CORONAVIRUS: ITS IMPACT ON TAMWORTH, THE UK AND THE WORLD

As the Coronavirus pandemic continues to sweep around the world, Radio Tamworth aims to keep you up to date with all the latest news and Covid-19’s impact on Tamworth, the UK and globally. We’ll bring you regular news bulletins around to clock so you are kept informed of the current details, help and guidance’ 

Good Friday Big Breakfast:

The leader of Tamworth Borough Council, Danny Cook, will be joining Simon Soude on the show on Good Friday morning to chat about how Tamworth has been responding to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Plus, Simon will be aiming to get Tamworth dancing with another great song after the news at 9am.

The Radio Tamworth Drive Home All-Request Friday: 

Mike Thomas will be presenting our Good Friday Drive Home Lockdown Show and letting you good folks choose the music.
It’s All Request Friday between 4-7pm so spread the word and let us know what songs to play.
Could be anything from sounds of the 60s, disco hits of the 70s, 80s new wave classics, 90s old skool dance, or the best pop of the 2000s.
Anything goes so get on to the Radio Tamworth Facebook page to leave young song choices or email [email protected]

Tamworth farmers launch ‘Lockdown Learning’:

Farmers and growers are hoping to inspire and educate children about food and where it comes from as a part of a new #LockdownLearning project, which is being launched today.

The free, online resource comes as thousands of parents are now home-schooling their children due to the coronavirus.

The project, which was developed by the NFU and the team of farmers at EatFarmNow, provides exciting educational farming activities and videos for children while they are away from school, helping to build their knowledge of science and technology alongside learning all about food production.

Children will hear first-hand about how their food gets from farm to fork, with well-known farming faces such as Countryfile’s Adam Henson and TV presenter Jimmy Doherty documenting their farming journey through online videos and social media.

Tamworth Self-Isolation Support Group:

Helping the most vulnerable in Tamworth.
Would you like to HELP & DONATE?
The group would like to hear from the public and businesses locally.
Please if you haven’t already donated and would like to; drop to the HQ base at Sacred Heart Church or message to arrange a collection.

☎️📱 PLEASE CONTACT THE GROUP NOW ON 01827 59646

Let’s get Tamworth dancing!

Simon and Janine and Mark Paul are on every weekday morning between 8-10am and want to get Tamworth dancing.

Last week they got the streets of Tamworth, safely, dancing. What a way to start the day, with a bop before home school. 

Make sure you tune in every morning from 8am and remember to post your videos to the Radio Tamworth Facebook page!

Tamworth Round Table – appeal for help:

Tamworth Round Table is looking for your help.

They want to produce free PPE for front line workers in Tamworth and need your help with materials.

They need:

  • Sheets of transparent plastic or acetate or any clear plastic 200 microns thick around A3 in size
  • Draft excluding foam seals (ideally 1 inch thick, but less is okay)
  • Fabric elastic

Can you help? Please find the Round Table on Facebook. 

Transport in Tamworth:

Acorn Taxis in Tamworth have let us know that it’s service as normal during the Coronavirus outbreak so key workers and anyone else can get around.

Phone 01827 63333 or take a look at the website here

Clap for our Carers:

After an incredible response last week, #clapforourcarers will now be a weekly event, taking place every Thursday at 8pm. ⁠Share and spread the word! #clapforcarers #nhs #keyworkers #clapfornhs #coronavirus #stayhome #thankyou #WeAreInThisTogether

Latest number of Covid-19 cases:

A total of 60,733 cases of Coronavirus have now been confirmed in the UK – but the actual number of cases is estimated to be much higher. In Staffordshire, confirmed cases has risen to 673.

The number of deaths in the UK is now 7,097 according to the latest figures available. Across the UK, 282,074 people have been tested.

Globally, the current number of cases stands at 1,541,744 with 90,095 deaths.

Tamworth District Scouts – Get your Necker out!

Tamworth District Scouts play a big part in the lives of young people from aged 6 1/2 years all the way to adulthood.
In Tamworth, the Scouts are very committed to keep scouting going through this time and as well as putting on virtual meetings for the sections, they are also trying to spread the word that scouting is still very much happening.

So, what are they doing? Well, they are taking the rainbow pictures to the next level. They are getting their neckers out to spread the word and to give the children of Tamworth something to take their minds off things.

How do you join in?
Take a picture of you wearing your necker and/or display in your window and use the tag #getyourneckerout @getyourneckerout
Let’s see how far this can go. This is available on all platforms of social media.

Used to be a scout but no longer in the movement? Why not dig out your old necker and join in the fun as well? Together we can unite and show we will always be there.

Interested in getting involved with scouting in Tamworth? Visit  www.tamworthscouts.org.uk 

Tamworth Self-Isolation Support Group:

NEWS – Telephone Contact Service Now Open Until 5pm!!!!
01827 59646

Due to help and support by our partners at Tamworth Borough Council
Phone Lines are now open until 5pm every day 7 days a week.
Don’t be alone, we are here to help.
#AmazingTamworth #Tamworth

Tamworth Covid-19 Community Group:
Telephone contact service – lines open from 10am – 3pm. Don’t be alone as the group is there to help.
01827 59646 (out of hours answer machine service)

Tamworth playgrounds closed during lockdown:

Parents across Tamworth are being asked not to let their children play on playgrounds in accordance with the current government guidance to prevent the spread of the virus.

Where possible and practical, gates around Borough Council-owned play equipment have been locked and signs gone up to remind people not to use them for the time being.

Local residents are urged not to let their youngsters access any equipment, multi-use games areas or the Castle Grounds skate park.

Councillor John Chesworth said: No-one wants to tell their children they can’t play on a playground, but these are desperate and unprecedented times and we all need to do our bit now in order to bring this virus under control as quickly as possible.”

Can you help Embello?

Tamworth-based Embello has teamed up with local organisations to launch the FREE #Tamworth Community Guide – providing local residents with useful support contacts and advertise businesses offering services to the community during these challenging times.
Local businesses from restaurants to tradesman, alongside voluntary support groups, can add their services and contact information to the booklet. The community guide will be printed and provided alongside deliveries/isolation packages as well as being published online as a digital guide making it accessible to all.
The aim is to provide those self-isolating and socially distancing with an easy way to find out who can help them in the local community. Especially the older generation who aren’t as tech-savvy with finding out who’s here to help using Facebook.
If you’re a #Tamworth business, support group or would like to advertise your services in the booklet please message the Embello team // Call 01827 282716 // Email [email protected] 

Tamworth Wellbeing & Cancer Support Centre:

The Tamworth Wellbeing and Cancer Support Centre, which closed last Friday due to Covid-19, has introduced a new support service via phone. If you are an existing client, or even someone who has been recently diagnosed and is looking for support, the friendly team are ready to talk to you on 07368 265 984. You can also find help via their Facebook page, or just search for them on google.

Statement from the Tamworth Borough Council Leader Danny Cook:

“These are unprecedented times we find ourselves in and difficult decisions are being made across the country, as well as the rest of the world. The main focus is on all working together to stem the spread of this epidemic and protect those most at risk, while trying to mitigate the impact on our National Health Service.

“At Tamworth Borough Council, we have already implemented a number of measures to assist in social distancing as laid out by the Government, such as cancelling events and closing our public buildings.

“In addition to this, many members of staff who are able to carry out their duties from home are now doing so and we will be looking to increase this wherever possible. We are preparing for significant levels of staff absence, whether through illness or self-isolation requirements, and the priority will be protecting critical services and the most vulnerable members of our community.

“We all have a vital part to play and that comes right down to every individual person. I would urge everyone to look out for their neighbours, especially those who are elderly or in at ‘at risk’ group, while following the guidance that Government has set out. Already Tamworth’s voluntary and business sector has swung into action, as well as individual residents, and help is being offered through various means. We will try to collate and signpost to this information as much as we can while keeping people as up to date as possible as this situation continues.

“We thank everyone for their patience, understanding and support in whatever challenges lie ahead.”

Radio Tamworth supporting the Tamworth Self-Isolation Support Group:

This group has been set up locally to help the thousands of people in and around Tamworth who are old, vulnerable and in need.

They are committed to helping and supporting those in real need and most vulnerable. Cases are means tested & prioritised by our partner Community Together CIC and they then get the support & food they need.

Please donate now so we can continue to provide this reactive dynamic service for as long as is needed!

Other partners include Tamworth Borough Council, Support Staffordshire, Tamworth Rotary Club, Home Start, Tamworth Adult Social Services, Tamworth Herald and Spotted Media.

For details on how to help then find all the info on their Facebook page here.

Radio Tamworth is also supporting the Helping the Vulnerable in Bolehall group – more here.

Tamworth Pantomime Group:

In partnership with the Tamworth Self Isolation Support Group and Spotted Tamworth, the group is going to bring a bit of light hearted entertainment and creative energy into your homes.

Drama is such an important lesson at school, and many parents may feel a bit lost suddenly having their children at home 24/7. The group will help nurture your child’s creative talents from the comfort of your own home.

For the foreseeable future, they will posting 3 posts/videos a week ranging from:
• Educational drama related activities to help keep your child engaged
• Clips from previous pantomimes
• Games

Check out the Tamworth Panto group on Facebook for updates.

Tamworth MP speaks exclusively to Radio Tamworth

Speaking to Mike Thomas on the Radio Tamworth Weekend Breakfast Show on Sunday (22 March), Tamworth MP Christopher Pincher said: “Older Tammies will remember the second world war, this a a crisis that compares with it. This is a war, the enemy is already here amongst us and we’ve got to fight it with even greater urgency and focus than those people around in 1939. 

“We have to take this hugely seriously. We have to take all the advice given by government and NHS to heart – look out for our families and friends, everyone in the community.

“Tamworth is coping pretty well so far and I’m sure it will continue to do so.  I’ve spoken to local councillors, local businesses and local residents –  we have a great community spirit. The town is pulling together and should not underestimate the seriousness of the situation.

“Keep your distance, don’t visit friends and families, keep yourself safe. Don’t spread the germ around. Keep calm and we will get through this.”

Listen to the interview again on the Weekend Big Breakfast from 8.30am.

What is Coronavirus?

Take a look at the World Health Organisation Q&A here.

If you have lots of other questions on Covid-19 then take a look on the Government portal here.

List of local restaurants/pubs providing takeout and delivery service:

Queens Head at Newton Regis

Jalali on Aldergate in the town centre

The Longwood in Fazeley

Roasters in Tamworth town centre

Corey’s sports bar on Lower Gungate

Cliffords in Polesworth

Portebello on Silver Street in Tamworth town centre

Oceans fish bar in Belgrave

Christopher’s on Aldergate in Tamworth town centre

Closures and cancelled events in Tamworth:

Bubbly Baps on the Tame Valley Industrial Estate have taken the difficult decision to shut down temporarily.

Drayton Manor Park has announced that it will be temporarily closed until further notice. Bosses say they will continue to closely monitor the situation over the next few weeks and will respond, with speed, to any changes.

Tamworth Assembly Rooms has postponed all shows due to be held in March and April and has started the process of rescheduling where possible. The Borough Council will review the longer-term programme in the coming days.

Statfold Barn Railway has closed down until further notice and postponed upcoming events. Management will be looking to reschedule on alternative dates for later in the year.

All official park run events taking place in the area including Kingsbury have been cancelled with immediate effect.

The Tamworth Carnival that was due to take place on May 30th will now be held later this year on a date to be announced.

The Rotary Club-organised Cathedral to Castle Race, which was being held in the Castle grounds on Sunday April 5 has been moved to Sunday September 27.

Tamworth Snowdome has temporarily shut down.

Other:

Children’s Centre activities, libraries, the archive and heritage service and many day centres for older people are closing their doors.

The move will help protect the at-risk residents and allow the county council to redeploy staff to support critical care services to support the county council’s commitment to keep vital services running.