Covid-19 News - 02 DecemberWest Berkshire Council sent this bulletin at 02-12-2020 06:54 PM GMT
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What the 'High' Alert Level restrictions mean for West BerkshireWest Berkshire has been placed in Tier 2 High Alert from today until further notice from the Government.
This means we cannot mix households indoors, apart from support bubbles.
However up to 6 people from different households can meet outdoors, including in a garden or a public place. In addition, under the High Alert tier:
Council Services: You can also check out an overview of key Council Service operations in place from today until further notice (scroll down the page to the Services Status section).
It is more important than ever that we play our individual parts to keep cases down locally and stop the spread of the virus by following the rules. Nationally the tiers will first be reviewed on 16 December.
We're here to helpWe understand that these are very challenging times and we are here to help.
If you are in financial hardship due to the pandemic you may be eligible for financial support through the COVID Winter Grant Scheme.
Through this programme, which is running until 31 March 2021, you are welcome to apply for support for food, utility and water bills for household purposes, or other related essentials.
Please have your supporting documents ready for the online application process.
If you’re on a low income, unable to work from home and will lose income because you are required to self-isolate, you may be eligible for a £500 Test and Trace Support Payment.
Anyone who needs further assistance should contact the Community Support Hub on: 01635 503579, by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or via our online form. The Community Support Hub is open during office hours between 8.30am and 5pm Monday to Thursday, or between 8.30am and 4.30pm on Friday.
Free public car parking dates in DecemberNow that we can all visit shops, cafes and restaurants again (in a Covid-safe manner), we are delighted to offer FREE parking on selected dates this month.
It's our way of welcoming you back to our 'High Streets' and supporting retailers in the run up to Christmas.
The pedestrianised zone in Newbury Town Centre will be extended until 10pm on Thursday evenings from 10 December until Christmas and also until 10pm from 21 December until Christmas Day.
The zone will remain open in the morning to support deliveries. This temporary measure covers Northbrook Street, the north end of Bartholomew Street, and the Market Square.
The free car parking will be available in the Council's car parks throughout the day on:
Helping businesses impacted by COVID restrictionsWe will continue to distribute the Additional Restrictions Grant to businesses that have been severely impacted by COVID-related restrictions.
For rate-paying businesses that are not allowed to reopen under Tier 2 restrictions, such as nightclubs and pubs and bars that cannot serve substantial meals, we are continuing to distribute the Local Restrictions Support Grant.
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Forming a Christmas Bubble over the festive periodIn England from 23 – 27 December the Government is allowing people to form an exclusive “Christmas Bubble” composed of people from no more than three households.
Read the full guidance on Christmas Bubble arrangements and how to form a bubble if you are clinically extremely vulnerable.
If you are thinking of forming a Christmas Bubble and meeting indoors, please take steps to keep yourselves as safe as possible by ensuring indoor spaces get as much fresh air as possible, washing your hands regularly and for 20 seconds, and ensuring regular cleaning of surfaces.
Stay Well This Winter – Flu Vaccine UpdateAs we have started to approach the colder months we want to remind eligible residents how important it is to get vaccinated this year. The flu virus strikes in winter and it can be far more serious than you think, especially if you have a long term health condition or are over 65. With COVID-19 also in circulation this winter it is now more important than ever that eligible groups are vaccinated.
This year, if you are living with someone who is on the NHS Shielded Patient List or you are aged 50 - 64, you are also eligible for a free flu vaccine. If you are aged 50 – 64 your GP should be writing to shortly.
If you’re eligible speak to your GP or local Pharmacy, who should be able to tell you when you can expect to book your flu jab.
If you’re not sure if you are eligible for a free flu jab speak to your GP. See additional information on the Flu vaccine.
West Berkshire Libraries to reopenWest Berkshire Libraries will reopen to visitors in limited numbers from Saturday, 5 December. You will be able to choose books and use library computers for up to one hour per day. Printing, scanning and photocopying services will also be available.
Please don’t forget to wear a face covering when you visit unless you have a medical exemption and to bring your library membership card with you to borrow books or DVDs and to use our computers.
You also need to know your 4-digit library PIN which you can reset online if needed.
We will still be asking you to help us protect our communities by maintaining social distancing, using hand sanitiser as you enter the library and providing your details for NHS Test and Trace.
You can find details of all current library opening hours, including our Mobile Library timetable, on our website: www.westberks.gov.uk/libraries.
Watch this space for further information!
Walk for Parkinson’s – Welford Park
Join Parkinson’s UK on Sunday 29 April 2018 when we will be returning to Welford Park for our sponsored Walk for Parkinson’s. There will be two different circular walks available, a 2.5 mile walk and a more challenging 6.5 mile walk around the beautiful Welford Park estate, home of the Great British Bake Off. During the walk you will cross the River Lambourn, climb the hill to see the impressive cricket pitch whilst overlooking the historic Welford Park, explore the wonderful woodland before crossing the fields and taking in the lovely views of the surrounding countryside.
Entry fee is £10 for adults and £5 for under 16s and all walkers will receive a Parkinson’s UK t-shirt, plus a medal on completing the walk.
The funds raised from the Walk for Parkinson’s – Welford Park will go to Parkinson’s UK to support the vital research work taking place to find a cure for Parkinson’s and improve the lives of the 127,000 people in the UK who are affected by the condition. We support those living with Parkinson’s and their families and friends, so that no one has to face Parkinson’s alone.
You can find out more and register at https://www.parkinsons.org.uk/events/walk-parkinsons-welford-park or contact the Regional Fundraising Team on 020 7963 3912 or email email@example.com
West Berkshire Heritage has a huge range of events and activities planned for 2018 from theatre, crafts, talks, special exhibitions and music - all designed to be entertaining and informative. Their aim is to provide a range of heritage activities for all ages at West Berkshire Museum and Shaw House with a programme that is designed to increase access to our local history and heritage.
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The following is a list of all the Christmas Services and Carol Services taking place across the
West Downland Benefice:
10th December - 4pm Village Carols and Readings
18th December - 6pm School Carols by Candlelight
20th December - 10.20am School Christmas Assembly
Christmas Eve - 10pm First Communion of Christmas
Christmas Eve - 3pm Carols by Candlelight
20th December - 9am School Christmas Service
22nd December - 7pm Beer & Carols at The Ibex
Christmas Day - 10pm Family Communion
23rd December - 3pm Carol Service
13th December - 7pm Newbury & District Agricultural Society Carol Service
31st December - 10am United Benefice Holy Communion
3rd December - 3pm Chrisingle Service
17th December - 3pm Carol Service
21st December - 6pm Carols around the Tree
Christmas Eve - 11.30pm Midnight Communion
Christmas Day - 9.30am Family Communion
8th December - 6.30pm Christmas Party with Carols
10th December - 10am Nativity Play Service
Christmas Day - 8am Holy Communion
19th December - 7pm Carol Service
12th December - 5pm School Nativity Play
17th December - 11am Carol Service
Christmas Day - 11am Family Communion
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