I personally would like to take this opportunity to thank all those people who are following Government guidelines to make our town a safe place to live, and to convey special thanks to those who are continuing to work to keep us all going, whether it be food, medicines or whatever they produce in whatever capacity they work.  I am grateful to the We Will Help Newent Group for their hard work in keeping the elderly and vulnerable equipped with whatever they need and to those other organisations or helpers who are doing so much good work for our community.

There is no doubt that we are living in very challenging and unprecedented times and at this particular moment we have no idea how long this period will last.  It is good to know that when a crisis like this happens, the community spirit comes to the fore and everyone tries to pull together to help one another.  Some of us, like myself, have felt cut off, being of a vulnerable age and not allowed to go out except for our daily exercise, but it is gratifying to know others are out there doing what they can.

I cannot thank our NHS highly enough for all the selfless work they are doing, and we must not forget those carers who do such dedicated work in our Care Homes and in domiciliary situations, putting themselves at risk.

For advice on assistance and support available, please click on the link to the Coronavirus page where information is available.

On behalf of Newent Town Council, please accept my grateful thanks and please remember to follow Government Guidelines; Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.