As casual vacancy has arisen on Firbeck Parish Council. Further details available here
COVID-19/Coronavirus Update 20/11/20
'Missing mum. Missing my daugher" - my Covid story
Rotherham woman, Julie Adamson has opened up about the cruel way Covid-19 has robbed her of her mother-in-law, contact with her daughter and a milestone birthday.
Julie came forward after we issued an appeal for local residents to let us know how Covid-19 has changed their lives - so that they can share their experiences to, hopefully, protect others.
Julie, who works for Voluntary Action Rotherham, tells her heartbreaking story in the first of a series of video testimonies by local people. Julie hopes that by sharing her story, it will help people realise about the real impact the cruel disease is having in Rotherham and how they can reduce the risk to their own family by carefully following the restrictions and public health advice
Click on the link to see Julie's story
and please help spread her message by sharing the video with your friends and family.
Infection rate stabilises but hospitals still under pressure
The number of Rotherham residents in hospital due to Covid-19 is now more than double the number at the peak of the first wave of the infection.
And tragically, in the last week, 28 deaths were registered in Rotherham related to Covid-19.
However, we do continue to see a fall in the infection rate across the borough which today stands at 374.9 cases per 100,000. The rate remains very high though, with 952 people in Rotherham testing positive for covid last week.
We can all continue to play our part to reduce the risk of the infection rate climbing again, causing further deaths and strain on our NHS by taking these simple steps:
• Keep 2 metres apart whenever possible
• Wash your hands often
• If you have symptoms, get tested immediately
• Wear a face covering in indoor public places, on public transport and anywhere where its difficult to maintain social distancing
• Don't mix with other households unless it they are in your care bubble
Please stick to the national lockdown restrictions, which will remain in place until at least 2nd December.
If you would like to find out more information about how many cases of Covid-19 are in your local area, you can find out the daily latest numbers here: https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/
Answer the call
If you get a call or text from 01709 807319, don't worry, it's not a scam - it's Rotherham's local Test and Trace Service trying to get in touch with you.
The local team will attempt to contact you if the national service has not been able to within 24 hours.
We're asking people to answer the call, or follow instructions in the text if they are contacted.
New Covid-19 testing site opens in Maltby
A new Covid-19 testing site has opened in Maltby from today - the fourth site now operating in the Rotherham borough.
Located in the Maltby Leisure Centre car park, the new walk-through test site is now taking appointments for residents from Maltby and the surrounding area.
Appointments for Covid-19 tests at the Maltby test site are available by calling 119 or going to the NHS booking site
- if you cannot see any slots available, try again later as new appointments are being added.
More exciting plans for town centre regeneration
Two more exciting Rotherham Town Centre regeneration projects have been unveiled this week.
The Council has now purchased the site using funding from the Towns Fund Accelerator programme and plans would see the building replaced, in the short term, with a pocket park and a high-quality public space (see image above) .
Subject to necessary planning consents, longer term plans include developing the site for new town centre residential living.
Meanwhile, the Council has been asking people to give their views on plans to revamp Frederick Street
as part of the Town Centre Masterplan and which will follow on from the works currently underway on Bridgegate.
Safeguarding is everyone's business
This week (16th to 20th November) has been Safeguarding Awareness Week.
The Council and its partners have been busy all week reminding local people and employees about what they can do to spot the signs of abuse, how to report concerns and that safeguarding should be at the forefront of all of our minds, all the time.
Reclaim the night goes online
Women in Rotherham are being invited to take part in the annual Reclaim the Night event which, this year is being held online.
Instead of the usual town-centre walk, a line-up of women with links to Rotherham will share experiences of moving into new, exciting spaces – professionally and personally.
Reclaim the Night stands against violence towards women and girls, making our streets and public spaces safer for everyone.
You can find the latest information for the public about COVID-19 here
The Government response and action plan can be found here
NHS guidance can be found here
Whilst it is hoped that people finding themselves in financial crisis because of loss of work arising from the Covid 19 pandemic will be assisted with hardship payments by DWP, the normal Crisis Support Crisis Loans service is also still available.
Crisis loans are provided in partnership with RMBC by LASER Credit Union.
Applications should be made directly to LASER. They will receive, administer, issue the loan and take repayments.
Applicants for Crisis Loans should not visit the LASER premises, but contact them by:
• mobile app secure message
• email at email@example.com
• telephone on 01709 836500 or
• through their website at https://www.lasercreditunion.org.uk/
Rotherham Heroes Volunteer Scheme
To help further support vulnerable people across the borough, RMBC has established the Rotherham Community Hub with Voluntary Action Rotherham and the Rotherham Together Partnership to coordinate the Rotherham Heroes Volunteer Programme.
They are calling out for individuals, organisations, clubs and businesses who want to volunteer. The programme will match volunteers to established groups and make sure the help is being directed where it is most needed. This is a great opportunity to work together as a community to make sure that everyone is getting the support they need during the COVID19 outbreak.
More information can be found via www.rotherham.gov.uk/volunteer
and via this poster and volunteer pack.
Local Council Elections - 7th May 2020
The local elections planned for 7th May 2020 have been postponed until May 2021. There is still, however, 1 vacant seat on Firbeck Parish Council and anyone wishing to volunteer to serve their community should register their interest either through a current member of the council or via the 'contact us' link above.
The beautiful village of Firbeck nestles in a valley surrounded by agricultural land and woodland. Its pretty name arrives through a series of derivations from Firebec in the twelfth century to Ferbecke in the sixteenth century. It is generally accepted as meaning ‘woodland stream’. There is a mix of historically interesting buildings and twentieth century buildings.
At the heart of the village is the grade 2 listed church of St. Martins which has several fine stained glass windows and interesting hatchments and monuments, including some to the St Leger family. Anthony St Leger was the founder of the famous race in 1776 and the original racecourse was in an oval field above the village.
Firbeck Village Hall was substantially renovated and reopened in 2010 thanks to generous grants from the Big Lottery Fund and WREN. The Village Hall Committee exists to administer the operation and maintenance of the Hall, to organise events and fundraising and to act as a resource for our vibrant community. Many weekly groups take place and annual events such as a scarecrow weekend, a barbeque and a strawberry tea. The village hall is also available to hire for private events.
The Black Lion is a traditional little country inn which boasts a menu featuring fine gastro pub food alongside some pub classics. They keep some great beers and their focus is to create an environment where drinkers and diners feel welcome.
Firbeck Hall has a fascinating history and is hopefully to be restored to provide modern dwellings within the shell of the original structure. The Friends of Firbeck Hall is a voluntary group dedicated to encouraging the sympathetic restoration of Firbeck Hall. They are also researching the history of the village and publish three newsletters a year outlining their latest findings.