Hello all, I hope you have had a pleasant and acceptable Christmas time and wish you all a happier new year.
As you know, all the local GP practices are working together to deliver the Covid vaccination programme. Merepark Medical Centre has posted a 6-minute long video on Facebook describing what is happening in Alsager and issues related to the vaccine. It is well worth a look here.
From 31 December we are a Tier 4 area. Look here for the Tier 4 rules.
Basically, stay at home, nothing much is open.
In the 7 days to 25 December Alsager has kept fairly stable in terms of new cases. The rolling rates for Alsager are Alsager East 153 and Alsager West 176, with a total of 20 new cases. However, the rates for England (374) and Cheshire East (226) have seen significant increases. See map here.
It looks as though we are broadly keeping to the restrictions in Alsager which will be keeping the numbers down. There is absolutely no cause for complacency. We all still need to take care.
Alsager Community Support Centre would like to thank everyone who donated to their Christmas toy appeal and to the shoebox for the elderly appeal. All recipients were very grateful and there was a massive response. So well done everyone who contributed.
Alsager Food Bank has released on Facebook figures about how many families and individuals it was able to help feed during 2020 (2019 figures in brackets).
Referred households 133 (104)
Individual adults 183 (126)
Individual children 148 (103)
Units issued (1 unit = 1 week's worth of food)
Adult units 1189 (687)
Child units 1327 (878)
Average length of time supported
Adults 6.5 weeks (5.4 weeks)
Children 9 weeks (8.5 weeks)
Please pass on a massive Thank You to all who have donated (not everyone has Facebook) and continue to donate to the Foodbank. The generosity from the people of Alsager and surrounding area has been overwhelming and we realise so many people are finding life and finances very difficult, we hope that with your support to continue our work in 2021. Above all please stay healthy and safe.
In Local News 24 I mentioned that Cheshire East Council would be considering whether to introduce a 20 mph speed limit as a default for all central, urban and residential roads. Apparently there was a long and fractious meeting but in the end they seem to have voted unanimously for speed "restrictions". So let's see what happens.
Teresa has now completed the post box messages and put them on the web under the news items. Do take a look.