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Lockdown Newsletter 22 

12th November 2020 

More in Morpeth weekly update newsletter. Next issue 19th November. Contact: moreinmorpeth@gmail.com  

Although there is no big Switch-On – the Christmas Lights are all in place, as is the town Christmas Tree in front of the Clock Tower – and the lights go on this evening. The Rutherford’s window display is as spectacular as ever – and many other shops will be putting in a special effort with Christmas displays. 

And the Morpeth Rotary Tree of Light will soon be illuminated in the Arcade. To make donation and/or leave a message visit: https://tinyurl.com/y3zyv9rv 

Stobhill Trial Kerbside Glass Collection starts tomorrow (Friday) – remember to put your new bin out! https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/glass.aspx 

Market stalls selling food & drink are “essential” so are permitted under lockdown, so: 

  • There will be an Early Christmas Market this Saturday (14th) with food & drink stalls only. 
  • The Wednesday Market will continue with food stalls through lockdown. 
  • Street Food Markets are scheduled for 28th Nov and 19th Dec with some (£45) pitches available – see https://tinyurl.com/y5u9gyde 
  • The Christmas Farmers Market will be on Saturday 5th Dec  with the range of stalls depending on the status of lockdown 
  • And there will be another Christmas Market on Saturday 12th Dec. 

You DON’T have to rely on the supermarkets for your food deliveries or on Amazon or Argos for your Christmas shopping – you can still #shoplocal ordering online and by phone from your local shops (who rely on the run-up to Christmas for most of their annual income). Follow More in Morpeth on Facebook & Twitter for offers (and message or email More In Morpeth to get your offers listed!) 

Many “non-essential” shops – including a lot of independents – are offering online, email and telephone ordering – with delivery and collect services. 

Most Morpeth restaurants and cafes are now offering takeaway and delivery services – not just traditional takeaways but Sunday lunches, full menu mealscream teas etc. For example The Wansbeck is featuring a “guest” streetfood takeaway van every Friday – and is also takeaways from offering its Thai food menu 

The Lions Giving Tree is looking for new pyjamas and snuggle blankets for 5 to 16 year olds. Donations (new or used) can be collected tel 01670 516859 or 222435. Cash donations are welcome through https://www.justgiving.com/morpethlions 

In line with current Government guidance for this lockdown – the Town Council’s playgrounds and Terrace (old library car park) public toilets will remain open  

The next Inside Morpeth will be delivered in the second week of Dec. Please get any stories, articles or other copy to Ian Leech ian-leech@sky.com by 26th Nov. 

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 

Updated guidance from Government for “clinically extremely vulnerable” https://tinyurl.com/y6x5on9l 

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

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