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Lockdown Newsletter 35

4th March 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

Government Roadmap out of Lockdown: https://tinyurl.com/2tr9ua2h

8th Mar:

· Schools and colleges reopen. Univ students return for practical courses

· Face masks recommended in class for secondary school students and for parents and staff in primary schools

· Wraparound childcare for vulnerable pupils and where for parents or carers to go to work; support groups or to seek medical care

· Two people from different households can meet outside

· One nominated person can visit care homes, but will need PPE and a lateral flow test

Vaccination roll-out: All over 60’s and people with long-term health conditions are now being invited for vaccination. Invites will come from both to book at the large NHS Hubs (like Centre for Life) and (separately and a little later) from your GP Surgery. You may choose whichever is more convenient but do wait for your invite.


Households, support and childcare bubbles with school and college-aged children can now get regular #COVID19 testing (up to twice a week): https://tinyurl.com/prfydr8j

Today is the last day of the Morpeth Cricket Club fundraiser for new nets. https://tinyurl.com/8e679m9f

The Farmers Market is on this Saturday (6th March): try to make it just one customer per household and pre-order if at all possible.

The Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering will be all online this year – on Sat 10th April: Archive film of 1980’s Gatherings is on now on the dedicated YouTube Channel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYciILjjx88

Poets, dialect and story writers and composers of songs & tunes can enter the Gathering Competitions: deadline 8th March See website for rules & entry forms https://tinyurl.com/tdnh9fje

The 2021 Census takes place on 21st March. Information will arrive in the post. See www.census.gov.uk

Inside Morpeth magazine will be back in print 3rd week in April. Anyone with a story or wishing to advertise should contact Editor Ian Leech by Weds 31st March email ian-leech@sky.com or call 07377 095553

Local Elections take place on 6th May. Deadline to register to vote is 19th April. Deadline to apply for a postal vote is 20th April. https://tinyurl.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.

The local (Morpeth) coordinator for Communities Together is Alison Byard email alison.byard@morpeth-tc.gov.uk mob 07963 306549

Restart Grants for Small Businesses: Shops can apply for up to £6,000 grant to reopen on April 12th while hospitality and leisure businesses could get up to £18,000 https://tinyurl.com/uu377u5h

Business Support Grant If you: Have business rated premises; Remain open but are severely affected by Covid-19; Have at least £200 per month fixed property costs; and have not been eligible for previous grants. Full details at www.northumberland.gov.uk/businessgrants