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Lockdown Newsletter 30

28th January 2021

More in Morpeth weekly update newsletter. For the duration of the current lockdown, the focus will be on guidance and support. Contact: moreinmorpeth@gmail.com

We are in the Third Lockdown with review scheduled for mid-February but dependent on roll-out of the vaccination programme.

Government guidance – subject to ongoing review and re-interpretation – but the source information is at https://tinyurl.com/y6sq9ef2

Vaccination roll-out: Letters are being issued for appointments at Vaccination Hubs in Alnwick and Centre for Life, Newcastle. Or you can wait to be contacted by your GP surgery and get vaccinated locally. Note: GP Surgeries, Hospital Outpatients, Dentists and Opticians are all open but operating with reduced staff.

You can help fight COVID-19 by aiding research: download the Zoe C-19 app and record your health and symptoms in a couple of minutes on a daily basis. Join over 4.5M participants supporting the NHS and scientists in the UK, by providing data from a wide cross-section of people healthy, pre- and post-vaccine, pre- and post-Covid. https://covid.joinzoe.com/

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend (29th – 21st Jan). Sign up to take part! https://tinyurl.com/yd8ph4kg

Farmers Market on Saturday 6th Feb is scheduled to be on (food & drink only), though traders will choose to attend at individual discretion [so e.g. the LambMan will not be attending]. Covid19 protocol suggests just one customer per household goes to the market and encourages pre-ordering and collection from traders where possible.

CPRE “Dark Skies” Annual Star Count (a measure of light pollution) 6-14th Feb. Sign up to take part! https://tinyurl.com/y6r5r55p

Coming soon! Online Valentine’s Day Competition in aid of Mayor’s Charity Contact Mental Health

Postal vote registration for Local Elections (County and Town Councils) due this May is open. https://tinyurl.com/yyq75z92

Lockdown support from Northumberland Communities Together and locally through the Morpeth Community Support FB Group Contact Jack Gebhard (local coordinator jack.gebhard@morpeth-tc.gov.uk) to volunteer to help, For assistance, call the support hub on 01670 620015 or email NCT@northumberland.gov.uk NCT Website https://tinyurl.com/y3nbtzrl MCSG FB https://tinyurl.com/y53bjrc3

If you are concerned about someone’s immediate welfare call OneCall on 01670 536400 and in an emergency call 999.

NCC is delivering the Government business support grants through the Northumberland Business Hub see https://tinyurl.com/y3zdg2ks

If you’re a pub in Northumberland, get less than half your income from food, and haven’t applied for a £1,000 Xmas support payment yet, please do so TODAY.

Applications close this Sunday 31st Jan

Advance Northumberland is offering 1-to-1 advice on business support available – email covid19@advancenorthumberland.co.uk and they aim to call back within 24 hours https://tinyurl.com/y3qmoq3s North East Growth Hub Covid-19 Toolkit https://tinyurl.com/y35zzqff

Food parcels are being issued by Wansbeck Valley Food Bank (home deliveries) on referral (Wansbeckvalleyfoodbank@gmail.com) and by Stobhill Link (01670 519575) on request.

Sign-up now for NCC Garden Waste Collections from March www.northumberland.gov.uk/Garden

Green Homes Grant: £5000 voucher towards energy saving measures in your home https://www.simpleenergyadvice.org.uk/pages/green-homes-grant

Access magazines and newspapers online through Northumberland Libraries with PressReader – all you need is a library card and access PIN. http://bit.ly/2CoYjcP