Round the Parishes

(April 2020)

For updates during coming weeks on help, information and advice


Kirby Cane and Ellingham: Attention, over 70s!

or anyone who feels vulnerable in Kirby Cane and Ellingham. If during the coming weeks, due to the Corona virus (Covid-19) outbreak. you feel yourself isolated and need any help with the following: Shopping Tasks; Medical Prescriptions (collection or delivery), Don’t hesitate to contact the following numbers: Sarah Hanlan, 07957-101601 or Jacqui Minns, 07887-536135. See also message from parish council chairman.

Sarah and Jacqui

Geldeston Coronavirus Community Resilience Hub

On 15 March the village has organised a Community Resilience Hub with a team of volunteers. There is a crisis email address – – for anybody in Geldeston who needs to communicate, or who needs help, during this time. (Please note that response times vary and may be between 48 and 72 hours. i.e. two to three days). Find us also on Facebook (“Geldeston Coronavirus Community Resilience Hub”) and WhatsApp.

Recently, a telephone helpline has been added: 033-3335-5262. You can call the helpline about anything — Prescription pick-up, food delivery , books, games etc. You might just want to chat (not everyone uses emails, Facebook, Skype or WhatsApp).

Fast Broadband

It is now possible to get fast broadband across our five parishes. Ring your telephone and broadband supplier and ask if they can upgrade your number. Alternatively, to find out which suppliers are offering fast broadband in your street, and what they are charging for the service, go first to the Openreach website and enter your postcode there.

Openreach, formerly part of British Telecom, installs and maintains the network, “the lines, poles and cables used to provide phone, broadband and TV services”. It does not itself act as a supplier.

Helping the elderly or vulnerable in Gillingham

Volunteers in the village hope to set up a support network like Geldeston and Kirby Cane & Ellingham. In the meantime, if anyone elderly or vulnerable needs assistance, please call Lesley Porter on 07768-520867. She is happy to help where possible — collecting and delivering shopping and medicines; posting cards and letters to keep people in touch.

Lesley Porter

Speedwatch in Geldeston

With few volunteers, Speedwatch in the village is winding down. After two years our small team can justifiably be proud of its achievement; there is gratifying evidence of increased awareness that speeding is unnecessary and dangerous.

Our new SAM-2 camera, shared with Kirby Cane, will continue to monitor and record traffic through the village, this will indicate any habitual speeding which can then be reported to the police. (SAM reads Speed Awareness Monitor.)

Julie Dawnay

Auction a Great Success

The auction held by the Geldeston Village Hall committee on 1 March in the Wherry Inn raised over £1,600. A huge thank-you to all who helped make this great community event such a success. The funds, boosted by Gift Aid to £2,000, will be used to subsidise events for the whole community and to purchase new equipment (updating chairs, for example) to encourage more users. The hall is now closed until further notice but has enough in its reserves to keep going until restrictions are lifted.

Loraine Loffstadt

(First published, 1 April 2020)

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