Coronavirus crisis – update 29 April
East Keswick Parish Council wants to support the whole community through this difficult lockdown time which puts a strain on everyone. If we can help you please get in touch with us by using the Facebook page (more details in a moment) or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The village now has a Facebook page and you can access it by simply clicking the facebook f logo next to the date top right. The advantage of Facebook is that it’s a two way communication platform. This means that once you’ve been accepted (just click on the Facebook page to join and you will be) you can then post comments too. So you can publicise any village activity or group. Other villagers can – and do – too. So it becomes much more current that the website can be. Please try it.
What can you do and not do during lockdown?
The government restrictions currently in force ask that you remain at home as much as possible. You can leave home to travel to and from work but should work from home if at all possible. You can go shopping for food or medicine but do so as infrequently as possible and use home deliveries if you can. You can leave your home to go for a walk or exercise for around an hour once a day but respect social distancing. Should you experience the symptoms of the virus (a fever-like temperature and a persistent cough) you should self isolate for seven days, anyone else in your home should do so for fourteen days. Access the NHS helpline online https://111.nhs.uk/ or ring 111
Free Coronavirus testing
All essential workers including NHS and social care workers, and anyone over 65 or anyone whose work cannot be done from home and has symptoms can book a test now. It’s there for you to use, so please use it! The tests are at a drivein location at Cross Green, Leeds (junction 45 M1)
Buses will run to a Sunday timetable until further notice. On weekdays services will begin earlier to enable those who use bus services on weekday early mornings to do so.
Brown bins, litter bins and rubbish tips
Brown bins will not be emptied until further notice, nor will litter bins be emptied. Leeds City Council tips including Seacroft and Thorpe Arch are closed.
The Duke of Wellington is selling takeaway meals on Thursdays Fridays and Saturdays, and Sunday roast dinners. Phone to book your slot 01937 574647
Village butchers is much more than meat
You’ll find the village butcher to be a valuable resource. Apart from meat, you can buy pies, pasties, bread, pasta, ready meals, milk, veg,eggs and much more. Home delivery service too! 0113 266 2015 Richard: 07767 842705
The Post Office in the Village Hall is closed until further notice.
Library book exchange
Libraries are closed but the village book exchange – in the old phone box by the white railings – remains open. The rule is leave a book when you take a book.
You can use these weeks to let us know your opinion on the village Neighbourhood Plan which a sub group of the Parish Council have been labouring over for six years. The final draft is on this website as is an online questionnaire. It will take you only twenty seconds or so to complete and will help us then submit it for final inspection before a later referendum. Owing to the present coronavirus crisis the consultation period is extended until June.
If you’d like to read up on the history of our great village then the East Keswick Millennium Book (published 2002) is a great read and it’s a free read on this website. Read our thousand year history. We got through many wars and problems and will get through this too.
Get bread and veg delivered to you
The Oven Door is linking up with Johnson’s Greengrocers during this time of uncertainty to offer home delivery for all your Fruit, Veg, Bread, Savoury and Confectionery needs. They can do Eggs and Milk too. Please call Johnson’s on 01937582070 or the Oven Door on 01937584839
Village Hall closed
The Village Hall is closed until further notice
The Village newsletter will not publish until further notice. You can use the village Facebook site to connect with community groups and villagers.
Church services are suspended until further notice but the churches are still active. For information on the Anglican church, including online sermons etc, go to https://www.bardseyekparish.com/
Seek help with shopping or medicines
The East Keswick Voluntary Care Group takes people to the doctor or optician, collects prescriptions, pops in to see people, and provides transport to the Senior Citizens Club in next village. The group is willing to help all age groups. If you have a need please call Susan Priestley on 01937 572227 or Fiona Siekierkowski on 572836.
Volunteer to help
www.doinggoodleeds.org.uk would welcome any volunteer help.
If you need support with anything, just let any Parish Councillor know and we’ll do our best to help.