Latest update from The Leighton Buzzard Primary Care Network
The Leighton Buzzard Primary Care Network is excited to announce the opening this week of our Leighton Buzzard COVID-19 vaccination centre. This will be based at the Leighton Buzzard Rugby Club on Stanbridge Road and will be a jointly run service by all three general practices in the town.
The site will be a mass vaccination centre for patients registered with a GP Practice in Leighton Buzzard. People aged over 80 years old and those in nursing homes have been identified as the first group of patients for vaccination. The current National guidance is to offer vaccination to all those aged 50 years and over as well as those people who have medical conditions that make them at special risk of infection.
The centre will operate from 8am to 8pm for up to seven days per week on an ongoing basis until all target groups have been vaccinated. The centre has been developed as a town-wide project and will be staffed by nurses, doctors and administrative staff from all the 3 Leighton Buzzard practices
View the full Press Releases and details on volunteer opportunities below:
About Leighton-Linslade Covid-19 Task Force
The Task Force comprises representatives from faith, the community, homeless service, the Town Council and Bedfordshire and Luton Emergency Volunteer Executive as well as a corps of volunteers. The Task Force provides food parcels to those who find themselves in desperate immediate need, as well as arranging the collection of urgent prescriptions.
If you need help, or know of someone else who does, please telephone 07960 873554 or complete the online form at www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/covidhelp
The Task Force website www.leightonlinsladehelpers.org.uk gives details of local businesses and services who make home deliveries. Huge thanks to all those local businesses who are supporting the local response.
For those who would wish to volunteer help and support, the Task Force asks that you telephone: 0300 300 8900 or register at www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/covidvolunteer
Central Bedfordshire Council have employed 16 COVID-19 stewards to support businesses and the public in increasing understanding of COVID-19 public health measures, such as social distancing, wearing face coverings in appropriate settings and hand washing. The stewards will undertake patrols across Central Bedfordshire to engage, explain and encourage best practice and promote the national guidance.
Central Bedfordshire Council is keeping their dedicated COVID-19 web pages up to date with all the relevant information for residents. The link is www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/covidinfo
Should you wish to report breaches of COVID-19 regulations, please follow this link: https://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/info/26/public_health/737/coronavirus_-_covid-19/12
Important note from the Leighton-Linslade Covid-19 Task Force
The task force wants to keep you safe. There are unscrupulous people ringing up purporting to come from charities or support groups with the aim of trying to con the elderly and vulnerable. If you want to check a call is genuine, tell the caller you are checking, ring off and call: 07517 851382.
Do not give out any personal details without first checking with the Task Force or Central Bedfordshire Council.
Latest news from the Task Force
Donations of Food (tinned dried or fresh) and personal/sanitary Items are still needed. Morrisons have a place set aside where you can leave donations. The local scout huts are also accepting donations or collection can be arranged by contacting the Task Force.
The Facebook Page already has over 2500 members and that is still rising. If you would like to join please answer the questions before submitting your request. It is a constantly monitored information and help site only. Inappropriate content, comment and fake news is not allowed and is removed.
A Covid-19 information sheet with official numbers and contact details has been delivered to all households with the Bee Local booklet. Thank you to them for printing and distributing it. It is also available at supermarkets and pharmacies.
Leighton-Linslade Covid 19 Task Force
Personal Welfare and Safety
At this difficult time it is important that everyone feels safe and supported. If you, or anyone you know is feeling extreme isolation, unsafe in their home environment, struggling to cope with bereavement or is suicidal, there is support available:
For information and help with mental health and suicide: The Samaritans
For information and help with domestic violence: Bedfordshire Domestic Abuse Partnership
Town Council Services
Leighton-Linslade Town Council is closely monitoring Government advice in respect of the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.
Staff are working remotely, as far as practicable. We are doing our best to maintain core services during normal working hours but this will be highly dependent on availability of staff, technology and resources. Please bear with us if there is a delay in answering your call, email or social media message.
We advise all residents to follow the official Public Health England advice on shielding, self-isolation and social distancing.
We are updating our web pages as best we can in the circumstances but a summary of Town Council service changes is below:
Town Council meetings
All scheduled meetings between 23 March – 30 June 2020 had to be cancelled and alternative decision making arrangements put in place. Meetings resumed in July 2020 following new legislation which permits remote meetings to be held. Meetings are held remotely via Microsoft Teams. Members of the public are entitled to attend and speak at meetings. You can join by internet or telephone – see the Meetings page for more details. If you wish to register to speak at a meeting, please contact us no later than 4.00pm on the day of the meeting on 01525 631920 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The market is open for business using a Covid safe layout on Tuesdays and Saturdays, 9am -3pm. This layout restricts the number of stalls we can accommodate yet when you visit, you will see there is still a good selection of products. During lockdown only permitted products will be available.
Parks & Open Spaces
Our playgrounds are open but with strict guidelines in place. We look to our residents to take a personal moral responsibility in following the Government instructions which are designed to safeguard us all. Thank you for your co-operation at this difficult time.
Our parks remain open and we endeavour, with restricted staffing, to maintain parks services as best we can. Please follow Government instructions and use the parks responsibly, maintaining social distancing. Please visit the Government’s dedicated webpages for the latest advice.
SAGE advise that the risk of infection outside is significantly lower than inside, so the Government is updating the rules so that, as well as exercise, people can now also spend time outdoors subject to:
- continued compliance with social distancing guidelines to remain two metres (6ft) away from people outside your household;
- good hand hygiene, particularly with respect to shared surfaces;
- those responsible for public places being able to put appropriate measures in place to follow the new COVID-19 Secure guidance.
The Town Council is endeavouring to maintain our services with available resources and this includes our allotment sites. For security reasons the site gates cannot be left open and limited resources do not allow us to frequently disinfect the gates and locks.
Allotment holders are asked to carefully consider the current Government guidance and if you do visit your allotment site, please do so responsibly – maintain social distancing and wash your hands frequently.
Town Council meeting rooms are currently closed. Pavilion hire is currently only available for regular hirers and recognised support groups in accordance with Government restrictions and any bookings are subject to strict guidelines which include 2m distancing and the wearing of face coverings.
Teenage Advice and Information Centre
The Cultural & Economic Services Committee took the decision to cancel the following events: Canal Festival, Big Lunch, all Music in the Park concerts, the Business Networking Event and Living History Day.
As an alternative, Music in the Park concerts took place online, on Sundays at 3:00pm throughout the summer through our social media platforms. You can view these on our Music in the Park page.
The Living History event previously scheduled for the 5th October, was replaced with a Living History Shop Trail, our first hybrid event online and in the Town Centre which was available for people to do throughout October and November
We would like to thank our sponsors, stall holders, demonstrators and performers for their understanding during these unprecedented times. We look forward to seeing them, along with the residents of Leighton-Linslade at our events again soon.
Please follow us on social media (links at the bottom of the page) for future messages providing the most up to date information.
Letter of thanks to the people of Leighton-Linslade
We were thrilled to receive this letter of appreciation, from HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire and the High Sheriff of Bedfordshire, on behalf of the people of Leighton-Linslade, which recognises the amazing response of residents during this pandemic.
The certificate will be displayed in pride of place at the White House once we are able to return!
In addition it was recorded at the meeting of full Council, on 27 July 2020:
“That this Council places on record its appreciation of the organisations and individuals, whether members of the COVID Task Group or not, who have carried out such selfless work on behalf of the community of Leighton Buzzard and Linslade during the Coronavirus pandemic over the past four months.”
- If you know of an individual who has gone above and beyond to benefit the community, you can nominate them now in our new Community Volunteer Awards! Please note nominations are now closed until summer 2021.