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Day 299 – 15 January

Helpline No: 07395 906220 Email: Branstoncommunity@gmail.com Today ticked along steadily with 14 requests for assistance being received. They consisted of the following: 5 x Miscellaneous (Dog walking, vaccine advice and sign-posting for reliable tradespeople) 4 x...

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Day 298 – 14 January

Helpline No: 07395 906220 Email: Branstoncommunity@gmail.com Daily Summary - Day 298 - Thursday 14th January 2021 Things slowed down today as only 9 requests came in and they looked like this: 5 x Welfare (1 x Home visit) 2 x Miscellaneous (Inc setting up a carbon...

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Day 297 – 13 January

Helpline No: 07395 906220 Email: Branstoncommunity@gmail.com A slightly quieter day today with 16 requests being received, all before midday. This is still more than twice our daily average. It was only a few days ago that we celebrated passing the 1800 mark, at this...

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Day 296 – 12 January

Helpline No: 07395 906220 Email: Branstoncommunity@gmail.com Well what a day it has been - 25 calls for assistance rolled in today covering a wide range of requests: 10 x Miscellaneous (Dog walking, advice, cleaning, fitting a carbon-monoxide alarm...) 7 x Welfare...

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Day 295 – 11 January

Helpline No: 07395 906220 Email: Branstoncommunity@gmail.com As we move into Week 43, there continues to be a steady flow of requests coming in - today it was 13 and they looked like this: 9 x Miscellaneous (Dog walking, vaccine advice, transport advice) 2 x Food Box...

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Day 294 – 10 January

Week 42 finished off very quietly without the phone ringing at all. This provided me with an opportunity to catch up on some Group administration, primarily producing photo ID passes that will be issued shortly. Branston All Saints Food Bank Jan will be managing the...

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Day 293 – 9 January

Things eased off slightly today as only 8 requests for assistance were received and they looked this: 3 x Welfare 2 x Food box deliveries 2 x Shopping trips & 1 x Miscellaneous (Dog walking) Today I ventured out to do some shopping at Tesco near Pelham Bridge....

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Day 292 – 8 January

As the first full working week of the year comes to an end, we finished with 13 requests coming in. These equated to: 6 x Miscellaneous 2 x Prescription collection and deliveries 2 x Welfare 2 x Food box deliveries & 1 x Shopping trip Branston All Saints Food Bank...

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Day 291 – 7 January

It has been another incredible day as a total of 21 requests came in and most of these were before 11 o’clock. But that doesn’t matter as they were all swiftly and successfully responded to by our great team of volunteers. They came in the shape of: 9 x Miscellaneous...

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Day 290 – 6 January

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...

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Day 289 – 5 January

Today was somewhat quieter, but the nonetheless we still received 8 requests for assistance and advice. (5 x Welfare and 3 x Miscellaneous covering a wide range of things from friendly chats, fixing phones and dog walking) Branston All Saints Food Bank Firstly, I must...

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Day 288 – 4 January

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...

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Day 287 – 3 January

As Week 41 comes to an end, interestingly, 2 requests for assistance came in that were both welfare related; one to assist a resident who has just gone into hospital and the other for a resident who has been discharged. Branston All Saints Food Bank Tomorrow business...

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Day 286 – 2 January

Well the first Saturday of the year started off with 3 requests for assistance being received, 2 x Food box deliveries (one of which was to a neighbouring community resident) and 1 x Welfare related. With the flurry of snow that we had today, it caused me to realign...

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Day 285 – 1 January

2021 started with 2 welfare calls coming in, fortunately nothing serious, just asking for advice. As alluded to in my earlier post to announce the winner of the competition we have cracked the 1700 milestone. I didn’t mention it sooner as I didn’t wish to disclose a...

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Day 284 – 31 December

A quiet day and end to 2020 with only 3 requests for assistance being received. 1 x Food Box delivery, 1 x Shopping trip and 1 x Welfare visit. Branston All Saints Food Bank It’s been a steady week at the Food Bank and one that was topped off by responding to an...

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Day 283 – 30 December

An interesting day as 7 requests were received; six were welfare related and one was miscellaneous. Branston All Saints Food Bank A further food donation was gratefully received today, thank you. Opening Hours Monday 28 December to Thursday 31 December - 1000-1100 hrs...

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Day 282 – 29 December

Things picked up today with 10 requests for assistance coming in. They came in the shape of: 3 x Welfare 3 x Food Box delivery 3 x Miscellaneous & 1 x Shopping trip Branston All Saints Food Bank  Thank you for the cash and food donations that were kindly made...

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Day 281 – 28 December

Week 41 commenced with with 2 requests coming in; 1 x Welfare and 1 x Food Box delivery. Branston All Saints Food Bank - Festive Period - Opening Hours Monday 28 December to Thursday 31 December - 1000-1100 hrs Normal service resumes: Monday 4 - 8 January 2021 -...

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Day 280 – 27 December

Well, as Week 40 slips away, so does another day whereby no requests for assistance were received. Indeed, this is the first time in 280 days that a period of three days have passed quietly. It could be said that this is down to the time of year, however it could also...

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Day 279 – 26 December

I hope that you’ve had a good Boxing Day, which passed quietly without the Branston Helpline ringing. Guess the number of requests With now only 5 days remaining to submit your guess, it appears that that the interest has dwindled. Additionally, I can say that despite...

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Day 278 – 25 December

I hope that you’ve all had an enjoyable day and have taken the opportunity to relax. Despite remaining poised throughout the day, no requests were received. A highlight was cooking and delivering a Christmas lunch to an elderly friend who lives alone. Seeing him smile...

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Day 277 – 24 December

Today was spent assisting those who needed last minute requests completing. In total there were 10 and they looked like this: 5 x Prescription collections and deliveries 3 x Welfare 1 x Food Box delivery 1 x Shopping trip Have the best Christmas Day that you can...

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Day 276 – 23 December

A much busier day today with 16 requests for assistance being received. They came in the form of: 6 x Food Box deliveries 5 x Food Bank donations 3 x Welfare (Including 2 home visits) 2 x Prescription collection and delivery Branston All Saints Food Bank - Festive...

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Day 275 – 22 December

Things picked up again today as the following requests came in: 5 x Food Bank donations (4 x food & 1 x generous cash donation) - all of which are gratefully received) Thank you very much. 3 x Food Box deliveries and 1 x Prescription collection and delivery...

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Day 274 – 21 December

How did Week 40 begin for you ? For the Group, there was one welfare visit and two food box donations, that were gratefully received. Branston All Saints Food Bank I’m pleased to say that all of the Food Bank Manager slots for the next three months have been filled,...

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Day 273 – 20 December

I can’t believe how quickly these weeks go by, dare I say “this time next week”..... Anyway, as we say goodbye to Week 39, we received one request for shopping and one Food Bank donation. Branston All Saints Food Bank Firstly, I must apologise to Pat for not...

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Day 272 – 19 December

It’s been very quiet Saturday for Jim today as only as only one miscellaneous request came in. New Christmas Rules Whilst not wishing to get into the political reasoning behind the Government’s decision this evening, I can only hope that the guidelines are followed in...

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Day 271 – 18 December

Things significantly stepped up today with 14 requests for assistance coming in. They looked like this: 6 x Prescription collection and deliveries 3 x Shopping trips 3 x Food Bank (Food & Cash donations - all of which were greatly appreciated) 1 x Welfare (Home...

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Day 270 – 17 December

Interestingly a very quiet day, with only one request for a Food Box being received. Branston All Saints Food Bank I am very pleased to announce that it has been formally decided by the Parochial Church Council that the Branston All Saints Food Bank will continue to...

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Day 269 – 16 December

Things picked up slightly today with Jim receiving 8 calls requesting assistance. They came in the shape of 4 x Food box deliveries, 2 x Welfare and 2 x Miscellaneous. Branston All Saints Food Bank - Christmas Hampers I’m delighted to inform you that to-date, over 80...

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Day 268 – 15 December

Today, 5 calls came in requesting assistance in the form of 3 x Welfare, 1 x Food Box delivery and 1 x Miscellaneous. Volunteer Safety & Protection I would like to take this opportunity to remind volunteers to adhere to the guidelines in respect of protecting...

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Day 267 – 14 December

Week 39 started off very quietly, considering the amount of activity we had last week, with only 2 requests for assistance being received. 1 x Welfare and 1 x Shopping trip. Request for Volunteer Assistance I have received a request from a resident who would like to...

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Day 266 – 13 December

As we come to the back end of Week 38, only one request was received today and that was for a Food Box, which will be delivered tomorrow morning. Request for Food Bank Managers -2021 As expected the popularity of the role of Food Bank Manager is incredible, as...

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Day 265 – 12 December

A much quieter day with only 2 requests coming in; 1 x Welfare and 1 x Miscellaneous. Request for Food Bank Managers -2021 I’d like to offer the opportunity for volunteers or indeed anyone to be a Food Bank Manager next year. If you haven’t already helped and would...

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Day 264 – 11 December

Well, where did that week go ?! 7 requests for assistance assistance were received today in the form of 3 x Welfare (including one home visit), 2 x Food box deliveries and 2 x Miscellaneous. Branston All Saints Group Food Bank Once again a big thank you to everyone...

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Day 263 – 10 December

Once again a steady day, during which 8 requests came in, which involved the delivery of three food boxes, two miscellaneous, two shopping and one welfare chat. Remarkably, this has seen us smash through the 1600 milestone to finish on 1608 ! By the way, this figure...

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Day 262 – 9 December

A steady day that finished with a total of 11 requests for assistance being received. Broken down 7 of these were welfare related, 1 x Food Box delivery and 2 x Miscellaneous. Branston All Saints Group Food Bank The Church Hall, as expected was once again the focus of...

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Day 261 – 8 December

Although not one of our busier days with regards to incoming requests, as only 7 calls were received. 3 x Welfare (inc one home visit), 2 x Food box deliveries, 1 x Shopping trip and 1 x Miscellaneous. However, it was certainly a different story at the Church Hall...

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Day 260 – 7 December

Week 38 started off with 8 requests for assistance being received in the form of: 5 x Welfare (Unfortunately two were hospital related) 2 x Shopping trips 1 x Prescription collection and delivery A special thank you goes out this evening to our good friends (Kate,...

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Day 259 – 6 December

Well there goes another week, indeed Week 37, and it finished off with 4 calls for welfare assistance coming in. One required a home visit to provide reassurance and help to restore some confidence, particularly with understanding the Tier 3 guidelines. Branston All...

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Day 258 – 5 December

To be honest, I don’t know what happened today - only 1 call for welfare assistance came in....bizarrely, I kept checking the Helpline phone to make sure it was working. However, it is good to know that this is probably a good reflection on the fact that we’ve managed...

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Day 257 – 4 December

Things picked up somewhat again today as 11 calls were received. These involved the delivery of four food box deliveries and seven were welfare related. Branston All Saints Food Bank It’s been a busy week at the Church Hall and thank you to Judy, Marcus, Julie, Liam...

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Day 256 – 3 December

Well we’ll, a much quieter day with just 4 calls coming in, 2 calls were for welfare advice the others were for miscellaneous reasons. Here are a few other statistics for today:   300 - We’ve made it, the number of Group members !   £1570.00 - This is the...

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Day 255 – 2 December

I’m not sure if it’s because of the name change but its certainly been another busy day, this time with 15 requests being received, in the shape of:   2 x Prescription collections and deliveries 3 x Shopping trips 5 x Welfare including 3 home visits 3 x...

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Day 254 – 1 December

It has been a busy day with 16 requests for assistance being successfully responded to. Indeed, a request for volunteer assistance that I posted just before 7am this morning was picked up in 3 mins, this just another great example of the fantastic commitment from the...

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Day 253 – 30 November

As November comes to an end, there were 6 requests. Interestingly, they were all for various reasons other than our normal, welfare, shopping and prescriptions, so therefore a relatively quiet day.   However, the Branston All Saints Food Bank had a busy day with...

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Day 252 – 29 November

  A very low key day that involved 3 calls for assistance. 2 x Miscellaneous and 1 x Welfare - home visit.   Branston All Saints Food Bank   Thank you for those who donated items for the food bank today, it’s really appreciated.   For the coming...

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Day 251 – 28 November

After all of the excitement of yesterday, we had a quieter day with the Branston Helpline phone ringing 8 times. These were for the following reasons:   5 x Welfare - 3 of which were home visits 2 x Prescription collections and deliveries 1 x Shopping trips...

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Day 250 – 27 November

Today we hit two important milestones:   Day 250 of the pandemic and   1500 requests for assistance received and successfully responded to. This is a remarkable achievement - A massive thank you to everyone whose been involved either as a volunteer, food...

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Day 249 – 26 November

  Well today ticked over nicely, with probably the highlight being the Govt announcement that we will be moving up to Tier 3. Rest assured, regardless of the implications, the Group remain will available for anyone who needs our help.   Now to get back on...

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Day 248 – 25 November

  Today started off relatively quiet, well that was up until early afternoon when 9 requests for assistance were responded to in quick succession. They related to:   6 x Welfare, 3 of which were home visits, 2 x Prescription collections and deliveries, and 1...

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Day 247 – 24 November

Today, 8 calls for assistance came in; 4 x Welfare of which involved home visits, 3 x Prescription collections and deliveries, and 1 x Shopping trip. Important Request Today I visited an elderly couple who do not have any close family or relatives. Initially, whilst...

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Day 246 – 23 November

As I predicted yesterday, Week 36 certainly started off a bang 💥 16 requests for assistance were received and successfully responded to. They came in the shape of: 5 x Prescription collections and deliveries 5 x Food Box delivered 5 x Welfare inc 2 x home visits and 1...

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Day 245 – 22 November

Week 35 finished very quietly as no requests for assistance were received. However of course, this is an exemption to the rule and I’ve no doubt that Week 36 will be busy. Branston All Saints Food Bank Next week we’ll see the return of Pat, managing the Food Bank. If...

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Day 244 – 21 November

Apart from assisting fellow members of the Parish Council put up the Christmas tree on Plough Corner, it has been a quiet day. Only 3 welfare calls came in, one of which was a home visit. Branston All Saints Food Bank The FB received another kind cash donation today...

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Day 243 – 20 November

As another working week comes to an end, we clocked up 9 requests for assistance were received. Today’s jobs looked like this: 3 x Prescription collection and deliveries 1 x Food Box delivery 2 x Shopping trips & 3 x Welfare - all home visits Branston All Saints...

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Day 242 – 19 November

Things ticked over today as 8 requests for assistance came in, in the form of: 4 x Prescription collection and deliveries 1 x Miscellaneous 1 x Shopping trip & 2 x Welfare (inc 1 x reassurance call) Although I normally push out statistics at key milestones,...

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Day 241 – 18 November

A much quieter day with only 3 calls being received; 2 x Prescription collection and delivery and 1 x Miscellaneous. Of interest, two of the calls came from ‘new’ residents who have not previously contacted the Group. This is good news and yet again further evidence...

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Day 240 – 17 November

Today saw a slight increase with 13 requests for assistance coming in. The breakdown is as follows: 7 x Welfare (Including 4 x home visits) 2 x Shopping trips 2 x Prescription collection and delivery 2 x Miscellaneous Statistically speaking....... Although I keep a...

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Day 239 – 16 November

Week 35 started off with 11 requests for assistance being received. These came in the form of: 4 x Welfare (Including 2 x home visits) 3 x Shopping trips 4 x Miscellaneous Group Membership A few weeks ago I mentioned about reaching the 300+ members in the Group. We...

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Day 238 – 15 November

Week 34 comes to a close with 2 requests for assistance being received, both related to welfare questions. Branston All Saints Food Bank This weeks Food Bank Manager is Judy who’ll be available to take in any donations and where required, prepare and deliver food...

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Day 237 – 14 November

Well it was another quiet one today, with the Branston Helpline phone only ringing 4 times. These were for two welfare home visits, 1 x Shopping trip and a food box delivery. ‘Blog Theme’ Congratulations to those who guessed last weeks mystery theme - it was indeed -...

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Day 236 – 13 November

After all the jazz and pomp of yesterday, things were certainly quieter today with only 4 requests coming in - 3 x Welfare including one home visit and 1 x prescription collection and delivery. Fortunately, this provided me with a some time catch up on some admin,...

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Day 235 – 12 November

We hit double figures again today as 13 calls were received. These were in the form of: 8 x Welfare calls, four of which were home visits and two were trans-Atlantic related. It’s a bigger community than you think ! 2 x Miscellaneous 2 x Prescription collection and...

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Day 234 – 11 November

Today saw us back into double figures with 10 requests for assistance being received. These were in the form of: 5 x Welfare calls, three of which were visits 3 x Miscellaneous (Primarily requesting information about the future of the group). 2 x Food box deliveries...

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Day 233 – 10 November

A much quieter day today with 4 calls coming in. One for a prescription collection, one shopping trip and two welfare calls, one of which was from a ‘new’ caller. Today, I received a lovely gesture from the Team at YMCA Lincolnshire wishing me luck as a Finalist in...

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Day 232 – 9 November

Well, where do I start this evening? Week 34 started with a real merengue of 17 requests for assistance coming in and being successfully responded to. The breakdown is as follows: 8 x Welfare - 7 of which were ‘controlled’ home visits 4 x Prescription collection and...

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Day 231 – 8 November

Week 33 ends, unusually and interestingly with a busy day for a Sunday as 7 requests for assistance came in. 5 x Welfare including 3 x Home visits 2 x Shopping trips What do Volunteers actually do ? During the past few weeks I’ve been asked several times as to what...

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Day 230 – 7 November

A steady Saturday, with 8 requests for assistance being received - primarily focussed around welfare needs. 5 x Welfare including 3 x Home visits 2 x Food Boxes delivered 1 x Miscellaneous Branston All Saints Food Bank Following on from yesterday’s message of...

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Day 229 – 6 November

Today unusually for a Friday only 5 calls for assistance were received, however of course for those individuals and families who received our help it provides protection and safety: 3 x Welfare including 1 x Home visit 1 x Miscellaneous 1 x Prescription collection and...

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Day 228 – 5 November

8 requests for assistance came in today, in the form of: 1 x Welfare Home visit 1 x Shopping trip 3 x Miscellaneous 3 x Prescription collection and delivery Branston All Saints Food Bank Following requests for festive food, I’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to...

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Day 229 – 6 November

Today unusually for a Friday only 5 calls for assistance were received, however of course for those individuals and families who received our help it provides protection and safety: 3 x Welfare including 1 x Home visit 1 x Miscellaneous 1 x Prescription collection and...

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Day 228 – 5 November

8 requests for assistance came in today, in the form of: 1 x Welfare Home visit 1 x Shopping trip 3 x Miscellaneous 3 x Prescription collection and delivery Branston All Saints Food Bank Following requests for festive food, I’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to...

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Day 227 – 4 November

Things settled down as only 5 calls for assistance were received. They were: 2 x Welfare including x Home visit 1 x Shopping trip 2 x Miscellaneous Important Information for Volunteers Group Indemnity I can advise you, that today I resigned and submitted an updated...

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Day 226 – 3 November

Today we broke through the 1300 mark ! With 10 calls coming we ended up on 1303. I wonder what figure we’ll hit on Christmas Eve, anyone fancy a guess ? 3 x Welfare including 2 x Home visits 3 x Prescription collection and delivery 2 x Shopping trips & 2 x...

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Day 225 – 2 November

Week 33 started off with 11 requests for assistance being received, the second of being in double figures: 5 x Welfare including 4 x Home visits 2 x Food boxes delivered 2 x Shopping trips & 2 x Prescription collection and delivery Interestingly, two calls came in...

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Day 224 – 1 November

Week 32, on the back of Boris Johnson’s announcement yesterday certainly finished with a bang. Starting at 0900am and whilst not totally unexpected, 12 requests for assistance were received. By our standards this is unprecedented as we’ve never had this amount on a...

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Day 223 – 31 October

5 requests for assistance came in today, 2 x Food boxes were delivered, 2 x Welfare calls - including a visit and 1 x Miscellaneous. Group Partnerships Over the past 8 months, we’ve been very fortunate to have established some great partnerships not only with our...

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Day 222 – 30 October

As we move into the weekend I only received 4 calls today - 2 x Welfare calls and 2 x Prescription collection and delivery. Branston All Saints Food Bank - Christmas Request For a number of families and individuals within our community, Christmas is going to prove to...

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Day 221 – 29 October

Today we received a total of 6 requests for assistance. The breakdown is 2 x Welfare, 2 x Prescription collection and delivery and 2 x Miscellaneous. Additionally, the Branston All Saints Food Bank received a generous cash donation. It is very much appreciated and...

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Day 220 – 28 October

It has been a slightly easier day with only 4 calls for assistance coming in. They were 3 x Welfare - including one visit and 1 x Shopping trip. Branston All Saints Food Bank - Christmas Request For a number of families across our community, more than what you would...

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Day 219 – 27 October

Things picked up today with 9 requests for assistance being received in the form of 4 x Welfare calls, 3 x Shopping trips and 2 x Miscellaneous jobs. Branston Community Group - Good Neighbour Scheme. Thank you to those who have volunteered their services. There are...

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Day 217 – 25 October

Week 31 comes to end very quietly without any calls being received. Fortunately, despite a stinking cold, not COVID related I might add, I was afforded some time to crack on with some preparatory work for the formation of the Branston Community Group - Good Neighbour...

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Day 216 – 24 October

A much quieter day today with only 3 requests coming in; 1 x Welfare, 1 x Food box delivery and 1 x Prescription collection and delivery. Last weeks ‘Blog Theme’ Congratulations to Tina from Potterhanworth, our industrious Face Mask producer, for guessing the theme,...

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Day 215 – 23 October

Firstly, thank you very much for all the congratulatory messages, emails, texts and calls, they were very kind and much appreciated. After all the excitement of yesterday, I’ve refocused on our core business with following up on 7 requests for assistance. Today they...

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Day 214 – 22 October

Well what an interesting day.......8 requests for assistance were received, consisting of 3 x welfare (2 x visits & 1 x call), 2 x Food Boxes delivered, 2 x Prescriptions collected and delivered and 1 x Shopping trip. Now I have to apologise for a little...

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Day 213 – 21 October

Activity levels dropped somewhat today with 6 requests coming in. However, this returns us to our daily average. They were 4 x Welfare, 1 x Shopping trip and 1 x Prescription collection and delivery. Branston All Saints Food Bank The Food Bank continues to be a key...

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Day 212 – 20 October.

With 13 requests for assistance coming in today, it has been the busiest couple of days that we’ve had for a long time. The breakdown for today is 8 x Welfare, 3 x Miscellaneous, 1 x Shopping trip and 1 x Prescription collection and delivery. Additionally, I’m very...

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Day 211 – 19 October

Week 31 certainly started with a rush of 14 requests for assistance being successfully responded to. They consisted of 5 x Miscellaneous, 3 x Shopping trips, 3 x Welfare, 2 x Food boxes and finally 1 x Prescription collection and delivery. With today’s haul we have...

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Day 210 – 18 October

Well there goes Week 30...... it came to a closure with 3 requests being responded to; 2 x welfare visits and 1 x miscellaneous. Branston All Saints Food Bank Tomorrow, we’ll see Dee managing the Food Bank for the first time. This is great as the number who’ve taken...

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Day 209 – 17 October

Today I had a little respite as only 2 welfare calls came in. They were converted into visits to provide comfort and reassurance. Incidentally, both were elderly and living alone and they just needed someone to speak to. Indeed one of them hasn’t left their home since...

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Day 208 – 16 October

Today ticked along steadily with 6 requests for assistance being received. The breakdown is: 5 x Welfare; 3 for advice and 2 x visits, and 1 x shopping trip. Branston All Saints Covid-19 Food Bank Thank you once again to Marcus (some of you may know him....) who has...

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Day 206 – 14 October

Things certainly stepped up today with 15 requests for assistance being successfully responded to. The breakdown is as follows: 6 x Miscellaneous 5 x Welfare - inc 1 x visit 2 x Prescription collection and delivery 1 x Food box dispatched 1 x Medical appointment...

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Day 205 – 13 October

Well within a heartbeat we continue to see an increase in requests for assistance with 9 coming in today. (2 x Prescription collection and delivery, 2 x Food boxes dispatched, 3 x Welfare visits, 1 x Miscellaneous and 1 x Shopping trip). Branston All Saints Covid-19...

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Day 204 – 12 October

Week 29 started off with 6 requests for assistance coming in. (3 x Miscellaneous and 3 x Welfare). I can’t help thinking that we are approaching a crossroads and wondering in which direction we are heading..... Branston All Saints Covid-19 Food Bank Thank you to the...

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Day 203 – 11 October

As Week 28 comes to an end, it has been another day when 3 requests for assistance were received. Two were for welfare reasons, the third; miscellaneous. Branston All Saints Covid-19 Food Bank - Request for Assistance I have the following two days that require to be...

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Day 202 – 10 October

Today, 3 calls came through requesting assistance. Two were for prescriptions to be collected and delivered, the other was for a welfare chat. Branston All Saints Covid-19 Food Bank - I forgot to mention yesterday, thank you to Pat and Sharon for managing the Food...

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Day 201 – 9 October

Things picked up today with 7 requests for assistance coming in. (2 x Shopping trips, 2 x Welfare visits, 2 x Miscellaneous and 1 x Food Box delivery). Also thank you for today’s food bank donations. Well, what a week this has been. This afternoon I was informed that...

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Day 199- 7 October

Another quiet day today with only 2 requests for assistance being received, one asking for some shopping and the other asking for advice about the provision of welfare services. NK Community Champion Awards 2020 - Wednesday 7th October - 7.00pm Don’t forget the awards...

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Day 198 – 6 October

Today the phone only rang twice, one for welfare asking about who is eligible for food bank support and one miscellaneous. It is not in the spirit of the Food Bank to stipulate a strict criteria for who is and who isn’t eligible, as nearly 7 months of experience,...

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Day 197 – 5 October

Week 28 started off with 3 welfare calls coming in, primarily asking for advice and a chat. Two of the callers asked, how long the Group would be active and the third was a new caller asking about its operational hours. Needless to say the residents were left...

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Day 196 – 4 October

As we say goodbye to the 27th week of the pandemic, I had a very quiet day as the phone only rang once, an elderly resident asking for some welfare advice. The Branston All Saints Covid-19 Food Bank This week we’ll once again see the return of Pat to manage the Food...

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Day 195 – 3 October

A quieter day today with 6 requests for assistance coming in. (3 x Food box deliveries, 2 x welfare & 1 x shopping trip) You will have noticed that the need for food boxes has increased this week and I am aware that others will be coming forward for help. This...

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Day 194 – 2 October

Goodness me, what a day ! A total,of 15 requests came in today making for one of the busiest days in a long time. (4 x Prescription collection and deliveries, 2 x welfare, 2 x shopping, 2 x Food Box and 5 x Miscellaneous - inc cleaning, advice & dog walking)....

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Day 193 – 1 October

Things stepped up today as 7 requests for assistance were received. (3 x welfare related, 2 x shopping, 1 x Food Box and 1 x prescription collection and delivery). Looking back at September, there was definitely a reduction in the number of requests. Statistically, it...

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Day 192 – 30 September

Another month draws to end with only 1 welfare call coming in, but needless to say the resident was so grateful and reassured. Lincolnshire Sport & Physical Activity Awards 2020 I am very pleased to inform you of the following nomination that I have received,...

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Day 190 – 28 September

Week 27 started off with 3 requests for assistance being received. (1 x Welfare, 1 x Shopping & 1 x Miscellaneous) Here’s the latest from the Department of Health and Social Care People in England are now required by law to self-isolate if they receive a positive...

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Day 188 – 26 September

For the first time in 188 days, we’ve had two consecutive days where there hasn’t been a call for assistance. However, I sincerely believe that this is just a gliche and we’re most certainly not out of the woods. Without getting into any political discussions...

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Day 187 – 25 September

Surprisingly, the Helpline phone remained silent today, which is unusual for a Friday. Even more so, because they calls had been relatively steady this week. However, the active volunteers and I remain poised to respond to assist anyone who may need our help....

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Day 186 – 24 September

Things have definitely picked up this week, as 9 calls for assistance were received today. The breakdown is 3 x Food Boxes dispatched, 1 x Shopping trip, 3 x Welfare visits, 1 x Miscellaneous and 1 x prescription collection and delivery. Branston All Saints Covid-19...

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Day 185 – 23 September

Well once again it was a steady day, as we received 8 calls for assistance. The breakdown is 1 x Shopping trip, 3 x Welfare calls, 1 x Miscellaneous, 2 x prescription collection and 1 x Food Box delivery. For the record, it was 6 months ago today on Monday 23rd March...

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Day 184 – 22 September

Today ticked over with 7 requests coming in. (2 x Shopping trips, 3 x Welfare calls - all of which involved providing reassurance and 2 x Miscellaneous) Branston Community Group - Good Neighbour Scheme Survey I’m pleased to announce that the final forms have been...

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Day 183 – 21 September

The start of Week 27 began with 4 requests for assistance being received. (2 x Shopping trips, 1 x Welfare call and 1 x Miscellaneous) Branston All Saints Covid-19 Food Bank Tomorrow, we’ll see the return of Julie at the Food Bank, who will be kindly standing in for...

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Day 182 – 20 September

Today sees the end of Week 26 and no requests for assistance being received. This means that we’ve hit the six month milestone, who knows what the situation will be in a further six months time........ Statistically, at this point we’ve averaged 5.75 requests per day,...

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Day 181 – 19 September

I received 2 calls today, both of which were welfare related, primarily involving just having a friendly chat. However, one I must tell you a little more about that goes back 80 years. It involved listening to the individuals experience of living through the blitz in...

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Day 180 – 18 September

After 180 days, we still find ourselves ticking along, as today 4 requests came in. (2 x Prescription collection and delivery, 1 x Shopping trip and 1 x Miscellaneous). Branston Community Group - Good Neighbour Scheme Survey Thank you very much to everyone who took...

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Day 179 – 17 September

A relatively quiet day with only 3 requests for assistance being received. (Welfare visit x 1, Shopping trip x 1 and 1 x Miscellaneous). Branston Community Group - Good Neighbour Scheme. Final day tomorrow........... Branston All Saints Covid-19 Food Bank - Request I...

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Day 178 – 16 September

Another steady day today with 6 requests coming in. (Welfare x 3, visits & 1 1 x prescription collection and 2 x Miscellaneous). Yet again, one request was from a ‘new’ resident who had not previously called the group. Branston Community Group - Good Neighbour...

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Day 177 – 15 September

Things certainly picked up today as 8 calls for assistance came in. (Welfare (2 x visits & 1 x call), 2 x Shopping trips, 1 x Prescription collection for a Heighington resident and 1 x Miscellaneous). Interestingly, one call was from a ‘new’ resident who had not...

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Day 176 – 14 September

Today was back to the relative normal with 5 requests for assistance being received. (3 x Prescription collections, 1 x Welfare call and 1 x Miscellaneous) Branston Community Group - Good Neighbour Scheme Survey Four days left until the survey closes ! Take care and...

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Day 175 – 13 September

Well today saw the end of Week 24 and only 1 request. This was a welfare visit to an individual who lives alone with no immediate family and just like those I referred to yesterday hasn’t left their home in 6 months. The benefit to and and the gratitude shown by the...

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Day 174 – 12 September

There’s not a lot to really say today as the phone only rang on 3 occasions, two were welfare calls and the other one was for a prescription collection. Regardless of the number, they were just as important as any other. Indeed these three residents haven’t left their...

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Day 173 – 11 September

As another working week fades away, we responded to 4 requests today (2 x Miscellaneous, 1 x Shopping trip and 1 x Welfare visit) Branston All Saints Covid-19 Food Bank Thank you to Judith, Pat and Marcus, who between them managed the Food Bank this next. Next week,...

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Day 172 – 10 September

Once again a quiet day with only having to respond to 2 requests. (1 x Prescription collection & delivery and 1 x Miscellaneous) Branston All Saints Covid-19 Food Bank Thank you to those who offered their services for the Food Bank today, however Marcus jumped in...

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Day 171 – 9 September

A much quieter day today with only 3 requests being responded to. (2 x Prescription collection & delivery and 1 x Miscellaneous) There’s a little story behind the photograph below, you’ll have to wait until 7th October to find out what it is........... Please...

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Day 170 – 8 September

After all the excitement of yesterday, things moved up a click with 8 requests coming in. (3 x Welfare, 2 x Miscellaneous, 1 x Shopping, 1 x Prescription collection & delivery and finally 1 x food box dispatched). Thank you so very much for all the kind messages,...

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Day 169 – 7 September

Today, after receiving 5 requests for assistance we finally broke the 1000 target, finishing on 1001. This is a monumental achievement and I am so proud and grateful to all of the volunteers and organisations of which there are far too many to mention individually. On...

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Day 168 – 6 September

Week 24 finishes with just 1 welfare call coming in, making for a quiet day. However, it’s one more towards the Big 1000 and I’ve got a sneaky feeling that someone this week is going Amazon shopping.... I just wonder who it will be Branston Community Group / Good...

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Day 167 – 5 September

Well for a Saturday, surprisingly we received 5 calls for assistance (3 x Welfare, 1 x Shopping requests amid 1 x miscellaneous) On what day are we going to hit the Big 1000 and who is going to be lucky enough to have £30 to spend on Amazon ? Branston Community Group...

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Day 166 – 4 September

2 calls came in today, one for a prescription collection and the other for welfare reasons. Although, it’s only two, we are obviously slowly creeping towards the Big 1000............ whose going to bag the £30 Amazon voucher ? Branston Community Group / Good Neighbour...

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Day 165 – 3 September

Today 4 calls for assistance were received; 1 x Shopping, 1 x Prescription collection, 1 x Welfare and 1 x Miscellaneous. How far are we away from the Big 1000............ and whose going to bag the £30 Amazon voucher ? Thank you to all those who PM’d me regarding the...

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Day 164 – 2 September

After yesterday’s ‘peak’, it was quieter today, as only 3 calls came in, all of which were welfare related. One of which was of interest because they asked what local support would be available when the Group is disestablished. Unfortunately, their physical health has...

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Day 163 – 31 August

Well things certainly picked up today with 8 requests for assistance coming in and being responded to. (Prescription collection and delivery x 2, Shopping trips x 2, Welfare visits x 2 and 2 x Miscellaneous) Additionally, you would have seen a request that I posted...

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Residents Survey – Good Neighbour scheme

Branston & Mere Residents Survey The excellent work of the Branston Parish Council Covid-19 Support Group and Branston All Saints Covid-19 Food Bank has assisted 160+ residents throughout Branston. Although the numbers have fortunately reduced, it has been...

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Day 162 – 31 August

Once again the Helpline phone didn’t ring today ! After 162 days we find ourselves at the end of Week 23 and the end of another month. At this juncture, I would normally provide the latest statistics, but with the ‘1000’ competition running I do not wish to provide...

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Day 161 – 30 August

For the first time in quite a while the Branston Helpline phone didn’t ring today......in essence giving me a day off! Branston All Saints Covid-19 Food Bank The Food Bank will not be open tomorrow due to the Bank Holiday. However, if required food boxes can be made...

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Day 159 – 28 August

As another week comes to an end we responded to 6 requests for assistance today. (1 x Food Box delivery, 1 x Miscellaneous, 1 x prescription collection & delivery, 1 x shopping trip and 2 x Welfare). Support was also provided to a Dunston family. When will we hit...

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Day 158 – 27 August

Once again, we only had 3 requests in today. (1 x Food Box delivery, 1 x Miscellaneous and 1 x prescription collection & delivery). However, we are slowly creeping towards the 1000 mark. I’m still open to suggestions as to what day you think we’ll hit it -...

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Day 157 – 26 August

A much quieter one today with only 3 requests coming in. (1 x Welfare, 1 x Shopping trip and 1 x prescription collection & delivery) Branston Community Group - Good Neighbour Scheme Survey The survey leaflets are starting to land on door mats and with the kind...

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Day 156 – 25 August

Today we saw a slight uptake as 7 requests were responded to. (5 x Welfare related, 1 x shopping trip and 1 x prescription collection & delivery) Branston Community Group - Good Neighbour Scheme Survey I’m pleased to say that all bar a few, the 2000 survey...

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Day 155 – 24 August

Week 23 starts off with 4 requests for assistance being received; 3 x Welfare and 1 x Shopping. We continue to tick over ! Branston Community Group - Good Neighbour Scheme Survey I’m now in possession of 2000 leaflets and I’m currently in the process of allocating...

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Day 153 – 23 August

An altogether much quieter day today with only 3 welfare requests being responded to and really not a lot to report on. Branston Community Group - Good Neighbour Scheme Survey You will recall that last week I mentioned about the survey letters that will be delivered...

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Day 152 – 21 August

Today we saw another change in momentum as only 4 requests came in. Interestingly and importantly, they were all welfare related. Branston All Saints Covid-19 Food Bank It goes without saying that we once say a big thank you to Marcus for managing the Food Bank this...

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Day 151 – 20 August

Well, whatever happened today ? 11 requests for help came in and were dutifully responded to ! (4 x Shopping trips, 3 x welfare visits, 2 x miscellaneous tasks and 2 x prescription deliveries). Is this a one off, or the start of the ‘new normal’ - too early to say I...

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Day 150 – 19 August

Guess what, surprise surprise we once again responded to 5 requests for assistance. (3 x Welfare & 2 x Shopping trips) Today we hit another landmark reaching 150 days !! *Now for some sports trivia, in the darts world a check out of 150 (3 x Bullseye’s) is known...

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Day 149 – 18 August

Today was rather laid back with again only 5 requests for assistance being received. Branston Community Group - Good Neighbour Scheme - Survey Letters I would like to say a huge thank you to those, who to date have offered to deliver the survey letters, the support is...

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Day 148 – 17 August

Five requests for assistance were received and responded to today; one was a shopping trip and four were welfare related. Reminders Request for Volunteers to distribute surveys - As per when the Covid-19 leaflets were sent out in March, I am once again seeking...

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Day 147 – 16 August

On the day that Week 21 comes to an end there were no calls for assistance. Fortunately this, along with not wanting to venture out in the rain provided a little time to catch up on things. Branston Community Group - Good Neighbour Scheme. I am pleased to announce...

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Day 146 – 15 August

As well as being the 75th Anniversary of VJ Day, for which I had the honour and privilege of laying a wreath at the Branston War Memorial, it was a day of welfare. Today, 4 welfare related responses were conducted, primarily to provide a little reassurance and a...

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Day 145 – 14 August

Well after what was a steady week, it certainly calmed today as only 2 requests came in. However of course, both were important to those who needed the help. Branston All Saints Covid-19 Food Bank - A big thank you goes out to Peter Lundgren who managed the Food Bank...

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Day 144 – 13 August

Today certainly ticked over with 9 requests being responded to - so much for things slowing down ! (2 x Prescriptions, 2 x Shopping, 2 x Welfare, 3 x Miscellaneous) Importantly, this helped us break through the 900 landmark, ending today with 905 successfully...

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Day 142 – 11 August

Today was another steady one with 7 requests coming through for assistance. Broken down they were; Welfare related x 3, Prescription collection and delivery x 2 and Shopping x 2. Interestingly, one was from a ‘new’ resident who hasn’t previously contacted the Group....

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Day 141 – 10 August

Firstly I must say a massive thank you for all the responses I received with regards to yesterday’s post. The PM’s, calls, emails and FB comments were very humbling and certainly makes all the effort, time, emotion etc all the more worthwhile. Importantly, it provides...

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Day 140 – 9 August

Well today sees the back end of 20 weeks of Covid-19 with goodness knows how many more to come. With 1 call being received today means that during this period we have, all bar one, successfully responded to 876 requests for assistance. A big thank you to all the...

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Day 139 – 8 August

Today saw the Group have a much quieter time, with only 3 requests for assistance being responded to. Fortunately it provided a good opportunity for a bit of down time, some family time and of course to enjoy some sunshine. As I’ve previously posted, next week...

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Day 138 – 7 August

Incredibly the week finishes off with 8 requests for assistance being received covering the full range of routine tasks that we provide, including support to a Dunstan resident. Branston All Saints Covid-19 Food Bank - A big thank you to Lesa who has managed the Food...

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Day 137 – 6 August

Once again we ticked along nicely with 6 requests for assistance being received. I had a ‘catch-up’ call with a Community Development Officer at the Co-op Lincolnshire Head Office, which is always good and I’ve been invited to attend a Food Bank summit to discuss and...

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Day 136 – 5 August

Well for a third day running it’s been steady. Today, 8 requests for assistance were received, quite surprising as ‘things’ are meant to be getting back to normal - or so I’m told ! I’m still seeking a Food Bank Manager the week commencing Monday 17 August. If you are...

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Day 135 – 4 August

Once again we had a day whereby 7 requests for assistance were received covering routine tasks. The Branston All Saints Covid-19 Food Bank features today as it received another generous donation from FareShare (Hull & Humber). This will greatly replenish and...

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Day 134 – 3 August

Today saw us get back to normal with 7 requests for assistance being received. 4 x welfare calls, 2 x shopping and 1 x prescription collection and delivery. However, additional calls were received from two very grateful residents who asked me to pass on their sincere...

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Day 133 – 2 August

Well today we finished Week 19 with another quiet one in which only 1 request came in. Good Neighbour Scheme - Thank you to everyone who responded with their comments. It is encouraging to know that there is support for this initiative and indeed that it has been...

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Day 132 – 1 August

Today was very quiet with only 1 request for assistance coming in. As mentioned last weekend this is now becoming the norm for weekends. Nevertheless, the Helpline phone remains manned daily between 0900-1800hrs. From today, the government has paused shielding unless...

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Day 130 – 30 July

As the temperature increased today so did the requests, although only by one taking us to 6, once again maintaining the new daily average. Branston All Saints Covid-19 Food Bank - Despite several food boxes being delivered, the Food Bank, through the continuing...

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Day 129 – 29 July

Today things settled down a little, but we still responded to 5 requests for help. This has been our daily average for most of this pandemic, therefore with this in mind you could actually say that things haven’t changed and we’ve remained constant throughout the past...

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Day 128- 28 July

A steady day that saw a further 9 requests for assistance being received. This now takes us up to 815, which means that yet another significant landmark has been passed, which is truly amazing ! Statistically, ‘we’ are receiving and responding to, on average 6.35...

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Day 127 – 27 July

Things certainly stepped up today with 11 requests for assistance being duly responded to, a real indicator that the group’s services are still in demand. As well as prescriptions being collected and delivered, shopping being done hospital escorts, and welfare visits...

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Day 126 – 26 July

Well another quiet day again with only 1 request coming in for help. However, this was important for the resident and provided assurance that help remains at the end of a phone. Tomorrow there’ll be a new face at the Branston All Saints Covid-19 Food Bank - It’s going...

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Day 125 – 25 July

A very quiet day with only 2 requests for assistance being received. This is undoubtedly becoming the norm for Saturdays and indeed the weekends. I am still seeking a volunteer to take a lady to Lincoln County Hospital at 0900hrs on Monday 27th July and return her...

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Day 124 – 24 July

Whilst working from home, it was “Force 10 from Navarone” today, with funnily enough 10 requests for assistance and welfare visits being made. A special mention today goes out to Vicky who did a great job in managing the Food Bank this week and to Tina, who once again...

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Day 123 – 23 July

Today started off relatively steady until about “Midway”............we finished up receiving 5 requests for assistance and advice. I’d like to thank those residents who made food and cash donations to the Branston All Saints Covid-19 Food Bank today, it is very much...

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Day 122 – 22 July

After yesterday, things certainly quietened down today with only 3 requests for assistance coming in. However, one was like “The Wooden Horse”........ in as much it was discovered that there was a lot more to it than first appeared. Needless to say the matter was...

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Day 121 – 21 July

Following nearly a week of just a few requests a day, today saw a step up with 12 tasks being conducted, indeed a “Dirty Dozen”...... The breakdown is as follows: 7 x Welfare calls 3 x Calls for advice 1 x Food Box prepared and delivered to Dunstan 1 x Urgent...

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Day 120 – 20 July

Today it was “Back to Bataan” or indeed normal, as 7 requests for assistance were received.... Interestingly, three of these, one of which was a ‘new’ resident were welfare related and fortunately through connections that have been made over the past 4 months, I was...

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Day 119 – 19 July

It was nice to see a bit of sunshine today, but it wasn’t as warm as it was in “Ice Cold in Alex”........ The Branston Helpline phone only rang once today, a resident asking for advice on what support services will be available after the Covid-19 Sp Gp is...

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Day 118 – 18 July

Well it was ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ today as once again only 2 requests came in. Both of these were from residents who remain shielded and required shopping. Indeed it is expected that they will require support for shopping until the 1st September, this will...

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Day 117 – 17 July

Well it certainly settled down today with only 2 requests coming in. One for shopping and one for welfare. It really has been an up and down week and I’m beginning to sense and see that the requirement for assistance is reducing - however, there is no room for...

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Day 116 – 16 July

A steadier day today with 5 routine requests for assistance being received. Starting from tomorrow until next Friday, there’ll be a new face at the Food Bank as Vicky has very kindly offered to take up the reins as the Manager. A big thank to Sonya, who like those...

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Day 115 – 15 July

[I bet this will catch a few of you out.......posting this early in the evening!! Well talk about going from one extreme to the other. Today was busy with 11 requests for assistance coming in, covering receiving another kind food donation from Morrison’s - thank you,...

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Day 114 – 14 July.

Four requests for assistance were received today and 10 welfare calls were made. The lattter, was part of my ongoing exercise in catching up with residents, having a chat and ascertaining what their status is in respect of requiring help. I’m pleased to say that only...

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Day 113 – 13 July

Things picked up slightly today with 5 requests for assistance coming in during the course of the day. One of these was once again from a resident who has not previously contacted the Group who asked for advice about when it was safe enough for them to get out and...

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Day 112 – 12 July

Today sees the end of 16 weeks, that’s 4 months of this pandemic ! Today I’ve enjoyed “Lazing on a Sunday afternoon” (Queen - 1975) and with only 2 calls coming in for assistance it was easy to do. However, I did take the opportunity to make several welfare calls to...

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Day 111 – 11 July

Remember the old days when we spent “Saturday Night at the Movies” (Drifters -1964) ! Well once again another quiet day with only 3 requests for assistance being received. One of which was for an elderly gentleman who in his early 90’s and lives on his own, to whom I...

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Day 110 – 10 July

An easy one tonight, “Thank God it’s Friday” (Love & Kisses 1978 !) After a steady week and the excitement of hitting 700 yesterday, , it certainly quietened down today with the volunteers only having to respond to 2 requests. Nonetheless, individually they remain...

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Day 109 – 9 July

On “jersey Thursday” (Donovan - 1965) we received 7 requests for assistance, primarily collecting and delivering prescriptions. A request from a ‘new’ resident from Heighington who called for help and was duly assisted. The highlight of today is that ‘we’ smashed...

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Day 108 – 8th July

After “Waiting for Wednesday” (Lisa Leob - 1995), it quickly came around seeing us once again receive 5 requests for assistance. Further to last nights post regarding establishing a ‘Branston Community Group’ / Good Neighbour Scheme, I have been really humbled by...

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Day 107 – 7 July

I can only describe today as a “Gentle Tuesday” (Primal Scream - 1987......!). 5 requests were received, all for residents who remain shielded and are likely to do so until at least 31st July, these are just 5 of many. Today also saw another step forward with regards...

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Day 106 – 6 July

Today, “it was just another manic Monday”, (please excuse the Bangles lyrics !) With 13 requests for assistance being received we just about covered the full spectrum of routine tasks; hospital escort, welfare visits, shopping, prescription deliveries, food box...

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Day 105 – 5 July

Well with only 3 requests being responded to today it made for an enjoyable and relaxing day. I even managed to get a cheeky hair appointment and a trip into town to get my ears lowered, unfortunately I forgot to bring home my ‘platinum’ locks and curls ! For this...

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Day 104 – 4 July

Daily Summary - Day 104 - Saturday 4th July 2020 To be perfectly honest there isn’t much to report this evening as only 4 requests for assistance were received. Two of these were for food boxes, once again proving the value of the Food Bank. Staying with the Food...

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Day 103 – 3 July

Today was steady with 8 requests for assistance being received. The Food Bank had a busy day with 5 generous donations being made by kind residents, all of which will greatly benefit those in need in the village. Thank you to Sonya for stepping in for the week, I’m...

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Day 102 – 2 July

Things settled down today in that only 5 routine requests for assistance came in; shopping and prescription collections. Earlier in the week I mentioned about the many relationships that have been developed with various local organisations, well today I’m pleased to...

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Day 101 – 1 July

Today we entered into the fifth month of this pandemic and who knows how long we’ve got to go ? Regardless, we once again responded to 8 requests for assistance today, an indication that ‘things’ are not going to end anytime soon and our existence and services are...

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Day 100 – 30 June

Well here we are Day 100 ! Today we received 8 requests for assistance and advice which nicely rounded us up to 650 for the first 100 days. As promised here are some statistics that you may find interesting or indeed helpful to send you off to sleep Our averages...

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Day 99 – 29 June

After a quiet weekend, today certainly made up for it as we clocked up 19 requests covering a wide range of requirements. The Branston All Saints Covid-19 Food Bank. Once again thank you to all those who are continuing to donate items. With the current uncertainty...

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Day 98 – 28 June

Once again only 2 requests for assistance were received today providing another day with a little more respite. The Branston All Saints Covid-19 Food Bank continues to play a vital role in supporting members of our community. As I’ve shown below it is well stocked...

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Day 97 – 27 June

Well we only 2 requests for assistance today. Without wishing to appear to be slacking I enjoyed a cheeky relaxed day and managed to catch up on some quality family time, despite the drastic change in the weather. As we nearly complete 14 weeks and a 100 days, I’ll be...

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Day 95 – 25 June

Well we’ve had another busy day receiving 14 requests for assistance. This more than doubles our daily average and if it continues at this rate, I wonder how soon it will be before we hit the 700 milestone........🤔. Of course I’m not complaining, it’s just so...

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Day 96 – 26 June

Today we’ve had a much quieter day with only 8 requests for assistance being received. However, like the literally hundreds that we have already responded to, they were essential in protecting those who continue to need our help. The Branston All Saints Covid-19 Food...

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Day 93 – 23 June

Although only 3 requests for assistance were received today, the highlight of the day was the latest information that was released by the Government. (Post note: Actually it transpires that 7 requests were received) I’m sure that you would have seen it, but here are...

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Day 92 – 22 June

Things picked up again today with 8 requests for assistance being received. Interestingly, two of these were from ‘new’ residents who haven’t previously been in touch. It is really good to know that even after 13 weeks, the existence of the group and its capabilities...

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Day 91 – 21 June

Today, I welcomed another quiet day with only 2 requests for assistance being received. As we come to the end of Day 91 or in other words 13 weeks, 574 requests have been successfully responded to, providing valuable assistance to over 150 residents in Branston and...

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Day 90 – 20 June

After a rather crazy week, I must admit that I’ve enjoyed some respite today as only 2 calls for routine assistance were received. However, if the circumstances had been different I’d have been running around like the proverbial chicken on the Moor Lane Recreation...

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Day 89 – 19 June

Although, not as busy as it was yesterday, 11 requests for assistance were received. As always each and every one provided great support for those who are shielded and are still required to remain at home, at least until the 30th June. The Branston All Saints Covid-19...

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Day 88 – 18 June

Today has been like no other we’ve experienced to date. With a total of 25 requests for assistance and advice being received it has been exceptionally busy covering just about everything that you could image. This is the most that we have ever responded to in one day....

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Day 87 – 17 June

Well it’s been a much much quieter day with only 2 routine requests for assistance being received. Support to the Group and it’s Volunteers - I would like to once again mention the excellent relationship that has been established and exists between the staff of the...

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Day 86 – 16 June

Thankfully, it has been a much quieter day with 6 requests for assistance being received. During the calls for assistance, more often than not I am asked when they can adventure out to conduct their own shopping, prescription collections etc as they seem uncertain as...

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Day 85 – 15 June

Well, it has been the busiest day for quite a while with 18 requests for assistance and advice being received covering a wide range of tasks. Good Neighbours Scheme. This afternoon I attended a 90 minute Zoom meeting with YMCA Lincs & Community Lincs specifically...

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Day 84 – 14 June

Another day has passed where only 3 requests for assistance were received. Therefore as we come to the end of Week 12, a total of 504 responses for help have been completed. Statistically, that’s an average of 42 per a week and 6 per a day, meaning that requests have...

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Day 83 – 13 June

It has been a slow day with only 3 routine requests for assistance being received. However a significant milestone has been passed in that we have now completed 501 tasks in support of vulnerable / shielded residents and others who have needed help. Although they have...

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Day 82 – 12 June

Five calls were received today for assistance; shopping and prescriptions, thus once again making it a routine day. For your awareness I have added some information below that I have received from the Lincolnshire Resilience Forum. Have a good weekend. Take care and...

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Day 81 – 11 June

Once again another quiet day with only 4 routine requests for assistance being received, plus a couple of calls as per yesterdays post asking for advice on ‘Bubbles’ ! When some residents do not have access to any form of social media, newspapers, the internet or...

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Day 80 – 10 June

A quiet day with only 3 routine requests for assistance being received. However, there were calls from several concerned residents asking for advice on the easing of lockdown restrictions. It is very interesting how different people are interpreting the existing and...

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Day 79 – 9 June

Five requests for assistance were received today and like each one of the previous 486 were important for the continued safety and protection of the residents. The Branston All Saints Covid-19 Food Bank once again played a key role today in providing a much needed...

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Day 78 – 8 June

Things picked up up today with a total of 11 requests for assistance received along with a number of calls asking for advice. Once again, the Branston All Saints Covid-19 Food Bank proved its worth today providing a much needed Food Box to a resident in Bardney. Thank...

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Day 77 – 7 June

With only 2 routine requests for assistance received today there isn’t anything significant to report upon. As Week 11 comes to a close here are some interesting statistics that covers the 470 requests that have been received over the past 77 days: 219 - Number of...

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Day 76 – 6 June

This evenings summary is going to be short as once again only 2 requests for assistance were received today. This appears to be the start of a trend as restrictions are lessened, however I’m not convinced that this is the case and without getting into any politics,...

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Day 75 – 5 June

Dare I say it’s been yet another quiet day with only 2 requests for assistance being received. One of these was for a Food Box that was delivered to a Potterhanworth family; they were very appreciative. At the bottom of this post, for your information I had included...

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Day 74 – 4 June

Surprisingly another quiet day with once again only 3 requests for assistance being received. When taking calls from residents asking for help I am always sincerely thanked for the work of the volunteers or as they have become to be known ‘Andy’s Angels. I also...

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Day 73 – 3 June

A quiet day today with only 3 requests for assistance being received. Firstly, I hope that you like Group logo, this was the winning entry that was submitted by Annie Bridge, who won a £30 Amazon Voucher - congratulations again. This evening I’m taking the liberty to...

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Day 72 – 2 June

A much more steadier day with five requests for assistance being received. The day started well with another five minutes of fame on BBC Radio Lincolnshire at 0936 hrs with Carla Greene. The main points of the chat were about where I see the situation going over the...

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National Volunteer Week

All of the volunteers have undoubtedly made a significant contribution to the welfare and wellbeing of over 160 residents within Branston and across 10 other communities, who have depended upon their support. This has not only ensured their safety but importantly...

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Day 71 – 1 June

Well today we entered a new month and to start June off, we received 10 requests for assistance. Despite being in Week 11, we continue to receive requests from ‘new’ residents who have not previously contacted the Group, consequently we now assist 123 people in...

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Day 70 – 31 May

On Day 70 at the end of Week 10, no requests for assistance were received. However, I would like to mark this milestone in providing you with some statistics. 440 - Number of requests for assistance received 44 - Average requests per week 6.3 - Average requests per...

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Day 69 – 30 May

Only three requests for assistance were received today. However, there were several calls asking for advice on the gradual lifting of restrictions as some are finding them difficult to interpret. This is more so for those without the internet and rely upon the news...

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Day 68 – 29 May

Well bizarrely enough a very quiet day for a Friday with only two routine requests for assistance being received and nothing of significance to report. Face masks and materials, please keep them coming. Finally, please don’t forget the ‘Design a logo’ competition....

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Day 67 – 28 May

Activity eased up a little today with only six requests for assistance being received, but nonetheless of course all are important to those that remain in isolation and need help. Today, a single parent family in Lincoln was especially grateful for a Food Box that was...

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Day 66 – 27 May

Ten requests for assistance were received today that included shopping, collecting prescriptions, accompanying a resident on a hospital appointment, a food box delivery and the installation and setting up of a new phone ! This evening I’ve got two special thank you’s...

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Day 65 – 26 May

To put things into another perspective, Day 65 equals Week Ten - Day Two !! Today there has been a steady flow of eight requests for assistance. Whilst this is less than lasts weeks daily average a couple required a few hours to resolve. Worthy of a special mention is...

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Day 64 – 25 May

I hope that you have had a good Bank Holiday and enjoyed a nice spell of sunshine. Yet another very quiet day with only one call being received for advice. However along with a FareShare (Hull & Humber) delivery tomorrow I have received advanced notifications of...

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Day 63 – 24 May

For the first time in quite a while, no requests for assistance were received leaving me without anything to report. However, for a while I’ve been contemplating having a logo designed for the group. As such I would like to run a competition for everyone in the group...

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Day 62 – 23 May

A much quieter day as is becoming a weekend trend with only six requests for assistance being received. Although having said that, statistically we are averaging 6.5 requests per a day. Another statistic worthy of mentioning is that today we hit and finished on 403...

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Day 61 – 22 May

A good day with 12 routine requests for assistance being received. Natasha and I had a visit from a Lincoln Food Bank Volunteer Co-ordinator today to discuss how we can best provide mutual support to others in surrounding communities and organisations. I’m pleased to...

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Day 60 – 21 May

All in all another steady day during which again nine requests for assistance were received. Two of these were from ‘new’ residents who were unfortunately were unaware and felt that they didn’t meet the criteria and could ask for help. I hope that these are isolated...

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Branston Beer Festival 2020 – Cancellation Statement

It will come as no surprise to anyone that due to current circumstances the Branston Beer Festival 2020 that was due to be held on Saturday 20th June has been cancelled. The BBF20 Committee has a legal responsibility for the safety of the volunteers, sponsors, traders...

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Day 58 – 20 May

Once again a steady day with nine requests for assistance being received. One of which concerned a suspected faulty telephone line for an elderly lady, anyway I called Virgin Media on her behalf and was amazed by a 45 minute response time ! (I must add that I’m not a...

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Day 57 – 19 May

Today saw a steady run of ten requests for assistance. Additionally, two calls were received from residents who were unsure as to what assistance is available from the Sp Gp. These were aligned to the fact that the family and friends who have up until now been looking...

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Day 56 – 18 May

At the end of Day One of Week Eight we continue after the weekend with 10 requests for assistance. Notably, there were five ‘new’ residents who contacted the Group for assistance for the first time. Branston Surgery Face Mask Appeal. Following on from yesterdays post,...

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Day 51 – 13th May

A busy day with a total of 18 requests for assistance and advice being received covering a wide range of subjects. Of note, four ‘new’ residents who have not previously contacted the group have been in touch. Three of these have stemmed from the fact that the people...

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Days 52-55 – 14th – 17th May

Day 55 - Sun 17 May 2020 Apart from a couple of calls for advice, a very quiet end to the eighth week. Request for Information - Face masks. I have been informed that some residents are making face masks but are unsure of how or to whom to pass them onto. If anyone...

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Day 46-50 8th – 12th May

Day 46 - 8 May 2020 A steady but interesting day with 8 requests for assistance being received, three of which were for Canwick, Lincoln and Metheringham ! It’s amazing how far the reputation of the group and especially the Food Bank has spread. Thank you for your...

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Day 45 – 7 May

A busy and very satisfying day with twelve requests for assistance being received. Of note, one of which was an urgent request from NKDC to provide a food box for a resident in North Hykeham ! This was successfully completed within 45 minutes and very gratefully...

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Day 44 – 6 May

Interestingly a busier day today with eleven requests for assistance being received covering a range of different tasks in and out of the Parish. Information for Volunteers - You will have seen that I have posted information on the Prescription Text Service. For those...

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Day 43 – 5 May

Well what can I say it’s been another quiet day with only three requests for assistance being received, but nonetheless it’s not the number that matters, it’s the ability to respond that counts. Another milestone was reached today as we welcome the 250th member to the...

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Day 42 – 4th May.

Another quiet day with only two requests for assistance being received. Tomorrow the Food Bank will receive its first delivery of 150 kg of food from FareShare (Hull) which will be gratefully received and added to the existing donations. This facility is for Branston...

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Day 41 – 3 May

A very quiet day with only one request for assistance being received. Although there is nothing significant to report, as we enter week seven tomorrow, the Support Group and Food Bank volunteers continue to provide the best possible assistance to the vulnerable and...

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Day 40 – 2 May

The four requests for assistance that were received today saw us hit and pass the 250 mark and finish on 252. This means that we have been averaging six requests a day for the past six weeks, all of which have all been successfully responded to. As the days pass and...

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Day 39 – 1 May

For a rather chilly May Day, we received eight requests for assistance, making for a relatively steady day. The Food Bank came to the fore again today and two Food Boxes were delivered to appreciative residents in neighbouring communities at the request of NKDC. Thank...

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Day 38 – 30th April

A busy day with 14 requests being received including a couple coming from NKDC Wellbeing for residents in other villages which we were able to assist with. Three ‘new’ Branston residents popped up on the radar for help which is good and will be certainly using our...

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Day 37 – 29 April

Well, we certainly experienced an uplift in requests today with 10 being received. Encouragingly, it was really good to have two ‘new’ residents call in for assistance as their friends who usually help are now unable to do so. The Branston All Saints Food Bank...

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Day 36 – 28 April

Surprisingly only three requests were received today. However, another round of phone calls confirmed that our ‘regular requesters’ are all well and managing. Following further calls with neighbouring Parish Councils and Community Groups, methods for better ways of...

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Day 35 – 27 April

After a very quiet weekend, today saw eight requests for assistance being received. It was satisfying to help two new residents with their initial requests and also to be able to support a resident in a neighbouring Parish after being contacted by NKDC Wellbeing....

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Days 31 – 34 – 23-26 April

Daily Summary - Day 34 - Sun 26 Apr 2020 Well, yet another day passes where there has been nothing to report ! However, it was welcomed as a day of reflection. To consider how we all are, but more importantly to think about those who have tragically lost their lives...

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Day 31 – 22 April

Well, we’ve had the third consecutive day of have having six requests for assistance and advice. Is this a sign of things stabilising ? Who knows, I’m just glad that we’re able to provide the support that we do, it’s certainly making a difference to those who are...

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Day 30 – 21 April

Another average day with six requests for assistance being received. Also there was a generous cash donation which was greatly appreciated. The Food Bank came into its own today when Chris and Julie, at very short notice prepared a food box for an elderly couple who...

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Help needed at the Junior School

Branston Junior School - Request for Cleaning Materials If you are able to spare any of the following cleaning materials, they would be greatly appreciated by the Branston Junior School on Station Road. They will be used to help in maintaining a high standard of...

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Day 29 – 20 April

An average day with six requests for assistance being received. The Food Bank is now in an excellent position to issue Food Boxes, if you are aware of anyone who may benefit from this service, please call 07395 906220 If you have any questions, please call me on 07395...

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Day 28 – April 19

Well, it has been 28 days since the Branston Emergency Plan was activated, the Branston Parish Council Covid-19 Support Group was formed and the newly recruited volunteers became active in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Additionally of course, in co- operation...

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Day 27 – 18 April

A very quiet day with nothing of subsequence to report. There was only one request for assistance and a couple of calls for advice. If anyone has any questions or would like any further information about the Branston Parish Council response to this crisis, please get...

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Day 26 – 17 April

Yet again another steady day whereupon ten requests for assistance, primarily for the collection of prescriptions were received. This is such an important role that the volunteers fulfil and the great relationship that has been established with the Branston Co-op...

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Day 25 – 16 April

Daily Summary - Day 24 - Thu 16 Apr 2020 A steady and satisfying day again with requests for assistance and advice, just going into double figures (10). As we come to the end of the fourth week the cycle of repeat prescriptions is being seen and support for the now...

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Day 24 – 15 April

Day 23 - We’d 15 Apr 2020 With only a couple of requests for assistance being received, the star of today was the Branston Food Bank. Three generous donations were made and gratefully collected by Chris, our dedicated Food Bank Manager. This leads me on nicely to...

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Day 22 – 13 April

Day 22 - Tue 14 Apr 2020 Today saw 13 requests for assistance and advice from both within and outside of the Parish. Worthy of note, even at Day 2 of Week 4 it is very disconcerting when confused and very anxious residents call for help. It proves my earlier concern...

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Appeal for supplies at School

Branston Junior School - Request for Cleaning Materials If you are able to spare any of the following cleaning materials, they would be greatly appreciated by the Branston Junior School on Station Road. They will be used to help in maintaining a high standard of...

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Day 21 – 12 April

Day 20 - Sun 12 Apr 2020 A very quiet Easter Sunday with only a couple of requests. The Food Bank will be open tomorrow at 1000 - 1100 hrs for your donations. The following items would currently be greatly appreciated: Tinned meat Tinned fruit Bottles of Squash Crisps...

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Day 20 – 11 April

Day 19 - Sat 11 Apr 2020 A very brief report to cover another quiet day with only four requests being received. There were a couple of calls asking for support next week, these are in the form of collecting “click and collect” orders that are now becoming more readily...

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Day 19 – 10th April

Day 18 - Fri 10 Apr 2020 A very quiet day today with only 3 three requests being called in. But nonetheless everyone is important for those individuals who need help. Thank you to those who have returned the Volunteer Indemnity Forms. The Branston Food Bank continued...

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Day 18 – 9 April

Day 17 - Thu 9 Apr 2020 Today has ticked over nicely with only 6 requests being received. Fortunately this gave me time to catch up on some group admin; collating the Indemnity Forms that have been returned and producing more badges for our latest volunteers. I also...

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Day 17 – 8th April

Day 16 - Wed 8 Apr 2020 By all accounts a very satisfying day that saw 13 requests for help being conducted by our great band of volunteers. After 16 days in which 110 requests have been received and completed, with my fingers crossed I am relatively satisfied that...

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Day 16 – 7th April

Day 15 - Tue 7 Apr 2020 All in all a very quiet day with only three requests for assistance being received. Nonetheless it’s not the number that matters, it’s the fact that this excellent capability exists that’s important. Today also saw Chris Langford and I...

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Day 15 – 6th April

Day 15 - 2045hrs Mon 6 Apr 2020 A steady day in which eight requests were received and successfully managed. Additionally there were a number of calls from individuals and organisations asking for advice on what we can provide, how we are managing our responses and...

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Day 13 – 4th April

Daily Summary - Day 13 - 2015hrs Sat 4 Apr 2020 It’s a very short summary this evening as today has been the quietest one since the Branston Emergency Plan was activated and this group being formed nearly two weeks ago, with only three requests for assistance. One of...

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Day 12 – 3rd April

Daily Summary - Day 12 - 1945hrs Fri 3 Apr 2020 The day started off with an email from the USA, a flurry of requests and people calling, emailing and texting to join our merry band of volunteers, which is really good news. Statistically, there are now 221 members in...

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Day 11 – 2nd April

Daily Summary - Day 11 - 2030hrs Thu 2 Apr 2020 Yet again another steady day that has mainly consisted of answering questions and giving advice to residents and organisations about a wide range of issues; how do residents pay volunteers for shopping, what other...

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Day 10 – 1st April

Day 10 Summary - 2045hrs Wed 1 Apr 2020 To be honest it’s been a relatively steady day that thankfully has provided me with a little respite and some time to consolidate our current situation, reflect on what has been achieved to date, but more importantly how to...

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CoViD-19 Update

The aim of this message is to provide an update on what the Branston Parish Council has done and is doing in response to the Covid-19 crisis. I sincerely apologise for not reaching out to you earlier to bring you up to speed. It’s been a very hectic fortnight and in...

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A Parish Office

It seems a while ago but, on 28th February, we told you about the Parish Council’s intention to purchase office space in the village to accommodate the new Clerk and the work of the Parish Council. We had planned to provide additional information at the Annual Parish...

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Watch out – There’s a Thief about!

This might sound like a blast from the past but it is certainly topical at the moment. Please be aware that there are people at ‘work’ in Branston, who are out trying car doors at 3am, hoping to get lucky at your expense – literally. Even during the day when you are...

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