A further message from your Borough Councillors Leslie Pearton and Harold Craske

COVID-19
Lockdown is easing and many people are getting back to a ‘normal’ way of life. Schools, which never closed, are taking in more children; our village shops have continued trading, as has many of our businesses and the surgery whilst observing social distancing procedures; many more people are returning to work; and, our places of worship are now gradually opening for short periods of time whilst providing collective worship through that wonderful platform, and previously unheard of ZOOM.
For some, however, the virus is still as dominant in their lives as it was earlier in the year and many are suffering because of its consequences. The tireless task to assist those in need has been continued throughout by our ‘Helping Hands’ volunteers. All our village key workers and volunteers have continued regardless whilst also trying to juggle their own personal lives and families.
Our heartfelt thanks go out to all to all the volunteers, the shopkeepers and staff, our Parish church and the Congregational church, the garages, the surgery and to both our village schools to keep Higham village going through the lockdown thus far. Some innovative ideas have kept the community together – the rainbows, the pebbles, the essentials kits, the VE Day kits, the sunflower kits, the Joyce sweetshop kits and much, much more. Volunteer aid has kept going whether via the churches, the schools, the shops or individual members of the Parish community.
We must not forget that some village businesses have suffered, but spirits have remained high and everyone has pulled together wherever possible.
There are too many ‘Heroes’ to name individually and in fear of missing anyone out – you know who you are and you are applauded.
On behalf of the whole village and your Parish Council – THANK YOU!
Harold and Les

Anisa Celebrate Key Workers and Local Volunteers

You may or may not be aware that for several Sundays in a row throughout May and June, Anisa (our local Indian food takeaway) has been providing free take-away curries to NHS staff during the lunchtime period.
On Sunday 21st June, Anisa, wished to say a big ‘Thank You’ to the NHS, police, fire brigade, Higham volunteers and their families for all of their hard work during the lockdown period. Heather Harvey, one of the main Administrators with ‘Higham Help’, Lauren Sharman and the owner and employees of Anisa organised a small (and socially-distanced) gathering outside Anisa to celebrate the good work that has been done by our community here in Higham.
Councillors Les Pearton, Liz Jeffery and our Chair, Councillor John Grey, also attended the event to extend their gratitude for all of the hard work and dedication that has been shown by key workers in these difficult times and to thank Higham Help and Anisa for their wonderfully generous contributions to the community.
Please take a look at the photos of the event below:

Thank you for your continued support.
The Parish Council

For Info: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Higham Parish Council team up with Helping Hands

HELPING HANDS – HIGHAM VILLAGE

ARE YOU SELF ISOLATING DUE TO CORONAVIRUS COVID-19?

ARE YOU ABLE TO HELP THOSE WHO ARE SELF ISOLATING?

Higham Parish Council  has joined forces with the Helping Hands Facebook group which has been set up in the neighbouring villages of Cliffe, Cliffe Woods and Wainscott to ensure all those in Higham receive any assistance that they need.

Assistance given may include:-

  •   Picking up shopping
  •   Posting mail
  •   Getting urgent supplies
  •   A friendly phone call

If you are able to help , or you need help, please contact the Parish Clerk by email on highampc@hotmail.com or by telephone on 01474  822642 (email is preferred). Higham Parish Council will use the bank of volunteers to ensure those who are unable to go out receive the support that they need.

If you are able to offer your help you will be asked to select a road in the village and fill in copies of the Helping Hands slips (shown below) with your contact name and a number for the self-isolating person to contact you, before posting through the front doors.

IMPORTANT Please be aware that people may be targeted by criminals who seek to take advantage of those who are in self-isolation. Please only deal with people that you know, or who have been arranged via Higham Parish Council.

For more information please contact:-

Linda Carnall

Clerk to Higham Parish Council

01474  822642 / highampc@hotmail.com

 

FOR INFO: An update from Matt Joblin of ‘Higham Help – Coronavirus (COVID-19)’

We thought that you might like an update on what Higham Help – Coronavirus (COVID-19) have been doing in the village to support the elderly and vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic. Matt Joblin from Higham Help – Coronavirus (COVID-19) has sent us this:
“We’ve set up this crowdfunding page to look after our elderly, vulnerable and those at higher risk of coronavirus in our village during the pandemic.

Staying at home and away from other people (social distancing) presents a lot of challenges for the elderly, vulnerable and those at higher risk.

We intend to support them in overcoming these challenges, enabling them to stay safe at home and stop the infection spreading by shopping for their basic necessities (food and medicine) providing anti bacterial soaps, hand sanitiser, tissues, toilet paper FREE of CHARGE.”

Matt Joblin, Higham Help

1) We’ve fundraised £1885 via Just Giving (as of 11th May 2020)

2) Ensured we have 100% of the village covered by 35+ volunteers to pick up shopping/urgent medical supplies, friendly phone calls and posting letters paying bills etc
3) Have produced and distributed 150+ Essential Kits painted by local chidren in the village for elderly, vulnerable, pregnant, those at increased risk inc soaps, antibac, hand sanitizer, tissues, toilet paper disinfectant etc partnering up with Hayleys of Higham and The Village Greengrocers of Higham for delivery/ logistics
4) Bottled and distributed Alcohol Hand Sanitizer FREE of charge to the most vulnerable and fitted dispensers in all local shops and sheltered housing entry/exit points
5) Launched a FREE library for ALL to use at Hayleys of Higham
6) Developed NEW kits to keep an active mind with books, crosswords, sudoku, jigsaws, painting, DVD’s
7) Easter cards designed and delivered by Nick Harvey with all proceeds going towards supporting the elderly/ vulnerable
8) Cards designed by village artists based on their favourite places in Higham – all proceeds once again to support elderly/vulnerable – special edition 1 created for Captain Toms birthday
9) Sunflower seed grow kits for approx 150+ people in the village to plant where everyone can see on their permitted daily excercise to promote an active body and mind – Kits are also supplied to the elderly and vulnerable to keep them physically active and grow at home – create a community excercise everyone can get involved in
10) Disinfect and sanitize all comunual entrance/exit points in sheltered housing
11) Record and produce Vic Bailey (Local Musician) CD with all proceeds going towards helping the elderly/vulnerable
12) Working with Anisa on new concept NHS Sunday FREE Biryani for ALL NHS workers living in Higham
We would like to continue the valuable work we’re doing in the village and would appreciate your support our Just Giving page details are below
This is such a fantastic achievement and ashows what a real sense of community we have here in Higham. To further support Matt and his team of volunteers, Higham Parish Council have donated £1000 to Higham Help to help in their work across the village.
Thank you for your continued support.
Higham Parish Council

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) – A message from your Borough Councillors, Leslie Pearton and Harold Craske

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – A further message from your Borough Councillors, Leslie Pearton and Harold Craske

Lockdown is easing and many people are getting back to a ‘normal’ way of life. Schools, which never closed, are taking in more children; our village shops have continued trading, as has many of our businesses and the surgery whilst observing social distancing procedures; many more people are returning to work; and, our places of worship are now gradually opening for short periods of time whilst providing collective worship through that wonderful platform, and previously unheard of, ZOOM.
 
For some, however, the virus is still as dominant in their lives as it was earlier in the year and many are suffering because of its consequences. The tireless task to assist those in need has been continued throughout by our ‘Helping Hands’ volunteers. All our village key workers and volunteers have continued regardless whilst also trying to juggle their own personal lives and families.
 
Our heartfelt thanks go out to all to all the volunteers, the shopkeepers and staff, our Parish church and the Congregational church, the garages, the surgery and to both our village schools to keep Higham village going through the lockdown thus far. Some innovative ideas have kept the community together – the rainbows, the pebbles, the essentials kits, the VE Day kits, the sunflower kits, the Joyce sweetshop kits and much, much more. Volunteer aid has kept going whether via the churches, the schools, the shops or individual members of the Parish community. We must not forget that some village businesses have suffered, but spirits have remained high and everyone has pulled together wherever possible.
 
There are too many ‘Heroes’ to name individually and in fear of missing anyone out – you know who you are and you are applauded.
 
On behalf of the whole village and your Parish Council – THANK YOU!