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February Fundraising Lottery Draw

image of lottery drawEvery month there’s a chance to win a Village Centre Lottery prize. The fixed costs of the Centre are quite considerable, so your contributions are especially welcome. This month’s draw was made on Tuesday 9th February 2021.

The results are: First prize, number 54 winning £23.25. Second prize number 72 winning £15.50 and third prize number 34 winning £7.75.

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 – we really need your support!

Village Centre further update – January 2021

corona virus imageWith the announcement of Lockdown 3 it seems that the Centre may have to remain closed until at least mid-February. Sorry everyone, we will reopen as soon as Government regulations permit and if there are any updates we will post them here.

The vaccination programme is being rolled out in our area now, so hopefully there are better times to come.

Keep washing those hands and don’t forget to keep plenty of space between you and anyone you don’t actually live with. Let’s make Dersingham healthy and safe!

The Village Centre reopens today

village centre logoToday we welcome back some of our regular users, with exercise and dance groups restarting. Please check with the leader of your particular group to make sure that it’s running and for the latest information.

Our pop-up coffee shop is taking a break until the new year, but it will be back on the 5th January.

coffee shop temporary closure

Village Centre Update – 14th October 2020

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We are pleased say that, at the current moment, the risk level in our local area is classed as “medium” which is in fact the lowest level that applies to any part of England. This means that we can continue to keep the Centre open and to welcome participants at many of our weekly exercise and dance groups and at our regular coffee mornings.
The Government has provided us with a poster which gives more information about what “medium risk” actually consists of.  Needless to say, we continue to assess our activities, events and bookings against the Government Guidance and we will issue further updates here when we are able to do so. In the meantime stay safe, look after yourself and others. Let’s keep Dersingham well!
poster showing current covid risk as medium

Village Centre Update – 10th September

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Following the recent Government announcement, the Trustees will be revising the Covid-19 Response Plan for the Centre. They will then communicate with the Group Leaders.
Members of regular activity groups should contact their Group Leader for confirmation of whether or not they will be continuing; other activities will be reviewed to ensure they comply with the updated guidance. One-off hirings will be assessed on an individual basis against the Government Guidance and people with existing bookings will be contacted by the Trustees. Future bookings will of course be assessed against Government guidance.
We will issue a further update as soon as the situation becomes clearer. In the meantime stay safe, look after yourself and others. Let’s keep Dersingham well!

Village Cinema Screening 29th September

Our regular monthly film nights are back on track and the first of these will be the highly entertaining film Finding Your Feet (12). An all-star cast includes Imelda Staunton, Timothy Spall and Celia Imrie in this comedy about dating in later life.

The film will be shown on our usual last Tuesday in the month, the 29th September. Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7.30pm start to the film. tickets are £5, under 16s £3.

It is important for everyone to know that because of the current health situation there are some extra measures that we have to put in place for the film screening. Numbers attending will be strictly limited, consequently pre-booking is highly advisable. You should also be aware that face-coverings must be worn when in the Village Centre (except children 11 years or under).

To reserve seats, please telephone 01485 540644. Booking closes as soon as the permitted maximum number is reached or at the latest 4pm on the 29th September.

film poster september 29th

Village Centre Lottery – August Draw

image of lottery drawEvery month there’s a chance to win a Village Centre Lottery prize. Despite the current difficulties 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 Monday 10th August 2020. The draw was supervised by an independent witness to ensure fair play.

The results are: First prize, number 1 winning £24.00. Second prize number 42 winning £16.00 and third prize number 72 winning £8.00.

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

Be Alert . . . For Coronavirus Crime

corona virus imageJust a timely reminder to everyone that unfortunately “in times of crisis, crime increases”. There are numerous scams doing the rounds at the moment, with criminals trying to prey on vulnerability and fear of the virus.

With the launch of the Government’s Track and Trace scheme recently, it seems that the crooks have gone into overdrive, with numerous reports of bogus phone calls purporting to be from the NHS Track and Trace Service. However, all those calls have one thing in common – they ask you for a payment for a Covid-19 test.  An NHS test is free, so if you’re asked for a payment, typically £50 for a testing kit, then it’s a scam and you should hang up.

There are plenty of other scams too, so before you give anyone your payment details ask yourself one simple question “is this really genuine?” If you have the slightest doubt, ask the caller to ring back later, after you’ve had a chance to check them out. If you’re pressured to make a decision there and then, it’s a scam.

You can find lots of information about  current scams on the Norfolk Trading Standards website. It’s well worth a look.

Be on your guard. Stay safe, protect yourself and protect others and keep washing those hands. Let’s keep Dersingham fit and healthy!

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!