Two opportunities to have fun are coming up; the bank holiday weekend and the 75th anniversary of VE day on 8th May. Rutland Radio is inviting everyone to get into the swing of the now virtual VE day https://www.rutlandradio.co.uk/events/virtual-ve-day/ and the Lord Lieutenant is encouraging us all to raise a cup (or glass) at 3pm on 8 May and cheer. Anyone who is active on social media can enjoy and interact with dedicated ‘VE Day 75 Rutland’ social media accounts set up in advance of the anniversary: · Facebook · Twitter · Instagram
Rutland County Museum and Oakham Castle both have special digital exhibitions marking VE Day 75 on their respective websites: www.oakhamcastle.org/veday75 and rutlandcountymuseum.org.uk/v-e-day-75-years
Remember, though, the rules of lockdown. Keep to your own homes and gardens with only those you live with for any celebration, and social distancing also still applies. Only make essential journeys (sadly, visiting family isn’t essential) but have a super weekend.
A local service has been set up within the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland health area for anyone suffering a mental health problem. It’s a 24hr. help line and is open to anyone, including carers, simply call 0116 295 3060. If the matter is urgent, for example someone has taken an overdose, ‘phone 999 in the normal way. Public Health England also offer advice on mental health on https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/?WT.tsrc=Search&WT.mc_id=Brand&gclid=Cj0KCQjw-r71BRDuARIsAB7i_QOrf0–Ll_vwn0P3J4fldUe_27r6dRbSXsd3egtYzml5q6IgwKs6ygaAkigEALw_wcB
It’s only when something goes wrong, like toothache, that we realise what we are missing whilst in lockdown. Dentists are not, for obvious reasons, offering their normal services so the NHS has opened urgent dental centres. If you are in need of dental services ‘phone your dentist in the normal way or, if out of hours, call NHS 111. Do not go to A and E.
RCC is considering how it might be able to re-open a waste site but meanwhile it has resumed the bulky waste collection service. For more information go to https://www.rutland.gov.uk/my-council/council-news/bulky-waste-collections-resume/
Some people, unfortunately, have lost their jobs as a result of lockdown but Jobcentre Plus is open, at least virtually. Go to https://jobhelp.dwp.gov.uk/ for help.
Stay safe. Stay happy.
County Councillor, Normanton Ward firstname.lastname@example.org