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Lockdown Newsletter 25

3rd December 2020

More in Morpeth weekly update newsletter. Next issue 10th December. Contact: moreinmorpeth@gmail.com

North East is in Tier 3 with a review on 16th December: shops, gyms, salons etc are open but not restaurants, cafes or pubs unless offering takeaways or home delivery. Government Guidance for Tier 3: https://tinyurl.com/y2ypdssn

Make This Your Morpeth Christmas

Support local businesses this Christmas (and help make sure they are still with us next year!) – campaign sponsored by Rutherford’s, Town Council, Northumbria Print & Distribution, Sarah Farooqi Art & the Chamber of Trade. Our local shops are open but are also using online ordering, click & collect and home delivery – so you should be able to do most of your Christmas shopping with local businesses. And look out for the great takeaway and home delivery offers from restaurants and cafes.

Did you know you can get gift vouchers from many local restaurants and cafes – great idea for Christmas with a promise of better times to come.

The Christmas Farmers Market is this Saturday, with full Covid-19 precautions, social distancing and traders including Moorhouse Farm, Jimmy the Lamb Man, Ridley Fish & Game, Bread & Roses, Georgie Bangers and more – and you can “order and collect” too. Morpeth Lions will be at Farmers Market collecting everything from art materials to spectacles to stamps to ink cartridges or they will call & collect tel 01670 516859 or 222435 to arrange. Lions also welcome cash donations https://tinyurl.com/y54t4kn3

Late Night Shopping Thursdays through to Christmas (3rd 10th 17th) at Rutherford’s (till 7pm), in Arcade (till 8pm) and elsewhere.

The A1 will be closed and traffic redirected through Longhirst and Ulgham nightly 20:00–06:00 Mon 7th to Fri 11th & Mon 14th Tues 15th https://tinyurl.com/y4bhoyo7

Made in Sicilia – new deli and takeaway opened on Newgate St today (Thurs)

Morpeth Methodist Church are collecting toys, Christmas jumpers, books, DVDs, games and jigsaws to be distributed to Action for Children, NDAS and the Community School Clothing scheme. The church will be open for donations on Thurs 3rd & 10th and Fri 4th & 11th 17:30 – 19:30 – and Sat 5th and 12th 10.00 -12.00.

“Taste of Northumberland” Christmas Market on Saturday 12th Dec. Contact lottie.thompson@sandersonarcade.co.uk and there’s a Street Food Market on 19th.

NCC Consultation on plans for rail passenger services on the “Northumberland Line” linking Ashington to Tyneside, with possible links to Morpeth – closes 14th Dec https://bit.ly/2UhmVJM

Look out for the “traditional” knitted angels which will be appearing throughout the town soon. St George URC and the Methodist Church assure us that they have been fully quarantined this year – and genuinely safe to take home.

The Morpeth Rotary Tree of Light is in the Sanderson Arcade. To make a donation and/or leave a message visit: https://tinyurl.com/y3zyv9rv

Refurbished St James Community Hall on Wellway is now available for booking, within Covid-19 guidelines Contact Morpeth TC 01670 514314

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

NCC Covid-19 Information Hub includes info on Business Grants, Schools & Home-schooling, Self Isolation Support Payment and more Tel 01670 620015. https://tinyurl.com/y33zgylz

NCC has grant funding available for businesses which supply the hospitality, hotel, B&B and leisure sectors and for certain businesses which do not incur business rates. https://bit.ly/3muwp0F

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