- Minutes of Marazion Covid Coordination Forum ‘Zoom’ conference
8.00pm Monday 14th December 2020
|Present||Town Mayor Derek Laity (Chair); Deputy Mayor William Collins; Cllr. Gabbie Reynolds (Marazion Town Council); Rev. Paul Benney (Methodist); Julia Greig (All Saints Church); Paul Elliott (Marazion Chamber of Commerce);Jenny Rainbow (Marazion School); Mike Kearon (Marazion Covid Support Group); Kathryn Burge (Marazion Surgery)|
|Apologies||Jackie Brown (Marazion Surgery),
|Minutes||Minutes of meeting 7th December approved for circulation
|Marazion Town Council||DL reported that the Town Council has re-opened both the playgrounds and they were being well used.
The Folly Field car park is now open and the toilets will be open at weekends and during the school holidays.
Christmas Meal Project
Further discussion followed regarding providing a meal to lonely or vulnerable individuals and families at Christmas.
MK said he had a list of 12 names so far. WC said he could add another 6. All present were asked to make nominations by e-mail to MK by Friday so that a final figure could be given to Katies Hot Pots.
KB said Marazion surgery covered area around Marazion and she had names of a couple of people in Goldsithney parish who would benefit from a food parcel – it was agreed they should be included.
PE has confirmed that a Turkey meal and pudding can be provided and delivered by Katies Hot Pots – A hearty Christmas lunch would be £10 with another £4 for an apple crumble’dessert.
Katies Cornish Hot Pot contact number is: 07754 461846
WC said he was happy to provide potatoes and brussels sprouts to Katie for the meal.
MK said he was available on Wednesday 23rd to deliver food when Katies dropped it off in Marazion on Wednesday afternoon. WC said he was happy to assist.
|MzCSG||MK said he had 2 calls this week.
One from Volunteer Cornwall asking for assistance with click and collect for a vulnerable person who couldn’’t get an on-line delivery, and a second from a person who needed things picking up and dropping off at Marazion Surgery.
MK said he had been contacted by RT from the surgery with some names for food parcels and had been doing other work relating to the food parcel project (covered elsewhere in the minutes).
MK said he had been informed by the surgery of a person who would be alone at Christmas and would benefit from regular phone calls. JG said she would arrange something with a lady who lives near this individual.
MK had arranged for Jolly Roger to take J to her daughters in Newlyn on Christmas day as agreed.
|Marazion Surgery||KB said Covid clinics scheduled for this Thursday had been cancelled due to issues with supply and distribution of the vaccine which does not travel well. Once it has thawed it cannot be moved. It is hoped the other vaccine in the pipeline which is much less sensitive to travel will be available to Marazion people early in the New Year. The slight delay in vaccination does enable the surgery to prepare fully for mass administration of the jab.
WC asked about using the Community Centre – KB said this wasn’t being done as at the moment vaccinations were being administered only at Godrevy surgery in Hayle.
KB couldn’t comment on numbers of positive cases locally.
|Marazion Churches||PB said the morning service at the Methodist went well and that a large amount of food had been received for donation to the food bank.
JG said there had been a very successful Christingle service with 40 adults and 17 children present and there had been a very generous collection for the Children’s Society.
The next big service will be at 10pm on Christmas Eve and people attending were being asked to book in advance as the maximum capacity indoors was 60.
People can book to attend through the Mount Bay Church office on 01736 741067 or there will be a sheet in the Church for people to put their names on.
GR asked about the carol singing that had been advertised by PE on FB which had raised some interesting debate.
PE said the carol singing had originally been intended to be a ‘flash mob’ unannounced type event, but similar events were being promoted in Helston and other local towns and villages so he had been asked to post it on facebook locally.
Interestingly all comments on the Marazion FB page had been very positive, whereas the post on Marazion Memories FB solicited mostly negative as well as a few positive comments from far and wide.
The carol singing will be at 6.00pm on Thursday 17th in the Square by the tree with Dr. Russell Blacker playing a keyboard for music. Those attending had been asked to wear masks and to socially distance 2m unless they are in the same social bubble. There will be some people acting as stewards reminding people to wear face coverings and not to mingle, and to keep their distance.
In fact as this ‘gathering’ is outside masks are not a legal requirement, but people are being asked to cover their faces in any case. (In Tier 1 public attendance at outdoor and indoor events (performances and shows) is permitted, limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 4,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors).
It is not known how many will attend in Marazion, but doubtful it will exceed 100 locals and much will depend on the weather (forecast is 11C with a 52% chance of rain and wind 22 mph). Clearly those with any health concerns will stay at home and if anything gets out of hand we can literally ‘pull the plug’ on Russell’s organ and go home.
|Marazion School||JR said that a decision had been made to move to remote learning for the morning of Friday 18th (as well as the usual remote learning for Fridays afternoons). This means that face to face learning for Christmas ends at 3.15pm on Thursday 17th.
JR thanked Father Christmas for bringing lots of happiness to the school last Friday.
The school zoom quiz was now at 5.30 on Thursday 17th December.
GR asked about school food parcels over Christmas – JR said that nationally vouchers are being provided over the school holidays to those families entitled to free school meals and Cornwall Council has now provided extra funding to include families who were identified as being in need even though not entitled to FSM.
JR said that school also has funding from the Rotary Club to support any other families who are experiencing financial hardship.
|Chamber of Commerce||PE said the announcement today that London and parts of the SE would go immediately into Tier 3 removed the opportunity for 11 million people previously in Tier 2 areas to extend their holiday break beyond the Christmas covid bubble from 23rd – 27th December. This would result in cancellations for several self- catering holiday properties in Marazion and across Cornwall and reduce the numbers of people visiting the county over Christmas and New Year.
WC said he knew of some large properties where people from London Tier 3 area were coming regardless.
|AOB||DL said he wanted to thank everybody involved in the Covid Coordination group who had been meeting for nearly a year for putting time into serving the local community. DL knows we have been making a difference because he has been contacted by the Council Community Network Manager wanting to know why they hadn’t been contacted – and DL was able to say it’s because we have it all covered. Many thanks for all the work done and what all involved are continuing to do.
DL asked JR and KB for an opportunity to visit the school and surgery to personally thank staff in his capacity as Town Mayor.
|Next Meeting||Next Zoom meeting in 3 weeks at 8.00pm on Monday 4thJanuary 2021.