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25.04.22- Covid 19, Young Traders Market, Homes for Ukraine, Accidental Fire at Church

Written by on 24 April 2022

Staffordshire parents can play their part in minimising the spread of Covid-19 when schools return this week.

Most local schools and academies are due to reopen today for the first full term since Covid-19 restrictions and free rapid testing ended. Residents are now encouraged to be careful by getting vaccinated and taking sensible precautions that protect others from catching Covid.

People who develop symptoms of Covid are urged to stay at home if they can and avoid contact with others until their symptoms have passed.

Anybody aged 5 years old and over is now eligible for a Covid-19 vaccine which means many school-aged children will be able to get protected.

More information can be found on the NHS website.

Parents can find out more information on how to book a vaccine appointment for their child at www.nhs.uk/coronavirusvaccine or by calling 119.

Walk-in clinic details can be found at: https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/find-a-walk-in-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-site.

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Newcastle-under-Lyme Markets are once again taking part in the popular ‘Young Traders Market’ for 2022.  On Saturday the 18th June, there will be free stalls including free insurance for 18 to 30 year olds who are trying to get a business off the ground.  So, why not market your talent –  get in early and book your free stall on a busy Saturday with plenty of town centre footfall.  Call 01782 620519 for further details or to book your stall.

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People in Staffordshire wanting to sponsor refugees fleeing Ukraine are being urged to do so through the proper government channels.

Officers at Staffordshire County Council are dealing with more than 200 sponsors which have come through the government’s ‘Homes for Ukraine’ scheme.

However, they are also seeing a few instances where sponsorship arrangements are being set up via chatrooms or social media. Organising sponsorships this way means they will not be able to access funding the government has specifically allocated to the scheme.

People can apply to be a sponsor through the ‘Homes for Ukraine’ scheme via the government website.

Homes for Ukraine: record your interest – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

For more information on how the scheme works in Staffordshire, visit www.staffordshire.gov.uk/ukraine.

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A large fire in the early hours of last Wednesday  at St John the Evangelist Church in Trent Vale started accidentally, a fire investigation has confirmed.

The fire is believed to have started as a result of an electrical appliance fault.

Thankfully, no one was inside the Church at the time.

Station Manager Lee Chevin said: “Our crews worked incredibly hard in difficult conditions to bring this fire under control, but it has sadly caused serious damage to this historic building.

For information and advice about fire safety you can visit the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue website        visit: https://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/your-safety/