Many Shops re-open

As of yesterday, 15 June 2020, many non-essential shops have started to re-open in England. We welcome the gradual relaxation of lockdown restrictions. However, we remind all of our members to remember:

  • Wear a face covering at all times on public transport.
  • Try to maintain social distancing of 2 metres (6 feet) at all times wherever possible.
  • Consider wearing a face covering at other times when out and when you can’t social distance (e.g. in a crowd).
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • If you are over 70 or have other health conditions, still be very careful about protecting yourself – you really don’t want to get sick.
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Places of worship are also starting to re-open for private prayer only. Many churches and gurdwaras will start to re-open, but mosques, synagogues and temples will remain closed for now. Check with your local place of worship for more details.

Unfortunately, hairdressers and beauty salons are still closed.

Government Guidance for non-essential retail

Camden Recycling Rewards

Did you know that you can get discounts for recycling?

All you need to do is record your recycling every week and earn Green Points.

You get extra points by learning about recycling and other green issues. You can also get the chance to win money for a local charity. You might even win vouchers for yourself.

Every month there are other different ways to earn extra points. Maybe by organising a community event such as tidying up a local green space, or making new items from waste material. You could:

  • make a bug hotel from bundles of sticks
  • make a quilt from fabric scraps
  • make a seat from an old tyre
  • make a plant pot from an old bottle
  • make a pencil holder from an old can

https://camden.localgreenpoints.com/about

HS2 gives £650k to revitalise Drummond Street

Drummond Street artist's impression
Drummond Street artist’s impression

The funding has come from the HS2 Business and Local Economy Fund (BLEF), part of a combined total of £40 million in funding available to local communities and businesses that are demonstrably disrupted by the construction of Britain’s new high speed railway between London and the West Midlands. This is the largest award that has been made from the Funds to date and the project will join the other 113 projects between London and the West Midlands that have also benefited.

HS2 gives £650,000 to revitalise Drummond Street

Hampstead Heath swans in love

Swans & cygnets at Hampstead Heath
Swans & cygnets at Hampstead Heath (Courtesy of Louisa Green)

Over the last few months the Camden New Journal has run a series of articles covering a budding relationship between a widowed swan and a new mate.

They are happy to report that the pair have produced a brood of nine cygnets.

See the story in the Camden New Journal by clicking on the link below:

http://camdennewjournal.com/article/love-on-the-pond-leads-to-the-pitter-patter-of-webbed-feet

Rough sleepers to stay in hotels amid funding row

During the coronavirus pandemic, funding has been made available to house rough sleepers in hotels, under the “Everyone In” scheme. 160 rough sleepers are currently being housed by Camden Council in temporary accommodation.

Despite rumours that the Westminster Government are not going to continue the scheme once the current funding runs out, the Council have confirmed that funding will continue for at least the next three months.

http://camdennewjournal.com/article/rough-sleepers-to-stay-in-hotels-amid-lockdown-funding-row

Coronavirus deaths in Camden care homes

A recent article in the Camden New Journal states that there have, sadly, been coronavirus-related deaths in 10 of the 11 care homes in Camden.

Exact numbers are not known at the moment, for a number of reasons, including lack of testing, and transferral of patients between care homes and hospitals.

Our thoughts continue to be with all the families affected.

http://camdennewjournal.com/article/coronavirus-deaths-now-confirmed-in-ten-out-of-our-eleven-care-homes