St Mary’s Easing Out of Lockdown Edition

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Gathered Services & Zoom Plus Other News Coming Out of Lockdown

As we await news of when & how we might be coming out of lockdown, this update starts with an update on Gathered Services and then continues with:

… and the usual listings of services and contacts but first:

Gathered Services Update

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Urgent Need for Volunteers

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Your village needs you - call for vaccine marshals

Volunteers Needed to Support the Local Vaccine Programme

The vaccine programme at the West Bergholt Surgery has so far been highly successful. This is as a result of the NHS staff and the many volunteers and Marshalls who have assisted with traffic flow duties and parking during vaccination sessions. The Marshalls fulfil an important task in minimising inconvenience to the local residences and ensuring those visiting the local surgery are assisted according to their need, particularly those with underlying health issues.

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Half Term ‘ActivAte’ & Other News

ActivAte, Broadband, Bowls, Police, COVID, Voting & Toasty

As Half-Term looms Active Essex are organising ActivAte sessions for youngsters. In other news we also have:

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ActivAte

ActiveEssex is organising ActivAte clubs over the Easter holidays. They are completely free for young people who are:

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Holiday Fraud & Other News

Starting with Holiday Fraud, this news roundup also addresses:

Zoom Quiz Calling

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St Mary’s Church is running a fundraiser Zoom Quiz to support the work of their Families Worker, Jo Jeffery. Jo’s work impacts many in the village and includes activities such as:

  • helping with the Toddler Group,
  • running the Larder providing food parcels to families impacted by the pandemic, &
  • running RE lessons, prayer spaces and wellbeing courses for Heathlands.

You don’t have to have a full house to join in, if you are alone there will be a chance to ‘buddy up’ with a partner online.

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Will you be able to enjoy outdoor bowls this year?

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The chance of enjoying outdoor bowls again is, of course, in the hands of COVID-19 and government plans to restrict the virus. Woods Bowls Club, however, has cautiously put some dates forward in anticipation. The club is small but very friendly lawn bowls club that is open to all ages and abilities. The club consists of a mixture of male and female members with ages ranging from ‘Thirty-somethings’ to sprightly Nonagenarians! You are never too young or too old to play Lawn Bowls.

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e-Scooters Coming to Colchester (& other news)

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e-Scooters will kick off this update but we also have updates on:

e-Scooters Trial Starting Soon

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Treating COVID-19 at Home & Vaccine

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Covid-19 Virus - where can you get the vaccine?

If you want to find out how you might get your vaccine carry on reading. Click here to read about treating COVID-19 at home.

Health and care staff are working hard to open as many centres as possible as supplies become available. Essex & Suffolk NHS now have five hospital vaccination hubs (including Colchester & Ipswich). Also more than 40 GP-led services and, from tomorrow, two new large vaccination centres. These are in Wickford & Ipswich with more opening shortly.

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