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Help raise £2,000 to Support Potton families during the COVID-19 Lockdown



Potton Community Help need your financial support

Potton Community Help are working hard to support those who are self-isolating due to the COVID19 virus, ranging from shopping, collecting prescriptions and other urgent supplies to making a friendly phone call and posting mail.

However, during the COVID19 Lockdown, many Potton families are going to suffer from short-term financial hardships leading to Food Poverty. Potton Town Council has set up and will manage a support fund to enable us to provide food for these families, working closely with the Potton Community Help coordinators and our current Community Agent and Community and Wellbeing Champion.

As we progress through this lengthy period of lockdown, we will need to raise further funds in order to support our Potton residents that have been severely affected financially. We are therefore asking you to help us by donating whatever you can afford to this JustGiving fund. All of the money raised will go towards supporting our Potton residents in their hour of need. £58 will feed a Potton family for one week (source – The Need Project).

Please give generously.

At the end of the pandemic, we will use any remaining funds to continue supporting Potton families in need.

Please avoid lighting bonfires

This is a plea to the communities of Bedfordshire from Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

We know that this is a difficult time for us all but we need to listen to what the government is telling us.  Everyday life has changed and we are all feeling the impact that Coronavirus (COVID-19) has on ourselves and our communities.  Because of this situation, our front line services are working harder than ever to keep our communities safe.

On Sunday 5 April, the BFRS attended 12 bonfires.  Two were serious fires; one a fire in a rear garden that spread to the property.  10% of the property was damaged by fire and 50% was damaged by smoke.  The other was a fire involving a large amount of building materials which was left unattended.  The home owner was located and advice given by the fire service and police.

Despite our guidance, people continue to light open fires, knowing the risks & damage to the environment.  We urge you to please stop.

Please do not light bonfires, keep your families safe.

Please listen to the message from Chief Fire Officer Paul Fuller here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0W1hSrqSfio

Office Closed

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the Town Council office is now closed until further notice.
Members of council staff and councillors can be contacted by email pottoncouncil@btconnect.com.  Councillors can be contacted by telephone whose numbers can be found on the Contact page.
The office answer machine will be checked for messages on a weekly basis.

Coronavirus and contacting the Town Council

Following updated guidance from the Government and their professional health specialists, the town council offices at the Community Centre will be closed for face-to-face visits for the foreseeable future. However, we can still be contacted via email on pottoncouncil@btconnect.com or phone 01767 260086.

At this time (19/03/2020), our hireable facilities remain open and we wish to reassure users of our facilities that whilst we always maintain a good standard of cleanliness, we have increased cleaning of high touch areas. If the situation changes and we feel we must close the Community Centre and Pavilion at Mill Lane, we will provide an update on our website www.pottontowncouncil.co.uk, Facebook page and will contact hirers immediately.

At this challenging time, with daily changes to the situation, we urge all residents to be mindful of your elderly or vulnerable neighbours. Perhaps you could offer to collect their shopping or prescriptions? This confusing and perhaps frightening time will see some people, particularly in isolation, feeling lonely. Perhaps you could consider passing those people your contact number, spend some time chatting to them on the phone, and a regular call to make sure they are still well.

Please ensure you keep yourself fully informed on latest Government and NHS updates, which will be issued on a very regular basis.

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/