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.

July/August News and Views – this has not been distributed, due to the Covid 19 crisis. A small number of copies have been printed and are available at the post office, only for parishioners who do not have internet access. The online edition is available here July and August News & Views

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:

Letter from Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire

Letter from Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire 8.6.20

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

Crime Prevention Newsletter from  the Rural Crime Team Crime Prevention Newsletter May 2020

S&A update 21 May 2020


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

Update by Taurus to Herefordshire Council relating to ‘shielding’:

People who believe they fall into the shielded category should register on the site and tick that they have not received the letter.  These lists will be passed to practices sometime this week or next for practices to then review and confirm if they believe these patients are shielded or not.  They will then contact those that are to confirm.  This is national guidance which practices have been asked to follow.  

In addition to this, there are many patients that may be in this category but are on the list that Wye Valley Trust (WVT) is currently collating – practices won’t be aware who these patients are from a search on their GP systems.  WVT are writing this week to all of their patients so this should resolve some of people’s queries.

Warning about Covid Scammers Victim Support – Advice for Individuals – Scammers and Fraudsters

Links to local initiatives and information

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

Coronavirus update to parishioners 7.4.20

Marden Parish Council Coronavirus letter to parishioners 24.3.20

We would like to hear from you if you need help. The letter above gives contact details.

May News and Views – we have not been able to print this edition and distribute it to households in the parish. link to the Marden Facebook page

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

Herefordshire Council has set up a response programme which you can volunteer for, though it will link straight to the parish response.

People wishing to volunteer can register and vulnerable people needing support can register on the following link:  Talk Community Covid Response telephone number:  01432 260027 Email address


The council’s Economic Development Team delivers a service called the Marches Growth Hub Herefordshire.  This online service offers FREE support services for all local businesses.  There are a number of government supported initiatives that can potentially help businesses through this unprecedented time of uncertainty.

If you are a business wishing to have further information on Covid-19 then the details of the local support are available on the Marches Growth Hub Website –  Alternatively if you wish to discuss with a member of the Economic Development team please contact 01432 261758 or 01432 383633 or

Ideas for keeping healthy and active

A brain teaser kindly produced by Sue Price – no prizes but fun to do! Adverts quiz sheet  And here are the answers:

1. Heinz   2. Zanussi  3. Esso  4. Colgate  5. Old Spice (also used for Denim)  6. Ready Brek  7. Double Diamond          8. Yellow Pages   9. Castrol Oil (GTX)  10. British Gas  11. Milk Tray  12. Access credit card  13. Pedigree Chum         14. Heineken  15. American Express  16. Volvo   17. Guinness   18. Opal Fruits.  19. Campari  20. British Airways            21. Audi  22. Anadin  23. British Telecom  24. Milk  25. Bounty  26. Shredded Wheat  27. IBM  28. Irn Bru                29. Wonderloaf   30. National Lottery

How did you do? Here’s another quiz to try:  Herefordshire Settlements quiz sheet

Access help for parents with schooling and activities

Lots of ideas from this link

Looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus crisis

More ideas of things to do

·         Indoor scavenger hunt – great idea for kids to entertain them around the house or create one for the garden or use just colours or choose a letter of the alphabet. Once they’ve collected them all, part of the game is then to return them from where they found them!

·         Covid-19 Care cards – In these times it is useful for us to thing each day what we have been grateful for and find joy in the small things. These cards give a focus and can be shared with others.

·         Coping Calendar – 30 actions to look after ourselves and focus on

·         Fence removal – I’ve been seeing this more and more across social media and think its great way to connect with your neighbours and have a face to face chat whilst also still practising social distancing.

·         Green Card in Window – Another great idea is to have red and green cards displayed in the window. Green – I’m ok. Red – I need help with something. This really helps if not everyone is connected on social media.

·         chrome-extension://gphandlahdpffmccakmbngmbjnjiiahp/ Why not find some free colouring books

·         Plant a sun flower – watch it grow and maybe compete with neighbours/family who can grow the biggest. Something to nurture and hopefully be in full bloom when we are out of lockdown.

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