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Covid Testing in The Park

The Mobile Covid Testing Unit will be in the park this Monday between 1.30pm. and 4.30pm
The service is free for anyone to attend however though they do not test children under the age of 11.
They are happy to see anyone that would like a test or needs advice regarding testing and Covid in general.
People attending should be asymptomatic. Anyone that has Covid symptoms should be self-isolating and booking a PCR test through the web or calling 119.
It’s a simple process and doesn’t take very long ( often less than 15 mins) and results are emailed directly to the individual.
Importantly the team can give advice on the need to keep testing twice a week and can help those who are doing home tests to make sure they are performing the tests correctly.
The team are great and will help people as much as they can. Why not pop along and get tested?…/health…/covid19-testing
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Anti Dog Theft Campaign


We have joined a national campaign to prevent dog thefts and attempts.

DogHorn is a campaign organised by Nigel King to assist dog owners protect their beloved pets.  CLICK HERE to see about the work already being done.

We have signed up to the campaign and dog owners are now coming together to protect each other. We have purchased the yellow lanyards and whistles and dog walkers around the park can be seen wearing them.

Dog owners have been arranging to meet in groups to feel safer and this seems to be working. Help us with the campaign – buy a pack and join the pack!

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Thank You Everyone

The Caring Hands –  some thanks are needed.
We’d like to thank everyone who helped make this happen:
The 3 Ward Councillors who contributed half of the costs from their community funds allocated by the council;
Neil at the Neighbourhood Team who got the Planning Permission approved at first submission;
All the children (and parents) who took the time to decorate stones for the project;
Nic Senior of Little Spark (property developer) for bringing her cement mixer and doing a lot of the donkey work;
Dawn Collinson of Dawn’s Beauty Rooms

for the fabulous nail art;

Eagle Printing for the amazing plaques and rainbow;
Emma and Katie our lovely Junior Rangers for their planting of the Crocus, and Emma for her poignant poem;
Caitlin for her bows and ribbon cutting.
Most important of all, our amazing volunteers, with Col in particular. He transformed an idea into reality.
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Official Launch of Caring Hands Memorial

Today we had the official ‘launch’ of our Caring Hands Memorial.
A few words were said by the chairman Sandra, explaining the concept of the Caring Hands: The idea had started out as being painted stones set around the grass roundabout, but it soon developed into the entwined hands.
It represents the caring hands of the NHS staff, carers, shop staff; delivery drivers; council workers; volunteers and everyone else who reached out to touch hearts and minds during the pandemic. It will be a lasting reminder of everything we’ve been through – together.
She thanked everyone who had been involved in making it a reality, with special thanks to Col who had done incredible work on the whole project.
Our Head Ranger Emma read out a poignant poem she’d penned at the beginning of the pandemic (shown below) and Caitlin, who’d created all the beautiful bows for the fences, cut a symbolic ribbon.
We hope people will be able to enjoy this special symbol for years to come.
(Photos courtesy of FoSP’er Matthew)
Emma’s Poem:
Nobody knew what would happen,
Times changed, and fast,
A script that was unwritten,
This wasn’t in our past.
An invisible virus,
Spreading immeasurable fear,
Isolating us all,
From those we hold dear.
“Help us!” The country cried,
Nothing was enough,
An invisible killer,
Times were going to be tough.
Up stepped an army,
All dressed in blue,
This was the NHS,
Going to help you.
With their hearts on their sleeves,
No bulletproof vests,
An army marched to battle,
Against a virus in our chests.
Not enough equipment,
Numbers rising fast,
More people getting ill,
How long will this last?
A determined army,
Full of people who care,
Nothing could stop them,
These people are rare.
They are hard at work,
While we line the road,
We applaud them,
While they carry the load.
Many more will lose,
This horrific fight,
But we need to remember,
In the darkness there is light.
We are all so thankful,
For the care that is the best,
Together we will get through this,
Thank you NHS!
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Caring Hands Memorial Completed

From the initial idea, to the planning, designing, preparatory work, titivating and finally- the finished article.
We are pleased and proud, on this the first anniversary of the first lockdown to announce that our Covid Memorial is finished.
We will having an official ‘launch’ once the lockdown has eased sufficiently.
It has been a great team effort and everyone involved is to be congratulated on this amazing memorial. We hope you like the finished article: Caring Hands.
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Sunshine in the Park

It was lovely to see families picknicking in the sunshine.  It’s what parks are for, everyone’s back garden.

Meanwhile our volunteers continue to work hard to keep the park looking nice so people can enjoy their picnics. All the paths have been swept, litter picking takes place daily, new plants put in and lots of other maintenance tasks are undertaken.

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