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Little Easton Parish Council

Community Support document

By Admin
Monday, April 20, 2020


Dear Little Easton Resident,

We hope you are keeping safe during these challenging times as we all try to Stay Home, Stay Safe and Protect our NHS.

Over the last few weeks, a number of support mechanisms have been put in place to support residents during the lockdown period. Communication of the support has largely been through email, internet and various social media platforms such as Facebook and Next Door. However, we are very aware that not everyone uses these channels or has access to the internet. We therefore wanted to send round a communication by post to inform you of some of the key elements of support that are in place for anyone in need of assistance. As well as giving details of digital contact methods, we have also included telephone numbers for anyone with no internet access.


This is a community response helpline which has been set up by the District Council to help direct residents who need support towards services which can help or to someone who can be a telephone or Facebook friend. Services offered include:

  • Help with picking up shopping
  • Collecting prescriptions
  • Offering friendship - for example, being a telephone or Facebook buddy
  • Providing reassurance and signposting to services and advice

Contact Details are:


As well as this one

Five Parishes Website:


The Little Easton Facebook page is always a good source of information. Two new village Facebook pages have been created specifically to help and support during the current crisis. These are:


In an effort to support local businesses and help local people during the ongoing Coronavirus situation, Andy Mahoney at Little Easton Manor has opened a “Five Parishes Isolated Shop”. The shop sells essential food and household items
and has quickly built up a comprehensive stock list and an expanding customer base. The shop is not for profit and offers zero contact collection of orders.

The preferred method of ordering is through the on-line order form. The order form, instructions on how to use it and a full list of the items currently in stock can be found on the Little Easton Manor website at

However, if you do not have access to the internet you can still place orders for the Isolated Shop by phone by calling Andy Mahoney on 07836-777789 or Andy Dodsley on 07789-223205.

Pre-payment for orders is by bank transfer only and no cash will be accepted as this is a zero-contact shop.

Please tell any of your neighbours who could benefit from this service.  Exact stock items will change from day to day.


Care for your neighbours has been working in Dunmow since the lockdown. Collecting prescriptions and necessary shopping if you require help please call on - 01371 859477 or 07715 633 387. Have a pen and paper ready as you will hear a recorded message giving you the contact number of the Co-ordinator for that day whom you should call OR email your request to giving your name, address and telephone number plus your requirements. We are able to accept card payments to alleviate the need for handling cash


The Essex Resilience Forum has mobilised resources across the county to provide assistance to vulnerable residents including residents over the age of 70 or pregnant women who do not have the support of friends, family or neighbours.

These vulnerable residents should already have been contacted by the NHS or their GP surgeries and received the instructions to register with the Essex Welfare Service (EWS) should they need food deliveries. Contact details are:
Website -
Phone on 0300 303 9988 (Mon-Fri 8am-7pm and Sat-Sun 10am-2pm)

Community Shield’s aim is to ensure that no-one slips through the net. If you need support and have not received a message, please contact the Essex Welfare Service directly.

These are the key support areas we are aware of at the moment. If anyone is aware of any others that would be of use to residents, please let us know by contacting the parish clerk via the contact form or by calling 01371- 871641 or by post to 72 St Edmunds Fields, Dunmow, CM6 2AN.

If any resident feels that they are really struggling and is unable to obtain assistance through any of the support areas detailed in this letter, please do not hesitate to contact the parish clerk in the first instance and the parish council will try to help.

Stay safe everyone!

Yours faithfully,
Ian Brown Clerk & RFO

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