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  • Poppy (Woking Lib Dems)
    Article: Oct 31, 2020

    The normal Remembrance Day public ceremony and parade in Chelmsford cannot be held this year due to pandemic restrictions. So residents of Chelmsford, South Woodham Ferrers and the surrounding villages are being asked to mark Remembrance Sunday on 8 November at home.

    A wreath will be laid on behalf of all residents of Chelmsford, and a speech given, by Councillor Jude Deakin, the Mayor of Chelmsford, in a socially-distanced private ceremony. Only the Deputy Mayor, the Mayor's Chaplain, one member of the armed forces and a representative from the Royal British Legion will be in attendance. This will be broadcast on the Chelmsford Council Facebook and Twitter accounts at 11am on Sunday 8 November.

    The Mayor said, "We have thought long and hard about possible alternatives. Although we are used to holding a parade and ceremony, the most important thing is that we remember and reflect on the sacrifices made by military personnel in conflict. Please watch the ceremony from home on Sunday 8 November and take a moment to remember."

    Households are asked to observe the normal two minutes' silence in their own homes. If residents wish to lay a wreath at a war memorial, they are asked to avoid 11am and choose another convenient time, in order to avoid public gatherings. Other suggestions include displaying handmade poppies, children's drawings and poems in windows. People can also download a poppy poster from the Royal British Legion if you donate.

    The Mayor added, "Please do not forget the Royal British Legion, who are ordinarily supported through poppy sales and donations at Remembrance events. They are seeing far fewer donations than usual, and this may directly impact on the service personnel and veterans whom they support. I know that money is tight for many residents at the moment, but if you do have a little to spare, please donate to the Legion."

  • NHS Halloween graphic
    Article: Oct 31, 2020

    Halloween is here and with the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic Mayor Dave Hodgson and Bedford Borough Council have urged everyone to celebrate safely.

    Coronavirus doesn't mean the end to fun, we just need to think of different ways to celebrate Halloween and other events. Suggestions include:

    • Have a Halloween movie night in
    • Decorate your home for Halloween
    • Have an indoor Trick and Treat hunt, or in your garden if you have one
    • Pumpkin carving - you can share these on social media using the hashtag #SpookyBedford
    • Have a virtual Halloween costume contest with friends and family
    • Bake some Halloween treats
  • Halloween Pumpkin
    Article: Oct 31, 2020

    Bedford Borough Council is encouraging people to celebrate Halloween safely, helping to save lives by preventing the spread of the coronavirus.

    Bedford Borough is currently at Government COVID-19 alert level medium, which means gatherings inside and out of up to six people are allowed. However, with local cases of the virus rising and the government advising against trick or treating this year to help reduce the spread of coronavirus, Director of Public Health, Vicky Head is asking people to think twice.