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This Newsletter has been produced by the Petersfield COVID-19 Network. It is intended to help and inform Petersfield residents, especially those who are unable to leave their homes because of Government restrictions.
If you have information which would be of benefit to other residents in Petersfield please contact Romsey Mill with details and we will consider using it in future newsletters.
If you know someone who would like to receive the paper version of this newsletter, please ask them to contact Romsey Mill via phone or via post: Romsey Mill Centre, Hemingford Road, Cambridge CB1 3BZ (you do not need a stamp if you add “FREEPOST CB1067”) or call 07933 671101.
Romsey Mill can also offer assistance by putting you in contact with volunteers, who can help collecting shopping and medication. In addition, Cambridge City Council has set up the Cambridge Hub. The Hub can be contacted on 01223 457000 and supports all residents by responding to requests for help.
Making your own face covering
You will now need to cover your face when you are travelling on public transport. It is also advisable to wear one when shopping. You will need an old T-shirt that you do not want anymore (ideally size small or extra small) and some scissors
Step 1: Cut a straight line across the width of the T-shirt (front and back) approximately 20cm from the bottom of the T-shirt.
Step 2: From a point 2cm below the top right-hand corner of the fabric, make a 15cm horizontal cut through both sides of the fabric that is parallel to the top of the rectangle.
Step 3: Cut down towards the bottom of the fabric until you reach approximately 2cm above the bottom edge. From here, make another 15cm cut that runs parallel to the bottom of the fabric to make a rectangle that can be discarded.
Step 4: To make the ties, cut open the edge of the 2 long strips of fabric. Unfold the main piece of fabric and place over the mouth and the nose. The 4 strips act as ties to hold the cloth face covering in place and should be tied behind the head and around the neck.
Infection Rates in Cambridge
Research at King’s College, London indicates that about 375 people in Cambridge are showing Coronavirus symptoms. This is 0.3% or 3 in a 1000 people. If you would like to help with this research, download the app at https://covid.joinzoe.com/
The Office for National Statistics is now publishing Covid-19 outcomes on a ward by ward basis. Rather than the locations of deaths, which would lead to peaks in areas with hospitals, the data shows where those who died from the coronavirus were from, as recorded on their death certificates. For the 3 months from March 1st to May 31st, tragically there were 3 deaths in Petersfield. Sadly, the North and East of the City fared much worse with deaths in King’s Hedges and East Chesterton 24 and 16 respectively.
Local Transport Changes
Cambridgeshire County Council has now published plans for temporary enhancements to support more walking and cycling in the region. This follows clear government policy that councils around the country should be making such changes.
In the Petersfield stretch of Mill Rd the left hand pavements (looking down from the East Rd junction) are so narrow that having some build outs to support safe distancing is vital for infection control. Buses will be timetabled to accommodate these short stretches of narrower carriageway but there will need some give-and-take by car drivers.
Public safety and government directives have driven the Mill Rd proposals. They include stopping pavement parking and managing down traffic by closing the bridge to car traffic. A bus gate at the bridge will ensure our buses provide a 15 minute service up and down the whole road, and that cyclists and pedestrians can cross the bridge safely.
This is a real opportunity to find ways of keeping residents safe and also promoting more sustainable transport options such as walking, cycling and public transport. Funding is being supplied by central government to support experimental changes.
St Matthew’s Church is the Church of England church for the East part of Petersfield, around St Matthew’s School and the Beehive centre. It has remained very active throughout the lockdown. Meetings are at 10.30am and 5pm on Sundays on youtube and there is also a freephone number for any who are not online. Most of the community groups and activities have been moved online during the pandemic, with four staff working from home responding to requests for practical help and a listening ear for people of all faiths or none. Church website:https://stmatthews.uk.net/
Church staff team: 01223 363545 firstname.lastname@example.org Sundays 10.30am & 5pm youtube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvnsQFrhOV4UsTTznE4uClg or phone 01223 637065