COVID-19 information
  • Stay 2 metres (6 feet) apart
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often
  • Wear a face covering where required (unless you’re exempt)
  • Stay at home and book a test if you have symptoms
It’s vital that if you develop symptoms, no matter how mild, that you book a test and isolate immediately. Anyone else you live with must isolate too.
 

This is the current road-map for England:

What's already changed?
Schools and colleges have reopened, and university students can return for practical courses
Two people from different households can meet outside for recreation, which can include "a coffee on a bench"
Care home residents can have one nominated visitor, with testing and social distance precautions
From 29 March:
People will be allowed to meet outside, either with one other household or within the "rule of six", including in private gardens
The stay at home rule will end, but the government will urge people to stay local as much as possible
Outdoor sport facilities will reopen, including golf courses and tennis and basketball courts, and formally organised outdoor sports can restart
Weddings attended by up to six people can take place in any circumstances
Stage two (no earlier than 12 April):
All shops allowed to open, along with close-contact services, including hairdressers and beauty salons (including in people's homes)
Restaurants and pubs allowed to serve food and alcohol to customers sitting outdoors
Gyms and spas can reopen, as can zoos, theme parks, libraries and community centres
Members of the same household can take a holiday in the UK in self-contained accommodation
Weddings attended by up to 15 people can take place
Stage three (no earlier than 17 May):
People can meet in groups of up to 30 outdoors
Six people or two households can meet indoors
Pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues can seat customers indoors
Up to 30 people can attend weddings or other life events, like christenings
Remaining outdoor entertainment, such as outdoor theatres and cinemas can open
Indoor entertainment such as museums, theatres, cinemas and children's play areas can open
Performances and large events can restart, but with limits on audience numbers
Hotels, hostels and B&Bs can reopen
International leisure travel may resume
Adult indoor group sports and exercise classes can restart
Stage four (no earlier than 21 June):
All legal limits on social contact will be removed
No legal limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, funerals and other life events
Nightclubs will be allowed to reopen
Village
Those on the village email list have been circulated with contact details of villagers offering help to their neighbours.  If you are a resident who has not received this then please email wardenws@gmail.com for guidance.
Sites that may be helpful:

Home deliveries, etc.


St Giles Church
There are such stringent regulations attached church opening that, sadly, St Giles will, for the most part, have to remain locked.  The only services have been funerals on 10th and 13th August, Holy Communion on 12th September, Harvest on 18th October and a largely carol-less Carol Service on 18th December.  The lockdown from 5th November prevented the Remembrance Service on 8th November from taking place, though the central Act of Remembrance was said by a single person within the locked church.  Christmas services were severely curtailed.  On each Sunday in January and February 2021 Revd Paula is holding a single benefice service  via Zoom, starting at 10.30am.  If you would like to join her, please email westbucksrevd@gmail.com and she will send you the link, or you can attend via a telephone link if you prefer, again email Paula and she will provide you with the information.

The following system may allow a tiny amount of individual access for private prayer.  Email wardenws@gmail.com suggesting a day and time that you would like to go in.  If the church has been locked for 72 hours previously and can be locked for 72 hours subsequently, then the church will be unlocked for two hours at the time requested.  Fill in a track and trace form at the back of the church and be ready to put on a face mask if anyone else appears.

Links to online services past and present appear HERE.

The Link, the magazine of the West Buckingham Benefice, was not distributed in paper form during the worst of the pandemic but reappeared in that form with the September 2020 issue.  It returned to online-only form from the February 2021 issue.  A page for The Link has been created on this site where entries most relevant to Water Stratford have been accumulated. 

The Annual Vestry Meeting and the Annual Parochial Church Meeting were scheduled to take place on 27th April 2020 but face-to-face meetings were then banned due to the pandemic.  Ours eventually took place at 2pm on Monday 12th October 2020 in the churchyard.  The annual reports for 2019 were adopted and are shown HERE.  The PCC remains unchanged.

Useful links
Member of Parliament

Local government
Buckinghamshire Council (unitary authority replaced District and County Councils on 1/4/20)
Neighbouring places