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NEW MINISTER APPOINTED

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The Bishop of Newcastle, together with Lord Joicey and Durham Cathedral Chapter as patrons, is delighted to announce that the Rev’d Charlotte Osborn, previously Assistant Curate in the Oakham Team Ministry in Peterborough Diocese, is to be Priest in Charge of Ford and Etal, and Lowick with Kyloe, and Ancroft. Charlotte will be licensed by Bishop Christine in the New Year on a date to be announced as soon as possible. 

Charlotte says, ‘I am very much looking forward to returning to the north east, and to exploring with you the challenge and adventure of being a church in these very different times in which we find ourselves. I thank you for your prayers and assure you of mine as together we prepare for this new phase of ministry’. 

Bishop Christine adds: ‘Please keep Charlotte, her husband Leo and all the parishes in your prayers as she prepares for this new ministry.’

The parishes of Lowick, Ford & Etal and Ancroft have been without a minister in charge for two years, since the Rev’d Victor Dickinson retired. 

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

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There will be an Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial at 2.00 pm on November 8th. This will take place under the guidelines published by HM Government, reproduced below.

Please note that you may attend as a “Passer By”, so long as you observe social distancing rules with people not in your household or bubble.

We have to make all reasonable steps to record attendance. If you are at the service, you could e-mail us below, so we have a contact tracing record if required. These will be deleted in 21 days.

 

ADVICE FROM GOVERNMENT

What can a Remembrance Sunday event involve?

The Remembrance Sunday event at the National Cenotaph will be adjusted this year to ensure the event is as safe as possible. Local events should be adapted to reflect the same principles. They should:

  • be outdoors, as transmission risks are significantly reduced
  • be short and focussed on wreath laying, with a reduced march past or parade only if social distancing can be maintained
  • take advantage of opportunities for wreath layers to represent wider groups
  • any small, military bands should observe social distancing. Buglers can perform outdoors at Remembrance Sunday events.
  • keep numbers to a minimum, focussing attendance on those wishing to lay wreaths (more information on who can attend below)
  • take reasonable steps to minimise wider public viewing. The public can only attend the event with their own household or those in their support bubble, or individually with one other person from outside their household.
  • observe social distancing at all times

Limited communal singing, involving the national anthem and one additional song, is permitted outside for Remembrance Sunday, if additional mitigations are put in place. Steps that will need to be taken are:

  • communal singing must be outdoors only
  • songs should be a few minutes or less
  • there should be 2 metres between attendees
  • any surrounding surfaces that are touched should be regularly cleaned
  • there must be very clear rules about non-attendance of the symptomatic, those who are isolating as close contacts of a case or who has been advised to do so by NHS Test & Trace and those quarantining
  • all relevant rules on gatherings are to be followed
  • consideration should be given to the vulnerability of some individuals

Who can attend a Remembrance Sunday event?

Event organisers should keep numbers of those participating in the event to a minimum. For the avoidance of doubt, the following people are legally permitted to attend events to commemorate Remembrance Sunday as participants. Attendees should observe social distancing at all times. Attendees should also take advantage of opportunities for wreath layers to represent wider groups.

  • people attending as part of their work (such as local councillors, local faith leaders, the local MP)
  • people attending in a voluntary capacity on behalf of a recognised organisation
  • members of the armed forces
  • veterans of the armed forces, and/or their representatives or carers

Members of the public are legally permitted to stop and watch the event as spectators, but event organisers should take reasonable steps to discourage the public from attending events, and be mindful of the risk that such events pose, especially to veterans who are often elderly.

Where members of the public do attend, they must only attend the event with their own household or those in their support bubble, or one other person (children under school age, as well as those dependent on round-the-clock care, such as those with severe disabilities, who are with their parents will not count towards the limit on 2 people meeting outside) and observe social distancing rules.

Event organisers should review the updated guidance on the clinically extremely vulnerable, and ensure this is taken into account when planning events.

Test and Trace

Event organisers must take reasonable steps to record the contact details of those attending (including those present in a working capacity, and members of the public who stop to spectate).

Event organisers must keep a temporary record of attendees for 21 days, in a way that is manageable, and assist NHS Test and Trace with requests for that data if needed. This could help contain clusters or outbreaks. Further detail can be found in the current Test and Trace guidance.

Those responsible for organising events, and businesses working on an event site, must also keep records of staff working patterns for a period of 21 days.

Many organisations already have systems for recording their attendees. You can find details of how to maintain records.

There is also an NHS App which can be used to log in attendees.

It should be noted that those found not to be compliant with these regulations may be subject to financial penalties.

Please note the legal requirement on recording contact details does not extend to places of worship, however it is strongly advised that recording is put in place where possible.

Communal worship

Remembrance Sunday services are traditionally part of communal worship. From 5 November, places of worship are not permitted to open for communal worship. Celebrants may, however, enter places of worship to broadcast services to their communities and will be able to incorporate Remembrance services as part of this when they do so.

 

NEWS FROM OUR MP

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New national measures
I am sure you are familiar with the new national restrictions which came into effect today, and which end on 2nd December. You can find the overview of the regulations HERE and the relevant legislation HERE

I thought it might be helpful to outline some of the support measures available, plus some other news which may have slipped under the radar during the blizzard of news we have experienced this week.  

CJRS
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – known as the furlough scheme – will be extended until the end of November to cover the new restrictions with employees receiving 80 per cent of their current salary for hours not worked, up to £2,500 a month. Businesses will have flexibility to bring furloughed employees back to work on a part time basis or furlough them full-time. More information on that HERE.

Self-employed support
We will provide even more generous support to the self-employed by increasing the support to the self-employed from 40 per cent of trading profits to 80 per cent for November. These grants are calculated over three months, meaning the maximum grant will increase to £5,160. This is £4.5 billion of support to the self-employed through November to January alone, with a further grant to follow covering February to April. This comes on top of £13 billion of support provided to between 2.5 million and 3 million self-employed people so far, one of the most comprehensive and generous support packages for the self-employed anywhere in the world. Further information HERE

Support for businessesExtending the application deadline for loan guarantee schemes – that is, the Bounce Back Loan Scheme, Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, and Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme – to the end of January 2021. This will give businesses two extra months to make loan applications (relative to the current deadline of 30 November).  Furth information on financial support for businesses HERE.Adjusting the Bounce Back Loan Scheme rules to allow those businesses who have borrowed less than their maximum (i.e. less than 25 per cent of their turnover) to top-up their existing loan. Businesses will be able to take-up this option from next week; they can make use of this option once. We understand that some businesses did not anticipate the disruption to their business from the pandemic would go on for this long; this will ensure that they are able to benefit from the loan scheme as intended. Extending mortgage holidays. Mortgage holiday will be extended to reassure homeowners. These were due to end on 31 October, but borrowers who have been impacted by coronavirus and have not yet had a mortgage payment holiday will be entitled to a six month holiday, and those that have already started a mortgage payment holiday will be able to top up to six months without this being recorded on their credit file. Some further information on that HERE. Supporting businesses forced to close. Business premises which are legally forced to close to receive grants worth up to £3,000 per month in England. This is worth over £1 billion a month with the new restrictions in place, and will benefit over 600,000 business premises. Providing additional support for local authorities. £1.1 billion will also be provided to Local Authorities to enable them to support businesses which are not forced to close but are facing reduced demand due to the new national restrictions. Care home visits
New guidance was released yesterday for care homes on how to continue to enable safe visits, which can be tailored to each home. You can read that HERE

Guidance for the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable
New guidance for those who fall into the clinically extremely vulnerable category has been published. This includes those who suffer from certain cancers and auto-immune conditions. You can find out more HERE, which also includes a link on how to seek assistance if you need it.  

Vaccine update
There are some really positive developments for some of the candidate vaccines, which I have summarised HERE

Testing update
You may have heard about the new rapid testing programmes, which are being trialled in Liverpool. You can read more about testing progress HERE
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SEWING PROJECT UPDATES

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Here is the latest update from the Successful Sewing Project

We would be most grateful if you could add this attachment onto Lowick Live for the latest update on the sewing project. 

Summary of the Project – follow this link:

http://www.berwickartsandcraftsgroup.btck.co.uk/NorthumberlandC19Sewing/SummaryofNorthumberlandC19Project

Almost 5,000 items have been made and delivered locally to our key workers with 64 volunteers supporting the project during the first wave of the Coronavirus. There has been a core of 3 stitchers in the last couple of months and we have been keeping the GP surgeries topped up with Face coverings. The supply there has reached 1,000 and we are now supplying local food banks so a fabric face covering can be added to the deliveries.
Thank you in anticipation.

Take care and keep safe.

Kindest regards,
Annie and David Robinson

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What a fabulous community we live in F

SHOP RAIDERS FOILED!

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After an incident in the Village Shop last week, Karen and Richie have posted this warning on their Facebook page.

Please can ALL shops and other public businesses be aware of these two men. They came into our shop yesterday morning at 9:57 and I only saw the smaller man come in but the taller one had walked in front of him and straight into our house where my husband was luckily working on paperwork so was able to chase him out of our house and shop. He said he needed the toilet. The smaller told me he knew very little English when I asked him if he needed help.

Image from MOD in Berwick

We saw the last image on a Facebook post last night – they have stolen charity money and tipping money in Berwick and Seahouses. We were lucky. If you see them please phone 101 so the police can build a case. Be careful and stay safe.