Ainstable Parish Council is following advice regarding COVID-19, or the Coronavirus, provided by national bodies.

Residents can find advice and information from Public Health England here, or from NHS-111 here.

If you have a temperature or new cough, these may be an indication that you have contracted COVID-19 and should self-isolate. There is more information on self-isolating here.

Cumbria County Council Emergency Support Helpline

The helpline exists to provide support to people at ‘high risk’ who aren’t able to rely on neighbours, friends or family members, and may be struggling for food, medicines or other essential supplies. The requests for help are matched with local support which is being offered by a network of community groups, volunteers, redeployed council employees, and local businesses.

How to contact the Emergency Support Helpline:

The telephone call centre operates Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and 10am to 2pm at weekends. The service also accept referrals from members of the public who may be concerned about people in their community.

Ainstable Parish Council

PLEASE NOTE: Ainstable Millennium Green has now reopened. Members of the public use the site at their own risk. Please respect social distancing when using the site. It is not possible to sanitise the play equipment, gates or benches so please wash your hands thoroughly after visiting the Green.

Armathwaite and Ainstable Area

If you would like help or just to talk to someone about the situation please call, text or Whatsapp 07591592700 or email

If you would like to help us support the community, we can add you to the Whatsapp organising group. Text 07591 592700 for more information.

If you are self-isolating, please look after your mental health; there is some information from the BBC here which you may find useful. You may also be interested in this free telephone befriending service provided by Lakes Medics:

Information regarding free telephone befriending service for vulnerable adults and the elderly. Call 01539 232999 for details.

Neighbourhood Watch has issued the following warning regarding scams:

I have been made aware of a number of new scams exploiting peoples fear over the Corona virus. The scams take several forms which include (so far): Individuals in some areas, posing as Medical Staff conducting Covid-19 tests in your home.   Messages claiming to be from HMRC offering a tax refund due to changes in the law around Covid-19, recipients have to click a link which takes them to a fraudulent website Messages claiming to be from the Centre for Disease Control or from the World Health Organisation. These messages offer the recipient the chance to view a list of confirmed cases within their local area by clicking on a link and making a Bitcoin payment. Emails claiming to be from a virologist sending an attached document with instructions on how to avoid the Coronavirus. The attachment is malicious. Fraudulent online sales of masks and hand sanitiser which never materialise. If an online shopping offer looks too good to be true, then it probably is. Please don’t allow allow anyone into your homes to conduct tests.

Please do not click on links or open attachments and take time to check that the email is from a legitimate source.

Please be aware that fraudsters will go to great lengths to make their communications with you look genuine. 

As Covid-19 continues to spread, fraudsters are likely to continue using the anxiety it generates to trick people out of their personal data and hard earned money.

More than ever, as a community you need to be aware of those in your locality who are elderly, live alone and who are vulnerable.

Please look after and support each other

Joe Murray QPM