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COVID-19 BUSINESS GRANT UPDATE

In response to Covid-19, the Government have announced that businesses with a Rateable Value (RV) of less than £15,000 and who receive small business rate relief or who are in the retail, hospitality or leisure sector will be entitled to a non-repayable grant of £10,000.

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Help for those in Isolation in London Colney – London Colney Good Neighbour Scheme.

ARE YOU IN ISOLATION?

We Can help!

Good Neighbour Scheme

The coronavirus means that many people in London Colney are at risk  and may be unable to  get out and about. London Colney Parish Council has set up a good neighbour scheme.

WE CAN HELP WITH…

  • Shopping
  • Posting mail
  • A friendly Phone call
  • Prescription collections

If you need help while you are isolated call the Good Neighbour Scheme on 01727 261104 (Monday to Friday between 10am -1pm)

  • We will match you with a volunteer who lives locally to you, in your road or a neighbouring road.
  • You both will be given each other’s name, address and contact number.
  • You will both be issued a password unique to your pairing, so you know the person calling is the person they say they are.
  • Your volunteer will contact you to help within 24 hours of your call to see what support you need.
  • Your volunteer will do their best to help you but please bear in mind they will have their own families and commitments they are also accommodating.
  • Volunteers support is not an emergency service and is not 24 hours, seven days a week.

OUR VOLUNTEERS

  • All our volunteers are local residents who have volunteered their services to the Good Neighbour Scheme co-ordinated by the London Colney Parish Council.
  • All Volunteers will need to provide ID and full contact and address details to the Parish Council.
  • Volunteers may not be police checked therefore it is important that our safeguarding parameters are followed by volunteers and those in isolation.

HOW TO PREVENT SPREADING THE VIRUS

  • To keep you safe from contracting the virus, you should not come into physical contact with your volunteer.
  • Coronavirus is contagious, please take every precaution to protect yourself when helping and receiving help.
  • Wash your hands regularly.
  • Items for collection should be left outside the front door at an agreed time. Your volunteer will call 5 minutes ahead of collection time.
  • When dropping off items  your volunteer will call to let you know your delivery is outside. Never have physical contact with your volunteer.

KEEP SAFE

For shopping – if you provide cash for your shopping, no more than £30 should be given to your volunteer at any one time.

 NEVER give you bank card to your volunteer.

NEVER give you pin number to your volunteer.

If you are unable to pay by cash for your shopping we have a card payment process in place via the Parish Council. You will be able to pay by card over the telephone for your shopping. The Parish Council will reimburse your volunteer the value of your shopping.

Please only ask your volunteer to help with Shopping, Prescription collections, Posting mail, A friendly Phone call.

Volunteers should not come in to your property.

Please make sure you do not give unnecessary personal information to your volunteer.

London Colney Remembers, 100 years on

Almost 100 years to the day, London Colney Parish Council commemorated the war memorial’s 100th anniversary with a ceremony, tree planting and plaque unveiling.  London Colney History Society had advised the parish council that the war memorial would be celebrating its 100th anniversary on 26 February 2020.  The original order of service for the event, 100 years ago, was provided by a local resident, Mrs Sandra Hodgson and this was used as adapted for the service on Saturday 29 February.

Cllr Helen Pakenham, Vice Chairman of the Parish Council planted a commemorative tree and the Mayor of St Albans District Council, Cllr Janet Smith, unveiled a plaque to mark the occasion. The event was officiated by Rev. Patricia Jones from St Peter’s Church, London Colney. The service was attended by invited members of the History Society with local church and faith leaders.

After the service at the war memorial, attendees adjourned to St Peter’s Church, where the standard from the London Colney’s men’s branch of Royal British Legion was laid up.

Cllr Helen Pakenham said, “It was a great honour for me to pay tribute in my address, not only to the brave fallen of both wars but also the dutiful villagers of London Colney who ensured that a befitting monument is erected in their memory.”

Cllr Helen Pakenham, with the Mayor of St Albans District, Cllr Janet Smith and Rev Patricia Jones

2nd March 2020

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