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!

Update Tuesday 24th March

corona virus imageDue to the most recent increase in government restrictions on the movement of people, there are a few updates that we can tell you about. We had hoped to be able to run our Easter Trail with just a postponement to the party. However, the whole event has now had to be cancelled, because people should not be visiting shops other than food or pharmacy outlets.

Likewise, the Dersingham Walking Group had hoped to able able to continue to offer guided walks, with appropriate social distancing. However, the new regulations do not permit this. You can still walk, either on your own or with one other person, who must be a member of the same household, but walking with friends or with anyone from other households has effectively been banned.

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, keep washing those hands and observe sensible hygiene precautions. Let’s keep Dersingham fit and healthy!

Update Saturday 21st March

corona virus imageJust to remind everybody that the Village Centre is currently closed due to the Coronavirus situation and all classes and events have been cancelled. We will review the situation regularly, but we expect the Centre to be closed until at least the end of April.

Meanwhile, we have today heard that all Norfolk Libraries have now been closed.

Stay safe, keep washing those hands and observe sensible hygiene precautions wherever possible. Let’s keep Dersingham fit and healthy!

The Village Centre – Important Information

Tuesday 17th March 2020
View of the Village CentreWe are sorry to inform you that at a meeting of the Trustees tonight, it was decided that in line with the latest government advice and the actions of similar venues around Kings Lynn and beyond, the Dersingham Village Centre will be closed with immediate effect until at least the end of April.
Accordingly we are cancelling all bookings for the remainder of March and for April. These include all the regular classes that use the venue, Village Voice Live talks, Village Cinema screenings and other events such as tea dances and community lunches.
We will update the information on this website at the end of March, when the situation may be clearer. Of course, the Centre will reopen as soon as government advice permits. The Village Centre Lottery will continue to be drawn each month. The closing date of the Easter Trail has been deferred until further notice, but entry forms can still be deposited in our letter box at the Centre.
Thank you all for your support. Remember, wash your hands and let’s keep Dersingham safe and healthy!

March Lottery Results

image of lottery drawEvery month there’s a chance to win a Village Centre Lottery prize and also the chance to know that you’re helping raise funds for the Village Centre. Why raise funds? Because we are constantly trying to improve the level of equipment at the Centre, so that it becomes an even better resource for the community.  The current project is increased storage space in the kitchen, which we need because our community lunches are ever more popular.

The most recent draw of Lottery prizewinners was made on Tuesday 17th March 2020 at our regular community lunch. Winners are as follows:

First prize, number 44 winning £26.25. Second prize number 28 winning £17.50 and third prize number 17 winning £8.75. Congratulations to the lucky prize winners. Subscribe to our Lottery and you could join those winners, plus you’ll be giving us a big helping hand. Thank you!

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