Useful COVID-19 Information

Links to useful information sites with the latest COVID-19 updates. Just click on the relevant button below
 (Posted 05/04/21)

New COVID-19 Test Collection Scheme

From Monday 29th March Covid-19 self-test kits will be available for collection at 21 libraries across Essex, making testing even more accessible and convenient.
Residents, who do NOT have Covid-19 symptoms, will be able to collect and take away two boxes of seven tests, to undertake regular twice weekly testing at home to help prevent the spread of the virus.
The self-test kits are simple to use and offer quick results.
Dr Mike Gogarty, Director of Public Health, said: “I cannot emphasise enough how important it is that as lockdown eases people remain vigilant, observe hands, face and space and get tested to make sure we reduce asymptomatic infections as much as possible.

“It is also important that people use the testing channel most appropriate for them to ensure that people we need to get tested can have access to the tests they need.
“We are particularly keen to test people who cannot work from home, and are encouraging residents to take a test before seeing relatives or loved ones outside of their lockdown bubble.

“It is also vital that people upload their results as directed in the test instructions, and that people self-isolate as per the government guidance if their result is positive”.
Essex County Council has received an initial stock of 199,000 tests to start the scheme and further tests, and potentially more libraries will be available as more tests become available from the government.
Anyone in a bubble or household with children aged 0 – 18 should continue to choose the online direct option to get their tests delivered to their home. More details can be found here.
Anyone who is already receiving a regular supply of self-test kits from another source should continue with their existing route to help increase the availability of testing for people not currently covered by other national testing schemes.
Saffron Walden Library
Saffron Walden Library, 2 King Street, Saffron Walden, CB10 1ES
Monday – Thursday 9am -5pm, Friday 9am-5.30pm & Saturday 9am-5pm
 (Posted 05/04/21)

Latest UDC District News

The latest UDC District news (dated 29/03/21) has been released and can be viewed via the image below:
 (Posted 31/03/21)

COVID-19 Vaccination Information for Essex

Please click on the image below to be taken to the information site which is regularly updated.
 (Posted 21/03/21)

Latest UDC District News

The latest UDC District news (dated 18/03/21) has been released and can be viewed via the image below:
 (Posted 21/03/21)

Roadmap out of lockdown document

The Cabinet Office have produced an easy read document all about the planned “Roadmap out of lockdown”. It can be downloaded by clicking the button below. There is also an infographic below with key dates.
 (Posted 01/03/21)

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Click on the graphic to be taken to the booking site.
 (Posted 12/02/21)

COVID-19 Vaccination Programme News

Latest UDC District News

The latest UDC District news (dated 25/01/21) has been released and can be viewed by clicking on the image below:
 (Posted 25/01/21)

COVID-19 Case Data Week Ending 10th January

COVID-19 Data for 7 days up until 10th January. 
The number of confirmed cases dropped by 48.9% compared to the week ending 5th January.
This is good news but we have a very long way to go. 
Please follow the regulations to help reduce the number of cases of this virus in our community and #staysafe

(Posted 15/01/21)

Confirmed Cases Week Ending 10/01/21

COVID-19 Vaccination Scams - further info

Further information on Vaccine Scams can be found by clicking the button.
Please note that you will never be asked for your bank or payment card details – the vaccine is free.

(Posted 14/01/21)

COVID-19 Vaccination Scams

The following has been received from our contact at Essex Police and is good advice. The main thing to bear in mind is that you will never be charged for a COVID-19 vaccination so NEVER give bank details to callers.
“As far as I am aware, contact regarding the Vaccine may have previously been made by either text, phone or email, but I have been reliably told that currently with the latest vaccine rollout, phone calls are the preferred method of contact, (certainly in the Mid and South Essex CCG), so that those entitled to receive a vaccine should be contacted by phone. Covid vaccinations are currently being carried out by a few selected General Practices and Health Centres etc., and not all GPs are currently involved.
If there are any doubts of the calls authenticity, they should be easily allayed by asking questions, and there will of course be no mention of payment or providing bank details to “confirm identity”. As usual further checks can be made if necessary by using other trusted sources.
Should any changes be made in the future regarding methods of contact, details of which health centre etc. sent it should be present and therefore available to be checked out. Again the vaccination is FREE and you will not need to provide any financial details for payment or to “confirm identity”.
As with any miss-call or request to phone someone, always be cautious when using phone numbers especially those beginning with 00 – international calls, 070 – personal numbers not usually included in packages and can be more expensive, and those beginning 09 as these are premium rate numbers. I haven’t as yet heard of a Vaccine scam using these numbers but forewarned is forearmed as they say…”

(Posted 09/01/21)

COVID--19 Vaccine Fact Check infographic

All Saints fitness equipment area closed

To comply with the new HM Government regulations and lock down announced yesterday, the All Saints Fitness Equipment area is closed until further notice. This is due to requirement to close outdoor sports courts and gyms.
Outdoor playgrounds are currently permitted to remain open and so the playgrounds at Church Field and Rectory Lane remain open (although we ask users to ensure that they comply with regulations regarding numbers, mixing etc).
Details of the new regulations are available via the button below.
Please stay safe.

(Posted 05/01/21)

Volunteers needed for COVID-19 vaccination programme

Your local NHS is getting ready to deliver a COVID-19 vaccination programme and they need your help.
They are looking for volunteer stewards across Essex and Suffolk to be at the forefront of the local fight against the virus – you could be part of it!
As a volunteer steward, you will help the vaccination process run smoothly and safely.
Local vaccination stations will be open from 8am-8pm seven days a week. Volunteers are asked to commit to individual sessions of four hours plus 15 minutes handover time.
This is an exciting opportunity to play your part in protecting the community and saving lives.
If you are interested in volunteering please email  
For more information visit
We have also uploaded 3 important and useful documents to the Parish Council web site (see buttons below),

(Posted 09/12/20)

Latest Update from Uttlesford District Council

The latest update (19th November) from Uttlesford District Council on their response to the COVID-19 pandemic is available now.

Click on the button below to access the page.

(Posted 20/11/20).

Latest COVID Data for Essex

Weekly Covid data for Essex (excluding Southend and Thurrock) is published every Thursday here:

Cases and rates

In the seven days to 5 November, there were 1,586 confirmed cases of Covid in Essex. This is the latest date for which complete data is available.

As of 5 November, the weekly case rate (the number of cases recorded in the preceding seven days per 100,000 population) for Essex is 106.5. This is the latest date for which complete data is available.

As of 5 November, the highest weekly case rates were in Brentwood and Epping Forest, with rates of 189.6 and 164.8, respectively.


As of 10 November there were 213 beds occupied by confirmed Covid patients in Essex hospital trusts. This equates to 7.6% of trust capacity and is relatively stable compared to bed occupancy one week previous (3 November).           

The latest Covid news and statements from Essex County Council are available here:  

(Posted 14/11/20).

Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme

A test and trace support payment scheme has been launched by Uttlesford District Council.

Please click on the button for further information..

(Posted 09/10/2013

Essex County Council Survey to Explore Service Users' Experience of Covid-19

Essex County Council (ECC) and partners want to understand what people’s
experiences during Covid-19 have been like over the last few months. The
responses you share will help us understand what is important to you and to
inform work we do across Adult Social Care (ASC) in future.

The survey is aimed at:
• People aged 18 and over who receive a service from Social Care including the
Young People with Disabilities Team.
• Self-funders.
• People who accessed the Essex Wellbeing Service.
• And informal and family Carers.

You can access full details by clicking on the button below – the details includes help links and contact details for the survey.

(Posted 04/10/20).

NHS Track and Trace - how it works

Now that the NHS Track and Trace service is running please see the attached files to see how it works. Please have a look and make yourself familiar to avoid any potential scams. 

Click on the button below to access the page.

(Posted 02/06/20).

COVID-19 Self Isolation Support Group Update


Essex Welfare Service

In response to the Coronavirus crisis, Essex Welfare Service has been set up to support the most vulnerable in our community.Click on the button for more information.

(Posted 22/04/20).

Essex Welfare Service Information

Urgent Notice: Be aware of text frauds

Text Frauds associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The following has been received – please read and pass on to friends, family and neighbours.

Following the alert sent out this morning, please see the official government response to messages such as the one shown below:“The Government has only sent one text message to the public regarding new rules about staying at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Any others claiming to be from UK Government are false.

Criminals are able to use spoofing technology to send texts and emails impersonating organisations that you know and trust. We would remind anyone who receives an unexpected text or email asking for personal or financial details not click on the links or attachments, and don’t respond to any messages that ask for your personal or financial details.”If you receive any such messages, report them to Action Fraud –

The text shown below is a fraud!!!

(Posted 30/03/20)

Image of fraudulent text

Uttlesford Frontline COVID-19 Housebound Factsheet

A very helpful COVID-19 factsheet detailing support available for those unable to leave their homes has been released

The factsheet can be downloaded by clicking the button below.

(Posted 26/03/20).

COVID-19 Self Isolation Support Group

Ashdon Baptist Church together with Ashdon Parish Council are formally launching a local Self Isolation Support Group for residents who need to self isolate due to the COViD-19 pandemic.

Numerous kind residents have approached us about running such a scheme (and
have indeed already volunteered to assist) and we have posted, with this message, an introductory poster. 

Gavin Walter (Ashdon Baptist Church) and Mike Elsey (Ashdon Parish Council) will be administering the scheme and will be in touch with those kind folks who have already stated their willingness to help (your details have already been passed to them).

If anyone wishes to assist please either contact Gavin or Mike or you can also email the Parish Council at  – any messages received will be passed on to Gavin and Mike.

Further updates will be posted when available. (posted 18/03/20).

Essex Coronavirus Action - Facebook Page

Please see below for the link to the Essex Coronavirus Action Facebook Page. 

This page is a space for Essex residents to connect and discuss a variety of issues during the Coronavirus / Covid-19 outbreak. 

Essex Coronavirus Action is a collaboration between Essex County Council, The Essex Public Health Team, and local Facebook groups.

(Posted 18/03/20).

Essex County Council COVID-19 updates and information page now live.

Essex County Council have set up a dedicated page for  their updates and information relative to COVID-19.

(Posted 18/03/20).

Essex to move to Tier 2 (High Level Of Restrictions)

Essex County Council have released an update stating

“In a move to slow the current rates of infection across our county, from Saturday, Essex will be placed into the high level of restrictions (tier 2 on the new COVID system)”.

Detailed information on the new guidelines can be found by clicking the information button below. 

(Posted 15/10/20)