred speech
• serious injury

People who experience symptoms which may suggest cancer – such as new lumps or new bleeding – can seek NHS advice online at and or speak to their Practice.

People should expect to continue managing ongoing conditions, or ongoing monitoring of treatments, in consultation with their healthcare team. Practices are still offering essential services such as:
• baby immunisations
• postnatal checks
• pre-chemo blood tests
• blood monitoring for medications
• active management of wounds and dressings

At the moment people should NOT expect to be able to request routine reviews such as:
• Routine health checks
• New patient checks
• Routine reviews for some conditions such as asthma, diabetes or blood pressure.

Dr Horton added: “Please think carefully and seek help or advice for new symptoms and if you need regular monitoring.
“If it is something that can wait then please do. But if it can’t, please ring and someone can call you back.”

At this time you might not see your usual healthcare professional or be called to your regular surgery.

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New emergency support line


New emergency support line launched for vulnerable people needing urgent help

Today (Monday 30 March) Cumbria County Council and partners have launched a new emergency support service for people at high risk of becoming seriously ill, as a result of COVID-19, and who do not have support available from friends, family or neighbours.

Those at high risk include people over 70 years old, pregnant women and those with underlying health conditions who should be protecting themselves by staying at home. The majority of these people will already be receiving support from family, friends or local voluntary groups with tasks like shopping or collection of medicines if they require it. But we know that a small number of people will not have this support. If they have no alternative, these people will now be able to call the Freephone number to request help with getting food, medicines, essential supplies and home deliveries.

Cumbria County Council has been working closely with District Councils, Cumbria CVS, Cumbria Community Foundation, community and voluntary sector, private sector and military to establish these new arrangements. To support the new helpline every area is coordinating a supply of essential food, medicines and supplies which can only be accessed via the emergency helpline or email. The requests received asking for help will then be matched with local support and supplies being offered by community groups, volunteers, councils and businesses.

The Emergency telephone support line is 0800 783 1966.

Or you can email your request for help to

Further details about this support service can be found online at

The telephone ‘call’ centre will operate Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5pm and 10am to 2pm at weekends. The service will also accepts referrals from members of the public who may be concerned about people in their community.

Cumbria is already seeing widespread community and voluntary sector support for the response to COVID-19 and informal support, including neighbourhood WhatsApp groups and community Facebook groups, alongside a commitment from existing community emergency planning groups, local churches and faith groups and formal voluntary sector organisations who are working with the county council and partners including District Councils and NHS.

Cllr Deborah Earl, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Communities, said:

“People who are self-isolating or shielding must not go out to get food shopping, many of these people have good support networks who they can rely on for the delivery of food, medicines or essential services and supplies. But for those who don’t we are launching the new emergency support helpline.

“We want to reassure the public that we are ready to provide support to our most vulnerable residents who may not have friends or family available to help them.”

Carolyn Otley, Cumbria CVS, Chair of Community Resilience Group:

“It is important to speak to others and ask them to help you to make arrangements for delivery of food, medicines and essential services and supplies, and look after your physical and mental health and wellbeing.

“It’s been reassuring to see there is already widespread community and voluntary sector support for the response to COVID-19 across Cumbria. We all must continue to work together to help those who are isolated or at high risk.“

The helpline will also accept referrals from members of the public who may be concerned about people in their community.

For up to date information on COVID-19 in your area, please go to

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Stay at home, protect our NHS, save lives


Stay at home 

You must stay at home, only leaving for the following very limited purposes:

  • Shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible.
  • One form of exercise a day – for example, a run, walk or cycle – alone or with members of your immediate household.
  • Any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
  • Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.

Protect the NHS 

You must stay at home to protect the NHS:

  • The NHS only has a limited number of doctors, nurses and specialist equipment.
  • We are working around the clock to increase NHS capacity.
  • The more people who get sick, the harder it is for the NHS to cope.
  • We must slow the spread of the disease so that fewer people are sick at any one time.

Save lives 

You must stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives:

  • Police will disperse gatherings of more than two people in public, excluding people you live with.
  • Police will issue fines to anyone who does not comply with these rules.
  • Police will close all shops that are not essential, as well as playgrounds and places of worship.

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Daily exercise should not include travelling to a different area than that in which you live.

Travel should be for essential purposes, for example, collecting essential medicines, supplies or travelling to a place of work, if your unable to work from home. This should also only be with people from the same household. You should not be driving to the lakes or our lovely sights in Cumbria to simply exercise. This should be done near your home address, following government guidelines.

This is not forever and we all need to adhere to this to save lives.

#Covid19UK #StayHomeSaveLives

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Educational resources


Below is a list of useful websites to help out parents/guardians who now find themselves in the situation of home educating their children.

IDEA Awards
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online

Paw Print Badges
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional

All kinds of making.

Prodigy Maths
It is in US grades but good for UK Primary age.

Cbeebies Radio
Listening activities for the younger ones

Nature Detectives
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote woodland location!

British Council
Resources for English Language learning

Oxford Owl for Home
Lots of free resources for Primary age

Big History Project
Aimed at Secondary aged kids

Learn computer programming skills – fun and free

Creative computer programming

National Geographic Kids
Activities and quizzes for younger kids

Learn languages for free. Web or app

Mystery Science
Free science lessons

The Kids Should See This
Wide range of cool educational videos

Crash Course
YouTube videos on many subjects

Crash Course Kids
As above for a younger audience

Crest Awards
Science awards you can complete from home

Khan Academy
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses US grade system but its mostly common material.

BBC Learning
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there’s so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.

Free access 100’s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use parent account).

For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.

Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people

Geography Games
Geography gaming!

Blue Peter Badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.

The Artful Parent
Good, free art activities linked to from this Facebook page

Red Ted Art
East arts and crafts for little ones

The Imagination Tree
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest

Toy Theater
Educational online games

DK Find Out
Activities and quizzes

This is more for printouts and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures.

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Coronavirus guidance


Anyone experiencing a new, continuous cough or a fever should stay at home for seven days, regardless of whether they have travelled to affected areas. This means people should stay at home and avoid all but essential contact with others for 7 days from the point of displaying mild symptoms, to slow the spread of infection. Please do not go to your GP, pharmacies, walk in centres or A&E.

People do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online at If people have no internet access, they should call NHS 111.

Prevention is always better than cure, so, as with the flu virus, the most effective way for people to protect themselves from COVID-19 is to adopt good respiratory and hand hygiene to prevent the risk of infection and a ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach to coughs and sneezes.

Further Information and Guidance