A Tribute to Key Workers
The UK has been urged by unions to observe a minute’s silence next week to remember the health, care, transport and other key workers who have died from coronavirus. The borough council will be joining in and we hope that you will too.
The tribute takes place at 11am on 28 April. This is a call for a collective moment of respect, a moment of remembrance, thanks and reflection. Politicians, employers, people at work and the millions of people in lockdown at home, are invited to join the tribute.
The minute’s silence is being scheduled on International Workers’ Memorial Day when we ‘remember the dead and fight for the living’. This is even more important in the midst of a pandemic that has killed thousands of workers in the UK.
General Secretary Dave Prentis’s message is: Thousands of key staff are on the frontline while the rest of us are in lockdown. That’s why we’ve issued this call for the whole country to take part and remember the sacrifices they’ve made. The best tribute we can all pay them is to stay inside to protect the NHS. The minute’s silence is a thank you to all the workers including nurses, midwives, cleaners and care staff who’ve died from this devastating virus.
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School Drop-Off/Pick-Up Parking
PLEASE PARK SENSIBLY
There have been many complaints about vehicles parking in Springfield Road at school drop-off and pick-up times.
We would ask parents to be mindful of ALL children’s safety (not just your own) and would ask you to be considerate and remember do not park:
- partially or wholly on the pavement – this restricts wheelchairs, prams, pushchairs, walking disabled.
- near a school entrance
- anywhere you would prevent access for emergency vehicles
- opposite or within 10 metres (32 feet) of a junction (except in an authorised marked parking space
- where the kerb has been lowered to help wheelchair users
- in front of an entrance to any property
- on yellow zigzag lines
Please remember it is an offence for a person, without lawful authority or excuse, in any way wilfully to obstruct the free passage along the highway of whatever type. This applies to vehicles obstructing pavements too and will be dealt with by Fixed Penalty Notice.
Roads are more congested than ever and top prevent accidents to both pedestrians and motorists, you can all make a contribution by applying a little thought when you park your car. Help us to keep our families and roads safe!
Blog by Dr Paul Williams, Chair of West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group
Taking Stock – Blog 26
The start of a new decade is a good time to take stock of where you are, what you have achieved and where you are going.
This year we are entering the third decade of this century; the NHS celebrated its 70th birthday in 2018 so the last 20 years represent only about 30% of its existence. In that time, however, it has experienced the most difficult sustained period of pressure since its inception. We must find the way to manage and meet this demand upon our services.
West Norfolk CCG came into existence during the past decade and will cease to exist as a stand-alone CCG in the next three months when it merges with the other CCGs in the area to form the new Norfolk and Waveney CCG. The idea behind CCGs is that by giving clinicians an influential seat at the commissioning table, the decisions made have a sounder basis medically, which in turn should deliver better outcomes for the patient. At a time where every penny spent has to be examined and justified, the luxury of having small administrative units to manage localities rather than large county areas which confer a saving by doing things at scale, has been difficult to support. There is no doubt money spent on administration will be less with the new merged CCG and it must be right that more of the NHS pound is spent on healthcare rather than administration.
The start of the new decade coincides with a new government. A government which has promised significant investment in the physical infrastructure of the NHS.
Last year our mental health trust was told it would receive £38m to build new wards in Norwich, which will serve people from West Norfolk too, and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital was given the good news that it will share £70m with the Norfolk and Norwich and James Paget University Hospitals to build a suite of diagnostic centres. The Queen Elizabeth also received an extra £470,000 to help it expand services for local people plus further funding to open 30 more beds.
But we have so much more we wish to do. I make no secret of my desire for more funding for our NHS so we can improve our buildings further, build better IT systems for our hospital and our wider health and care system and improve outcomes for our patients.
I’m proud of my primary care colleagues for doing their bit. GP practices are working together in “Primary Care Networks” to innovate better ways of supporting their patients, and very soon community mental health and nursing/therapy teams will be aligned to work alongside them. More of our local GP practices are offering online consultations as well as phone and face to face contact, and we are starting to introduce a new support service to help patients at some practices in West Norfolk to order repeat prescriptions.
So while the last decade has been difficult there is promise for the future. The changes taking place in the NHS and social care promise benefits from integration of services, for the first time we are encouraging professionals from the different strands of health and social care to work together in a spirit of co-operation on the ground and forming system partnerships across the county as a whole to better plan how investment is made and services provided. I think the quality of the management team we have established in the last few months bodes well for the future running of services in West Norfolk and the new primary care networks and the local delivery group are thriving since their creation.
You can play your part in helping local services to be the best that they can be. You have a responsibility to use the services wisely. The range of services available to you is wide with advice via the telephone and online services through local pharmacies, GP services, ambulance services and A&E services. Use the most appropriate for the type of problem you have to ensure we all get prompt attention from the right professional at the right time.
Dr Paul Williams
Chair, West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group
You can also read the blog on West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Groups website http://www.westnorfolkccg.nhs.uk/.
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Parish Roadside Tree Inspection
NCC are in the process of carrying out inspections of roadside trees and we may be surveying in your parish on smaller, rural roads known as class 4A2. The primary focus of the inspections is to identify ash trees that are in decline due to ash dieback disease (ADB) and assess whether they are now posing a risk to highway users. We may also pick up other trees that are in a dead or dangerous condition. For further information on ADB please visit our webpage: www.norfolk.gov.uk/ashdieback
This summer, our approach is to remind landowners that ‘their trees are their responsibility’ and to raise awareness of ash dieback disease. If trees are found in poor condition but not considered imminently dangerous we are fixing notices to the trunks of trees and marking the trees with yellow paint to inform the owner that they may need to take action.
We may contact you in future if we find any particular areas of concern or have a query regarding ownership of an individual tree or tree group.
Should you need any further information or have any queries concerning the above, please visit our webpage or contact us at [email protected]
Many thanks, kind regards
Ash Dieback Team
Community and Environmental Services
Phone number: 01603 222112
Norfolk County Council, County Hall, Martineau Lane, NR1 2SG
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Membership Call for all Film Lovers
The new season of films from King’s Lynn Community Cinema Club (KLCCC) commences with the award winning black comedy, The Party, which will be screened at St George’s Guildhall on Thursday 10th May at 7.30pm. Starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Timothy Spall, The Party is an ensemble piece, set in the home of a recently-promoted Cabinet Minister, as her private life disintegrates in front of her and her closest friends.
Cinema Club membership is open now, and anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to join. There will be eight films screened in the new season and members have free admission for themselves plus two accompanied guests for each of the eight films. Membership for the full season costs just £30.00.
Alongside the films, the Club runs a series of Close-Up film appreciation events on different themes, led by guest speakers, and has a comprehensive range of social events that take place throughout the year.
Ian Barton, Chair of KLCCC told us, “KLCCC screens at least one film every month, with an extra film this August and October. We have a mixture of genres, and we usually try to include at least one foreign language film and a classic in every season, so there is something for everyone. It’s important to emphasise that we are a very friendly group and run several organised social events as well as meeting for a drink after every screening. We are really keen to attract new members to the Club, but are also happy for people to attend on a one-off basis, and have introduced £5.00 day-membership so that people can come along to see any film or to see if they want to join”
Full details of how to join the Club and of the new season of Films, Close-Ups and Social Events can be found on the Club’s website www.klccc.uk
Walpole Parish Council
Walpole Parish Council recently undertook a community consultation as to how residents would like to see the Community Contribution of £90,000 from the developers of the Solar Farm spent on community projects.
Click below to view the presentation slides from the Public Meeting held on Thursday 16th February at 6.30pm in The Community Centre, Summer Close, Walpole St Andrew.
Fix My Street
FixMyStreet is primarily for reporting things which are broken or dirty or damaged or dumped, and need fixing, cleaning or clearing, like graffiti, dog fouling, potholes or street lights that don’t work.
Your email address is required, so that the council can get back to you. Also, messages sent via FixMyStreet go into council systems. In most cases a full name is a mandatory field, and your report may be rejected without it. Your email address is not published, and you can opt to submit your report anonymously – just uncheck the ‘show my name publicly’ box on submission. This will mean that your name is not displayed on the FixMyStreet website, although it is still sent to the council.
You will find a link to FixMyStreet at the bottom of the right hand column.
Walpole Parish Council Receives Funding
Thanks to the Rose & Crown Solar Farm Development, Walpole Parish Council has received a ‘one-time’ grant in the amount of £90,000 for use towards the improvement of our facilities. The council will be distributing, along with the December issue of the “Walpole Village Crier”, an envelope asking residents for their suggestions as to what they would like to see this fund being used for.
Walpole Parish Chairman, Richard Broden is quoted as saying “we need to ask residents for their ideas before committing funds of this value. We can collate the feedback and report back at the monthly Parish Council meeting. We urgently need their feedback as to what the best way would be to use the money. This will be a decision that will benefit all the residents and not just a selected few”
In the envelope, we have explained some of the projects that the parish council has developed over the past few years and current projects that we are actively seeking grants. We are asking residents to complete the ‘post-paid’ return card with their suggestion(s) and contact details.
The Walpole villages are growing and it is important that whatever we do does indeed benefit the families that are living here now and others that will be choosing the Walpoles as their home in the future.
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Car Link Volunteer Drivers needed in your area
Car Link is a partnership between ERS Medical and Voluntary Norfolk, providing non emergency patient transport throughout the majority of the county. Our volunteer drivers provide an essential service, transporting up to one hundred patients to their destination each day.
We are looking to recruit new volunteer drivers to join our busy team, and would love to hear from caring, calm and reliable individuals with their own car. As well as driving journeys to hospitals in Norfolk and East Anglia, we are also looking to find volunteers happy to go above and beyond the usual, by taking on early morning appointments, and appointments in London. All expenses are reimbursed, and training is provided. Please call Jules on 01603 883860 or email [email protected]
We are particularly short of drivers in your area, so any support you may be able to give, would be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions about the service, please do not hesitate to contact me, either by email, or by calling 01603 883860.
‘Choose Me Not A&E’
A high-profile campaign has been launched across West Norfolk and the Wisbech area to help people choose the right NHS service for them.
The ‘Choose Me Not A&E’ campaign aims to provide people with vital information about which health care service is right for the symptoms they have.
Figures show that about 250 people a month attend A&E at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn (QEH), but are sent home requiring no treatment.
This means, every year, about 3,000 local people wait for hours in A&E when they could have got quicker and more appropriate treatment closer to home.
Not only are residents wasting hours of their valuable time waiting, but they potentially block access to services for other people in more urgent need.
The Choose Me Not A&E campaign is being led by NHS West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group and Wisbech Local Commissioning Group in collaboration with the QEH.
Dr Ian Mack, Chair of West Norfolk CCG, said: “This campaign has a powerful, local message: Help the QEH save lives this winter. We want people to understand that A&E is for serious, life-threatening emergencies only. Inappropriate use of A&E increases waiting times for those patients who are genuinely in need of urgent medical attention.
“Many people could easily be treated by a local pharmacist, GP, or even just by staying at home and looking after yourself. Our message is simple – if it’s not a serious medical emergency, A&E is not the right choice.”
“If you are not sure which service to use log on to our new website ChooseMeNotAandE.co.uk to find out more, or pick up one of the campaign leaflets to see your options. You can also use the NHS 111 number which can put you in touch with the best service for you.”
The first defence against ill health is self-care and prevention. Here are some top tips from local GPs for staying healthy over the winter:
Eat healthily – food is vital for keeping you warm.
- Take some exercise – we know it’s getting cold but even staying active in your home makes a difference.
- Wrap up warm when you go outside – it’s often a good idea to layer your clothing.
- Stock up on medicines – paracetamol, aspirin, ibuprofen decongestant and aspirin.
- Get a flu jab – the vaccine is free for those in an eligible group. To find out if you are in an eligible group visit www.nhs.uk
- Keep your home warm – your main living room should be between around 18-21C (65-70F) and the rest of the house at a minimum of 16C (61F). For more information about Warm and Well visit www.norfolk.gov.uk
Streetlife – a Social Network for Local Communities
Claire Elsden from Streetlife, would like to introduce you to Streetlife, a website for local communities that we’d like to invite your residents to join. Here at Streetlife we have a simple aim: to help people make the most of where they live by connecting with their neighbours. Our site has over 100,000 users nationwide, and approaching 13,500 people in Norfolk use Streetlife to share practical information and advice. Over the past few months, conversations on Streetlife have helped to expose doorstep scammers, find lost pets, and support threatened local services. The site also encourages real-world connections, from recommending local businesses and sharing gardening equipment, to forming book clubs and social groups. A recent survey of Streetlife users found that 81% feel more connected to their community, 75% are better informed about local news, crime and public services, and 62% are in touch with neighbours they wouldn’t otherwise know.
Kings Lynn and West Norfolk Business Support Programme
TCHC (The Consultancy Home Counties Ltd) is launching a new service with King’s Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Council to help people become self-employed or start a new business. The service will help anyone with a business idea make it a reality. It is specifically targeted at budding entrepreneurs from West Norfolk, and includes informative workshops covering all the points that you will need to consider when deciding to become self-employed or setting up your own business, as well as providing the opportunity to discuss your ideas and questions with an experienced business adviser. Click here to visit their web site for more details.