NHS Declares Major Incident

Major Incident declared by NHS

NHS logo - NHS is declaring a major incident

The NHS has declared a major incident in relation to the administration of the COVID 19 booster vaccine. They will use a number of venues to ramp-up vaccinations, including

  • vaccination centres (existing and new);
  • local pharmacies;
  • PCNs (GPs);
  • Hospital Hubs,
  • Pop up centres,
  • drive-thru facilities (probably in unused retail parks e.g. B&Q Hythe), and
  • an outreach programme to large business premises.

However, the NHS desperately needs volunteers to help ensure the smooth running of the new and old vaccination clinics.   Please contact Community360, who will be supporting this aspect of the vaccination roll out, if you are interested. Telephone 01206 505250 or email [email protected].

Testing Centre Opens – How to Book & Help

Covid-19 Virus

Covid-19 Virus

Covid-19 Testing Centre Opens In Colchester

A new fast testing centre is opening in Colchester for those who DO NOT have symptoms of Covid-19.  Colchester residents with no symptoms are being encouraged to get tested to help reduce the spread of the virus and the pressure it is putting on hospitals and the care system.

There is also a call for volunteers to help with the fight against COVID-19 which you can read below. Continue reading “Testing Centre Opens – How to Book & Help”

Plan For the Environment Launched

Plan for the Environment to support diversity

Plan for the Environment to support diversityPlan For the Environment Launched

The Parish Council has adopted a strategic plan for the environment; it will help it to manage the land assets under its control between now and 2026.  Its scope includes:

  • Lorkin Daniell Field,
  • Poors Land
  • The Heath/Village Green
  • The various ponds,
  • Mumford Oak,
  • Allotments, &
  • Sundry other green spaces.

In order to develop the plan, all of these have been assessed for species diversity and rarity in accordance with Continue reading “Plan For the Environment Launched”

The First Window Opens This Evening (& other news)

The first window

The first windowThe First Window Opens

This news round-up starts with the First Window opening this evening and then also covers:

How it Started

Inspired by other places around the country that turn their village into a giant advent calendar, St Mary’s are very grateful to those who volunteered to decorate a window representing a part of the nativity story.

The idea is that each window has a number in it representing their day and that the actual design is not revealed until the allocated day. The revealed designs are then lit each Continue reading “The First Window Opens This Evening (& other news)”

Winter Resilience – Coping with COVID

Winter ResilienceWinter Resilience

Colchester BC is launching a Winter Resilience programme to see us through winter with COVID.  The intention is to ensure all residents are prepared and/or have access to support when they need it.

Community360 minibus

This year they are going mobile and will be out and about in the community, so look out for the Community360 minibus in your area.  Soon they’ll be dropping off packs to Continue reading “Winter Resilience – Coping with COVID”

It Wasn’t a Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Keith Wood the Bear Man of West Bergholt

Keith Wood the Bear Man of West BergholtIt Wasn’t a Teddy Bears’ Picnic

It certainly wasn’t a Teddy Bears’ picnic but West Bergholt definitely pulled together during the COVID-19 lockdown.  In so many ways they displayed kindness, generosity, sharing & innovation that shows what a great village we are.

The Bear Man

One person that has become quite famous for his efforts is Keith Wood or Bear Man of West Bergholt as he likes to be called. Continue reading “It Wasn’t a Teddy Bears’ Picnic”

AGM of Care Network

Care Network 0300 773 3100

Care Network 0300 773 3100

AGM of Care Network

The 2018 Care Network AGM takes place in St Mary’s Church Hall on 18th April starting at 7:30 pm.  Now in its 31st year, the Care Network provides a vital transport service for those who have difficulty in making what are mostly medical appointments without support.  The meeting is open to all village residents, so why not come along, show your support and hear about the group’s achievements. Continue reading “AGM of Care Network”

Do you know a crime victim who needed support?

Victim Support LogoVictim Support needs more volunteers

Victim Support is an independent charity working towards a world where people affected by crime or traumatic events get the support they need and the respect they deserve. They help people feel safer and find the strength to move beyond crime. They tailor their support to victims’ needs and it is given freely & confidentially.  Last year in Essex, their team of trained volunteers and staff supported over Continue reading “Do you know a crime victim who needed support?”