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Village Centre Update 29th May 2020

corona virus imageAs we said a couple of weeks ago, slowly the lock-down is being eased and the Village Centre Trustees are planning for the day when we can start to reopen the Centre.

We are hopeful that in due course, as part of the Government’s planned Stage 3 release of the lock-down, we may be able to open at least part of the Centre for exercise and dance classes. The current guidance from the Government is that the Stage 3 release will not be until the beginning of July, at the earliest. Accordingly, we are making plans for limited opening from Monday 6th July.

The Trustees have also decided that the 6th of July will be the earliest date that the Centre will reopen, even if government guidance changes to allow legal opening before then. We need the coming weeks to prepare the Centre for safe reopening. It is important to realise that at the time of writing, in late May, the date of the 6th July cannot be regarded as a certainty. It will depend on how things progress over the next few weeks.

What we hope will be possible . . .

The resumption of small groups of exercise and dance classes that use the main hall. Groups that normally use the smaller rooms in the Centre will have to  move temporarily into the main hall in order to maintain the correct social distancing.

The only rooms in the Centre that will be open initially will be: the main St Nicholas Hall, the entrance lobby and the toilet off the main hall. All other rooms, the Garden Room, the Loft, the Hub, the kitchen, the main toilets etc. will remain closed for the time being.

What we will NOT be able to do straight away . . .

In a normal week the Centre is used for many different types of event, including parties, weddings, community lunches, Village Voice talks, the Village Cinema and others. None of these will be able to take place yet. Once we have had some experience of running the Centre in the limited manner outlined above, we will start to plan for the opening up of the venue for these larger functions. It is not currently possible to say when this will be. We will post more information here as soon as the situation becomes clearer. But, there is light at the end of the tunnel!

There is much more about the Coronavirus situation on the Dersingham Parish Council website, Dersingham.org.uk which has a dedicated page of information and loads of links to useful websites.

Meanwhile, stay safe, protect yourself and protect others and keep washing those hands. Let’s keep Dersingham fit and healthy!

Elke’s Pilates Classes Go Online!

image of pilates groupLike all exercise groups at the Centre, the Pilates groups with Elke have had to take an enforced break during lock-down. However, Elke is organising some online classes for you! See the details below and get in touch with her to book your place:  Contrology8@gmail.com or telephone 07971 440539.

NEW – Online Live – Slinky Stretch Mat Class

Thursdays 6.00 – 6:45pm

We know many of you might be disappointed to have missed being able to come to your usual exercise class whilst the Dersingham Village Centre pauses during lock-down, which is why now is an amazing time to plan and get involved with Elke’s live online “Slinky Stretch Mat Class”.
Elke is a local resident and a long standing Dersingham Village Centre user and volunteer. As a certified, insured and qualified teacher of the Body Control Pilates method for over 18 years, Elke has gained a great following and reputation with emphasis on safety and precision. Her timetable has extended to help get you stretching and moving – live online!
The Slinky Stretch Mat Class has been carefully designed for all through this time, including teens and especially those that perhaps don’t usually attend the Pilates but fancy a good honest stretch whilst we manage ourselves and well-being during the lock-down.
You’ll gain better flexibility, strength through your abdominals and legs and feel looser whilst being guided and encouraged through the floor based exercises.
Combat feeling tight in your shoulders, back and neck, lift that mood and boost back some positive energy whilst creating a fabulous body!
(No bad backs please, pop back when it’s safe to do so).
Give yourself something to look forward to. You just need a mat, a small space to exercise, internet connection and laptop / tablet/device with webcam. This is a live streaming class so both can be seen.
Thursdays 6.00pm – 6:45pm. Advanced bookings online £6.
 
Get in touch soon with Elke and have yourself a great smooth workout:  Contrology8@gmail.com or telephone 07971 440539.
When the Centre reopens Elke will carry on teaching her various classes and so you can get involved.
image of pilates group

 

Village Centre Update 15th May 2020

corona virus imageIn tiny steps the lock-down is being eased and the Village Centre Trustees are planning for the day when we can start to reopen the Centre. For the moment, all we can do is make plans and it is certain that there will be no return to business as usual for some time. The Centre will definitely not be opening during either the remainder of May or in June.

But, we are hopeful that in due course, as part of the Government’s planned Stage 3 release of the lock-down, we may be able to open at least part of the Centre for exercise and dance classes. When that will be depends entirely on how things go over the next few weeks, we will keep you posted as the situation develops.

To all those who enjoy coming to the classes, talks, film shows and other events that take place in the Village Centre we can only say sorry. We will be back as soon as we can!

There is much more about the Coronavirus situation on the Dersingham Parish Council website, Dersingham.org.uk which has a dedicated page of information and loads of links to useful websites.

Meanwhile, stay safe, stay at home and keep washing those hands. Let’s keep Dersingham fit and healthy!

May lottery results

image of lottery drawEvery month there’s a chance to win a Village Centre Lottery prize. Despite the current difficulties which have necessitated the closure of the Centre, our lottery draws continue and we are very appreciative of our supporters. Congratulations to the lucky prize winners and if you Subscribe to our Lottery you could join them, plus you’ll be giving us a big helping hand. Thank you!

This month’s draw was made on Wednesday 6th May 2020. The draw was supervised by an independent witness to ensure fair play.

The results are: First prize, number 14 winning £24.75. Second prize number 13 winning £16.50 and third prize number 6 winning £8.25.

Stay safe, stay at home and keep washing those hands. Let’s keep Dersingham fit and healthy!

Virtual VE Day – 8th May 2020

union jack imageThe Borough Council are planning a programme of activities to celebrate VE Day that you can enjoy without leaving home. The planned celebrations for the village have had to be postponed until VJ Day in August but there are a wealth of things that you can do to celebrate the anniversary of Victory in Europe safely in your own home, on the 8th of May 2020.

Full details will be published in the press, on social media, and on the Stories of Lynn website on Friday 1st May. Plans include 1940’s dance classes, an ARP Warden plane spotting quiz, making table decorations from recycled materials, creating bunting and paper hats, preparing food, and hearing the experiences from someone who remembers the day. There will also be a gallery of archive photos and a talk from True’s Yard.

We are all being encouraged to join the national 3pm toast to the veterans. The whole day will finish with an online disco, leading up to the nation singing ‘We’ll meet again’ at 9pm along with the broadcast by the BBC.

The Borough Mayor Cllr Geoff Hipperson, is asking people to get involved in two early activities. First, invite the Mayor to attend your celebration virtually via Facetime or Whatsapp video, all you need to do is to fill in the online form to request a visit. He is hoping to fit in around 20 visits, including visiting staff and patients at the QE Hospital at 3pm when the whole country will be toasting our heroes past and present.

The second is to vote for one of four 1940’s recipes, so that our 1940’s cook Kathy Hipperson can bake the winning recipe. To vote for your favourite recipe, visit storiesoflynn.co.uk/VEDay75 and make your vote by noon on 1 May 2020. A video of the winning choice being made will be posted on the Stories of Lynn website along with the recipe and other 1940’s recipes so that people can try to replicate a 1940’s tea party if they want to. Look at next week’s Your Local Paper and the Lynn News where there will be templates to copy or colour in, and the flags and bunting can be put in windows and living rooms. Send in photos and the Mayor will pick one entry to be invited to the Mayor’s Parlour for tea and a tour of the Town Hall, when it is safe to do so.

Update Monday 20th April

corona virus imageAnother update for Dersingham residents. As  we expected, the Government has announced another three week period of lock-down, taking us into early May. The likelihood is that even when this new period ends, any release from lock-down will probably be quite gradual. Consequently we have had to take the decision to cancel all Centre bookings until at least the end of May.

To all those who enjoy coming to the classes, talks, film shows and other events that take place in the Village Centre we can only say sorry. We will be back as soon as we can!

There is much more about the Coronavirus situation on the Dersingham Parish Council website, Dersingham.org.uk which has a dedicated page of information and loads of links to useful websites.

Meanwhile, stay safe, stay at home and keep washing those hands. Let’s keep Dersingham fit and healthy!

Update Monday 13th April

corona virus imageAnother update for Dersingham residents. As we move towards the end of the first three weeks of lock-down it seems very likely that the next Government announcement will bring more of the same. We are constantly reviewing the situation with the Village Centre but at the moment it is not possible to predict when we will be able to reopen.

A big thank-you to all Dersingham residents, who have been abiding by the government’s “stay at home” guidance. The village seems eerily quiet, which means people are staying at home and staying safe!

There is much more about the Coronavirus situation on the Dersingham Parish Council website, Dersingham.org.uk which has a dedicated page of information and loads of links to useful websites.  Much of the information there has been provided by local County Councillor Stuart Dark. Everything is there from help for businesses, to new bus timetables, to revised bin collections and much more.

Stay safe, stay at home and keep washing those hands. Let’s keep Dersingham fit and healthy!

April Lottery Results

image of lottery drawEvery month there’s a chance to win a Village Centre Lottery prize. Despite the current difficulties which have necessitated the closure of the Centre, our lottery draws continue and we are very appreciative of our supporters. Congratulations to the lucky prize winners and if you Subscribe to our Lottery you could join them, plus you’ll be giving us a big helping hand. Thank you!

This month’s draw was made on Wednesday 8th April 2020. The draw was supervised by an independent witness to ensure fair play.

The results are: First prize, number 72 winning £25.50. Second prize number 44 winning £17.00 and third prize number 74 winning £8.50.

Stay safe, stay at home and keep washing those hands. Let’s keep Dersingham fit and healthy!

Update Saturday 4th April

corona virus imageAnother update for Dersingham residents. As we move into April the Village Centre remains closed and will be so until at least the end of this month. There may not be exercise classes running, but you get get some fresh air and exercise just by walking round the village. However, do remember to keep your distance from other walkers, of which there seem to be plenty. It is very important to follow the government guidelines on social distancing. If in doubt – don’t go out!

There is more about the Coronavirus situation on the Dersingham Parish Council website, Dersingham.org.uk which has a dedicated page of information and loads of links to useful websites. Everything is there from help for businesses, to new bus timetables, to revised bin collections and much more.

The Village magazine, Village Voice, was not able to be delivered from door-to-door due to the possible infection risks involved, but it is available to read online NOW, from this link:  The April issue of Village Voice. There’s lots to read in the magazine, including some entertaining articles to while away time in isolation.

norfolk police logoWe’ve mentioned this before, but we keep hearing reports of scams that are trading on the  Coronavirus health situation. Be on your guard for phone calls, emails, texts, or even personal callers purporting to be from the Government, the Police or the NHS. Popular scams are bogus tests for the virus, or false offers of government money if you either pay some money yourself or give your personal details. Before you do anything ask yourself the question “is this really genuine”? Police advice about Coronavirus frauds and scams.

Stay safe, stay at home and keep washing those hands. Let’s keep Dersingham fit and healthy!

Update Friday 27th March 2020

corona virus imageAnother update for Dersingham residents. The regular village magazine Village Voice is due for publication on Monday 6th April. However, due to concerns about the safety of the delivery team, the printed copy will not now be delivered door to door until at least the middle of April. Don’t worry though, the magazine is available to read online NOW, from this link:  The April issue of Village Voice.

norfolk police logoOn a different note, we’ve had some disturbing information from the police about the boom in criminal activity as a result of the Covid-19 health situation. Be on your guard for phone calls, emails, texts, or even personal callers purporting to be from the Government, the Police or the NHS. Popular scams are bogus tests for the virus, or false offers of government money if you either pay some money yourself or give your personal details. The link below will give you more information. Stay safe!

Police advice about Coronavirus frauds and scams.

There will be more, no doubt, We shall try and keep you updated on this Blog, so be sure to sign up for email alerts if you haven’t already done so. You will find the sign-up box either in your sidebar, or at the foot of the page. There is also information on the new Coronavirus Information page of the Parish Council website, at dersingham.org.uk

Stay safe, stay at home and keep washing those hands. Let’s keep Dersingham fit and healthy!