Welcome to the Barking Parish Website
The Parish of Barking has a lot of history, most of it recorded, but there is still more material to be found. There are beautiful ancient buildings, the Churches, many cottages and houses, beautiful ancient woodland and the Tye (the common).
There are many events which are organised by the Barking Community Council and these are advertised in the Four Parishes Newsletter which is delivered to most households in the village. Full details of the recent and forthcoming events can be found by following the link to the relevant page on this website.
The Village Hall is managed and maintained by the Village Hall Management Committee. Full details of the Village Hall and it’s facilities can be found by following the link to the relevant page on this website.
The list of clubs and organisations shown on this website draws attention to the many and varied activities taking place in and around the village. All these organisations welcome new members. It is hoped that this website may be of use to all residents in Barking, and especially to newcomers to our community.
Please share this information with all your friends, family and neighbours, especially those that you know keep poultry or captive birds.
You may have already seen information in the press that the Chief Veterinary Officer has declared a Prevention Zone to help protect poultry from a strain of Avian Flu in Europe.
This now requires keepers of poultry and other captive birds across England to keep their birds indoors, or take appropriate steps to keep them separate from wild birds. Information on the new measures can be found here.
Poultry keepers are advised to be vigilant for any signs of disease in their birds and any wild birds, and seek prompt advice from their vet if they have any concerns.
Any person in charge of poultry (such as chickens, hens, turkeys, etc) and captive birds must take all appropriate and practicable steps to ensure that:
a) poultry are housed or otherwise kept separate from wild birds;
b) other captive birds are kept separate from wild birds;
c) poultry and other captive birds are provided with feed and water which is not accessible to wild birds.
d) any person who comes into contact with poultry and other captive birds must take all reasonable precautions to avoid the transfer of contamination between premises, including cleansing and disinfection of equipment, vehicles and footwear;
e) there are reductions to the movement of people, vehicles or equipment to and from areas where poultry or captive birds are kept to minimise contamination from manure, slurry and other products;
f) vermin control programmes are implemented effectively, including preventing the entry of wild birds, around buildings where poultry or captive birds are kept;
g) housing and equipment is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected at the end of a production cycle;
h) disinfectant at the right concentration is kept at all points where people should use it, such as farm entrances and before entering poultry housing or enclosures.
The following guidance is also available:
How to spot avian influenza (bird flu), what to do if you suspect it, measures to prevent it, and the Prevention Zone – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu
- Biosecurity and preventing disease in captive birds within a Prevention Zone - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu#biosecurity
- Clinical signs that poultry keepers should look - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu#about-avian-influenza
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If you have any queries, please do give me a call.
Thank you again,
Community Engagement Officer
Suffolk Trading Standards
Public Health & Protection
Suffolk County Council
Landmark House, 4 Egerton Road, Ipswich IP1 5PF
Tel: 01473 263579 (720 3579)
Fax: 01473 263283
Web site: www.suffolk.gov.uk/tradingstandards
Every precaution has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the contents but no liability, consequently, or otherwise, is accepted for errors or omissions.