Welcome to the Village of Hoxne
The Hoxne (Coronavirus Self – Isolating) Volunteer Group
We are a new VOLUNTARY organisation.
Our systems have not yet been fully tested
Please bear with us
By now, every household should have received a leaflet from a volunteer acting on behalf of The Hoxne (Coronavirus Self – Isolating) Group. The volunteer will have completed the form with their name, their address and a contact telephone number.
If you have no other support, are self – isolating due to COVID 19, and unable to go out to get essential supplies such as medication and food, telephone your named volunteer and they will do their best to help you. The village has been sectioned into routes. Each route will be supported by a group of volunteers led by a group co-ordinator. When a request for help is received by your named contact, they will liaise with their group who will decide how best to support you. St Edmund's House also has a named co-ordinator and a group of volunteers.
PLEASE NOTE THAT NO MEMBER OF OUR GROUP WILL ASK TO ENTER YOUR HOME
We are a group of volunteers who have come together to try and support our friends and neighbours during this time of crisis. Be patient, we are doing our best. Our volunteers are spread all over the village and each comes with his/her own area of expertise and experience. We will endeavour to find a solution to any problem we may encounter.
If, by any chance, you have not received a leaflet, please contact
Gill O’Connor 01379 668241 or Iain Gibson 01379 668564. If there is no reply please leave a message with your name, address and telephone number and we will contact you ASAP.
MEDICATION FOR PATIENTS REGISTERED WITH EYE HEALTH CENTRE
Amendment Please Read 26.3.20
- If you would like your medication delivered to Hoxne Village Stores tell Eye Health Centre and it will be arranged. Please tell them if you are self isolating.
- If you would like your prescription taken to Eye Health Centre for you, take it to Hoxne Village Stores and it will be collected and delivered for you.
- If you are self isolating and are unable to go out, please telephone your named Hoxne (CSI) Volunteer Group member, this information is on the leaflet we popped through your letterbox. They will arrange to have your prescription collected and your medication delivered to you.
- A member of our group will collect all prescriptions from Hoxne Village Store every Tuesday and Friday Lunchtime and take them to Eye Health Centre.
- A member of our group will collect all medication ordered from Eye Health Centre every Tuesday and Friday and deliver to Hoxne Village Stores. Your medication should be available to collect from Hoxne Village Stores after 3.30pm.
- If you are able to collect your own medication please do so from Hoxne Village Stores.
- If you are self isolating and unable to go out, your medication will automatically be delivered to you by a member of our group.
- We will knock at your door and deposit your medication on the doorstep.
- We will then step back, keeping a safe distance between us.
- When you have taken your medication we will depart.
- If you do not respond, we will take the medication away and try again later.
- It will be the responsibility of the individual patient to complete any ‘exemption from payment’ e.g over 60.
- One off prescriptions will be handled in the same way.
- Eye Health Centre is asking patients who pay for their prescriptions, to place the exact amount of cash in an envelope and attach to the prescription.
- From 1st April Eye Health Centre will have a dedicated van which will deliver any controlled drug to you. Until then it will be the responsibility of Eye Health Centre to deliver any controlled drug by a member of their staff.
- Any patient who is not vulnerable or self isolating may continue to use the system exactly as they always have.
The following is a message from Alison Soon, The Practice Manager at Eye Health Centre
“A number of our patients will have received a letter from NHS England stating they are Extremely vulnerable.
They may well panic or worry. Guidance for them is in letter but see link below if anyone needs help registering for Government help. We can fill this in for them”.
MEDICATION FOR PATIENTS REGISTERED WITH FRESSINGFIELD/STRADBROKE MEDICAL CENTRE
For Hoxne residents unable to collect medicines from Fressingfield or Stradbroke surgeries because they are self-isolating, a group of volunteers is able to help. Please note that the surgeries now require 4 days notice of repeat prescriptions
If you require medication to be collected from either Stradbroke or Fressingfield surgeries, please provide the following information to the Helen Macdonogh/Margaret Sillis who will liaise with the volunteer group:
1. Your name
2. The first line of your address
3. The surgery from which your medications need collecting
4. If you pay for prescriptions, you will need to confirm this when contacting Helen and then be able to provide payment of the correct amount in a sealed envelope for volunteers to take with them.
5. If you are under 60 and have an exemption this will need to be stated as the pharmacists will ask.
Please note that volunteers cannot discuss prescriptions with the pharmacists on your behalf.
Medications will be delivered to your home address – volunteers will knock at the door, wait for a response and leave your medication where it is accessible. They will not enter your property and will always stay at a distance. If you do not answer, medication will not be left. A second attempt to deliver will be made and if this is also unsuccessful, medication will be returned to the surgery.
Helen Macdonogh Tel: 01379 669331
Margaret Sillis Tel: 01379 668395
Never did a gift mean so much!
A huge thank you to Paul and David for the donation of 80 toilet rolls. They are safely stashed away!
The Hoxne (CSI) Volunteer Group were delighted by the generosity of Chapman Civil Engineering and Workwear (East Anglia) Ltd.
Chapman Civil Engineering (East Anglia) Ltd
Proprietor Paul Chapman
Workwear (East Anglia) Ltd
proprietor David Tennenns
A huge thank you
THE HOXNE VILLAGE SIGN
Edmund was killed by The Danes probably in 869 AD although there are other suggestions. He had become King of East Anglia in 855 AD and was defeated in battle by the Danes at Thetford and pursued by them to Hoxne. Here he hid under Goldbrook Bridge but was betrayed by a passing wedding party which saw the reflection of his golden spurs in the water. He was offered his life in return for reverting to Paganism and serving as their vassal king in East Anglia. He refused and was then tied to an oak tree and killed by a volley of arrows. Tradition has it that this tree stood where the monument stands. His head was cut off and his corpse thrown into the bushes. A few days later his head, which was being guarded by a wolf, and his corpse were discovered by his followers and were immediately rejoined. A chapel was built on the site and his body taken for burial to what became the great abbey of St Edmund's, which of course we now know is in the town of Bury St Edmund's.
The sign depicts the Gold of The Hoxne Hoard and the Blue Waves indicate The Dove, The Waveney, The Chickering and The Goldbrook River. The Crown indicates Edmund's Kingship. The Oak Tree and Arrows show the method of his death. The Tigress represents the Silver Tigress, a handle originally from a large vase or amphora which was part of The Hoxne Hoard.
In 1992, Eric Lawes was out looking for an old lump hammer that had been dropped but got more than he bargained when he found a priceless Roman “treasure chest” of 14,780 gold, silver and bronze coins plus 200 exquisite items of jewellery, ornaments and tableware, all part of the accumulated wealth of the very affluent family of Aurelius Ursicinus and dating from 307 to 407 AD depicting 15 different Roman Emperors. The Hoard is now available to view in the British Museum.
The "Half Penny" Coin was issued by Thomas Tallant and is a token celebrating the Hoxne and Hartismere cavalry unit of the Suffolk Yeomanry. It was also used as currency in local shops, possibly as currency on the Kerrison Estates as well as a Volunteer Medal. The reverse shows a castle and the date 1795 and, within the crowned garter is inscribed LIBERTY LOYALTY PROPERTY.
Finally, there are two reproduction Hand Axes in the plinth. In 1797 John Frere found flint tools, including Stone Age hand-axes twelve feet deep in Hoxne Brick Pit. This was the earliest recognition that hand-axes were the work of early humans rather than thunderbolts or meteorites as previously thought. Sadly, his theory wasn't proven until after his death but there is one of his hand- axes on display in The British Museum.
Hoxne is a beautiful old Suffolk village with a unique and truly ancient history.
The first Hoxnians settled here over 320,000 years ago alongside a lake and a major geological period, the Hoxnian Interglacial (375,000 to 425,000 years ago), was named after Hoxne. John Frere discovered the first human tools at the site which had become the Hoxne brick pit; the Hoxne Hoard is one of the biggest discoveries of Roman treasure in the UK much of which is on display at The British Museum. It is thought the martyrdom of King (later Saint) Edmund took place at Hoxne in 869 AD, and until the 9th century, the ancient Bishop's seat of East Anglia was at Hoxne before being moved to Norfolk.
There are many interesting local walks and places to see as well as much interesting architecture. The 13th century church of St Peter and St Paul which stands at the top of a hill overlooking the village and The Swan Inn, a magnificent 15th century pub, are both worthy of a visit. A short walk from the Inn, you will discover Goldbrook Bridge, beneath which King Edmund was captured by the Danes after being given away by his golden spurs. Across the road stands St Edmund's Village Hall originally a Reading Room built by The Kerrison Family of Oakley Park in 1879 for the parish.
To know more about Hoxne's unique history, visit the Hoxne Heritage Group website http://hoxnehistory.org.uk
We hope you will enjoy our new web site. Please do keep us updated with forthcoming events, news and photographs for the gallery
A few suggested walks
For Hoxne Parish Council
Contact Sarah Foote, The Clerk
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