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That's Merry Christmas One and All if you weren't sure.

thumbnail_IMG_4801.jpgYou may have noticed that there is a large, twinkly Christmas tree in the churchyard. This has been donated by the Jackaman Family of Downgate. It was felled by Colin Chadwick Tree Specialists and moved by a group of volunteers from the community. It was not easy but it was definitely worth it, doesn’t it look spectacular!

The Christmas Tree is one example of how Stoke Climsland makes the most of every opportunity to get together and make stuff happen. It has been a very difficult year but if anything, the pandemic has shown how well we can pull together and support each other in times of crisis. Stoke Climsland has really pulled out all the stops in 2020 to show what a wonderful community we are.

In fact, you may not know this, but the parish is being cited as an example of best practice in handling the crisis amongst the Local Government community. The reason is simple, we have worked together and supported and communicated with each other, consequently, no one got left behind. This would not have been possible without a lot of hard work. So it is time to acknowledge and thank the following people…

Much praise needs to be given to Sue Watts and her team at the Post Office, without whom many a person would have been without any resources during the Coronavirus lockdowns. They have all worked so hard to keep us supplied and we would be lost without them. Don’t forget that the Post Office is also a good place to order all your Christmas food!

Huge thanks go to Deri Parsons and John Wilmut for continuing to produce the newsletter, which kept us all up to date, amused and reassured. They have put in a huge effort to produce 26 editions during the pandemic.

This year has also seen the hasty formation of S.C.A.R.P.E.R. (Stoke Climsland Area Resilience Plan & Emergency Resources), who met for the first time in response to and about a week before the first lockdown. The team of parish councillors and local parishioners came up with a plan to get us through the crisis. Within 48 hours of the pandemic being officially confirmed, they set in place the volunteer and communication network which has been used throughout the pandemic and which, it is hoped, will continue after it is finally over.

Geoff Giles is to be given especial thanks for all his work so far on the Community Resilience Plan, which is being formalised as a result of the formation of S.C.A.R.P.E.R. Also, Nigel Cooper, who organised all the volunteers and kept everyone in touch with one another, Sarah Ross who organised prescription collections and of course, the many volunteers without whom nothing would have been possible.

And finally, to anyone who volunteered in any way to help the community this year, if you took the trouble to check on a neighbour, did someone’s shopping for them or organised an online event to distract us from the grimness, if you walked a lockdown dog or fed someone else’s chickens… whatever you did, we thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. Well Done.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


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