In this newsletter:
- Tributes paid to the Duke of Edinburgh
- COVID-19 updates
- Other news
- Support available
Tributes paid to the Duke of Edinburgh
The ceremonial royal funeral for HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh will be held at St George’s Chapel, in the grounds of Windsor Castle, at 3pm on Saturday, 17 April. The event will be televised.
At 3pm, a minute’s silence will be held nationwide, in memory of the Duke. The country is currently in a period of national mourning, which will end on the day of the funeral.
Speaking ahead of the event, Mayor of Broxtowe, Councillor Janet Patrick said “On Saturday many of us will fall silent at 3.00pm to pay tribute to the duke of Edinburgh. The Duke made a remarkable contribution to our nation during his many years as Her Majesty the Queen’s constant companion and Consort.
He will be fondly remembered, not only for his public service but also as a husband, father, grand-father and great-grandfather.”
In Nottinghamshire, an Evensong Including Prayers and Devotion to HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh will be held at Southwell Minster on Friday afternoon.
This will be live streamed on the Southwell Minster YouTube page
This service is by invitation-only due to COVID-19 restrictions and will include representatives of organisations throughout Nottinghamshire, and individuals who have a connection with the Duke himself, or one of the organisations he supported.
Remember to carry on social distancing
With the reopening of Outdoor Hospitality, Retail and Health and Beauty it’s important to stay alert and remember to:
- Keep your 2m distance
- Keep washing your hands for 20 seconds
- Wear a face covering when inside
- Be patient and follow business guidelines
Our local town centres are ready to welcome you back and it is important to try and support our local businesses across Broxtowe.
You can do this by shopping local, shopping safely and following government guidelines on social distancing, face coverings and regular hand washing.
If you are at a venue that serves alcohol as customers you will be required to order, be served and eat/drink while seated (even if no alcohol is ordered). Businesses should be taking payments from their customers at the table or at another outdoor location.
If you find yourself in a technical fault situation and it is not possible to take payment outdoors, you could be asked to go indoors and take the payment as a last resort. If you need to make a payment indoors please remember to wear a face covering unless exempt.
If the technical issues are re-occurring the venue may propose setting up a tab system to ensure their customers are not making multiple indoor payments during their time at the venue.
Calling 45’s and over
If you are aged 45 and over you can book for your COVID-19 vaccination via Swiftqueue
Or call 0115 883 4640 between 8am – 6pm (Mon – Fri) or 9am – 1pm (Sat – Sun)
You can only use this service if any of the following apply:
- you are aged 45 or over
- you are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
- you have a condition that puts you at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
- you have a learning disability
- you get a Carer’s Allowance, get support following an assessment by your local authority or your GP record shows you are a carer
If you think you are an eligible unpaid carer who has not been contacted for your coronavirus vaccination, speak to your GP surgery.
COVID-19 vaccination during Ramadan
Two leading Muslim figures working in the NHS have today joined other medical leaders and Islamic scholars in stressing that Ramadan should not stop anyone from getting the NHS COVID vaccination.
Dr Farzana Hussain said: “Getting an injection does not break the fast as it’s not nutrition and so there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t have it if you are eligible and have been invited for your Covid-19 vaccine and those scheduled for their second dose, should take it.”
The British Islamic Medical Association, an affiliate of the Muslim Council of Britain, has issued specific advice, recommending the vaccine and insisting it is okay to have during Ramadan as it is not nutritional, nor does it contain any animal or foetal products.
Re-opening of the Council Offices – appointments only
Our Council Offices reception in Beeston is open between 9.30am and 4.00pm, Monday to Friday for pre-booked appointments only.
Comprehensive risk assessments have been carried out to protect both employees and residents and social distancing measures will be in place.
Only make an appointment if you have no other way to do what you need to, as this will help us ensure that we can all stay safe and help those that need it most – a trip to the office could be avoided by:
To make an appointment, please call 0115 917 7777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Do not visit without an appointment.
Chance to bid for new funding for projects helping people back into work
Does your organisation have a current project or an idea aimed at boosting the economy, particularly one which helps Nottinghamshire residents affected by the pandemic back into work?
Our county is set to benefit from a share of the Government’s £220 million UK Community Renewal Fund which aims to help local communities most in need, by improving skills, breaking down the barriers to employment and supporting local businesses.
This funding is for revenue-based projects such as skills-based training, business support and advice and helping individuals into work, so isn’t designed for new buildings, refurbishments or equipment.
We are looking for any intention to bid for this money by this Friday 16 April by 5pm by emailing CRFNottinghamshire@nottscc.gov.uk with a 200 word (maximum) summary of your organisation’s potential bid and your contact details.
Deadline to submit full and final bids is by noon Friday 7 May.
Wanting to vote by post in this year’s May elections?
There’s only 4 more days to go before the registration deadline for the County Council, Police and Crime Commissioner, Beeston Rylands, Stapleford South West Borough Wards and Brinsley Parish Council elections and Broxtowe residents are being urged to make sure they’re registered if they want to have their say.
The deadline to register to vote is Monday 19th April and the deadline for postal votes is Tuesday 20th April at 5.00pm
Broxtowe Ramblers back together
Local Ramblers are encouraging people to join them as they start their regular group walks again. Broxtowe Ramblers are part of the Ramblers UK national walking charity. As such, they are COVID secure and can walk in slightly larger groups than are generally permitted.
Each walk is led by an experienced ‘rambler’ who will have previously walked and ‘risk-assessed’ the route; details of everyone who joins a walk are securely recorded for track and trace purposes, so you can feel safe when walking with them.
You don’t have to be a member to join a Broxtowe Ramblers walk – so why not visit their website and see what is on offer?
If you develop symptoms of Covid-19, stay at home and self-isolate immediately. If you have a positive test result but do not have symptoms, stay at home and self-isolate as soon as you receive the results. Your household needs to isolate too.
A new illustration by Public Health England explaining the self-isolation guidance is available to view and download: Stay at home illustration [PDF]
Support to get essential supplies
If you are vulnerable and need help to get food, medicine or community support, please get in touch with the Nottinghamshire Community Support Hub www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/coronaviruscommunityhub or call 0300 500 80 80
In some circumstances, if you are required by law to self-isolate, you may be supported by a payment of £500, payable from Broxtowe Borough Council. Find out more about this scheme and other financial support at www.broxtowe.gov.uk/testandtracepayment or call 0115 917 7777
The impact of the pandemic on you and your loved ones and not being able to enjoy all of the activities you would normally be involved in can all have an impact on your health. It is important to remember to look after yourself. Useful resources to support you, your family and friends can be found at www.broxtowe.gov.uk/wellbeing or call the Nottinghamshire Mental Health Helpline between 9.00am and 1.00pm, seven days a week on 0300 555 0730.
Accessing NHS services
If you have symptoms or a health concern you are worried about, please contact your GP practice. GP practices are still open and here for you. When you call your practice, you may be offered a consultation online or over the phone. If they feel they need to see you in person, they will invite you in for a face to face appointment. Read more for guidance at https://nottsccg.nhs.uk/covid-19/gp-appointment-guidance/
Our parks and open spaces are generally mown every two weeks from April to October, depending on weather conditions. This is to create accessible open spaces that are attractive and provide space for people to enjoy active recreation in Broxtowe.
Mowing is undertaken for a number of reasons:
- To create accessible green spaces
- To help with safety by cutting vegetation at road junctions
- To make areas feel more welcoming and appealing
There are nearly 200 hectares of parks and open spaces to maintain in Broxtowe. Not all these are grass areas but this puts in perspective the areas that need to be maintained.
Staying up to date
The easiest way to stay up to date is by checking our dedicated Coronavirus webpages.
They contain useful information on:
We also share daily updates on our social media accounts and will be sending you this email bulletin every Friday.
Please share the information in this email bulletin with friends, family, neighbours and colleagues to help us pass on these important messages, particularly if they’re not online.
Please also encourage anyone who isn’t already subscribed to this Email Me Service to sign up at www.broxtowe.gov.uk/emailme so they can receive these updates.
Find the latest guidance from the Government website.