Thorpe Astley Community Centre and the Coronavirus Pandemic
Thorpe Astley Community Centre was selected as the base of operations for the coronavirus vaccination clinics ran by the North Blaby Primary Care Network, made up of six GP practices including Kingsway Surgery.
To date, over 2,000 patients across the North Blaby PCN have been vaccinated against coronavirus in this building with an attendance rate of 99%.
We’d like to thank the Braunstone Town Council and Pop Up Care Nursery for being so accommodating and flexible during this time.
We’d also like to thank the North Blaby PCN for their collaborative undertaking and organisation of these clinics and are proud to be able to contribute and do our part in these trying times.
Well done to everyone involved!
Blaby District Council has launched a telephone befriending scheme.
Befriending often provides people with emotional support and can lead to increased self-esteem and self-confidence. Whether it’s a chat about interests, hobbies or even the weather, befriending is a simple volunteering activity that makes a huge difference to people.
- Referral form (.docx format)
- Befriending Scheme Agreement (.pdf format)
- You can also find out more on the Blaby District Council website.
Consultation about Leicesters hospitals
Public consultation about proposed £450 million improvements to transform acute and maternity services at Leicester’s hospitals.
For a long time we have been involving people in conversations about proposals to make considerable changes to our hospitals in Leicester and to midwifery-led services in Melton Mowbray. We want to spend £450 million to see improved patient care, better patient outcomes, and staff all working in the best place to make this happen.
Temporary Covid-19 testing centre in Narborough
A temporary Covid-19 walk-in test centre will be set up on the Visitors Car Park at Blaby District Council’s Offices on Desford Road in Narborough.
The site will be managed by Department of Health and Social Care and their contractors, and will remain in place for six months, although this may be extended depending on local testing need.
The walk-in test centre will operate from 8am-8pm seven days a week and offer vital testing capacity locally. As tests are offered by appointment only, the number of people on the site at any one time is always limited.
Braunstone Town Council - Covid-19 Restrictions from Thursday 5th November
The Council’s Management Team met this morning to assess the new national Covid-19 restrictions, which apply from 5th November at least until 2nd December, and what they mean for the Town Council and its services.
Services / Facilities / Operations to Close
The following services will close to the public at closing time Wednesday 4th November and will not reopen again at least until 3rd December:
- 1. All indoor facilities (Community Centres, Library, Parks Sports/Changing Facilities), except for the exceptions below
- 2. all Parks Sports Pitches and courts for organised sports/physical activity;
- 3. Sports Courts, including Tennis Courts, Basket Ball Courts and Multi Use Games Areas;
- 4. Parks Gym Equipment;
- 5. Customer Service Shop at Braunstone Civic Centre for face to face enquiries/transactions (enquiries will remain available by phone, email and web form);
- 6. Civic Community Lounge;
- 7. The Civic Centre will not be available to hire until Monday 4th January 2021
- 8. Members of the public will not be able to attend Council meetings in person (the public will continue to be able to attend meetings by phone or video link using Zoom)
Services / Facilities / Operations to remain open
The following services will remain open / operating, subject to any changes in the regulations / restrictions:
- 1. Parks, Open Spaces and Playgrounds for exercise and play with members of your household/support bubble or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household provided you socially distance (children under 5, as well as those dependent on round-the-clock care, such as those with severe disabilities, who are with their parents will not count towards the limit on two people meeting outside) (sports courts and gym equipment is closed);
- 2. Customer Services, via telephone, email and web form, Monday – Friday, 9am – 1pm & 2pm – 5pm;
- 3. Braunstone Town Community Foodbank at Braunstone Civic Centre;
- 4. support for the Town’s Covid-19 Mutual Aid Community Response initiative;
- 5. Pop Up Care Pre-school at Thorpe Astley Community Centre;
- 6. Kingsway GP Branch Surgery at Thorpe Astley Community Centre will be operating as currently with pre-booked appointments;
- 7. Support groups that are essential to deliver in person can continue at Braunstone Civic Centre with up to 15 participants. They must be formally organised by an organisation such as a business, charity or public body, to provide mutual aid, therapy or any other form of support.
- 8. Shakespeare Park improvement works and associated project and site meetings
- 9. Braunstone Civic Centre will continue to be the principle administrative base for the Town Council’s operations
Community Grant Criteria under Covid-19
Braunstone Town Council makes small grants available to various organisations, including organisations involving young people, to assist their work.
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic the Town Council has extended the grant scheme to allow groups to apply for an additional £200 in the 2020/21 financial year to cover direct financial costs or loss of income due to the pandemic.
- Covid-19 Community Grant Criteria (PDF file)
- Community Groups Grant Form (PDF file)
- Community Grant BACs form (DOC file)
Braunstone Town Council recognises the importance of honouring Remembrance to remember the sacrifice of soldiers from around the Commonwealth.
However, 2020 has caused a lot of changes in the way we do things, especially with regards to events and face to face interactions.
We have explored various options for a Remembrance ceremony and after consulting with the Reverend of St Crispins Church, have decided to conduct a private pre-recorded ceremony to be broadcast on Facebook. We are also asking residents to stand on their doorsteps at 11 AM for two minutes of silence and to decorate their windows or doors with Poppies or other artwork.
While we appreciate this is not ideal, the Royal British Legion does not specify how, where, or when people should Remember. We would ask anyone looking to visit our war memorial garden to consider visiting at different times, and to observe social distancing guidelines at all times.
Halloween - No thanks!
People may be uncomfortable with Halloween coming up, especially this year.
Printed copies of this poster are available at the Braunstone Civic Centre reception.
23rd September 2020
From Thursday 24th September:
- must collect contact details for NHS Test and Trace and use the official NHS QR code posters;
- indoor organised sport for over 18s limited to six; there is an exemption for indoor organised team sports for disabled people;
- support group meetings are limited to a maximum of 15 people
Civic Community Lounge
- customers in the Civic Community Lounge must wear face coverings, except when seated at a table to eat or drink;
- staff in the Civic Community Lounge are required to wear face coverings;
- the exemptions on face coverings, e.g. an underlying health condition, continue unchanged;
- the Civic Community Lounge must be closed between 10pm and 5am and food and drink must be ordered from, and served at, a table;
- must collect contact details for NHS Test & Trace and use the official NHS QR code posters;
- must collect contact details for NHS Test & Trace and use the official NHS QR code posters;
From Monday 28th September:
- Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies and receptions will be restricted to a maximum of 15 people;
- other significant standalone life events will be subject to the ‘rule of six’ limits,
- funerals will continue with a maximum of 30
16th September 2020
Covid-19 testing in Blaby district
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2nd September 2020
Braunstone Town Community Library
Overdue book charges will be reintroduced at the Braunstone Town Community Library as of the 7th September. Unfortunately, public computers will remain unavailable for use until further notice.
2nd September 2020
Blaby District Council Grant Funding
The Blaby District Council Community Grants scheme is open for 2020-21. The scheme supports the local voluntary and community sector to develop and strengthen community facilities and activities.
Application deadlines are 5pm on:
- Friday 14 August 2020
- Friday 2 October 2020 (New date added!)
- Wednesday 25 November 2020
- Wednesday 24 February 2021
- Application form (.doc format)
- Guidance Notes (.pdf format)
- Coronavirus Recovery Guidance Notes (.pdf format)
28th July 2020
Braunstone Town and Thorpe Astley Community Food Bank
From Friday 31st July, the Braunstone Community Life group will be running a community food bank from the Braunstone Civic Centre.
This service will help to support households in the area which were previously shielding, and any households requiring emergency support due to financial problems or crisis situations.
The Coronavirus pandemic has created a significant increase in requests for help from foodbanks, most of which are now largely restricted by City ward – this community led food bank will give our County residents a local option.
Braunstone Town Council has agreed to temporarily provide a room free of charge to support this service and the community. The Town Council will be able to refer anyone in need, as well as continuing to match residents with volunteers who can assist with shopping or medication collections.
Priority will be given to residents of Braunstone Town and Thorpe Astley, although the food bank is not limited by area.
Collections and dropoffs to the food bank will be by appointment only to help with social distancing.
Contact Lin Burrows on 0116 2992192 for any further information, or to offer donations or request help.
19th June 2020
Thorpe Astley Tennis Courts
The Town Council has plans to install tap4tennis following consultation with the Lawn Tennis Association, at these courts to enable a more structured use of the tennis courts facilities and to ensure that funds are available to maintain the standard of the courts in future years.
This includes exploring the viability of introducing a venue management system and gate access technology. Further information will be available shortly regarding this.
Although the gate is now in place the tennis courts are currently open for use as usual for use without booking or payment.
17th June 2020
The Thorpe Astley tennis courts will be closed until Friday 19th June, as a new gate is being fitted. We're sorry for any inconvenience this may cause!
NHS Track and Trace
The NHS #TestandTrace system has gone live to help reduce the spread of #Covid19. Here's some information on how the system works and what to be aware of.
NHS Test and Trace will only call you from 0300 0135000, or send you texts from NHS directing you to https://contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk
UK GOV have a webpage all about how the Test and Trace system works and it also contains a section detailing what tracers WON'T do or ASK to help you avoid being caught out by potential fraudsters https://gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-how-it-works (if you prefer, rather than clicking this link search for GOV UK Test and Trace)
Contact tracers will:
- call you from 0300 013 5000
- send you text messages from ‘NHS’
- ask you to sign into the NHS test and trace contact-tracing website
- ask for your full name and date of birth to confirm your identity, and postcode to offer support while self-isolating
- ask about the coronavirus symptoms you have been experiencing
- ask you to provide the name, telephone number and/or email address of anyone you have had close contact with in the 2 days prior to your symptoms starting
- ask if anyone you have been in contact with is under 18 or lives outside of England
Contact tracers will NEVER :
- ask you to dial a premium rate number to speak to us (for example, those starting 09 or 087)
- ask you to make any form of payment or purchase a product or any kind
- ask for any details about your bank account
- ask for your social media identities or login details, or those of your contacts
- ask you for any passwords or PINs, or ask you to set up any passwords or PINs over the phone
- disclose any of your personal or medical information to your contacts
- provide medical advice on the treatment of any potential coronavirus symptoms
- ask you to download any software to your PC or ask you to hand over control of your PC, smartphone or tablet to anyone else
- ask you to access any website that does not belong to the government or NHS
Join the NHS Citizens’ Panel
People in Braunstone Town are invited to sign up to a new online network to share their experiences of NHS services and help shape the future of local NHS services.
The NHS Citizens’ Panel has been set up by local NHS organisations to gather public views and opinions on a wide variety of health topics, which will be used to help us to understand peoples’ experiences and what matters most to them.
Reopening of local domestic waste sites
The city and county councils say they are working hard to re-open some of their recycling and household waste sites later this month. Under new Government guidelines, sites can re-open for waste that can’t be stored safely at home.
Leicestershire County Council says it will open the gates on Monday, 18 May – at seven sites over seven days a week. The county sites opening are at Barwell, Lount, Market Harborough, Melton Mowbray, Mountsorrel, Oadby and Whetstone. The seven county sites will be open to county residents only. The county council is also looking to introduce a booking system for their sites.
News Summary - Updated 26th March 2020
Following the announcement by the Prime Minister on Monday evening, all Town Council services have been closed to protect residents, staff and councillors.
Government advice is not to use playgrounds and these have been closed and signs put up both to reduce the spread of Covid-19 but also for the safety of our children and young people. Due to the advice, our Ground staff will not be undertaking the regular nor detailed safety checks of our parks equipment for at least three weeks.
The Town Council will be providing a co-ordination and facilitation role to support residents who wish to volunteer to assist others in their neighbourhood, particularly the elderly and vulnerable, more information is available on our dedicated webpage.
There may be delays in responding when contacting the Council, particularly in the next three weeks:
- Voice mail is available on the main number 0116 289 0045 and these are being monitored weekdays.
- No face to face Reception service is available at either Braunstone Civic Centre or Thorpe Astley Community Centre for the next three weeks and the buildings will remain closed to the public.
- The Civic Community Lounge is closed until further notice.
- The Braunstone Town Library is closed until further notice.
- All library books have extended return dates until the 4th July 2020.
- Pop Up Care group at Thorpe Astley Community Centre is currently closed.
- Customer services at the Braunstone Civic Centre is responding weekdays to voice messages, emails and web form enquiries and reports.
- We will not take any room bookings and all bookings until 30th June are cancelled. Please bear with us for your refund. Following the announcement on Monday 24th that only essential travel to work should be undertaken, we will not be processing any refunds in the next three weeks.
Council Meetings and Programme of Events
- Council meetings for the 2nd of April 2020 have been cancelled.
- All events up until the 30th June are cancelled, including the Spring Craft Fair.
23rd March 2020
21st March 2020
Following the latest advice that all Café, Bar and Leisure Venues should close, the Civic Community Lounge will be closed from 20th March 2020 until further notice.
There will be no more hires at our Community Centres.
If you have a booking this week, your event will be cancelled, we will contact you shortly. If you have any queries please contact Customer Services who open at 9am on Monday.
20th March 2020
19th March 2020
- Coronavirus disruption to Citizens Advice appointments - 19/03/2020
- Blaby District Council to close Customer Services at the Civic Centre