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Coronavirus – Step 4 – what’s changed and how to stay safe

While cases are high and rising, everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious.
Testing when you have symptoms, and work places should continue regular lateral flow testing. Isolating when positive or when contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
Most legal restrictions to control COVID-19 have been lifted, including requirements for social distancing, working from home and wearing face coverings. The government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport. All remaining closed businesses and venues, including nightclubs, can reopen, and all capacity limits at sporting, entertainment, or business events have been lifted. Hospitality venues such as pubs, restaurants and bars are also no longer required to provide table service or follow other social distancing rules. There are also no longer limits on the number of people who can meet, who can attend weddings, civil partnerships, funerals and other life events (including receptions and celebrations), or who can attend communal worship.
For more information visit .gov.uk https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do

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How to stay safe and prevent the spread of Covid-19 post 19 July

This guidance will come into effect when England moves to step 4 of the roadmap. While cases are high and rising, everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious. Click here for Government guidelines.  Key steps in place include:

  • testing when you have symptoms and targeted asymptomatic testing in education, high risk workplaces and to help people manage their personal risk.
  • isolating when positive or when contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
    border quarantine: for all arriving from red list countries and for those people not fully vaccinated arriving from amber list countries.
  • Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport.
  • being outside or letting fresh air in, minimising the number, proximity and duration of social contacts.

Working safely guidance from step 4 – The Government published guidance on working safely during COVID-19 as part of step 4 of the Roadmap. This guidance reflects the measures different types of workplaces should follow when England moves to step 4 on 19 July, and has been published to inform planning and business operations.

Working safely guidance: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-covid-19 
Events guidance: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-covid-19/events-and-attractions

Edenbridge Town Council have taken a proactive response to the community since lockdown was announced in March 2020. We will continue to review our advice and responses in line with the government guidelines especially in the case of a local lockdown.

It is important we all follow the advice, guidelines and stay up to date with any changes. Please see below for the relevant links that will help keep you and others safe.

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FREE Family Fun days are back!

Edenbridge Town Council’s free Family Fun Days are back after a year’s break.

There will be four Thursday afternoon sessions of fun and games in Stangrove Park (TN8 5LU) 2pm-5pm on July 29, and August, 5,12 and 19.  The PlayPlace team are returning to run the activities, which include everything from crafts and games, to sports and face painting in a friendly, safe environment. Best of all, it won’t break the bank as all the activities are completely free.

The first date is being funded by Sevenoaks District Council as part of its district-wide summer programme – the other three sessions are provided by Edenbridge Town Council.

No booking is necessary as families can simply turn up and have fun!

Activities are aimed at children aged 12 and under, but they may not be suitable for very young children. Residents are urged to bring waterproofs, sunscreen and their own refreshments. Children must be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times.

The days are subject to current Coronavirus restrictions and the weather, so residents are advised to keep an eye on the Town Council’s website www.edenbridgetowncouncil.gov.uk (or SDC’s website www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/summerfun) or its Facebook and Twitter accounts before setting off.

Edenbridge Town Council is delighted to be supporting these fun days again, which have become a firm favourite with children, parents and anyone else who looks after children, providing a safe space to play, have fun and be creative.

Other sessions are available across the district to attend – see Fun Days Leaflet for more details.

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Notice re Council meeting 12 July

Council meeting 12 July, 7.30 pm

This evening’s meeting of the full Council will now take place over Zoom.  If anyone is wanting to attend the Council meeting please contact the Council office for a link, or call 01732 865368 or email townclerk@edenbridgetowncouncil.gov.uk

For a copy of the agenda and meeting papers click here.

All decisions will be ratified at a further meeting of the Council on 19 July, to be held in Rickards Hall 8.00 pm.

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Rickards Hall

Set in the courtyard off the high street, Rickards Hall is a perfect setting for a community hall. Ideal for local community groups, children’s activities such as dance classes, meetings, training sessions, small events and so much more.

The Hall has the capacity for maximum of 80 seated, or for a disco/party 60-70 people. There is also the courtyard which be made use of.

Click here for more details, check availability and booking forms.

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Thursday Charter Market

The Thursday market has a selection of stalls providing fresh fruit and vegetables, range of plants for the garden and hanging baskets, greeting cards for different occasions, watch repairs, fresh bread, delicious cakes, and choice of cheeses.

If you are interested in having a regular stall, please enquire to information@edenbridgetowncouncil.gov.uk or call the council office on 01732 865368.

Edenbridge market was established by a Charter granted by Henry III in 1227. The site of a regular cattle market from the mid-1840s until 1928, the rings for tethering the cattle can still be found on the east wall. Today, the market has been more a general market selling fresh fruit and vegetables, other foodstuffs, household items and plants.

Edenbridge is located on the Kent/Surry border and is in the district of Sevenoaks. It is surrounded by the villages of Chiddingstone, Cowden, Four Elms and Hever. The B2026 is the main road that goes through Edenbridge which leads north to Westerham and A25/M25, and south to A264 to Tunbridge Wells or East Grinstead. It is a growing town with a population of approximately 10,000. The site is in the Market Yard Car Park set just off the high street and with a next of the idyllic Parish Church and churchyard.  

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Covid-19 roadmap update and link to book coronavirus vaccination

Prime Minister’s statement on coronavirus

As we all now know with certainty, the Prime Minister has confirmed a four-week delay to step four of the government’s roadmap until 19 July due to concerns caused by the Delta variant and to allow for more people to receive their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine before further easing of restrictions takes place. The extension of restrictions will be put to a Commons vote, with a debate expected on Wednesday.

The delay means limits remain on how many people can meet, with groups of up to 30 allowed to meet outdoors and up to six people or two households allowed indoors. However, 15 coronavirus pilot events will continue as planned, including some upcoming Euro 2020 games, Wimbledon and arts and music performances. Attendees will have to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative test. However, capacity limits will continue at other venues and nightclubs will stay closed and advice to work from home where possible will remain in place.

In addition to the pilot events, from 21 June,  the number of guests at weddings and wakes will no longer be limited to 30. However, venues will have to adhere to social distancing and hosts will have to do a risk assessment. Table service will be required – with six people per table – and no indoor dance floors allowed.

Care home residents will no-longer have to isolate for 14 days after returning from visits outside. Exceptions will include high-risk trips such as overnight hospital stays.

The proposed extension will be reviewed to see if action can be taken two weeks’ sooner on 5 July.

Vaccinations

New analysis by Public Health England (PHE) has shown two doses of either the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccine are highly effective at preventing hospital admissions from the Delta variant. PHE said the effectiveness was comparable to protection against the Alpha variant which was previously dominant in the UK.

To ensure people have the strongest possible protection against COVID-19, appointments for second doses have been brought forward from 12 to eight weeks for the remaining people in the top nine priority groups who have yet to receive both doses. Anyone that is over the age of 40 and has yet to have their second dose can bring their vaccine forward by cancelling their current 2nd dose appointment. On cancellation, new booking slots become available 8 weeks from the first dose, rather than from 12 weeks. An earlier target has also been set to give every adult in this country a first dose by 19 July, that is including young people over the age of 18 with the online vaccination booking system available to 23 and 24 year olds from today (15 June). To book a vaccination, or to manage (cancel and re-book a 2nd dose) people can visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

By Friday of last week, (11 June), the government announced that over 70 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have now been administered in the UK, with 78% of adults now having received a first dose. Health services across the UK working alongside councils have administered a total of 70,253,625 vaccines since 8 December, including 41 million people with their first dose and 29 million with their second.

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There’s still time to enter – EDENBRIDGE IN BLOOM

This year’s competition is renamed ‘Sevenoaks District In Bloom’. Sponsored by Coolings Garden Centre, the competition is free to enter with categories ranging from individual pots to entire gardens, an allotment, commercial such as shop and pub fronts, and community categories.

Category winners are awarded prizes of up to £25 of Coolings vouchers, and all entrants will receive a free voucher to get you started. Entries are welcomed from enthusiastic gardeners or anyone wanting to showcase their green fingered skills. To enter, submit a completed form at visit www.coolings.co.uk  (here)   or pick up a form from the Town Council office. The deadline for all entries is 5 July 2021. Judging will take place the last two weeks of July, followed by an awards ceremony in September (Covid-19 restrictions permitting). 

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Notice of unaudited Accounts Publication of Public Rights

Smaller authority name: Edenbridge Town Council

NOTICE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS AND PUBLICATION OF UNAUDITED ANNUAL GOVERNANCE & ACCOUNTABILITY RETURN

ACCOUNTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2021

Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 Sections 26 and 27

The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)

NOTICE NOTES
    1. Date of announcement_________04 June 2021___________(a) 2. Each year the smaller authority’s Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) needs to be reviewed by an external auditor appointed by Smaller Authorities’ Audit Appointments Ltd.  The unaudited AGAR has been published with this notice. As it has yet to be reviewed by the appointed auditor, it is subject to change as a result of that review. Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the accounting records for the financial year to which the audit relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records must be made available for inspection by any person interested. For the year ended 31 March 2021, these documents will be available on reasonable notice by application to:   (b)       Lorraine Ganney, Responsible Financial Officer  (RFO) Edenbridge Town Council, Doggetts Barn 72a High Street, Edenbridge, TN8 5AR. Email    accounts@edenbridgetowncounci.gov.uk   commencing on (c) __Monday 07 June 2021 _______________________     and ending on (d) ___Friday 16 July 2021 ________________________   3. Local government electors and their representatives also have:   The opportunity to question the appointed auditor about the accounting records; andThe right to make an objection which concerns a matter in respect of which the appointed auditor could either make a public interest report or apply to the court for a declaration that an item of account is unlawful. Written notice of an objection must first be given to the auditor and a copy sent to the smaller authority.   The appointed auditor can be contacted at the address in paragraph 4 below for this purpose between the above dates only.   4. The smaller authority’s AGAR is subject to review by the appointed auditor under the provisions of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 and the NAO’s Code of Audit Practice 2015.  The appointed auditor is:   PKF Littlejohn LLP (Ref: SBA Team) 15 Westferry Circus Canary Wharf London E14 4HD (sba@pkf-l.com)   5. This announcement is made by (e) ____Lorraine Ganney___________     (a) Insert date of placing of the notice which must be not less than 1 day before the date in (c) below                     (b) Insert name, position and address/telephone number/ email address, as appropriate, of the Clerk or other person to which any person may apply to inspect the accounts   (c) Insert date, which must be at least 1 day after the date of announcement in (a) above and at least 30 working days before the date appointed in (d) below   (d) The inspection period between (c) and (d) must be 30 working days inclusive and must include the first 10 working days of July.                                               (e) Insert name and position of person placing the notice – this person must be the responsible financial officer for the smaller authority

Click here for the Annual Return and End of Year accounts page

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New Tourism website – visitedenbridge

www.visitedenbridge.com – new tourism site – more modern, user friendly tourism site bringing together the visitor attractions in and around Edenbridge to create a focal tourist information point which will also benefit local residents and businesses. The new site is fresh, easy to navigate and discover local attractions, activities, countryside and open spaces, walks, history and picturesque buildings.

The site is still being live tested so there may still be some minor anomalies, but do check it out and plan some different days out.

The popular walks around Edenbridge and across the beautiful countryside can be found on the walks page. The next phase of the site is to develop these walks so that they can be accessed via a walks app, but for now the walks can be downloaded as a pdf version or individual walks leaflets are available to collect form the Town Council office.

We hope you enjoy the new site.