Leader's Update - 30 June 2021

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

This has been another week in which COVID-19 has dominated the news.

The important thing to remember at this time is that we are having to pause the rollback of restrictions due to the serious threat of a new COVID variant. The extra four weeks will be used to make sure the maximum number of people have received the highest level of protection against the virus. This includes those who are still to receive the all-important second vaccination, plus younger adults for whom the first vaccine dose has only recently been made available.

The stage of the roadmap where we’ve paused still gives us a huge amount of individual and collective freedom, such as the ability to see friends and family outdoors, or indoors if applying the rule of six or two households. I urge everyone to stay safe, be patient and keep following the rules that have helped us control the virus.

I would like to mention our local businesses and traders who have been adversely affected by the delay to the roadmap. We can all help by shopping local and signing up to Click It Local, which allows you to order online from local businesses and have your goods delivered to your doorstep.

We all know how great our community spirit is and I am sure we all want to support our local economy as we continue on the roadmap to recovery.

The Council is continuing to support our NHS workers and volunteers by extending the free parking scheme at the vaccination centres via a new local scheme.

You can apply for a pass by contacting the NHS Trusts and the Royal Voluntary Service.

I am delighted to reveal that the Rochford District Heritage Tapestry has just announced a two week exhibition of the amazing community tapestry project, which will include knitted items, accompanying drawings, historical information and children’s activities. This is scheduled to be held at Ashingdon Elim Church, 535 Ashingdon Road, Rochford SS4 3HE from Tuesday 27th July to Saturday 7th August. 

Tickets for the exhibition can be pre-booked via Eventbrite for a 45 minute viewing slot, social distancing measures will be in place. The link for booking is: https://rochford-district-heritage-tapestry-exhibition.eventbrite.co.uk

As a taster to promote the exhibition, three of the panels are going to be out on show until 11 July. There will be one panel at Holy Trinity Church, Rayleigh, a second at St. Andrews Church, Ashingdon and a third in Rochford Library. This is a fantastic opportunity to catch a glimpse of Rochford district’s history being bought back to life.

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