(Please remember we are in lockdown and this is for your daily exercise walk around the village in your household group.)
Social distancing means Halloween Trick or Treating is out this year, but we don’t want the children to miss out entirely. We are asking people to Put Out a Pumpkin for Halloween, so family groups can take their children on a pumpkin hunt around the village. Parents may decide to give them a treat for each one they spot.
If you plan to display your pumpkin, can you let the Village Hall committee know please as we are putting together a map to let parents know where to go. Use our Contact Us form to tell us your house name, or post on the village Facebook page.
It doesn’t have to be a real pumpkin. If you don’t have one. A picture in your window, or somewhere else that can be seen easily, would do instead.
Order your 2021 Calendars featuring the winning photographs from The Narth Photography Competition. Calendars are A4 size and cost £5 each. Padded envelopes for posting the calendars can also be ordered at 40p each.
The Annual General Meeting on 13th October was held online via Zoom, and included a summary report of the Village Hall’s activities and current financial position, elections to the committee and the results of the Photo Competition which are reported in a separate post.
Gwen Reid and Stephen Dix retired from the Committee and we are pleased to announce that Matthew Sadler was elected as a replacement. We are now one member short so we are still recruiting.
As this year’s AGM was held online it was not possible to distribute the Annual Report or to hear from all the village groups, so these reports are available to download below:
It’s been a very difficult year for everyone, and the Village Hall committee want to express their appreciation of the way the village community has pulled together, and pass on our grateful thanks to all the volunteers who have kept things going and supported the village through these strange times.
The Village Hall Committee Clark, Maria, Marilyn, Sue, Wendy, Lisa, Rachel, Matthew
This year the AGM will take place online via Zoom, on Tuesday 13th October at 7.30pm
All residents are invited to attend, and we would very much appreciate your support in this difficult year.
A link to the meeting will be emailed to everyone on the Village Email List. If you are not on the list please contact us using our form here to be sent a link or to ask to be added to the mailing list. The link will take you straight to the meeting, using a computer, tablet or phone. You do not need to install anything in advance.
The meeting will be shorter than usual, as village reports will be posted online rather than given during the meeting. We will give a short report of the hall’s activities in the last year and our current situation, as well as a summary of the financial report. Full versions of these reports will be posted online.
The Village Hall committee has been discussing for some time when and how we can reopen the hall, and a great deal of preparation has been done to that end. However, with cases of Covid-19 rising again, the committee has decided that the hall will stay closed for the time being.
This decision will be reviewed regularly, and we will continue to monitor the regulations and advice from the Welsh Government and Monmouthshire County Council. (The Council staff have been particularly helpful in answering our queries.)
In making this decision we have taken into account the responses to our questionnaire. These have shown that opinion is clearly divided in the village about whether we should reopen soon, and the concern expressed by some people was one of the factors in our decision. We welcome your continued input – please fill in the questionnaire if you have not already done so.
We have also looked at the layout of the hall and the viability of any events we could hold, as well as the amount of work that would be required by our volunteers to maintain high safety standards. This research will all be useful for the time when we are able to resume activities.
While the hall is closed, we are considering other ways we could interact as a village community. For example, we plan to run the hall’s Christmas Card distribution this year (but with more safety measures in place).
We will keep you informed, mainly through this web site and the village email list. If you do not receive our emails, you can request to be added to the circulation using our Contact form.
Thank you, everyone, for your continued patience and support.
Please respond to our questionnaire even if you were not a regular user of the Village Hall.
The Village Hall Committee are looking at whether we can resume some activities at the Village Hall. This would require rigorous health & safety precautions. We are investigating which activities, if any, could return within the current legislation.
We have had feedback from most of the village groups, and opinions vary widely. Some are keen to get back, others will not consider doing so this year.
We value the opinion of our residents on this. We are aware that some people feel we should not open the hall at all, but we don’t know whether that is a small minority or a general feeling.
We have set up a short questionnaire, which is anonymous, and encourage people in the village to fill this in. Please let us know your thoughts using the link below. It will help us to decide how we should proceed.
The Prescription Collection and Delivery Service from Help on The Narth will stop at the end of this month. The last collection/delivery will be Thursday 27th August.
A huge thank you to the volunteers who have made this service possible during Covid Lockdown.
Please be reassured that if there is a ‘second wave’ of the virus and a further lockdown, the service will be resumed.
July 8th Update:
The Trellech Surgery has asked us to remind patients that the Help on The Narth prescription collection and delivery service continues. They ask that as many patients as possible use it. This reduces the risk of infection to staff at the surgery, to other patients visiting the surgery (some of whom are very sick) and to the community at large, thereby reducing the risk of a second wave.
June 2020: A summary of information from Wye Valley Practice sent to Help on The Narth
The surgery continues to operate a telephone triage system, ensuring patients get the most appropriate care at the right time. All consultations are initially over the phone or via video (where it is appropriate, the patient feels confident and technology is on our side). Continue reading →