The April Newsletter is expected back from the printers imminently. However, due to the current situation, we have very reluctantly decided that the printed copies will not be distributed until things become easier.
What we are doing is to send a link to everyone we have an email address for, so you can either download a version, or read it on the Society’s website. When it becomes easier and safer we intend to distribute the hard copies so you have something to read in comfort and to share. We are hoping that this will be well before the July edition is due!
The link is http://www.knowlesociety.org.uk/ please copy and paste it into your browser. The Newsletter item is the first one on the home page. We hope this will suffice until things return to normal. We don’t usually provide free access to the current Newsletter, but for now, please feel free to share the link with any of your neighbours or friends who you think might be interested.
An online version can be read here.
In addition a pdf version can be viewed here.
While the newspapers are full of pictures of hoards of people gathering at beauty spots, it’s been good to see that most people around here are being very sensible and following the guidance to keep away from crowded places and to abide by the social distancing practices. Unfortunately we are by no means immune to infection and we have heard of at least 15 people in the locality who have, or have had the virus, fortunately most/all were not so ill as to need medical care, so were not counted in the official figure of 8 reported cases.
The restrictions just announced will make life even more difficult, but undoubtedly safer. Please follow them and ‘encourage’ those in your Families and Friends to do the same. It is the only way to slow or stop the spread and reduce the number of deaths.
FOR RESIDENTS SELF-ISOLATING
If you need someone to help with collection of prescriptions, shopping, posting mail etc, there’s probably someone in your road who has volunteered to help. Have a look at
http://cyclesolihull.org.uk/b93cvsupport/b93support.pdf and it’ll show if your road is covered. If not and you are fit and able to help, you can sign up to extend the coverage. We’ve had to depend on this for urgent shopping and it’s worked very well.
For those who are still allowed to go about their own business, there are changes to train and bus timetables. Local shops and businesses are doing their best to help out, although most have closed their premises. These are the ones I can find:-
For an update on the state of Council Services, go to:-
For more information about Council services, please see our website.
SCHOOLS – The statement by the Secretary of State was published yesterday on the Department for Education website and can be found here.
In the wake of the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Solihull Council is warning residents of a series of new scams related to the virus. See here for further information
There are lots of sites on the internet with suggestions of things to keep you and your children busy, but try the page on the Neighbourhood Forum there are some good ideas.
NB, things are changing so fast we cannot be sure that all the above links will work by the time this message reaches you.
KEEP SAFE AND CARRY ON AND WE’LL GET THROUGH
PAYING YOUR SUBSCRIPTIONS
You will have seen my article in the recent Newsletter asking Members to consider paying their subscriptions by Standing Order (if they do not already do so). My thanks to those who have returned the form or set up a SO on-line. If you have not yet done so please would you help out the Newsletter distributors who also have to collect the subs. It will also make life less complicated for me.
If you need another copy of the form or the details to set up a SO on-line, just drop me an email at the address below.
DELIVERING THE NEWSLETTER
Mentioning the Newsletter distributors allows me to make a plea for some new volunteers. There are 92 Rounds that need covering and, while we are OK at the moment, there is a natural turn-over. If you feel that you could help, either on a one-off basis or through taking on a Round, please get in touch.
A Memorial Service will be held to celebrate the life and work of Stella in Knowle Parish Church at 2pm on Thursday, November 22nd,
followed by refreshments in the Guild House.