Lingfield and Area Community News Editorial
Hello again friends, and welcome to this, our Autumn 2021 edition of Community News,bringing you the local news and information you need. We’re still printing on paper, which is our preferred method of distribution, and we feel it’s what Community News is all about, giving the local community the information it needs, in the most appropriate format.
Well, by the time you read this, Britain’s so-called ‘Freedom Day’ will have come and gone, and we should have returned to some form of normality.
Despite some subtle backtracking over the last few weeks by Boris and the gang, and any sort of foreign travel still highly problematic, masks in shops may no longer be with us by the time this issue arrives on your doormat, and social distancing could be gone (or reduced to one metre). However, we should also be aware that not everyone is delighted that so many restrictions are being removed at once – in fact, some shops and TFL will still require mask wearing. Some people are overjoyed at the relaxation of regulations, others are more cautious.
We really need to say thank you to all the local shops, restaurants, pubs, other businesses and the many local clubs and societies that have adapted so well to the restrictions placed upon us. With all now operating as normally as they can we can but hope that soon they can finally get back to what they do best.
The facts and figures from Tandridge certainly point to the virus being brought well under control with no deaths within 28 days of a positive test for coronavirus reported on 17thJuly, with 61 people testing positive in the region on the same day. Here’s hoping the link between infections, hospitalisations, and deaths has finally been broken.
For understandable reasons, Lingfest did not make an appearance this year (I think we could all do with a good night out!), and several other annual community events have also decided not to proceed. However, Lingfield’s church fete is still going ahead, albeit dependent upon any restrictions that may appear (or reappear) later in the year.
Ducks back at the pond
It’s nice to see (and hear, and I mean really hear!) the ducks on the pond again, taking advantage of their luxurious new home. Several new ducklings were seen a few days ago, ducking (so to speak) in and out of the reeds. I wonder if that’ll be the last batch of youngsters we see this year?
The project to refurbish Gun Pond was more complicated than Lingfield Parish Council had first thought, but there were sufficient financial reserves available, and LPC is in the process of setting up “Friends of Lingfield Pond” and will be announcing dates for work parties in the near future.
Walk for Wards
Queen Victoria Hospital is helping to arrange a special event to say thank you to everyone who works for the National Health Service. Called Walk for Wards, the fundraising event is taking place on Sunday, 5 September 2021 in Glynde Estates (near Lewes) in the heart of the South Downs. The cost to enter is £10 for an adult, £5 for a child, or £25 for a family of four (two adults and two children). Your entry fee will include a t-shirt and an eco-friendly medal.
The surgery is now approved to deliver Pfizer and AstraZeneca Covid vaccines in clinics held at the practice which will be more convenient for our community. As of 22nd June 2021, Lingfield practice had vaccinated 92.4% of patients with a first dose of Covid vaccine and 88.2% with a second dose.
Wildflowers in Jenners
Nice to see that Tandridge District Council has allocated a small portion of Jenner’s Field as a wildflower and rewilding area, on a trial basis. The plot, about 50 square metres, is situated near the exercise equipment, and was already showing its wildside a few days ago. We can’t wait to see what happens.
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The Community News Team