Your vote is safe – what to expect on polling day Local elections are taking place this Thursday (6 May).

Devon County Council
Your vote is safe – what to expect on polling day
Local elections are taking place this Thursday (6 May).
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed a lot of things over the last year, but it won’t stop you from being able to vote. If you want to vote in person at a polling station on Thursday, measures will be in place to ensure that you can cast your vote safely, including extra cleaning and social distancing.
There will be a few extra things you’ll need to remember to keep yourself and others safe at the polling station:
Wear a face covering.
Hand sanitise before and after you vote.
Bring your own pencil (if you do forget, there will be clean ones available).
Keep a safe social distance from people not in your household or support bubble.
You can find out more about voting, including what to expect on polling day, on our website.

All Devon adults can get free COVID-19 tests

Devon County Council
All Devon adults can get free COVID-19 tests
Everyone in Devon over the age of 16 years old can now get free rapid lateral flow device (LFD) COVID-19 tests, and should be using them twice a week.
These tests are important to do regularly because they detect people who are carrying coronavirus but don’t have any symptoms, so could be spreading it unknowingly. They are quick and easy, and the results are usually back within an hour.
Steve Brown, Devon’s Director of Public Health, said:
“One in three people with coronavirus show no symptoms. So even if you feel fine, make it a habit to get tested twice a week so you can help prevent the spread of coronavirus in our communities.
“Together with getting vaccinated when invited to, and remembering hands, face, space and fresh air, regular symptom-free testing is a vital part of being able to ease restrictions and life returning to normal as safely as possible.”
We are working hard to make sure it is convenient to access symptom-free testing at a range of locations across Devon. You can:
be tested at one of our many community testing sites
collect home test kits from any of our community testing sites
collect home test kits from NHS testing locations and pharmacies that are part of the Pharmacy Collect Scheme
have home test kits from the NHS delivered to your home.

New stops for mobile testing centres

Two new stops have been added to our mobile community testing programme. A COVID-19 community testing vehicle will now stop at two additional communities,
Holsworthy and Moretonhampstead.
The mobile centres stop in communities twice a week on given days, offering rapid lateral flow testing to those without symptoms of coronavirus.
The additional stops mean that the times of the previous scheduled visits at all the other Devon County Council-run mobile testing sites have had to change.
Holsworthy and Moretonhampstead are the latest in a list of mobile rapid testing stops, that now include Ashburton, Axminster, Barnstaple, Bideford, Buckfastleigh, Crediton, Cullompton, Dartmouth, Dawlish, Exeter, Exmouth, Great Torrington, Honiton, Ilfracombe, Ivybridge, Kingsbridge, Lynton-Lynmouth, Newton Abbot, Okehampton, Seaton, South Molton, Tavistock, Teignmouth, Tiverton and Totnes.
The revised schedules include location changes to stops in Exeter, Newton Abbot, Crediton, Ashburton-Buckfastleigh and Honiton.
And the day of at least one of the two stops has also changed in both Ivybridge and Tavistock.
There is also a revised timetable for communities with scheduled visits on Bank Holiday Monday, 3 May. All details are on the website.
The website is regularly updated with any changes to the testing service schedule so please do check before you visit.
To find out the days, times and locations of a testing centre near you visit
Holsworthy Town Council

Agenda for the Annual Town Meeting which is to be held via Zoom on 28th April 2021 at 7pm

Please find attached the Agenda for the Annual Town Meeting which is to be held via Zoom on 28th April 2021 at 7pm.

Members of the public are welcome to attend. If you would like the Zoom link please contact Mrs Vanessa Sunders;

or contact the Town Council Office on 01409 253312.  

If you would like to ask a question, please be reminded that matters to be raised are by Registered Electors within the Town of Holsworthy only.


Unexpected vaccine delivery

Ruby Country Medical Centre 
Due to an unexpected vaccine delivery yesterday, we will be holding a small Astrazeneca clinic on Saturday. This will be used for first doses for anyone in groups 1-9 who missed out in March or have changed their mind, and for those patients aged 45-49. We only have limited appointments so we will book as many as we can. We are sending out staggered invitations. If you receive a text from us and are booked elsewhere, please use the link to decline the invitation so we can invite enough patients to fill the clinic. For this clinic, we will be calling and texting out to manage the numbers, so please do not call in unless you receive a text asking you to.
Thank you.

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Stick with us and keep following the guidance to keep everyone safe and well.
We need the support of local residents and visitors to keep following the guidelines. Please remember to follow advice and guidance around social distancing, washing hands and sanitising hands regularly, wearing a face covering in enclosed spaces (unless exempt), and avoiding busy places.
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The deadline to apply for a postal vote in the upcoming Devon County Council elections is fast approaching.

We understand that voting by post will provide a safe option for many this year, so it’s important to make sure you’re well prepared. You can find out more about how to apply on our website.
The deadline to submit your application is Tuesday 20 April at 5pm.
Whether you decide to vote by post, by proxy or in person at a polling station, plans are already being made to ensure you will be able to cast your vote safely.
Find out more on our News Centre.
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