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Wednesday 27 January 2021

Beverley and Holderness MP, Graham Stuart has welcomed the opening of additional vaccination clinics in the East Riding after he raised concerns with Ministers, NHS England, and local health officials that some of his constituents could miss out on their jabs because of challenges in arranging transport to appointments at distant locations. He told Beverley FM that It’s testament to the tireless work of NHS staff across the area that we’ve now got these vital clinics into more remote communities such as Hornsea.

East Yorkshire Buses are allowing the holders of concessionary passes to travel to vaccination appointments for free, even if it’s before the normal 9.30am pass start time.  They told us that pass-holding passengers simply need to show the bus driver some proof, such as their appointment letter.

East Riding Leisure and Libraries have teamed up to showcase various ways they can support mental and physical health this winter, with their ‘Mind and body health’ campaign on social media, ranging from free audio books to online workouts. Councillor Shaun Horton told us that even the smallest changes can make a huge difference to our overall wellbeing. Such as reading for 6 minutes a day can reduce stress levels by up to two thirds. Visit any of the following web sites for more information:

www.eastridingleisure.co.uk

www.eastridinglibraries.co.uk

www.youtube.com/eastridingleisure

Tuesday 26 January 2021

Thousands more people are being vaccinated against Covid-19 at Beverley Racecourse this week and praise is being heaped on the staff and volunteers making it such a success. But there is concern that people who are extremely vulnerable have been left out of the first set of national priority cohorts. Barbara Fawcett, Chair of the patient group at Greengates Medical Group, speaking exclusively to Beverley FM, said she was highly impressed with the local organisation when she volunteered at the racecourse last week but was concerned that her son and many others with serious health challenges are having to wait for their vaccinations:

She said: “It was fantastically well organised. I felt quite emotional about it and I’m very concerned about the vulnerable. My son, for example, can only use his diaphragm to breathe. He broke his neck. I can’t understand why people like these are having to wait so long for a vaccine. They are classified as extremely vulnerable and yet they’re having to wait for another month.”

And we’ve been told that residents who receive invitations to go to the York Vaccination Centre or others outside the area can choose to ignore them if they wish and wait to attend the Beverley Hub at a later date.

Monday 25 January 2021

Small businesses in Beverley town centre are being urged to give an hour of their time tomorrow for some free specialist advice on weathering the pandemic.

Retail experts are holding an online workshop this Tuesday evening at 6, organised by East Riding Council with European funding. It’s one of a number taking place over the next month in the county.

Councillor Victoria Aitken says the information will be targeted:

“This is going to be localised to the area concerned. That will give the opportunity to link business to business and business to resources and ideas.”

Applications for up to £1,000 in grants in the Beverley Town Council area close on Wednesday. Community groups can go for one of two types of funding – small grants, particularly to new organisations, of up to £500 and up to double that for established groups. The details are available at Beverley.gov.uk

A Beverley-based charity has announced plans to create a team of Greta Thunbergs to tackle green issues. East Riding Voluntary Action Services has won funding for green influencers. They’ll need youngsters aged 10 to 14 to carry out environmental projects. First, a green mentor will be recruited to lead the two-year scheme.

Saturday 23 January 2021

A full weekend of COVID vaccinations will be happening from today at Beverley Racecourse. The organisers, the Beverley Primary Care Network of GPs, also say that they’re expecting nearly 3,000 Pfizer doses to be delivered next week.

Four men from the Midlands are starting jail terms for stealing lead from churches, including six in East Yorkshire. They pleaded guilty to 36 offences and were sentenced this week. Churches in Wawne, Sigglesthorne and Lockington were among those targeted between May 2018 and March 2020.

Do you have anything which reminds you of the COVID-19 period? It could be poetry, video or audio, photographs or stories.

East Riding Archives would like copies to create a collection of life in these strange times. For more details, visit eastridingarchives.co.uk.

Friday 22 January 2021

Staff at the Beverley COVID-19 vaccination centre are preparing to work their first weekend as the process continues. Thousands of people from surgeries in Beverley and Market Weighton have already been given their first doses.  The organisers say they’re starting to work on booking home visits.

The allocation of more than 1,300 laptops and tablets for East Riding schoolchildren has been welcomed by Beverley MP Graham Stuart. They are some of the 700,000 devices being delivered to local councils. The IT is to help pupils who don’t have the right technology for lessons, while schools are closed to the majority of children.

Small businesses in Beverley can benefit from free retail expertise in a special online workshop next week. It’s been organised by East Riding Council with European funding to help high streets recover from the effects of the pandemic. The Beverley session is on Tuesday evening. Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Councillor Victoria Aitken, says it’s about having a conversation: “We have retail specialists at these sessions, so we want to encourage new ideas, not just the same old thinking, and start having discussions about what we can do next. I want to encourage people to come along and it’s free.”

There will be more on this on the Morning Mix programme this Monday on Beverley FM.

Thursday 21 January 2021

A cross-party review panel is recommending East Riding Council declare a climate emergency. Environmental campaigners who protested outside County Hall on many occasions see this as a victory. The climate change review panel will present 12 recommendations to the council’s overview management committee next week before going to full council in February. Deputy Leader, Councillor Mike Stathers, told Beverley FM they had resisted declaring a climate emergency since 2019 because they didn’t want it to be a purely symbolic act. He said that the council can now move at pace to ensure the East Riding is leading the way to help combat climate change. The full climate change review panel report can be found at https://eryc.link/review-panel-reports

Beverley and Holderness MP Graham Stuart is looking into residents’ concerns that some people are having to travel long distances for their Covid vaccinations and are worried they could miss out if they cannot access transport. He told us he’s raised the issue with ministers and NHS England, and that vaccination sites are keenly aware of the problem and want to address it as soon as possible. 

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