- Minutes of Marazion Covid Coordination Forum ‘Zoom’ conference
8.00pm Monday 23rd November 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)|
|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 Unwin 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.
DL and all
|MzCSG||DL said MK was unable to attend and had sent apologies.
MK had little to report – some shopping and one prescription had been collected.
|Marazion Surgery||Invitations had been sent to Jackie Brown and to the surgery office, but nothing has been heard and no apologies received.
|Marazion Churches||DL said PB was unable to attend and had offered apologies.
PB said Methodist zoom services seemed to be going well and would be extended to others who might like to ‘attend’.
Online pre-recorded services were also available.
JL said All Saints would reopen for Sunday services from 6thDecember. The church was ‘manned’ on Wednesdays and Sundays for visitor’s private prayer, and on line C of E services were continuing.
The Church Christmas tree would be going up outside soon and part of the Christmas Eve service would be held around the tree.
|Marazion School||JR said there hadn’t been much change since the last meeting. School attendance remained high with only one family self-isolating.
The school would be doing a nativity complete with Joseph & Mary online. There would also be a ‘Do they know it’s Christmas ‘mash up’, and the children would enjoy a class bubble Christmas lunch. DL was reminded about virtual Santa.
JR said she had some information from a green energy climate change organisation which the children would be involved in and asked PE if it could be circulated amongst chamber members for support from town businesses – PE agreed.
|Chamber of Commerce||PE reported that there had been a poorly attended Chamber zoom meeting on 19th November. Members who attended reported a better year than expected and reported that the town had been much busier than in previous years right up until November lockdown.
The Government had made available a grant of up to £3,000 for those businesses required to close under lockdown rules. The application process for the grant was tighter than the original lockdown when a blanket £10,000 was given to all businesses rated as a commercial premises. This included self-catering cottages which under law must be rated as commercial properties. PE has spoken with MP regarding this anomaly and also written direct to the Chancellor (no response received).
PE informed the group that he had seen a post on the Penzance and Marazion facebook market place offering free food in Marazion.
PE established the person offering this was Stuart Samuels (SS) from Plain an Gwarry. He operates through the ‘Olio’ website and App.
The website blurb says “OLIO connects neighbours with each other and with local businesses so surplus food can be shared, not thrown away. This could be food nearing its sell-by date in local stores, spare home-grown vegetables, bread from your baker, or the groceries in your fridge when you go away. For your convenience, OLIO can also be used for non-food household items too.”
Stuart Salmon has qualified with Olio as a ‘local food hero’ who collects food from Tescos in Helston at 8pm on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Typically this includes lots of bread and other foods nearing sell by dates. This food is then freely given away to others who might need it. At the moment Stuart is doing this through the facebook market place, but PE wondered, given that the MzCSG has been involved in food parcel distribution, whether this is something we could support and promote.
JR said Stuart was the parent of children at school and she would have a chat with him the next time he came to pick up his children.
|AOB||PE said that the Marazion Decorative Lights Committee would be putting up some Christmas decorations around town this year.
JG said the Market Place Christmas Tree would be put up on 7th December – there would not be a special switch on ceremony.
JR said Christmas had already started at school to cheer folks up 😊
|Next Meeting||Next Zoom meeting in 2 weeks time on Monday 7thDecember.