Norwood Playing Field Playground COVID-19 advice on safe play following Government guidance

Scientific advice suggests that the COVID-19 virus can survive for up to several days on some hard surfaces. The risks are reduced when outdoors, where surfaces may be subject to UV light and/or rain.

Whilst all possible practical measures have been put in place the user of this equipment does so at their own choice and risk.

• Under 14 years only

• 1 family member to accompany 1 child

• Please retain 1m distance from other users e.g. pushing swings

• To enable as many children as possible to use the equipment please limit use to 15 minutes

• Please use a one-way system where possible

• Use of hand sanitiser gel or wipes is advised when using the equipment

• When using equipment do not touch face

• Consumption of food and drink within play areas is not permitted

• Please use bins provided or take litter home

A thank you to Somersham from Mohamed Sadiq, Centurian Club

Mohamed Sadiq from the Centurian Club has been shielding like many others over the last few months and has missed being part of Somersham’s community. Mr Sadiq cooked 150 meals as a thank you to the many Somersham parishioners he has missed over these weeks and these have been distributed as requested by Tom the manager.

Booking system introduced at three household recycling centres & further updates from Cambridgeshire Hub

Visitors to three household recycling centres in Cambridgeshire will need to book a slot to access the sites from next week. This is in addition to a booking system for all sites that was recently introduced for vans and trailers requiring e-permits.From Monday, 22 June, you will only be able to visit Bluntisham, Alconbury and Thriplow household recycling centres if you have pre-booked a slot. The booking system will open today (17 June). This measure is being introduced to reduce traffic congestion, speed up entry times and reduce the risk of collisions around the sites.Residents should only make essential visits to Household Recycling Centres if it is not possible to store waste safely at home or dispose of it through kerbside or bulky waste collections. Further Government advice is available on GOV.UK (paragraph 1.1).Sites are provided for the use of Cambridgeshire residents only, and all users should be prepared to show proof of address on arrival.You can book your slot online but if you can’t access the website, you can phone 0345 045 5207 for help.Further advice on visiting household recycling centres, including what to expect, restrictions and how the teams are keeping users safe is on the council’s website.

User friendly guide to Test and Trace launchedCambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council have published a user friendly guide to the way the new NHS Test and Trace system will work locally, on behalf of the Health Protection Committee.The more people that use NHS Test and Trace correctly, the more effective it will be at stopping the spread of the virus, the safer it will be for you and your loves ones and the quicker the lockdown measures can be lifted.The guide which will be updated regularly, can be found on the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough council websites.get tested poster

Dr Liz Robin’s vlog about support bubblesDr Liz Robin, Director of Public Health for Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council, explains how ‘support bubbles’ work, and why these new social bubbles are designed to make it easier to reconnect with loved ones, friends and family – which is so important and can make all the difference to someone who has been living alone during lockdown. More information about support bubbles and some general frequently asked questions and answers on the guidelines are available online. Watch Dr Liz’s vlog on YouTube here.

Hola to Cambridgeshire Music’s second Online OrchestraMore than 100 young musicians contributed to Cambridgeshire Music’s second Online Orchestra challenge – La Bamba.The organisation was absolutely bowled over by the enthusiasm of musicians across the county and beyond,  ho contributed to the toe-tapping Mexican performance, which has already been viewed 1,300 times online.   Every orchestral instrument was represented in the final performance – from harps to bassoons and from marimbas to ukuleles. Also, some great contributions on less well-known instruments – from a Chinese two-stringed erhu to a stylophone and even kazoos.The icing on the La Bamba cake was a ‘bonus’ performance from Wyton on the Hill Primary School’s Kazoo Orchestra, which appears right at the end of the video.Cambridgeshire Music is the county council run hub for music education and arts therapies and you can see more about its work here

Peterborough Cathedral would like to hear from youIn line with government guidance, Peterborough Cathedral took its services online and has been exploring the world of online worship ever since. With the country beginning to enter the recovery phase of the pandemic, the Cathedral is looking to hear feedback on its online services offered during the lockdown as it begins to consider the role of online worship services in the future.If you have tuned into any of the online services, may that have been for VE day or Sunday services, please take a moment to share your feedback with the cathedral here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/86PKJZZ

Bundle of books up for grabs in reading contestYoungsters in Peterborough can get creative and win a bundle of books by entering a competition based around the work of a famous author.The latest Peterborough Reads writing challenge has been launched, aimed at helping children enjoy reading-related activities during lockdown.The challenge is inspired by Terry Pratchett’s ‘Truckers’, which tells the story of a race of tiny people (known as Nomes) who live hidden among humans.The Nomes live under the floorboards of a large department store where the ‘outdoors’ is long forgotten. Things like night and day, sun and rain, are just the stuff of old legends.In the story, a devastating piece of news shatters their existence: the store, their whole world, is to be demolished. The Nomes have to come up with a mastermind escape plan to stay alive and they need two things – a place to live, and a way to get there.Please send all entries to hannah.riley@literacytrust.org.uk by Wednesday 24 June for a chance to win a bundle of books. Remember to include the child’s name, age, and school in the email too.For more information about the challenge click here

Sharing Communities Updates

You are welcome to share this Communities Update by forwarding the email to people in your community, who can also subscribe to receive updates from Cambridgeshire County Council by registering and selecting ‘Communities Updates’ from the list under Covid-19.  We are asking City councillors to forward this update to their local residents associations.
 

Weekly Policing Update – Somersham District

Good Afternoon, Somersham District Members –

Here is our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community, reported to police during the period 5th to 11th June:

Covid-19 – The Government continues to relax the rules on what we can and cannot do as we gradually emerge from Lockdown. The most recent changes are:

·         From Saturday 13th June:
 o   Single-person and single-parent households can form a ‘support bubble’ exclusively with one other household; o   Individual prayer in a place or worship is now allowed;

·         From Monday 15th June:
 o   All shops and some outdoors attractions are allowed to open; o   Face masks must be worn on Public Transport. 

It is still vital to maintain social-distancing to avoid the risk of passing on or contracting the virus.

The Government web-site has full details of what we can and cannot do –
www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Norwood Road, Somersham – Police received a report of suspicious behaviour involving three males in a blue Transit van, seen in Somersham on Wednesday morning, 10th June. The van had been seen driving slowly around and on at least one occasion the occupants had stopped outside a house, walked up the path and possibly tried the front door handle. Police located the van and spoke to the occupants, but nothing untoward was found. (Ref CC-10062020-0124)

Station Approach, Somersham – A large spill of gravel was discovered on the road at Station Approach, Somersham, on Wednesday lunchtime, 10th June, enough to pose a hazard to traffic and especially motorcyclists. Police put up warning signs and arranged for a contractor to sweep the road clear. (Ref CC-10062020-0149)

St Ives Road, Somersham – Police and the Fire Brigade were called following a report of thick smoke from a bonfire drifting across St Ives Road, Somersham, on Friday lunchtime, 12th June, causing a hazard to traffic. The blaze was safely extinguished. (Ref CC-12062020-0157)


And Finally – A Warning About the Disused RAF Upwood Site:

Demolition is about to begin on the disused RAF Upwood base and the company doing the work is asking everyone to keep out, as the site is extremely dangerous. New warning signs and fences have been put up but people, including children, have been ignoring them and venturing onto the site. This is extremely dangerous and trespassers run great risk of injury or worse – for your own safety, everyone should keep out.

COVID-19 information & links

Dear Resident,

As you will have seen recently, the Government has announced the next stages of the COVID-19 recovery plan; with non-essential retailers able to open from 15 June. 

The Government guidance has also been adjusted to allow people more time outdoors in groups of up to 6. Those people who ​have been​ shielding are ​now also able to leave their homes once a day for ​exercise, and meet one other person from outside of their ​household providing they observe social distancing​.​

Further to this, from Saturday 13 June, adults who live alone or single parents with children under 18 will be ​able 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 others’ homes and do ​not need to stay 2 metres apart. 
 
The Government will monitor how these changes are working, including by looking at the R value and the number of new infections, before taking any further steps. This will ensure that there isn’t a risk of a second peak that ​could overwhelm the NHS. The new NHS Test and Trace programme will also help to ensure the ​virus is kept under control. ​

There is no doubt that we are making progress and I am hopeful that in the coming weeks we may be able to ​do more, ​but of course, this will be conditional on the ​scientific and medical advice saying that it is safe to do ​so. Full Government guidance is available at www.gov.uk/coronavirus, along with a list of frequently ​asked questions which are regularly updated.
 
In this newsletter, you will find some new updates to key council services, financial support that is being offered and details of the Government’s Test and Trace scheme. You can also stay up to date with the latest on COVID-19 related support and guidance via our dedicated portal: www.wearehuntingdonshire.org.
 

Yours sincerely,
 

Cllr Ryan Fuller

Executive Leader of Huntingdonshire District Council

Cambridge Park & Ride Services back in operation 31 May 2020

Following the announcement by the UK Government of a new bus, tram and light rail restart programme, Stagecoach East have confirmed plans for a phased step up in services as more people return to work and other parts of daily life re-open.

From Sunday 31 May, four of Stagecoach East Cambridge Park and Ride services will be back in operation. 

There will also be further service changes across East from Sunday 14 June and Stagecoach East will be providing further details on this in the next few days.

Further information and timetables can be found here on their website: https://www.stagecoachbus.com/promos-and-offers/east/east-covid19-service-enhancements

Success!

Somersham Parish Council is excited to announce that through County Councillor Steve Criswell, the Parish Clerk Penny Bryant with the assistance of the Deputy Clerk Megan Blewett, submitted a successful funding bid to the Communities and Partnerships Committee and were awarded £32,560.

This means the extra money allows the parish council enough funds to install a concrete skate ramp, a ‘Witches Hat’ piece of play equipment and free to use fresh air fitness gym equipment for the Norwood Playing Field.

The installation of all the above items means we can cater for the majority of our community from the age of 4 years and upwards.

We will keep you updated with the progress of works during these restricted times but our aim is to have everything installed as soon as we practically are able.

Penny Bryant, Somersham Parish Clerk

Weekly Policing Update – 5th to the 11th May

Good Afternoon, Somersham District Members –

 
Here is our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community, covering the period 5th to 11th May:

 
Covid-19 – Police have continued to received reports from across the county of people congregating in groups and ignoring the Covid-19 regulations. Where necessary, people have been dispersed with words of advice given, and the need to stay home and stay apart has been explained. In some cases, £60 Fixed Penalty Notices have been issued.

 
Somersham – Police had to disperse a gathering of between 10 and 20 people breaching the Covid-19 regulations by having a street party and not maintaining social distancing in Somersham on Friday evening, 8th May. Officers gave words of advice and explained the dangers, and the participants returned to their houses. (Ref CC-08052020-0413)
 
 
Holme Fen Drove, Colne – Police seized and towed away a silver VW car found abandoned on Holme Fen Drove, Colne, late on Friday night, 8th May, when checks showed that it had no valid insurance. One person was also arrested. (Ref CC-08052020-0639)
 
  
And Finally – “Stay Alert – Control the Virus – Save Lives”
 
 
Government rules on leaving the house during the current Corona virus emergency are changing slightly from tomorrow, Wednesday 13th May. We are all asked to “Stay Alert” to help control the virus, but the basic precautions remain the same –
 Stay at home as much as possible;
 Work from home if you can;
 Limit contact with other people;
 Keep your distance if you go out – 2 metres apart wherever possible;
 Wash your hands regularly. 
More detailed information on what we can and can’t do is on the Government web-site at the following link:
 
       https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
 
  
 
To see details of Policing Summaries for neighbouring areas, please click on the following link and scroll down the page to select areas of interest:

    https://www.ecops.org.uk/alert_archive


Please be aware that these reports do not contain all details of all reported crime. We do not publish details of domestic related offences or anything which may put a person at risk if information regarding the crime was made public.
 

As always, if you have information relating to any offence, or are concerned about any suspicious activities, please contact police by using any of these methods:
 the ‘101’ non-emergency telephone number; the on-line web-chat tool on the new Cambridgeshire Constabulary web-site – click on the green icon; Alternatively, you can use ‘Crimestoppers’ to make a report anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or by using their on-line contact form.
In an emergency, or if you witness a crime in progress, always use ‘999’.


Best Wishes,
 
Chris Shaw, PSV
 
St Ives Police Station
Message Sent By
Chris Shaw (Police, PSV – Online Communities, Huntingdonshire – St Ives)

Weekly Policing Update – Somersham District 19th-25th April

The Lockdown Continues
 
Police have continued to respond to reports of groups of people apparently ignoring the Covid-19 regulations and gathering in public spaces or in private houses and gardens. Where necessary, people have been dispersed with words of advice given and the need to stay home and observe social distancing has been explained.

However, overwhelmingly, people are abiding by the rules, staying at home and only going out when it is essential. Thank you to everyone for doing this – it is vital in helping to save lives.
 

Now to our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community, covering the period 19th to 25th April. There is just one item to mention:
 
 
Fenton Hill, Pidley – Police received a report of a large amount of rubbish fly-tipped in the middle of the road at Fenton Hill, Pidley, late on Friday evening, 24th April. The rubbish was completely blocking one lane of the road and was posing a danger to traffic. Police contacted the Council’s Highways department to come and deal with the situation as an urgent priority. (Ref CC-24042020-0544)
 
  
 
And Finally – Covid-19 Help and Advice
 
If you are in need of any help or advice about the Covid-19 virus and the current situation, remember that there are several on-line sites that can give you assistance and information,  including:
 
 The Government’s official Covid-19 web-site:

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Huntingdon District Council’s new web-site, that has lots of information to help residents and businesses:

https://www.wearehuntingdonshire.org

… and the Police’s ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ web-site, that has specific advice about the current social-distancing and self-isolation regulations:


          www.cambs.police.uk/information-and-services/Coronavirus-COVID-19/Coronavirus-COVID-19-FAQs2

 



 
To see details of Policing Summaries for neighbouring areas, please click on the following link and scroll down the page to select areas of interest:

www.ecops.org.uk/alert_archive


Please be aware that these reports do not contain all details of all reported crime. We do not publish details of domestic related offences or anything which may put a person at risk if information regarding the crime was made public.
 

As always, if you have information relating to any offence, or are concerned about any suspicious activities, please contact police by using any of these methods:

 

the ‘101’ non-emergency telephone number;

the on-line web-chat tool on the new Cambridgeshire Constabulary web-site – click on the green icon;

Alternatively, you can use ‘Crimestoppers’ to make a report anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or by using their on-line contact form.

In an emergency, or if you witness a crime in progress, always use ‘999’.