Coronavirus Support 26 NOV

Last updated 25 November

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VIDEO: Face Masks – Dos and Don’ts


The following is a selection of some of the other guidance documents
issued by the UK Government.

UpdatedSocial Distancing  (updated 14 November)



Guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus symptoms (updated 5 November)

Review of Social Distance Guidance & how to reduce risk   (updated 26 June)
–  includes example mitigations when adopting the “1m+” approach.

UpdatedRe-opening of Businesses and Venues (updated 5 November)

Updated  Antigen Testing & Contact Tracing


See these NHS pages for latest information on asking for a test, and how its “Test & Trace” system will work should a test prove positive.

Get a Test

Find full details of testing centres in Cumbria, including mobile testing units in Kirkby Stephen, Kendal and Penrith, at:
NHS North Cumbria CCG.


Outbreak Control Plan for Cumbria

Cumbria County Council’s  “Outbreak Control Plan” describes Cumbria’s approach to managing outbreaks of Covid-19.

CCC's COVID-19 Outbraek Control Plan


  The NHS coronavirus (COVID-19) page includes the latest health information
about how to protect yourself or check if you need medical help.


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Community Support

No doubt you will have your closer friends and neighbours who can help out should the need arise.  But, if you find yourself needing additional help, it’s not daft, silly, or being a nuisance to shout out.  It’s just being part of the community. 🙂

So, if you have any concerns, need support with shopping, prescriptions or just someone to talk to please get in touch with:

  • The following (who have agreed to their phone numbers being shared).
    Great Asby – Bill Kerr – 07816 987806
    Little Asby – Carole Cozens – 01539 623112
  • A local Priest, or one of the Church Wardens.
    (Details on church notice boards, or “Asby Matters”.)

Community representatives are all here to help you with your day to day needs through this very difficult time.


…or, Here is another way to ask for assistance:

Asby Parish Message Service logo
Asby Parish Message Service has 170+ subscribers.

If you would like to request some help from your local community simply click on the button below.  Ensure to include your name, contact information, and details of your requirements.


NOTE:  You can request support for a friend or neighbour who doesn’t have internet access.
Obviously do get their permission before using this service in that way.

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Cumbria-wide Support

Cumbria Emergency Support

(Click on the image for more information.)

(Click on the image for more information
on services such as child care,
highways, and household waste.)


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Local Food & Drink


UpdatedThe Three Greyhounds 

Exterior of Three Greyhounds

COVID Lockdown 2.0 – the Pub is currently closed.
Takeaway dinners between 5 & 7:30 on Friday & Saturday evenings.
Takeaway Menu   (updated 26 November)
(Please order by noon on your chosen day to arrange a time slot.)
Booking essential.

NOTE: Whenever possible, please rinse and return the plastic containers used to serve most food.

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Entertainment & Education


NEW Tag is a new online platform for professional public speakers, often retirees themselves, to provide online talks to older adults in the comfort of their homes.  (Though anyone can attend, no matter how young!)
You can join a free talk each Thursday.  The next scheduled talk is entitled “Hey Diddle Diddle – History & Meaning of Nursery Rhymes” on 26 November at 2pm.

You need to register to join a talk but that is easily done – just visit the Murthy website.  Whilst there why not sign up to receive regular updates on future talks.


Cumbria Libraries Edit  Cumbria County Council’s library teams have put together a handy guide with some of the best websites and online resources.
Whether you are home schooling your children, you enjoy books and reading, you love a spot of culture, or you are looking for reliable health information, you will find something of interest in our selection of quality websites, which have all been checked and assessed by the library staff.


Listen to some of the world’s best Classical orchestras live-streaming, or that have made their concert archives available online.   Click here.


  The Aurora are a British chamber orchestra who give virtuoso performances that verge on theatre.  For a start, they play entirely from memory, and standing up!  “Aurora Play” is a new digital series showcasing the best of their orchestral adventures online.
Check out their Youtube channel.  There you can also experience their ways of making classical music more fun and accessible, especially to children.


National Theatre at Home  Access to free full-length plays streaming on YouTube has now sadly come to an end.

Click here and subscribe to the National Theatre Home channel.


Pentabus Theatre CopanyPentabus is a touring theatre company whose plays particularly relate to rural life.  Many of their performances take place in village halls – you have seen them in Kirkby Stephen?

Their website contains a ever changing example sof their work.

Museums & Galleries

British Museum Logo

The British Museum is just one of the many world renowned organisations that allow you to view their treasures online.  As a starting point, check out this list of a dozen virtual tours.  Click here.


  The 75 Best Virtual Museum Tours Around the World
A list of 75 world-class museums that offer virtual tours that you can visit from the comfort of your own home.   The list is divided into four sections: art galleries, natural history, science and technology, and history museums.
This article has details on each one as well as information on how to do the tour.

…or Why Not Learn Something New!

The Open University
There’s probably some topic you’ve been dying to learn about for ages; well now’s your chance! The Open University have a wide range of free short courses on all manner of things, including the Arts.  Click here.


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Virtual Travel

You may have been lucky enough to have been able to take a summer holiday, but random Covid outbreaks and the threat on quarantine have rather taken the gloss of travel right now.  So, why not lose yourself in a bit of ‘virtual travel’?

20 Amazing Places You Can Visit Without Leaving Home

Travelzoo LogoJoin a Live Safari in South Africa, or a 360 degree deep dive with sea lions.
Walk the Great Wall of China, tour the Palace of Versailles, or the Sistine Chapel.
Spend a few minutes (or hours) anticipating the arrival of the Northern Lights, and wondering at their awesome spectacle, via a Live fed from Manitoba, Canada.  …and all without getting cold!

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Protecting Yourself


Learn how COVID-19 is spread, and how you can protect yourself
from its spread.

You’ve been washing your hands all your life,  you don’t need
to be told how to do it.  Right??

What happens if someone in your family gets COVID symptoms?


 Get tested!

You & your family need to isolate:

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Every Mind Matters10 Tips to help if you are worried about Coronavirus

The COVID-19 outbreak means that life is changing for all of us for a while. It may cause you to feel anxious, stressed, worried, sad, bored, lonely or frustrated.
It’s important to remember it is OK to feel this way and that everyone reacts differently. Remember, this situation is temporary and, for most of us, these difficult feelings will pass.
Here are 10 ways you can help improve your mental health and wellbeing if you are worried or anxious about the coronavirus outbreak.



A new service offering free online support to anyone aged 16 and over facing increased anxiety and other mental health challenges is now available to people in Cumbria.

Togetherall provides online peer-peer support, access to an anonymous community and lots of information, as well as courses and resources covering a range of mental health and wellbeing topics.

The service can be accessed by registering with your postcode, and logging in to the Togetherall website.



Currently we are all having to get used to the new way of living, personally and in our working lives.  For many of us this can be a difficult thing.  If you experience anxiety this can be a particularly tricky time.

But there is help out there, so please do reach out.


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  Financial Support 

COVID-19 & Finance

Updated   Need up-to-date information on Government Business Support schemes?
Perhaps you have been ‘furloughed’, or are self-employed and unsure what assistance is available to you?

With the start of Lockdown 2.0 a number of support schemes have been modified/extended.   For an update on the most recent changes in grants, loans, furlough and other financial support available in our are check out this updated document (9 November).
See also this update on cash grants available from EDC. (13 November)


If you have been affected by coronavirus, you might be eligible for support from a range of sources, including the county council,, Citizens Advice, district councils and more.

Check this page from Cumbria County Council.


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 Farming Support


The Farmer Network have launched a support line for coronavirus. They can offer farmers advice and support on topics including support schemes, sourcing supplies, preparing contingency plans and finding emergency labour. The helpline number is 01768 818865.

COVID-19 Support flyer


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Support CumbriaSupport Cumbria is an official collaboration of partners across Cumbria who are working together to provide community support to residents who are struggling to access basic or essential services during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  Please go to their website to volunteer your services.
It is also liaising with our local NHS to urgently provide volunteers for their COVID-19 Recovery Centres.  Click here for details.

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Contact ATG

Please feel free to contact the Group Officers, as follows:

Chair – Dave Freak

Secretary – Keith Cooper

Treasurer – Louise Reeve

Donations to ATG

If you would like to support the work of the Tree Group by making a donation to help cover the costs of essential tree guards or the purchase of trees for planting, that would be very much appreciated.

Account details are:
Account Name: Asby Tree Group
Sort code: 20-55-41
Account number : 50979708

ATG Activities

We will be working with local landowners to identify small areas of land that can be used to plant trees or hedges. Occasional requests will go out to members, seeking volunteers to survey areas of land to assess the age and health of trees and to identify possible planting areas, as well as to take part in planting trees and hedges. These activities will normally be scheduled to last for no more than three hours.

The Tree Group has insurance to cover members carrying out these activities.

ATG Membership

A membership form can be downloaded here,
or obtained from the Secretary:
Keith Cooper

There is currently no membership fee.

COVID Policy (Feb.2022)

Unfortunately Covid-19 has not gone away, and we still want everyone to feel safe whilst being able to enjoy the film.

  • We use ‘cabaret-style’ seating around suitably spaced tables.
  • We recommend that you continue to wear a face covering when moving around the village hall, though this may be removed whilst you are seated.
  • It would also be appreciated if you could complete an antigen (lateral flow) test before attending.  (We are more than happy to refund your ticket should your test unfortunately prove positive.)

Opening Hours Xmas 2021

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