Third National Lockdown

As we heard yesterday in the Prime minister’s announcement, sadly we are moving from Tier 4 to National Lockdown status.  Whilst there are numerous agencies and authorities offering aid and support to us all, Merton Parish Council would like to remind residents of Merton that the Parish Council is available to offer help and support to parishioners who may be affected by these new measures.  If you are struggling with the logistics of lockdown such as getting help with shopping, collection of prescriptions etc, or just feel lonely or concerned and need to hear a friendly voice, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  Two of our Cllrs are designated as contacts during the Covid-19 crisis and their numbers are detailed below.  Alternatively, please email me, Parish Clerk [email protected] or call me, Vicky, on 07961 806849.

Jayne Wesley-Smith – 01953 881919 or Lousie Hyde – 01953 889419

Don’t be afraid to ask.  Stay well and safe.

Local Support and Norfolk County Council

All Norfolk MPs and local services are working closely together to help everyone. Norfolk County Council is taking the lead for Covid-19 response in Norfolk with relevant details, regular updates and key information on accessing support and information for care providers.  Schools will remain open during this period, but tips for educational support at home are also available:

NHS & getting tested for coronavirus (Covid-19)

Unless clinicians tell you otherwise, please continue to use the NHS, get scans, other tests and turn up for all appointments and to collect medicines.

Arranging a test via the national testing scheme:
Anyone with Covid-19 symptoms can now get a test. You can apply for a home test kit or arrange a visit to a regional drive-through test site (subject to availability) at the government’s coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested website.

Essential workers
If you are an essential worker, you can apply for priority testing. You can do this through one of these websites:

Where you can find help and further information:

The Federation of Small Business has also provided a useful guide for self-employed people and small businesses.

The New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership is also providing support for local businesses, email [email protected] or telephone 0300 333 6536 (Mon- Fri 9am-5pm)

Use this business support finder to see what support is available for you and your business.

Best wishes,


Need to Self Isolate this winter?  Please see the link below for information:



How to prevent spread of Corona Virus

Health Poster

Feeling Alone or Concerned?  Some useful numbers are listed below

Age UK Norfolk Information and Advice Helpline:

T 0300 500 1217 Open 10am-4pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 10am – 1pm Tuesday and Thursday (this is currently a call back service)

E[email protected]

Age UK Norfolk Telephone Befriending Service:

T 01603 785 223

E[email protected]

If you are feeling particularly vulnerable please call 0344 8008020 or visit either

For any other queries or concerns about how you can engage more help to assist you with self-isolation, please contact the Clerk via email at  [email protected]

For information on what funding is available to assist individuals and businesses through the crisis, please click on the link:

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