This page will be updated regularly. As the government advice, requirements and initiatives for help are being updated daily or even more often, please use the links below to see the most recent advice. The rest of this page will concentrate on local initiatives and information and general advice on keeping active mentally and physically and interacting safely with others through various media. Please contact the Parish Clerk via email if you have ideas that can be shared with other parishioners.

Keep safe, keep well and keep in contact.

Information ad update from Herefordshire Council  HEREFORDSHIRE_NOW October2020

Marden Coronavirus Volunteer Service  
We want to reassure all parishioners that Herefordshire remains one of the lowest incidence areas for Covid in the country and hopefully this will not alter significantly in the future. However, as we all know, developments with Covid have to date proven unpredictable. 
In the meantime we should all continue to be vigilant, follow the advice of Hands (wash often), Face (wear your mask), Space (social distancing). And if you haven’t already done so and you are eligible, do make arrangements to have your Flu jab.
While Coronavirus restrictions continue, if you have no support and need help, please contact Kate Ryan on, phone 07980 310696 or David Bennett on, phone 07702 582584.
The pharmacy at Bodenham surgery is continuing to open as usual for you to collect prescriptions.

Ideas from the One Step Out scheme to help during the Coronavirus outbreak – Contact Emma on 01684 312751 W.        Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 8.30-4.30


Covid 19 Bereavement Counselling

For up to date information on St Michael’s Hospice services and visiting go to

The Counselling and Bereavement Team at St Michael’s Hospice recognise the difficulties faced by the community within the current Coronavirus pandemic. We are offering telephone listening support to any family, friend or carer who has been bereaved after losing someone from Covid 19.  To find out more contact:

Sarah Jenkins  tel: 01432 852627  email:

Karen Evans    tel: 01432 852649   email:

Test and Trace Scam

Unfortunately there are scams circulating around the UK from unscrupulous people who are seeking to gain from the COVID-19 situation by contacting people randomly posing as a contact tracer and informing those people that they have been in contact with an infected person.
The caller states they are from the NHS Test and Trace service and states that according to their system they have come into close contact with someone who had tested positive for COVID-19, therefore they needed to self-isolate for 7 days and take a COVID-19 test.
The caller asks for the persons address and a payment card details, and a one off fee as there are penalties for not complying.This is a scam.
Please note the following. Contact tracers will never:
• Ask you to dial a premium rate number to speak to them (for example, those starting 09 or 087)
• Ask you to make any form of payment or purchase a product of any kind
• Ask for any details about your bank account
• Ask for your social media identities or login details, or those of your contacts
• Ask you for any passwords or PINs, or ask you to set up any passwords or PINs over the phone
• Disclose any of your personal or medical information to your contacts
• Provide medical advice on the treatment of any potential coronavirus symptoms
• Ask you to download any software to your PC or ask you to hand over control of your PC, smartphone or tablet to anyone else
• Ask you to access any website that does not belong to the government or NHS
For further information on the Test and Trace service – visit:

WISH Herefordshire website – includes useful information on food outlets that are providing delivering or takeaway service at the current time

Help with Domestic Abuse

Domestic Abuse Calls

Graffiti on Sutton Walls

There has been an ongoing issue with graffiti on Sutton Walls.  Anyone posting graffiti should be aware that graffiti is regarded as an act of criminal damage under the Criminal Damage Act 1971.  The Sutton Walls Conservation Group are monitoring this situation and trying to remove the graffiti.  The current lockdown makes this difficult as many members of the group are self-isolating.  Sutton Walls is an ‘At Risk’ Ancient Scheduled Monument which has protected status and is of huge historical significance so should be valued rather than defaced.

New Herefordshire Council web pages with information on latest data, help with paying Council Tax and rent, staying at home, working from home, local services, links to latest health and government information and many other useful links

Links to local initiatives and information

Useful information on Herefordshire Council’s WISH website, go to Hereford area for more detailed information

Christine’s Catering is now delivering community boxes and home-made meals to Marden, ring 01432 352152 or 07967 006786 or go to

Access help for parents with schooling and activities

Lots of ideas from this link

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