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Lockdown Newsletter 32

11th February 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

Happy Chinese New Year (Friday) – the Year of the Metal Ox!

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

Vaccination roll-out: If you are scheduled for a vaccination, you will be invited to a hub (Alnwick or Centre for Life, Newcastle), or you can wait to be contacted by your GP surgery and get vaccinated locally. https://tinyurl.com/y295dfh7

Greystoke Surgery are now inviting any o-70’s registered with them who have not had a first jab yet to contact them 01670 511393 to book an appointment.

Community full fibre broadband proposal for Stobhill & Hepscott: a group of local residents are working with NCC and Openreach to access Government grants for gigabit speed broadband. Residents and businesses wanting to register interest email morpethgigabit@gmail.com or tel 07956 429942.

Northumberland Libraries: Half Term Fun Bag available from Morpeth Library. Each bag contains a selection of books and creative activity ideas for Valentines and for Chinese New Year. Stocks are limited and contents may vary so call now 01670 620390 to reserve or order online at https://bit.ly/3aQLDsn

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/

Stormchaser COVID-19 Prevention Study: Those exposed to COVID-19 in the past 5 days may be eligible. Those who qualify may get: COVID-19 test at no cost, investigational antibodies at no cost and study-related medical care from local doctors at no cost. See https://gb.c19stormchaserstudy.com/

Lockdown support from Northumberland Communities Together and locally through the Morpeth Community Support FB Group 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.

Age UK Northumberland are offering help for o-65’s to access financial support (if entitled) towards heating costs. Support is free, impartial and Covid safe, call 01670 784 800.

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

Northumberland Local Elections (county & town councils) plus postponed Police & Crime Commissioner elections have been confirmed for 6th May (subject to review) Check you are on the Electoral Register and are signed up for a postal vote if you want one. https://tinyurl.com/y6d7mase

NCC has published a “route map” identifying challenges and how they might be addressed in a post-pandemic recovery https://bit.ly/3aVAgPV