COVID-19/Coronavirus Update 5/3/21
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.