Dear St Just Parish Residents
Important information for those in need of help during the current Coronavirus Pandemic
We hope you are safe and well. This letter is to reassure you that help is available locally if you should need it now, or in the coming months.
Several weeks ago a system was set up in our parish, nicknamed ‘The Daisy Chain’. Volunteers started delivering little notes through every door in our parish. The notes gave the name and phone number of a volunteer in your street or very nearby, offering help with shopping, collecting prescriptions or a friendly phone call.
This sizeable army of 90+ volunteers, covering a small group of homes, is now working with Volunteer Cornwall and is actively helping families, supported by local businesses willing to deliver to your door. Just give your named volunteer a ring, even if you just want to hear a friendly voice. If you did not receive or have lost the note put through your door –contact Town Councillor Daisy Gibbs, co-ordinating the system, on 07896 534275.
St Just Town Council is working to support these initiatives, and councillors along with some town council staff are actively involved in volunteering. Although the Town Council Office is closed, you can still contact the Town Clerk, Mr Cas Leo, calling 07907 039014 or email email@example.com
Cornwall Council is keeping essential services running and supporting communities, like ours, to ensure there is a safety net for anyone feeling particularly vulnerable or with complex needs. To aid Cornwall Council in understanding such special needs contact one of us below so we can ensure you are ok and pass on your details.
Cornwall Councillor & Deputy Mayor – Sue James
Call 07745 116049 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Councillor Marna Blundy, Mayor
Call 01736 788107 or email marna email@example.com
If you prefer, there is help through Volunteer Cornwall:
Call 01872 266988 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
There is a wealth of local information and support available through the local Facebook Group: Covid-19 Mutual Aid St Just in Penwith Parish:
Or have a look at Cllr Sue James website: https://www.suejames.org/coronavirus-special-blog/
The NHS has recently written to a number of people who have an underlying disease or health conditions which potentially makes them more vulnerable to coronavirus (COVID-19). Those who have received a letter will be getting further follow up contact and are asked to register as advised.
For those people who think they are in medical high risk and have not received communication from Government, please contact your GP, or visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable
For LiveWest Tenants in our area there is support available direct through your local Housing Officer or the Tenancy Sustainment Team – you will be directed through enquiries on 0300 123 8080
Finally Cornwall Council’s Website www.cornwall.gov.uk has a range of important information and updates on services and support, if you are finding it hard to cope and need support, if you are worried about money, if you don’t feel safe at home, or if you run a business and need help.
Stay safe, you are not alone; there is organised help nearby if you need it, from Tregiffian to Rose Valley.
Cornwall Councillor for St Just In Penwith
Since March 23rd, all our lives have changed pretty dramatically, and terms like ‘social distancing’, ‘shielding’ and ‘lockdown’ have been frequently on our lips. I don’t underestimate the impact this has had on so many of our residents. Loneliness and isolation, already a big issue here, has been driven up. Many have seen their employment badly affected, and their incomes diminish or even collapse. Families have been facing challenges with keeping their children occupied following the closure of schools and nurseries; and key workers are dealing with unimaginable pressures in caring for the most vulnerable as well as maintaining essential services. Meanwhile, in many ways our lives have been put on hold, with so many future events being cancelled and our diaries being empty for weeks to come.
COVID-19 has certainly shown us that we can take nothing for granted, and that we can only live one day at a time. It has also enabled us to realise what is really important, particularly rediscovering the value of neighbourliness and community. We are especially proud of the ‘Daisy Chain’, the scheme driven by a new town councillor Daisy Gibbs where everyone in our area has a neighbour’s name and phone number to be called on when help is needed. Daisy has over ninety volunteers ready and waiting to serve. For years I have dreamed of having a ‘good neighbour’ in every street – it has taken COVID-19 to make this a reality.
Being restricted to our homes and gardens has also brought out the creativity and imagination of our residents too. The shared cheers, music and saucepan banging to applaud the NHS and key workers have become a weekly ritual. Rainbows in our windows, and teddy bears, and over Easter the virtual Easter Egg hunt, have brightened our walks. I personally have enjoyed joining with a neighbour to take a socially distanced weekly walk around our hamlet playing Cornish folk tunes – good exercise and practice for us, and hopefully bringing cheer to our neighbours. Technology has enabled teams and committees to meet online through Zoom and other conferencing apps; and also to link musicians and artists together, as well as providing a platform for teaching and sharing with others. It’s actually been exhilarating more than exhausting, as we discover our capacity for innovation out of crisis.
How long we shall be ‘locked down’ is at the time of writing this unknown. But I hope that when we emerge from it we’ll find ourselves in a new and revitalised community, not content to go back to as we were, but determined to live in a better way for our own good and for the good of others, as well as in a way that is better for the planet.
Keep up the good work, everyone – this parish stretching along the coast from Tregiffian to Rose Valley is a place to be proud of.
St Just Library and St Just Town Council offices are both closed until further notice. Library books can be held at home until the library reopens, and no fines will be charged. Pendeen Play Park and St Just Recreation Ground are also closed, as are the public toilets.
Town Council business continues, with office staff working from home. The Town Clerk can be contacted during working hours on 07907 039014 or by emailing email@example.com
Members of the public can of course continue to contact their local councillors by phone or email. Councillors are being consulted by email on Council matters and following emergency legislation will be able to conduct virtual meetings online, to enable the essential business of the Council to be conducted.
The Town Council is actively supporting the work of the Food Bank by opening the Library foyer on Saturday and Monday mornings 10am – 12noon to receive donations. The door is left open and the collection box by the door, so contributions can be left without touching anything or coming into contact with anyone. Donations are then transported safely to the depot, from where they are distributed to members of our communities who need support at this time. Boscaswell Stores continue to collect Food Bank donations as well.
ST JUST IN BLOOM
In view of current government restrictions, and with future uncertainty, our group has decided that St Just in Bloom will be unable to provide and maintain floral displays around the town this year.
If restrictions are lifted before the end of the season we may be in a position to provide some flowers in the town centre, and where possible we will try to continue to maintain some of the public spaces that St Just in Bloom usually look after.
The Britain in Bloom competition has been cancelled for this year, but the ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ judging may go ahead later in the year.
With regard to our own competitions, the painting and photographic competition will not go ahead, but it may be possible to judge the gardening competition later in the year. We will make a final decision when restrictions allow it.
St Just in Bloom Committee, April 2020
We’re now in the second week of ‘lockdown’ and the council would like to thank all residents for the way they are coping with a very different way of life. We’re particularly sorry that the Library has had to close until further notice, which we appreciate will be a great loss for many people. Books can be renewed online, but overdue charges will be removed at this time. We are indebted to one of our councillors, Daisy Gibbs, for the work she and others have done in creating a network of volunteers in the area, a directory of local shop services, and considerable support on the Facebook page ‘COVID-19 Mutual Aid St Just in Penwith Parish’. Three part-time members of our staff have volunteered to help the community during this time of closure; and a team of councillors and staff, together with some Cornwall Council staff who live locally, are working together on emergency response plans for the community at this time. If you need to contact us, please see the contact details on this website for the Town Clerk and members of the Town Council. Finally, if you can, please support the Food Bank. We are opening the Library foyer on Monday and Saturday mornings, 10am – 12noon, to receive donations.
Try Deputy Mayor and Cornwall Councillor Sue James link on Coronavirus help, advice and support. https://www.suejames.org/coronavirus-special-blog/
Volunteer Cornwall have a call centre all assigned to Covid-19 response. They can provide all sorts of support around health and wellbeing. Their phone number is 01872 265300 and the email address for people needing help is firstname.lastname@example.org
A new collection point for our local food bank will be available starting this Saturday (28th March). All those of you who can give donations should bring them to the Library foyer in Market Street between 10am and 12 noon on Saturdays and Mondays. The box will be placed very close to the door so you can simply drop your donations in. Obviously, the Town Council Office and the Library itself is closed, and if there is a queue for donations, please observe social distancing and only access the box one person at a time. At the moment, the Food Bank is in particular need of hair shampoo, shower gel, deodorants; spray cleaner, washing up liquid and clothes washing powder/liquid (along with plastic bottles/bags to decant large bottles into smaller quantities). Foods should be in cans or packets, and current particular needs are for Weetabix, jam, and tinned fruits (especially peaches and pears) and tinned carrots and peas. No fresh fruit or vegetables, please – these are sourced directly by the Food Bank in Penzance. We look forward to a tremendous and ongoing response from the community of St Just, and for thinking of others at this time.
For those who are in need of support from the Food Bank, because a change of circumstances means they have no money coming in at present and no savings, please contact a referring organisation e.g. your G.P. surgery, Citizens Advice, the Job Centre or your child’s school. They will pass on your details, along with any particular requests, to the Food Bank organisers. Food Bank deliveries are on Thursdays.
Last week, the Government ordered certain businesses – including pubs, cinemas and theatres – to close.
The Government is now extending this requirement to a further set of businesses and other venues, including:
• all non-essential retail stores – this will include clothing and electronics stores; hair, beauty and nail salons; and outdoor and indoor markets, excluding food markets.
• libraries, community centres, and youth centres.
• indoor and outdoor leisure facilities such as bowling alleys, arcades and soft play facilities.
• communal places within parks, such as playgrounds, sports courts and outdoor gyms.
• places of worship, except for funerals attended by immediate families.
• hotels, hostels, bed and breakfasts, campsites, caravan parks, and boarding houses for commercial/leisure use (excluding permanent residents and key workers).
There is a requirement for play areas to be closed today so Pendeen Playpark will be closed today.
The full council meeting tonight is now cancelled along with all other meetings; until further notice. The Town Council will be putting in place working at home arrangements from Tuesday 24th March 2020. To Contact the Council please send emails to either email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please don’t visit the Library and the Council Offices; which will remain closed until further notice.
The Library was open today and is due to open again on Saturday morning, although staff numbers are down. Lots of the Libraries in Cornwall are already shut or shutting today or tomorrow. This Saturday may be the last chance to take books out before this Library is required to follow suit and close.