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Newsletter – 31st July 2020

With businesses, including restaurants and pubs opening up, there is a feeling of some sense of normality around. But of course it is not normal always to be conscious of that 2 metre distance requirement as we pass people in the street and see people with face coverings as they enter shops.

Whilst life is not normal, there is always activity going on and here is our monthly round up.

We note that although Church services are limited to Zoom meetings, St. John’s Church is open for private prayer.

The Parish Council report on the opening of the play parks at Gainsborough and Springfield Road. The Parish Council also note the relocation of the bus stop shelter across from the town hall to the cemetery. Maureen Lock writes about the efforts to improve the look and feel of the village as a result of the Parish Plan in 2010 of which the initial placement of the shelter was a part.

The village in bloom competition will not be held this year, it was nice to see the hanging baskets being put up and we see a report that the Milborne Port in Bloom volunteers have gained some support from Waitrose.

The WI have had a socially distanced committee meeting recently and plan for similar members meeting in August.

The Friends of Milborne Port library are looking forward to the reopening of the Jolly Book Bus in August, and comment on the way that it will operate.

The Climate action group continue their theme on global warming and are also asking for land to enable the planting of more trees.

We understand that at the moment the Village Hall remains closed.

Finally, a plea to all our readers. If you know of other things happening in the village and events restarting, please get in touch so that we can report on these and put them back on the diary.

Newsletter - 28th June 2020

Composing this newsletter in the last days of June, with the prospect of the full summer months and holidays for some in store, it is sobering to see the images on TV of large groups of people with little evidence of social distancing. These are no doubt a minority of the population, however, to some of us, particularly in the over 70’s age group, it does increase the concern that this virus has not finished with us yet!

The scarecrow competition has, however, provided a lighter view on the. We particularly liked “Doris Trump”, complete with bottle of domestos. The competition was judged by Lord Allen and the results found on the news page.

Milborne Port in Bloom group has continued efforts to improve the look of the village, despite there being no competition to aim for this year, and the History group are continuing with their social history project in addition to opening the museum by appointment to household groups. Nathalie Hetherington is also researching Swatchford.

We are again pleased to support the Milborne Port Magazine by publishing a copy of it for those who have missed their personal copy.

The climate action group present their views on how to build a recovery in the aftermath of the pandemic.

The summer reading challenge for children is getting underway, as reported by the friends of Milborne Port library, one activity that has possibly seen a resurgence during lockdown.

The Somerset waste partnership continue to adapt to changes in government guidance and their latest newsletter is provided.

The Parish Council has been very active in recent weeks, with its meetings being conducted via Zoom, and their activities, including the removal of the arbour across from the Town hall are reported on the Parish Council site.

We hope you are staying safe. Please do continue to browse the pages of the website and do get in touch if you have any contributions.

Newsletter 30th May 2020

The content of our newsletter for June continues to be heavily influenced by the pandemic and our first snippet is no exception. Michael Partington was due to visit and give a recital a couple of months ago, but of course that did not happen. He gave, however, a recital from his home on Friday evening and this is still available on Youtube at A Socially Distanced Recital Enjoy!

In case you have not managed to find a copy, The Milborne Port magazine for June is available on the link.

The local waste recycling centres are now open, however, with some restrictions to services.

Our Covid-19 page continues to have updates about services available including a mention of pharmacy delivery possibilities.

The Friends of Milborne Port Library and the library services are adapting including with increased availability of book downloads and an adapted summer reading challenge for the children.

Both the WI and the Gardening club muse about the benefits we have in this rural setting with many having gardens and most of us able to enjoy walks in and around the village.

Meanwhile, the Heritage group describe projects which can continue during the lockdown, and the climate action group are urging us to take the opportunity to make a more permanent change in our lives by cycling more.

Away from items influenced by Covid-19 issues, there is an ammonite search ongoing, stemming from the excavations at Gainsborough for the new housing complex.

Further roadworks overnight are likely to affect those travelling into Yeovil in the middle of June.

Finally, Somerset Sight, a local charity helping those isolated by loss of sight are looking for volunteers.

Do keep looking back at our news pages throughout the month as items are added throughout the month.

Newsletter - 24 April 2020

This is the second newsletter since the lockdown caused by the pandemic. Hence instead of reporting the myriad of social events in the village, we are looking at what the village community is doing to stay safe and support each other.

We have made some changes to the website. There is a Covid-19 menu item on the Parish Council page where they report important support possibilities. This has been replicated on the community website. Also during this time, the Milborne Port magazine has been sent to us so that you can download it. We have also put an archive of these recent editions on a tab on the general menu so that you can quickly access the latest and previous editions.

In terms of news items, there is an extra report on food deliveries to support all that is on the Covid19 page.

We note from the report from the Friends of Milborne Port Library that virtual meetings and Facebook are helping them to keep up with activities. The Heritage group are actively promoting family history in the village.

The Climate action group are making comparisons relating to the pandemic and long term climate change action and the WI take time to review their history in the village and current status.

All of these in the backdrop of no organised physical get togethers as is noted by the continued closure of the village hall.

We note unsurprisingly that the South West in Bloom competition is cancelled this year. This is quite a pity as allotments and gardens are having much attention at the moment.

Finally, away from the pandemic, the Parish Council review their past achievements and future plans.

Finally and especially in these uncertain times, please check back with the website pages for updates through the month, not just at times of the newsletter. If you have anything to contribute, please do get in touch

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