It was always anticipated that the spread of the Covid virus would intensify in the colder winter weather.
In response to the rising infection rates, following the arrival of the Omicron Variant in the UK, you now must wear a face-covering in most indoor public places, at large venues and events, and on public transport.
In the week up to November 26th, there were twenty- eight new cases in Sandygate and Crosspool; an infection rate of 444.2 per 100,000 people.
Please take care when visiting friends, relatives, and the vulnerable.
We must do what we can to protect everyone & our NHS:- Face – Space – Vaccinate
These chair-based exercise classes are a great place to meet new people; lots of people come on their own to exercise and leave having made a group of new friends!
A trained instructor will take you through a series of simple, fun exercises to suit your ability to music you’ll love, so If you’re generally fit and have no existing health conditions that affect your mobility, and you’ve been contemplating starting an Exercise Class, please don’t hesitate to come along to the Scout Hall on Benty Lane this Tuesday 8th June at 10.30am and join in. You’ll find that you feel so much better.
Classes run in the Scout Hall Benty lane every Tuesday from 10:45 to 11:45am.
For more information contact the Crosspool Forum: Ian on 07713 687 955 or Steve 07902 022 950
Tomorrow Tuesday 1st June, 8pm, the 3¼ miles long, with 800 feet of climb, annual Hallam Chase Fell Race, organised by Hallamshire Harriers and hosted by Hallam Cricket Club, takes place.
Runners set off from Hallam Football/Cricket Club’s Sandygate ground at 8pm, go down Den Bank through the Rivelin Valley and up Tofts Lane to Stannington Church gates, before returning by the same route.
This heritage related event goes back as far as 1862.
The current record time of 19 minutes 42 seconds was set in 1968 by Trevor Wright.
As the current pandemic regulations are eased and we begin to come out of lock down, the Crosspool Forum recognises that maintaining physical fitness and mental alertness is now perhaps more crucial than ever. To help ensure that we all make the most of the situation and we make an effort to follow the NHS exercise advice and guidance, to keep fit and healthy, we plan to restart both our Easy Exercise and Tai Chi classes.
Easy Exercise is a chair based exercise aimed at people who wish to either maintain or increase their Independence, with exercises to strengthen muscles and bones. Stronger muscles help to improve circulation balance and walking, making every day activities such as washing, dressing, shopping or doing house work easier and less of a strain.
Tai Chi is a slow physical exercise ideal for improving relaxation, balance and overall health. These sessions are great for beginners and can really help you improve your strength and balance. You don’t need any specific clothing; just wear something you’re comfortable in and non-marking footwear.
No need to book; simply come along to the Scout Hall, on Benty Lane, Crosspool.
Easy Exercise Class: Tuesday mornings 10:45 -11:45 from the Tuesday 8th June 2021
Tai Chi Class: Wednesday mornings 10:45 -11:45 from the Wednesday 7th July 2021
For more information contact Ian on 07713 687 955 or Steve 07902 022 950
Public perceptions of the health risks of climate change and priorities for action
Can you help?
The department of Health Science at the university of York are looking for people aged 15 years and over and living in England to help with a study looking at people’s thoughts on climate change. There will be two rounds of individual interviews.
If you take part in this study, they would ask you to participate in up to two interviews. The first interview being between January and April 2021, and a second interview in June-July 2021. They plan to run the interviews online via Zoom or Skype, or by telephone. You can tell them which method you would prefer.
The interviews will last for up to 60 minutes each and they will give you a £10 gift voucher to thank you taking part each time.
They will ask you some questions – there are no right or wrong answers – They just want to find out what you think about climate change.
They will record the interviews but all information that you say will be anonymised.
Who is running the study?
The study is led by Professor Hilary Graham at the University of York. The research team also has members from Newcastle University Business School and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The researcher who will run the interviews is Jackie Martin-Kerry who also works at the University of York.
Do you need more information?
If you think this study sounds interesting and you would like to take part, please contact Jackie Martin-Kerry on 07385 341 580 or by email: Jackie.Martin-Kerry@york.ac.uk
This study has been approved by the Department of Health Sciences Research Governance Committee at the University of York.
You might not have seen us out & about recently but Girlguiding is still here & happening locally!
At the present time we feel it is more important than ever to offer girls & young women a place of their own where they can have a break from everything else, switch off & just have some fun in a safe environment.
Rainbow, Brownie & Guide units have been meeting ‘Virtually’ thanks to the availability of ‘Zoom’ & the girls continue to see their friends, earn badges & learn new skills. We’ve even been able to invite some special visitors along as well! Everyone from Santa, to Yoga teachers to animal handlers have been able to take part as well.
We know that there are so many people who are now getting fed up with the ‘groundhog day’ feeling that the Covid restrictions have created, so why not try something to break up your routine? There are many benefits to volunteering & the adults certainly gain just as much as the girls do in Guiding – if not more so. It’s a good way to build up skills & improve your mental health
A large proportion of our lovely volunteers are also employed as Key Workers so don’t have the same amount of time to be able to run the meetings & would really welcome some help. This could be as a regular volunteer at meetings, helping with some of the admin – especially accounts, or do you have a skill that could be shared with the girls via Zoom?
If you’d like more information, or would like to register an interest, then have a look at our website:
From 24 October this area will be in Local COVID Alert Level: Very High.
What are the restrictions?
People must not meet socially with friends and family indoors in any setting unless they are part of your household or support bubble*. This includes private homes and indoors in hospitality venues, such as pubs. You also must not meet with people outside of your household or support bubble in a private garden or in most outdoor public venues. (*A support bubble is where a household with one adult joins with another household. Households in that support bubble can still visit each other, stay overnight, and visit public places together.)
People must not socialise in a group of more than 6 in an outdoor public space such as a park or beach, the countryside, a public garden or a sports venue. Venues following COVID-secure guidance can host more people in total, but no one must mix indoors or in most public outdoor venues with anyone who they do not live with (or have formed a support bubble with). This includes in pubs and restaurants, shops, leisure and entertainment venues and places of worship.
Pubs and bars will close and will only remain open where they operate as if they were a restaurant – which means serving substantial meals, like a main lunchtime or evening meal. They will only be able to serve alcohol as part of such a meal. Certain businesses selling food or drink on their premises are required to close between 10pm and 5am. Businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-thru.
People should try to avoid travelling outside the ‘Very High’ alert level or entering a ‘Very High’ alert level area, other than for work, education or for caring responsibilities or to travel through as part of a longer journey. If people need to travel they are encouraged to walk or cycle where possible, or to plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport, to allow for social distancing.
Face masks must be worn on all public transport and not car share with someone from outside your household or your support bubble unless you can practise social distancing. If people need to use public transport, you should follow the safer travel guidance. This includes the rules on wearing face masks and advice on car sharing.
People should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK, and others should avoid staying overnight in the ‘Very High’ alert area.
Visits should not be made to a care home except in exceptional circumstances, for example to visit someone who is at the end of their life.
In addition, the following restrictions will also apply in South Yorkshire:
Additional closures will include: Betting shops, adult gaming centres, casinos and soft play centres.
Gym classes will not be allowed (but gyms will remain open).