Chairman's blog-Stannington Parish Council

Chairman's blog


Dear resident

We have all been in lockdown for many weeks now and it is now become the new norm. Many of us are coping extremely well, even welcoming the time to garden and finish projects or start new ones. Stannington Parish Council continues to work behind the scenes. We are still able to access support for any issues that have been reported and we are grateful for the patience and understanding of our residents and businesses during these strange times.

Many of us will now be speaking and seeing our loved ones through the different media apps. I speak to my family daily and I can, through the magic of Face Time, read a bedtime story to my grandson every night! We have celebrated important birthdays and milestones whilst in isolation, which has been hard, but the parties and reunions, once we have beaten this pandemic, will be amazing.

The different businesses that we have come to rely on within the Parish have been wonderful. We are very fortunate to have two farm shops, which have been tremendous in keeping our larders well stocked. The Pizza Paddock has been keeping us all happy with our weekly pizzas, something the children and their parents will no doubt appreciate! Char Mausum is now conducting a takeaway service which is a real treat too. Again, to have a first-class Indian Restaurant in our Parish is great.

Friends and neighbours are rallying to help the more vulnerable in our Parish and it has been a pleasure seeing everyone out for their daily walk, still smiling and enjoying the Spring weather. We must count ourselves very lucky too live in such a beautiful part of the country, we have green and open spaces. The weekly clap has been uplifting showing our gratitude to the NHS and all our Key Workers. They are incredible.

VE Day will still be observed but from the confines of our gardens, bunting will go up,1940’s music will be played, party food consumed and a few toasts will be had to honour all those who fought for our freedom. A video has been put together of the relatives of some of the Battle of Britain volunteer group, who took part in WW2. The Parish Council has donated £200, on behalf of Stannington Parish to the Royal British Legion for their VE Day Fund. We salute everyone who played a part in WW2 and all our armed forces who are working tirelessly to help us now, in our time of need, during this crisis. Thank you.

We desparately hope that we wont have to cancel the Stannington Battle of Britain 2020 event on the weekend of 25th and 26th September but we shall have to see how the lockdown is lifted and what the government advice is neaer the time.  Let's keep everything crossed. We received a wonderful signed print and letter from Dame Vera Lynn which we will present to our schoolchildren when it is possible.

One of our younger residents came up with a wonderful idea of asking people to make a decorated material square using any medium. These will then be put together and will make a coronavirus banner which will be exhibited in St Marys Church.

The Parish Council’s last meeting was a telephone conference, our next meeting may be using video conferencing. We have postponed the May meeting until we are in receipt of the Prime Ministers next phase of the lockdown rulings. We had hoped to start work on the children’s’ playground by adding new play equipment for the younger children in the Parish but social distancing and the closure of the playground has made this impossible at the time. Tree work in the village has also been put on hold.

I will close this blog by saying that I hope you all stay safe and keep positive. We will get through this and when we do, I look forward to seeing you at the biggest party Stannington has ever had!!

My very best wishes,

Karen Carins, Chairman, Stannington Parish Council