Useful information

What we can help with

We will be aiming to help on two levels – firstly, the purely practical things that you might find your self struggling with either due to self-isolation or because you can no longer get out due to changes in transport arrangements.

  • Shopping for essential provisions
  • Collection of prescriptions
  • GP, medical or other hospital appointments
  • Dog walking

Some shops are offering ‘safe’ opening times for vulnerable shoppers and we would ask that if you are still able to get to the shops yourself that you carry on and do so. Similarly, if you can get yourself to appointments etc., then please do so. Th is will ensure that the volunteer service can be deployed to those that can no longer get out and need our help the most.

The latest bus information can be obtained by visiting Herefordshire Council website and you can sign up for alerts about changes to the bus service that may impact you.

We understand that for many, this is a concerning time and especially difficult if you’re housebound, and so our second way of helping is to off er an ear if you just need someone to chat to. We are committed to ensuring that no one needs to feel alone right now. Get in touch and let us know

Introducing Unite the Beat Intergenerational Radio

A way to connect with loved ones and family over the airwaves

Hello Lea neighbours.  We moved into thatched cottage on Hoovers Lane 6 months ago and have been racking our brains trying to work out what we can meaningfully do to connect with you during lockdown.  Introducing Unite the Beat Intergenerational Radio!!!  A weekly listeners choice show on a THURSDAY between 6-8.  Call in and share a magical memory, get your track played and then enjoy a collective clap at 8 when we thank all of those keeping the country running.  Number to call 07376917707.  To tune in go to

If you know anyone who you think might enjoy participating but may not be computer literate, please do print off the guidance attached and post it through their letterbox.  It would help us to know how often/if this is done so please do let us know:

Very much looking forward to getting to know you all virtually. 

Play, win and help the Lea Village Hall

This is a reminder about the recently formed 100 Club in Lea, where we are raising money to support the village hall, whilst giving residents the opportunity to also be a winner. 

For those new to the concept,  each participant pays £15 a year, this puts their name into the prize draw where monthly winners receive either £5, £10 or £25, plus twice a year the prize is £100. You have just one more day to get involved, or tell others about it! The organiser is Gill Walker, and you send her a quick email here.  

By ensuring you have endorsed your £15 entry fee, you will be put into the first draw taking place this Tuesday 28th April 2020. Obviously if you have pledged your £15 already that’s fine, but do encourage others too. We have over 80 participants to date, but we’d love it to be 100 residents instead. 

Volunteer to support the call for help in the wider area outside Lea

Herefordshire Council are seeking volunteers

These are unprecedented times and the work you do within your communities has never been more vital in keeping people safe and well.

You will though be aware of the impact COVID-19 is having across our country. Herefordshire council and the NHS are working hard preparing for the peak of the virus which is just around the corner. As part of our preparation, we will be rapidly expanding health and social care community service provision.

This will include recruiting a volunteer workforce willing to directly support those most in need. This includes those on the Government’s “shielded” list and those requiring hands on care within our health and social care settings.

Please support us with this vital work.

If you want to be part of this great team and you feel you can help, please click on the link and complete the online registration.

Please note that experience is preferable but by no means necessary as training will be provided. Please note also that those joining the scheme will be required to consent to background checks for safety reasons.

Read all about it – Newspapers delivered to your door

The News Team Group deliver to Lea and surrounding areas

We offer an early morning delivery service by adult drivers and a Customer Service Team who are available 7 days a week to help with any questions or support you may need with your account.

If you’d like to go ahead and set up a new order please complete the registration form online by visiting:

Or by emailing us with the following information:

  • Account holders name
  • Full delivery address and any special instructions we may need to find/access your property
  • Which titles you require and on what days
  • The Bank Account number and Sort Code in order to set up a Direct Debit to take payment and the address the account is registered to- if you have vouchers these will be taken into account but details are still required to finalise an account set up
  • E-mail address you’d like the bills to be sent to
  • Contact telephone number in case we ever need to contact you
  • When you’d like the deliveries to start (we can usually start the next day if we process the order before 1pm – if it’s going to be delayed by a day we’ll let you know or you can pick a future start date of your choice)
  • How were you getting your papers before and why are you not getting them that way anymore?

If you could also let us know how you heard about us, it would be much appreciated.

Once all the above information has been confirmed we’ll set your new account up and reply back to confirm what your account number is. 

We look forward to hearing from you.

Kind Regards,
NewsTeam Group
Tel: 01782 959530

Online safety for children and young people

The use of technology and the internet can be an incredible force for good, especially during this time when it is harder to be connected to our friends and family. Used correctly there is no reason to be fearful in technology itself, however it is important to be aware of risks, especially for children and young people.

There are several sources of advice and support for students and for parents/carers.  These include:

You and your sons or daughters can also access:

Update to Lea Store opening times

Latest information regarding Lea Store (correct as of 2nd April 2020)

 Lea Stores is no longer supplying newspapers/ magazines during this pandemic. 

New hours are: 

Mon- Sat

  • 9.00 to 10.00 for the elderly / vulnerable only 
  • 10.00- noon for general public but not children
  • Noon-  teenagers and children
  • Closed at 1.00 pm
  • Reopens 5.00- 5.30 for those returning from work 


  • 10.00 – noon general public

COVID Symptom Tracker App

Help slow the spread of COVID-19 by self-reporting your symptoms daily, even if you feel well.

Join millions of people supporting scientists at King’s College London to help our health services by identifying:

  • How fast the virus is spreading in your area
  • High-risk areas in the UK
  • Who is most at risk, by better understanding symptoms linked to underlying health conditions

You will contribute to advance research on COVID-19 in partnership with leading scientific institutions like King’s College London and TwinsUK, one of the most clinically detailed studies in the world.

This app allows you to help others, but does not give health advice. If you need health advice please visit the NHS website at:

This app is designed by doctors and scientists at King’s College London, Guys and St Thomas’ Hospitals and Zoe Global Limited, a health technology company.

If you would like to help out in this difficult time, then you can. Download the app and share daily your own status, even if you are well. With your help we can understand much better the situation up and down the country, how the disease presents itself to different people, and how it progresses.

This is a new virus which the UK has never seen before. There are a wide range of symptoms, which differ between people. With your help we can understand better how the disease presents itself depending upon individual factors such as health and age.

No information you share will be used for commercial purposes.

There are two parts to the app:

You will be asked to share some general information, such as your age and some health information, such as whether you have certain diseases.

We will ask you every day to let us know how you feel, so you can share your symptoms. We will also ask whether you have visited the hospital, what treatment you received there, and whether you have been tested for COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Temporary suspension of applications for the Universal Credit Transition Fund

Below is an update from the Department of Work and Pensions regarding applications for the Universal Credit Transition Fund – 31st March 2020.

It is with deep regret that owing to the challenging circumstances presented by the coronavirus outbreak we have come to the decision to temporarily suspend the Transition Fund application process.

You will have doubtless seen the news reports outlining the exceptional demand on DWP services at this unprecedented time. Our priority is ensuring people get their benefit payments and protecting vulnerable people who need our support most. We are taking urgent action to boost capacity, including moving 10,000 existing staff to work on new claims with 1,000 already in place, and will recruit a further 1,500 staff to aid the effort. 

Similarly, we have had feedback from many of you that your organisations are not in a position to proceed with an application or mobilise a new project at this time, and like us you’re focussed on the need to keep your colleagues and those you support, safe.

I understand this will be disappointing for you but we will record your interest and return to you if we are in a position to reopen the application process later in the year. If you have already submitted your application, we will hold this on record, provided you are content for us to do so, in the event we are able to progress with the process later in the year. There will be an opportunity for organisations which have already submitted applications to update and amend their bids where necessary.