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BOWSDEN & FENWICK NEWS – MARCH & APRIL

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Events in Bowsden and Fenwick, our neighbours and friends, are covered in NEWSLETTERS edited by Harry Wilson & Colin Wakeling. Lowick.Live posts these on its pages as they are published as PDFs for you to open and read – in case you do not receive a copy yourself.

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Bowsden Bugle April 2020

LATEST FROM COUNTY COUNCIL ON COVID-19

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A message from Councillor Cath Homer on the Council’s support for the vulnerable
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Covid-19 latest

Northumberland Communities togetherNorthumberland County Council has launched it’s Communities Together hub to ensure those who are unable to leave their homes receive the support they need.

Teams have been working hard to compile food parcels to deliver to residents who are not able to rely on the help of friends, family or neighbours.

To volunteer to help as part of the hub, click HERE.

If you or someone you know needs assistance from the hub please email northumberlandcommunitiestogether@northumberland.gov.uk, or call 01670 620015 between 9am to 6pm, seven days a week.

Northumberland Business Hub

The Council’s Business Hub has also gone live – it has a wealth of information and advice for local companies and help from loans to grants. You can find it HERE. 

Guidance on being outdoors
A number of people have asked questions about taking exercise and how to go about it safely. The guidance is clear – stay local, and stay 2 metres apart.  The Government has issued more detailed guidance HERE. 

Support for the NHS
We have delivered millions more pieces of equipment to NHS staff, so that everyone who needs personal protective equipment can get it. We have established the national supply distribution response team, supported by the Armed Forces, to deliver equipment to people who need it the most.
We have delivered 170 million FFP3 masks, surgical masks and other PPE equipment:

•    23 million surgical face masks

•    42.8 million gloves

•    13.7 million aprons

•    182,000 gowns

•    Almost 10 million items of cleaning equipment

•    2.3 million pairs of eye protectors

Every single GP practice, dental practice, and community pharmacy has had a PPE delivery. All care homes, hospices, and home care providers have, or will shortly have, a delivery.

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My team remain on hand to help people during this crisis. If you need assistance please email annemarie.trevelyan.mp@parliament.uk

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WALK WHILE YOU ISOLATE…..

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Yesterday, Katie and I completed this simple 2 mile walk west of the village. It was a very sociable experience considering we kept the regulation 2 metres from everyone we met – we avoided Philip on his March [twice], and several others – all taking the advice to stay healthy and walk once a day. So I thought Lowick Live could publish a series of walks, just to remind you that there are public footpaths and byways out there, just waiting for you to explore.

So here is the first – I’ve plotted it on VIEWRANGER – an excellent walker’s app which allows you to use free landscape maps as well as buying tiles from the OS – you could even download the route yourself. My apologies to Ordnance Survey for using their copyright map – but it’s not for profit, and only an extract, and these are unusual times.

All the walks will start at the war memorial, and will include notes to help you.

Please email me at Lowick Live if you have a walk you want to see included.

High Steads, Moss Hall and Ham Hall

This is an easy one to start with – turning left off the B6353 up the drive of Blackbird Cottage at the footpath sign. There are no major issues – a barbed wire behind the first stile has a plastic tube on it, and the path across the ploughed field has not been marked, so take the edge of the field round to the gate. It’s plain walking round the road to Moss Hall, then the footpath takes you over the fields to Ham Hall, back on the B6353. Beware the barbed wire 6 inches from the 2nd stile, after the former limestone quarry. If you are tall and careful you should be OK, but its a tight wire and needs some attention.

PHILLIP COMES MARCHING HOME!

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Hello,
I am delighted to say that I completed my ‘March in March’ today.  Many thanks to all those sponsored me @ <https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/philliphanson> and in the real world in Lowick Village Store, your generosity has far exceeded my expectations.
However it is not too late for the rest of you to donate to Combat Stress <https://www.combatstress.org.uk>.  Please go online to <https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/philliphanson> and, if you are eligible, I would be grateful if you also Gift Aid your donation.  No amount is too small (or too large!), please leave your name or be anonymous.
If you know of someone who might also want to support Combat Stress, do forward this email onto them.
Combat Stress is a really worthwhile cause, otherwise I would not have ‘Marched in March’ and I certainly would not have bothered you about it.
Many thanks,
Phillip
PS
The secret to avoiding blistered feet, when you do not ‘March’ that frequently, is “1000 Mile Socks” (no, I do not have shares)!

CLAP FOR OUR CARERS!

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Tonight at 8.00pm we are urged to stand at our doors, windows and balconies, and applaud our NHS, and the thousands of carers who have given their skills, knowledge and hearts to saving lives as the coronavirus sweeps the UK.

Starting in Spain, this international appreciation for those who give their time, and even their lives, to protect and save, is another sign that good things can happen in times of crisis.

So stand at any door or window, and raise the roof! 8.00pm. Hear you there!

COVID-19 – KEEPING LOWICK AND DISTRICT CONNECTED

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Help during the Covid-19 outbreak

We’ve refined our volunteer list to take account of current circumstances around Covid-19. This means we have a list of people who are able and willing to do some
of the following:

 Deliver food from the shop
 Deliver prescriptions
 Walk the dogs
 Telephone people on a regular basis and make sure they are ok

Over the next couple of days, you’ll receive a flier with information about what’s planned and telephone contact numbers for you to use if you need some help. You’ll
appreciate that we need to keep you and the volunteers safe and that, therefore, they won’t be coming into your home. If you have a broader problem, then we might
need to signpost you to one of the services that are still running and are there to help.

This volunteer led service is being applied across the three Parishes of Lowick, Bowsden and Kyloe.

If you have any queries, please don’t, hesitate to contact Jane Pannell 01289 388321 and jane.pannell51@btinternet.com

Read the leaflet here:

 

COVID-19 – UPDATE FROM OUR MP – WEDNESDAY 25.3

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The latest updates on Covid-19

Who should be working?
A number of people have been in touch not sure if they should be going to work.  It is vital that everyone who CAN work from home does so, and for those who can’t they are able to do so safely.

I have added a “Should I go to work?” section to my website which takes you through a number of questions to help you decide.  Find it HERE. 

The updated list of guidance for customer-facing roles and premises is HERE.   It includes details for tradespeople who visit homes and how they can continue to do so safely.

Hotels, lodges and guest houses
As you know, these premises should now be closed unless they are catering for those who need them.  There is some guidance on who might need them HERE.  This will include key workers who need to isolate from vulnerable family members, those who would otherwise not have any other safe place to live and visitors from overseas who are not able to get back to their home country. Hotels and other community premises are also able to host blood donation sessions.

UK nationals abroad
A number of people have been in contact because they are concerned for friends or relatives who are abroad.  The Foreign Office teams are working hard to help those UK nationals who are able to be repatriated to do so.  It is vital that UK nationals abroad follow the relevant Embassy on twitter as that is where most of the updates are being published, including how to ensure the local consular team has your details.  They are working hard to try to arrange flights, so ensure they have your details (including location, passport number, date of birth and any relevant medical conditions).

NHS resources
The Government will be opening a new temporary NHS hospital at the London Excel Centre (NHS Nightingale Hospital) which will be able to cater for 4,000 beds, staffed by the military and NHS clinicians.

Over 11,000 recently retired clinicians have responded to the call to return to work, which is wonderful news.  Thank you to all of them, I know they include local Northumbrians.

You can help too by joining NHS Volunteers.  Over 170,000 have joined the call overnight.  You can click HERE to register your ability to help with vital tasks such as delivering food and medication, driving patients to appointments and befriending phone calls.

Please consider giving blood at this time if you are able to leave your home.  The NHS still needs people to donate, more so than ever. Find out how to do that HERE.

Finally, a big thank you to everyone for following the guidance and doing all you can to keep yourselves, your families and your communities safe.  We know this is a big imposition on all our lives.  It is not easy, but it is necessary.

Take care,

Anne-Marie Trevelyan