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Monday 25 May

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Monday 25th May 2020

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News

The Swan's New Weekly Menu

Click below to find The Swan's mew takeaway and delivery menu with salads and jackets, as well as some of the old favorites not to mention new dishes too! We deliver 12 till 2 & 6 till 8pm Monday to Friday. Saturday and Sunday all day 12 till 8pm.

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Online Library Services Extended

We can now access thousands of local and national newspapers free of charge through our online library resources.

They now offer the majority of national and local papers in addition to a range of international titles.

During the coronavirus pandemic there has been a significant increase in the number of people accessing online library resources, so they have been increased and expanded with the help on a grant of £1,000 from the Arts Council England.

South Gloucestershire Libraries also offer ebooks, eaudiobooks, digital magazines and eComics.

www.southglos.gov.uk/eresources

Sort It Centres Accept All Waste

After successfully re-opening three of our Sort It recycling centres at Thornbury and Yate last weekend, we are now in a position to accept a full range of waste at both sites from Thursday 21 May.

Some restrictions around the type of waste that could be disposed of were in place so we could implement essential social distancing measures and evaluate how efficiently the sites were operating with the measures in place.

With residents listening to advice around only using the sites if absolutely necessary, it now means we can return to accepting our normal range of waste and we will continue to offer extended opening hours until further notice: 6am to 6pm, 7 days a week, including Bank Holiday Monday 25 May.

www.southglos.gov.uk/sortit

Trekking Tails Dog Walks Resume

Trekking Tails Dog Walks and Pet Care are now able to offer GROUP WALKS to our customers along with visits and all other pet care. All precautions taken to ensure the safety of our customers, ourselves and others. I'd like to thank all our amazing customers, for all your support during tricky times for us all. Its lovely to be back and we look forward to seeing you soon.

trekkingtails.co.uk

Thornbury Golf Centre is Open!

Strict social distancing measures & new safety procedures are in place. Please make sure you read our new rules and visit our website (click below for the link) for full details of when and how to book.

mythornbury.co.uk/thornbury/d/261...

Cake for Carers

Liz Pell from Finishing Touches says: "This is for all of you who enjoy baking and it might be something to consider. During the past weeks I have been delivering cakes twice-weekly to a care home - they are for the staff to enjoy when they have a break with a cup of tea and coffee. No fuss, no promotion etc - just a nice 'thumbs up' from the staff and a nice feeling that you might have helped them in some small way.
Cake is used in so many ways to express messages, just like cards and flowers.
What about, if this Thursday, we can still do Clap for Carers on our doorsteps, but have Cake for Carers as well. I deliver to Beech House but you probably have a care home you have an association with, or you might know someone who works in a care home or visits the elderly at home. It might be someone who cares for a child or even a child carer who looks after one of their parents. Just imagine how harrowing it must be during these surreal times.
I did contact the Care Home beforehand to check that it was OK and I simply leave the cakes outside the door and ring the bell. It might be something nice to do on Thursday next week. Imagine all those lovely cakes being delivered on all those doorsteps.
A lot of you are already doing brilliant things for people, baking for the NHS, food banks and vulnerable initiatives and it's great to see. There's the amazing Bake A Smile project which is run locally to make cakes for residents - I have just made an application to this initiative and am waiting to be accepted.
This is just food for thought.

mythornbury.co.uk/thornbury/d/157...

Brain Tumour Support Launches Appeal

Brain Tumour Support, a charity that has been headquartered in Thornbury for the last 17 years, has launched an urgent appeal to ensure its survival.
The charity, which supports thousands of brain tumour patients and their families across the country, including many in the local area, has had to furlough staff and suspend much of its service.
Brain Tumour Support now faces the prospect of leaving hundreds of vulnerable people without support if vital funds are not raised in the next two months.
Click below to read more...

mythornbury.co.uk/chamber

Deep Blue Fish & Chips Re-Opens

We are thrilled to announce the reopening of our Thornbury takeaway, with a couple of changes.
For now, we have slightly reduced opening times:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday: 16:00 – 21:00
Friday: 11:30 – 14:00 / 16:00 – 21:00
Sunday & Monday: closed
We will also only be accepting online orders for collection or contact-free delivery.
If you are unable to order online, we'll also accept phone orders, but this will be for collection only.

mythornbury.co.uk/thornbury/d/147...

Red Door's New Website

Red Door Coaching and Training are very pleased that their new website is live! We have updated our look to reflect how Red Door has progressed over the last few years. We are also sharing what we can do for our clients in an easier to access, clearer format.
This period of lockdown has made us make many changes to how we are working. For the first time we are running online workshops, successfully delivering training remotely to teams working from their homes.
Our experience of delivering workshops that focus on Managing Remote Teams, Managing by Outcomes, Dealing with Stress and Resilience have been valuable to our business in these different times.
While we have been getting used to working from home we are equally looking forward to stepping back into the wider world.

reddoorcoachingandtraining.co.uk

Volunteers’ Week

Volunteers’ Week is the annual event in which we acknowledge and thank volunteers for the huge contribution they make in our communities.
The virus pandemic this year has made volunteering all the more important, with the need growing many fold almost overnight after the scale of the problem became known. The response of local people through informal mutual aid support groups as well as established organisations has been amazing and heart-warming.
The NHS volunteer scheme attracted more than 750,000 volunteers in the space of a few days. Volunteer Centres countrywide recorded an estimated 250,000 extra people between the lockdown starting and Easter. At the Thornbury Volunteer Centre — despite our offices being closed and having to work from home — we registered and referred more volunteers in the first three weeks than we would normally expect in six months.
The Thornbury area saw community-led groups spring up via social media with people offering to help their street or the wider community. The aid they have given to those self-isolating or at high risk has been immeasurable. Many have responded to calls to help out local care homes with vital supplies, residents’ prescriptions, or just a friendly voice at the end of a phone. Local churches and food banks have been working harder than ever.
Most new volunteers coming forward proved to be those prevented from going to work normally and who wanted to put something back while keeping themselves occupied. These new volunteers are much younger than our normal demographic. We hope that once the emergency is over many will continue to volunteer.
To all the new volunteers who have come forward over the past three months and to all those who volunteer regularly, you are the people who make our communities strong. Please accept our very grateful thanks.

mythornbury.co.uk/thornbury/d/317...

Have Your Say on Council Plan

South Gloucestershire Council are inviting feedback on our new Council Plan which covers the period 2020 to 2024.

We would like to hear from residents, businesses and other organisations about their views on our key priorities and commitments for the next four years and onwards. See below for more...

consultations.southglos.gov.uk/co...

Donate to Thornbury Foodbank

Thank you to everyone for their generous donations of food and essentials and amazing financial support. Click below to see the current list of items on our shopping list.

mythornbury.co.uk/thornbury/thorn...

Thornbury Carnival Cancelled

Thornbury Carnival 2020 has been cancelled, but will return in July 2021 - click below to find out more.

mythornbury.co.uk/thornbury/thorn...

Home Library Service Begins

South Gloucestershire Council’s library service is delivering books to Home Library Service users as part of our commitment to supporting older and more vulnerable people during the coronavirus pandemic.

mythornbury.co.uk/thornbury/thorn...

Update from Lisa Costa

I am strictly sticking to the government guidelines with regards to physically visiting people’s property, however, am contactable by email and by phone.

I am able to conduct a virtual valuation on properties and offer video tours on our website for virtual viewings. Most importantly, whilst not being able to conduct business as we know it, I am always there for anyone who needs to talk about any property related matters... Lisa Costa

mythornbury.co.uk/thornbury/d/157...

Berkeley Castle Turns Blue

Berkelely Castle has joined the #makeitblue campaign in support of the NHS and key workers who are working so hard to save lives and keep the country going. We have lit up the Castle blue to show our appreciation and gratitude to everyone who is risking their lives and working tirelessly to protect the UK. Click below to see the photo...

www.facebook.com/BerkeleyCastleEs...

Green Community Travel Update

We are still here if you have an essential journey - GP or hospital appointment. We are able to maintain social distancing as we are only using our minibuses. We can also help with prescriptions and if you’re really stuck with anything please ask us as we’ll always do what we can. Call 01454 228706 or 0845 241 0985.
Very best wishes to you all, we are missing all our passengers very much but hope you are staying safe and sound and we’ll see you soon!

www.greencommunitytravel.co.uk

Keep Fit with Elite Fitness Gym

Elite Fitness Gym are providing a service to help their members maintain fitness during Covid-19, and their online classes are open to all. They're running:

- personal training sessions via zoom or facebook
- free group classes via zoom every day
- go for a "safe distance" run with a trainer
- home work-out of the day
- self isolation tips of the day

mythornbury.co.uk/thornbury/d/625...

Thornbury Businesses Update

Thornbury Chamber have put together a directory showing what local shops and businesses are able to offer during the Covid-19 crisis. Click below to find out what you can shop where and when...

mythornbury.co.uk/chamber

Weekly Recycling Resumes

Weekly recycling collections will resume across South Gloucestershire from Wednesday 13 May after being temporarily changed to keep essential collections running during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The switch to fortnightly recycling collections has enabled us to continue to collect black bin waste as normal with a significantly reduced workforce. Encouragingly, tonnages for recycling have remained broadly comparable over the past 4 weeks.

Staffing levels had dropped to below 70 per cent at the time the temporary changes were brought in, but they have gradually recovered to over 80 per cent today.

From 13 May, residents are advised to put their recycling out on their normal collection day by 7am and bear in mind that our crews may be working longer hours than usual.

beta.southglos.gov.uk/waste-and-r...

Berkeley Castle launch gift vouchers

As you would expect, Berkeley Castle is still closed due to the coronavirus lockdown. We are also disappointed to announce that we have cancelled all of our events in May and certain other events later in the season.
During these unusual and challenging times having something fun to look forward to is a gift in itself. Why not make someone's day with a gift ticket to Berkeley Castle? Once we're open again, they can use the tickets to enjoy all that the Castle, Gardens, Butterfly House, and our popular visitor activities have to offer.
Click below for more details...

mythornbury.co.uk/thornbury/thorn...

Join a Virtual Cruise Event

The Team at C The World say "We have collaborated with luxury river cruise specialists AmaWaterways to bring you an exclusive Virtual Cruise Event with Rachel Simon.

If you've ever been tempted to embark on a river cruise, this informal webinar is for you. Rachel will talk about the top river cruise destinations, the pros and cons of river vs ocean cruising and share tips to consider when booking a river cruise

If you are interested in 'attending' such a webinar, please email below to express your interest. We will then organise a date and send the relevant invite.

We hope you'll join us, albeit virtually, for what we're sure will be an informative and enjoyable seminar."

Email:

Free Mortgage Advice for NHS

John Skipp from Mortgage Advice Bureau is now offering fee free advice for all NHS staff on a permanent basis. No conditions, no restrictions, no minimum loans, just free advice. John is also making donations for NHS mortgage completions to the charity Made a Mark. Click below to read more...

mythornbury.co.uk/chamber

New Purton Hulks Book Published

Paul Burnett is pleased to announce that he has now completed and had published his life’s work.

Entitled "Fore and Aft - Lost Ships of the Severn Sea", this 192 page guidebook details final resting places of the 121 vessels at Purton, Lydney and Sharpness.

mythornbury.co.uk/thornbury/purto...

Delivery and Collection at The Swan

As a community pub, if we can’t get together, we still want to be able to serve our local community, which is why we’ve launched new delivery and collection food menus.

Delivery is available from 12pm till 2.30pm and from 6pm till 8pm. You can collect anytime between 12pm and 8pm 7 days a week. To order or enquire, call us on 01454 413062.

Dont forget we also do Chip-Shop Saturdays and Sunday Roast too, so tell your friends and neighbours! We’re here to make lockdown life better!

B&B is also available, for key workers only.

www.swanthornbury.co.uk

Big THANK YOU from Foodbank

In these difficult times it is so wonderful to live in and benefit from such a generous community. Whilst numbers fed have almost doubled over the past 4 weeks so has the amount of donations.
We want to publicly thank individuals, voluntary organisations and businesses in our locality for their generous donations of food and money. Too many to contact individually!
We also want to thank volunteers who have stepped in and filled the gaps left by our faithful volunteers who have had to self-isolate.
Thank you to so many people who are having to self-isolate and can’t go out to buy items we need, for sending financial donations which we use to buy items not donated.
So, on behalf of all of those benefitting from your kindness we want to say thank you for making life a little easier than it would have been without your support.

mythornbury.co.uk/thornbury/thorn...

Read May's Thornbury Magazine

The May issue of Thornbury Magazine is ready to go and will be published online on 30th April. There will be the usual pdf plus a pilot of Thornbury eZine, a version aimed at those wishing to read on a tablet or smartphone.

Just click below and select either the pdf or eZine.

www.thornburymagazine.co.uk

What Chamber Members can do for you

While many of Thornbury Chamber's members have had to adapt the way they run through the Coronavirus crisis, they're still keen to support you by providing products and services wherever and however possible. Click below for updates...

mythornbury.co.uk/thornbury/thorn...

Recycle Your Metal for Free

Ironman Metal Recycling are open during lockdown for all your waste collection needs. They take metal electrical items away for free and can provide other collections via their website. Their office in Thornbury is closed but they are accepting bookings via phone and online.

ironmanmetalrecycling.co.uk

Surroundings Status

Despite Surroundings being closed to the public at the moment, we are still framing as frantically as possible and we are still taking new framing and fine art printing orders. We are doing this safely by offering to pick up your items needing framing/printing and then consulting via telecoms or email.
We are also delivering completed orders if they are within a catchment that allows us to do so. We are also happy to deliver shop items too, some of which are listed on our Instagram feed, SurroundingsUK. Thanks for you ongoing support. Call us on 01454 41100 to discuss.

mythornbury.co.uk/thornbury/d/385...

Free Sharpening Service

We at Q-Sharpening are donating our sharpening services to support our local community, charity kitchens, hospitals, surgeries, PPE manufacturers and general public from 6th April till 31st May 2020.
Q-Sharpening provides sharpening and repairing services for professional and domestic knives, hairdressing, dog grooming or dressmaking scissors and shears, wood working tools, saws, mower blades, hand gardening tools and more.

mythornbury.co.uk/thornbury/d/156...

Support from Southern Brooks

If you need support during this Coronavirus crisis, you can contact community development organisation Southern Brooks. Call 07773 209943 or email below 8am-8pm for advice on practical and wellbeing support.


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