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Coronavirus: Nottinghamshire boy gets fire engine birthday surprise

BBC Nottinghamshire News Feed - 7 hours 43 min ago
When Henry - who is being treated for cancer - could not go to visit a fire station, it went to him.

New Forest: Lockdown easing prompts verge parking fears

BBC Hampshire News Feed - 7 hours 58 min ago
Visitors have flocked to the New Forest national park since lockdown restrictions were eased.
Categories: Hampshire, Portsmouth

Man charged with attempting to kill mum and baby in Tipton

BBC Birmingham News Feeds - Fri, 05/29/2020 - 21:32
The seven-month-old boy is in a critical condition in hospital and her mother is stable, police say.
Categories: Birmingham

Fish rescued as River Teme dries out

The Environment Agency says it is surprising how quickly the river has dried out

Coronavirus delaying cancer treatments for Birmingham patients, say GPs

BBC Birmingham News Feeds - Fri, 05/29/2020 - 19:38
One patient was told in March he may have a tumour requiring a biopsy - but he cannot get treatment.
Categories: Birmingham

NHS staff thank Watford FC with 'clap for the club'

BBC Beds Bucks Berks - Fri, 05/29/2020 - 19:26
Watford FC has provided more than 40,000 free meals plus bedrooms and meeting rooms for NHS staff.

Two teens stabbed in Wolverhampton disorder

BBC Birmingham News Feeds - Fri, 05/29/2020 - 19:16
The victims, aged 13 and 17, are not believed to be suffering life-threatening injuries, police say.
Categories: Birmingham

Malvern Hills Gullet Quarry draws Snapchat visitors

Dozens caught ignoring warnings at the Malvern Hills site after "hearing about it on Snapchat".

Coronavirus: GP working at Lister Hospital dies

BBC Beds Bucks Berks - Fri, 05/29/2020 - 18:27
Abdorreza Sedghi died on Wednesday night at the Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge.

Coronavirus: Death of Belly Mujinga 'not linked to spit attack'

BBC London News Feed - Fri, 05/29/2020 - 17:49
Police decide to take no further action over the death of Belly Mujinga, who died with coronavirus.

Girl, two, seriously hurt after 'falling from window'

BBC Hampshire News Feed - Fri, 05/29/2020 - 17:47
The child was found in the street with life-threatening injuries.
Categories: Hampshire, Portsmouth

'Prolific' Birmingham clown mask burglar jailed

BBC Birmingham News Feeds - Fri, 05/29/2020 - 17:39
Matthew Moore broke into elderly people's homes in the middle of the night, police say.
Categories: Birmingham

Stoke-on-Trent school's video of post-lockdown classroom

BBC Staffordshire News Feed - Fri, 05/29/2020 - 17:35
Sandon Primary Academy releases a film showing what pupils can expect when the school reopens.
Categories: Staffordshire

Don't burst my bubble

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 05/29/2020 - 17:14

‘Don’t bust my bubble’ is a new campaign in Cornwall to help younger children understand the meaning of social distancing. 

With schools extending their offer to early years, reception, year 1 and year 6 pupils from Monday (June 1st) and with lockdown measures easing, it’s important that children of all ages are able to understand what this means for how they interact with teachers and their friends.

The campaign has been designed by Together for Families at Cornwall Council and resources will be sent to all schools, including a lesson plan developed by Gweres Tus Yownk, which teachers can use to explain about personal bubbles.

Cabinet member for children, health and wellbeing councillor Sally Hawken said: “Everyone is aware that life is different now and although this may be just another phase of the pandemic, we need to make sure children understand what social distancing is.

“We have to strike a balance between helping children understand why these measures are in place and that it isn’t their fault; these measures are to keep everyone safe.  A concept of a bubble is easy to understand, and the graphics are friendly and approachable.

“Because each school is different, the bubble concept could be used for an individual pupil or it could include a small number of other children. The important thing is that children don’t burst it.”

Schools across Cornwall have modified working practices, teaching spaces, timetables and conducted thorough risk assessments to ensure it is safe for them to extend their offer.  Each school is doing something different and parents are urged to contact their head teacher for more information or to discuss any issues or concerns.

The Department for Education have been issuing regular guidance and the Education team at Cornwall Council have been supporting schools to prepare for this.

Some of the advice includes:

  • sitting children at desks that are far apart
  • ensuring everyone queues and eats further apart than normal
  • visiting the toilet one after the other
  • putting guidelines on the floor in corridors
  • avoiding unnecessary staff gatherings

Sally continued: “Schools are going to look very different places to the one these children left in March, but I know teachers have been going above and beyond to help children prepare.  This has been a real team effort with schools, academies, teachers, staff and Together for Families, working hard to support each other.”

If you are a teacher and would like to request more informaiton please email tffcommunications@cornwall.gov.uk 


Categories: Cornwall

Coronavirus: Police issue 17,000 fines for lockdown breaches

BBC London News Feed - Fri, 05/29/2020 - 17:09
Figures show fewer people have been fined since lockdown rules were eased in England.

Southampton hospital staff line streets for porter's funeral

BBC Hampshire News Feed - Fri, 05/29/2020 - 17:05
Mike Brown, 61, worked at Southampton General for 20 years before contracting coronavirus.
Categories: Hampshire, Portsmouth

Cardboard boxes, 29th May

Fix My Street Maidenhead - Fri, 05/29/2020 - 16:50
Two cardboard boxes have been left on the pavement in the last day or two. One of these even has a name and address label! (See photo)

Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 36 Franklin Avenue, Slough
Report on FixMyStreet
Categories: Maidenhead

Schools delay re-opening due to Weston hospital closure

BBC Bristol News Feed - Fri, 05/29/2020 - 16:41
Schools in North Somerset delay plans to re-open after a spike in virus cases at Weston hospital.
Categories: Bristol

Schools delay re-opening due to Weston hospital closure

BBC Somerset News Feed - Fri, 05/29/2020 - 16:41
Schools in North Somerset delay plans to re-open after a spike in virus cases at Weston hospital.
Categories: Somerset

Council launches Back in Business guide and webinars

Cornwall Council News feed - Fri, 05/29/2020 - 16:34

Businesses in Cornwall are being given important advice on reopening and returning to work safely after the lockdown.

As the Government gradually lifts lockdown measures for certain businesses, Cornwall Council has published a Back in Business Recovery Guide to help businesses get back on their feet after the COVID-19 closures while ensuring the safety of staff, customers and visitors.

It is also offering a series of free, question and answer webinars for different sectors to get more information on reopening and operating businesses safely.

The Back in Business guide has already received support from the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Hub, Federation of Small Business, Cornwall Chamber of Commerce and Visit Cornwall.

It is aimed at small to medium sized businesses in the leisure, office, care and retail sectors and covers:

  • Working safely and limiting the risk of Coronavirus
  • Cleaning and disinfection
  • Food safety and reopening safely
  • Structure and maintenance
  • Health and safety and how to plan for reopening
  • Fire safety

The hour-long webinars are hosted by a panel of experts who can answer questions on a range of regulatory matters covering Coronavirus safety, fire safety, health and safety, contractual terms and conditions and food safety.

Two sector-based webinars will take place in June with further dates to be announced.

Click the links to book:

3 June – Food businesses

17 June – Holiday accommodation and tourism

Rob Nolan, Cornwall’s portfolio holder for environment and public protection, said: “Reopening for work safely is the big challenge facing businesses across Cornwall now.

“With our new Back to Business guide and accompanying webinars we are working to ensure that firms get the support and advice they need to get up and working again as safely as possible and minimise the risks from COVID-19. It will also help to build business, employee and consumer confidence as we start to reopen after the lockdown.

“The online guide pulls together a lot of useful information for business in one place and will reflect all up-to-date legislation with the easing of emergency measures. If you have any specific questions, please do get in touch.”

Most businesses in Cornwall have been closed since the start of the lockdown at the end of March.

Garden centres and homeware stores have been allowed to reopen this month, and outdoor markets and car showrooms are permitted to reopen from next Monday, June 1.

Non-essential retailers, such as clothes shops, can reopen from June 15 while hairdressers, nail bars, beauty salons and the hospitality sector remain closed until at least July 4.

Fast-food restaurants have also begun reopening for takeaway orders only. They were allowed to remain open during lockdown for takeaways but many initially shut their doors while they worked out how to operate safely during the epidemic.

Here is a link to the Back in Business guide: https://www.businessregulatorysupport.co.uk/recovery.

For further guidance on reopening a business safely, please email businessadvice@cornwall.gov.uk or visit Cornwall Council’s business regulatory support website or leave a message on 0300 1234 212 (option 4) and we will get back to you.

Cornwall Council’s Trading Standards team has produced guidance to support local businesses trying to claim business interruption insurance during the coronavirus pandemic

The advice pages provide legal clarification, practical considerations consumers and businesses may need to consider and useful links.


Story posted on May 29, 2020


Categories: Cornwall