Coronavirus might be closing our church buildings and preventing us from meeting in person but local people can still be united in prayer and worship.
For Palm Sunday, Masham Parishes are hoping to provide four options:
- website www.mashamparishes.org will contain a printed order of service - go to 'worship: online with us' on the top line.
- there will be a recording of the service on a dedicated YouTube channel - search Masham Parishes.
- for those with the Zoom app, there will be a service at 9:30 am (meeting ID 330 160 627)
- and there will be a telephone conference service at 10:30 am. This will be limited - for technical reasons to the first 50 people to dial in (see Masham Parishes website for conference call details)
Normally during Holy Week the vicar would be urging parishioners to attend church, but this year the church hopes to be with them in their own homes (virtually, of course!).
- Compline will be provided every day from Monday to Thursday and another service on Good Friday.
- The order of service for each day will be published on the Masham Parishes website.
- As with Palm Sunday, and with the same technical limitations, there will be a telephone conference service, this time to be held each evening at 7:30 pm.
Details of services on Easter Sunday will be given later.
The Vicar and Curate will be saying Morning Prayer together at 9:00 am on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. Participation is by conference call (see above) or by dialing-in simply to listen. Search 'Church of England Daily Prayer' and scroll down to 'Morning Prayer - Contemporary' for the text.
More details on how to access all these services can be found at www.mashamparishes.org
H&RCVS is a useful source of information not only on COVID-19 but on a whole range of services and volunteering opportunities in the local area.
They have increased the frequency of their E-Bulletins during the crisis and details can be found at harcvs.org.uk, by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephoning 01423 504074. The website has a sign-up page for those who would like the bulletin delivered straight to their Inbox.
A copy of the Government's most recent advice on staying at home and away from others is on this link. Click here to view the guidance.
The Government is also providing council tax relief for vulnerable households. There is to be a £500 million 'hardship fund' to provide support. Details of the press release can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-confirms-500-million-hardship-fund-will-provide-council-tax-relief-for-vulnerable-households.
Government Guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities has now been published and can be seen on-line by searching 'COVID-19 and renting' and selecting the gov.uk option. We will provide a link to the site as soon as possible.
The Government has also set up a WhatsApp Group to provide up-to-the-minute information and guidance. Simply add 07860 064422 to your contacts and then message 'hi' to that number in WhatsApp. You will receive a list of options from which you can select every item or just those of particular interest. The group will also receive the latest guidance and news of developments. The link is here.
Household Waste Recycling Centre
The County Council has today (24th March 2020) announced that all of its Household Waste Recycling Centres are closed with immediate effect and until further notice. Normal recycling, household and garden waste collections remain unchanged for the time being. Future developments can be checked at www.northyorks.gov.uk/household-waste-recycling-centres.
Children's Play Area
The Parish Council has also taken the decision to close the North Stainley Children's Play Area in keeping with public health guidelines. The closure is effective immediately. Please, in the interests of keeping everyone safe and well, do not enter or attempt to use the facilities there.
North Yorkshire to Police No-Driving Rules
North Yorkshire Police have said they intend having mobile patrols to stop motorists from making unnecessary journeys. see https://northyorkshire.police.uk/news/covid-checkpoints/ for details.
A large number of businesses in the local area are offering enhanced services during the coronavirus crisis. The first table below shows who is offering what, whether they will deliver and how you can pay as well as contact details for each business. The list has been put together very quickly and we apologise for any inaccuracies. Always check with the supplier before attempting to place an order. Of course, the major supermarkets all offer delivery services and some are offering special opening hours for key workers and those over 70. Again, please check with your preferred supplier as offers are constantly changing.
Many cafes and restaurants are offering takeaway and, in some cases, delivery services. These are shown in the second table but, again, please check before ordering.
There have been changes and additions in recent days. Please refer to this link before attempting to order from any of the listed suppliers
We cannot specifically recommend any of these suppliers and the list is provided only to raise awareness of what is on offer.
Mashamshire Community Office is providing daily updates by email to anyone who subscribes to their newsletter. The daily bulletin contains a variety of information from central and local government, other agencies and local businesses. To subscribe go to www.visitmasham.co.uk and scroll down to 'join the emailing list'.
The county council had produced guidance for people using their adult social care and public health services and those who make direct payments to the council. The information can be found on this link.
There is a new voluntary group in North Stainley to help residents during the coronavirus pandemic. Details below:
In 2017, the District Council introduced charges for the Garden Refuse Service.
The charge for the opt-in subscription service for collections from mid-March to end November 2020 (19 fortnightly collections) is £41 this year. You can apply at Harrogate Borough Council Garden Waste or by phoning Customer Services on 01423 500600. You will need a debit or credit card. The dates of first and final collections will be confirmed once you have subscribed.
COVID-19 - PLEASE NOTE: HBC has announced a break in collections in April owing to the impact of coronavirus. Details are athttps://www.harrogate.gov.uk/info/20000/bins_recycling_and_waste.
The 'In at the Start' project on the new Pennycroft Quarry extension run by High Batts Nature Reserve has won a prestigious international Quarry Life Award in a competition sponsored by HeidelbergCement that recognises the skills and efforts of a wide-ranging team of conservation volunteers, photographers and surveyors.
The work will continue over the coming months and years and, for now, the extension is off-limits except on special occasions. Monitoring and management of the site goes on even as Heidelberg begins to extract the valuable gravels from deep pits within it.
Watch this space for more news as the project develops or go to the High Batts Website for more details and further announcements.
North Stainley has a Community Public Access Defibrillator (CPAD) which is kept in a yellow box on the Village Hall veranda, facing the recreation ground. The only way to access the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) which it contains, is to dial 999 (or 112). Would you know when to use it and what to do with it? If not, please read on - it may save someone's life.
Many of you will have seen David Attenborough's Blue Planet episode when he exposed the frightening levels of plastic pollution in our oceans. The programme caused quite a stir and there is now pressure from all directions for something to be done about it.
Many of you will have seen leaflets and other publicity for Masham Liftshare which uses the web to help connect people travelling in similar directions at similar times to travel together and share costs. The scheme also helps reduce traffic congestion and pollution.
What you may not have realised is that residents of North Stainley are more than welcome to participate. The scheme is called Masham Liftshare but it covers the whole of the local area and villages.
If you think you might benefit from Liftshare simply call 01765 680200, email email@example.com or go to the Liftshare Website. There are successful schemes all over the country and you can choose to share as little or as often as you like for any journey you make.