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Lockdown Newsletter 20

29th October 2020

More in Morpeth is producing a weekly update newsletter. Next issue 6th November. Contact: moreinmorpeth@gmail.com Facebook will not be supporting “Notes” from 31st Oct so the format of this newsletter on Facebook will change – so watch this space.

A great rally round from the community, local business and the town council in response to the “Hungry Holidays” half-term emergency – but with the end of furlough scheme and Christmas looming there’ll be many families in need (some perhaps unexpectedly). Continue giving your support locally through Wansbeck Valley Food Bank, Stobhill Link (01670 519575) and Contact Mental Health.

The temporary overspill car park (on the old library site) will be closed till 2nd Nov for site surveys relating to the new Leisure Centre but will then re-open again. The main Terrace car park will not be closed.

Big Neighbourhood Pumpkin Trail  https://tinyurl.com/y6xt7hev

Morpeth Town FC home (Craik Park) to Whitby Town this Saturday (KO 15:00) in the FA Trophy and home to Bamber Bridge on 3rd Nov (KO 19:30) in the Northern Premier League. Online commentary https://mixlr.com/morpeth-town-afc/

The Townhouse on Bridge St opens on 4th Nov https://tinyurl.com/yxkonenw

There’ll be no Parade or public Wreath-laying Ceremony for Remembrance Sunday (8th Nov) this year. Instead the Town Council will be holding a small service (by invitation only to ensure social distancing rules etc) at the Cenotaph as it did for VE and VJ Day earlier in the year. This service will be streamed live with the link for this published next week. Organisations and individuals are invited to come to the Memorial lay their wreaths throughout the day after the service, observing social distancing precautions.

British Legion has published some suggestions on how to observe Remembrance Day at home. https://tinyurl.com/unztpm3

Curley Kews will be closed for roadworks from 9th Nov till 13th Nov 9:30 – 15:30 daily

There will be no big Christmas Lights Switch-On this year – though the lights will go up.

Morpeth Litter Group can’t do their regular Litter Blitz at present but are looking for individual volunteers to do regular local litter-picking with their “Adopt a Street” scheme morpethlittergroup@gmail.com

Beyond half-term: activities for children at home from Northumberland Libraries https://tinyurl.com/y3e39abm

The latest edition of “Inside Morpeth” is out now, download the PDF (4.62 Mb) https://tinyurl.com/y6meb2f2

GMDT are selling Morpeth Walking Maps: 12 durable A5 maps for £12 the set. Order online https://tinyurl.com/y5l9eg8v

Morpeth Community Support Group is available to do shopping, collecting prescriptions, dog walking etc for people whether they are self-isolating or not – and still needs more volunteers. https://tinyurl.com/y53bjrc3

NCC Covid-19 Information Hub includes info on Changes to Council Services, info and advice for businesses (Business Information Hub), Communities Together, shielding & quarantine Tel 01670 620015. https://tinyurl.com/y33zgylz

Covid-19 Compliance queries can be referred to NCC Public Protection publicprotection@northumberland.gov.uk Suspected breaches of compliance can be reported online  https://tinyurl.com/y6p328l7

Continuing restrictions can lead to mental health problems for a great many of us – if you need support, contact the Mind info line for advice, open Mon – Fri 9am – 6pm, 0300 123 3393, or Contact Mental Health in Morpeth on 01670 510652.

If you’ve had coronavirus, you may still be experiencing some symptoms. Get useful information and support with your recovery: https://tinyurl.com/yyanbx4v