As you will recall, in May the Covid19 Group arranged VE day celebrations to bring the community together. It was a great success and as Christmas approaches, we are announcing another event.
Wing ‘Christmas Cheer’ on 23rd December 2020
between 5:00 and 7:00 pm.
This will be an opportunity for everyone to have festive drinks (or non-alcoholic and children’s alternatives) and a mince pie and other festive fayre at various locations around the village. Santa will make an appearance, Christmas Carols, socially distanced, will be sung in the churchyard alongside opportunities to view the Christmas Lights and Advent Windows throughout the village.
We are delighted that so many people are already displaying festive lights and Advent windows around the village. The more the merrier – thank you! Do let us know if you are willing to participate and we will create a map to guide you around the village. Please let us know by Saturday 5/12/2020
Mindful of the Covid19 rules, we would like to set out an overall structure for the evening to observe rules and keep everyone safe.
The route will start at the Village Hall where a map of the Advent Windows can be collected, along with a drink and other goodies. The route will then take you past the Church where carols will be sung and then round the village to see the Advent Windows and Christmas Lights. At various locations there will be additional festive drinks and fayre, before finishing with Santa at Townsend Barn and, no doubt, further drinks!
To ensure social distancing, we would ask that you let us know of your interest to attend so we can allocate a timeslot for your household to begin your evening. Obviously, we have to avoid large numbers assembling in any location in order to comply with the regulations and keep everyone safe.
Please respond Email: firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.
For those of you who would have liked to participate but are unable, due to self-isolation, health or personal issues, we would be delighted to bring some cheer to you!
Please let us know and we will bring a festive drink and fayre to you at home during the day. Please phone one of the wellbeing volunteers (see below) if you would like a home visit or please reply to this email.
This event is hopefully an opportunity to raise a little bit of money. Once any costs are covered, all monies raised will go to the Church. Any donations will be gratefully received and there will be collection buckets at the various drink / food tables around the village.
The Grand Christmas Tree Lights will be turned on at 6:00 pm on Wednesday 2nd December.
All are welcome to come and see the lights being turned on;- PLEASE maintain social distancing and the household rules for tier 2.
In what has been a difficult year, we hope you will feel able to join in the festivities to provide much needed cheer and an opportunity for the village to celebrate together.
Happy Christmas to you all
The Covid19 Coordinating Group
Street you live on
Name of volunteer
Reeves Lane, Westhorpe Close and 12 & 14 Top Street
Good news! We have decided to go ahead with the free outdoor children’s Christmas craft event for school-age, unaccompanied Wing children and grandchildren. It will be held in the open-air barns at Townsend House, Morcott Road at 2pm on Saturday 5 December. We will be making a single, light-up Christmas decoration in socially distanced groups of 6. Where possible we will look to group children with friends or family members.
Places must be reserved in advance please and parents/carers will need to complete a registration form with contact details. If your children or grandchildren would like to take part, please call or text Carolyn (07966193634) or email ccomben2@gmail.
Since early 2020, in response to the Covid19 pandemic, volunteers across Rutland have been supporting residents in their local area with the collection of medicines and foods, befriending, getting to appointments, dog walking and much more.
This community based support has been vital to our response and, as we enter the winter months and further restrictions, safeguarding our most vulnerable residents continues to be an important shared aim.
With a return to work for many and schools remaining open, understandably the number of volunteers available to help has reduced. We want to ensure those that continue to help in our communities have full details of all support available including both national and local schemes.
Issues that are likely to be experienced include the following:
difficulties (e.g. people who have lost their job or are advised not to present for work as CEV).
This document sets out the solutions that can be recommended for people, separating out the options for those who are CEV (‘Clinically Extremely Vulnerable’ who are recommended to remain at home as much as possible and to strictly avoid contact with others) and for the wider population of vulnerable people.
It is important that support is tailored to the circumstances of the individual and aims for sustainable solutions.
There are a number of links embedded in the document, if you hover over the link (bright blue and underlined) and then press Ctrl and Click with your mouse at the same time it will take you to further information.
Should anybody get in touch who is concerned that they have Coronavirus symptoms and is seeking guidance please advise as follows;
During ‘Lockdown 2’ the Rutland Foodbank will support any resident in need who cannot access food, short term, through any other means, by providing a ‘3 day’ emergency food delivery tailored to the individual’s needs.
The aim is to buy time to put better arrangements in place. This is not an ongoing or recurring arrangement.
LONGER TERM FOOD REQUIREMENTS
https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-shielding-support. They then need to register with a participating supermarket, and place and pay for their order online (Asda, Iceland, Morrisons, Ocado, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waitrose). They should register with the supermarket as soon as they can.
RISE@rutland.gov.uk or ring the Crisis Line on 01572 729603 The priority slots have an 8-hour delivery window – hour of delivery notified by text on morning of delivery.Minimum order of £40, or for orders less than this there is a £4 basket charge. Maximum order is 80 items. 100% coverage. £2 delivery charge for all slots.
AgeUK Digital Champion volunteers can offer telephone support. Details of the scheme can be found here and the scheme coordinators contacted on 0116 2237371. This is a joint Leics’ & Rutland project with a number of volunteers local to Rutland supporting the scheme.
The team at CAR will assess for food poverty and refer to the foodbank as part of their process.
Calls for support with welfare issues should be passed to Adult Social Services or Childrens as appropriate.
If you’re concerned about the safety and welfare of an adult in Rutland you should contact our Adult Social Care, Prevention and Safeguarding Team straight away by calling 01572 758 341 or you can complete an online form and find more details here
If you are worried that a child is in danger, being neglected or needs protection please report it to us straight away.
All six of the pharmacies across Rutland offer a delivery service, some utilise local volunteers others employ their own drivers etc. Contact details are as below, they are happy to discuss delivery needs with patients.
Pharmacies in Rutland
Uppingham Boots, 26 High Street, East
Uppingham Ashdale, Ayston Rd.
Oakham Boots, Cold Overton Rd
Oakham Boots,18 High St.
Oakham Day Lewis, 21 High St.
Oakham Rutland Late-night Pharmacy, 45C High St.
Pharmacies on our borders can be contacted as follows.
Bordering practices/ dispensaries/chemists
Castle Bytham, Glenside Practice & Dispensary
Colsterworth & South Witham Medical Practice & Dispensary
Corby Lakeside & Forest Gate Surgery, Cottingham Rd and The Medical Centre, Forest Gate Rd & dispensary
Melton Mowbray Latham House Medical Practice
Melton Mowbray Boots, Sage Cross St.
Stamford Lakeside Health Care: Sheepmarket Surgery, Ryhall Rd & dispensary
01780 437017 (01780 762112 direct line for Pharmacy)
Stamford St Mary’s Medical Centre & dispensary, Wharf Rd.
The NHS Volunteer Responders service will continue until at least March 2021.
To arrange support for yourself or someone you know call 0808 196 3646 (8am to 8pm, 7 days a week).
Appendix 3 – Online Delivery Services
EPS is the NHS Electronic Prescription Service. This allows GP’s to send prescriptions electronically, directly to the pharmacy or dispenser of your choice, so you don’t have to pick up a paper prescription. The service may be particularly useful for those who have regular prescriptions and usually use the same pharmacy. Most prescriptions are now signed, sent, and processed electronically.
This means that residents can choose to use a number of online prescription delivery services some links are provided below. We are unable to recommend a scheme.
Schemes are available from a number of companies including Boots, Co-Op and Pharmacy 2U, website details below.
It is important to understand how the schemes work and how GP practices engage. We have explored this for the largest provider (Pharmacy 2U) and can explain how that service works:
Pharmacy 2U delivery available
Order prescription from the GP or full process online
Appendix 4 – Background on arrangements for people who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable to Coronavirus
People who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) to Coronavirus are the people who were previously referred to as ‘shielding’. They have been asked to introduce additional precautions during the national lockdown, but falling short of the previous shielding (avoid people, don’t go to the shops, work from home, take exercise outdoors, continue to use medical services).
There has been some turnover in the list of CEV individuals since last time – some added, some removed.
Therefore, some people may query that they should have had a letter. **Recommend that people query this with their GP.
Letters confirming people have CEV status
People on the list at the start of the second lockdown have been sent a letter by the government. People who are newly being added because their circumstances are now in scope (Downs Syndrome adults and stage 5 kidney disease), plus any the GP may add, will receive a letter from their clinician.
The Council receives a daily download of people who have already logged their circumstances on the NSSS which is then reviewed and followed up by phone.
If people contact the Council directly without completing the NSSS form, the RCC team can support to complete the NSSS form on their behalf.
What does the NSSS online form ask?
The NSSS asks a small number of questions about people’s wellbeing enabling the Council to follow up as appropriate to ensure people are safe and their basic needs are met. The emphasis of the dialogue with individuals will be strengths based – so encouraging use of resources that individuals already have available to them (family, friends, community)
Over the past few weeks there have been a number of bad attacks on sheep by dogs off-lead in Wing in Gregory’s Acre Field known locally as the Sledging Field.
Today, Saturday 28th November, around 3pm a lamb was seriously attacked leading to it having to be removed back to Wing Hall Farm where it is slowly recovering.
It is against the law to allow dogs off lead in fields with livestock and sadly someone has torn off the National Farmers Union/Kennel Club yellow signs on the gate style which states this law. The signs will be replaced next week.
This field is privately owned with a Public Right of Way that runs alongside the hedge on the right of the field. Please dog owners adhere to the Country Code and keep your dogs on a short lead in fields with livestock and protect our sheep.
You have all been very generous in keeping up donations to Foodbank throughout the summer and early autumn. Thank you very much indeed.
We would now like to ask you to make a special effort to donate food and other treats to help Foodbank make up goody bags for families and people in need during the first 12 days of December. If all donations can be left in the Church Porch, we will collect them and deliver them to Foodbank by 11th December to give the volunteers of Food bank time to make up goody bags and deliver them before Christmas.
The wish list besides normal items you give includes:
Family boxes of biscuits
Cranberry sauce/chutney and jam
Cheese biscuits eg Ritz or Hovis and Pringles
Chocolate Orange and other chocolate
Tinned fruit/Tinned custard/ brandy sauce
Cheese twists/ breadsticks/ Mini Cheddars
Tins/boxes of sweets eg Quality Street/Roses/Celebrations
Bottles of grape juice/Schloer
Also small colouring books for children/crayons/ playing cards for children and Fun bubbles for children
The team are making up goody bags and will be very grateful for any donations.
Losing your pet is like losing one of your family. But stealing one is on the increase since Covid and lockdowns because people who have never had a pet or missed a lost one from their childhood are prepared to pay anything to get one to help them through the lockdowns – and criminals are taking advantage of this and stealing pets from the owner’s homes.
If you are thinking of buying one then make sure it is “chipped” ( if you already own a dog it is “chipped” already, isn’t it?), so it can be identified and its history can be traced before you part with any money.
If you are buying it from a recognised dealer or one of the rescue charities they should provide you with this information but if you have fallen in love with an offered animal then a vet will be able to use this chip to tell you what vaccinations it has already had.
There a crime wave in this country ( probably worldwide ) to steal and sell on pets, dogs in particular, because a dog can be worth a lot of money to a thief with very little risk – and they are active in Rutland and surrounding counties now!
I have heard of a non-pedigree ( but cute! ) being sold for £3,500! Current owners make sure your pet is secure at all times. It takes seconds to lure a friendly dog into a van. And prospective owners should always check on DogLost.co.uk to see if they are being offered a stolen dog.
We can’t say with any certainty what might be possible in December, however we have started thinking about a possible outdoor children’s Christmas craft event for school-age, unaccompanied Wing children and grandchildren on the afternoon of Saturday 5 December.
If this is of interest, please send Carolyn a text (07966193634) or email ccomben2@gmail to reserve a place giving details of the children and age(s).
We will confirm whether we can go ahead and the arrangements nearer the time.
In the mists of time ( about 7 or 8 Years ago ) I designed and built a village website wingrutland.uk using free hosting at WordPress.com .
As I’m in my late 70’s I’m looking for a WordPress apprentice to work with me and eventually take over. The village hall committee, who requested it, want to keep doing it on a volunteer basis and using free hosting and it has been possible to satisfy their ever-increasing needs with this solution. WordPress is behind over 50% of the world’s websites. There are other solutions on the market but they emphasize how easy to build a website but IF they have a free version it is limited by either the size of the website, the size of the files or many other gotchas. They all have paid plans that get round some of the restrictions but they cost ££££.
If I was to turn it over to a commercial enterprise they would charge upwards of £50/hr. Less than that I would not trust them.
So this is a golden opportunity for someone of any age less than 70 to learn at the feet of a ( forgive my boasting ) master. I’ve built websites since the web was invented using every tool known to man/woman. I even know and have worked with Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the web.