Jan/Feb 2022Our front page is now dedicated to recent pandemic news from our ward as well as City, County and country. But our volunteers are still here to help and we are standing by as things are flaring up again this winter. Our organisation is in place and ready to act: if you need any help, simply go to our Getting Help in Castle Ward page! In late January, Cambridge infection rates were considerably higher than they had ever been. They had failed to decline in line with the national trend in January, but did so throughout February and are now at about the level they were before the arrival of Omicron, although still at almost twice the national level. Local and national developments of Covid infections are can be seen on our case numbers page.
Castle Covid Support Association Cambridge
News from Castle WardNon-emergency help is still provided by CCSA: Getting help in Castle Ward Concerts: After almost two years of lockdowns and restrictions, many long to meet up again locally. To help you to do so, we have been given a special grant by the City Council to host several concerts:
- The first took place on Remembrance Day and filled St. Augustine's Church to socially-distanced capacity! It's advertising flyer is here.
- The second concert, on New Year's Day, unfortunately had to be cancelled. It fell victim to the sudden explosion in case numbers due to the Omicron variant.
- The third concert took place on 26 February and again filled St. Augustine's Church to socially-distanced capacity. It's advertising flyer is here.
A fourth concert "Jubilate Deo" is planned for 6pm on
12 March at Storey's Field Centre in Eddington.
Further details can be found by clicking this
The St. Augustine's Singers and St. Augustine's Brass, conducted by Paul jackson, will present an attractive programme of music for choir and brass, with Philip Mead on the keyboard.Date and time: 12 March 2022 , 6pm - 7pmSee the Flyer for even more details.
Place: Storey's Field Centre, Eddington
- Further concerts may be held later this year, finances allowing.
News from City and CountyVaccinations: Everyone needs to continue to take up their vaccinations when offered (including flu) and continue to follow Covid-safe practice in terms of wearing face-coverings, keeping a safe distance from others and ensuring ventilation when mixing in indoor spaces.
Click this to see where vaccination information can be found.Financial Support: The County Council has been allocated £3.58 million as part of the Government’s Household Support Fund to help people who need financial support. City and district councils are working with the county to help us identify those who need it most. More details on the relevant page of the County Council website. Supervised Rapid Covid-19 Tests: In addition to self-testing at home with free kits, see below, you can also take supervised tests at local test centres. The one nearest to Castle Ward is in Akeman Street, which goes off Histon Road opposite the Co-op. Details and times can be found here on the County Council Website. (There appears to be no free-of-charge way to access the more reliable PCR tests unless you have Covid symptoms or tested positive in a rapid "lateral flow" test.)
Details about walk-in and pre-booked vaccinations can be found on the local NHS website or the specific, well-maintained site at www.thevaccinators.co.uk. Please note that the Chesterton Bowls Club site now does prebooked appointments only, due to limitations on on-site parking. It is not quite clear whether walk-in boosters are available. The NHS site says one thing, the Vaccinator site another!
Country-wide Covid-19 NewsGovernment Rules, including the recent revocation of "Plan B", are summarised in this guidance document.
COVID-19 self-testing continues to be an important part of the fight against the pandemic. Click this to find out more about self-administered Lateral Flow Tests.
The Government is encouraging us to self-test twice a week. To find out more about NHS-provided test kits click here: Ordering a test kit.
How Does the Self-test Work?Some good videos are available online that show how it's done, such as: