Stowmarket Town Council
Stowmarket Town Council would like to send its best wishes to everyone during these uncertain times. We are grateful to each and every person who is doing their bit, whether you are a keyworker, working from home, home schooling your children, social distancing from friends and family, going shopping as little as possible, shopping for at-risk neighbours or clapping every Thursday for our keyworkers, we are all in this together.
To show the towns appreciation for the NHS, we raised a rainbow flag over the town, and we are encouraging people to do the same by decorating their windows with a display dedicated to anyone they would like to celebrate. We would love to see your efforts! Please email any pictures to: firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to be included in our Fly the Flag video!
We continue to man the Town Council phones and remain a point of contact for anyone who needs assistance. So far, we have spoken with several residents who are in the high-risk and shielded categories and have been able to connect these individuals with organisations who are well placed to help them.
If you are in genuine need of help, there is a Suffolk County Council scheme, Home, But Not Alone, which is connecting volunteers to vulnerable people in order to get help to those who need it. They are open 9 am – 5pm daily and have a Freephone number: 0800 876 6926.
The Stowmarket foodbank staff are doing a fantastic job during these difficult times. Demand for the foodbank has increased from an average of 60 deliveries a month to delivering an average of 54 per week. We have made our vehicles available for the purpose of collecting donations from supermarkets, a trip that Heather Tooke, Community Centre Manager, undertakes twice weekly. Mayor Paul Ekpenyong donated £100 worth of food and Tesco manager, Scott Garrod, donated an entire trolley-full of Easter eggs.
We are urging everyone who is able to please donate to the food bank if possible. Drop off points are located in the supermarkets and a new drop off point at the community centre is open Monday – Thursday 9 am – 1pm. If you are donating a large amount of items, please call the food bank: 01449 774000, to arrange a suitable time.
The market is still open for business on Thursday and Saturdays. The stalls have been limited to essential-items only, and social distancing measures are in place. Tariffs for stallholders have been paused during the pandemic. Stallholders are also working to provide provisions to the food bank as necessary.
All play areas, equipment and skate parks remain closed to the public in line with government instructions. Parks remain open for exercise reasons only.
It has been necessary to postpone all Town Council events up until August, including the Food and Drink Festival, StowFiesta and the Annual Council Meeting. We are working with stakeholders and will resume our event calendar when safe to do so.
There has been a rise in scammers targeting vulnerable people during the coronavirus outbreak, and we urge people to stay safe. Some scams are very convincing and sophisticated – we urge people never to give out personal information before you have verified their credentials. You can report scams to Action Fraud on: 0300 123 2040.
Our website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages are updated with relevant Stowmarket news regularly, and we have launched a page on Facebook called Stowmarket Boredom Busters, which is filled with ideas to keep the whole family busy during the lockdown.
You can find more information about everything mentioned here, and more, on our website. There is a dedicated coronavirus advice section, as well as tips on avoiding fake news and links to trusted sources. It also contains information on what the town council is able to directly help with, and links to other councils and organisations.
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