Community Special Constables Needed
The parish has a low crime rate but does suffer from occasional antisocial behaviour and parking issues, along with sporadic rural crime. West Bergholt Parish Council are supporting Essex Police to increase local and visible policing in their area. We nearly had two Special Constables ready to go but one has decided to join the regular force and the other is now on maternity leave so we start again!
Community Special Constables are more focussed than Special Constables, they dedicate their voluntary service to the area that matters most to them – their town or parish. In return, the local council will pay the allowances and expenses of their officers and they’ll have a say in the issues that their local Specials deal with.
What Are Community Specials?
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 77 of (where is?) Lockdown
On day 77 we start off with items of interest to gardeners and then quite a few more news items:
- National Garden Scheme reopens,
- Stay at Home, Grown your own scheme – get a starter kit,
- Today is the beginning of Carers Week,
- Update on the work of the NHS Volunteer Responders,
- How to get new recycling boxes & caddies,
- Essex Police enhance online services offering, and
- The Good Life – gardening in mud.
National Garden Scheme reopens
The National Garden Scheme has just started opening gardens. You have to book a timed entry online (and pay Continue reading
Day 74 of (fluctuating) Lockdown
Day 74 sees a focus on Colchester town centre to start with – actions to make it greener and easier to social-distance kick us off:
- Greener town centre on the way,
- Cheaper parking in the town centre,
- Essex Rural Strategy – Give your views,
- More Scams to look out for,
- Christian Aid Week Outcome, and
- COVID-19 Humour etc…
Health experts and leading cycling and walking campaigners have welcomed ambitious plans to make Colchester town centre streets safer, greener and healthier. Continue reading
Day 70 of (surreally) Lockdown
So, is this day 70 of Lockdown or is it day 1 of De-Lockdown? Heathlands School saw around 70 children attending today so, for them, it is pretty much over until the Summer Holidays in just over 7 weeks. Other news:
- Older Adults keeping active,
- HMG De-Lockdown updates,
- Beware fake test & trace calls,
- COVID-19 guidance for smokers & vapers,
- Some light reading (not), and
- Two bits of musical relief.
Sport England have published Active at Home, co-funded by them & PHE. It aims to help older adults keep up their activity levels while isolating Continue reading
Day 66 and we have news from the village first followed by:
- Business Grants available from Colchester Borough Council.
- Colchester Business Survey.
- Updated COVID-19 Guidance from HMRC on a range of issues, and
- Something else.
So, on to the…
Drama this week as a local resident, allegedly under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, came to a sudden unexpected stop. Continue reading
On day 58 we get the chance to finish what we started on day 57; the Essex Life in Lockdown article inviting you to share your lockdown story. After that:
- Consultation on Police Priorities,
- Mental health awareness week,
- Mental health & wellbeing courses,
- Children’s Mental Health,
- Garden Waste Collections,
- Environment & Highways Meeting,
- ECC COVID-19 Financial Impact,
- As usual, some light relief.
The People of Essex – share your stories
The Research and Citizen Insight team at Essex County Council are reaching out to residents of Essex to hear their experiences and share stories of what it has been like for you during this extremely challenging time. How has COVID-19 and the lockdown has impacted your life, how you’ve been getting on, how you have managed to stay connected with friends, family and your community and how you’ve been feeling throughout the lockdown period? Continue reading
Day 51 and Monty Python
Monty Python kicks us off on day 51. I’m afraid this video reminded me a little of some of the daily briefings we are getting.
Today sees the first day of softening in England, how was it for you? We start with a few government updates – quite a lot came out today; those included here are most relevant to members of the public.
- More Government Guidance.
Further clarifications on access to green spaces, public transport & schools.
- Good Things Foundation.
Trying to ensure everybody is connected.
- Courier Fraud Warning.
Warning from Essex Police.
- Essex to Improve Cycle & Pedestrian Routes with Social Distancing.
Plans announced by Essex County Council.
- Common Sense Called for as Recycling Centres Reopen.
ECC anticipate a rush, probably not good to be a trailblazer.
- A few more Monty Python classics to amuse.
More Government Guidance
Some more guidance updates to ease our way into the common-sense world of soft lockdown, apologies if some of these appear repetitive or, at least, covering the same ground: Continue reading
After a quiet weekend for local news, day 43 (6 weeks and a day!!!), brings us a few bits of news that might interest. Also a rather lovely parody of Cat Stevens’ Father & Son and other light relief. So we have:
- Calling for Community Specials (again),
- Celebrating VE-Day 75th Anniversary,
- Supporting Local Charities & Communities, and
- Music & Humour.
Community Special Constables Needed
The parish has a low crime rate but does suffer from occasional antisocial behaviour and parking issues, along with sporadic rural crime. West Bergholt Parish Council are supporting Essex Police to increase local and visible policing in their area. We nearly had Continue reading
Day 32 sees another slew of updates from Borough & County Councils, some anti-fraud stuff, the Tik-Tok videos of the Co-op dancers stitched together into one and a musical interlude.
- Support for Vulnerable Residents.
- Fraud Alerts.
- Local businesses missing out on financial support.
- A musical interlude from Princess Ariel.
But first, let’s enjoy the Co-op Dancers:
Dancing for West Bergholt
What better way to spend your evening after a hard day’s work than spending 45 minutes rehearsing some dance moves. Well, that’s what Continue reading