Week 42 and the first Monday of 2021 certainly started off with a bang with 21 requests for assistance being received. They looked like this:

11 x Welfare (Including three home visits)
3 x Food box deliveries
3 x Prescription collection and deliveries
2 x Shopping trips
2 x Miscellaneous

Branston All Saints Food Bank
As well as delivering three food boxes, one of which went to a very grateful Nocton resident, there were 2 generous cash donations. Thank you very much.
If you would like to make a donation, the following items would be greatly appreciated:

Coffee (Normal and de-caff)
Apple juice
Orange juice
Squash (Orange, blackcurrent etc)

Request for Volunteer Information (Reposted)
Thank you to those who have responded:

This week I will be conducting a ‘roll call’, requesting that all volunteers let me know what their current availability and status is. This will enable Jim and I to have an update list of who is ‘active’ and able to assist, thus saving time and bring inconvenienced by unnecessary calls. I would like to have this new consolidated list completed by 1300 hrs on Sunday 10th January. Your help and co-operation in achieving this will be appreciated.

Furthermore, once compiled I will distribute new lanyards and passes. The roll out of photographic passes will commence at a later date.

If you are no longer wish to or are unable to assist, can you please, firstly let me know and then either drop off your green Volunteer pass at the Food Bank or pop it through my door.

Take care and Stay Safe – Andy, Jim, Linda, Liam, Kev, Jonathan, Foxy and Joseph 👍

Covid-19 Update – Source: ‘The Lincolnite’

There have been 501 new coronavirus cases and five COVID-related deaths in Greater Lincolnshire on Monday.
The government’s COVID-19 dashboard recorded 407 new cases in Lincolnshire, 54 in North Lincolnshire and 40 in North East Lincolnshire.
On Monday, three deaths were registered in Lincolnshire and two in North Lincolnshire. These figures include deaths both in and out of hospitals, as well as residents in hospitals outside the county.
NHS England reported five new local hospital deaths on Monday, including three at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust and two at United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust.
On Monday, national cases increased by 58,784 to 2,713,563 – the highest daily case number ever recorded – while deaths rose by 407 to 75,431.
Just over 6,000 Pfizer coronavirus vaccines have been administered across Lincolnshire since December 8, less than 1% of the national total. Some 7,000 more of the new Oxford vaccine are on the way.
Prime Minster Boris Johnson prepares to address the nation at 8pm on Monday evening over what further steps need to be taken.
Earlier today he said there is “no question” the government will announce stricter measures “in due course” in a bid to control the spread of coronavirus.
The PM added there are “tough” weeks ahead for the UK in its fight against coronavirus. Here’s what tougher measures could mean for us.
The first person to receive the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine, Brian Pinker, 82, said he was “so pleased” to get the jab at Oxford’s Churchill Hospital.
Scotland has been told today by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to stay at home in a new lockdown.
Most of England’s primary schools have reopened on Monday but unions have claimed that a full reopening of schools in England could put teachers at “serious risk” of falling ill with coronavirus and could “fuel” the pandemic.
Four schools in Lincolnshire have contacted the county council this week due to cases of coronavirus.
Councillor Mrs Patricia Bradwell, Executive Councillor for Children’s Services in Lincolnshire, said: “School infection figures in Lincolnshire are well below the national average at around 1% and we want schools, where it is safe and risk assessed, to keep open for face to face teaching. It’s better for children’s education that they are in school if possible.”
Here’s Greater Lincolnshire’s infection rate up to January 4 according to the government dashboard:

Image may contain: text that says 'Local area (with national ranking) Infection rate per up to Dee 28 South Kesteven (210) up to Dee 30 people Lincoln City (239) upJan1 313.9 upJan4 305.4 North Kesteven (263) 332.1 388.7 384.8 348.4 South Holland (287) 279-7 336.4 254 325.3 West Lindsey (301) 209.4 269.4 290 190.5 Boston (328) 210.5 308.4 271.8 258.9 354.8 North Lincolnshire (332) 267.6 293.6 247-7 East Lindsey (355) 188.1 286.4 231.8 155-5 132.6 164-3 North East Lincolnshire (363) 112.9 208.4 110.9 123.5 Greater Lincolnshire average 100.9 155-9 England average 101.5 254 140.4 225.8 401.9 232.4 374 249.2 426.5 518.5'