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 https://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/info/26/public_health/737/coronavirus_-_covid-19 
Central Bedfordshire Council's website includes very useful information regarding Coronavirus, how this might impact on their services, and an online form for you to register for assistance during this time
 

CORONAVIRUS 
The Prime Minister has announced a new national coronavirus lockdown, commencing from midnight 4th January 2021.  You must stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.

You must not leave, or be outside of your home except for the following permitted reasons:

  • Shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
  • Go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
  • Exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area
  • Meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
  • Seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
  • Attend education or childcare – for those eligible

Colleges, primary and secondary schools will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until February half term. Early Years settings remain open.

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable, you are being asked shield, and you should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential. You should not attend work.

Meeting others – you cannot leave your home to meet socially with anyone you do not live with or are not in a support bubble with (if you are legally permitted to form one). You may exercise on your own, with one other person or with your household or support bubble. You should not meet other people you do not live with, or have formed a support bubble with, unless for a permitted reason.

At all times, stay two metres apart from anyone not in your household.

Further information can be found on the Government’s dedicated webpage https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home

The following Town Council owned/managed facilities are now closed for the foreseeable future: Multi Use Games Areas at Riverside Playing Field and Pix Brook Play Area, Greenacre Centre and Memorial Hall.

The Town Council main reception and office remain closed to the public, but our staff are all working from home.  If you wish to speak to a member of staff, please contact us on 01462 730064.  Usual office hours will be 10am - 4pm, Monday -Friday.  All staff are contactable by telephone or email.

Staff can be contacted Monday - Friday on 01462 730064 or enquiries@stotfoldtowncouncil.gov.uk.

Please keep yourself fully informed on latest Government and NHS updates, which will be issued on a very regular basis. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ 

During this challenging time, with daily changes to the situation, we urge all residents to be mindful of your elderly or vulnerable neighbours. Perhaps you could offer to collect their shopping or prescriptions? This confusing and perhaps frightening time will see some people, particularly in isolation, feeling lonely. Perhaps you could consider passing those people your contact number, spend some time chatting to them on the phone, and a regular call to make sure they are still well. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. For more information on the new lockdown rules and the Government’s ‘Hands, Face, Space’ message, please visit www.gov.uk



A tribute in memory of Mrs Sheila Mary Bundock.

It is with great regret that we received the sad news that Sheila had passed away during the early hours of 5th January and deepest sympathy is given to her family and close friends. This was not only a sad loss to those closest to her but also to the many people of Stotfold whose lives she had touched in so many ways.

At the annual town meeting in March 2018, I was honoured to present Sheila with a ‘Stotfold Citizens Award’ for her services to the community while listing just some of the many organisations and events she had been a key part of during over 50 years of living in the town. Sometime after their marriage in 1957 she and husband Geoffrey settled in their home at The Crofts where they were later joined by son Gary and daughter Amy, sadly Geoffrey died in 1980 leaving Sheila and the children all at relatively young ages.

Sheila was determined to be an active member of the community and was a founding member of the Stotfold Parents Association organising holiday activities, coach trips, craft events and swimming lessons.

In 1972 she joined the Carnival Committee as SPA representative and assumed various organising roles including float decoration (and producing her own costumes). She continued to present the Carnival (later becoming Festival) Quiz for over 30 years, never once allowing the quizmasters answers to be challenged!

She Chaired the Women’s Fellowship Group for many years providing a meeting point for talks and activities by residents, also organising their float in the Carnival parade.

She initially helped organise, and later run until 2016 (after 47 years) the annual Arts & Crafts Exhibition where residents of all ages could demonstrate their creative skills.

In November 1983 the old Stotfold Boys School in Church Road became The Roecroft Centre and Sheila became a prominent member of the management committee, her enthusiasm being key to its foundation. For several years she acted voluntarily as booking secretary and caretaker. She continued to be associated with this historic building as a Trustee and Secretary to the Limited Company registered charity, although threatening to retire since around 2007 she retained the caretaker and keyholder roles until very recently. Within the building, providing a venue for the benefit of local residents, she also assisted in the running of a playgroup for pre-school children.

Over and above those activities already mentioned Sheila has been an active member of the Town Council for over 25 years where she would resolutely argue in support of issues she saw as being of importance. She Chaired the Buildings Committee for many years and sat on various others, was the Council ‘watchdog’ of footways & highways in liaison with Central Bedfordshire Council and champion of the Bus Users group becoming the ‘bus timetable guru’.

During that time, she also took on her role as a highly active Governor for the Roecroft Lower School.

Throughout it all she was always supportive, principled, and straight talking. As a fellow councillor put it; “I feel that her steadfast resolution to ensuring that only the best would do for her community was very much appreciated and she will be greatly missed by her fellow councillors”.

Sheila will indeed be missed and fondly remembered by many Stotfold residents and remain an example to those who have known her.

Cllr. Alan Cooper – Stotfold Mayor

 


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