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Lockdown Newsletter 37

18th 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

Saturday (20th) is St Cuthbert’s Day!

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 50’s, people with long-term health conditions and their main carers are now being invited for first vaccination. Over 80’s are getting second 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

The 2021 Census takes place on 21st March. Census Support Centres will be opened for those with questions or struggling to fill the census online. www.census.gov.uk

Northumbrian Gathering 2021 Online Art Competition: see https://youtu.be/PmI7LHceFYI and vote for your top three paintings by emailing GatheringArt@outlook.com by 31st March. The top ten will be in the Virtual Gallery on Gathering Day (10th May) when there’ll be a chance to vote for the overall winner.

Local Elections on 6th May (Town & County Councils): final list of candidates published 9th April. Registration closing date 19th April, last date for postal vote applications 20th April. https://tinyurl.com/278yk7zc

Monthly Street Food Markets on 4th Saturday of each month re-starting 24th April. Pitches £45. Contact Lottie Thompson lottie.thompson@sandersonarcade.co.uk

2021 Morpeth 7’s Competition will be on 26th June. Contact Morpeth RFC (message https://tinyurl.com/487a2rxx) now to enter your team. Places are going fast!

Provisional dates: Picnic in the Park (GMDT) 11th July; Fair Day (Chamber of Trade) 18th July; Party in the Park (Morpeth Town FC) 17th – 19th Sept

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