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Coping With Lockdown

COVID-19 Update from Felixstowe Council

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Felixstowe Town Council is following Government advice and taking the necessary steps to ensure key services can still be delivered at this time.

With so much information being shared on the COVID-19 coronavirus we should all be using government guidance at www.gov.uk/coronavirus to inform decisions and be checking that advice regularly. Please continue refer to www.nhs.uk/coronavirus for the latest health advice.

Town Council Services

The Town Hall is closed to the public at this time. Walton Community Hall and Broadway House are also closed until further notice.

Council meetings are resuming online. Please visit our meetings page to find see agenda of forthcoming meeting and minutes of previous meetings https://www.felixstowe.gov.uk/about-felixstowe-tc/council-meetings/

Council’s administration staff are working from home and responding to enquiries via email to enquiries@felixstowe.gov.uk

Felixstowe Cemetery remains open, however staff on site are maintaining social distancing rules are are not available for face-to-face meetings at this time.

Tenants are still able to access their allotments at this time but should be following government advice.

The National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners has issued advice to all plot holders. See www.nsalg.org.uk/news/covid19-information/ for details.

Parish and Town Councils are being guided by the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) who are engaging with government on the situation and will also keep us updated on any developments. 

As government advice is updated, we will reassess and communicate as soon as possible.

Keeping the community informed

We understand that there will be many in our community who are self-isolating and do not have access to information online. Some may have had no contact and be unsure of who to turn to. To reach out to everybody, let them know they are not forgotten and signpost the support that is out there, we have printed an information bulletin which was delivered to all IP11 households. Please let us know if yours did not arrive.

The bulletin was printed locally and was delivered in phases in accordance with local delivery patterns, and at the same time as other publications wherever possible. Delivery staff carried this out in accordance with Public Health England advice. Thanks to Jon Trotter and the team at the Flyerpress for this essential service which clearly could not have been done from home.

See the bulletin here: www.felixstowe.gov.uk/coronavirus-bulletin-to-all-felixstowe-residents

Suffolk Constabulary is reminding people to stay alert to criminals looking to continue to exploit the vulnerable during the coronavirus outbreak.

Whilst the vast majority of people volunteering are doing so for the right reasons, there are a small minority of people who see this difficult time as an opportunity to commit crime. Suffolk Police have some clear guidance on there website here: www.suffolk.police.uk

Suffolk Trading Standards are also advising of a fake message claiming to be from the Government offering all residents money to help them during the c19 pandemic. Report all scams to us via 0808 223 1133.  Remembers: texts and calls can be spoofed. Never click links, call numbers, or immediately react to a text you’ve received. Even if it’s from someone you know or a business you deal with.

Coping With Lockdown

A Lockdown Wedding in Felixstowe

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When we heard about Annette and John, we just fell in love with them and couldn’t wait to share their story with you all. Here’s Annette to tell the tale of how their love story started…

John and I met quite by chance on the Felixstowe prom last year. We both used to walk the prom on our own every day and for several months we would just say hi and pass the time of day as we passed by each other going in opposite directions. 

One day towards the end of August, as I joined the prom from the bottom of Bent Hill, John was walking in the same direction. That day, we had our walk together, and found that we had plenty in common and the same sense of humour. At the end of the walk, we arranged to meet up the following day for another walk together, and as they say, the rest is history!

We began spending time together on a daily basis and love very soon blossomed for both of us (although John maintains that for him it was love at first sight!).

By the end of October John had proposed, although by then I think we both knew it was a foregone conclusion.

We had planned to marry on the 28th May at St John’s Church with Reverend Andrew Dotchin officiating, but that was of course prior to Covid19 and the lockdown, and our plans (along with many other people’s plans) had to be put on hold.

However, Reverend Dotchin came up with a lovely idea so that we could still mark the proposed date of the 28th May, by having a socially distanced Betrothal Service. This is an unofficial ceremony in which one makes a promise to marry at a future date. We had a lovely day which could almost be described as a dress rehearsal for the real thing. The ceremony was held in my sister Jo’s garden, and she did us proud with her efforts of decorating the garden in the appropriate colour scheme which was absolutely magical.

Obviously, we have been avidly watching the news for information on when weddings would be allowed to resume after lockdown, and we are very glad to say that we got married officially this morning at St. John’s Church at 11.30am. We were beyond excited! 😍😍

Because of the Betrothal Service which took place in May, we already have a gorgeous collection of photos.

A big thank you for the photos must to to our good friend Fran Comer who did a wonderful job of being the official photographer.

Annette and John

On behalf of us all at The Felixstowe Magazine, HUGE congratulations to Annette and John… your story is adorable and you’re a truly lovely couple! x

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Doing Her “Handmade” Part to Help Key Workers

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It’s been such a pleasure to see so many articles come in from local people doing their part to make a difference. Though lockdown is going through the process of lifting, we’d still like to continue to shine a light on these local gems. This article is by the lovely local lady, Bev Lambert…

During lockdown I have been making various sewing items. I have donated 242 face coverings to people/key workers in my community. I have since been selling these to the wider community.  I have been making a number of little bears ‘(as below) which have been donated to many people within my community just to bring a smile on a face.  I have also donated some of the below pocket pillows which I make to sell. 

My sewing page can be found on Facebook/Twitter & Instagram “Berty Lamb Handmade“.  I make various items using my sewing and embroidery machines. 

I am also the founder of Over the Rainbow Children’s Charity, a charity to support local children across Suffolk who are living with a life limiting or serious illness, by providing specialist equipment to help day to day living.  The charity is run 100% by volunteers. I also made this large key worker hanger and raised £100.00 through a silent auction. I donated the £100.00 to Captain Tom Moore’s JustGiving page.  The winner if the auction was Glebe House Residential Home in Hollesley.  I have donated various sewn items to Glebe House including some lavender filled hearts which I initialled with each of the residents first names.  The staff all received a Ginger Ginger key fobs, including care staff, kitchen staff, maintenance staff etc all key fobs were relevant to the jobs they did within the home. 

Thank you to all the key workers, charities and local people out there. We’ve been in this together and it’s be an honour to be part of the positivity.

Bev Lambert

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Local Bin Man & Son Spread Happiness

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I live in Felixstowe and am a key worker in Ipswich for the local council working as a bin man. I used to go out every Thursday at 8pm with my stepson so he could clap and beep the horn in my recovery truck. 

I have been on the front line all the time whilst this has all been going on and it has been nice to get letters and pictures from local children in Ipswich to show their appreciate for us bin men. It’s a very hard and physical job but is rewarding when we get little gestures like that from the kids so I just wanted to do this with my stepson every Thursday to show our appreciation too. 

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