Category Archives: COVID-19

Constable Burton Volunteer Support Group’s Roster – 11th September to 27th November 2020

The CBVSG roster for shopping and assistance is published below. It is our intention to continue the roster until this pandemic is over. Please stay safe and do not suffer in silence.

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Volunteer Group 1
Chris Hughes 07989445669
Dave Miller 07852987434
Emily King 07904321074

Volunteer Group 2
Laura Ferguson 07969544112
Natalie Johnson 07908836573
Jenni Shaw 07931312964

Volunteer Group 3
Hilly Dobson 07942864354
Tanya Tait 07760147351
Carole Dixon 07791549432

Volunteer Group 4
Jane and
Tim Ashe
01677 450142
Jeff Lane via Hilly
George Tomlin 07773031874
Ann and Alan Bodman 07950902164
Shopping And Prescription Roster
Fri 11 September Group 1
Fri 18 September Group 2
Fri 25 September Group 3
Fri 2 October Group 4
Fri 9 October Group 1
Fri 16 October Group 2
Fri 23 October Group 3
Fri 30 October Group 4
Fri 6 November Group 1
Fri 13 November Group 2
Fri 20 November Group 3
Fri 27 November Group 4
1. Our volunteers have been divided into 4 groups to run essential errands for you on the dates indicated.

2. If you have an urgent requirement then get in touch with anyone on the above list.

3. If you need a chat, someone to talk to, call Fiona Dodgson at Bank Top Farmhouse on 01677 450114.

4. Do NOT suffer in silence get in touch with any of us if you have a problem.

5. Do what the Government is advising/enforcing and stay safe.

Hilly Dobson
Parish Councillor and Response Coordinator


Annual Report – 2019-20

In the absence of a Parish Council AGM and Village Meeting due to covid-19 the following annual report on activities in Constable Burton has been posted by your Parish Councillor



  1. This resume of activities that have taken place in Constable Burton over the past 12 months is in lieu of there not being an AGM and Annual Village Meeting open to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic. The decision to delay the AGM was made by Mr Keith Loadman, deputy chair to the Parish Council of Constable Burton and Finghall, and myself, Hilly Dobson, parish councillor.
  2. Beech Tree War Memorial. This project was carried out over the period July 2019 to February 2020. It was led by Major (Retd) G F Tomlin MBE with the agreement and backing of the Wyvill family and the support of the community. The project concept and progress was follows:
    1. An exceptionally old beech tree on the village green had to be felled as it had become a danger to the public due to it being diseased. Major Tomlin put forward the idea of the tree stump being carved and to create a war memorial. This was agreed by the community and ideas for the design were put forward.
    2. Funding was provided by private donations and two grants from, Richmondshire Council from the Area Partnership Fund and the District Council from the Locality Budget. The total cost of the project was £4,546. There will be an ongoing but very small annual cost for the maintenance of the memorial.
    3. The carver commissioned to sculpture the memorial was Lukas Beben who had completed several carvings within the area including one for Richmondshire Council. The work has been much admired by members of the community, passers-by and descendants of the fallen.
    4. The plaque records 15 names of those who had connections with the local community who made the final sacrifice for their country in two world wars.
    5. A service of dedication was planned but postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. It will be conducted at a future date.
    6. Our congratulations are extended to Major Tomlin, the Wyvill family and other members of the community who helped to make this project the success it is. Major Tomlin has now researched the background of the 15 names and hopes to publish their stories in due course.
  3. Reading Room.
    1. During this period the Reading Room has raised £858 from hiring’s. The largest amount that has ever been recorded been. Lettings have included:
      1. Richmondshire County Council for two polling days in May and December 2019.
      2. The Boxt Theatre Company.
      3. Several private functions.
    2. The Reading Room has been closed for hire since mid-March due to covid-19. Unfortunately this has also meant that there have been no coffee mornings or afternoon teas during this period.
    3. After running for many years the Art Group has folded. Many thanks go to Margaret Topliss who ran the group and gave budding artists so much advice and encouragement. Her efforts are very much appreciated.
    4. Unfortunately with the closing of the Art Group and the loss of the Yoga Sessions the Reading Room currently has no regular bookings.
    5. Repairs and Renovation. We are currently looking for funding for the following repairs and renovations:
      1. The replacement of the toilet block roof which is leaking due to its poor design.
      2. Replacement of the windows with double glazing.
      3. Possible replacement of the current boiler which is temperamental and requires manual ignition there being no room thermostat.
  4. Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic.
    1. Since the middle of March 2020 we have all been living in very trying times. It was very quickly identified that in Constable Burton we have a largely aging population who along with other residents with underlying health problems were considered to be ’at risk’ with respect of covid-19. This demanded quick action by the community to take steps to minimise this risk. The following actions were carried out:
      1. 19th March a document was produced and distributed to all residents repeating Government advice on how to look after oneself. Also attached was a list of names and telephone numbers of volunteers willing to assist those considered to be at risk. This led to the formation of the Constable Burton Volunteer Support Group (CBVSG).
      2. Children’s Play Area cordoned off and the Reading Room closed to forthcoming events including Police and Crime Commissioner’s polling day booked for the 7th May.
      3. 24th March a second document was distributed advising residents to look at the village website for future communications. It also contained an increased number of volunteers to the CBVSG and an explanation of their purpose being to support those at risk in particular shopping and collection of prescriptions. A form for residents to record their medical details was also distributed for them to keep at hand in case of emergencies.
      4. 26th March CBVSG was divided into teams and a 12 week roster was produced and circulated. A second 12 week roster was produced on the 8th June. The first shopping was delivered to an ‘at risk’ family on the 27th March.
      5. Covid Grants. Two covid grants from Richmondshire Council were applied for:
        1. Richmondshire Corona Virus Grant Scheme provided £10,000 towards the running of the Reading Room.
        2. Coronavrus Community Grant of £500 was spent on bedding plants for village pots and for gardens. All purchases were made locally to support our businesses.
      6. Group-Hug Goodie Bags. A total of 23 Group-Hug Goodie Bags were delivered to ‘at risk’ households.
    2. Extraordinary Meeting of the Reading Room Committee Monday 6th July 2020.
      1. With the easing of the Government lockdown restrictions an extraordinary meeting of the Reading Room Committee was held on Monday 6th July 2020. The meeting was to consider the re-opening of the Reading Room for hire and the re-opening of the Children’s Play Area. The following decisions were made:
        1. To re-open the Reading Room only for meetings with limited numbers attending and the use of the toilets to support outdoor events eg the Summer Fair/Picnic.
        2. Not to re-open the Children’s Play Area.
      2. Sincere apologies are offered to those who are inconvenienced by these decisions and, rest assured they were not taken lightly. To date our community has remained clear of the virus and long may that be the situation.
      3. A second meeting is to be held on Monday 3rd August to consider developments with respect to covid-19 and also future village events.
      4. Constable Burton Volunteer Support Group.
        1. An enormous thank you and debt of gratitude goes out to all of the volunteers who, without hesitation, came forward to help other residents. What a wonderful community we have! We are now into week 18. To date 307 shopping deliveries have been made to ‘at risk’ families and 10 prescriptions collected and delivered.
        2. Village Website. Included in this thank you is Mike Philipson who has continued to update the village website with both essential and useful information.
  5. VE Day. Despite coronavirus the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day was celebrated on Friday 8th May. Picnics were enjoyed on the village green and a BBQ was served in Ashfield Close. Social distancing and other government guidelines were strictly observed.
  6. Trees.
    1. Several trees have been giving residents reasons for concern. After some delay two have now been pruned back by Richmondshire Council so that they are no longer a hazard.
    2. A third large tree was felled by a storm which blocked the road leading from the village towards Constable Burton railway station. Fortunately no-one was hurt. Thanks go to a local resident for alerting me, parish councillor, and to the Wyvill estate for the speedy removal of the obstacle.
  7. Future Events. The only event currently planned is our annual Summer Fair and Duck Race on Sunday 30th August. This year it is being proposed that it is called ‘The Summer Picnic’ and the duck races will be dry! Activities, particularly for the children, will take place and it is likely to include a village scarecrow competition. Fancy dress (1960’s) has also been proposed. Social distancing and other guidelines will be strictly observed. Hopefully, you will all be able to attend.
  8. Conclusion. This has been a period of trial with little tribulation. But, the community can be proud of itself in the way in which it has pulled together in true British style. Community support will continue for as long as is necessary and we will certainly celebrate when we can safely come out to play!
Hilly Dobson
Parish Councillor &
Response Coordinator
Mobile: 07942864354
21st July 2020

Agenda: Extraordinary Meeting – Monday 3rd August 2020 10:30 am


  1. A second extraordinary meeting of the Reading Room Committee is called for Monday 3rd August 2020 at 1030 am to be held in the Reading Room. Attendance will be limited to a maximum of 12 people to allow for self-distancing. As attendance is limited please let me know if you have anything you would like to be raised at the meeting as your opinions do count.
  1. Agenda. The agenda is:
  1. Acceptance of the minutes of the meeting held on Monday 6th July 2020.
  2. Matters arising.
  3. Developments with respect to the Government’s further lifting of restrictions with respect to the coronavirus.
  4. Reading Room renovation and repairs:
    • Toilet block roof.
    • Windows.
    • Boiler.
    • Funding.
  5. Summer Fair/Picnic.
  6. Any other business.

Hilly Dobson 20th July 2020

Parish Councillor &

Response Coordinator

Mobile: 07942864354

Parish Council Meeting And Agm Update



Please note that I have been informed that the Parish Council Meeting and AGM, originally scheduled for the 16th April, will not now take place in the Reading Room. This is due to the ongoing pandemic.

The Council Meeting will take place at a private venue and the AGM remains postponed indefinitely.

Hilly Dobson 10th July 2020
Parish Councillor &
Response Coordinator
Mobile: 07942864354

Reading Room And Children’s Play Area Risk Assessment And Guidelines



1. Introduction.


a. With effect of the 4th July 2020 the Government has allowed the reopening of village halls and playgrounds. As a community we have to follow the Government’s regulations and guidelines. We also have, not only a duty of care to those who will have access to both our Reading Room and to the Children’s Play Area, but a legal requirement to ensure that they are safe.

b. Both the Government and our insurers require us to carryout a risk assessment of both the Reading Room and our Children’s Play Area.


c. Government Guidelines for village halls include:


                                        i. Pinch Points’ to be identified and measures introduced to control them e.g. entrance and exit, toilets etc.

                                      ii. No ‘loud’ music to avoid the necessity for people to shout or move closer.

                                     iii. Sanitiser to be made available on entry and exit.

                                     iv. Buildings should be well ventilated.

                                      v. People ‘shielding’ or at risk, including over 70’s, are advised not attend social functions.

                                     vi. Gatherings of 30+ people in buildings is illegal unless the building is deemed to be covid secure.

                                   vii. Groups of 6 are permitted from the same family or ‘bubble’ but groups must not mix.


2. Risk. The risk factor being considered here is that posed by the coronavirus which as far as is known is principally spread by:


a. Touch and close contact due to respiratory droplets.

b. Contaminated surfaces.


3. People at Risk. The people who may be placed at risk by the reopening of these amenities are:


a. The users.

b. The cleaners.


4. Measures that may Mitigate the Risk.


a. Personal distancing – currently 1 metre where mitigation is applied such as a face covering and for short periods of time only. Two metres remains the recommended distance.

b. Washing of hands.

c. Use of sanitiser.

d. Wearing of disposable gloves.

e. Wearing of face coverings.

f. Disinfection of surfaces.

g. Floor markings.

h. Information and direction boards.




5. Recommendations.


a. Reading Room.


                                        i. Keeping the whole venue closed except for specific village events where special measures would be put in place.

                                      ii. Limit the number of people that may assemble at any one time. Exceptions may be for private events where attendees are members of the same household and members of so called ‘bubbles’.

                                     iii. Limit the frequency at which the venue may be used eg once per week.

                                     iv. Closing of certain areas including:


(1). The kitchen.

(2). The book shelves.

(3). A toilet cubicle.


                                      v. Limit the use of tables and chairs to those requested for a specific event.

                                     vi. Signs for:


(1). Entrance and exit – front and back doors.

(2). Use and the provision of sanitiser.

(3). Toilets – one person only.

(4). Reminders eg self-distancing.

(5). Floor markings/arrows when necessary.

(6). Closed areas.


                                   vii. Maintenance of a list of attendees for contact tracing.

                                  viii. Cleaning. After each usage it must be considered that the Reading Room is potentially contaminated. It will therefore need to be cleaned before/after each use. To this end the following are required:


(1). Names of volunteers to assist with the cleaning.

(2). A check list of what is to be cleaned with signature to confirm cleaning has been carried out.

(3). Advice on PPE.

(4). Advice on when the venue should be cleaned after an event.

(5). Instructions for the users/hirers to record what has been used and to leave items used out for cleaning and not put away.

(6). Provision of anti-bacterial cleaning agents.


b. Children’s Play Area.


                                        i. The children’s play area includes:


(1). Swings.

(2). Slide.

(3). Benches X 2.

(4). Waste bin.


                                      ii. Government Guidelines for play areas include:


(1). Limiting the numbers allowed on the equipment.

(2). Use of a booking system where possible.

(3). Signage advising on self-distancing, use of masks and the use of sanitiser.

(4). One adult only of a family to accompany children.

(5). Setting a time limit.


                                          iii. If we are to open the Children’s Play Area the following recommendations are made:


(1). The area to be cleaned/disinfected on a regular basis.

(2). The table-benches should be included within this facility.

(3). Cleaning/Disinfecting. Regular cleaning/disinfecting is recommended with measures similar to cleaning the Reading Room implemented.


6. Conclusion.


a. The Government’s easing of lockdown does not mean that the coronavirus has gone away or become any less dangerous. It is therefore vital that decisions made are carefully considered to get the measures that will be introduced as correct as is possible to keep our community safe.

b. It is recommended that whatever decisions are made that the measures decided upon should be reviewed on a regular basis.



Hilly Dobson                                                                                                                       1st July 2020    

Parish Councillor &

Response Coordinator

Mobile: 07942864354