24th March 2020

Dear All,

The last 10 days have seen rapid changes in advice and instruction from Government and Local Authorities, alongside an increasing number of local initiatives in response to Covid-19.

Firstly, we would like to acknowledge the actions of many residents who have already taken action, either by contacting their neighbours to offer assistance to those in self-isolation, or to get involved with groups co-ordinating support. Thank you for all your efforts.

Your Parish Council cannot provide advice on Covid-19 or updates on restrictions imposed by Government. In the first instance, changes are happening too fast for us to keep you informed. Please refer to the NHS website 111.NHS for advice. You should obtain other information from trusted websites such as BBC News - How Do I Stay Safe?.

During late February / early March volunteers completed a two-week programme of traffic monitoring through the village as part of the Community Speed Watch project. Unfortunately, the weather did not help this time around but it now means the team have been actively speed checking traffic in Overthorpe for more than 12 weeks in total over 3 separate sessions since it started in early 2017. 

The Parish Council would like to thank all of the volunteers who have given up so much time to help with this invaluable work which has been much appreciated by many in the village.

Rural residents and workers are being encouraged to use an online reporting form to alert police to any suspicious or criminal activity in their area.

Northamptonshire Police’s rural crime team, whose remit includes wildlife and heritage crime, wants to hear from people about anything which strikes them as out of the ordinary.

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