Changes to the Royal Mail
From LAST Saturday, the 2nd May, Royal Mail won’t be delivering normal post on a Saturday. Post will still be collected from post boxes on a Saturday and also registered post and parcels will still be delivered. They are obviously struggling with staffing levels at the moment.
This news seems not to have been read by our post man on Saturday, who turned up with his shiny new van as normal.
Household Waste Recovery Centres (tips) are reopening TODAY, Monday 4 May.
If you’re one of the people who has been clearing stuff out and is now wondering what to do with it. If your war with flora in the garden has left a mountain of dead and dying weeds and cuttings.
As outlined in DEFRA guidance, journeys to waste sites are only allowed under the lockdown restrictions if the waste materials cannot be stored at home without causing risk of injury or harm to Restrictions will apply. The Berwick site will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
To make sure that each facility can operate in line with Public Health England guidelines, and to protect the health and safety of our staff and our residents, restrictions will be put in place.
Strict social distancing measures will be in place, which means that the number of visitors will be limited. Residents should be aware that this may result in queuing traffic due to these restrictions.
There may be significant demand in the first few days following the reopening. Should very long queues form, residents may be asked to leave and come back at a later date.
Hopefully, the pile of rotting vegetation by the back door, and the collection of scrap metal and broken toys you have been storing on behalf of Northumberland County Council is lethal enough to warrant its safe disposal!
is making some bias binding for Fiona so will go along to assess what she needs. Lynne will go along as she too is making gowns and will get some advice. All socially distancing procedures will be adopted.
Who’d have thought when all this started that we’d still be battling away in week 5? Well, we’re still pretty much clear of Covid-19 here in our patch and if we continue to behave as requested there’s every chance that we’ll remain that way. But things could happen and we could have members of our communities who catch the virus and end up in hospital. So, we need to keep our guard up and continue to try to support one another whilst sticking to the rules!
the news this week
- Do you know about the Thursday fish van from Ross Dougal from Eyemouth (the same firm that has the van in Berwick Market)? He comes to Bowsden and Lowick on a Thursday afternoon and you can arrange a delivery by phoning – 01890 751911
- There’s a tight community feel developing up there in Holburn. Susan Graham (01289 388695) is the person to call if you need help locally (she’s also on Lowick Parish Council). Holborn is largely looking after itself and will let us know if they need anything extra.
- There’s a scheme offered by Bell View of sharing books and we’re thinking of taking part. They’d delivery to the Lowick Village Store some safely wiped books in three categories – crime, thriller and general – and people would be able to pick them up or we could arrange for delivery if people are isolating. And we thought we could extend the offer through offering some DVDs and I’ve already had some offered by 2 households. Is this worth a try?
Keeping Lowick and District Connected
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY BLIND ASSOCIATION
Here at Northumberland County Blind Association, we have had to suspend all face to face services and social groups.
We have developed a ring a round service, where our volunteers are calling all of our clients to keep intouch to reduce isolation, and to let them know we care at this difficult time.
We are desperate for more volunteers, if you think anyone in your organisation can help us and can come with a recommendation, we would like to hear from you. We have some guidelines which we will issue to each volunteer and a point of contact for safeguarding issues should they arise.
Please help us to help some of the most isolated people in our communities across Northumberland.
DOMESTIC ABUSE SERVICES
FOOD BANKS IN THE NORTH
- Alnwick – Email Town Council on: email@example.com and they will deliver.
Or you can collect (on behalf of a client) from Lindisfarne Adult Learning centre Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 9am – 11.30am
Wednesday 1pm – 3.30pm
Email; firstname.lastname@example.org or Text 07498488797 to make an apt.
- Amble – Email: email@example.com and they will contact person.
- Berwick – Telephone 01289 303366 to arrange collection.
- Wooler – Temporary new home in Cheviot Centre. Call 01668 282406 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you require help. Open Monday – Friday 10am – 3pm but MUST ring first.
- Longhoughton – Collection point at Company B Café Call Charlotte – 07539774844
NORTHUMBERLAND HEALTH WATCH
Our information and signposting service is still here for you during the coronavirus outbreak so if you would like any information about, or help accessing, health, care or support services please get in touch with us in one of the ways listed below.
During this time of the coronavirus outbreak we are sharing information on local services, changes to existing services and where people can access help and support, through our Facebook and Twitter pages and through our website and newsletters. We have a dedicated website page which brings together current information and advice for people in Northumberland:
The page has information on self-isolating and shielding, plus help with mental health and official guidance from the government and the NHS.
Northumberland Communities Together
Northumberland County Council has set up a Community Response Hub, for those struggling to manage at home and needing support for basic things like food. If you, or anyone you know needs assistance the number to call is: 01670 620015, or you can email: email@example.com. Lines are open 9.00am – 6.00pm, seven days a week.
If you are worried about the immediate welfare (health or well-being) of a child or adult contact Onecall – 01670 536400 – 24 hour service, every day.
Ways to get in touch with Healthwatch Northumberland:
Telephone: 03332 408468
Text: 07413 385275
Or via Facebook and Twitter