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Grab a Jab !

As the covid vaccination programme in Lincolnshire and across the country enters the final sprint, the NHS is holding a  ‘big weekend' of vaccine-related activity , to encourage people to get vaccinated and help meet the ambition of offering everyone aged 18 or over a vaccination by 19th July.

Lincolnshire will be playing its part in the ‘big weekend' and aims to make vaccines easily and readily available, by offering a number of walk-in services, where appointments won't be required, during the weekend.

Second dose vaccinations (minimum eight week gap between first and second dose).

The first of these will be held at  The Arboretum, Lincoln  (Monks Road entrance), where a  mobile unit will offer Pfizer walk-in vaccinations for first doses , on a ‘first come, first served' basis between  12pm-3pm  on  Saturday 26th June , to anyone aged 18 or over who is eligible.

On  Sunday 27th June Newlands Pharmacy, Lincoln , will be  offering Pfizer  and AstraZeneca walk-in vaccinations  on a ‘first come, first served' basis between 10am-2pm, to anyone 18 or over who is eligible, including both first and second doses.

On  Friday 25th, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th June , the  Storehouse in Skegness  will also be providing  walk-in Pfizer ONLY vaccinations between 8.30am-5pm  using Pfizer for both first and second doses, on a ‘first come, first served' basis.

In addition to this, both of the county's Mass Vaccination Centres (MVC) will offer vaccinations on a walk-in basis as follows:

PRSA Mass Vaccination Centre, Boston  – offering Pfizer and AstraZeneca walk-ins (no individual choice of vaccine, will be administered according to JCVI guidance), first and second doses, 8am-7pm  Friday 25th, Saturday 26th, Sunday 27th and Monday 28th June.

Lincolnshire Showground Mass Vaccination Centre  – offering  AstraZeneca ONLY  walk-ins, first and second doses for people in cohorts 1-10/aged 40 and over, 8am-7pm  Friday 25th, Saturday 26th, Sunday 27th and Monday 28th June.


Food Bank

Kate Hiley tells us that the food bank is currently packing up to 70 parcels a month for those in need. Steven Bunney and the MRAG team are working most mornings 10-12 in the Festival Hall.  Food items can be dropped there, at the New Life Church or the Salvation Army in Market Rasen, but not at the Middle Rasen Church, at the moment, thank you.

Kate says they have received some great donations from the community and purchased goods following financial donations. There is always a need for basics like cereals, tea, coffee, tinned food (inc veg, fruit, etc) toothpaste, shower gel, soap and toilet rolls. Call Rhona at the NL Church Office on 01673 849941 if you are looking for donation ideas or ways to contribute.

Long dated items needed at the moment include:

Tinned meat - meatballs, corned beef, chicken supreme, steak etc. ...Tinned fruit, rice puddings, etc. ....Biscuits ... Crisps ....Rice Crispies (or similar) - and/or the breakfast cereals that children enjoy.

No one should feel obliged to give food, particularly if they or their family are in need. As ever, pasta, sauces, tinned soup, dry rice etc are all needed, but at the moment the Food Bank does have a stock of these items.


Covid Research

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has funded research project based at the University of Southampton. We're looking to recruit members of the public to take part in a large international survey on the preventative behaviours people are taking to avoid catching COVID-19 and the long-term effect of those that have suffered from COVID-19 during the pandemic.

The survey is aimed at everyone, including you, and this is the UK specific link to the survey: https://pharma.unige.ch/limesurvey/index.php/326544?lang=en


During these challenging days, changes to bus services can happen at a very rapid speed. Operators need only give two day notices of an intention to change/suspend/ reinstate services.

We are trying hard to keep up to speed with these changes and keep communities informed via our social media channels and our Lincsbus Website

Maria Lyon TSG Publicity Team

..... or call the Lincolnshire Transport Helpline on 0345 456 4474 (Monday – Saturday)  for help with information and availability of bus services and timetables.


I have had the pleasure of volunteering at Lincolnshire Showground in the vaccination programme arranged by a number of our local GP practices. It is such a rewarding experience, freeing up the medical staff to concentrate on organising and giving the vaccinations. So far all the persons attending have been in the older age groups or vulnerable and for many of them it has been their first trip outside of their home for many months! It has been a privilege to be part of the project, and clearly many people attending are so relieved and pleased to receive their first “jab” and so grateful to their GP practices for being so quick off the mark and efficient. 

The volunteers all work 5-hour shifts and the outside jobs particularly, in the horrible weather we are having around the beginning of February, can be extremely cold and tiring. The thanks we all receive from those who have been immunised more than make up for it and I know everyone working there volunteers and medical staff has been touched by the gifts of sweets and homemade cakes 

We have been joined at the Showground now by the NHS mass vaccination programme and literally thousands of people are now being vaccinated each week. By the time Community Spirit comes out we will have made fantastic progress locally and hopefully nationally in getting a large percentage of the population vaccinated at least once


If YOU have need of prayer and would like to email or call, I am privileged to oblige. If anyone would just like a listening ear, you are welcome to telephone me and I'll be happy to chat. Contact Rev Heather Wilson by email on wilsonhthr56@aol.com or telephone on 01673 843362


Test and Trace

If NHS Test and Trace calls you by phone, the service will be using a single phone number 0300 0135 000. The only website the service will ask you to visit is https://contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk .

Fraudulent COVID-19 Text Messages

Action Fraud had received 57 reports from members of the public who have been sent text messages claiming to be from the NHS, offering them the opportunity to sign up for coronavirus vaccinations. The texts ask the recipient to click on a link which takes them to an online form where they are prompted to input personal and financial details. In some cases the online form has looked very similar to the real NHS website . Please remember, the vaccine is only available on the NHS and is free of charge. The NHS will never ask you for details about your bank account or to pay for the vaccine. If you receive an email, text message or phone call purporting to be from the NHS and you are asked to provide financial details, THIS IS A SCAM . The NHS will never

•  ask for your bank account or card details

•  ask for your PIN or banking passwords

•  arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine

•  ask for documentation to prove your identity, such as a passport or utility bills

If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to report@phishing.gov.uk . Suspicious text messages should be forwarded free of charge to the number 7726.







It's not been all bad! There have actually been some positives to come out of this mess. Firstly it's shown us that we can come together as a nation and achieve something remarkable. It's brought out the best in many people and reminded us what really matters – health, looking after each other, community. On the other hand the spectacle of wealthy business people taking advantage of the situation has been shocking and shameful. Also the panic buying early on was scary, although it had its funny side – who would have thought toilet paper would be the first thing to be hoarded?

COVID has given us a different perspective on many aspects of our lives, and we have had to adjust our expectations. Learning how to communicate with loved ones in a different way, online mostly; appreciating the benefits of more outdoor exercise; smiling and chatting to strangers. A common enemy brings us together.

There have been many interesting side effects of COVID and the world's response to the pandemic. Air pollution and carbon dioxide levels have decreased dramatically, and the world is generally a cleaner, quieter place. There is also less ‘dust' in the atmosphere (scientists call them aerosols – they cause the global dimming effect) and this, ironically, may cause a slight increase in global temperature. Financial markets have taken a huge hit and there will be enormous financial challenges in the years ahead.

At a conservative estimate COVID has infected over 7.5 million people in 212 countries and territories and killed over 400,000 people, and these numbers are still climbing. These are cases, which have tested positive, and there is an unknown number of cases within communities which have not been tested, therefore the true numbers may be much higher. The illness can be dreadful and leave survivors struggling to recuperate.

The mortality rate is probably about 1%, so the disease itself is unlikely to be a threat to the survival of our species. Unfortunately we cannot afford to be complacent as we come out of the lockdown, and perhaps COVID has been an opportunity to take more seriously those things which do threaten our continued existence: pollution of air and oceans; political instability; financial collapse; extreme weather events; drought and famine; loss of biodiversity; sea level rise.

COVID has given us time to pause and think, but we're not out of the woods.

Richard Harries



Masks are not thought to be effective, but if you want to make one which can be washed frequently to reused and may protect others, see below.

  1. Use a piece of durable cloth
  2. Pattern the shape
  3. Iron the folds in the mask, and sew the sides
  4. Provide a hole for inserting materials such as fresh tissue, as filter material
  5. Adjust the contours of the face
  6. Use, wash and replace with new filter materials regularly.


During the lockdown why not exercise using ZOOM

Teacher is a British Whell of Yoga Teacher who lives in Middle Rasen.

Exercise with Traditional Himalayan Yoga in your own home using ZOOM

Chair Yoga on a Monday: 11.00 - 12 noon (FREE OF CHARGE) during lockdown

If you are interested please contact Sue