News – Page 5

Do you need help at Home?

I have practical experience of looking after the needs of elderly people, having assisted with the requirements of two Woodborough residents over the last thirteen years.

I live locally and can provide excellent references.

Please call Jennifer on 07811 418166

Learn, Laugh and Live

Calverton & District U3A

Just with every other social organisation, we are now operating a very reduced operation. The monthly speaker meetings have been halted until the government relaxes the restrictions on larger gatherings.

The smaller interest groups have also generally been put on hold – but there are an increasing number of groups operating using Zoom.

One of our group leaders has actually set up two new History groups which are run by sending out talks by email. Our “Song and Story” folk music group and the French Conversation group are taking advantage of the “Zoom” software to hold virtual meetings, so all is not lost.

We’ve also set up two new online groups by Zoom – Tai Chi and a regular Coffee Morning Club. 

There is also a fortnightly online photographic challenge where members’ photographs are exhibited on an online gallery (see them HERE).

As good as modern technology is, it’s no substitute for meeting face to face, and we look forward to the day when life returns to normal.

For further information about us please visit

or call 0115 9652376.

COVID Didn’t Stop Santa

The Rotary Club of Mapperley and Arnold

Due to the COVID restrictions around our normal collection procedures, it was thought that the 2020 collection would be more of a public relations exercise with minimal collecting in buckets. However, the general public’s response to Santa and the sleigh though was above anyone expectations, with him being welcomed magnificently around the area.

So much so, that the collection was the largest ever yet, collecting £11,400 over the two weeks up to Christmas.

Mapperley and Arnold Rotarians would like to thank all who came out to see Santa and for all their contributions.

The collection will enable the club to continue to support food banks, blood bikes, Hayward House, schools and as many local needs as possible.

Whilst it is difficult to meet currently, if anyone would like to know more about our club, Facebook and website Mapperley and Arnold Rotary club, or email me at

Paul Berrisford

The Calverton Practice Newsletter

Covid Vaccination
Full Steam Ahead

As I sit writing this latest practice newsletter it is a time of mixed feelings. On the one hand we are still seeing many cases of Covid 19 and our hospitals are again becoming overloaded, on the other we now have a vaccine and the vaccination programme is gathering pace.

At the moment most local vaccination is being done using the more fiddly Pfizer vaccine with the Richard Herrod Leisure Centre in Carlton our local vaccination hub. We are expecting the Oxford-Astra Zeneca vaccine to become more available soon, and as this is much more user friendly, hope that in due course we will be vaccinating at either Primary Care Network (Arnold / Calverton) or even practice level.

Several practice staff have already helped in supporting the sessions at Richard Herrod and we feel we are ready to contribute even more once vaccine supplies improve and come down to practice level.

At present invites to book a vaccination slot are being sent out by post and our over 80’s patient cohort are being prioritised. As time moves on, vaccinations will be offered to the next tiers of patients as outlined below (though the time scale for this remains pretty fluid).

  1. residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
  2. all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
  3. all those 75 years of age and over
  4. all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
  5. all those 65 years of age and over
  6. all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
  7. all those 60 years of age and over
  8. all those 55 years of age and over
  9. all those 50 years of age and over

At the present time we are not able to book patients into vaccination slots directly and we do ask that you wait to be contacted to book in. As with all things related to Covid, things can suddenly change and we do aim to alert our patients to any significant developments either in the newsletter, on our facebook page, website or by text alert. If you have recently changed mobile number please let us know so that your records can be kept up to date for this purpose.

There seem very few reasons not to have the vaccine and if offered I would encourage everyone to take it up. It seems the best way out of our current nightmare and to be effective as many people as possible need to be vaccinated.

If you have already had Covid 19, vaccination is still recommended but not until 28 days has elapsed from your diagnosis. If you happen to be unwell (raised temperature particularly) it is best to postpone the jab for a few weeks.  Lots more information is of course on the government Covid websites.

Finally, I am delighted to be able to welcome two new staff members to the practice:-

Gemma Smith is joining our reception team and Joanne Hudson will be joining our admin / secretarial team, we wish them both well.

Phil Rayner

Council Launches Free Bulky Waste Collection Scheme

The council is offering a free collection of large household items to all residents, subject to availability and on a first come, first served basis from January until February but residents can book their slots from 1 December.

Residents can book for up to six large items such as chairs, tables, washing machines and televisions to be collected free of charge, between 11 January 2021 through to 26 February 2021.

To take advantage of this limited offer, residents need to visit enter their address and details of the items to be collected. The system will then tell them when the next free collection is available.

The aim of the free service is to reduce fly tipping and to allow residents the opportunity to get rid of unwanted large items, which would normally be chargeable.