Friday, 3 July 2020

Lothian Gardens Play Area

Whilst the government restrictions relating to play equipment will lift this weekend, the liability and decision whether to open any play area remains with the relevant councils. Melbourne parish council has taken the decision to keep the play area at Lothian Gardens closed for the immediate future, until all risk assessments and checks of the play equipment have been undertaken.
We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause and for any disappointment but ask for your patience a little longer;  this action is being taken in the interest of public safety.

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Lothian Gardens play area

Last night the council received reports from concerned residents about a large number of youths who had climbed the fence and gate to access the Lothian Gardens play area.  This area is padlocked and closed as per Government regulations. The gathering of people in the Lothian Gardens has been reported to the police.
To help reduce the potential spread of coronavirus (COVID 19) please do not use the play areas or equipment. 
Inspection and maintenance of play equipment and safety surfaces is now suspended as the contractors are only dealing with emergency and essential works only.

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Notice from Cllr Chilton - emergency safer public places


N O T I C E
GOVERNMENT LEGISLATION,
COVID-19 EMERGENCY SAFER PUBLIC PLACES
M E L B O U R N E

IN VIEW OF THE RECENT UPROAR REGARDING EMERGENCY ROAD LAYOUT PROPOSALS WHICH WERE PROPOSED FOR MELBOURNE, TO ENSURE MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC COULD SAFELY PASS WITHIN THE 2-METRE RULING AS SHOPS AND BUSINESS REOPEN TO HELP THE ECONOMY, I QUOTE BELOW THE MESSAGE RECEIVED TODAY 23 JUNE 2020 FROM DERBYSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL
BY MEANS OF CONFIRMATION, IN LIGHT OF A PROSPECTIVE GOVERNMENTAL CHANGE ON THE SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDANCE AND BECAUSE OF THE POTENTIAL IMPACT OUR PROPOSALS FOR TEMPORARY TRAFFIC MEASURES WOULD HAVE IN MELBOURNE, WE HAVE TAKEN THE DECISION TO PUT THE IMPLEMENTATION ON HOLD.
OBVIOUSLY, IF THERE IS A CHANGE IN THE COVID MEASURES WE WILL REVIEW THE POSITION AND KEEP YOU INFORMED

UNDER GOVERNMENT LEGISLATION EMERGENCY MEASURES, THERE IS NOT THE NEED FOR CONSULTATION NOR THE TIME TO COMMUNICATE: ESPECIALLY IN THESE UNPRECEDENTED TIMES -  STAFF ARE WORKING REMOTELY.
HAVING RECEIVED NUMEROUS MAILINGS AND TELEPHONE CALLS, ALL ACKNOWLEDGED FULLY, I FORMALLY REQUESTED DERBYSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL AT THE WEEKEND TO PUT MATTERS ON HOLD, KNOWING THEY HAD A DUTY OF CARE UNDER THE LEGISLATION.  IT IS ON MY HEAD AS THE ELECTED MEMBER THAT THE COUNTY COUNCIL HAVE AGREED TO THIS ACTION.  SHOULD THERE BE A SECOND COVID WAVE, MEASURES WILL BE TAKEN IMMEDIATELY.

ON A PERSONAL NOTE, I SAW THESE TEMPORARY MEASURES, AS MELBOURNE’S OPPORTUNITY OF TRIALLING A ONE-WAY SYSTEM – REQUESTED BY MANY OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS – FREE OF CHARGE. THESE EMERGENCY PROPOSALS WERE TEMPORARY AS I TOLD MANY PEOPLE.  TO INSTALL A PERMANENT ONE-WAY SYSTEM, THE COUNTY COUNCIL WOULD HAVE TO GO THROUGH A NUMBER OF PROTOCOLS – CONSULTATION, ADVERTISEMENTS IN THE PRESS, LEGAL ISSUES AND, OF COURSE,   AN AVAILABLE  B U D G E T.  I SINCERELY HOPE THE MELBOURNE TOWN TRAFFIC REVIEW WHICH HAS BEEN WORKED ON OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS IS NOT NOW IN JEOPARDY.        

… CLLR LINDA CHILTON


Friday, 19 June 2020

summer play scheme

This summer’s summer activities for schoolchildren in South Derbyshire have been cancelled due to social distancing restrictions.
The scheme was due to take place between the 27 July and 28 August and would have offered over 100 sessions across the District including 4 sessions in Melbourne.
There are plans to reschedule a number of these cancelled sessions, once restrictions are lifted, on evenings, weekends and during half term holidays.

Covid 19 emergency

Melbourne Parish Council has been informed by DCC that a temporary one-way scheme is to be put in place in  our village as part of measures to allow safe social distancing due to the Covid pandemic. As has been discussed at public events in the past, there are many reasons why Melbourne's street layout is a challenge, and whilst a permanent one-way system would address some issues, it would create others. This emergency scheme will allow Melbourne residents and visitors to assess the impact of a one-way system, and Melbourne Parish Council will consider all feedback received before deciding whether to press for either retention or removal in the future.

Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Domestic Abuse in Derbyshire

During lockdown the police have unfortunately seen a rise in Domestic Abuse calls, however support is still available for anyone suffering from Domestic Abuse in Derbyshire. Derbyshire Domestic Abuse Services are operating and you can contact them by telephone, email, text or chat online via their website: 
 
TEL: 08000 198 668 and you'll get help from someone close by.
If it's an emergency, call 999.
You can also email the support line giving a number you can be contacted safely at derbyshiredahelpline@theelmfoundation.org.uk

If you're deaf or hearing impaired, or unable to phone,
text the Derbyshire Domestic Abuse Support Line tel: 07534 617252.
Emergency SMS - text: 999.
For the National Domestic Violence 24-hour help line tel: 0808 2000 247.

 

Silent Solution

If you ring 999 from a mobile but it is not safe for you to speak, Silent Solution is a system the police use to assess and respond to your call. Tel: 999 and if it's not safe to respond to the BT operator when they ask what service you want, stay connected. If the operator hears any suspicious noise you'll be transferred to the police.
If nothing is heard you may be asked to press 55 - this will connect you to a police call handler. Listen carefully to their questions and instructions so that they can assess your situation and arrange for assistance. This system means that the police can respond to genuine emergencies when people are in danger and accidental or hoax 999 calls do not distract them.
Accidental 999 calls from a landline are less likely so if you tel: 999 from a landline but are unable to speak you will be connected without being asked to enter 55.


Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Parish Council meetings

All members of the public are entitled to attend the meetings and are cordially invited by the Council to do so.  Time will be set aside prior to the published agenda to enable informal discussion to take place.

                 Agendas are posted on the Parish Council website                 www.Melbourneparishcouncil.org.uk

During the Coronavirus lockdown the Parish Council has agreed to hold  short virtual meetings on the first Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm, in line HM Government Covid-19 Regulations.
Any members of the public that wish to attend this meeting will need to contact the Parish Clerk at  Melbourneclerk.mpc@gmail.com to request an invitation. It will be helpful if you are able to submit comments or questions to the Clerk in advance of the meeting as due to the time constraints, it may not always be possible to speak unless invited to do so.


Friday, 29 May 2020

Allotments

With the glorious weather and with the current Covid crisis, it is understandable that many are looking to have an allotment, however the parish council does not have responsibility  for any allotments nor does it hold any contact details for the privately run allotments in Melbourne. 
Allotment & Gardens

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Recycling Centre

Please note that the Salvation Army clothes recycling point in the car park is not accepting donations during the Covid 10 crisis.  Please can donations be given directly to your preferred charity shop.

Monday, 27 April 2020

Tribute to Cllr Andrew Jackson

It is with deep regret that Melbourne Parish Council has announced the death of one of its long serving Councillors, Andrew Jackson, who died from a brain tumour in the early hours of this morning, at the age of 76.

Andrew was born, raised and lived in Kings Newton.  He was very much part of the Melbourne tradition of market gardening and was widely credited as an innovator behind one of Melbourne's largest market gardening firms, employing scores of local people. He was one of the founders of our village newspaper, The Village Voice, which has become the foundation of our Village information system.  Andrew’s passion was to serve the community and he worked hard for the benefit of all within our community, he was proud to be a Melbourne resident and served on the Parish Council for 37 years in many roles including Chairman of the council in 1989/90 and again in 2000/2002, and as committee Chairman for many years.  Most recently, he was the chief promoter of the hugely successful 100 year World War 1 remembrance beacon.  For his long service and dedication to the community he was awarded the Freeman of the Parish in 2019.

Those who knew Andrew are aware that he took a very active role in all the organisations that he has been involved with, always a force for change.  He was a voluntary driver for Community Care and was often seen driving the minibus around the village.  He was an early advocate of a plan to create much-needed new sports facilities in our village, and became one of the founder members, representing the Parish Council on the Melbourne Sporting Partnership board. In addition, Andrew was one of the founder members of The Melbourne Town Band, playing the baritone at many events locally and regionally, he was a member of The Melbourne Male Voice Choir and of Achoired Taste – he loved to sing.  He was a founder member and trustee of Kings Newton Bowls Club and the considerable time and effort he gave to the establishing of the Club has contributed to its ongoing success.  Andrew was also a member of the Round Table.

Andrew was a modest man who did not seek recognition or reward and through his ingrained love of Melbourne and Kings Newton, which was matched with a deep sense of civic duty, he has left the parish with many legacies.  He leaves two sisters and many friends.  Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.  We will sorely miss his contribution, his energy and dogged determination that anything is achievable.


Sheila Hicklin
Chair
Melbourne Parish Council

Monday, 20 April 2020

Reopening of the Packhorse Road Cemetery - Monday 20th April 2020 9.30am

In line with the Government direction, the Council has taken the decision to reopen the cemetery to members of the public for the purpose of paying respects to a loved one, for funerals and interments; essential staffing and emergency or urgent works on site only.   Council staff will continue to manage the maintenance of the cemetery and its grounds.  

Adherence to social distancing must be observed at all times by all who are using the Cemetery.

Access to vehicles and the public to use the area as an open space or to walk through is strictly prohibited.  The path through the cemetery is a permissive path and not a public footpath; the Parish Council retains the right to close the permissive path and the cemetery if either is being misused.

The Parish Council appreciates this may cause disruption and distress but it is necessary to limit the spread of Coronavirus and to protect the health and safety of the community.  
The decision has been taken with the safety of residents and staff in mind and to ensure that government advice is followed, however the Parish Council will continue to monitor and review the use of the cemetery; the cemetery will be immediately closed if the Parish Council considers that the use of the cemetery is being misused or abused.

Your health and safety are paramount and we appreciate your continued support.


FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS from 24th March 2020
Following Government directives, the attendance at a graveside funeral remains unaltered at
A maximum of five members of the immediate family of the deceasedMinister or officiate for the ceremony/service
Funeral Director

Coronavirus. Stay Home. Protect the NHS.
Save Lives

Thursday, 16 April 2020

Thank you

Thank you to everyone who is helping during these unprecedented times.
Thank you to the NHS staff, to the key workers and to volunteers, all of whose selfless actions are appreciated. 
And a special thank you to everyone in the community for abiding by the regulations and helping to combat Covid19.



  

Thursday, 9 April 2020

Big Shout Out

Another big expression of thanks to everyone who is helping during this crisis, in whatever way you are contributing, your continuing work and dedication is appreciated.
Thanks go to all the volunteers in the community and to the new NHS Good Sams.


Thank you
👏👏👏👏🌈🌈

Friday, 3 April 2020

Latest information from S Derbyshire CVS


Dear all,

Please find below, some clarification on support available provided by CVS and partners, to local people affected by Covid 19.

There have been reports on social media and elsewhere saying that the CVS Food Bank has moved to Greenbank Leisure Centre – this is NOT the case and anyone needing a Food Parcel should make a referral to CVS as described below.


Update from South Derbyshire CVS – Community Support

Following recent measures to increase social distancing and self-isolation, we have received a huge number of requests for help and support. We are working hard to meet the demand and doing our best to respond as quickly as possible - please be patient and if you have left a message please don’t ring again – we will get back to you as soon as we can.

We currently offer the following support:
  • Food Bank (emergency parcels for people in financial difficulties) A number of our referral partners are holding a supply of food parcels to give out directly; they can also be collected from CVS by appointment only. Food for individuals in the high risk group who are self-isolating can be provided via the shopping service and should be referred in to the Community Response Unit at county. Ordinary food bank referrals (non self isolating groups) can be emailed directly to projectsupport@sdcvs.org.uk
  • Essential food shopping and collection of prescriptions, for people aged over 70 and/or in high risk groups, who have no family or friends who can help: These will be safely dropped off to people’s doorsteps, by trusted delivery drivers
  • Telephone befriending/welfare calls for self-isolating people who need a regular friendly chat
  • Information about, and referral into, other community support services. A list of local and national support services, updated regularly can be found at www.strongersouthderbyshire.org or email stronger@sdcvs.org.uk.

We would also love to hear from individuals wanting to volunteer and from groups and businesses offering community support services.

Individuals needing help:
All requests for individuals needing help should now be directed to the Derbyshire Community Response Unit. This is for vulnerable people who are self isolating and who don’t have any family or friends to help. Register at derbyshire.gov.uk/communityresponse or telephone 01629 535091 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm / Saturday 9am to 1pm. They will refer as appropriate into local services – including those provided by SDCVS and local Stronger South Derbyshire partners.

Anyone in the ultra high risk/shielding group can register for priority help. If they’ve not had a letter but have one of the conditions listed, and they don’t have anyone who can support them, they can register directly https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable or call the government helpline on 0800 0288327.

If you need to reach CVS directly:
Like most organisations we’ve had to close the offices and most staff are working from home, so email is the best way to get in touch

For all things to do with our response and community response to CV19 visit www.strongersouthderbyshire.org.

We have also produced a Stronger South Derbyshire Community Response leaflet please feel free to share this with your networks and contacts, along with the other information in this email.

Thursday, 2 April 2020

THANK YOU TO ALL KEY WORKERS


The Parish Council would like to join the nation and give a massive shout out to all the key workers who continue to keep the country running at this time of crisis.
Whether you’re on a long shift at the hospital or care home, stacking shelves, delivering goods or working at the schools, however you are helping, on behalf of everyone at Melbourne Parish Council, thank you for your incredible work


A huge THANK YOU to all key workers in the Parish and across the country
👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

SDDC Environmental Health update

Further to the government announcement about the closure of all non-essential ‘public facing’ businesses, please find below a coronavirus lock down guidance note. This highlights all the businesses which should now be closed as well as those which can legally remain open.

There are some exceptions but the businesses allowed to remain open are:
  • Takeaway and delivery services
  • Supermarkets and other food shops
  • Health shops
  • Pharmacies
  • Petrol stations
  • Bicycle shops
  • Home and hardwear shops
  • Launderettes and dry cleaners
  • Garages
  • Car rentals
  • Pet shops
  • Corner shops
  • Newsagents
  • Post offices
  • Banks

Communal spaces within parks such as playgrounds and football pitches should also be closed where possible. If you are responsible for any playgrounds that can be closed (i.e are fenced and can be locked) then you will need to do this. You may also wish to remove and football goals etc if this is possible to help prevent social gathering.

The closures are enforceable by law and any ‘non-essential’ business which remain open will be subject to a Prohibition Notice and could face an unlimited fine. This will be enforced by Trading Standards and Environmental Health, supported by the police.

This has been put into place to protect members of the public and to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus but we need your help. If there are any businesses that you are aware of that are still open which do not meet the criteria please let us know via emailing us with the name and address of the business to environmental.health@southderbyshire.gov.uk . You may also wish to put something on your parish websites encouraging parishioners to do the same. Please be assured that any information you give will be treated confidentially.

If you have any queries in regards to the above, please do not hesitate to contact us, again using the environmental health email address. We will do our very best to respond as soon as possible but please be aware we are currently working at limited capacity.

Kind regards



The Environmental Health Team
Environmental.Health@southderbyshire.gov.uk

SDD & CVS distribution of food parcels

Today sees the start of the co-operation between SDDC and CVS in the distribution of food parcels to those most in need across the district. At this point it seems they have all the volunteers and SDDC employees they need but I will receive notice if they need more help in our area.

The priority group will be those identified by the NHS as requiring shielding because of medical issues; CVS also have lists of those in food poverty, the vulnerable and others needing special help which will become the next level of priorities.

The Swadlincote Leisure Centre will be the hub of distribution (abiding by all necessary precautions) and some private businesses have agreed to support the normal CVS (meals on wheels) delivery drivers.

If you know of anyone that needs help and they are not already supported by CVS you can send their details to CVS using the contact page on their website at https://sdcvs.org.uk/






In other news Swadlincote market will stay in operation but only the food stalls - all necessary social distancing practices will be in place.

Sunday, 29 March 2020

Packhorse Road cemetery


In line with the Government direction on social distancing, the Council has taken the decision to close the cemetery to members of the public with immediate effect and until further notice.  Access for the foreseeable future is only permitted for funerals; essential staffing and emergency or urgent works on site.

Tending to graves or memorials at the cemetery is not considered essential, council staff will continue to manage the maintenance of the cemetery and its grounds.

Access to vehicles and the public is closed with the exception of a hearse for funerals and vehicles carrying a maximum of five immediate family members.

It is important not to breach any fences, closed gates, sectioned off areas and closed facilities. 

The Parish Council appreciates this may cause disruption and distress but it is necessary to limit the spread of Coronavirus and to protect the health and safety of the community. 
The decision has been taken with the safety of residents in mind and to ensure that government advice is followed.
Your health and safety are paramount and we appreciate your continued support.


FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS from 24th March 2020
Following Government directives, only the following people are authorised to attend a graveside funeral
  • A maximum of five members of the immediate family of the deceased
  • Minister or officiate for the ceremony/service
  • Funeral Director

Coronavirus. 
Stay Home. Protect the NHS. Save Lives

Friday, 27 March 2020

DCC - Community Response Unit launched to help those in need


Derbyshire County Council Community Response Unit is now ready to take requests for assistance from members of the community who don’t have friends or family able to help them.

Help is available for people across the county if they are:
  • Self-isolating because either themselves or a member of the household is at risk
  • Struggling to meet basic needs because of financial, social or health restrictions
  • Pregnant
  • Have underlying health conditions
  • Aged 70 or over.
Volunteers from over 200 different organisations will be able to help with shopping, fetching prescriptions or offering a befriending service.
Volunteers could be asked to help with food shopping and delivery, checking up on people who are isolated with a phone call or online help to prevent loneliness and check whether there is anything they need, or collecting and delivering prescriptions.

How to get help

Residents needing help should visit the Community Response Unit information on our website or phone 01629 535091. At this stage the phone line will only be available Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and Saturdays 9am to 1pm.

How to give help

Organisations are still looking to recruit more volunteers. Anyone who wants to help and is aged 18 to 70 and fit and well should also visit the Community Response Unit information on our website to register their interest.
Some organisations are looking for volunteers to offer a befriending telephone service, so anyone who wants to help but can’t leave their house could offer this kind of assistance.  

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Staying safe from scammers during the coronavirus outbreak

Working with Derbyshire police, Derbyshire trading standards officers are urging people to be wary of possible new coronavirus-related scams being used by doorstep callers and online fraudsters.
DCC has issued the following advice and are urging people to be aware and stay safe:

On the doorstep

  • Anyone offering to carry out a coronavirus test at your home or sell you a self-testing kit is bogus. Neither the police nor the NHS are offering such a service
  • Companies that offer to clean your drives and doorways to kill bacteria and help prevent the spread of the virus are also bogus
  • Don’t hand over cash or bank cards to strangers offering to do your shopping or other errands so that you can stay at home. You may not see them again
  • Only answer the door to people you trust
  • Make sure doors and windows are locked, even when you’re home
  • If someone visits and claims to be from a utility service, the health service or similar, ask to see their ID. Ask them to wait while you close the door, call their employer and check their credentials. If they’re a genuine caller, they won’t mind
  • Some people are putting notices in their windows asking for help which may make them vulnerable. It’s better to use trusted channels of support.

On the phone

  • Remember your bank will never call and ask you for your PIN number or to transfer money from your account to another. If you receive such a call, hang up.

Refund scams

  • Companies offering fake holiday refunds for people who have been forced to cancel their trips. If you’re seeking a refund also be wary of fake websites set up to claim holiday refunds.

Online

The general online advice applies at this time. Do make sure you have the latest software protection on your devices and don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails. Never respond to unsolicited messages and calls that ask for your personal or financial details. There are some coronavirus specific scams to be aware of:
  • The biggest area of these is people ordering protective face masks, hand sanitiser, and other products, which never arrive. Don’t be tempted by these sites. For any online purchases use a credit card if possible for better protection in case of fraud
  • Another area of concern is ‘phishing’ emails. These attempt to trick people into opening malicious attachments which could lead to fraudsters stealing people’s personal information, email logins and passwords, and banking details. While these are always a threat there are some specifically coronavirus-themed ones to look out for:
  • These include fraudsters pretending to have detailed information of coronavirus infections in your area. They will offer you details and updates which will either be bogus or never arrive. Delete them
  • Likewise delete emails offering investment scheme and trading advice to take advantage of the coronavirus downturn
  • Also look out for fraudsters pretending to be from the HMRC tax office offering a tax refund. They set up fake websites, often using the HMRC logo, where they aim to get you to hand over personal and financial details.
DCC Cabinet Member for Health and Communities Councillor Carol Hart said:
“It’s shocking that people are using the coronavirus to come up with new ways to take money from people through scams, but our trading standards team is continuing to work hard in these challenging times to protect Derbyshire residents.
“It’s fine to accept help from trusted friends and relatives but otherwise please be cautious. While a lot of people are being kind and offering to help older and vulnerable people, unfortunately there are people who will see this as an opportunity to take advantage of them.
“We don’t want people to worry, but just want them to protect themselves and there’s lots of ways they can do this.”
Relatives, friends and neighbours are being asked to keep an eye on anyone who may be vulnerable and report anything suspicious. Derbyshire Police can be contacted on Facebook or @DerPolContact on Twitter. People who can’t report via social media should call on someone else to do it for them. If this isn’t possible they should call 101 although there may be a longer wait than usual before calls are answered.
You can help to protect your neighbours by joining Friends Against Scams. Their website provides free online training modules to empower people to take a stand against scams.
There are other sources of support including:
  • For the latest health information and advice about COVID-19 please visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/coronavirus
  • Call Derbyshire: 01629 533190
  • Citizens Advice Consumer Service 0808 223 1133
  • Action Fraud 0300 123 2040
  • Crimestoppers you can call anonymously on 0800 555 111
  • For more information on how to shop online safely, please visit Action Fraud's website

Update on Parish Council working


After careful consideration the Parish Council has decided to keep council employees in their essential roles, although this decision is being reviewed on a daily basis under guidance from the government.
The Parish Council urges members of the parish to observe the guidance on social distancing in order to protect key workers who are carrying out essential work in the community.

If you have an issue you wish to bring to the Parish Council’s attention, do not speak to councillors or employees directly in person, please contact the clerk: melbourneclerk.mpc@gmail.com
or the Chair of the council: sheila.hicklin.mpc@gmail.com



Thank you for your support - it is saving the NHS and saving lives.

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Funerals and Cremations


Attendance at the Packhorse Cemetery for Burials and Cremations.
The question concerning the number of mourners allowed to attend a burial (earthen or ashes), scattering of ashes or placing of a headstone is high on the agenda of many service providers. In considering this matter it is important that the central role of the funeral ritual to the grieving process for many families is not overlooked. Attendance at a service, to 'say goodbye', provides many people with comfort and any proposal to limit this important religious or secular occasion must be carefully considered.

However, during these extremely challenging times the transmission of the coronavirus at funeral gatherings to the elderly, frail, those in vulnerable groups along with funeral directors and staff cannot be overlooked. Nor can the fact that many elderly people will be concerned about attending funerals but will feel compelled to go out of a sense of duty.

The current advice is to adopt a risk-based approach and apply Government rulings; this is the approach adopted by Melbourne Parish Council.

The Government has stopped all social events, including weddings, baptisms and other religious ceremonies, funerals are currently allowed with attendance by the immediate family ONLY.

These new rules will initially last for the three weeks from 23rd March, at which point the Government will look at them again and relax them if the evidence shows this is possible.

Cemetery Service Attendance Advice
In considering reducing the transmission of the coronavirus through gatherings at all funeral services, Undertakers must limit attendees to the immediate family (maximum 5):
  • Spouse/Partner
  • Parents/carers
  • Brothers/Sisters
  • Children (and partners)
Please do not attend if:
  • You are aged 70 or over.
  • You are in a high risk group (i.e. have an annual flu inoculation)
  • You show any symptoms of Coronavirus
  • You are self isolating due to being infected or anyone in your household are self isolating.
Non-compliance to these strict regulations by everyone or change in advice received from the Government could mean that Melbourne Parish Council reserves the right to close the Packhorse Cemetery; this is a drastic action but one which could be taken in the interest of public health.