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Coronavirus testing for keyworkers and household members

April 28th, 2020

Community coronavirus testing in Norfolk and Waveney now available to “key workers” (and/or household members with symptoms).

The NHS in Norfolk and Waveney is offering local coronavirus tests to key workers* such as teachers or food industry staff, to help them remain in work and continue to support their communities. This also applies to members of their household who may have coronavirus symptoms causing the key worker to self-isolate.

Testing will take place at three locations in Norfolk and Waveney:

  • The Centrum centre, close to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH)
  • The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn (QEHKL)
  • The James Paget University Hospital (JPUH) in Gorleston.

(See below if you would rather be tested at Ipswich, Stansted or Peterborough)

 To book using the Norfolk and Waveney service:

People on the government key workers* list who need to be tested should ask their employer or line manager to register their organisation by emailing [email protected] with their (employer) name, job title and contact number. The registration team at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital will then contact the employer to register their organisation so they their key workers can then book an appointment. The employer will be given a unique reference number and further instructions.

All applications will be checked to make sure people are well enough to attend a testing centre, and eligible for a test in line with Public Health England guidance.

People will receive their test results within 48 hours or less, either directly or via their employer’s occupational health service, together with initial advice about to what to do next.

Appointments at Ipswich, Stansted and Peterborough or other centres

If you wish to be tested at any of the national drive-through testing centres, such as Ipswich, Stansted, Peterborough and elsewhere, then you must use the national booking service. For self-referrals, this is via

Who are key workers?

* Key workers include many people working in education, transport, many public services, energy, power and water/sewerage workers, and those working to provide, distribute or sell food. The precise definition is available on this government web page:

Walsingham Good Neighbours

April 28th, 2020

With the extension of the lockdown across the UK we want to reassure the residents of our ongoing support as far as possible.

Please do continue to use the Whatsapp group, phone numbers (07951 335076 and 07967 186197) and email address to access support [email protected]
(this is also how you can be added to the Whatsapp group if you are not already a part of it).

Continue to use the services provided by local businesses to access food deliveries where possible.

Keep up the good work of supporting neighbours and friends across the village, where safe to do so, and looking after your own wellbeing through exercising and staying healthy.

Finally, please note the following important information regarding accessing help from our volunteers:
In order to provide the best possible service, we ask that any requests for shopping are put forward to the email address or by phone over the weekend (by a Monday) which means we can therefore guarantee delivering them to you by the Friday of that week. We hope to be as quick and efficient as possible but want to minimize risk for everyone involved. We also want to encourage everyone to be shopping for long periods of time (at least a week) and therefore planning ahead.

Walsingham Good Neighbours

Notice from the Police: Domestic Abuse

April 13th, 2020

With the current shielding and self-isolation in place for some families it is important that those who now have to live with domestic abuse in their lives are made aware they won’t be forgotten and we will still continue to support them.

Domestic Abuse leaflet from the police

Victims of Domestic Abuse: You are not alone

We are acutely aware conronavirus will have a serious impact on women, children and men who already face domestic abuse in their homes.

Fears over jobs, financial pressure, school closures, working from home and all the other current changes to our day to day lives are likely to result in an increase in domestic abuse.

We do not want you to suffer in silence. As the situation changes daily, we want to ensure you feel you have someone there who can help.

If you are in immediate danger you should call 999 or call the police on 101.

More information on the Norfolk Constabulary website.

There are many charities who can offer you support and guidance

Leeway: 0300 561 0077

Daisy Programme: 01953 880903


Norfolk and Suffolk Victim Care: 0300 303 3706

The Harbour Centre: 01603 276381 (24/7)

Women’s Aid: 0808 2000 247

Refuge: 0808 2000 247

GALOP (LBGT+ Anti-violence charity): 0800 999 5428

Mankind Initiative (Male Victims): 01823 334 244

Men’s Advice Line (Male Victims): 0808 801 0327

Respect: 020 3559 6650 (working with abusers to change their behaviour and male victims of domestic abuse)

If you’r a young person and domestic abuse is taking place in your home or relationship, call Childline on 0800 1111

For more advice and support visit

News & Views Online Gathering week 2

April 2nd, 2020

A round-up of latest news compiled by our village magazine, News & Views. Top of the list, congratulations to Pam Miller, wishing her a happy 90th birthday!

This week

  • 8pm street clapping for NHS workers went national
  • Rainbows of hope placed in windows #Stayshomestaysafe
  • Self-Employment income support scheme created; complete a 2018-19 tax return and HMRC will contact you
  • Military vehicles deliver PPE equipment to London hospitals and overseas doctors arrive to help
  • Pope uniquely delivers Urbi et Orbi blessing in response to the pandemic
  • Catholics in England & Wales rededicate themselves to Mary
  • Shrine OLW streams 6pm Shrine Prayers on Facebook. National Shrine streams 24/7 prayers, Mass and Adoration
  • Beauty spot carparks close and police redirect people home
  • Online sales of books, handicrafts, jigsaws, bulbs and seeds boosted
  • Residents gift home-grown veg and preserves to neighbours’ front doors

News & Views Online Gathering

March 27th, 2020
News and Views magazine online gathering News & Views will produce a weekly Online gathering over the next few weeks. Here’s the first issue.
The News & Views magazine is being compiled as normal, and the April/May edition will be online next week. We will deliver a copy to your home when it is safe to do so.
Any item, whether for the main magazine (deadline for the June/July edition is the 30th April) or the weekly version can be sent to [email protected]

Walsingham Ways to Wellbeing

March 20th, 2020

During the forthcoming weeks when we have been asked to self-distance and perhaps also to self-isolate, you may not be able to get your shopping or medication and you might be feeling lonely. The community in Walsingham is here to be Good Neighbours to help each other. Please read on to find out more about the Walsingham Ways to Wellbeing which will help to see us through this unprecedented and unusual time.

Connect –

Send your mobile number to [email protected] to be added to a WhatsApp group providing support and preventing isolation.

Be active –

Current guidance states exercise (including walking outside) is important and allowed at safe distances from others.

Stay local –

Keep travel to a  minimum and support local businesses—especially those  offering delivery options.

Take notice –

Keep an eye on neighbours where possible and safe to do so.

Support is available for:

    • picking up medication
    • picking up shopping
    • posting mail
    • signposting to other support as needed.

Telephone 07951 335076 or 07967 186197 for help and support.

Give –

If you are not isolating and it is safe to shop, remember those most in need and support the Food Bank at St Mary’s or the Church of the Annunciation.
All churches in Walsingham remain open for private prayer.

Follow all up-to-date guidance to keep yourself and others safe

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