In this newsletter:
- Let’s keep going Broxtowe
- Remember to get your second COVID-19 vaccine
- Free rapid COVID-19 tests
- Vaccine system moves to one place
- Other news
- Support available
Let’s keep going Broxtowe
Broxtowe now has the second lowest rates of COVID-19 in Nottinghamshire and we just want to say a big thank you to all of our residents for sticking to the guidance, your hard work is helping to relieve the pressure on our NHS and save lives.
It is now the second week of Step 2 of the Roadmap and whilst we have enjoyed seeing businesses and outdoor hospitality reopen, it’s important we still carry on following the Government guidelines and stick to the restrictions that are in place.
The next phase of the Roadmap is due to take place next month and it’s vital that now more than ever we continue to keep up the good work and follow the current guidance:
- You can meet up to six people from any number of households (rule of 6) or two households can meet outdoors
- Keep washing your hands, making space, wearing face coverings inside and open windows where possible to let fresh in
- Get tested if you have symptoms and self-isolate
Remember to get your second COVID-19 vaccine
We are encouraging all those who have had their first vaccine to make sure they attend for their second dose.
The second dose acts as a ‘booster’ jab to enhance immunity to the virus and offer a greater protection against infection. It is important that people attend for their second dose vaccination when they are invited to do so.
While a single dose of the vaccine does provide a good level of protection from the effects of COVID-19, the second dose is very important to ensure the strongest possible protection.
Free rapid COVID-19 tests available for twice-weekly testing
Around one in three people have COVID-19 without showing any symptoms. You can take twice-weekly rapid lateral flow tests to check whether you have COVID-19 to help identify those who do not have symptoms, facilitate support for those who have to self-isolate and reduce the spread of the virus.
You can access these tests by:
- Visiting the local community testing site at Stapleford Library, Church Street
- Ordering test kits for home delivery online or by calling 119
- Collecting from your local pharmacy through the pharmacy collect service
- Visiting the mobile community testing unit at Kimberley, Newdigate car park (Tuesdays – Fridays, 10.00am – 5.30pm)
COVID-19 vaccine booking system moves to one place
From Friday 23rd April all COVID-19 vaccine appointments will be booked through one place.
Eligible residents in Nottinghamshire will be able to book their COVID-19 vaccine by calling 119 or visiting the National Booking System.
The move from Swiftqueue to the National Booking System will make the booking process easier for the public.
The Arc Cinema Set To Open On Friday 28th May With Hypersense Giant Screens
The Arc Cinema is delighted to confirm that it will open to the public on Friday May 28th just in time for the bank holiday weekend.
The finishing touches are being applied to this eagerly awaited new asset for Beeston Town Centre which includes 700 luxury leather electric reclining seats, laser digital projection and Dolby Digital 7.1 surround sound in 6 of its 8 screens.
The remaining two screens will boast the company’s, new to market, giant Hypersense format which uses 4k laser projection and Dolby Atmos to convey the drama of every scene with maximum impact and precision.
New Market Launches In Stapleford
The market launched on Thursday 22nd April and will be open between 8.00am and 2.00pm at Walter Parker Memorial Square, taking place at the same time every Thursday.
A range of quality produce from traders including fresh fruit and vegetables to sweets and fudge, along with a butcher’s van who will be joining from Thursday 29th April.
Our teams have been working hard to make sure that all of our markets are COVID secure and our visitors can shop safely.
The opening of Stapleford’s new market will hopefully encourage local residents to come into the town centre and encourage residents to shop locally and support other small businesses.
The Big Pedal Is Here
The Big Pedal is taking place 19 – 30th April and is the UK’s largest inter-school cycling, walking, wheeling and scooting challenge that inspires staff, pupils and parents to take active journeys to school.
Children will see our local area from a new perspective and learn about the benefits of active travel! Is your school signed up?
Sam and Michele’s Big Mayoral Walk
On Saturday 17th April Sam and Michele completed their Big Broxtowe Walk raising £400 for the Mayor of Broxtowe’s charity, Citizen’s Advice Broxtowe.
Citizen’s Advice Broxtowe is an independent local charity that helps thousands of people each year with the problems they face.
Sam and Michele undertook a 13 mile walk to all three of the charities offices in Beeston, Stapleford and Eastwood. Both Sam and Michele have worked tirelessly to help people who need support and advice during these difficult times.
A big well done to the amazing team over at Citizen Advice Broxtowe.
Election Polling Card Information
If you’re registered to vote in the May elections, you will receive a polling card through the post from us, which will tell you where your polling station is.
Make sure you check your polling card before heading out to vote, in case your polling station has changed.
Weekly Live Lunchtime Fast Class
Every Wednesday at 2pm you can join a live 30 minute ‘fast class’ with Darren @YhywNotts Facebook.
Darren will switch it up each week and workouts will range from HIIT to core AMRAPS. They will be suitable for all abilities as different options to moves will be offered.
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.