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Bethel Cemetery

Jeff, the gardener, has started work on Bethel cemetery which was in dire need of tender loving care. We couldn't see some graves as they were so overgrown with brambles and the large tree in the centre had totally enveloped everything. Jeff is cutting back and taking some of the lower branches off the bottom of the tree.

Piper Alarm

Carl Jefferson contacted us recently to let us know that his neighbour who is in her nineties had had a fall whilst putting out her bins. It makes you realise how vulnerable elderly people are when they live alone, who may be unable to call for assistance in such circumstances. We have done some research on the subject and have attached information from Newport City Council on their piper alarm system which can be used to call for assistance. It mentions a cost of £1 per week, but this is not payable if an elderly person lives alone. I thought that it would be useful to pass this formation on to elderly neighbours, parents, etc. Newport City Council works in partnership with Merthyr Tydf

Bird Watch

Many thanks for your entries in the community bird watch. Analysing the results makes interesting reading. The bird camera prize will be announced as soon as the lockdown begins to ease so you have just a short time now to get yours in if you have not already done so. Photo your survey and return to janet.myers3@sky.com or post in the postbox at Pencoed Cottage.

Pets

With more time to spend with our pets and plenty of time to play or just sit and watch them why not take some pictures with your phones. Likewiswith plenty of time to watch the wildlife. It would make a great calendar. If you have found any new walks for your dogs please share.

Bulb planting

Although not able to meet up in normal fashion the committee continue to work. Mark wants to set the roadside banks ablaze with colour so you can expect to be receiving bulbs to plant along your frontage. We hope you will be only too pleased to join in as it will add even more impact.

Wales in Bloom

Although there will be no Wales in Bloom competition this year, there are destined to be some wonderful gardens in the community as the weather has been sunny and so many are forced to spend so much time at home. Remember to take photos of your achievements as they will be great for next years entry which has been held over. Either send you pictures to janet.myers3@sky.com or post them on the chat line.

Local authority contacts and support

Each local authority has support mechanisms in place to ensure that vulnerable people have access to essential supplies, information and support during these difficult times. Newport Call 01633 656656 Additional support is available from Age Cymru. Call 08000 223 444 or email enquiries@agecymru.org.uk

Gavo Covid-19 funding for community groups

GAVO has been given a small pot of money by Welsh Government to distribute in small grants to support voluntary groups who are actively providing vital COVID-19 support to their communities in Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire and Newport. To find out more or to apply, visit GAVO’s website.

New Chatline

Mike from 'Strayleaves' has set up a chat service for people in the community. Why not pay a visit and get chatting with your neighbours. There can be no better time to get started than during the ' Lockdown' To access it visit. llanmartinchat.co.uk.

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