Everyone’s hard work means the Government’s ‘roadmap’ is progressing but it’s essential that while so many people have yet to be vaccinated, we all keep going by fully sticking to the new rules. When meeting others socially, this must take place outside, either in a park, another open space or in private gardens.
Please also remember to keep a distance from anyone you don’t live with. We still can’t mix with other households indoors (unless in a support bubble or for childcare purposes) and it’s critical to stick to this rule as you can catch COVID-19 far more easily inside than outside
We can now meet in groups of up to 6 people including children and babies, or groups of a larger size where it’s just two households getting together.
Reminder letters have been sent and census officers are making follow-up visits to households that haven’t completed their census. If you’re contacted by a parishioner, here is some helpful information to reassure them:
The officers are there to help them.
Householders should ask to see their ID badge.
They will never ask to enter a property and will never ask for personal information or ask for a payment.
The officers are following government guidelines with PPE and are all being tested for Covid-19 every few days.
Please do also let people know that if they need help to complete the census they can call our trained library and adult learning staff on 0300 131 6000. There is also a national support line 0800 141 2021 and the Census 2021 website.
Residents aged 50 years old or over, those in a recognised clinical ‘at risk’ group and all frontline health and social care workers in Buckinghamshire are being urged to come forward to arrange their COVID vaccination as soon as possible if they have not already done so.
“It’s really positive to have all Buckinghamshire children back in their classrooms and we’re continuing to see COVID-19 infection rates fall across Buckinghamshire too. Whilst the lockdown has been a big factor in declining infection rates, we are also seeing a rapid fall in the rates for the over 65 year olds, which is most likely due to the roll out of the vaccine. Nearly 210,000 vaccine doses have now been given in Buckinghamshire, a fantastic achievement in this short space of time. Nevertheless, there is about half the adult population of the county still to be vaccinated. Therefore, we need to remain vigilant as restrictions ease to prevent a ‘third spike’ later in the summer or early winter.”
Buckinghamshire Council is encouraging residents to please check their website before visiting a local Household Recycling Centre (HRC) and remember to allow plenty of time for your trip. Press release.
A library is made of hundreds if not thousands of stories but who decides what stories are valid and get remembered?
Lasana Shabazz, artist in residence at Micklefield and High Wycombe libraries, wants to hear the stories that have shaped you as a person. They could be a fairytale or folklore from your childhood, the story of how you arrived and settled in Wycombe or a tale connected with the street you live in – or about all three. Stories can be submitted via email to email@example.com.
The project will also be offering FREE online workshops for Wycombe residents past and present that explore the art of storytelling, how to capture your story and how to tell it. These online workshops will run weekly from Thursday 11 March, 6pm-7.30pm. To sign up, please book a free ticket on the Eventbrite page: http://bit.ly/IAmWycombe
Lasana is looking to interview members of the diverse community that makes up Wycombe and archive voices from across the communities. The stories will form a new exhibition and performance in the libraries later in the spring.
Gareth Williams, Cabinet Member for Communities & Public Health, commented: “Whether you’re currently a Wycombe resident or lived there in the past, this is a fantastic opportunity to share your story. If you’re interested in doing this, then please sign up for the free online weekly workshops, which will teach you the core elements of storytelling. “I’m looking forward to seeing the stories becoming part of a new exhibition and performance by Lasana later this year.”
I Am Wycombe is commissioned by Essex Cultural Diversity Project and Farnham Maltings using funding from the Rothschild Foundation and in partnership with Buckinghamshire Libraries.