THE Mayor of Fordingbridge has praised residents for "pulling together" during these "unprecedented and concerning times".

In a message to residents, Councillor Paul Anstey said Fordingbridge Town Council were working with other local authorities, groups and individuals to help the community during the coronavirus pandemic.

He said: "These are unprecedented and concerning times. In response to the challenge presented by the Coronavirus, the government has taken steps that have impacted on all of our daily lives. The Town Council is working with other local authorities, groups and individuals to help our community manage the current challenges that we are all faced with.

"In line with government advice, the skate park, the play areas, the refreshment kiosk and the toilets have all been closed. However, the main area of the Recreation Ground and the car park currently remains open to allow residents a suitable open space for their exercise once a day whilst maintaining appropriate social distancing of two metres.

"Whilst the Information Office is closed, the Information Office staff can still be contacted by phone (01425 654560) and email ( and are continuing to provide their invaluable support, dealing with enquiries and directing residents to the appropriate services and groups.

"The allotments remain open and the Government’s advice is that plots can continue to be worked provided sensible precautions are taken including maintaining appropriate social distancing."

He added: "Residents have pulled together and formed ‘Fordingbridge: In need’, a group wanting to help people in the town affected by Covid-19. This local community-run initiative looks to support Fordingbridge and the wider surrounding areas as we work together during the Coronavirus outbreak.

"Its aim is to provide support to everyone who needs it within the wider community; ensuring everyone has access to key information and resources. The group also wants to help support local businesses and services as we progress through this difficult time together. ‘Fordingbridge: In need’ can be contacted by telephone (01425 542045) or by email ( and also has a dedicated Facebook page and website (

"Following the temporary closure of the library, the Community Fridge has been relocated to The Branch which remains open for the residents of Fordingbridge. Food Bank vouchers can also be obtained from The Branch.

"This is all in the context of a broader response from the local community. There are numerous businesses, groups and individuals doing their bit to assist our residents.

"These are challenging times, but I am proud of the response to those challenges by our community and I want to reassure residents that there is guidance and support available to those that need it."

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