Keyworth Parish Council

Serving the village of Keyworth

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Clerk: Emma Tillyard
Village Hall, Elm Avenue
Keyworth, Nottinghamshire
NG12 5AN

Tel: 0115 937 2185

The office will be closed on Thursday 4th March for staff training. All telephone messages and emails will be dealt with on Friday 5th March.


COVID Vaccinations

The vaccination programme is in full swing with the 'JCVI Cohort 6' now able to book their vaccinations.

This includes:

- Anyone between the ages of 16 to 65 with underlying health conditions which put them at a higher risk of serious disease or mortality. This is also known as "clinically vulnerable."

- Anyone who is in receipt of carer's allowance.

- Anyone who is the main carer of an elderly or disabled person, whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill.

Parish Councillor Tony Grice had his vaccination recently and said: "The vaccination centre was quick and efficient. The vaccination itself was painless although my arm was a little sore the next day. It has given me peace of mind. I feel I am doing my bit towards the national vaccination effort which will eventually lead to us getting back to our normal lives. I would urge anyone else to do the same."

If you are eligible under one of the above categories, you can book your Covid-19 vaccination appointment by visiting this booking link:

https://www.swiftqueue.co.uk/nottinghamc19v-clinv.php

or call the local booking line on 0115 883 4640 between 8am – 8pm during weekdays and 9am – 5pm on weekends.


Census Day

Everyone will benefit from Census 2021

Households across Keyworth will be asked to take part in Census 2021 this spring.

The census, run by the Office for National Statistics, is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every ten years since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

Rushcliffe resident, Leia Morales is the Community Engagement Manager for Rushcliffe and has been working with Rushcliffe Borough Council as well as Community groups and charities across South Nottinghamshire to raise awareness of the census.

She says, "Understanding the needs of the nation helps everyone from central government to organisations, such as councils and health authorities, plan and fund public services across England and Wales. Census outputs inform where billions of pounds of public funding is spent on services like transport, education and health – on cycle routes, schools and dental surgeries. "

Charities and voluntary organisations often use it as evidence to get funding. It helps businesses to understand their customers and, for example, decide where to open new shops. Plus, those doing research, like university students and people looking into their family history, use census data. It provides important information on population diversity, allowing organisations to know whether they are meeting their responsibilities and triggering action where necessary.

Census 2021 will be the first run predominantly online, with households receiving a letter with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets.

"The census provides a unique snapshot of our communities," Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at ONS, said. "It benefits everyone. Based on the information you give, it ensures millions of pounds are invested in emergency services, mental health care, school places, hospital beds, houses, roads, GP's and dentist's services.

"No-one should miss out. Everyone can complete online with a new search-as-you-type ability and paper forms for those who need them."

Census day will be on March 21, but households will soon receive letters with online codes explaining how they can take part. The census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.

For more information and advice on how to answer the questions, visit census.gov.uk.

Leia Morales | Census Engagement Manager Rushcliffe, Gedling and Broxtowe | Office for National Statistics | +44 (0)7452 938655 | leia.morales27@field.census.gov.uk | www.census.gov.uk

Keep in touch:

  • Register for email updates about Census 2021 and/or other areas of ONS
  • Access census information for community partners and local authorities
  • Follow @Census2021 on Twitter and Facebook

Wysall Lane Burial Ground

Please be aware that all Christmas wreaths placed at Wysall Lane Burial Ground will start to be removed from burial and cremation plots during the month of March. If you would like to keep them, please make sure they are removed before the end of February.


New Defibrillator

The Parish Council has arranged for an extra defibrillator to be installed in the village. It will go in the K6 telephone box outside the Pear Tree public house. This will be in addition to defibrillators inside the Village Hall and in the telephone box near the Square.

The telephone box is currently being cleaned and painted by Alan, the Parish Council's handyman. Once ready, we are hoping the defibrillator will be ready to use before the end of March. It will, of course, be free to use by anyone who needs it but if you do ever need it, please remember…

YOU WILL NEED YOUR MOBILE PHONE TO UNLOCK THE DEFIBRILLATOR.

Defibrillators are inside a locked cabinet. You will need to call 999 to get an unlock code before you can use it.


Welcome

Keyworth Parish Council would like to welcome the newest edition to our wonderful staff who enable us to do all we do. With over fifteen years administration experience, it should be no surprise that Michelle Law has already settled in as our new clerical officer. Michelle lives with her family in Tollerton, and volunteers for her local school PTA and Scouts in her spare time. Although these are very strange times to begin working for the Council, she has really hit the ground running. Welcome Michelle!

We would also like to welcome our newest councillor, Samantha Kaye. Samantha is a member of the Keyworth Community Projects and Friends of Willowbrook and is an assistant Beaver leader. She has been involved in the Community Christmas Lunch, the Christmas lights switch on and has organized food vouchers during COVID. We are all sure she will be a great asset to the community. Welcome Samantha!


Vaccination Update

Covid-19 vaccination programme – over 65s

We are writing to inform you that in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, we are now starting to invite the over 65s to their appointments – this is JCVI cohort five. You can see our announcement here.

How can you help?

  • Please urge relatives, members of the public, friends and family who fit into these priority cohorts to book by using https://www.swiftqueue.co.uk/nottinghamc19vpatient.php or by calling 0115 883 4640. The public can also call 119 to book an appointment at the Mansfield Vaccination Centre.
  • If you are helping someone eligible to book in for their vaccination, there is guidance on the CCG website which can help. This includes helping other people to book their appointments online via SwiftQueue and tips to help eligible people prepare for their Covid-19 vaccine appointment.
  • Please continue to follow all the guidance to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.

Kind regards,

NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire CCG


Statement of Proposed Financial Activities 2021/22

Keyworth Parish Councils precept leaflet is now available for viewing, please see below to view.

Keyworth Parish Council Precept Leaflet


Vaccination update

All the local vaccination centres are now open in Nottinghamshire and booking letters are being sent out to over 70s from today. Please wait for your NHS letter before taking any action. If you receive a letter from the national booking service, you can choose to wait for a local appointment letter if this is more convenient. The graphic above explains more.

Nearly all older people's care homes have now received the vaccine and the few that haven't have been due to clinical reasons.

If you have already been vaccinated, it is still important to follow the guidance in your local area to protect those around you as we do not yet know whether the vaccine will stop people from catching and passing on the virus. You can read more about what to expect after your vaccine.

All personal assistants (PAs) who provide care and support will be entitled to the vaccine. We are currently setting up a process with the NHS to make the vaccine available for PAs and are working with our Customer Service Centre on a system for booking vaccination appointments. We will make contact with all PAs and direct payment recipients in a staged process when they are able to book appointments.

Find more information on the vaccination programmes

Concessionary travel to vaccination centres time extension

Concessionary travel pass holders can now use their pass before 9.30am for free travel to vaccine appointments. Just present your appointment letter with your card when boarding. We would however strongly recommend that appointments are made later to avoid busy times.

This applies to all buses and trams in Nottinghamshire, including Nottingham City, for anyone making an essential journey to get their vaccine. Please remember to wear a face covering when on public transport, unless you are exempt.

Read more about concessionary travel

Community (Asymptomatic) Testing

We know that up to a third of people who test positive for coronavirus have no symptoms and can therefore spread the virus without knowing. This means that testing asymptomatic people is important in helping to identify more people who may have the virus, and supporting them with self-isolation to stop the spread of the Covid-19 through our communities.

The focus is on testing people who cannot work from home - including those doing essential voluntary work - and who are unable to access asymptomatic testing through other routes, particularly those who are critical to supporting communities, responding to the pandemic or at higher risk of infection and transmission.

In the county, community testing has started in two areas of Mansfield and will begin in the Worksop area of Bassetlaw next week. Community testing is likely to be extended to other areas across Nottinghamshire in due course.

Find out more about community testing

Parking permits for NHS and care workers

In April last year, the Council launched a scheme to encourage all NHS and Key Workers to apply for a permit that exempts their vehicles from enforcement whilst they are undertaking Covid response work.

Learn more and apply for a key worker permit

Find out the COVID-19 rates in Nottinghamshire

The COVID-19 dashboard shows you the rates of coronavirus infection in each district of Nottinghamshire. The data is sourced from the Public Health England national dataset and is available for anyone to access. Please note, the data goes up to and includes 15 January.

View the Covid-19 dashboard


Keyworth Parish Council Office

Keyworth Parish Council, Village Hall, Elm Avenue, Keyworth, Nottingham, NG12 5AN
Tel: 0115 937 2185 Email: office@keyworthparishcouncil.org

Staff are working from home and will continue to provide normal service as far as possible. We are accepting visitors to the office by appointment only and can be contacted by letter, telephone and email.

The office will be checked daily (except Tuesday) for phone messages and post, and we are responding to emails as normal.

The facilities are available to hire with additional COVID measures in place and within current guidelines.


Pharmacies launch codeword scheme to offer ‘lifeline’ to domestic abuse victims

The government has teamed up with independent pharmacies and Boots to launch a domestic abuse Ask for ANI codeword scheme.
Victims of domestic abuse will be able to access much needed support from thousands of pharmacies across the UK, backed by the government.
The Ask for ANI scheme allows those at risk or suffering from abuse to discreetly signal that they need help and access support. By asking for ANI, a trained pharmacy worker will offer a private space where they can understand if the victim needs to speak to the police or would like help to access support services such as a national or local domestic abuse helplines.


Introducing the Keyworth Covid-19 Street Network

Need help?
Do you need help because of Covid-19/Coronavirus? There is someone in your neighbourhood ready to help you. The Keyworth Covid-19 Street Network is a comprehensive network of mutual aid coordinators and volunteers covering the entire village. We can help you with: picking up shopping, posting mail, a friendly phone call, urgent supplies. If you don't already know the name of your street coordinator, go to www.keyworth.org and browse through the support available to you.

Able to help?
The people of Keyworth have done a tremendous job supporting friends and neighbours but Covid-19 has not gone away and we need you to carry on giving support. The Keyworth Covid-19 Street Network is a comprehensive network of mutual aid coordinators and volunteers covering the entire village. If you are already part of it, Thank You! Please make sure that your street coordinator knows that you are ready and able to help. Are you now able to volunteer some time to help in your neighbourhood and not already aware of who looks after your road? Go to www.keyworth.org to volunteer!

YOUR EFFORT IS CRUCIAL.

(We do have limited capacity and will respond to your message as soon as we can.)


Congregating in the Play Park

Whilst playing on the equipment in the park, please make sure that you stay in your 'bubble' and always two metres apart when you are around other people that you do not live with to reduce the risk of catching or spreading coronavirus.
Social distancing is essential to stop the spread of the virus, as it is more likely to spread when people are close together. An infected person can pass on the virus through talking, breathing, coughing or sneezing even if they do not have any symptoms.
When with people you do not live with, you should also avoid: physical contact; being close and face-to-face; and shouting or singing close to them. You should also avoid crowded areas with lots of people; and touching things that other people have touched.


Would you like a phone buddy?

Find out more information on having a chat with somebody.
Introducing the Keyworth Parish Council Phone Buddy service...
Care for a chat? Feeling lonely? Isolated? Just fancy a chat? We are here to help!
Our 'phone buddy' service offers free social chats about anything and everything!
Ring Shelley Millband on 0115 9374811 who will help you find a phone buddy.
What a difference a chat makes!


Gymnasium and Skate Park closed

Under government COVID-19 guidelines published on 5 November 2020, outdoor gyms and skate parks must be closed. Therefore, the Keyworth Skate Park on Platt Lane and the outdoor gymnasium on the Rectory Field are closed until the guidance changes.
Thank you for your cooperation


County Council’s Severe Weather leaflet for 2020/21

Please find below the County Council's Severe Weather leaflet for 2020/21, which may be useful in helping with any queries you may have about the work Nottinghamshire County Council do during the winter months.

The leaflet not only contains information on the county's gritting efforts, but also includes information on how we deal with other adverse winter weather such as storms and flooding.

In addition to this leaflet, officers at the County Council have been working hard to ensure that details about our preparations reach the widest possible audience. A link to the most recent press release about these matters is included below:

https://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/newsroom/news/nottinghamshire-is-winter-ready-whatever-the-weather

The press release includes the following details:

  • From 1 November, gritting teams and their fleet of 30 gritters went on full-time standby across four depots, meaning they could be called out at any time, day or night.
  • For drainage teams, heavy rain, storms and flooding can lead to a spike in demand for their services, and when high winds lead to fallen trees, it is the forestry team who will be called out.
  • As for the emergency response team, their 24/7, 365 days-a-year role can be easily impacted by adverse weather and could see them dealing with anything from managing road closures, to delivering sandbags and putting out flood boards

I would like to take this opportunity to bring a number of Via EM Ltd.'s other Winter Service preparations to your attention, these include:

  • Ensuring our highway depots are fully stocked with grit; currently around 18,000 tonnes is being held at various locations around the County.
  • The County Council's gritting fleet has been fitted with updated vehicle tracking & navigation systems. The new tracking & navigation systems provide greater resilience for our Winter Service because they allow drivers to be deployed on routes they may be unfamiliar with.
  • The yellow grit bins on the highway network have been inspected and refilled.

Keyworth Parish Council office closure

Keyworth Parish Council office will be closed to visitors until further notice.
Staff are working from home and will continue to provide normal service as far as possible.
We can be contacted by letter, telephone and email.
The office will be checked daily (except Tuesday) for phone messages and post,
and we are responding to emails as normal.
Thank you.



New government guidance – 'Rule of 6'

The government announced that from Monday 14 September it will be illegal for people to meet indoors or outdoors in groups larger than 6, other than for certain exempt activities.

According to the information published on 9th and 14th September – see the links below – it appears that certain types of exercise and education are allowed to continue in groups larger than 6 as long as everyone follows social distancing guidelines.

Please note, we cannot interpret this for you, nor can we or should we 'police' the activities that your group does. Therefore, please would you check the information in the link below to decide for yourself whether your activity is allowable under these guidelines.

Please also note that if your activity is not allowed, and you do meet in a group larger than 6, you would actually be breaking the law.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-meeting-with-others-safely-social-distancing/coronavirus-covid-19-meeting-with-others-safely-social-distancing

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do


Keyworth Goes Green


PARENTS... do you know where your children and teens are or what they are doing?

We are suffering high levels of unsociable behaviour and criminal damage
to equipment and facilities on the Rectory field.

Gangs of what appear to be 10 to 14 year olds have been seen
to be carrying out such acts in the afternoon and evenings.

The replacement and repair of such articles costs the Parish council money;
this money comes from your council tax!

Please ensure you know what your children are doing and help up us stamp out this needless damage and thus save everyone money and inconvenience.

Thank you.


Picture postcards of VE Day commemorations in Keyworth

Keyworth Community Fund has published a couple of picture postcards of VE Day commemorations in Keyworth, with all proceeds going to the Keyworth Community Fund. They're available at Storey's in the Square, or from tables set up outside 15 Debdale Lane or on Normanton Lane.

They cost 50p each or £4 for a pack of ten

Keyworth Community Project facebook page can be found at https://m.facebook.com/189497114572953


Council meetings are suspended to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) but will resume by video conferencing during May 2020

We aim to get a normal schedule of meetings up and running in the next few weeks.

If a meeting is to go ahead by video conference, the meeting agenda will be published in the normal way on the 'Council Information' section of the website, under 'Agendas and Minutes'.

All meetings held by video conference will be open to the public.

To attend a parish council meeting video conference, please see the agenda for the link to the video conference and audio conference telephone number.

Please also see the document below - Videoconference Guest Joining Instructions.


Reach Rushcliffe Fund Information Sheet

The Reach Rushcliffe Fund has been provided by Rushcliffe Borough Council to support local initiatives that aim to tackle loneliness and social isolation.


Keyworth Parish Council has donated the use of its facilities for the production of face shields for the NHS and key workers

Claire Giles contacted Keyworth Parish Council in a desperate need for more space so we have kindly donated the use our facilities for the production of face shields for the NHS and key workers. The project is run entirely on donations; to support Claire and her team, visit her facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/nottsshieldsnhs

Nottingham Face Shields NHS and Key workers

We are currently creating about 150 of masks a day for frontline NHS staff in Nottingham and other key workers, but we have orders well over 300 a day! With your help we can close this gap and order the vital materials we need to keep the masks flowing.

We are a group of around 20 people on a mission to 3D print our way out of this pandemic! We are creating face shields for key workers in Nottingham and need to keep people safe and keep people working!

Every penny donated goes directly to fixing the PPE shortage locally, care homes, GP's, NHS and others near you!

If you have never heard about 3D printing - here is an article to find out more:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-52201696

The safety of our key workers is super important to us, and with a shortage of masks and eye protectors, these 3D printed full face shields are ideal as they protect the whole face and are comfortable to wear. They can also be sterilised between shifts.

If you know anyone with a 3D printer they are not currently using please put them in touch - we would love hear from you.

Our facebook page is:

https://www.facebook.com/nottsshieldsnhs


Burning waste in your garden?
Reduce air pollution and store it safely instead.


Woodland Trust’s Big Climate Fightback

Nearly three quarters of a million trees are winging their way across the UK as part of the Woodland Trust's Big Climate Fightback. In addition, over 5,000 free trees will be distributed to householders and parishes across Rushcliffe in the coming weeks after thousands responded to Rushcliffe Borough Council's environmental campaign.

KPC has secured around 100 saplings to distribute throughout the parish. There is a mix of woodland varieties including Field Maple, Silver Birch, Grey Willow, Pedunculate Oak, Wild Cherry and Rowan. If you would like to join this initiative for more trees please contact: CllrDaveClarke@keyworthparishcouncil.org


Village Hall for hire


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