Yoxall Parish Council

Yoxall Parish Council

 
Yoxall Parish Council

Welcome to Yoxall Parish Council's website.

Ange Grandfield M.B.E

It is with great sadness to report that Ange passed away on Thursday, 25th February after battling with a long illness. Ange has been a stalwart of the Parish Council for 11 years, with a heavy involvement in the Best Kept Village Competition and Health & Safety matters. She will be greatly missed and our thoughts go out to her wife Pat at this most difficult time.

Ange’s funeral will take place on Wednesday, 17th March. The funeral cortège will leave Ange’s house at 1.00 p.m.


COVID UPDATE.
In these difficult times, please follow the guidelines and restrict contact wherever possible.

The whole of England is currently in a National lockdown (alert level 5).

1. Contact is to be kept to an absolute minimum with shopping limited to essential purchases only.

2. Schools to be closed until further notice save for pupils of key workers and the most vulnerable.

3. Everyone is encouraged to work from home wherever possible.

4. Exercise is permissible outdoors with your household, your support bubble or alone with one other person from another household, but exercise should be limited to once per day and should be local.

5. Only essential travel permitted. Overseas travel is not permitted unless supported by documentation outlining a valid reason.

 HOWEVER, with effect from 8th March there will be some modest relaxations of the rules provided there is no deterioration in case numbers.

1. All children to return to primary and secondary schools, secondary pupils must wear masks in the classrooms. University students may return to campus if they need access to special equipment.

2. You will be able to meet one friend outdoors for recreation purposes, such as a coffee in a park bench, or a picnic. At present, two people can meet only for exercise. The stay at home order remains in place.

3. CARE HOMES - Residents will be able to have one regular, named visitor. They will be able to hold hands but not hug or kiss.

4. WEDDINGS AND FUNERALS - More wedding ceremonies will be allowed with a maximum of 6 people. The requirement “exceptional circumstances” is dropped. Funeral are still limited to 30 peo0le.

  

REMEMBER 

- Wash your hands.

- Keep your distance.

- Stay at home.

- Stay alert.

- Control the virus.

- Save lives.

Community testing - good availability in East Staffordshire.

Staffordshire County Council is asking:

- All residents who need to be out and about during the lockdown to have regular COVID-19 tests.

- Anybody in a COVID hotspot area to book a test.

THESE ARE FOR PEOPLE WITHOUT SYMPTOMS ONLY.

Local centres are quoted below. Tests are now available to book. Walk-in tests are subject to availability at each individual site.

These are the current community testing sites.

East Staffordshire: Hillfield House, Hillfield Lane, Burton-on-Trent
Lichfield: Burntwood Leisure Centre, High Street, Burntwood
Tamworth: Tamworth College, Croft Street, Tamworth


They are open 7 days a week. 

Tests should be booked in advance at: Welcome to the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Community Test Sites Appointment System (zipporah.co.uk).

People with symptoms or those who have been asked to self-isolate as a close contact of a Covid case should not attend.
 

LOCAL HOTSPOTS AND ADDITIONAL TESTING CAPABILITY.

Cannock Chase - Hotspot - Cannock Town.

East Staffordshire - Hotspot - Burton on Trent Town.

Testing Venue. Pirelli Stadium, Princess Way, Burton on Trent. 

People in "hotspot” areas should book a rapid Covid test. Tests can be booked via the National Portal:

https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test and choose "my local council has asked me to book a test"

it is essential that your G.P has your up to date mobile and landline phone numbers. 

 

VACCINATIONS DO AND DON’TS.

Don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, they will contact you when the time is right.

Attend your booked appointment on time. Don’t be late, but try not to be too early either as Covid restrictions may mean you could be kept standing for some time.

Local vaccination centres are located at the Pirelli Stadium, Burton on Trent and at Uttoxeter Race Course.

Be prepared. You may get short notice of your appointment as all will depend on the availability of vaccine supplies.

Continue to follow all the guidance to control the virus and save your life and those of others.


Remember, all vaccinations are by appointment only. Don't call your GP or other NHS organisations. They are working all out to get the vaccination programme operating swiftly. They will call you.


It is important that you make a note of the date of your booster vaccination which will be between 3 and 12 weeks after the first vaccination. You will be given a card with the time and date of your booster jab. Most will get it after 12 weeks.
YOU MUST RETURN TO THE SAME VENUE FOR THE BOOSTER JAB.

The first jab should make you immune from severe Covid after 2 to 3 weeks, but you could still catch the disease and be infectious to others. The booster vaccination should give you much greater immunity for many months if not much longer.

If you receive a letter in the post from the national NHS inviting you to attend a mass Covid vaccination centre in Birmingham, Manchester, or further afield, don’t worry. If you do not wish to respond to the letter, or you have not received it for any reason, you will be contacted again by your GP surgery within a couple of weeks or so and be allocated a local vaccination clinic.

You must keep safe in the meantime and remember that once vaccinated, it will still take two to three weeks to build up any immunity to Covid-19 and you could still be infectious to others. It is very important that you attend the same clinic for a booster vaccination which will then give longer lasting immunity.


 

 

BACKGROUND TO THIS SITE.


This site aims to provide a useful link between the Parish Council and the community of Yoxall.  

Yoxall village is a dementia friendly community located in a rural setting in Staffordshire on the edge of the National Forest, with the River Swanbourn meandering through.

Yoxall is ideally located for visits to the Peak District and enjoys an excellent village atmosphere. There are 3 well established public houses; The Golden Cup, The Crown and The Forresters, ideal for meals and alcoholic beverages.

St Peters church, lies at the heart of the community which also has a village store a ladies hairdressers and a laundry cleaning service.

A full list of local village amenities and businesses can be found on this website in the Village Directory section.

Your Parish Council represents the village interests of over 2400 residents in Yoxall and Newchurch on a wide range of issues and is also responsible for maintaining various open spaces such as Ferrers Field, Swarbourn Meadow, Goose Green and Mill Holme Pingle.

We can confirm that the website is user friendly for deaf and partially sighted parishioners.

 

About the Parish Council

Monthly Parish Council meetings are normally held in the Parish Hall on the first Thursday of the month. All members of the local community are welcome to attend BUT PLEASE SEE BELOW.

Due to Covid-19, Parish Council meetings are currently being held by Zoom.

The April meeting will also be held via zoom and is scheduled for Thursday, 1st April at 7.30 pm.

Any resident wishing to participate must inform that Parish Clerk at least 3 days prior to the date of the Meeting.

A Public Participation item allows members of the public to make representations, ask questions and give evidence in respect of any item of business included in the Agenda (unless the item has been identified as a matter to be discussed in confidence).

Any member of the public wishing to raise an issue with the Parish Council should notify the Parish Clerk.

Normally, it is at the discretion of the Chairman as to how long a member of the public may speak. Alternatively, CLICK on CONTACT heading in the MAIN MENU and submit your query to the Parish Clerk.

Achievements in 2020.

- Launch of this new website for the Parish Council.

- Provision of funds to support the Yoxall COVID Group.

- Provision of funds to enable a copy of the Fisherman magazine to be distributed to every household in Yoxall.

- Support for local residents with repairs to pavements.

- Ongoing development of Goose Green into a social area for villagers to enjoy. 

- Successful implementation of turning bans along the A515 to prevent HCV’s from using the A513, Wood End Lane and the B5016. This has been achieved by working with Staffs C.C. and the Parish Councils of Kings Bromley and Draycott in the Clay. An article was placed in the Burton Mail describing the developments and includes a comment from Yoxall P.C. 

- Delivery of 80 Christmas food hampers to local residents.

 

History of Yoxall.

The entry in the Doomsday Book of 1086 has the original name as LOCHESHALE from which Yoxall was derived meaning "farm in the valley". Then held by the Bishop of Chester, it later passed to the Ferrers family of Tutbury. They forfeited their estates in a rebellion and in 1266 it went to the Earl of Leicester who gave it to his favourite, Robert Holland, who turned traitor at the Battle of Burton Bridge and in 1322 raised the Manor House to the ground. It then went by marriage to John Lovell. He lost it in another rebellion in 1474. In 1507, Henry VII granted it to Robert Arden. In 1539 it was bought by Sir William Holleys, then Lord Mayor of London. Finally it went to the Leighs who held it until 1920 when the Manorial system was wound up.

Famous names connected with the village include William Shakespeare who visited the Ardens of Longcroft (his mother was Mary Arden). William Wilberforce paid many visits to Thomas Gisbourne, owner of Yoxall Lodge, as he secretly piloted his anti-slavery legislation through Parliament. Jane Austen often visited her cousin, Edward Cooper, Rector of Hamstell Ridware and Yoxall.

Lord Palmerston made donations towards St. Peters Church restoration in 1865. Florence Nightingale advised on the design of the Cottage Hospital, opened in 1873.

There are a number of photos of Yoxall (past and present) on the website. To view, please click on "Community & Services" on the main menu bar and then click on "Gallery"

 

 

Why not take a walk around Yoxall -

Click on the Community and Services heading in the Menu Bar.  You will also find a map of Yoxall which has been produced by local artist Stevie Ryder.

Welcome Pack

The village welcome pack is currently being updated. A skeleton version is available. Funds have been secured to enable a new folder to be designed.

”Have you recently moved to the village? Do you know someone who has? If so and you would like a copy, please contact the Parish Clerk.