Message from the Mayor
Weekly message from the Town Mayor of Lymington and Pennington
Do call 02380 285893 10.00am-2.00pm, Mon-Fri if you are vulnerable and we can help with shopping, prescriptions or anything else we can assist with.
Please give this number to friends, family and neighbours who might need it.
22 May 2020
This week we saw more relaxation of the restrictions that we have all been living under. The supermarkets are beginning to ease up on the rationing of some items (notably loo paper!) and I think everyone will have noticed the increased volume of traffic on the roads around the Forest, and the car parks are beginning to fill up. I hear that campsites across the country have had a huge increase in the number of bookings for this year as more people will holiday in this country because of the difficulties in travelling abroad, reminding us of the “staycation” trend which followed the financial crisis of 2008. I imagine this will mean many more visitors to our towns and seaside, which is good.
I have just heard that our town’s colourful bunting is due to be put up in the High Street and on the Quay, next week. This should cheer us up and bring on the holiday mood!
We saw the River opening up this week – with resident and short stay moorings and berths being opened, but not for overnight stays. People were allowed to kayak, swim and fish off the beaches at their own risk. Golf courses are also open, as is the town’s skate park – both of which have been very busy. Garden centres have been open and I understand the queues have not been too bad at all.
Our open-air gym and children’s playgrounds remain shut for the time being, following Government advice and in light of the difficulty of sanitising and social distancing in these areas.
Don’t forget to enter this year’s Lymington & Pennington Flower Festival. The competition is open 01 June 2020 – 31 July 2020 and the theme is ‘VE Day 75’ or ‘Lockdown Inspiration’. The competition is open to everyone in Lymington and Pennington (residents, businesses, organisations, schools, clubs, shops, care homes etc.. Application forms and more information can be found on the Town Council’s website.
The local community hub is still busy, and very much open for business – so if you are self-isolating or vulnerable and require shopping or prescriptions, do not hesitate to make contact
Telephone 02380 28593 Monday-Friday (excluding Bank Holidays) 10.00am – 2.00pm
Best wishes and stay well, and don’t forget social distancing is still very much with us during this Bank Holiday weekend and for a while yet.
Cllr Anne Corbridge
Lymington & Pennington Town Mayor
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Previous weekly messages from the Mayor
15 May 2020
Approaching the eighth week since Britain was locked down we are beginning to see the first positive signs that the grip of the Coronavirus is loosening a little, with the commensurate relaxation of some of the restrictions. It is, of course, stressed that there is a very long way to go, with only small steps at a time. Updated guidance from the Government includes:
- The return to work for anyone who cannot work from home, and where the workplace can be made safe to socially distance.
- Minimising the use of public transport, and using a face mask when using it is absolutely necessary.
- Those who are not shielding or vulnerable can take day trips to outdoor open space in a private vehicle, remembering to practice social distancing from people outside your own household.
- Garden centres opened again on Wednesday, but they are expecting queues and will be practicing social distancing.
- Playgrounds must remain closed for the time being.
On a local level:
- Our tip was re-opened on Monday for waste that you cannot safely store at home. The queues were very long, with people reporting in excess of a 3 hour wait. Hopefully this will slowly go back to normal soon.
- NFDC opened the coastal car parks on Wednesday – albeit for cashless payments only.
- Town car parks which have been open all through the lockdown period will remain open to use without charge to support volunteers shopping for the vulnerable.
- Public toilets remain shut for the time being.
- Beach huts could be accessed from Wednesday.
- You may notice that some of the refuse trucks across the New Forest are helping to raise awareness of vital domestic abuse services - For local support residents can call 0330 016 5112 or visit www.stopdomesticabuse.uk In an emergency, or immediate danger, call 999
Tennis courts at Woodside Park have been reopened but Playgrounds, the skate park and open air gym still remain closed until further notice.
VE75 last Friday Bank Holiday was celebrated across our town with stay-at-home parties. It was a wonderfully sunny day and great to see the community spirit and the “getting together” of so many people with their neighbours – many of whom really never communicated much before this lockdown situation. The colourful bunting and flags displayed, the music and the national toast were all a joy. So important to celebrate and remember this milestone in our history.
Sadly, Lymington Rotary Club has had to take the decision to cancel this year’s Lymington Spectacular (formerly known as the Summer Spectacular). Such a hugely popular event attracts thousands and would be impossible to social distance. The Rotary Club works so hard for us all, and this event involves a huge amount of work which produces a great deal of funds awarded to good causes in the town. A sad loss, but hopefully back next year – bigger and better than ever.
Don’t forget, if you want to support local businesses while obtaining the things you need – check out the list of New Forest businesses offering home delivery.
Last, but certainly not least our Town Council community hub has been buzzing with requests for shopping and prescriptions – I feel that this may be happening for quite a while yet.
8 May 2020
"Please note the Town Council’s support hub is continuing to be very busy collecting and delivering shopping and prescriptions. If you need help and support from the team please contact them.
"I know that we are all really looking forward to the current restrictions being lifted, and hopefully we will have some better news on Sunday – when we are promised an update on the situation. This is likely to be a very gradual process, however.
Friday is of course VE75 (the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe) and a Bank Holiday. This is such an important anniversary when we remember those who gave their lives so that we may enjoy the freedoms that we do today – yes, even in this time of lockdown.
So, show your red, white and blue support and while Pipers are playing Battle’s O’er, and the recorded speech by Prime Minister Churchill is being broadcast by the BBC into our homes at 3pm on Friday 8th May, people are encouraged to stand at 3pm within the safety of their living rooms, front or back gardens, outside their front doors or balconies if they have one, and undertake the Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WWII.
St Marks Church in Pennington is “hosting” a stay at home tea party which will be broadcast on YouTube at 1.30pm on Friday. There will be readings and music from the children of Pennington Infant and Junior Schools, so do tune in to watch.
Meanwhile, the Town Council’s support hub is continuing to be very busy collecting and delivering shopping and prescriptions. We are continually heartened by the lovely responses that we receive from people. It is such a joy to be of help.
Telephone 02380 28593 Monday-Friday 10.00am – 2.00pm
We have this week received our first consignment of personal protective equipment (PPE) so that our staff are properly protected. We were also able to donate disposable face masks and plastic face shields to Oakhaven Hospice and to Hampshire Fire & Rescue, who were struggling to have enough protective equipment.
You may have heard the wonderful reports of New Forest Sewing for the NHS, making scrubs and scrub bags for hospitals and care homes across the New Forest, but I also learnt this week about the lovely knitted hearts being produced by Rotary members. This follows the National scheme of knitting two identical hearts – one of which is given to a patient in ICU and the other to their nearest and dearest, the idea being that they can squeeze them from time to time and think of each other. Such a simple but wonderful idea.
Finally, the annual Lymington & Pennington Flower Festival competition held by the Town Council has been launched. A chance for you to be proud and show off a display, be it garden, window box or maybe wildflowers that you see on your daily exercise walks. We expect the competition to be bigger and better than ever this year – with all of us having more time to spend in our gardens! So do send us your pictures.
Keep safe and well and enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend.
Cllr Anne Corbridge
Lymington & Pennington Town Mayor
1 May 2020
This week was marked by a moment’s silence on Tuesday to remember those who have lost their lives to the Covid-19 virus and who are part of our NHS, Social Care and all other services essential to our lives – our refuse collectors, bus drivers, supermarket workers and delivery drivers.
We owe a debt of gratitude to them all.
This poignant message was marked on the road leading to our Lymington New Forest Hospital.
We are leading up to Friday 8th May, the Bank Holiday to celebrate VE75 – the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe.
In common with everything at the moment, our local and national celebratory events have had to be cancelled.
However, at 3pm Friday 8th May, the Nation will be asked to raise a glass to toast the heroes of World War II – the men, women and children who gave so much.
It is important at this time, when day to day we are seeing our own heroes suffering, that we do not forget the past and those who gave everything. If you feel like dressing up in red, white and blue or displaying bunting outside your house, please do whilst adhering to social distance requirements.
Meanwhile, our local support hub at the Town Council is very busy, shopping and fetching prescriptions for vulnerable people and generally signposting. Thank you so much to the volunteers who have enthusiastically helped us thus far. Since delivering leaflets to all homes in Lymington and Pennington, the uptake in need has really increased. So, don’t forget, if you are vulnerable or know someone who might need help:
Telephone: 02380 285893 10.00am - 2.00pm, Monday - Friday
Keep safe and well.
Cllr Anne Corbridge
24 April 2020 - Week 5 of lockdown
I am very much hoping that in week 5 of lockdown you are well and safe, and that there are still plenty of jobs to find around the house and garden.
Our thoughts are particularly with those with young children. Finding entertainment, especially if you are trying to work from home, is extremely taxing. The couple of grey, wet days at the end of last week certainly made us realise the value of these sunny days – so pleased they are back at the moment!
At Lymington & Pennington Town Council we have been very busy establishing our local support hub, designed to help self-isolating and vulnerable people who need help with the essentials of shopping, prescriptions etc. I am pleased to report that this is working well – we have many requests for shopping, and our partnership with Tesco is working particularly well.
Some of our Parks and Grounds staff have turned themselves in to delivery drivers, and they are collecting shopping from the store and delivering it to vulnerable people in our community. So this is a very safe and trusted way of getting essentials.
For anyone who does not use technology, we have hand-delivered 7500 leaflets to every home in Lymington and Pennington this week, so that every household should have our contact details.
Huge thanks go to the volunteers, especially those from the Basics Bank who offered their services, and to our own Town Councillors for doing these deliveries. It was humbling to see that within 24 hours we had every delivery route covered – the community spirit in this town is exceptional!
It may also be of interest that NFDC have restarted the green bag waste collection service again from 27th April, details of your collection day can be found on their website. They cannot take new subscribers currently, but I believe that you can put your name down for when there is space.
17 April 2020 - Week 4 of lockdown
"I do hope that everyone enjoyed a peaceful and pleasant holiday weekend – it was certainly an unusual Easter this year, very definitely a holiday at home. At least the weather was kind, and I would guess that our gardens have never had so much attention!
In week 4 there have been various lovely stories to relay:
- The Basics Bank moved to their new premises behind the Our Lady of Mercy & St Joseph Catholic Church, accessed from the Cannon Street car park. They opened their doors on Tuesday 14 April and are working harder than ever. Very grateful thanks were extended to the United Reformed Church for their help and support over the years when the Basics Bank operated from their hall behind the church. Huge thanks also go to the Lymington Community Centre who gave them a temporary home in the Gates Hall.
- Sanders Sails have turned their hand to manufacturing scrubs and scrubs bags for the NHS, and they have also been supplying facemasks for care homes, the police and other community organisations. Many congratulations to them for this amazing initiative.
- The Lymington Town Sailing Club have a fantastic team of members volunteering - some with the ability to 3D print face visors. Others are making fabric face masks which are washable and re-useable.
- The Red Herring Catering company have been creating wholesome meals for our wonderful NHS staff thanks to donations from crowd-funding and Waitrose.
- The Lymington Community Centre are providing 100 chairs which may need to be used in temporary NHS facilities to deal with Covid 19 patients.
- Our coastguards have been busy over Easter assisting with patrolling Bournemouth beach in case the warm weather encouraged people to breach Government guidance to stay at home. However, there were very few people that were straying beyond the permitted period of exercise – which was good news.
- The Town Council is now working with Tesco to support people unable to leave the house to go shopping. Grateful thanks to them for their enthusiastic response to this.
Do call 02380 285893 10.00am-2.00pm, Mon-Fri if you are vulnerable and we can help with shopping, prescriptions or anything else we can assist with. Please give this number to friends, family and neighbours who might need it.
Have a good weekend, keep safe and let us hope the sun keeps shining."
Cllr Anne Corbridge
Lymington & Pennington Town Mayor