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Because of the…well you know why….the Brixworth Bulletin won’t be popping through your letterbox this time around. However, if you click on the link here you will be taken to the latest copy!

Chris Heaton-Harris, the MP for Daventry, is collating a list of takeaway and delivery services being offered locally within the district, with contact details and any specific information that’s been provided by the businesses themselves. See the link here

Unfortunately there are some people who see the current pandemic as an opportunity to try and fleece others. We’ve had the following warning from the Peterborough Diocese about attempts to get personal data.

‘Calls from somebody claiming to be from Public Health England, asking residents if they had received their letter from the government and then asking if they have support from family and friends, etc. and trying to obtain personal details’

Needless to say, we all need to be extremely careful and not give out personal data over the phone unless we are 100% confident about the identity of the person on the other end of the line! If you get such a call as above, please decline to give any information.

For everyone self-isolating or needing help which the Scaldwell Helping Hands group can’t provide, please see the information below from Daventry Council, which has launched a help-line.

New Coronavirus support line launched A new support line has been launched to support the most vulnerable members of our community. The new support line – which can be reached on 0300 126 1000 (Option 5) – allows those who cannot leave their homes under current restrictions and those who have nobody to call upon for help, to request support in getting access to food, prescriptions and other vital services that they require. There are a large number of people across Northamptonshire who are currently in isolation for various reasons. These include individuals displaying symptoms of Coronavirus and those with existing health conditions, those who are pregnant or those aged 70 and above. The Customer Service Centre at Northamptonshire County Council will be managing the helpline, ensuring that each call is appropriately triaged so that individuals receive the care and support that is appropriate to their needs. The Community Resilience Service will co-ordinate requests for help in conjunction with the District and Borough Councils, mapping those requests by area and linking them up with local community groups, volunteers and voluntary organisations who have pledged their support 

Those requiring help are asked to call the support line on the following number: 0300 126 1000 (option 5) People can also email nccg.communityresilience.covid19@nhs.net and ask for help, or fill in our online form

Find out more about the range of support on offer during this time on our Coronavirus advice pages

A couple of cars have been parked on the piece of ground between the gates leading into the playing field. Please note that the whole of the playing field, including this area, is closed under government orders and the bottom gates will be locked soon. Thanks from Scaldwell Playing Field Committee

Dear Villagers, we are sorry to say that the church is now to be kept closed on the instruction of the Government. We look forward to re-opening the church soon and do remember, God isn’t in lockdown!

During the current crisis it is essential that we look out for each other. We have several people in our village who the NHS classifies as “vulnerable” i.e. they are more at risk if they catch the coronavirus.

Accordingly there is a group on WhatsApp – Scaldwell Helping Hands – which has over thirty people who have volunteered to do what they can in the event of need. Every house in the village has received a leaflet with the name of the person who is the first point of contact in the event of problems.

What does help look like? Well, if you are self-isolating perhaps you need someone to go to buy food for you? Collect a prescription? Perhaps there is a dog that needs walking? Whatever the issue, if you are vulnerable, or self-isolating please do not hesitate to reach out. There is a Helping Hand waiting to help you – at a distance, of course, of 6 feet!

Following guidance from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York that ‘our usual pattern of Sunday services and other mid-week gatherings must be put on hold’, I am really sorry to say that there will be no Sunday services or other mid-week gatherings in our churches until further notice.

This does not mean that we are ‘shutting up shop’! The Church of Jesus Christ is the people, not the buildings, and so we will find new ways of being Church by supporting our communities and sharing the love of Jesus. 

The church buildings themselves, in Walgrave, Hannington, Old and Scaldwell, will remain open for quiet prayer and reflection, as they normally are during the day, and we will endeavour to provide resources for people to use at these times.  

We have a website for the benefice on which we plan to upload Church Services, a daily ‘Thought for the Day’ and other general updates. 

Do visit our website www.walgravebenefice.org

I’ll finish with some words of Jesus:

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.
I do not give to you as the world gives. 
Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
 (John 14:27)

God Bless

David

We have sadly taken the decision, following the Government’s announcement today (16th March) to close the Club and bar until further notice.

The Snail Racing Night is cancelled.

Looking forward to re-opening when the world regains a little bit of sanity.

At the Club we’ve noticed that attendance on Saturday nights when we are not running an event is dwindling away. We just wanted to let the village know that we are thinking about changing the opening days and closing on a Saturday unless we have a specific event on. Nothing is going to change until the end of May but unless we see an uptick in usage we cannot really see the point in someone taking time away from their family to work behind an empty bar. We’ll keep you posted. Best wishes, the Club Committee