With a further easing of the lockdown taking place this Saturday, we have news of the reopening of the Village Hall and the Swan Inn, and an update on the current situation at the Cricket Club and Church.

In this issue:
  1. Birlingham Village Hall Reopening, Saturday 4th July
  2. The Swan Inn Reopening, Friday 10th July
  3. Partial Reopening of Birlingham Cricket Club
  4. St James’ Church
  5. Prescriptions from Pershore Medical Practice
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1. Birlingham Village Hall Reopening, Saturday 4th July

Alan Bradley writes:
Birlingham Village Hall will be reopening for business on Saturday 4th July. We very much look forward to welcoming back our highly-valued existing customers and welcoming new hires as the year unfolds.

There are new Terms and Conditions for hiring the Hall which are in line with and conform to the new Government regulations. Any hirer, new or old, will need to agree to the new regulations as laid out on the BVH website information section, Terms and Conditions of Hire (http://www.birlinghamvillagehall.org/page5.html#Addendum_1).

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2. The Swan Inn Reopening, Friday 10th July

Zoe Haines writes:
After a long three months, made easier with this beautiful weather, the Swan Inn has finally been allowed to open its doors again. We shall be doing a ‘soft opening’ for the village plus a few regulars on Friday 10th July, with fully-operated kitchen and bar, and then will open to the general public on Saturday 11th July.

We shall be following a very in-depth 40-page document published with Government guidelines, so there will be a few changes in place. Social distancing, table service and booking advisable are the main ones, so that foot traffic around the premises is limited to staff and customers who are on the way to the toilets, as well as keeping a record for 21 days of one person’s contact details for each visit to help with the NHS Track and Trace scheme.

Regular hand washing, especially on entry and exit of the building, is encouraged and the toilet block will have a one-way system, where you enter via the conservatory and exit via the garden door. Contactless payments are encouraged, ideally from your table so traffic to the bar is solely staff.

We have created some new under-cover seating outside, which can be reserved for a maximum of six people (from your household or ‘bubble’) to get around the ever-changing British weather and the seven outside tables (five in the back on the grass and two on the front paving) remain but cannot be booked in case it suddenly decides to rain.

Drinkers are welcome, but are obviously not allowed to stand at the bar, so outside tables and benches can be used for this, as well as the three remaining tables in the bar.

We are all uncertain of how things may pan out in this industry so please bear with us and any tweaks which may be made while we operate in the first few weeks. We are very pleased to be opening and hope you will join us.

Give us a ring to book your table on 01386 750485.

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3. Partial Reopening of Birlingham Cricket Club

David Clasen writes:
To date Birlingham Cricket Club has opened its doors for training purposes only, in line with ECB guidelines. The ECB and Worcestershire County League have not advised when or if structured games will take place this season. The nets have been used for groups of six in rotation. The only other facilities at the time of writing are the toilets – players are required to bring their own refreshments. General ground maintenance continues to be conducted predominantly by Martin and myself.

Should any individuals/groups wish to (a) join in with net session or (b) book a slot, please call 01386 556605.

With the lifting of restrictions on 4th July, we are discussing ways in which BCC can open more facilities and encourage more social events. We will monitor with interest events over the weekend and see how/if we can progress to some form of normality.

We have opened a club shop at www.hawkcricket.com, which supplies a good range of cricket merchandise incorporating the BCC logo. Purchase with pride a piece of sporting fashion promoting both your club and village.

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4. St James’ Church

Adrianne Woodward writes:
Although the Government has said that churches are able to open for communal worship from 4th July, unfortunately, with times as they are, it is not as simple as opening and closing the church doors. There is a lot more to take into account via a risk assessment, such as cleaning, size and layout of the building, signage, hand sanitiser, and age and number of the congregation and helpers.

So it has been decided that St James’ is not yet in a position to open its doors but this is being kept under constant review by Claire and the PCC. The Abbey is opening in a limited way and our chuchyard is always available for those of you who want a quiet moment to reflect.

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5. Prescriptions from Pershore Medical Practice

Sue Hermon writes:
The following update has been issued by the practice:

“From Monday 6th July we will only be providing a delivery service to our most vulnerable patients, including those in the COVID shielded group. If you were receiving deliveries of your medication prior to COVID these will continue.

The dispensary will be open each weekday 9.00-11.00am and 3.00-5.00pm. Please come to the dispensary during these times to collect medication. Medication will be dispensed from the ‘back door’ of the dispensary on the right, just inside the main door of the practice. This entrance will also be used by patients attending doctor and nurse appointments. A member of staff will be in the lobby to supervise entry. There will be two queueing systems in operation so please read the signs carefully when you arrive.

It would help us and queuing patients immensely if queries were avoided where possible when collecting medication. Queries regarding medication can be made via our electronic access (EMIS access) or by telephoning the dispensary helpline between 10.00am and 1.00pm daily.”

If anyone has to self isolate and is unable to collect their medication, please telephone me on 07771 848172 and I will collect on a Tuesday morning.

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