Letter to residents from Great Yarmouth Borough Council

Dear Resident,

Coronavirus – Your Councils’ support

We are writing to you to keep you informed of the actions that are being taken both nationally and locally to contain and ultimately defeat the COVID-19 Pandemic, and to reinforce the actions that we need you to take to help us in doing this.

Norfolk’s Councils have been working with community, voluntary sector and other public sector organisations in the county to prepare for when a situation like this might arise, while making sure they provide support to those who need it in our communities. We now also need every one of our residents to act and help protect themselves and others.

We ask that you please read through the whole of this letter, which offers practical advice and directs you to key support packages if you are struggling at this time.

Support for the Vulnerable:

The Government announced that it would be stepping-up to directly support about 1.5m people identified as vulnerable in communities across the country. Some people will already have received letters from the NHS asking them to contact a national helpline so support can be arranged. It is essential that we shield these people from the virus. As a county, we are aware this list will not identify all people in our communities that need assistance.

Therefore, if you are classed as either vulnerable (see Government advice on vulnerability) or are in need of support, either now or in the coming weeks, please contact our designated phone line on 0344 8008020 or visit Norfolk.gov.uk. This line will be open from Monday (30th March 2020), operating Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.


Our community volunteers, local charities and council staff stand by to assist you. We ask that if you are able to volunteer some of your time to assist others in your community, we really need your help. If you are a business and can help with services, vehicles or other resources, we would love to hear from you, as together we really can make a difference. Individuals who want to volunteer should visit www.voluntarynorfolk.org.uk  and businesses should email [email protected]

Financial Help:

The Government has provided a Hardship Fund to help people. If you are in need of this support, visit your local council website and follow the advice. Please do not visit your council offices, you will be able to access the information and ask for assistance either online or by phone.

As part of the Norfolk Councils’ response, Great Yarmouth Borough Council has set-up a helpline for residents needing Council Tax advice and financial help. The number to call is 0808 1962236 Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Help for Businesses:

If you are a business in need of help, please visit the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership website www.newanglia.co.uk/free-support-for-your-business-during-coronavirus/

Great Yarmouth Borough Council has also set up a help line offering business support. The number to call is 0808 1962240 Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Help whilst Self Isolating:

For those who are self-isolating and cannot access help to get supplies delivered, Great Yarmouth Borough Council has set up a help line to offer community support in accessing essential items. The number to call is 0808 1962238 Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.


Finally, working with the Norfolk Community Foundation, we have launched a Norfolk Appeal Fund, which will be directed to charities on the front line of caring for people across the county. This fund will help us to support the people in our county who need it and is critical to our collective response. If you are able to support those in need in Norfolk, you can either go online to www.norfolkfoundation.com/giving-philanthropy/covid19communityresponsefund/ or through the post to: Covid-19 Response, Norfolk, Community Foundation, St James Mill, Whitefriars, Norwich, NR31TN. Cheques should be made out to Norfolk Community Foundation.

 Government Directive:

It is essential that we take the direction given by the Prime Minister and stay at home.

The advice was clear – leave home only for:

Shopping for basic necessities.

One form of exercise a day (on your own or in household groups).

Any medical need/care or to care for the vulnerable.

Travelling to and from work, only if absolutely necessary

Public Health Advice:

Norfolk was one of the last counties in the country to have confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus, but this should not give us any false assurance. We like the rest of the country have a rapidly escalating situation that requires us all to act and act now. We need to take the advice to stay at home – the virus does not spread itself, we spread it and we need to stop.

For updates, visit your local council website. www.norfolk.gov.uk  or www.great-yarmouth.gov.uk

Sheila Oxtoby                                      Carl Smith

Chief Executive Officer         


Update on the use of Concessionary bus passes  23rd March 2020

Covid-19 Norfolk County Council update 19th March 2020  NCC Coronavirus Update

The Parish Council owned Pavilion & Playing field at Waters Lane is closed for bookings from 18 th March 2020 until further notice

****Public Toilets at Kingsway have been closed ******

Norfolk County Council have provided some advice regarding the Coronavirus

The weather may not have been great this week but it hasn’t stopped work on the installation of the new benches in the village.
1- Barn Room, The Street
2- Entrance to St Mary’s Close off North Rd
3- Entrance to Barleycroft off Yarmouth Rd
4- Newport Junction

We have also installed two new litter bins at the bus stops as you head out of the Village towards Gt Yarmouth.


The new information board has been installed at the Outdoor gym on the Waters Lane Playing field. You can also download the app to help you track your workouts.



**** It has been agreed that the phone box will become a book library*****

Hemsby Parish Council has adopted the Red BT phone box at Kingsway & we are looking for suggestions as to its future use.

Would you like it to be used as a book library, defibrillator cabinet, information point??

Please reply to [email protected]



New Bench installation at Kingsway



Notice of Vacancy w/e 27 January 2020VACANCYHemsby2 (1)

Martham History Group

Gravestone Stories (1)

Christmas 2019 Bin Collection Dateschristmas bin collection 2019

Notice of election 2019


Mr Richard Hirst and David Carey attended the Parish Council meeting and received the cup and certificates for the Allotments being awarded Overall Winner and Gold Award in the Great Yarmouth and Gorleston in Bloom from Chairman Keith Kyriacou and Vice Chairman Scott Bensly.

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The Parish Council

The Parish Council currently has four vacancies for a Parish Councillors – if you are interested or would like more information, please get in touch with either the Clerk, or any Councillor who would be pleased to discuss what is involved.

Applications made in writing for two of the posts to:  [email protected] by the end of September will be considered by Councillors in the October meeting.

Ever wondered what your Parish Council is here to do?  The Parish Council is made up of 11 councillors who all live or work in Hemsby and represent the village on various matters.  They are effectively the third tier of local government, the other two being Norfolk County Council and Great Yarmouth Borough Council.

It is a rewarding way to be involved in your local community.

To see the current councillors’ declarations of interests, please click the following link:-
Hemsby Parish Council – Member’s declaration of interests



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