- Minutes of Marazion Covid Coordination Forum ‘Zoom’ conference
8.00pm Monday 23rd November 2020
|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)|
|Apologies||Jackie Brown (Marazion Surgery), Rev. Paul Benney (Methodist),Mike Kearon (Marazion Covid Support Group)|
|Minutes||Minutes of meeting 9th November approved for circulation|
|Marazion Town Council||DL reported that the Town Council will re-open the playgrounds when lockdown is lifted on 2nd December. The Folly Field toilets will also re-open on weekends and during the school holidays, but Town centre toilets will remain closed for the time being.
DL has applied for a grant from Western Power for £500 on behalf of the group. Nothing has been heard back yet.
DL, WC and Town Clerk Tracey Unstead had attended a Chamber of Commerce zoom meeting on 19th Nov.
Lengthy discussion followed regarding a proposal to support lonely people at Christmas by donating either a Christmas meal or a small hamper / gift to residents who might normally have seen family or spent time with friends at Christmas, but were now shielding – or perhaps don’t have any family or friends nearby and would be lonely over Christmas. This could be pensioners widows, widowers, single parents etc . Eligibility would not be ‘means tested’ – we’re looking for people that could do with emotional support to know someone is thinking of them during Christmas.
There is some money available including £500 from an anonymous donor which could go towards this. DL said the Town Council may also make a contribution and there is the money held by PB in the Methodist fund.
Meals can be provided and delivered by Katies Hot Pots – A hearty Christmas lunch would be £10 with another £4 for an apple crumble dessert. PE to establish what day Katies Hot Pots could deliver.
Hampers could include mince pies, a Christmas pudding, biscuits etc.
· WC said he would donate potatoes and sprouts and had a supply of boxes that could be used as hampers.
· GR to obtain a box from WC to make sample hamper – budget approx. £10.
· MK to contact Morrisons community champion to see if they can assist with hamper contents
The first stage is to identify those who might benefit from such a gesture. This was tricky as we might offend someone by missing them out and equally we may offend some people who don’t think they should be receiving handouts….
· PE to contact Anne Sedgeman, Nicola Clemo and Carol Eddy to identify needy people at the top of town.
· PE to check with Age UK to see if they have a list
· JG to contact Penny Hosking (Greenwood Penny have a list for bottom of town).
· JR to identify single parents from school or needy families
· PB to enquire with Methodist congregation to identify people.
· JG to enquire in C of E circles and wives club to identify people
· JB to ask community nurse to identify people
Once people have been identified please immediately forward names to DL who will produce a spreadsheet and ensure no duplication which will enable the MzCSG to asses the extent of support we aim to offer and budget required.
The second stage is communication
· PE tasked to put together something for facebook first of all encouraging the community to be neighbourly and look out for lonely neighbours, possibly popping around with a Christmas lunch and making sure they’re OK – and secondly asking for details of those who might benefit or be missed out.
· JR to liaise with PE and do something similar in the school newsletter which goes out this Thursday.
WC said it was important to crack on with the above as Christmas was just around the corner.