This week’s news from South Staffordshire Council.
High streets starting to reopen
Shops in England selling non-essential goods will be able to reopen their doors from Monday 15 June 2020 and the Council has been supporting local retailers in their preparations and offering practical advice and guidance on how to manage queueing inside and outside retail premises, and appropriate social distancing and hygiene measures to protect customers and retail staff. Posters and other helpful resources, which can be downloaded and used in shops, will be available on the Council website shortly.
From Monday, outdoor attractions where people can stay in their cars such as safari parks and drive-in cinemas will be allowed to open too as the risk of transmission is lower outdoors. Local attraction Weston Park will be reopening this weekend to its members and from Tuesday 16 June to other visitors. Please check online for further information (www.weston-park.com).
- Stay Alert, Control the Virus, Save Lives
Everyone’s actions have helped to reduce the transmission of coronavirus in our communities. As the UK moves to the next phase in our fight against coronavirus, the most important thing we can do is stay alert, control the virus and in doing so, save lives.
From this weekend, single adult households – adults living alone or single parents with children under 18 – are allowed to form a “support bubble” with one other household. All those in a support bubble will be able to act as if they live in the same household – meaning they can spend time together inside each other’s homes and do not need to stay two metres apart. If any member of the support bubble develops symptoms, all members of the bubble will need to follow the normal advice on household isolation. In addition, from Monday places of worship will be permitted to open for individual prayer in line with social distancing guidelines. Communally led prayer, worship or services will not be possible just yet.
- Track and trace is now underway and anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted to help trace any close recent contacts. Any of those contacts deemed at risk of catching the virus will be instructed by the NHS to go into isolation for 14 days. Click here to find out more.
- Keep your distance from people outside your household and keep two metres apart from others at all times.
- Keep your hands and face as clean as possible and avoid touching your face.
- Work from home if you can.
- Avoid being face-to-face with people if they are outside your household – you can lower the risk of infection if you stay side-to-side rather than facing someone.
- Reduce the number of people you spend time with in a work setting.
- Avoid crowds.
- If you have to travel (for example, to work or school), think about how and when you travel.
- Wash your clothes regularly.
- Keep indoor places well ventilated.
- If you can, wear a face covering in enclosed public spaces where social distancing isn’t possible and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet. From Monday 15 June all passengers on public transport in England must wear a face covering.
- Please remember to dispose of your face coverings and disposable gloves responsibly. Worryingly, a growing number of single use PPE items are being littered in parks and dropped on pavements. Please take your rubbish home.
- You can book a test by visiting www.nhs.uk/coronavirus and those unable to access the internet can call 119 in England and Wales to book an appointment for a coronavirus test.
- While you are at home, it’s still easy to get NHS help using your smartphone, tablet or computer at https://www.nhs.uk/health-at-home/
- Domestic abuse can often get worse during times of stress and uncertainty. If you are in an abusive relationship and need help, click here for some useful telephone numbers.
Click here to view frequently asked questions.
- Do the honours for Staffordshirehttps://www.gov.uk/honours
- Did you know you can nominate anyone for an honour? There are so many unsung heroes who deserve to be nominated but they need someone to nominate them. The honours system recognises people who have made achievements in public life and committed themselves to serving and helping Britain. Click here to read correspondence from the Lieutenancy and Shrievalty Offices of Staffordshire and click here to read more or visit the website.
- Macmillan Support Grant COVID-19 Guidance
Macmillan Cancer Support wants to reach out to those who most need them at this time and so they have established a new COVID-19 Emergency Grant Fund, a sub-stream of its Macmillan Support Grant. Applications are welcome for up to £5,000 from any group, organisation or professional who is supporting their community to overcome the social impact of the coronavirus.
Please email email@example.com to register your interest.
Further guidance can be found in the document here.
- New garden waste collection service attracts over 22,000 registrations
With just over two weeks to go until the start of the Council’s garden waste collection service 22,758 permits have now been requested, a sign-up rate of 51.14% of eligible properties in the district. The service is scheduled to start on Monday 29 June 2020. You can sign up now at www.sstaffs.gov.uk/gardenwaste or by calling 01902 696000. Click here to find out more.
- Community safety – Police warning
Staffordshire Police has issued warning information from the National Business Crime Centre concerning razor blades being hidden behind anti-5G posters. Please be aware and take care as this could cause injury to anyone removing a poster.
- Next week’s Council Committee/Panel meetings
- Planning Committee – Tuesday 16 June 2020 – 6.30pm – virtual meeting.
Click here for the agenda documents and for details of the meeting.
- Work continues on new play area
- Work is progressing well on the new play area at Baggeridge Country Park – click here to see more. The Council has commissioned leading playground equipment supplier KOMPAN to create and install the new play area, which will offer an enhanced play area for all age groups from toddlers upwards and, most importantly, offer improvements in safety and access for disabled users.
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🌺 WOMBOURNE IN BLOOM 🌼
We’re excited to be working in collaboration with our friends at Wombourne – Best Kept Village, Girlguiding Wombourne District, the crocheters at the United Reformed Church and Wombourne Rocks to bring something different to the village and the planters year.
We’d love for everyone to get involved, whether it’s making plastic flowers, crocheting butterflies or painting rocks we can’t wait to see the village filled with colour over the next few weeks
Be sure to check out our Facebook page and those of Wombourne Best Kept Village and Girlguiding Wombourne District for tutorials and photos of our village as our community start to get involved.
Wombourne comes together (but stayed apart) to celebrate VE Day
Along with the rest of the country, on the 23rd March 2020, Wombourne went into lockdown. We did this to protect ourselves, our loved ones and the most vulnerable in our community from the disease known as Covid-19. On Friday 8th May however, Wombourne burst into life once more to join in a national celebration; the 75th anniversary of VE Day.
This significant anniversary came at a time when our appreciation of life 75 years ago is likely clearer and more meaningful than ever. In the midst of another national, and even international struggle for survival, undertaken for a lengthy period of time, and against all odds, this country similarly erupted into life and song to mark the defeat of Fascism and a new age of peace across Europe. Today, we appreciate sacrifice, the importance of close friends, family and community all the more. We also cherish our freedoms that were so hard-won in 1945 more so for having to relinquish them, even if momentarily.
Even prior to the Prime Minister’s announcement of lockdown measures, we had already got moving in Wombourne with the establishment of the Wombourne Community Assistance Group. Due to our newsletters and social media presence, you probably know plenty about this group already – and perhaps you have benefitted from a phone call, some shopping, or even a Positivity Parcel from one of our fantastic team of volunteers.
In fact, it was this desire to emphasise ‘positivity’ at this time that led the Parish Council and WCAG to promote VE Day celebrations across the community. Having been in lockdown for six weeks already, it was a perfect opportunity for residents to share in some fun and good humour, as well as develop further all of those wonderful friendships we seem to be developing with neighbours we may not have known before.
The message went far and wide, with leaflets to every home in the village; posts on Wombourne Online, Wombourne Best Kept Village and the Parish Council website and Facebook pages; requests to residents with memories of the original VE Day to share their recollections with us, which they did in substantial numbers, and many of you may have seen examples shared online; a number of local businesses were encouraged to offer cream teas or picnic lunches to help mark the celebrations, and I’m pleased to say they all sold out.
What happened next is a credit to all of you who make up our wonderful village. You heard the call to join in the celebration, and you did so in style. You hung out the bunting, raised your flags and got out in your gardens to share the day with your neighbours – all whilst social distancing, of course!
Music rang out from some quarters, and quizzes entertained whole streets in others. Children coloured in posters, pictures and even the pavements in many places, and many of us joined in singing Dame Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’ which feels ever so apt for our own time.
Thank you for making this 75th anniversary of peace in Europe so special, and thank you for not letting the lockdown get you down. We hope that WCAG will be able to continue supporting your community as long as is necessary, and we thank you for your very kind support. As part of our VE Day memories, members of the team took many photos and videos of the day around the village, and along with the collected memories, these will be retained for future generations to see that when it came our time to do our bit, support each other and battle through difficult times, Wombourne did so in style!
Thank you for rallying round us for VE Day, and standing tall against Covid-19.
Wombourne Parish Council
LET’S CELEBRATE WOMBOURNE!
From the organisers of the Christmas Tree Festival at the United Reformed Church…
If you can knit, crochet or sew and would like to celebrate the kind and generous people of this village, why not spend some time making flowers, leaves, butterflies, bees or similar to decorate your houses, gardens and trees when all this is over?
A burst of colour is what we all need!
If you are interested please email
Wombourne Work Club
Are you looking for help with your CV and letter writing? Maybe you need some IT coaching or self employment advice?
Wombourne Work Club can help you… they meet every Tuesday at Wombourne Library/Community Centre from 10am until midday. No appointment is necessary, you can call in for free help and advice.
For enquiries call Val Chapman on 07718911367 or email email@example.com
Regional Day of the West Midlands Branches hosted by Wolverhampton Branch – Saturday 13th June 2020
Wombourne Civic Centre will be home to the Embroiderers’ Guild’s Regional Day of the West Midlands Branches hosted by Wolverhampton Branch on Saturday 13th June 2020 from 10am – 4pm.
The day will consist of a lecture from Sue Stone, Competition, JETS display and will also host many traders.
Entry is £15 with an early bird discount price of £12. A pre-booked lunch will be available at a cost of £8.
For more information, please contact Margaret McQuillen on 01902 590700 or Lillian Owen on 01384 291964.
Charity bike ride
A charity bike ride inspired by the Land’s End to John O’Groats cycling challenge will be taking place on static cycles at South Staffordshire Council Offices and the four Leisure Centres in Codsall, Cheslyn Hay, Penkridge and Wombourne on Wednesday 25 March 2020.
“Land’s End to John O’Groats is a classic end-to-end cycle challenge and Council staff, volunteers and members from the Leisure Centres will be covering the same distance as this iconic 874 mile cycle route,” explains Councillor Kath Williams, Chairman of South Staffordshire Council. “We’ll be raising money for a great cause – the Kaleidoscope Plus
Group, which promotes positive mental health and wellbeing for children and young people.”
If you would like to take part in this cycling challenge or if you’d like to donate, please contact:
Tel: 01902 696254
South Staffordshire business survey and roundtable events
If you’re a local business, make sure you complete the south Staffordshire business survey. The Council is committed to creating the right conditions for economic growth across the district and supporting local businesses and your thoughts and opinions are key. Click here to take part in the survey, which closes on Sunday 23 February 2020 (5pm). This piece of research will be instrumental in informing South Staffordshire Council’s future strategic plans.
To accompany this, Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce are hosting a series of small business roundtable events on behalf of South Staffordshire Council.
- Click here to find out more and to book a place at the business roundtable being held on Friday 31 January 2020 at Halfpenny Green Vineyards from 10am to noon.
- Click here to find out more and to book a place at the business roundtable being held on Tuesday 11 February 2020 at Essington Farm from 10am to noon.
- Click here to find out more and to book a place at the business roundtable being held on Friday 28 February 2020 at the Council Offices in Codsall from 10am to noon.
Meet the Community Lottery family – South Staffordshire Council
Click here to meet the new lottery family. These cheeky balls are set to bring some lottery fun over coming months, so you’ll be seeing a lot more of these delightful characters. Sadly though, the balls have joined us with no names. If you’d like to suggest a name, simply tell us the number of the ball and the name. If you name is chosen, we’ll give you a free lottery play for two weekly draws. Closing date is Sunday 26 January 2020 at 9pm. Please forward any suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To support good causes in South Staffordshire and to buy a lottery ticket, simply register on the website (www.southstaffslottery.co.uk) or telephone 01902 213777.
Time to book your February school holiday activities
Bookings are now being taken for the children’s school holiday activity camps which are running at the Leisure Centres from Monday 17 to Friday 21 February 2020.
To find out what’s on each day at Wombourne Leisure Centre visit https://www.aspire-sports.co.uk/sites/default/files/content/Wombourne%20-%20Feb%20-%20Green%20-%200.pdf
To book, go to https://www.aspire-sports.co.uk/active-camps.