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Lockdown Newsletter 36

11th 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

Step 1 Part 2 from 29th Mar:

· Rule of 6 or two households outdoors. No household mixing indoors.

· Outdoor sport and leisure facilities.

· Organised outdoor sport allowed (children and adults).

· Minimise travel. No holidays.

· Outdoor parent & child groups (up to 15 parents).

Vaccination roll-out: All over 55’s, people with long-term health conditions and their main carers are now being invited for vaccination. Invites will come from both i) to book at the large NHS Hubs (like Centre for Life) and ii) (separately and a little later, depending on vaccine supplies) from your GP Surgery. You may choose whichever is more convenient but do wait for your invite. https://tinyurl.com/3b448fzr

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

Businesses (incl charities, partnerships, self-employed) register for lateral flow test kits to test employees by 31st March. https://tinyurl.com/73mxs9d3

The 2021 Census takes place on 21st March. Forms can be completed online or on paper – and can be done now, if you know where you will be on Census Day. See www.census.gov.uk

MAS Zoom Lecture Series continues with Phil Huntley on “Bridges of Morpeth” 26th Mar https://tinyurl.com/h7nkc42a

Age UK Northumberland Virtual Events https://tinyurl.com/vw87sjeh

Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering 2021 Online Saturday 10th April https://tinyurl.com/hanhruv6

Various pubs are preparing to open bookable beer gardens from 12th April – get online to book your places.

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/

Proposal for “Community Fibre to The Premises Broadband” covering Stobhill, Middle Greens and Hepscott village – express your interest asap. Email morpethgigabit@gmail.com mob 07956 429942

BBC Antiques Roadshow will be at Woodhorn Museum this summer. Book now for your place in an invited audience on a closed set. https://tinyurl.com/39h5xcp5

Summer Reading Challenge 2021 “Wild World Heroes” https://tinyurl.com/pkccanaz

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