Coronavirus COVID-19 Village Response

(Last update 31/08/2020)

Quick links – Nether Heyford & Upper Heyford:
Vulnerable Residents | Village Volunteers |Prescription MedicationFood Bank | Emergency Community Larder | Parish Church | Police Community Support Officer | Neighbourhood Watch | Nether Heyford Parish Council | NHS Volunteers | Contacts 

Quick links – Government & Councils:
GOV UK | Northamptonshire County Council | South Northamptonshire Council | South Northants Volunteer Bureau |  Local Resilience Forum

Latest COVID-19 articles:

Village response:

Since the first COVID-19 Government press conference on Monday 16th March organisations, individuals, businesses and clubs across the village (Parish Council, The Prattler, Village Hall, Parish Church, Baptist Church, Bliss Charity Primary SchoolThe Foresters Arms & Heyford Meats) have combining their energy and efforts to maintain a coordinated approach to support, help and assist village residents & neighbours during the crisis. 

Thanks to the continued voluntary activity and support that has been offered, we have proved that the village has an active and friendly community that is ready to assist GOV UK (Local Councils, Police, Charities etc.) via the Local Resilience Forum and the new army of NHS volunteers in helping during the crisis.

The village has already proved it can play an essential role in a distributing emergency government food supplies within the 2 villages and further villages beyond if required. 

Vulnerable Residents Register:

The Prattler and the Parish Council have identified all residents over 70 years old in Nether Heyford and Upper Heyford who live alone & could possibly need community volunteer help over the 12 week period of self isolation (23rd March until 14th June).

We have also registered some residents that are over 70 who do not live alone but are also subject to the same 12 week period of isolation.

We have identified some households that contain residents who are in the “Shielding” category of people who are particularly vulnerable and need to take extra precautions. NCC & SNC now have the Government/NHS lists that will be cross referenced against our Vulnerable Residents village register via the Local Resilience Forum

18/05/2020 – Current Status: 100 Village households on the register 

Aged 90+ living alone: 5 residents
Aged 90+ living with others: 5 households
Aged 80-90 living alone: 26 residents
Aged 80-90 living with others: 6 households
Aged 70-80 living alone: 10 residents
Aged 70-80 living with others: 20 households
Households affected by severe financial hardship & food poverty: 28 households

If you know anyone else, please help us to let them know that the village is organised, they are not alone and we are ready to help.

The register is available for any village resident who is:

  • Over 65 who have been told to stay at home for 12 weeks from Monday March 23rd
  • Anyone of any age who received the NHS/GOV UK letter placing them in the “Shielding category” who are particularly vulnerable due to certain current health conditions.
  • Any village resident who has children eligible for free school meals at Bliss School
  • Any village resident who is experiencing severe financial hardship due to the Coronavirus situation
  • Any new village resident who has joined the village recently to spend the 12 week period with family members living in the village

The Register of Vulnerable Residents and a Register of Volunteer Buddy Residents is updated and shared daily between The Parish Council, The Prattler, The Foresters Arms Food Bank. A shorter version of the Register has been shared with Heyford Meats (Butcher) 

Village Volunteer Buddy’s:

14/04/2020 – Current Status: 86 Village Volunteer Buddy’s on the register

Our original objective (16th March) was: “willing to assist helping the vulnerable village residents. (picking up shopping, posting mail, friendly phone call, urgent supplies, online chat, dog walking) ” – for those told on the 16th March that they need to stay at home for 12 weeks from the 23rd of March until 14th June.

Since then we all now have been placed under tighter self-isolation / social distancing / shielding measures that have changed every day.

We continue to strive to operate observing government guidelines and in accordance with the recent new law passed through parliament (Coronavirus Act 2020) which the Police are now tasked with interpreting and implementing.

Volunteer buddy’s have not yet been activated in any physical way be we continue to match up those volunteers with the vulnerable resident register provided they already know each other.

Prescription Medication – Bugbrooke & Weedon:

Prescription Medication will not be handled or delivered by the village “buddy” volunteer network. The NHS Volunteer Responders network will be arranging prescription medication collection & delivery.

In the meantime please speak to your GP surgery to check their current arrangements

Bugbrooke DoctorsWeedon Doctors

Update 22/04/2020 Weedon Surgery – Prescription medicines can now be ordered over the phone if required by Nether Heyford residents. Due to increased demand, prescriptions will be ready in 7 days (rather than the usual 2-3 days). The telephone lines for the dispensary are now open from 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm (Reception phone lines are open 8am to 6:30pm)

In an emergency contact Charles Kiloh – Parish Council Chairman who is already out delivering Bugbrooke surgery prescription medications and is working with Weedon surgery for a possible similar solution.

Charles Kiloh (Parish Council Chairman) – 07779 900860 – Text/Call or Email:

Village Food Bank:

The village community effort so far in response to the crisis also includes a new Food Bank operating from The Foresters Arms pub and is accepting donations (food and essential supplies) alongside making daily deliveries of fresh daily items to village residents via the volunteer buddy’s – all so far have been accepted and welcomed by some of our most vulnerable residents in the village.

Update 22/04/2020 – Bags of essentials delivered to Nether Heyford residents

“The village food bank has received 2 very kind cash donations this week (news of another exciting one on its way!). This enabled us to buy various cleaning products, eggs, bread & milk – all things that might not be in the government food boxes to help the elderly & vulnerable in the village. Thank you all for your continued support”


Update 29/04/2020 – Boxes of essentials delivered to Nether Heyford residents alongside larder box deliveries

Donations welcome – please leave outside the front door and then text, call or email.

Faye Brasset (Foresters Arms)  – 07827 707599 – Text/Call or Email:

Emergency Community Larder:

Update 29/04/2020

New SOFEA Emergency Community Larder blog post 

For more information on the SOFEA Emergency Community Larder and the story so far please visit our new dedicated blog post:


In March Nether Heyford Parish council received details from SNC of a “Emergency Community Larder” scheme set up by the food bank charity SOFEA & FareShare in conjunction with UK Gov to channel new major food donations from Britain’s leading supermarkets in response to the Coronavirus situation.

The village is organised and ready for same-day distribution of these government food supplies aimed at the most vulnerable villagers in our community that have been mostly affected by the Coronavirus situation. 

Supermarkets are now donating a tonne of food each week to South Northamptonshire Council to be split between the villages. We have found ourselves in a great position to immediately distribute emergency food supplies from the new government scheme “Emergency Community Larder” primarily because:

  • Vulnerable Resident Register: We know the people who need it the most – and we know where they live and their phone numbers (Thanks to friends and neighbours registering them)
  • Volunteer Buddy Register: We have a lot of volunteers who have offered to help in both daily individual walking deliveries and weekly van “milk round/paper round” deliveries (finishing the difficult “last mile” of the “Hub & Spoke” logistics model)
  • The Village Hall committee have responded quickly and unanimously agreed the use of the village hall each week for us to receive the Emergency Community Larder delivery, split it up into packs and get it all delivered out around the village the same day. The village hall provides the perfect building (accessible large space) where the volunteer pickers and packers can maintain social distancing, hand washing, food hygiene, H&S assessment, registered scheme address etc.
  • We have an existing Food Bank set up at The Foresters Arms pub who can take any surplus from the weekly larder delivery to add to the ongoing donations received (food and essential supplies) for daily volunteer buddy deliveries to the same group of vulnerable residents – this removes the need to store any food in the village hall.

Parish Church:

The Church of St Peter and St Paul: Are you having to self-isolate? If you would like to hear a friendly voice,  or need some help with collecting medication or groceries, please call Rev Stephen on 01327 344436 or Jane on 01327 340678 and they will arrange for someone to keep in regular, and confidential contact with you. Isolation may be necessary, but loneliness isn’t!

For reflections and online services Follow on Facebook:

Police Community Support Officer:

Our local PCSO is Matthew Taylor (C7115) who is part of the South Northants Neighbourhood Policing Team.

In an emergency dial 999. Non urgent matters can be reported online at (preferred) or 101.

When Matt is on duty he has his phone switched on and can be contacted by dialing 101 and requesting extension 345806. Matt can also be reached via email at or via Twitter @pcsomatthew

Neighbourhood Watch:

Nether Heyford & Upper Heyford have recently relaunched their Neighbourhood Watch scheme. Full details are available at:

The scheme is open to village residents only and all applications should be made online:

Nether Heyford Parish Council:

NHS Volunteer Responders:

NHS Volunteer Responders is a new group that will carry out simple, non-medical tasks to support people in England who have been asked to shield themselves from coronavirus because of underlying health conditions. They will be used by healthcare professionals to make sure people who are highly vulnerable to coronavirus (COVID-19) are able to stay safe and well at home.

Recruitment to this scheme was temporarily paused on 29th March to process the initial 750,000 applications.

Recruitment to this scheme was temporarily paused on 29 March 2020 to process the initial 750,000 applications.

For more information visit: NHS England

GoodSAM & Royal Voluntary Service:


Please do not hesitate to use these contact details below if you require further information:

Jez Wilson (Digital Editor – The Prattler) – 07761 672376 – Text/Call or Email:

Emergency Food Larder / The Prattler / Neighbourhood Watch 

Charles Kiloh (Parish Council Chairman) – 07779 900860 – Text/Call or Email:

Emergency Food Larder / Prescription Medicines / Emergency Hospital Appointments 

Sue Boutle (Editor – The Prattler) – 07500 636009 Text or Email:

The Prattler / Neighbourhood Watch 

Faye Brasset (Foresters Arms)  – 07827 707599 – Text/Call or Email:

Village Food Bank and Foresters Arms Pub


Follow the latest Government advice on:

Northamptonshire County Council:

Find the latest local and national coronavirus updates affecting Northamptonshire, and follow updates on Facebook and Twitter.

South Northamptonshire Council:

Find the latest local and national coronavirus updates affecting South Northamptonshire, and follow updates on Facebook and Twitter.

South Northants Volunteer Bureau:

Promoting and supporting voluntary activity across South Northamptonshire from Towcester.

Local Resilience Forum:

Northamptonshire Local Resilience Forum (LRF) – The Local Resilience Forum is made up from key organisations across Northamptonshire such as, emergency services, health and local authorities who put in place plans under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004. These organisations are now operating within the strategic coordinating centre to respond to this pandemic outbreak. As part of this response volunteers are the key links to providing the vital support needed by our local communities.

This is in addition to the Government’s NHS volunteer scheme and those that are providing support to those that are shielding. We are co-ordinating a local effort along with other councils and partner organisations for people to help their community.

Volunteers can offer help with:

  • Tackling loneliness through phone or face-to-face contact, where appropriate
  • Prescription collection for someone who finds themselves unable to leave the house
  • Community support such as transporting items between foodbanks or helping in a kitchen
  • Making a phone call to those who are lonely or isolated

Over 11,000 people have offered to support Northamptonshire residents during this difficult time. The Community Resilience Hub is working alongside the district and borough colleagues to mobilise community hubs across the county to support people.

Nether Heyford & Upper Heyford are served by the South Northants community hub who can be contacted on:

Telephone Support Line

There are a large number of people across Northamptonshire who are currently in isolation for various reasons. These include individuals displaying symptoms of Coronavirus and those with existing health conditions, those who are pregnant or those aged 70 and above.

The new support line allows those who cannot leave their homes under current restrictions and those who have nobody to call upon for help, to request support in getting access to food, prescriptions and other vital services that they require.

The Community Resilience Hub will co-ordinate requests in conjunction with the District and Borough Councils, mapping the areas and then linking up volunteers.



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Jez Wilson 

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