Next Parish Council Meeting

National Association of Local Councils (NALC) Statement: Following the High Court Judgement on remote meetings without further legislation there are no definitive answers and NALC is taking the approach of advising the safest course for local councils taking into account both Covid laws and local government law.   The current position is unsatisfactory and will cause huge problems for many of the 10,000 local councils in England, which the sector will address in its usual professional way and in the best interests of residents.  It is clear that the legal position is that local councils need to meet face-to-face, rather than remotely, and be open to attendance in person from the public.

NALC have advised previously in their guidance on preparing for the possible return to face-to-face meetings, local councils should take steps to address this issue through measures such as delegation to clerks, deferring controversial decisions or holding meetings later in the year, after the 21 June roadmap date. In the interests of safety for the local community and based on the advice given Council have decided to cancel the May meeting. The next meeting will be re-scheduled from the previously posted date of

16 June 2021 to the later date of Wednesday 23 June in line with the government roadmap.   All agenda items scheduled for the May meeting will be added to the June agenda. Further details will follow closer to the time.

Common Road SMEE Volunteer update…

The wonderful volunteers who take care of the Common Road Smee have shared some beautiful photos after the paths around the grassland cut for the first time this year. The first Orange-tip Butterfly of the year was spotted during the cut. They may also have a session at the end of May, beginning of June, to try and hand remove the nettles under the trees to try and encourage the other plants to thrive.

Common Road SMEE April 2021

Press Release for virtual event

‘Open Doors to the Community’

James Paget University Hospital work across boundaries with many partners in health, social care, voluntary and charitable organisations to benefit the community, striving for seamless care for patients and carers in the Great Yarmouth and Waveney area. The Macmillan ‘Living With and Beyond Cancer’ project which JPUH is part of, is looking at improving the patient experience of cancer, developing new services which includes holding health and well-being events. This event is not just for patients with cancer, but is of benefit for all.

JPUH approached our working partners at Great Yarmouth Borough Council and East Suffolk Council, to hold a virtual event highlighting services and activities which are happening now in the community, despite the challenges of the Covid pandemic.

The working group approached local services, organisations and those providing activities, who have adapted their services to meet the needs of the local population during lockdown. Anyone living in the community can access this information, simply be clicking on the YouTube link on any of the 3 organiser’s websites. www.jpaget.nhs.uk/news-media/news-events / https://www.great-yarmouth.gov.uk/article/2078/Neighbourhoods-and-communities /www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/news

By accessing the playlist you can choose from a variety of short videos clips to hear useful information and see some of the amazing services and activities going on in the Great Yarmouth and Waveney area now. Accessing these clips will help support you both physically and emotionally and improve your wellbeing. This is of benefit to all irrespective of whether you are a patient, carer or a resident.

‘We have worked so well together on the production of this event initially for JPUH staff, but now available to everyone living in Great Yarmouth and Waveney. We consider this is such a useful partnership we will continue to work together for the benefit of all, in improving information sharing and support to the wider community’’

Nikki Sawkins JPUH ’Macmillan LWBC Nurse Lead’

‘There is so much support available currently that I was completely unaware of. I feel fortunate to live in such a supportive community’

Jo Pawlett Patient Rep & Cancer Services team

‘This work highlights the range of services, activities and support available to local residents, despite the pandemic. We really value working with our partners to make people’s lives better and I would urge people to check out what is available’

Nicole Rickard, Head of Communities, East Suffolk Council

‘Working together on this project has been a proactive way to ensure residents of the borough are aware of what services and activities are on offer locally. Whether it’s a support service, a community group or community activity, there is so much available for residents to get involved in and benefit from.’

Cllr Andy Grant, chairman of the Housing and Neighbourhood Committee at Great Yarmouth Borough Council

Message: Sing Your Heart Out

The ongoing SYHO singing sessions are still happening and available on line. We do not yet know when we will be able to sing together in person again, but when we can we will!

In the meantime please spread the word that we meet fortnightly. Anyone who enjoys singing ( no not need to read music or have ever been in a choir) is welcome to join us.

Sign up at www.syho.org. It’s free but we welcome donations.

Upcoming dates are:

Tuesday 16th March

Wednesday 31st March

Tuesday 13 April

Wednesday 28 April

Tuesday 11 May

Wednesday 26 May

We meet from 145pm, starting singing at 2pm