Another steady day with 9 requests for assistance and advice being received. They looked like this: 5 x Miscellaneous, 2 x Shopping trips, 1 x Food box delivery and 1 x Welfare.

Branston All Saints Food Bank

Thank you for the donations that were made today, as ever they’re really appreciated.

Lincolnshire Co-op Community Champions – ‘Heads-Up’

I am very pleased to inform you that our Community Champions application for the Spring quarter has made the final shortlist to go through to voting.

Voting will take place on the Co-op website and will run from Monday 18th January to Sunday 31st January 2021. Anyone who is a member of Lincolnshire Co-op will be eligible to vote. All you have to do is visit during the voting window and vote to support the Branston Community Group – Good Neighbour Scheme.

Whilst online voting is encouraged it is understood that not everyone has access to the internet so the Co-op Membership Team will be on hand during the voting period to take any votes over the phone – just call 01522 781135.

Your participation in this process will assist the Group in potentially being awarded funding to help set us up and financially prepare us for 2021.

Please note the dates for the voting window, but rest assured I’ll be reposting this again.

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

Covid-19 Update – Source: ‘The Lincolnite’

There have been 546 new coronavirus cases and 20 COVID-related deaths in Greater Lincolnshire on Wednesday.

The government’s COVID-19 dashboard recorded 426 new cases in Lincolnshire, 69 in North Lincolnshire and 51 in North East Lincolnshire. Local cases have hit 40,000 mark since the pandemic started.

On Wednesday, 13 deaths were registered in Lincolnshire, six in North Lincolnshire and one in North East Lincolnshire. These figures include deaths both in and out of hospitals, as well as residents in hospitals outside the county.

NHS England reported nine new local hospital deaths on Wednesday, including seven at United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust and two at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust (NLAG).

The total number of hospital deaths in Greater Lincolnshire has now surpassed 900 since the start of the pandemic.

On Wednesday, national cases increased by a record 62,322 to 2,836,801, while deaths rose by 1,041 to 77,346 – the highest number of daily COVID deaths since April 21, 2020.

In local news, a Lincolnshire MP has called for more people to be reliant on themselves over fears that “every successive lockdown is less and less effective”.

This comes as there are currently 324 patients with coronavirus in hospitals across Greater Lincolnshire.

GCSE and A-Level exams due to take place this summer have been cancelled and will be replaced by teacher assessments as the coronavirus pandemic and the latest national lockdown continues to impact education.

A doctor at Boston Pilgrim hospital became the first person in Lincolnshire to receive the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday – here’s how long it will take you to get the vaccine.

The PM told the House of Commons on Wednesday that the end of England’s lockdown will not happen with a “big bang” but will instead be a “gradual unwrapping”.

Greater Lincolnshire has seen an increase in infection rates across all districts except West Lindsey which has seen a slight decrease from 247.7 per 100,000 people on Monday to 246.7 on Wednesday.

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) up Infection rate per 100,000 people Dec South Kesteven (218) upJa1 Lincoln City (263) 305.4 upJa4 an 6 332.1 North Kesteven (296) 384.8 348.4 413.6 336.4 South Holland (315) 254 325.3 349.4 269.4 West Lindsey (335) 290 190.5 210.5 301.9 Boston (341) 271.8 258.9 267.6 276.8 293.6 247-7 North Lincolnshire (345) 286.4 246.7 East Lindsey (363) 231.8 155-5 164-3 240.8 112.9 208.4 North East Lincolnshire (365) 123.5 229.8 100.9 155-9 Greater Lincolnshire average 175 101.5 England average 140.4 225.8 169.2 232.4 374 249.2 267 426.5 518.5 579.8'