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Latest Coronavirus News From Havering Council 19/03/2021

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Friday 6 August 2021  

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I am really looking forward to Sunday afternoon and the chance to welcome the players, manager and officials from Hornchurch FC to a civic reception at our brand new Harrow Lodge Leisure Centre at the end of their victory parade.

Hornchurch FC made us proud when they beat Hereford in the FA Trophy Final at Wembley in May.

Their victory provided a real boost to many in our borough after a difficult year. The team is a source of inspiration and pride and you don’t have to be a football fan to appreciate the club’s heart-warming success and how they have overcome the odds time and time again in the FA Trophy competition.

They reversed a deficit in all but one of their matches in the run to the final coming from behind to win after initially falling behind. In the semi-final they came from a goal down three times before winning a penalty shoot-out. In the final they trailed for over three quarters of the game only to win by three goals to one.

The team’s resilience reminds me of the resilience shown by colleagues and the community over the last 16-months as we have dealt with the demands of the pandemic.

Do cheer and wave to the team as their open top bus parade makes its way from Hornchurch stadium through Hornchurch and Upminster. Full details of the parade route are shown below and on our website.

Like so many of our Olympians over the last week this football team has made us proud. 

I also want us to be proud of our future footballers, athletes and swimmers.

That is why Havering Council has invested in world-class sporting facilities at our new sports centres across the borough with another, in Rainham, in the pipeline.

It's why we are offering free swimming lessons for young people during every school holiday until summer next year, and why children in care in Havering can now get free access to Council-run leisure facilities to help improve their wellbeing and fitness.

Well done Hornchurch FC, well done Team GB!

If you want to contact me directly, you can email me.

Cllr Damian White

Leader, Havering Council 

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Death of former Mayor

Town Hall May 2019

Sad news this week that former Councillor and Mayor of Havering, Del Smith died on 2 August. 

Tributes will be paid to him at the Full Council meeting to be held in 1 September.

A member of the Labour Group, Dereck, known as Del, first stood for the election to the Council in 1982 in the Emerson Park ward. He was unsuccessful on that occasion, but was elected four years later to represent the Hilldene ward.

He later served as Councillor for the Gooshays ward and was a founder member of The Friends of Dagnam Park. He was Mayor from 1997 to 1998.


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Help for the vulnerable

If you’re a clinically extremely vulnerable person and unsure of what you can and can’t do now that lockdown has ended, support and advice is available online.

Current advice is to offer COVID-19 booster vaccines to the most vulnerable, starting from September 2021. Details about how to get the booster vaccine will be confirmed by the NHS in the coming weeks. However, in the meantime, if you’re worried about your health, please contact your GP.

If you’re struggling with social isolation and would like some support, contact Havering Council's COVID-19 hotline on 0800 368 5201 during office hours or at weekends for emergencies. Or visit the Community Hub.


Testing still vital

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COVID-19 is still with us, and infection rates, although lower than they were at the start of July, are stil worryingly high, as our weekly COVID-19 report shows.

To help make sure you're not passing on COVID-19 without knowing, regular, twice-weekly rapid testing for people without symptoms is available for everyone in Havering.

You should still use testing even if you have had one or both doses of the COVID-19 vaccination.

You can order a test kit online or pick one up from many places in Havering. Find your nearest testing site and collection point.

If you aren't sure how to do a rapid test at home, visit one of these centres first and be shown by the professionals. You can then take a test kit home with you to use in subsequent weeks. 

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Have symptoms?

It remains vitally important to book a test if you have COVID-19 symptoms.


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Moderna vaccine

If you haven't been vaccinated yet the North East London Health and Care Partnership has published a list of all the places in Havering, and in neighbouring London boroughs, where you can get vaccinated close to your home.

You can also still book appointments online using the national booking system, or by calling 119.

To find out more about the vaccine, visit the vaccine facts website.


Young Londoners

The COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions have taken a huge toll on the lives of younger Londoners. From mental health to education, life has been turned upside down by the pandemic.  

Following engagement with young leaders in London, a programme is being designed with Public Health England and NHS London to give younger Londoners the space to connect.

Out of COVID-19: Health Conversations with Young Londoners will take place between Monday 23 and Monday 30 August.

However, you could get involved now. Public Health England and NHS London are providing grants of up to £1,000 to support the delivery of creative activities or events that encourage young people to attend and contribute to conversations around these issues. They especially encourage applications for events that are supported, led, and promoted by young people.  

Find out more and make any application before 5pm on Wednesday 11 August.

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Still time

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If you haven't yet entered this year's Havering in Bloom competition, there's still time.

By taking part, you will be helping to make the borough a bright and attractive place to live, work, visit and go to school.

There are six categories for you to choose from ranging from 'Best Front Garden' to 'Tallest Sunflower'. There is also an award for best school display.

The closing date for entries is 10 September. Entries can be submitted by email.

Judging will be completed at the end of September and the winners will be announced shortly afterwards.

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On the road

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Havering’s housing service is holding a series of community roadshows across the borough throughout August.

Attendees will have the opportunity to speak to staff from across different services, receive advice and support regarding queries they may have, and have the chance to feedback on how Havering Council engages with residents.

Here are the dates for upcoming roadshows:

Highfield Towers, Romford, 11am - 3pm on Tuesday 10 August  

Malan Square, Rainham, 11am - 3pm on Tuesday 17 August

Hitchin Close, Harold Hill, 11am - 3pm on Tuesday 24 August 

Roadshows are weather permitting.

If you can't make any of these dates, Havering Council would still like your views on its engagement strategy for tenants and leaseholders living in Council managed homes.

You can give your views online.


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Mum's guide to Romford has been helping us highlight Hidden Gems in Havering ranging from beautiful locations, to fun things to do, to home-grown businesses.

It recommends Kiddiewinks Soft Play as a local business Hidden Gem.

Kiddiewinks

This new facility is located on the upper floor of Romford Shopping Hall in Market Place, Romford.

It has a range of apparatus to keep children aged up to eight years old active and entertained.

Meanwhile, we have received an email nominating the Harrow Lodge junior parkrun as one of our hidden gems.

This parkrun takes place every Sunday at 9am starting at the Warren Drive car park.

It's for anyone aged from 4 -14 years old.

Register at parkrun before you come along. It's free to take part.

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Set in stone

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An idea from a Havering mum to boost morale in her local community during the early days of the pandemic - has been set in stone, literally, forever.

Covid the Cobra is made from hundreds of pebbles and stones, hand-painted by Arlene Raife from Hornchurch and many fellow residents.

It has now taken up permanent residence in Hylands Park after Havering Council’s parks and ground maintenance teams laid the foundations this week to set the stones in place.

Arlene thought up the idea while at home last year with her young son when a park was one of the few places where people could go when nearly everything else was closed due to COVID-19.

Arlene says that Covid the Cobra will be a constant reminder that the community came together during a horrible time.

Following a few stones being placed there early last year, there are now over 5,000 stones – mainly donated from residents and park users of all ages but others from across the world. Some have messages written on them and others have characters or are just painted in bright colours.


Only water

Schoolboy drinking water

The Mayor of London's Child Obesity Taskforce is asking primary and secondary school children to help develop an advertising campaign to encourage everyone between the ages of 4 and 18 in London to drink only water in school.

The Taskforce is looking for messages that feel inspiring and powerful, but also honest about the benefits.

The deadline for suggestions is 1 October.

Find out more


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There's free wildlife and habitat training with the Essex Wildlife Trust, on Tuesday 17 August, between 10am and 3pm.

Meet by the greenhouse at Langtons in Hornchurch for a chance to learn how to identify different species, complete simple environmental surveys and records, and create habitats for wildlife in your own gardens.

You can also get involved in the wildlife surveys and activities taking place at Langtons Gardens and Fielders Field.

Outdoor activities are subject to the weather. Please follow rules of social distancing, and do not attend if you or a member of your household are unwell. 

You can also join a tour of the bath house and orangery at Langtons Gardens on either Monday 16 August at noon, or on Monday 6 September at 3pm.

Tours are free and no booking required but numbers are limited to 30. Meet at the bath house. 


Different pool

Blood plasma appeal Aug 2021

This summer the NHS would like you come and try a different pool.

Join their pool of plasma donors, sit back, relax, and have a biscuit, knowing you are making an amazing difference to people’s lives.

The NHS needs 1,000 plasma donations every week. It currently has 1,035 active donors at the Stratford donor centre, compared to the 1,400 it needs.

Plasma saves the lives of people with rare immune diseases. Plasma donation is safe and easy and doesn’t take long.

Find out more by calling 0300 123 2323 to register or look online.

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Charge consultations

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Last year, in response to the transport challenges of the pandemic temporary changes were made to the London Congestion Charge.

This included extending charging hours until 10pm each day and increasing the charge to £15.

Transport for London (TfL) are now consulting on new proposals that include reducing the charging hours to between 7am and 6pm on weekdays and to midday to 6pm at weekends.

Read about the full set of proposed changes, and comment on them before 6 October.

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TfL has also this week launched a new consultation on proposals to increase the maximum fine for contraventions of the rules on red routes from £130 to £160.

Fines would be reduced to £80 if paid within 14 days. All income from fines is re-invested by TfL to cover the cost of enforcement, with any surplus used to fund schemes to reduce road danger. 

Fines were last increased in 2011.

TfL says that increased compliance with the rules is expected to improve bus reliability, reduce congestion, improve air quality and encourage more people to walk and cycle.  

London’s red routes are roads managed by TfL and make up five per cent of roads but carry 30 per cent of the traffic. In Havering they include the A12, A127 and A13.

This consultation is open until 19 September.

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Roads and rails

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Heath Park Road is closed between its junctions with Princes Road and James Close, and Manor Road closed at its junction with Heath Park Road to allow for sewer repairs. This work may last until the end of August.

Carriageway resurfacing work will take place in River Drive, Upminster from 9 to 11 August and also in Chestnut Glen, Romford from 12 to 13 August. These works will take place between 8am and 5pm.

On Monday 9 August temporary traffic signals will be in use between 9.30am and 3pm in Petersfield Avenue, Harold Hill, for power work by Volker Highways.

From 16 to 20 August Cadent will be working to install new gas supplies to homes at 72 North Street in Hornchurch. The work will involve the use of temporary traffic lights beween 8am and 5pm on those days.

Lastly, temporary traffic signals will be used by a contractor working for Openreach on Tuesday 17 August in Arterial Avenue at its junction with The Glen in Rainham.

On the tracks

Until Thursday 12 August, there will be no service between Earl's Court and Aldgate East on the District line.

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Due to Network Rail engineering work in connection with the Barking Riverside Project, c2c services will not run on the Rainham line this weekend (7 and 8 August).

Rail replacement buses will run between Upminster and Grays via Rainham.

Due to Network Rail undertaking overhead line maintenance work on Sunday 8 August between Grays and Pitsea, Ockendon line services will start and terminate at Grays.

Rail replacement buses will run between Grays and Pitsea via Tilbury.


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Friday 23 July 2021  

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I'm delighted that Havering Council has committed to 60,000 free swims for all school-aged children and young adults living in the borough during school holidays until the end of summer 2022.

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School children have been impacted throughout the pandemic, with lessons interrupted, social interactions limited and a reduction in sport and physical activity.

Free swimming is an opportunity to keep our younger residents fit and healthy during this summer, and future school holidays.

As a young person, I attended local swimming clubs in Havering. The sense of team work, fitness and fulfilment has had a positive impact on my life and I very much hope this new initiative will inspire the next generation to be active throughout their lives.

Leisure is at the forefront of the Council’s ambition and I hope that many residents will find this scheme of help in keeping younger family members occupied during the holidays.

It's also another example of Havering Council's investment in wonderful new leisure facilities across the borough. Read more about this below.

Please do your bit by continuing to observe the Hands, Face, Space guidance when visiting any of Havering Council's buildings - including our leisure centres.

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It is down to us to try and protect each other from the spread of the virus.

So we must get vaccinated, test regularly, continue to wear a mask in crowded indoor spaces, and keep rooms well ventilated.

Remember that it remains a legal requirement to self-isolate when positive with COVID-19 or when contacted by NHS test and trace. 

See below for more details on vaccinations and testing in Havering. 

If you want to contact me directly, you can email me.

Cllr Damian White

Leader, Havering Council 

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Free swimming

Sapphire swimming pool

Havering Council is offering free swimming sessions for school-aged children and young adults until summer 2022.

The free swimming sessions are available to be booked in advance at Sapphire Ice and Leisure (pictured), Central Park Leisure Centre, and the recently opened Harrow Lodge Leisure Centre, complete with a 25-metre, eight-lane swimming pool and a 20-metre-wide learning and diving pool.

For full details on how to book a free swim session for a child, please visit the link below. 

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Easy jabs

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You can get your COVID-19 vaccine at walk-in clinics at sites in Havering this weekend, as local GPs again run walk-in sessions to meet the demand for vaccines.

People under 40 years of age and pregnant ladies of any age should attend either today or Saturday when the Pfizer vaccine is available. Guidance on who should get which jab can be found in our FAQs.

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You will be asked your name, date of birth and postcode, and it would help if you can provide your NHS number.

If you aren’t able to join the walk-in clinics this weekend, the North East London Health and Care Partnership has published a list of all the places in Havering, and in neighbouring London boroughs, where you can get vaccinated close to your home.

You can also still book appointments online using the national booking system, or by calling 119.

To find out more about the vaccine, visit the vaccine facts website.

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Win a signed shirt

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The NHS in North East London and West Ham United Football Club have joined forces to offer someone in North East London the chance to win a new West Ham shirt signed by the team. 

To be in with a chance of winning, you need to have had a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of July, and post a picture, video or message to Twitter saying that you have had your jab.

It could be you saying why you had it and how it went, a picture outside a vaccination centre, or you enjoying being out now you are vaccinated. It’s up to you. Anyone who has been vaccinated already or gets their first dose of the vaccine by the end of July can enter. 

Just include the hashtags #Ihadmyjab and #WestHamComp in the Tweet. The NHS will select the winner at random from the entrants after 31 July 2021.


Get tested quick

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COVID-19 is still with us, and infection rates have shot up in recent weeks in Havering as our weekly COVID-19 report shows.

To help make sure you're not passing on COVID-19 without knowing, regular, twice-weekly rapid testing for people without symptoms is available for everyone in Havering.

You should still use testing even if you have had one or both doses of the COVID-19 vaccination.

You can order a test kit online or pick one up from many places in Havering. Find your nearest testing site and collection point.

If you aren't sure how to do a rapid test at home, visit one of these centres first and be shown by the professionals. You can then take a test kit home with you to use in subsequent weeks. 

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Have symptoms?

It remains vitally important to book a test if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

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Pick of the bunch

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There's still time to enter this year's Havering in Bloom competition.

By taking part, you will be helping to make the borough a bright and attractive place to live, work, visit and go to school.

There are six categories for you to choose from ranging from 'Best Front Garden' to 'Tallest Sunflower'. There is also an award for best school display.

The closing date for entries is 10 September 2021. Entries can be submitted by email.

Judging will be completed at the end of September and the winners will be announced shortly afterwards.

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Rubbish collections

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Coronavirus is still having an impact on Havering’s waste collection service.

With large numbers of residents still working from home, more waste is being produced by many households. This means more trips to unload trucks and the need for more resources to cover the same number of homes.

Staff shortages as a result of having to isolate after being pinged by contact tracing, as well as competition with other companies for HGV drivers, has also seen a knock-on effect.

This has meant that some household waste collections have been missed on more than one occasion and we are sorry that residents may not be getting the service they should.

Havering Council is working hard with its waste collection contractor, Serco, to address these issues and do all we can to return our services to normal.

This includes getting some replacement vehicles which are set to arrive in the coming weeks.

A daily report of any uncollected roads is published on our website. If your collection is missed, you should check the website first before contacting the Council. If it's not there, please report your missed collection online. 


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Next time you pass the now closed TSB bank branch at 182 Main Road in Gidea Park take a look at the circular green and white plaque on the wall (pictured).

Main Road old bank Gidea Park

It will tell you that the old bank building stands on the site of a house in which one of the most famous of English landscape gardeners, Humphry Repton lived.

Humphry, (and that is the correct spelling), lived from 1752 until 1818. He is often regarded as the successor to Capability Brown.

He lived in a modest cottage in Hare Street (the old name for Main Road).

In 1788, aged 36 and with four children and no secure income, he hit on the idea of combining his sketching skills with his limited experience of laying out grounds to become a 'landscape gardener'. He prospered as many rich landowners loved his work.

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His legacy includes gardens at Woburn Abbey, Blaise Castle, Stoneleigh Abbey and the central gardens in Russell Square, the centrepiece of the Bloomsbury development.

A number of local roads in Gidea Park are named after him including Repton Avenue, Repton Gardens and Repton Drive. 

Just a couple of minutes' walk from Humphry Repton's home is another Havering Hidden Gem. 

Cross Main Road and walk up Heath Drive and it is hard to believe that the tranquil and beautiful site below greets you if you look to your left, just before you reach Sycamore Grove.

Pools in Heath Drive

If you would like your photos or videos to be a part of this campaign, please email your submissions to the Communications Team with "Hidden Gems” as the subject line.


Ready for September

Transitioning to seconday school kids

Is your child starting secondary school this September?

With the schools now on holiday, many families may have unanswered questions about their children starting secondary school for the first time in September.

To support families with this change there's a new page on our website that will soon have loads of information for you and your children.

The page will include school video tours, information leaflets, presentations and more.

During the week commencing 26 July there will be information released daily on topics to help you and your child with this process.

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Shark tale

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Everyone has a lockdown tale to tell – and that was exactly the case for Natalie Newman and her nine-year-old son, Henry.

In fact, the mum and son teamed up to tell a shark tale and have had such success that their first book has gone global. 

The story of Lark the Shark tackles the issue of water pollution and is set to be in all 10 Havering libraries.

Natalie, a hairdresser from Collier Row, said the idea came about after her son Henry, then seven, came home from school and said he’d been learning about water pollution and they talked about what could be done about it.

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The Reading Agency and Havering Libraries Summer Reading Challenge 2021 is a celebration of nature and action for the environment, in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund UK. It's called Wild World Heroes. 

Children aged 4-11 can sign up now at any Havering library to then read any six library books of their choice to collect special stickers and rewards along the way.

This year only two library visits are needed, one to pick up a pack and a second to return a completed book review sheet in order to receive a medal and certificate.

Visit the libraries' website for details of free summer events.

Upcycling event July 2021

On Thursday 29 July, from 10 to 11am there's a Wild World Heroes children’s event called Upcycling and Living Kitchen. 

In this online session award-winning author Michael Holland will show children some great and fun ways to reuse ‘rubbish’ and turn them into new things.

He'll also talk about why it’s a good idea to reduce what we throw away and introduce the children to some of his recycling heroes.

He’ll also show some simple ways to grow seeds that are easily found in your kitchen cupboards and fridge into beautiful houseplants.

It's free to attend. Email to book a place.

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Children can also find out what the Summer Reading Challenge’s Wild World Heroes are fighting for, and discover some of the fantastic wildlife we have in the UK, in a free online Zoom session.

Explore some of the threats facing our local nature and find out what you can do at home or in your community to stand up for our planet.

The session starts at 2pm on Wednesday 4 August. Send an email to book a place.

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The Fairkytes Arts Centre in Hornchurch is offering a number of summer workshops  for children.

Many are now sold out but there are still a few spaces left for a Tote bag painting session on Thursday 12 August, and for two trainer painting sessions on Tuesday 17 August (ages 8+) and Wednesday 18 August (ages 5+).

To book a place call 01708 456308.

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Havering Active's Summer Holiday Sport and Activities Programme starts next week. 

There are a huge range of activities for people of all ages this summer, from athletics and football, to dance classes and para sports.

Bookings and registrations are open. Visit the Havering Active website to view the events calendar and sign up.

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Looking to the future

Sir Jack Petchey and award winner

Businessman Sir Jack Petchey, the founder of youth charity the Jack Petchey Foundation, turned 96 earlier this week.

To date, Sir Jack Petchey (pictured with a previous award winner) has invested over £143m in opportunities for young people across London and Essex.

In the 21 years since the Jack Petchey Foundation was established, over 200,000 young people have been recognised with a Jack Petchey Achievement award and over 10,000 leaders and teachers have been trained through the Foundation.

To celebrate his birthdayhis Foundation has launched a competition asking young people to imagine what the world will be like in 96 years’ time for the chance to win a prize of £500.

Jack Petchey’s Forward to the Future competition is open for entries until 30 September from any young person aged 11-19 from London and Essex.

Entries to the competition can span a range of creative means to explore this topic – including writing, art, videos, music, photography and anything else that explores the topic of a positive vision of life in 2117.

Read more or enter


Local artists showcased

Artist Toni Longhurst 2021

Three artists from New City College (NCC) Havering are featured in a newly-published book showcasing 48 of ‘the most fabulous urban artists’ coming out of London and Essex over the last few decades.

The book, called The Thing About Artists, has been launched by designers Brennan and Burch and celebrates all things creative in a mash-up of styles, including graffiti, pop art, illustration and photography.

Creative Arts Lecturer Toni Longhurst (pictured), Graphic Design and Digital Media Technician Scott Freeland, and Print Design Technician Ralph Overill, all based at NCC’s Ardleigh Green campus in Hornchurch, have made it into the book.

Their work is published alongside other prominent artists and was displayed at a recent exhibition and book launch at Fry’s Gallery, Fairkytes Art Centre, in Hornchurch.

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Roads and rails

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The A1306 London Road bridge over the A13 will be closed for inspection and survey work between the Wennington Interchange roundabouts until 5.30am on 26 July. A diversion route will be provided.

Carriageway resurfacing work will take place in Wren Gardens, Romford on 26 July between 8am and 5pm, and also in Catherine Road, Romford on 27 and 28 July, Berkeley Avenue, Romford on 29 and 30 July and Wilton Drive, Romford on 2 and 3 August during the same hours.

Heath Park Road will be closed between its junctions with Princes Road and James Close, and Manor Road closed at its junction with Heath Park Road to allow for sewer repairs. This work will begin on 26 July and may last until the end of August.

The Council's contractor, Marlborough Highways, will be doing some patch repair works on Dagnam Park Drive near the junction with Whitchurch Road in Harold Hill. Temporary traffic signals will be in use between 9.30am and 3pm on Thursday 29 July. On the same day this contractor will be repairing a manhole outside number 1, Elm Park Avenue in Elm Park. Temporary traffic lights will be used between 9.30am and 3pm.

Temporary traffic lights will also be in operation in South Street, Romford, near Roneo Corner, to allow for Essex and Suffolk Water work between 8.30pm and 11.30pm on Tuesday 3 August.

Carriageway resurfacing work will take place in Birch Road, Romford from 4 to 6 August. This will be daytime work carried out between 8am and 5pm. During these road works Birch Road will be closed to through traffic with diversions in place.

On the tracks

On the District line on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 July, there will be no service between Turnham Green and Ealing Broadway. Replacement buses will operate.

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Due to Network Rail engineering work in connection with the Barking Riverside Project, c2c services will not run on the Rainham line on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 July.

Rail replacement buses will run between Upminster and Grays via Rainham.


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An important message from Havering's Director of Public Health, plus the latest test on road repairs.

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Friday 16 July 2021  

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From Monday (19 July) the legal position on many of the lockdown rules change.

However, Havering Council will continue on a COVID-19 footing to keep our staff and the people we serve, you, safe.

For some this may not be popular, but we need everyone to support this approach when COVID-19 infections in Havering and across the country are rapidly increasing as our latest weekly report shows.

If our staff are impacted by becoming ill, or being required to isolate after coming into contact with infected people, this will affect the services we provide to you and those services will have to stop or be reduced.

We know people want to go back to normal, and so do we, but we need to keep our staff and the public safe.

Please do your bit by continuing to observe the Hands, Face, Space guidance when visiting any of Havering Council's buidlings including libraries, Langtons and the Town Hall.

Wearing masks won't be the law from Monday but we still want you to wear one in our buildings or in other enclosed spaces like shops. TfL have also made the decision that masks will still be required on public transport, including buses and tube trains in London.

It isn't just the immediate risk this month of infection, hospitalisation or death we should worry about. 

Patients with long COVID have reported more than 200 symptoms affecting 10 organ systems, according to a new study led by scientists from University College London and published this week. Although the most common symptoms were fatigue, particularly after physical or mental exertion, and brain fog, many other symptoms were identified. Long COVID leaves people to suffer with no end or cure in sight for their illness.

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All of this means it's down to us to try and protect each other from the spread of the virus.

So we must get vaccinated, test regularly, continue to wear a mask in crowded indoor spaces, and keep rooms well ventilated.

Remember that it remains a legal requirement to self-isolate when positive with COVID-19 or when contacted by NHS test and trace. 

See below for more details on vaccinations and testing in Havering. 

Lastly, diversity is a strength as our wonderful national football team showed us recently by reaching the first final in a major tournament for 55 years.

Please don't listen to the hateful minority who use the anonymity of social media to racially abuse our footballers. Now, more than ever, we need to forget any old prejudices and work together to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

If you want to contact me directly, you can email me.

Cllr Damian White

Leader, Havering Council 

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I encourage all residents to keep doing all the things that have helped keep so many of us safe over the last 18 months.

Those actions, like frequent hand washing and wearing a mask are summarised in our "Swiss cheese" graphic below.

By continuing to follow these practices we limit the transmission of disease and protect residents who may be particularly vulnerable and anxious about the removal of the legal backing for COVID-19 control measures. 

My team of public health professionals will be helping Havering Council carefully risk assess its services in light of the current spike in coronavirus infections before making any changes to keep staff and residents safe. We will be assisting businesses in the borough to do likewise. 

Mark Ansell

Director of Public Health, Havering Council

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Walk right in

Walk in vaccination clinics 17 and 18 July 2021

You can get your COVID-19 vaccine at walk-in clinics at sites in Havering today and tomorrow, as local GPs again run walk-in sessions to meet the demand for vaccines.

You will be asked your name, date of birth and postcode, and it would help if you can provide your NHS number.

If you aren’t able to join the walk-in clinics this weekend, the North East London Health and Care Partnership has published a list of all the places in Havering, and in neighbouring London boroughs, where you can get vaccinated close to your home.

You can also still book appointments online using the national booking system, or by calling 119.

To find out more about the vaccine, visit the vaccine facts website.

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Get tested quick

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COVID-19 is still with us, and infection rates have shot up in recent weeks in Havering as our weekly COVID-19 report shows.

To help make sure you're not passing on COVID-19 without knowing, regular, twice-weekly rapid testing for people without symptoms is available for everyone in Havering.

You should still use testing even if you have had one or both doses of the COVID-19 vaccination.

You can order a test kit online or pick one up from many places in Havering. Find your nearest testing site and collection point.

If you aren't sure how to do a rapid test at home, visit one of these centres first and be shown by the professionals. You can then take a test kit home with you to use in subsequent weeks. 

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Have symptoms?

It remains vitally important to book a test if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

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Today's hidden gem is the Sensory Blind Garden in Harrow Lodge Park.

This garden will be celebrating its 60th birthday on 22 July.

It is the only walled garden in Havering that is dedicated to the sensory impaired. The flowers, plants and shrubs are all grown with different touch, smell and colours. 

The garden sadly fell into a dilapidated state and was closed for many years but was then taken over by the Havering Volunteer Centre in 2016 and since then it has blossomed into a little colourful gem.

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The garden (pictured) is full of wonderful wildlife, stag beetles, butterflies and recently, hedgehogs.

You will find this hidden gem in Harrow Lodge Park, next to the new leisure centre. 

If you would like your photos or videos to be a part of this campaign, please email your submissions to the Communications Team with "Hidden Gems” as the subject line.


Roads and rails

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Road resurfacing work in Cherry Tree Lane in Rainham will continue until  Monday 19 July. During these daytime works the road will be closed to through traffic with diversions in place.

On Thursday 22 July temporary traffic lights will be in use for work by a contractor on behalf of Openreach in Pettits Lane at the junction with Pettits Close in Romford. The signals will be in use between 9.30am and 3.30pm.

The A1306 London Road bridge over the A13 will be closed for inspection and survey work between the Wennington Interchange roundabouts from 9pm on Monday 19 July to 5.30am on 26 July. A diversion route will be provided.

Broxhill Road will be closed between its junctions with North Road and Orange Tree Hill, and Lower Bedfords Road and Noak Hill Road when it is resurfaced between 20 and 23 July. The work will take place between 8am and 5pm and a diversion will be in operation.

Carriageway resurfacing work will take place in Wren Gardens, Romford on 26 July between 8am and 5pm, and also in Catherine Road, Romford on  27 and 28 July, Berkeley Avenue, Romford on 29 and 30 July and Wilton Drive, Romford on 2 and 3 August during the same hours.

Heath Park Road will be closed between its junctions with Princes Road and James Close, and Manor Road closed at its junction with Heath Park Road to allow for sewer repairs. This work will begin on 26 July and may last until the end of August.

Temporary traffic lights will be in operation in South Street, Romford, near Roneo Corner, to allow for Essex and Suffolk Water work between 8.30pm and 11.30pm on Tuesday 3 August.

On the tracks

Due to Network Rail engineering work in connection with the Barking Riverside Project, c2c services will not run on the Rainham line on Sunday 18 July. Rail replacement buses will run between Upminster and Grays via Rainham.

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Also on Sunday rail replacement buses will run between Upminster and Pitsea via Ockendon.

District Line tube trains will not run this Saturday and Sunday (17 and 18 July), between Tower Hill and Upminster. Replacement buses will operate.


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Saying "thank you", making it easy to get vaccinated in Havering, and news on parking permits.

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The next few days provide a great opportunity to say "thank you" to many people.

Sunday 4 July has been dubbed "Thank You Day" and it's designed to thank anyone who has helped during the pandemic, particularly volunteers and community groups.

It's a great opportunity to thank those who've helped us get through the last year. I will be joining many people across the country raising a glass or a mug to say 'Cheers for Volunteers' at 5pm.

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Then on Monday it's the 73rd birthday of the NHS. This year is all about saying thank you to everyone without whom the NHS wouldn’t have been able to roll out the biggest vaccination programme in health service history.

At 3pm on Monday the NHS is encouraging us to take a break and have a tea party. You can find out more about The NHS Big Tea online.

I want to add my thanks today to all those who have helped the NHS at our local vaccination centres. More volunteers are still needed, so if you can help, please read more about that below.

Around 3,000 residents received their vaccine at walk-in clinics in Havering last weekend. That was a magnificent achievement, but if you are aged 18 to 39, and haven't had your first jab yet, do take advantage of the walk-in, no appointment required, clinics that are being held again this weekend in Hornchurch and Romford. See details below.

The quarter-finals of the Euro 2020 tournament are held tonight and tomorrow. I know many of you will be watching, particularly on Saturday when England play Ukraine.

If you choose to watch any of the matches in a pub please use the NHS COVID-19 app to check-in and remember to maintain social distancing. Checking-in means that contact tracing can be far more effective in nipping COVID-19 outbreaks in the bud. If you haven't had a jab yet, you could get one on Saturday before the match kicks off.

Lastly, my thanks to the residents and Council staff who worked so hard last weekend after the rainfall deluge we suffered on Friday evening.

This week many people have taken to social media to claim that Havering Council hasn't been doing a good enough job in keeping the drains clear. It is important to understand that the Council is only responsible for the roadside drains. The sewers are the responsibility of Thames Water.

We have a robust maintenance programme in place to keep the surface drains as clear as possible and we regularly call on Thames Water to upgrade and improve their sewers to be able to cope with events like last Friday. 

Let's hope for better weather this weekend and for a great performance from England tomorrow!

If you want to contact me directly, you can email me.

Stay safe.

Cllr Damian White

Leader, Havering Council 

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Don't be fooled

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Brits are being warned of another new coronavirus scam which is asking people for a small administrative fee in return for a 'coronavirus digital passport'.

The calls, or emails, come from people who claim to be working for the NHS. They say if you purchase the bogus passport you can "travel safely and freely around the world without having to self-isolate" if you have had one or both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The email version of this scam also offers the passport to anyone who has recently recovered from coronavirus, and it asks anyone "who is eligible" to access their "digital passport" at the bottom of the email.

Do not click on any links if you receive this email or call any numbers that you may be given during a phone call or voicemail message. Do not provide your email address to any caller claiming to be providing an "NHS passport" for a fee.

There is no such "passport" available for a fee from the NHS.

The NHS does however provide a ‘COVID pass’ and not a ‘digital passport’. To get this you need to register yourself, online or through the NHS app. This is different to the NHS COVID-19 app.

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Doing something special

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Yesterday (1 July) was National Registrars' Recognition Day.

To mark the occasion, Havering's team, based at Langtons in Hornchurch, made a short video summarising their work in a year like no other.

Watch video


Witnesses wanted

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Police are appealing for witnesses and information after a woman was stabbed in Hornchurch on Monday afternoon (28 June).

Police were called shortly after 4.10pm following reports of a stabbing at a car park in Billet Lane. They found a 28-year-old woman, suffering knife wounds.

She was taken to hospital where her condition, although serious, is no longer life threatening.

A 27-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of attempted murder he remains in custody at an east London police station.

Police want to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or the
sequence of events leading up the incident, particularly anyone with dash-cam or mobile phone footage.

If you can help the investigation call 101 quoting this reference: 4955/28JUN.

If you wish to remain anonymous, call the independent charity Crimestoppers on
0800 555 111.


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Good advice

Dr Kmiotek June 2021

Dr Elizabeth Kmiotek from Queen's Hospital in Romford (pictured) has put together a short video that answer questions in Polish about why it is important to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Transcripts of the video in Lithuanian and Romanian are also available on our website.

Please share any of this information if you have friends or family who have been reluctant to get vaccinated.

This weekend it is easy to get jabbed in Havering without an appointment if you are aged 18 to 39. See the article below.

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Don't wait

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Residents aged 18 to 39 can get their COVID-19 vaccine at walk-in clinics at two sites in Havering this week, as local GPs again run walk-in sessions to meet the demand for vaccines.

Both clinics will be offering the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine as they are aimed at people aged under 40.

You will be asked your name, date of birth and postcode, and it would help if you can provide your NHS number.

If you aren’t able to join the walk-in clinics this weekend, the North East London Health and Care Partnership has published a new list of all the places in Havering, and in neighbouring London boroughs, where you can get vaccinated close to your home.

You can also still book appointments online using the national booking system, or by calling 119.

To find out more about the vaccine, or if have concerns, visit the vaccine facts website.

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Help make history

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Volunteers are needed to help at the Romford COVID-19 vaccination site in the Liberty Shopping Centre.

The roles include marshalling inside and outside, and, in particular, there's a need for volunteers who can help between 4 and 8pm.

In line with government advice volunteers must:

  • Be healthy, fit and well
  • Be under 70
  • Not be pregnant
  • Not fall into one of the population groups that are considered to be more vulnerable to COVID-19.

Register your interest and someone will be in touch to tell you more.

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Get tested quick

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COVID-19 is still with us, and infection rates have increased in recent weeks in Havering as our weekly COVID-19 report shows.

Classic COVID-19 symptoms do not always appear especially with the Delta variant. To help make sure you're not passing on COVID-19 without knowing, regular, twice-weekly rapid testing for people without symptoms is available for everyone in Havering.

You should still use testing even if you have had one or both doses of the COVID-19 vaccination.

You can order a test kit online or pick one up from many places in Havering. Find your nearest testing site and collection point.

If you aren't sure how to do a rapid test at home, visit one of these centres first and be shown by the professionals. You can then take a test kit home with you to use in subsequent weeks. 

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Have symptoms?

It remains vitally important to book a test if you have COVID-19 symptoms.


Check your area

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The Government provides daily COVID-19 data broken down by town or even postcode level.

Pictured, for example, is the latest data for people testing positive for coronavirus in the RM7 7EP area of Romford.

You can check the figures for your area and see daily statistics for the whole of Havering.

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Support if you test positive

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Anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 must isolate for 10 days.

It is important that you and the people in close contact with you self-isolate so that you don’t risk passing the infection on to others.

Havering Council is working with NHS Test and Trace to stay in contact and help you throughout your isolation, including visits and calls with trained officers.

Self-isolating can be difficult, but there is lots of support available, either online, or by telephoning our COVID-19 hotline on 0800 368 5201.

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Permitted to park

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Later this month Havering Council will introduce a new virtual parking permit system across the borough.

The online system will be managed by parking industry specialists Chipside Limited, on behalf of the Council.

The new on-line system replaces paper visitor permits with the introduction of virtual visitor permits for residents. All current paper visitor permits will remain valid, but will no longer be available for purchase once the virtual system goes live.

By introducing this system, the Council is helping residents to have an easier method of applying for permits, plus greater flexibility to use paid for parking.

Residents can make objections or other representations about this proposed traffic order. They should be sent in writing to the Highways Traffic and Parking Group Manager, Havering Town Hall, Main Road, Romford, RM1 3BB by 16 July. 

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Investment in health

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The NHS is continuing to invest in our local hospitals.

In the last financial year (2020/21) there was a £46million investment into Queen's and King George hospitals. 

A further £39m will be spent in this current financial year (2021/22).

At Queen’s Hospital, £7.5m will be spent on a new Critical Care Unit (CCU) which will provide flexibility to allow our local NHS to easily increase the number of beds quickly when there is additional demand.

The CCU at King George Hospital is also being expanded ready to deal with any increased demand over the winter months.

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Havering Libraries hosts an online Poetry Group using Zoom.

If you love poetry then you can bring along a couple of favourite poems to share, or ones that you have written, to the themed monthly meetings.    

Their next meeting is on Wednesday 7 July, from 4.30-6pm. The theme is ‘Hope’.

Email to book a place.

Based on the book and movie by Frank Baum, The Wizard of Oz comes to the Brookside Theatre in Romford next week.

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It contains all the songs from the Oscar-winning movie score including; ‘Over the Rainbow’, ‘Follow the Yellow Brick Road’, ‘If I Only Had a Heart’ and ‘We’re Off to See the Wizard’.

Join Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion and Toto for the classic story from Tuesday 6 July to Sunday 11 July.

To book, call the Brookside Theatre Box Office on 01708 755775 or visit their website.


Roads and rails

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Leamington Road in Harold Hill will be resurfaced between 5 and 9 July during the day. During this period the road will be closed to through traffic with diversions in place.

From 12 to 19 July Cherry Tree Lane in Rainham will be resurfaced. During these daytime works the road will be closed to through traffic with diversions in place.

Broxhill Road will be closed between its junctions with North Road and Orange Tree Hill, and Lower Bedfords Road and Noak Hill Road when it is resurfaced between 20 and 23 July. The work will take place between 8am and 5pm and a diversion will be in operation.

On the tracks

Due to Network Rail track maintenance work between Barking and London Fenchurch Street on Saturday 3 July, c2c services will be diverted to start and terminate at London Liverpool Street.

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c2c tickets will be accepted on Jubilee Line or Docklands Light Railway services between West Ham and Stratford.

Due to Network Rail engineering work in connection with the Barking Riverside Project, c2c services will not run on the Rainham line on Sunday 4 July. Rail replacement buses will run between Upminster and Grays via Rainham.

District Line tube trains will not run this weekend (3 and 4 July) between Tower Hill and Barking. Replacement buses will operate. 


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Wednesday 28 April 2021  (Update #210)

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Our latest weekly report brings with it the great news that not one person in Havering died of COVID-19 in the week up to 16 April.

It also shows that now well over half of all adults in our borough have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Please take up the offer of a jab when it comes and if you are aged 42 or over you can now book your vaccination online. 

These pieces of wonderful news must not blind us to the fact that COVID-19 hasn’t gone away. The number of infections rose slightly in the borough last week. This coronavirus pandemic has also already killed 921 of our neighbours, work colleagues, friends and loved ones here in Havering.

It is right to remember them. That's why I announced at the Council meeting last night that we will plant trees in a memorial garden in their honour.

It's also why we need to make sure we still follow the "hands, face, space and fresh air" rules to keep safe and take advantage of free, rapid COVID-19 testing that is now available in 50 places across Havering.

Frequent testing means that any outbreaks of infection can be quickly contained. Read more about testing later in this newsletter.

At our Annual Council meeting last month I was delighted to see Cllr John Mylod re-elected as Mayor of Havering. His first term was cut short due to the pandemic. Serving another year will help his chosen charities benefit from more of his brilliant work. There's more on this below.

In addition, as we start to come out of lockdown, economic recovery for the borough is just as important. This is why we also announced Cllr Dilip Patel as a new Assistant Cabinet Member to spearhead business recovery in the borough during this coming year.

Lastly, if you want to contact me directly, you can email me. However, please be patient as there may be a delay in getting back to you due to the volume of messages I am receiving.

Stay safe.

Cllr Damian White

Leader, Havering Council

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Latest figures

Weekly COVID infections chart 23 Apr 2021

Every week Havering Council publishes a report on coronavirus in the borough on its website.

It includes data on infection rates and testing, as well as the vaccine roll-out. It also compares the success of that programme in Havering with other parts of London and the rest of the country.

The graph above is taken from the report. It shows the number of Havering residents testing positive for coronavirus each week since 6 March last year. 

There were 46 cases reported in the last week, ten more than the previous week.

This corresponds to an incidence rate on 23 April of 18 new cases per 100,000 population. This is higher than the previous week, but lower than the London (22/100,000) and the whole of England (24/100,000) figures.

Vaccines

In total 921 people in Havering have now died with COVID-19 but, thankfully, there were no deaths due to the virus reported in Havering for the week ending 16 April.

The latest data shows that by 18 April almost 59 per cent of all adults in Havering have had their first dose of the vaccine. This is much higher than the average for East London, or the whole of London.

Over 99 per cent of all adults in Havering aged 60 to 64 have now received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Hospitals

As of 26 April there were 16 inpatients admitted due to COVID-19 occupying beds at our local hospitals.

The trust that runs those hospitals, BHRUT, also publishes weekly data on the number of patients it is treating.

Read our report


On track

Wates building site April 2021

Havering Council’s Deputy Leader paid a visit on Monday to the Napier and New Plymouth House development to check progress - six months after construction began.

Cllr Robert Benham and Neil Stubbings, Director of Regeneration, inspected works at the site in Rainham (pictured) which forms part of the ‘12 Estates’ regeneration programme with Joint Venture partners Wates Residential.

Despite the extra challenges caused by the pandemic, the development is progressing well and in line with its plan to create 197 homes for local people.

Businesses in and around the borough have been key to ensuring the project stays on track.

Read more


Re-elected

Mayor April 2021

Cllr John Mylod (pictured) has been re-elected as Mayor of Havering following the Annual Council meeting last night (27 April).

Cllr Mylod, who represents St Andrews ward, will continue to serve as Mayor for 2021/22.

Disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic has made many of the Mayoral engagements, including fundraising and community events, much more difficult.

After his re-election the Mayor said that he would continue to support and raise money for his chosen charities - Saint Francis Hospice, Clouds In The Sky, and the Rainbow Trust.

Cllr Christine Vickery, who represents Havering Park ward, has also been re-elected as Deputy Mayor.

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Use your vote

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Next week, on Thursday 6 May, the elections for the Mayor of London and Members of the London Assembly will take place.

When you go to a polling station or receive your postal ballot papers you will have three to fill in: a pink one for the Mayor, a yellow one for your constituency member, and an orange one for the London-wide list.

Watch a video to see how to use your votes.

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42 plus

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If you are aged 42 or over, or you are due to turn 42 by 1 July, you can book your COVID-19 vaccination now.

Take up of the vaccine is a key way in helping to get things back to normal and will protect you, your friends and your family.

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It’s important all of us fill in our census forms. That’s why it’s a legal requirement to take part.

You will not be in any trouble for returning the census now and only households refusing to complete the census run any risk of receiving a fine.

If you have any questions, or concerns about Census 2021, you can contact our local helpline. The number is 01708 432144.

Help is available on this number on Mondays and Thursdays from 1pm to 7pm, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 10am and 4pm, and on Saturday from 10am to 2pm.

Alternatively, visit www.census.gov.uk or call 0800 141 2021.  


Census scam warning

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Please be alert to scam messages arriving by text or email relating to Census 2021.

Some residents have received  messages that claim to be from "HM Government" saying that they had not completed their census correctly or fully.

The bogus messages then say that this needs to be corrected to avoid a thousand pound fine.

As with so many of these scams, if you click on links, or respond, they ask for your bank details. In this case the scam message says you owe them £1.25 for late submission of information. 

Ignore and delete any such messages. There is no charge or penalty for "incorrectly completing the census". 

There is a possible £1,000 penalty if you refuse to do the census but any such fine would only be charged after a court process, and there is no penalty for completing the census late.  


Free and easy

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Regular, twice-weekly rapid testing for people without COVID-19 symptoms is available for everyone in Havering to help make sure you're not passing on the virus without knowing.

You can order home test kits or pick them up from test centres, some libraries and most pharmacies.

There are over fifty places in Havering and you can find out the nearest testing sites and collection points.

Alternatively, you can order a test kit online. 

You should still use testing even if you have had one or both doses of the COVID-19 vaccination.

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Have symptoms?

Of course, it also remains vitally important to book a test if you have COVID-19 symptoms.


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See the Hoard

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The Museum of London and Museum of London Docklands are set to reopen to the public on 19 May depending on government guidance.

After that opening, you will be able to see the Havering Hoard: A Bronze Age Mystery.

Admission is free.

This exhibition has been extended until 22 August 2021.

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Still free

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Havering Council is providing free parking to help support our high streets and town centres.

Parking fees in all Council car parks and on-street parking bays are suspended until, and including, 9 May 2021.

For the avoidance of doubt this does not include resident permit parking where the usual permits and restrictions still apply.

The Council also provides a Havering Heroes parking permit for NHS and other key workers. This permit has been extended until 21 June 2021.


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Vaccine News!

The following link advises that some Carers can book an appointment for the COVID vaccine.  

 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

 

Who can use this service

You can only use this service if any of the following apply:

  • you are aged 55 or over
  • you are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • you are an eligible frontline health or social care worker
  • you have a condition that puts you at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
  • you have a learning disability
  • you are a main carer for someone at high risk from coronavirus

 

 

 

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Friday 19 March 2021  (Update #195)

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COVID-19 has taken its toll on my family and friends over the past year, so I was glad to receive my vaccine a few days ago.

My family and friends have all had their first dose of the vaccine too and I feel quite relieved – and so do my children – as it means that we all feel better protected for when things open up again and we can go out and about.

Cllr Persaud receiving COVID jab March 2021

The process was nice and simple. I was booked into the new space inside The Liberty in Romford which is easily accessible. The staff were very accommodating and friendly and the venue is nicely laid out.

Before taking the vaccine, I must admit, I was fearful of making a hospital appointment for another matter, but I’ve now booked my appointment.

I know there is some hesitancy among some people in taking the vaccine but I had no fear whatsoever and know how important it is for people from particular communities, including mine (Caribbean Indian), who are more vulnerable to the virus.

The virus is still out there so we should all still continue to follow the government guidance – washing our hands, keeping our distance and only going out if necessary.

Whatever fear you have, the benefits far outweigh them. The NHS is well equipped to respond to any concerns and I know some people do have some reaction to the vaccine, but these have tended to be mild and is nothing compared to what could happen without the vaccine.

Finally, don't forget that this Sunday is Census Day. If you haven't already completed it, please do so by Sunday. More on this below.

Have a great, and safe, weekend.

Cllr Viddy Persaud

Cabinet Member for Public Protection and Safety

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One year on

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Tuesday 23 March marks one year since the start of the first UK lockdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Havering Council will take part in the National Day of Reflection using the opportunity to pause and reflect on the loss and grief we have experienced.

After observing a one-minute silence at 12 noon on Tuesday, a single bell at St Andrew’s Church, Hornchurch will be tolled for five minutes starting at 12.01pm.

The Town Hall will be lit up in yellow on Tuesday to mark the event.

We have also produced a special commemorative online booklet containing messages of hope, thanks, and remembrance.

You will be able to read this via a link in the next edition of this newsletter that will be published on Tuesday, instead of Monday, next week.


Shielding latest

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The Government has announced that Clinicallly Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) people are advised that they no longer need to shield from Thursday 1 April.

This is because COVID-19 infection rates continue to fall, and there has been priority access to vaccination for all people who are CEV.

CEV people coming out of shielding will still be subject to the national restrictions alongside the rest of the population, but are advised to take extra precautions to keep themselves safe from COVID-19.

The NHS is sending out letters to all CEV people who are shielding with further advice.

For any CEV people who are registered already for priority access to supermarket delivery slots, they will continue to be able to access these until 21 June 2021. However the process will close to new registrations for priority slots on 31 March.

We know that the ending of shielding will be difficult for many of our residents, so we and our voluntary sector partners will still be here - look out for more information in our Living in Havering bulletins next week.


Meal deal for holidays

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The COVID Winter Grant Scheme has been extended, which means that Havering Council will again be able to support eligible families with school meals during the school holidays.

For the Easter holiday eligible families will receive £30 per child.

There’s no need to re-apply if you have previously received money via the School Meal Holiday Scheme. This will be paid automatically into your account by Monday 22 March. Read more on our website.

If you haven’t previously applied, but need to, please click on the button below.

Applications for new claims will open from 9am next Friday, 26 March, closing on Tuesday 6 April at 9am.

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New testing site

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A new rapid community testing site is coming to Romford High Steet from Monday (22 March). It will provide results within an hour. 

It's at 40 High Street, Romford (RM1 1AN), opposite Havering Museum, so it's convenient for anyone working in essential retail and offices in Romford town centre. 

Appointments can be booked online through Havering's COVID-19 testing page, and drop-in slots will be available throughout the day once the site is open. 

From Monday, there will be a total of five rapid testing sites available across Havering, including one directly opposite Rainham Station for easy access to those working in the south of the borough.

The rapid testing sites in South Hornchurch and Gidea Park libraries will no longer be available from Monday, and Havering Council is searching for suitable replacements in these locations.

See our short video explaining the simple process.

Home testing COVID kit March 2021

You can book tests or place an order online for home test kits (pictured) if you are in a household or support bubble where children are attending, or an adult is working in, a primary or secondary school, or a nursery.

You can also collect your home test kits without an appointment from any of our Local Testing Sites.

You should still be tested even if you have had one or both doses of the COVID-19 vaccination.

Have symptoms?

Of course, it also remains vitally important to book a test if you have COVID-19 symptoms. There is information on booking procedures, and opening hours for all our local testing locations on our website.


Hotline help

COVID-19 helpline

If you, or someone you know, has concerns around care, urgent issues with their health and wellbeing or lack of access to supplies, including food, please call our free to use helpline: 0800 368 5201.

It is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, and between 11am and 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays for emergencies only.

You can also email us if you, or someone you know, needs help.


Census day on Sunday

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Census 2021 day is this Sunday, 21 March.

By filling in your census, you will help shape Havering for the next 10 years. 

The census is collecting information about us and where we live on Sunday 21 March, but that is not a deadline that you have to meet for returning forms.

The vast majority of people will be completing the census online, but if you are using a paper copy you can put that in the post after 21 March. If you’d prefer to complete your questionnaire on paper you can request one to be sent to you.

You can also find guidance in 49 different languages plus other formats, including British Sign Language, Braille and Easy Read.

Help is available if you’re unsure how to complete it or you need further support. You can call our local helpline on 01708 432144 (Monday and Thursdas 1 - 7pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10am - 4pm, and Saturday 10am - 2pm) or send us an email

There is a special number that you can call if you are from the Polish or other East European communities: 07869 558880. Alternatively, you can email for help. 

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Help in 28 languages

Help to apply to EUSS

The Mayor of London has put together new, translated guidance on the EU Settlement Scheme to help European Londoners.

The guidance is available in 28 languages, including all official EU languages and other languages spoken by EU citizens and their family members in London such as Arabic, Bengali, Russian and Somali. 

Please share this information with any neighbours, friends or family who you think would benefit from help in their first language.

The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021. You must usually have started living in the UK by 31 December 2020. If you have children, you need to apply for them separately.

People who successfully register under the scheme remain eligible for public services, such as healthcare and schools, public funds and pensions, and British citizenship, if applicants wish to apply and meet the requirements.

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Support fund

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Smaller businesses can now apply for grants of up to £2,000 to help them adapt to new customs and tax rules when trading with the EU.

The £20 million SME Brexit Support Fund enables traders to access practical support, including training for new customs, rules of origin and VAT processes.

Small and medium-sized businesses that trade solely with the EU – and are therefore new to importing and exporting processes – are encouraged to apply for the grants.

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The Government has delayed the implementation of various import declarations from 30 June 2021 to 31 December 2021. Find out more.


Marking the day

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Apart from being Census Day, this Sunday (21 March) is also National Single Parents' Day.

Single parents have been particularly impacted by the crisis when it comes to losing jobs and income, balancing work and childcare and home schooling.

Gingerbread, the national single parents charity that was founded in 1918 in the midst of the last global pandemic, will be celebrating single parents and what they have achieved.

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Learning to cope

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Havering Libraries are holding a series of free author events including Andy Cope doing a live Zoom event on wellbeing for adults.

Andy’s books are frequently on the best-sellers list. ‘The Art of Being Brilliant’, ‘Shine’, ‘The Little Book of Emotional Intelligence’ and ‘Zest’ have all topped the personal development charts.

Happiness Route Map’ was nominated as The Independent’s best self-help book of 2018. In this session he will be encouraging people to start loving life, to become their very best self, with tips on how to increase wellbeing and happiness.

You can join Andy on Thursday 25 March from 7 to 8pm.

If you would like to attend, please book in advance by email.


Park life this weekend

Covid Marshalls on patrol in Raphaels Park

This weekend many parks in Havering are likely to be very busy.

If you’re visiting any of them for your permitted daily exercise, or socialising with just one person from outside your household that is now permitted under Step 1 of the Government's lockdown easing roadmap, please avoid busy times, if possible.

Follow social distancing guidelines when walking or jogging on pathways, and use bins for any masks, gloves or empty sanitiser bottles. Littering not only spoils the experience of our parks for others but is damaging to the environment and wildlife.

If you purchase food or drink from any of the takeaway kiosks or cafes in our parks, please maintain social distancing while queueing, and walk away as soon as you have collected it.

COVID Marshals (pictured) will be regularly patrolling our parks over the weekend to make sure that coronavirus lockdown rules and park byelaws are followed.


Roads and rails

Road improvement sign June 2019

From Tuesday 23 to Thursday 25 March road resurfacing work will take place in part of Roseberry Gardens and Waycross Road, Cranham. This work will be carried out between 9.30am and 3pm each day.

From 22 to 26 March road resurfacing works will take place in Gooshays Drive (between Hilldene Avenue and Petersfield Avenue). This work will be carried out between 7.30pm and 6am each night.

The high friction road surfacing around pedestrian crossing points in Rom Valley Way in Romford, close to the junction with Oldchurch Road, will be replaced between 29 and 31 March. Work will take place overnight between 8pm and 6am. 

c2c train at a station

Due to Network Rail undertaking engineering work in connection with the Barking Riverside Project, c2c trains will not run on the Rainham line this weekend (20 and 21 March).

Rail replacement buses will run between Upminster and Grays via Rainham.

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Monday 1 March 2021  (Update #187)

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This financial year has been a year none of us could have predicted. 2020 brought COVID-19 and with it changes and challenges on a scale most of us have never seen in our lifetimes.

As we do every year, we set our budget with a clear plan for the year. However, the pandemic changed all our lives and re-wrote those plans.

When we first became aware of the awful coronavirus  pandemic, we quickly responded to the needs of our residents. This included supporting the shielded scheme – delivering food to those who needed it most.

I asked for £1.5m of funding to be put aside for our Havering Helps scheme to help those residents most in need. Following this, in November, I was pleased that we could go even further with the COVID-19 Winter Support Grant. This funding has enabled us to help those of our residents who have been so badly affected by the impact of the pandemic.

The Havering Helps scheme has now helped over 4,000 residents with more than half a million pounds in cash grants and payments to replace and repair white goods, help with utility bills, assist with isolation and put food on the table.

You can read more on our plans for the next financial year in the article below about Wednesday's night's Council Tax setting meeting.

Today I want to reassure parents and pupils that schools have been working hard to prepare for the safe return to school or college from next Monday (8 March).

When they open fully for all pupils we will need everyone - teachers, pupils and parents or carers - to continue following the Government guidance in order to keep everyone safe. The hands, face and space message remains crucial and all adults and secondary school or college students must wear a face covering while on school or college premises where they can’t social distance. Also, please don’t hang about near school gates when dropping off or collecting children. Go straight home to help keep COVID-19 infection rates in Havering down. Read more on this later in this bulletin.

If you want to contact me directly, you can email me. However, please be patient as there may be a delay of a day or two in getting back to you due to the volume of messages I am receiving.

Cllr Damian White

Leader, Havering Council

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Council Tax setting

Town Hall March 2019

This Wednesday night (3 March) at 7.30pm Havering Council holds its annual Council Tax setting meeting. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this will be a virtual meeting with Councillors joining the meeting from home via Zoom.

The meeting will approve the Council's budget for 2021/22 and set the Council Tax applicable from April.

You can read the documents the councillors will be discussing and, if you wish, watch the meeting via a webcast.

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Positive Possibilities

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Our mental health awareness campaign, BeNiceToYourNoggin, and local youth charity Lifeline Projects are putting on a free online concert this Friday (5 March) to help raise awareness of mental health support.  

The event – headlined by MOBO winner Guvna B - will be exclusively for young people in Havering and hopes to provide a place for them to discuss mental health issues and learn more about the local help available.  

If you are aged 11 - 25, or know someone who is, click on the button below to join the event.

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Next steps

Here's a summary of the first two steps the Government has outlined as it begins to relax COVID-19 restrictions:

Steps 1 and 2 revised

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Cast your vote

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The Government has announced that door-to-door campaigning for England's local elections will be allowed from 8 March.

Activists will be permitted to canvas and leaflet as long as they work alone, with groups of six allowed from 29 March. But guidance says hustings and public meetings over this limit will still have to take place online.

Elections for the Mayor of London and London Assembly will be held across London on Thursday 6 May.

You must be on the electoral register to vote in Mayor of London and London Assembly elections - and indeed any UK elections and referenda. You can register to vote online in just a few minutes using a simple form. You'll need to provide your National Insurance number, your date of birth and your address.

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Testing, vaccines and help

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If you have any doubts about taking a COVID-19 vaccine when it is offered to you, or you know that a friend or relative has concerns, see this video.

If you are 64 or over, an eligible frontline health or care worker, or eligible for carer’s allowance, and have not yet had, or been booked, for your first COVID-19 vaccination you can book online or call 119.

From today (1 March) a new COVID-19 vaccination centre will be open in the Liberty Shopping Centre in Romford. It has been set up by North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT). Attendance will be by appointment only and the centre will be open from 8am - 8pm, seven days a week. 

Testing

One in three people with COVID-19 have no symptoms, and can pass it on to others without realising. If you cannot work from home please test twice weekly at one of Havering's five lateral flow testing centres.

These centres are open from 7am to 7pm on weekdays and 10am to 7pm on weekends. Find your nearest rapid testing site.

See our short video that explains the simple process.

From today (1 March), you can also book tests or place an order online for home test kits if you are in a household where children will be attending primary or secondary school from next week.

Of course, it also remains vitally important to book a test if you have COVID-19 symptoms. There is information on booking procedures, and opening hours for all our local testing locations on our website.

Help

If you, or someone you know, has concerns around care, urgent issues with their health and wellbeing or lack of access to supplies, including food, please call our free to use helpline: 0800 368 5201.

It is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, and between 11am and 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays for emergencies only.

You can also email us if you, or someone you know, needs help.


Picking up on waste

Brooklands waste poster March 2021

Havering Council in partnership with Keep Britain Tidy, is launching a campaign to help our borough get rid of its waste responsibly.

It will begin in Brooklands ward, Romford, where last year, £35,933 was spent by the Council clearing up fly-tipping.

For the next four weeks in the ward, the campaign will look at where fly-tipping takes place in the area, with Keep Britain Tidy monitoring the number of fly-tipping incidents and reports.

The campaign will also look into residents’ awareness, attitudes and perceptions of fly-tipping and see what can be done to help people who do fly-tip understand the impact it has on their communities.

Report a fly-tip


Fostering for loving parents

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Havering Council believes that any loving person or couple can make wonderful foster parents.

Today (Monday 1 March) is the start of LGBT Adoption & Fostering Week. 

We consider applications from anyone over 25 years, with a spare bedroom and also applications from people who are working, but you’ll need to have some flexibility to meet all the needs of any child in your care.

To find out more about fostering, join the Havering Council team this Wednesday, 3 March, at 11 am for a special information session.

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Safe return to school

Back to school graphic March 2021

The Government announced last month that all schools would fully open next Monday, 8 March.

Returning to school is compulsory, unless there are specific medical reasons for a child not being able to attend. Non-attendance could result in a penalty notice being issued.

Havering Council wants to reassure parents and pupils that everything that can be done is being done to ensure their safe return to school and why it is important for pupils to return – for their own wellbeing and their long-term learning and future.

If you or your child feels unwell, please don’t come to school, but isolate and get tested. If your child tests positive, arrangements will be made so they can study at home. From today (1 March) parents or carers can book tests or place an order online for home test kits if you are in a household where children will be attending primary or secondary school from next week.

Walk to school where possible. If you’re travelling by bus, please remember to wear a face covering.

COVID-19 hasn’t gone away. Please head home straight after school to help stop the spread of the virus.


Quit moaning

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This Thursday (4 March) is World Book Day.

Havering Libraries is holding a number of special online events to celebrate the day, including author Andy Cope doing a live Zoom between 7 and 8pm aimed at anyone aged 11 or over.

Amongst other things, he will be discussing his book ‘The Art of Being a Brilliant Teenager’ and encouraging teens to quit the moaning and start loving life, to become their very best self, with tips on how to stay cool under pressure and be determined and most importantly ‘happy’.

Register in advance by sending an email. 

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Once every 10 years

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Very soon you will receive a letter that will tell you everything you need to know about how to complete Census 2021 online.

Paper copies of the census will be available if required.

Census 2021 takes place on Sunday 21 March.

By filling in your census, you will help shape Havering for the next 10 years.

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Deadline day in June

EUSS Polish version Feb 2021

Up until the end of January more than five million people have applied to the EU Settlement Scheme.

So far there have been 22,850 applications to the scheme from Havering residents.

The largest number of applications were from Romanian citizens, followed by Lithuanians, Poles, Bulgarians, Italians and Portuguese. 

If you are a European Economic Area (EEA) or Swiss citizen, or a family member, you should apply now to secure your rights in UK law.

The deadline for applications is 30 June 2021.  

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Time to give up

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This year No Smoking Day is on Wednesday 10 March. Make this day your time to quit for good.

The pandemic may have you thinking more about smoking and your health.

Click below to to keep motivated to quit for better health, as well as the other top reasons Londoners have for kicking the habit.

Help to kick the habit


Step up

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Step Up to Social Work is a Department for Education initiative which aims to increase the number of social workers by supporting graduates and career changers to start a new career in social work, working with vulnerable children, young people and families.

Step Up to Social Work is a 14 month full-time, fully funded programme, starting in January 2022 that leads to a Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work.

The programme is delivered locally by the University of East London in partnership with local authorities including Havering Council.

Applications for places close on 7 April 2021.

A series of online information sessions are being held, starting tomorrow (Tuesday 2 March). Book your place at one of these sessions.

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Films from the Fanns

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The Land of the Fanns Landscape Partnership Scheme has worked with local people to create ten short films that reveal some of the wonderful places and characters in the Land of the Fanns - an area that includes Havering.

The ten films evoke memories, record developments and showcase some of the interesting and beautiful places to be found in the Fanns area that runs from east London to Basildon.

Locations in Havering featured in these films include Bedfords Park Walled Garden in Havering-atte-Bower, the Rainham Hall Community Garden, and the Harold Wood Running Club training in Pages Wood (pictured).

Each film is available to watch on the Land of the Fanns websiteYouTube channel and on its Facebook page.

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Monday 25 January 2021  (Update #172)

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By the time you read this it is likely that the COVID-19 vaccination programme will have passed the seven million mark nationally and better days are ahead.

But we must remember that coronavirus vaccines may not fully prevent people from passing the virus on to others so people who have had the jab should still continue to abide by lockdown restrictions.

The Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, said at the weekend that if those who have been vaccinated begin easing off because they are protected, they are potentially putting at risk those further down the priority list who still need inoculation. He also said that it is possible to contract the virus in the two to three week period after receiving a jab.

Therefore, continue to act as if you have the virus whether you have been vaccinated or not.

Encourage everyone to take up a vaccination when it is offered as that will reduce the pressure on the NHS. Join our online public meeting this Thursday if you have questions about the vaccine. Read more on this below.

If you want to contact me directly, email me. However, please be patient as there may be a delay of a day or two in getting back to you due to the volume of messages I am receiving.

Cllr Damian White

Leader, Havering Council

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Questions answered

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Over the coming weeks, there will be information available to help answer any concerns and questions about the vaccine.

This includes an online public meeting organised by Havering Council with local health professionals on Thursday, 28 January, from 4pm.

Find out about the vaccination roll-out and what is happening locally to help reduce COVID-19 infections and hospitalisations.

Information on the vaccine is available in a variety of languages including Gujarati, Urdu and Punjabi to help explain the coronavirus vaccine and the importance of having it to protect yourself, and reduce the potential of spreading the virus in your community.

The COVID-19 vaccinations used in the UK have been endorsed by the British Islamic Medical Association.

The NHS's East London Health and Care Partnership also have a website with information on the coronavirus vaccine, including answers to many frequently asked questions.

Attend the meeting


Help when you need it

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If you, or someone you know, has concerns around care, urgent issues with their health and wellbeing or lack of access to supplies, including food, please call our free to use helpline: 0800 368 5201.

It is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, and between 11am and 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays for emergencies only.

You can also email us if you, or someone you know, needs help.


Testing remains vital

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It remains vitally important to book a test if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

Click for details of all types of local testing locations and opening hours.

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More testing capacity

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Dorrington Gardens car park in Hornchurch, will be the site for a new permanent COVID-19 local testing site. 

This will be a walk-through facility, designed to allow local people to access testing and will be on the upper tier of the car park.

The lower tier will continue to be available for parking.

It will be open 8am to 8pm from next Monday, 1 February, seven days a week.

If you need testing now, see the information on our website.


Stay safe in parks

Kids on play equipment in Bedfords Park Nov 2020

Parks are crucial for exercise and mental wellbeing, particularly during the pandemic when permitted activities are limited.

Therefore, it's vital that residents respect these spaces and behave appropriately so that they can be enjoyed by everyone.  

To stop the spread of COVID-19, you must continue to follow the Government’s rules and only leave home for permitted reasons.

Please remember:

  • Do not visit a park if you have any COVID-19 symptoms
  • Don't enter a park if it is crowded and you cannot safely stay two metres from others
  • To ensure you can continue socially distancing, use all areas of the park that remain open, not just the paths
  • Be respectful of others and give them space
  • Avoid touching surfaces (such as gates or handrails) and if children use any play equipment use hand sanitiser afterwards
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • To use bins provided or take litter home with you
  • If you purchase food or drink from any of the takeaway kiosks or cafes in our parks, please buy your snacks and then walk away to continue your exercise. 

If you believe that social distancing rules are being broken you can report that online.

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Small business support

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One in three people get COVID-19 and have no symptoms, passing it on to others without realising.

It is now more important than ever to get tested regularly, especially if you have to enter other people’s homes as part of your job.

Havering Council understands that self-employed people and sole traders, especially tradespeople, are worried about the financial impact of testing positive, and so we have launched our new SafeTrade grant support scheme.

Tradespeople who are registered with the scheme can claim a £500 grant to help with ongoing business costs if they test positive and have to isolate. All we ask is that you get tested twice per week at one of our rapid testing sites.

Eligible businesses might include:

  • building trades
  • domestic cleaners
  • suppliers routinely entering a home to measure or estimate for work
  • tutors.

The grant is intended to support single-handed businesses – sole traders and owner-managed limited liability companies with a single employee.

Register


Schooling at home

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Schools will continue to provide remote education until February half-term at the earliest, and the key message for parents is that you are not alone, and you should keep in touch with your school and seek help if you need it.

When being taught remotely, your child’s school will set work each day in several different subjects, which will include either recorded or live direct teaching, and should be similar in length to the core teaching pupils would receive in school.

As a guide, this will be:

3 hours a day for Key Stage 1 (years 1 and 2, pupils aged between 5 and 7)

4 hours a day for KS2 (years 3 - 6 with children aged between 7 and 11)

5 hours a day for KS3 and KS4 (secondary school up to age 16)

Those hours include both direct teaching and time for pupils to complete tasks or assignments independently.

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Text scam alert

Scam text message Jan 2021

Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic has provided many opportunities for fraudsters to prey on people at times of stress.

We are aware of text messages (an example of a scam text is pictured) pretending to come from the Government telling people they are entitled to money under a "lockdown support plan". 

Official UK Government websites begin with www.gov.uk, so any addresses you see on texts like this one pictured are bogus and you should not click on any link provided. 

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Taking care of ourselves

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Experiencing mental health issues can feel isolating, but it's important to reach out if you feel like you're struggling.

The pandemic has affected us all in different ways, and it is only normal to feel uncertain about what the future holds.

The stress of this uncertainty and the new challenges we have had to face has had an impact on the mental health of many.

With limited contact with our friends, family, community and colleagues, taking care of our mental health and wellbeing has never been more important.

Local support services can help you.

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Memorial Day

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Holocaust Memorial Day takes place this Wednesday, 27 January.

Tributes to commemorate the day will be posted on our Facebook page.

The theme of this year’s Memorial Day is ‘Be The Light In The Darkness’.

This theme asks us to consider different kinds of ‘darkness’, for example, identity-based persecution, misinformation, denial of justice; and different ways of ‘being the light’, for example, resistance, acts of solidarity, rescue and illuminating mistruths.


Meeting this week

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Havering Council's Cabinet (pictured pre-COVID) meets on Wednesday night (27 January).

On the day you can view the proceedings via our website and a live video stream.

The meeting will be a virtual one to ensure appropriate social distancing with most members joining the meeting via video link.

The agenda for the meeting, which starts at 7:30pm, includes a decision on proposals to spend £1.5million to make better use of Council buildings and land in order to make ongoing savings of £900,000 per year. This includes space in the Town Hall and surrounding grounds being prioritised for those services that cannot be delivered remotely, with remaining capacity serving as space for staff working predominately at home or elsewhere. 

Also on the agenda is the next phase of the Council's Smart Working programme.

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Time to count

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Let's Count is a way for primary school pupils to get involved with the next census. 

Census 2021 will take place on Sunday 21 March.

The census is a survey that happens every 10 years and gives a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales. This helps to plan and fund public services across the country and provides invaluable data to Havering Council.

There’s no other survey that gives as much detail about us and the society we live in.

The Let's Count programme will include a special live stream lesson on equality and representation, delivered by British historian, Professor David Olusoga.

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