is is a shared web site, Managed by people in the village, for the Old Newton, with Dagworth and Gipping Parish Council and the Old Newton and Gipping Community Council .
Click on the tabs above for more information.


The Crier, our village magazine, will not be published until further notice after the April edition because Gipping Press who print it have closed down. Also the Little Ernie Lottery has been suspended for three months.

The Community Council have postponed their AGM and Committee Meeting from the scheduled date of 20 April to Monday 6 July.



Old Newton with Dagworth & Gipping Parish Council


Please note that given the current circumstances surrounding the Covid 19 outbreak and the ever-changing information forthcoming from the Government, the Parish Council have taken the decision to cancel the monthly Parish Council meetings until further notice.  The next scheduled meeting was due to take place on Wednesday 1st April 2020. 


The Parish Council have also taken the decision to Cancel the Annual Parish Meeting scheduled for Wednesday 22nd April 2020.


The decisions to cancel these meetings has been made with the importance of keeping our parishioners and councillors safe and following government advice on social distancing and public gatherings.


Latest Covid 19 advice provided to the Parish Council can be found on the parish council website.  If anyone needs assistance or help whilst self-isolating please contact Sue Clements from DONG who is co-ordinating any requests for assistance.  Sue from DONG can be contacted on Tel: 07925 959605

  • Monthly Parish Council Meeting – 1st April 2020 – Cancelled
  • Annual Parish Meeting – 22nd April 2020 - Cancelled



 CORRONAVIRUS UPDATE - Current Situation (25/03/20)

stay at home, country in lockdown for next 3 weeks.


Current UK Risk Level: HIGH

The risk to the UK has been raised to high (as of 13/03/2020).

As of 13 Mar, UK is in the ‘delay’ phase of the government’s action plan to limit the spread of the virus.


  • As of 9am on 24 March 2020, a total of 90,436 people have been tested, of which 82,359 were confirmed negative and 8,077 were confirmed positive. 422 patients in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have died.
  • In Suffolk we have 28 confirmed cases. However, with routine community testing discontinued, these figures will not describe the full extent of cases locally. You can view the latest UK Dashboard of cases and deaths here.
  • Coronavirus: SMS messages - The government is texting people across the UK to inform them of the new stay at home rules announced by the Prime Minister on 23 March 2020. This has been made possible thanks to the cooperation of mobile phone operators. The SMS message reads:
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): Foreign Secretary's statement on support for British people abroad
  • Briefing paper on the Coronavirus Bill: health and social care measures
    • Section 2 covers the Bill’s health and social care workforce measures, including provisions on emergency registration, indemnity cover, emergency volunteers and NHS pensions
    • Section 3 covers measures to reduce administrative requirements on health and social care staff.
    • Section 4 covers changes to mental health and mental capacity legislation
    • Section 5 covers other public health measures
  • - Companies to receive 3-month extension period to file accounts during COVID-19
  • - Government confirms £500 million hardship fund will provide council tax relief for vulnerable households



  • Launch of new volunteering app and phoneline: A new Suffolk-focused community service has been set up to support people who need help during the COVID-19 pandemic. Called ‘Home But Not Alone’, the service has been launched to help connect people who want to volunteer in their communities with neighbours who are most in need.  
    The service will mean willing volunteers, charities, town and parish councils, community and religious groups can all log their details and offers of support on an app, while people who need help can phone to request support. As the number of offers and requests grows, they will be matched so that the right help can be given where it’s most needed.
    The free app, called Tribe Volunteer, can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. The telephone number for those in genuine need of help is freephone 0800 876 6926 and will be staffed from 09:00 to 17:00, seven days a week. 
  • Children’s Centres - All Children’s Centres are now closed for open access and group work. Child Health Clinics are running by appointment only from some centres and accommodating partners such as Midwives, Physios and Speech and Language Therapists to run their clinics from other centres. For more information please visit;


  • Suffolk County Council buildings: All SCC buildings are now closed to the public until further notice. If you need to contact SCC urgently please call 0345 606 6067 or email . Please see the County Council’s website for an update on the impact on the services.  


  • Road Safety Campaign: Suffolk Roadsafe is supporting Road Safety GB and encouraging all road users to do their bit to reduce the strain on the emergency services in the coming weeks and months, by taking extra care every time they travel. The pressure being placed on the NHS by the escalating situation with regard to coronavirus is well known – and the situation is likely to get much worse in the coming weeks and months.


  • New timetables are now in place for most public transport services including buses, trains and community transport until further notice. SCC is doing all it can to help keep vital services going for those people who must travel - our key workers and elderly and vulnerable residents. These changes will also help ensure there are enough members of staff to keep vital services running over the coming weeks and months.  SCC will continue to monitor the situation with partners.


  • Ipswich Park and Ride: Due to the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, and in line with the government’s advice regarding non-essential travel, Ipswich Park and Ride (service 800) will be suspended until further notice from today th March> 




Useful Websites (any new guidance is in RED)

The existing guidance is being updated extremely regularly (and in some cases daily) so please check any guidance relevant to your area to ensure that you are accessing the most up to date version. I will only be able to highlight new published and some other key published guidance in this bulletin.



Who For



COVID-19: guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable

All adults and children who should be shielded and their family, friends, and carers

Added Coronavirus (COVID-19): an easy-read guide on protecting extremely vulnerable people.


Further businesses and premises to close


Added guidance on work carried out in people’s homes and additional details to the list of businesses and premises that must remain closed.


COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection

households with possible infection

Added YouTube video.


COVID-19: guidance for employees, employers and businesses

employees, employers and businesses

Added details about protection from eviction for commercial tenants and extension of BID arrangements.

Further guidance added about commercial insurance policies in relation to COVID-19.

Added links to the business grant funding guidance, and the expanded retail discount guidance for local authorities.

Guidance added for local authorities on administering Small Business Grant Fund and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund.


Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings

staff, parents and carers, pupils and students.

Added ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19): implementing social distancing in education and childcare settings’.

Added ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19): early years and childcare closures’.


Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for UK businesses

UK businesses trading internationally

Updates to guidance, including the business support helpline.


Mental health support and advice from:

General public, staff and carers

Living life to the full for Suffolk has now got special Covid modules for young people, parents, health professionals and adults


NHS Practitioner service has support for dentists, pharmacists, health care workers, and doctors


NHS - COVID-19 go-to page

General Public – this is the only site we should be promoting to the public for information



GOV.UK – COVID-19 homepage

Main cover webpage for all government guidance for public & professionals alike



Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance

Main collection of guidance for anyone in any setting
- for non-clinical settings
- for health professionals



Full guidance on staying at home and away from others


The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.


PHE Health Matters

Post on General FAQs that include a section to submit questions at the bottom of the page.



PHE Campaign Resource Centre

Range of comms resources that can be used



Chronic disease self- care during COVID-19:

General public



COVID-19: ethical framework for adult social care

adult social care



COVID-19: cleaning of non-healthcare settings

non-healthcare settings



Coronavirus (COVID-19): hospital discharge service requirements

health and care systems and providers



Coronavirus (COVID-19): immigration guidance

for individuals affected by travel restrictions associated with coronavirus



Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for local government

Local councils



Travel advice: coronavirus (COVID-19)

General public travelling and living overseas



Coronavirus (COVID-19): scientific evidence supporting the UK government response




COVID-19 essential travel guidance




The Exercise of Commissioning Functions by the NHS Commissioning Board (Coronavirus) Directions 2020

National Health Service Commissioning Board

This power will last until 31 December 2020


COVID-19: guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people





Global – WHO Situation Report

  • WHO RISK ASSESSMENT (Global Level) - Very High
  • WHO Corvid-19 Dashboard for professionals using near real time data.
  • The number of COVID-19 cases surpassed 300,000 globally.

Situation in Numbers WHO SitRep 64, 24 Mar  (new since last 24hrs)





372 757 confirmed (39 827)

16 231 deaths (1722)

Western Pacific Region

96 580 confirmed (943)

3502 deaths (29)

European Region

195 511 confirmed (24 087)

10 189 deaths (1447)

South-East Asia

1990 confirmed (214)

65 deaths (7)

Eastern Mediterranean Region

27 215 confirmed (1840)

1877 deaths (136)

Regions of the Americas

49 444 confirmed (12 428)

565 deaths (100)

African Region

1305 confirmed (315)

26 deaths (3)







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