The “Eat out to Help Out” scheme starts tomorrow, do you know where you can benefit from it?
Local hostelries & Restaurants have been registering for the scheme. They will offer a 50% discount off food and (non-alcoholic) drink every Monday to Wednesday in August with up to £10 per person available. You can eat out to take advantage of this discount as many times as you want; sadly Continue reading
Parish Council Agenda 22nd July 2020 – Have Your Say
The next meeting of the Parish Council on 22nd July 2020 is open to the public and will be conducted via Zoom Videoconferencing. Members of the public & press are welcome to attend but will need to contact the Parish Clerk to secure the access link and passcode. Business to be discussed includes Minutes & Reports, Finances and 4 planning applications.
On day 114 we get an update on the village’s Swift project. In other news:
Thanks to funding received last year, we are now in the process of Continue reading
On day 107 we see Essex opening a free bus travel scheme. In other news we have:
- NHS Cadets scheme launched by local Chief Nurse,
- Essex Wellbeing Service to become a fixture,
- Holiday Scams:
- Property Rental Fraud. and
- Some ‘Bus’ music.
A new sustainable travel campaign aiming to make it easier for people in Essex to switch from cars to sustainable travel, such as walking, cycling and using the bus, is launched today. Continue reading
Day 102 of (floral) Lockdown
On Day 102 of lockdown we have two floral stories, Open Gardens 2020 and a giant Echium. In other news, two shorts:
- Following the recent announcement by the Prime Minster, the lockdown restrictions will be eased further with effect from 4th July. There will be more venues opening, including playgrounds for children, & pubs/beer gardens for adults, but the main guidance remains. The rules for social distancing are now set at 2m OR 1m with additional precautionary measures (e.g. face masks, being side-by-side etc…).
You can read the full guidance here. This guidance sets out the principles you should follow to ensure that time spent with others outside your home is as safe as possible. If you are clinically vulnerable or extremely vulnerable, you should follow the guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people and you can also get support..
- The Lorkin Daniell Playground will not reopen tomorrow, as it had been hoped, but is expected to reopen next weekend (weather permitting) once installation of new swings has been completed.
Oh, and this update wouldn’t be complete without Terry Wogan!
West Bergholt Open Gardens 2020
The West Bergholt Open Gardens has been a biennial event since 2014 and raised thousands of pounds for local charities. This year it had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but the plan is it will return next year. We would like to share a few photos of the gardens that were due to open on 28th June, and hope you find them uplifting Continue reading
On Day 100 of lockdown Colchester Borough Council looks at launching a Garden Club. Meanwhile not to be outdone, Essex are launching:
… and we end with a bit of fun
Another news short – Colchester Zoo will be opening indoor & play areas from Saturday 4th July.
Proposals for a new options-based garden waste service are being published by Colchester Borough Council. Councillors will Continue reading
On Day 98 of lockdown Wimbledon doesn’t start, yet another sporting casualty of the pandemic. A few topics today, most addressing your mental or physical fitness:
- Latest from Museum from Home,
- Active Essex aims to help you keep physically fit,
- Libraries reopening will help with your mental fitness,
- Colchester Parking Consultation, &
- Wimbledon in music.
Museum from Home
On Day 94 lockdown we will have done well to have kept our cool with temperatures in the 30’s! ECC are also getting a little heated about the amount of litter & waste that those visiting parks, countryside & beaches are leaving behind; expect to see a few more signs like the one on the right. News today includes:
- West Bergholt FC thanks West Bergholt PC
- July 4th – 1m or 2m?
- The Essex Way,
- Climate Change Network, and
- FC/PC becomes AC/DC.
West Bergholt FC Thank PC for Grant
West Bergholt FC were grateful for the Continue reading
Day 91 lockdown coincides with Windrush Day commemorating the Windrush generation and their legacy. You can find out more about this on Wikipedia and I ‘tip a hat to it’ at the end of the update. The day also sees the start of a week of activity leading up to Armed Forces Day on Saturday which is where we start; other items:
Flag Raising ahead of Saturday’s Armed Forces’ Day
Parish Council Agenda 24th June 2020 – Have Your Say
The next meeting of the Parish Council on 24th June 2020 is open to the public and will be conducted via Zoom Videoconferencing. Members of the public & press are welcome to attend but will need to contact the Parish Clerk to secure the access link and passcode. Business to be discussed includes Minutes & Reports, Finances and 2 planning applications.