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

Radio Tamworth is live and local and we are continuing to keep you up to date with all the latest news and and information and Covid-19’s impact on Tamworth, the UK and globally. We’ll bring you regular news bulletins around the clock so you are kept informed of the current details, help and guidance, and we are keeping you entertained during the lockdown.

Government Covid19 guidance:

What can I do that I couldn’t do before?

 

From 13 June, you will be able to:

  • Form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household if you live alone or are a single parent with dependent children – in other words, you are in a household where there is only one adult. All those in a support bubble will be able to act as if they live in the same household – meaning they can spend time together inside each other’s homes and do not need to stay 2 metres apart. Support bubbles should be exclusive – meaning you should not switch the household you are in a bubble with or connect with multiple households
  • Attend your place of worship for the purposes of individual prayer

From 15 June:

  • You will be able to visit any type of shop and some additional outdoor attractions – drive-in cinemas, and animal attractions like zoos, farms and safari parks
  • Year 10 and 12 pupils in secondary schools and further education colleges will begin to receive some face to face support
  • You will have to wear a face covering on public transport

You will still be able to meet outdoors with groups of up to six people from different households, provided social distancing is observed and you stay 2 metres away from anyone outside your household or support bubble.

More information here.

#ShopSafelyInStaffs Campaign

The Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire Growth Hub is working hard to ensure that you can shop safely in Tamworth.

Towns right across the county, including Tamworth, have put in place steps to open safely for business and the Growth Hub is encouraging shoppers to support them.

Find out how your business can get involved and how you can support your local high street shops here.

Remember to #ShopSafelyInStaffs.

Latest from Tamworth Self-Isolation Support Group:

URGENT – CALLING TAMWORTH & SURROUNDING AREAS 

STOCKS ARE DANGEROUSLY LOW AS THE GROUP SUPPORTS TAMWORTH’S MOST VULNERABLE … CAN YOU HELP & DONATE?

They really need the following which they are close to running out of.

 

PLEASE HELP


For the week ahead they urgently need the following items:

 

🥫🌽 Tinned Vegetables
🍏🍌🍍 Fresh Fruit
🥕🥔🥦 Vegetables
🍮 Jelly
🥟 Tinned Pies (Fray Bentos style)
🍚 Microwave Rice Packets
🧂Sugar
🧴Washing powder
🥫Beans
🍚 Rice pudding
🥚 Eggs
🧀 Cheese
🧃Squash – All Flavours

 

KEY ITEMS NEEDED:
Pasta – all types
Spaghetti
Cereal
Porridge
Squash – any flavours
Biscuits
Tinned fruit
Instant mash
Coffee – small jars
Tinned meat (corned beef, spam etc)
Tinned pies
Tinned potatoes
Tinned fruit
Custard
Pasata
Long life Milk
Toilet rolls

 

PLEASE DONATE & HELP 9000+ OLD, VULNERABLE & IN NEED PEOPLE NOW 

 

https://www.justgiving.com/…/tamworthselfisolatingsupportgr…

 

Tamworth is open for business:

Non-essential retailers can now reopen as long as they have taken all the necessary measures to become ‘Covid-secure’.

If your town centre business is reopening, please let us know so we can help spread the word.

The Tamworth Panto Company Family Quiz:

 

 

Its back this and every Tuesday evening at 6pm and everyone’s invited…oh yes they are! 

 

All you need to do is: download the Zoom app or make an account online, message the Panto group on Facebook, and get your team together.

 

Get registering now – It’s going to be fun…

 

 

Florette fresh salad to your door:

 

Due to a successful launch of local company Florette’s salad boxes they have expanded their delivery areas – have a look at the postcodes below but locally as well as all of Tamworth also cover Polesworth, Kingsbury, Hopwas & Wigginton .

Florette are now offering local people the opportunity to order directly. The new Florette Freshbox is a box full of delicious fresh salad and vegetables delivered contactless to your door by local Florette staff, all for £10 including free chilled delivery.

How to order:


You can order for yourself or for someone else . Please contact Florette by phone at 01543 250050
Monday to Friday, between 8.30am and 4pm (pay over the phone)
Alternatively, you can email at freshbox@florette.com

 

Boxes include a minimum of 9 products (washed and unwashed). Product selection may vary depending on what is available from our farmers at the time we receive your order. You must be in at the time of delivery as your box will need to be chilled upon receipt.

 

Tamworth telephone support helpline:

 

 

Superhero Tamworth butcher to the rescue of hot hospital key workers:

☀️ When a bunch of NHS staff & patients are feeling a bit hot under the collar on a warm, sunny day during lockdown, and in need of some refreshment, who do they turn to? Yep, Radio Tamworth!

🍦 Nurses and patients on the maternity ward at Good Hope Hospital contacted us to see if we could get some cold ice lollies to help cool them down.

😎 We put out an appeal and within minutes, donning his superhero cloak, was Marc Smith from local Tamworth butchers, Smith & Ellis, on the Leyfields. Marc popped to the cash & carry and then rushed off to Good Hope to deliver the lovely lollies. Thank you Marc.

👍 And to all the dedicated and hardworking staff at Good Hope – keep on doing your amazing work, risking your lives to save ours!

 

Mental Health Awareness Week:

Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week will take place from 18-24 May 2020. The theme is kindness.

On Monday morning at 10.59am over 300 Radio Stations across the country will come together for one minute with an audience of over 20 million listeners for the Mental Health Minute – and we here at Radio Tamworth are proud to be a part of this amazing event. 

We will also be focusing on Mental health throughout the week as part of Mental Health awareness week.  

So, do join us as we hear from local mental health charities throughout the week.

Remember, It’s OK not to be OK! 

Tamworth Samaritans continue to provide support:

Tamworth Samaritans  are providing support during the Coronavirus outbreak.

There are currently 50 active volunteers working shifts and are able to operate social distancing  by ensuring only two volunteers are in the branch at any time.

If you need help, please call 116 123.

A Tonne of Tins for Tamworth:

We’re helping Tamworth Pantry raise a tonne of tins, which in numbers is approx 2500 tins of food – demand is rising and they want to keep holding the pop up pantries. In order to do this they need help to keep the donations coming in.

Christopher’s Restaurant on Aldergate has very kindly offered to be a drop off point. Also Jeffrey’s sandwich shop on Silver Street near the Castle Hotel have also offered to be a drop off point for donations.

Donations can also be left in a box outside

474, Watling Street, Two Gates – near the Bulls Head pub or at

333, Wilnecote Lane, Belgrave, B77 2LF – in the porch.

 

Statfold Barn Festival CANCELLED

 

This summer’s Statfold Barn Festival in Tamworth has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Organisers have taken the difficult decision after closely following government actions and guidance during the COVID19 outbreak in the UK, as well as consulting with all partners.

Festival promoters, Alex Farrell and Brina, said “We have been waiting for as long as possible to see if we could make this year’s Statfold Barn Festival work. But it has become clear, taking into consideration all the government guidelines on the lockdown restrictions and on social distancing advice, that the only option is to cancel.

“We have a responsibility to our visitors, crew, volunteers, performers and sponsors, so we have been closely monitoring all developments before making a final decision. We appreciate that there will also be a financial impact as a result of this cancellation – not just for us, but also our partners, suppliers, traders, Statfold Barn Railway, our fabulous host venue, and our wider community.

“It’s all the more heart-breaking as everyone has been working so hard in order to make this year’s festival a huge success, which it was all set to be, particularly after being hit by the bad weather challenges last summer in our first year. Cancelling this year has made us both all the more determined to put on a spectacular festival when we get to return.

“All ticket holders will be contacted very soon with refund information. We will be in touch about future plans when we can.  In the meantime, please follow the government’s advice and stay safe.”

Further information and FAQs at www.statfoldbarnfestival.co.uk/cancellation

Tamworth’s Bubbly Baps back in business:

Bubbly Baps has announced it’s re-opening tomorrow (Friday May 15th).

Owner Clare Lea says all social distancing processes are in place including the 2m rule while hand sanitizer & disposable gloves will be available each end of the van.

Orders can be made by calling 07989 418877 & 07342 807655.

Bubbly Baps gained a hygiene rating of 5 just before lockdown for the sixth year in a row.

Tamworth Community Together CIC:

CIC is there for you. You can call them on 01827 59646.

10am to 5pm 7 days a week
*Out of hours, answer machine service

Need support with….

Access food supplies
Befriending Service
Prescription Pick Up & Drop Off
Activity Packs / Jigsaws
Sign Posting to other support services

‘Don’t Be Alone, We’re Here to Help’

 

Latest number of Covid-19 cases:

A total of 267,240 cases of Coronavirus have now been confirmed in the UK – but the actual number of cases is estimated to be much higher. In Staffordshire, there have been 652 Covid19-related deaths and the number of confirmed cases has risen to 2,219.

The number of deaths in the UK is now 37,460 according to the latest figures available. Across the UK, 3,798,490 people have been tested.

Globally, the current number of cases stands at 5,803,785 with 357,714 deaths.

Celebrating VE Day in lockdown with Radio Tamworth:

On Friday (May 8th) it’s VE Day when the nation will be marking the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

We will be celebrating the day with a special show between 2-4pm. Janine Edmunds presents two hours of memories and nostalgia including your favourite tunes from yesteryear & those poignant wartime songs, as we pay tribute to the brave servicemen and women who took part in World War 2.

We want you to get involved too. So, if there’s anyone out there who remembers VE Day – ask your mums and dads and grandparents to get in touch and be part of this celebration.

And if you’re holding lockdown ‘at home’ street parties on Friday let us have your pictures and videos of your gardens and houses decked out in red, white & blue. Email studio@radiotamworth.com.

Join in and help us celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day this Friday on radio Tamworth.

Tamworth midwives continue providing exceptional care in community centre:

Radio Tamworth and The Mile Oak Community Centre Trust have joined together to ensure that midwives in Tamworth can continue to provide much needed post natal check ups during the lockdown.

The service, based at the Sir Robert Peel Hospital in Mile Oak, found out that it would have to immediately leave its clinic as it is needed to treat patients suffering the effects of Covid-19.

With no immediately available options the team contacted Radio Tamworth to see if they could help find an alternative venue for the clinic.

Using their community contacts the local community radio station quickly managed to put the midwives and the Mile Oak Community Centre Charitable Trust in touch with each other. As a result the centre is now being used to host the clinic, free of charge.

 

Radio Tamworth presenter, Mark Paul, said: “This just goes to show the importance of community radio. When asked, we were very quickly able to use our local knowledge and contacts to ensure this vital service continues.”

 

Olivia Shepherd, Chair of the Mile Oak Community Centre, said she was more than happy to help the midwives at this time.

 

She said: “We’re delighted to be able to offer to help the NHS in this way. It made sense for us to offer our space as the Community Centre has been forced to closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Our regulars have been really supportive so we felt like we should use this space to support the midwives.

 

“My mum works at Sir Robert Peel in surgery, so I’ve got close ties to the NHS, so it’s really nice to be able to help out in this way.

 

“Plus having to open up the Hall to let the team in in the morning is giving me a reason to get out of bed, too!”

 

Revised opening hours for Royal Mail depot in Tamworth:

Royal Mail has revised the opening times for the sorting office in Blythe Street during the Coronavirus pandemic lockdown.

The new opening times are 7am to 11am and they are closed on Wednesdays and Sundays until further notice.

Captain Tom Moore mural in Tamworth:

HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY COLONEL TOM MOORE!!

For those of you who haven’t heard, the Queen has today made Captain Moore an Honorary Colonel on his 100th birthday.

And by the way, isn’t this mural at Bradley Scott Windows Ltd in Tamworth absolutely brilliant.

For those of you who don’t know, Colonel Moore set out to walk 100 laps of his garden with the intention of raising £1000 for the NHS to help during the Coronavirus pandemic. He’s now raised more than £30 million !

Bradley Scott Windows commissioned Graffiti by Title to do the mural on their Two Gates building and artist Andy was the man who worked his magic.

The whole country is now talking about it with reports in newspapers, and on TV and radio.

Get creative at home during lockdown by designing a pig for the new Trotters Trail:

Tamworth Arts and Events is inviting groups and individuals to help design a ‘makeover’ for their pig so that it can return to the Tamworth Trotters Trail.

Schools and local community groups that originally designed the art work for the popular wooden and metal pigs dotted around the town are also busy getting creative at home and helping to re-design their original pigs, ready for the big return of the trail.

People may have noticed Tamworth’s popular herd of pigs disappearing from their homes around the town at the end of last year, but don’t worry they are still coming back!

The 15 3ft by 3ft wood and metal sculptures were decorated by schools, community groups and businesses and trotted out in prime locations across Tamworth in 2015 as part of a major community art project.
However, four years on, it was time for the pigs to have a bit of TLC, so they were all collected and taken for a make-over.

The pigs face-lift have included the replacement of wooden parts with galvanised steel, but due to the closures of schools and clubs, and restrictions on staying at home, the pigs can’t yet be offered back to the groups who painted them in the first place to be given a fresh new look.

Tamworth Borough Council’s Arts and Events team have decided to offer their own pig to the public to come up with ideas for a re-design that represents arts and events in Tamworth. The design can include a favourite event, the castle grounds, The Assembly Rooms, or an activity such as singing and dancing; something that will showcase the wealth of creative people and places the town has to offer.

Cllr John Chesworth, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Culture and Operational Services, said: “The Trotters Trail has been a real success and people have grown exceptionally fond of seeing the pigs around the town. When the pigs were first installed, we thought they’d last for a year or so. However, they were so popular with people that we decided to keep them in place while they were still looking good.

“Four years later though and they do need a little TLC, it is exciting that they are being given a new lease of life and will continue to be enjoyed by the town’s residents and visitors.

“I look forward to seeing what creative designs will be crafted at home. This is an excellent way for the groups and individuals to still be involved and keep busy while self-isolating.”

Draw your design on paper, take a picture of it and upload it via Facebook or Instagram, tagging in Tamworth Arts and Events. Or you can email to: TARArtsdevelopment@tamworth.gov.uk  

Friday May 1st is Staffordshire Day:

A packed programme of arts & crafts sessions, poetry, music, demonstrations, and more, is in store for this year’s online-only Staffordshire Day, organisers have announced.

The fifth annual county day, organised by Enjoy Staffordshire with the help of Staffordshire County Council, will feature a host of live streams and pre-recorded broadcasts to enjoy from home.

The day begins with a puppet show on Josiah Wedgwood – who established his world-famous ceramics firm on 1st May 1759 – and story-telling from the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum, Lichfield.

There will be arts and crafts activities for families, including Staffordshire Libraries Pyjamarama sessions (11am-4pm), a drawing workshop for children with Eleanor Heath, and a Staffordshire Hoard-inspired embroidery class with Cheslyn Hay textile artist Katherine Keatley.

For animal lovers, a live stream from Trentham Monkey Forest will reveal why the monkeys came to Staffordshire.

There’s poetry from the county’s poet laureate Mel Wardle Woodend – including a new poem written specifically for Staffordshire Day – and The Rattlebag Poetry Challenge with Stafford-based poet Ingrid Wagner.

The music comes from Stafford band Naked Sunday and Yarnfield singer Lauren May, a cooking demonstration from local chef Cris Cohen on making sourdough oatcakes, and a talk on politics and activism from Staffordshire Youth Union.

And a live webinar, hosted by Staffordshire University, will give small and micro businesses practical tips for surviving the Coronavirus lockdown.

A family disco, and a themed quiz from Staffordshire branch of Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) will bring the day to a close.

Full details of the Staffordshire Day programme can be found at www.enjoystaffordshire.com/staffordshireday 

The Tamworth Pantomime Company Family Quiz:

A fun family quiz is just what we need right now, Oh yes it is!

The Tamworth Pantomime Company is holding a quiz on Tuesday evening (May 5) at 6pm and everyone’s invited to join in.

All you need to do is: download the Zoom app or make an account online, message the Panto group on Facebook, and get your team together.

Get registering now – It’s going to be fun…

Tamworth Self-Isolation Support Group Crowdfunding:

A crowdfunding page has been launched to help raise £2,500 for the Tamworth Self-Isolation Support Group to provide food and essential items for the elderly and most vulnerable in Tamworth and local community.

If you want to donate, please click here.

The group urgently need the following FOOD items:

❗️URGENT❗️

 

Milk – long life
Eggs
Bread
Tinned meat for meals like mince, meatballs, chilli etc
Tinned ham & other cold meats

 

KEY ITEMS NEEDED:

 

Pasta – all types
Spaghetti
Cereal
Porridge
Squash – any flavours
Biscuits
Tinned fruit
Instant mash
Coffee – small jars
Tinned meat (corned beef, spam etc)
Tinned pies
Tinned potatoes
Tinned fruit
Custard
Pasata
Long life Milk
Toilet rolls

 

Message from the group: “Biggest heartfelt thankyous to everyone who continues to donate food, essential items & money to our JustGiving enabling our HQ to be stocked and enable us to provide quality packages that mean & matter so much to those in receipt in such difficult & challenging times.”

 

You can either drop food to the HQ base at Sacred Heart Church in Glascote or message to arrange a collection.

 

☎️📱 PLEASE CONTACT THE GROUP NOW ON 01827 59646

 

Brakes Tamworth launch ‘Food Shop’

People in Tamworth are now able to take advantage of a new service being run by Brakes – the UK’s leading foodservice wholesaler.

The Call & Collect service offers over 6,000 products including bread, dairy, desserts, drinks, snacks, store cupboard items, fish & seafood, meat & poultry, frozen vegetables, ready meals and more.

Users simply browse the range of products available by visiting www.brake.co.uk/food-shop, make a note of the products they want, and the relevant codes, then place their order anytime between 9.00 am and 4.00 pm, Monday-Saturday, 10.00 am to 4 pm on Sunday.

Payment is taken by card over the phone and then, once the order has been placed, users are given a unique order number and can collect their order next day (Monday-Friday) with a collection slot allocated anytime between 9.00 am – 3.00 pm. The Brakes ‘Food Shop’ is situated at Fresh Fields Centre, Bitterscote, B78 3HJ.

Tamworth cemeteries re-open to public:

 

 

Tamworth borough council has announced today that all Council-run cemeteries in town have re-opened.

It follows new guidance from the government during the current lockdown period.

So, from today all of the town’s five borough council-operated cemeteries (Amington, Glascote, Wigginton Road, Wilnecote New and Wilnecote Old) are now open to the public.

But please remember if you’re visiting the graves of loved-ones it’s really important to continue to follow the rules regarding social distancing.

The Borough Council has also told Radio Tamworth that the parks and public open spaces throughout the town remain open for exercising, again in accordance with social distancing rules.

The Big Breakfast:

The Big Breakfast returns this week and will once again be looking to get Tamworth dancing – at home, outside in your gardens, but we also want local businesses to get involved.

Big thanks to Kate, Katie and all the staff at Brakes in Tamworth for taking on our dance challenge last week and getting up and having a boogie to the chocolate song that Mark Paul played. You can watch here.

Simon and Janine and Mark Paul are back with the Big Breakfast every day and want to get the whole of Tamworth dancing.

So, make sure you tune in from 8am and remember to post your videos to the Radio Tamworth Facebook page!

Clap for our carers on Thursdays:

After an incredible response over the past few weeks, #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

Tamworth farmers launch ‘Lockdown Learning’:

Farmers and growers across Tamworth 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

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

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 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 office@embello.co.uk 

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.