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Storm Christoph update
Amber weather warnings are still in place for Rotherham, with the best information indicating that, if we do get flooding, it will be it will be very early tomorrow morning (between 3am and 9am).
In particular we would advise anyone who has previously been affected by flooding to consider taking necessary precautions and to keep a close watch on weather updates.
And weather updates from the MET Office are here https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/forecast/gcrpcne2z#?date=2021-01-19


Casual Vacancy

As casual vacancy has arisen on Firbeck Parish Council. Further details available here

COVID-19/Coronavirus Update 8/1/21

Friday 15th January 2020
Infection rate stabilises but new variant on rapid rise
The Covid infection rate in Rotherham appears to be stabilising as the impact of the national lockdown begins to have an effect.
But the number of local people being infected by the new strain of the virus, which is thought to be more contagious, has seen a sharp increase in the last fortnight.
The latest weekly infection rate stands at 307.4 cases per 100,000 (for the 7-days to 9th January), with 816 new cases recorded during that time. The rate is currently lower than other areas in the country but is still very concerning.
The rate of infection in Rotherham for those aged 60 years and over who are most at risk of serious illness and death from covid is 219.8 per 100,000.
Sadly, a further 27 Rotherham residents have died from coronavirus in the last seven days.
New variant now accounts for a third of Rotherham infections
Since the start of January there has been a significant increase in the proportion of new cases of the new variant of coronavirus (see graph - click here to download), which means that there is a greater risk of outbreaks from the higher rates of transmission.
It's estimated that about a third of positive cases in Rotherham currently could be the new variant.
As the new variant becomes more common, it is even more important that everyone does what they can to keep safe:
• Don’t mix with other households or those outside your support bubble
• Keep 2m apart from others
• Wear a face covering when you go to the shops, doctors surgery, or on public transport
• Wash your hands regularly
• If you have any symptoms, no matter how mild, get tested
More information about how many cases of covid are in their local area and the latest daily data is available from https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/.
117 Covid patients in Rotherham Hospital
Latest figures from Rotherham Hospital show that they are currently caring for 117 inpatients who have tested positive for Covid-19, of which 11 are in critical care.
This brings the total number of inpatients who have tested positive since the start of the pandemic to 1,979.
It's really important that if you have any medical concerns that you still contact NHS services in the way that you would do normally - whether that's your local doctor, pharmacy, the NHS 111 helpline or 999 in an emergency.
Vaccinations - don't call NHS, they will call you
The COVID-19 vaccine deployment is being led by NHS Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and is currently being rolled out to high priority groups across the borough.
Please do not contact your local GP or the NHS to ask when you can have your vaccine, this will only put more pressure on the system and create delays. You will be contacted when it is your turn.
Further information from Rotherham CCG about the vaccine is available from their website https://yourhealthrotherham.co.uk/covid-vaccine/
Beware Covid-19 vaccine scams
We've been made aware that some NHS Vaccine scams are going around. Usually these include a text message inviting you to apply for your vaccine. The link will then take you to an official looking webpage where it will ask you for your details.
Please DO NOT click on the link or enter personal information. Remember, the NHS will never ask you to apply for a vaccination or ask for bank details online.
Support with home schooling
Support is available for parents across Rotherham who are home schooling their children during the lockdown.
Schools are supporting some students by providing a laptop, tablet, or internet access via a portable device. Parents should talk to their school if they need any support with resources.
If parents do not have a laptop or tablet, but their child has access to a games console which is connected to the internet (such as a PS4 or Xbox One), some school resources can be accessed through these. Search for internet explorer in the applications to access Microsoft and other resources. You can also plug a keyboard into your Xbox One and PS4.
The Government is working with the UK’s leading mobile network operators to provide access to educational sites. Schools can request free mobile data uplifts for disadvantaged families via the Department for Education’s website. The level of additional data for families will vary by provider, so check with them first.
If parents have any concerns about home schooling, they should contact their school in the first instance.
Online educational resources:
All travel corridors to close from Monday
Anyone arriving in the UK by air, regardless of the country of origin, must quarantine on arrival, the Prime Minister has announced today.
The closure of air travel corridors comes into force at 4am on Monday and is initially in place for a month, but counld be extended.
Anyone arriving in the UK must quarantine for 10 days, alyhough there is an option of taking an extra test on the fifth day to shorten the isolation period.
Remember to share your videos and pictures
If you are taking part in the Clap for Heroes show of appreciation on Thursday evenings, we'd love to share photographs and videos across the borough.
Clap for Heroes began again earlier this month. Like Clap for Carers, which took place throughout the restrictions for much of 2020, people across the UK are being encouraged to stand on their doorsteps and in their gardens to show their appreciation for all the key workers who are keeping us safe and keeping the country moving during lockdown.
Please send us photos and videos of your tributes and we'll share them on our social media platforms.
Email images and video to corporate.comms@rotherham.gov.uk or share them on Twitter and Facebook with #RotherhamTogether to get involved.
Seeking views on Council spending
Rotherham Council is asking residents and businesses for their views on what its budget priorities should be for the next financial year.
The Council is responsible for a budget of over £230m which it uses to provide a huge range of public services in the borough, including social care for vulnerable adults and children, road maintenance, school places, job creation, housing, libraries, bin collections, community safety, parks, planning and licensing.
Over the last 12 month the Council has also been at the forefront of the response to the Coronavirus pandemic in Rotherham, providing vital support to families and businesses most in need whilst continually adapting to ensure the vast majority of its services could continue as the restrictions changed.
You can register your views on the Council’s website until 26 January.

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


Crisis Loans

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 enquiries@lasercu.org.uk

• 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.