The officially recognised community group for residents of Holme Hall, Chesterfield
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join Holme Hall Unite in 2021 - and join a winning team - or you WILL miss out!
as we enter our fourth year at the Hub, just what benefits, and surprises will 2021 bring for our members?
it turns a little milder for a few days - but very wet midweek -  before the snow risk returns next weekend
Monday's UK death toll is 599 - with 37,535 new cases
the figures are usually lower after a weekend due to reporting restrictions
There are already signs that Holme Hall Unite's stunning daffodil display is starting to emerge all round the estate to brighten things up. Its hard to believe that its now over five years since they were planted. 
Since then we've successfully launched our garden, the community Hub and now our 'new project'
Can you imagine just what we will have achieved in another five years' time?
This could be the final hurdle. Lets not blow it at this late stage, shall we? The end may now be in sight.

Anyone who has caring responsibilities OR is aged over 80, can now book an appointment to have their Covid vaccination at the Winding Wheel (from today) in Chesterfield

To book, please call 01246 267939

The vaccine roll-out for the most vulnerable groups  looks to be on target, with the plan for all the most 'at risk' groups to receive one by mid-February. Shall we say by the end of February - just to be on the safe side, and buy a bit of  'wiggle' room? 

It will then take up to a month to 'take effect', but by the start of April we may be in a much better position.

Good to see the vaccination roll-out picking-up pace locally. We have a full schedule of the roll-out for the whole of Derbyshire so do contact us if you need help BUT please wait until you are contacted as the surgeries etc are quite busy enough already without having constant enquiry calls.

Some 641,000 invitations were sent out last week and another 380,000 were due to land on people's doormats this past weekend, NHS England said, with another half a million letters to go out this week. With postal delays in some areas the government is considering sending these out in blue envelopes -so the post can be easily recognised and prioritised.

We said a few weeks ago that we were planning for all of our activities to start again from Easter (start of April) - so we are right on target.  Many other groups have not / will not survive. It will be a great time for all of our members - and a fabulous Summer too. The future looks bright .... the future is Holme Hall Unite.
Look whats coming along !
The Met Office has warned of "danger to life" from floods, gales and snow as Storm Christoph heads to the UK.

An amber warning for rain has been issued for northern, central and eastern parts of England from Tuesday, with flooding expected, while a less severe yellow warning covers Northern Ireland, Wales, southern Scotland and the remainder of England.

Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield are expected to get plenty of rain, with up to 70mm between 6am on Tuesday and midday Thursday - and upwards of 200mm in the southern Pennines and the northern Peak District.
 We are now starting a coffee morning online !
With a third national lockdown well underway we plan to implement an idea that we have been working on for a little while now - having a regular online chat (probably via Zoom) at a fixed time and on a set day each week. 

Think of it as an online coffee morning - chat to your friends and your neighbours about your issues and concerns etc. It will help to break the boredom if nothing else!

If this is something that interests you, get in touch and we'll send you  a log-in link. We will launch this week - Tuesday 19th January - and then repeaat every week thereafter at 11am adding further dates / times too if there is a suitable demand.
Its not long to wait now - just where will this year take us?

Country or Coast?
Liverpool / Hull / York / Lincoln / Whitby / Newark / Bridlington / Scarborough / Cleethorpes ... ?

You all know by now about the fantastic range of day trips that we have provided - since the very first one back in 2017 when we subsidised a coach to visit the National Arboretum. With a fantastic day trip out - for as little as £5 (and free in some cases !) - what better way is there to have a break with your  friends?

join Holme Hall Unite in 2021 - and join a winning team - or you WILL miss out!
as we enter our fourth year at the Hub, just what benefits, and surprises will 2021 bring for our members?
Keep yourself safe! and follow the rules. Don't fall at the last hurdle. You won't want to miss the fabulous things we have planned for the summer  If you are short of masks and / or gloves contact us - we can help out. 
Don't be fooled by the relatively quiet start to the week weather wise as the ridge of high pressure bringing a fair amount of dry weather this morning gives way to low pressure and increasingly unsettled conditions over the coming days. Heavy rain will bring the risk of localised flooding in places and by Thursday snow and gales will be in the forecast for some.

The cloud will continue to extend its way further north and east today as outbreaks of rain and drizzle follow on from the west so that the afternoon period is rather damp for much of Ireland, Wales, western and south-western parts of England. 

It will remain mostly dry further to the east whilst showers continue across northern parts of Britain, these still wintry over the Scottish mountains. Top temperatures today will range from 5°C to 7°C in the north and 8°C to 10°C further to the south and southwest.

The north turns cold with some frost tonight under clear skies but it will be milder the further south and west that you are where it will be mostly cloudy with further outbreaks of rain pushing in from the southwest, the rain turning heavy and persistent across Ireland, Wales and western upslopes of England. 

This sets up a very wet day tomorrow in these areas with the rain continuing for much of the day. Southern counties of England will be mild and may turn drier for a time, but the best of the dry and bright weather will be across Scotland although there will be some showers around and it will be colder here.
Looking back on the last year, one of the most enjoyable events for us was our Fish & Chips picnic at our Community garden (at the end of July) OK - so there were NOT that many events to choose from - but it was a very lovely day (hottest day of the year !) and it was good to see so many people socialise and enjoy the free lunch that we had provided (even if they were constantly moving round to try and to find some shade!) We'll organise more events this year too.

We have big plans to 'refresh' our Award Winning garden this year - as we have yet more Awards to WIN ! Our 'new project' has slipped a little (due to the weather) but everything has now been ordered and paid for, and the work should commence during March and everything will be in place by late Spring. A full CCTV system has now also being installed at the Hub too, so there are lots of things happening at the moment.

We are starting to look at some of the possible destinations for our day trips schedule for this summer. So, if you have any suggestions to make, then please get in touch. We'd like a few different places this year,  but will still 'slot in' some short notice favourites too (when the weather looks good and settled). 

We have had several  requests to repeat the Stately Home visit that we made in 2019 - and we will look into this. The 'Festival' may not be taking place again this year though, as these things need planning many months in advance, and the organisers may want to wait and see how the Covid situation develops.

join Holme Hall Unite in 2021 - and join a winning team - or you WILL miss out!
as we enter our fourth year at the Hub, just what benefits, and surprises will 2021 bring for our members?
Well, its now 3 weeks since Christmas, and the first 2 weeks of the New Year has now also gone. Have you noticed any difference? Has your life changed for the better? Are you hopeful and optimistic for the future - or do you fear things will continue much as they did before?

Sometimes we have to seperate what we can control from what we can't. Some things we can do little about. There's no point in being despondent about something that you cannot alter, is there?

Your life, though, is in your hands. How you look at things can affect your outlook. Yes, there are some things that we are concerned about - but there is nothing we can do about that (except stop worrying). But for all the things that we CAN control - life is looking great, with a very bright future indeed!

join Holme Hall Unite in 2021 - and join a winning team - or you WILL miss out!
as we enter our fourth year at the Hub, just what benefits, and surprises will 2021 bring for our members?

The ONLY thing that is currently holding 
Holme Hall Unite back are the current restrictions that prevent many of the things, like - meals out / outings / day trips etc - that we are so keen to provide again for our members, from taking place right now. WE WILL BE BACK SOON !

After the problems of the last year, we will be resuming our association with the Eden Project during 2021.

I have visited the project (in Cornwall) twice now, and will be returning again as soon as things improve. Located in one of the most beautiful parts of the UK. Its probably our last visit to Cornwall before Eden Project North opens.

The project has also previously sent a team to visit us at our Community Hub - to find out what we do - and how we go about things.

We have also sent members of our group on long weekend Community Camps in Cornwall (with all the expenses / rail travel paid) - so they can engage with other members (from all over the UK) and formulate new ideas, and help build communities together.

Members will stay on site - and have the freedom of the Eden Project after the public has gone home for the day. We've had fantastic food (most of it grown on-site) too. Its quite an experience visiting one of the forest domes (especially after dark !)

join Holme Hall Unite in 2021 - and join a winning team - or you WILL miss out!
as we enter our fourth year at the Hub, just what benefits, and surprises will 2021 bring for our members?
are you feeling a blt lonely? Get on Next Door and chat to your neighbours!
Do you need help with shopping, or with collecting prescriptions? Get online and check our help map

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more than 5000 people have now signed up to our message board

(all living within a 2km radius)

join Holme Hall Unite in 2021 - and join a winning team - or you WILL miss out!
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We said last autumn that it looked like being a very long bleak winter, and that looks to be on the cards.

Try not to be too despondent and find ways to keep occupied and stay positive. In just a few weeks time Holme Hall Unite's stunning daffodil display will burst out all over the estate to remind everyone that Spring IS coming and that brigher times DO lie ahead. 

Take up a new hobby / read more (try our book swap at the Hub) / watch more movies (again we have a DVD swap facility with 100's of titles for you to choose from)

Help your neighbours as much as you can - do their shopping for them (and try to shop online as much as possible).  Try not to touch anything that you don't need to - surfaces / door handles etc (and
wear gloves - also available free from the Hub). Join our new online coffee morning - and chat to your neighbours. Get more involved with the community - which benefits everyone. Join a litter pick. 

Get outdoors as much as you can - join our community garden team. Being part of nature is good for the mind, body and soul, 

Try to see the next few months as a challenge - not an obstacle.
5 ways to to help you to stay positive through the winter - read more here

The last few months have been awful for so many people, with millions dealing with grief, stress, financial difficulties, job losses and isolation caused by the pandemic.

Now Christmas has given way to January and the long dark winter months are here - a time that can be tough for many people even in normal times. But the country's leading mental health experts say there are things that many of us can do to give ourselves a lift. Click here 
Do you need a little bit of extra help?
 If you need any extra support (for example if you need some help with shopping, collecting prescriptions etc) contact the Community Response Unit at Derbyshire County Council and someone wll be able to help. 


We all feel a little low at times especially if we have no local family / friends that we can call. The CRU is here to help.They are normally open (Mon- Fri) from 9am - 5pm.

call - 01629 535091 
or register online - click here
are you feeling a blt lonely? Get on Next Door and chat to your neighbours!
Do you need help with shopping, or with collecting prescriptions? Get online and check our help map

www.nextdoor.co.uk
www.nextdoor.co.uk
more than 5000 people have now signed up to our message board

(all living within a 2km radius)

join Holme Hall Unite in 2021 - and join a winning team - or you WILL miss out!
Lost a loved one this year?  Why not plant a tree in their name?
What a fantastic tribute that would be. Something beautiful, that you could visit whenever you want, and something that will also benefit the planet for years to come at the same time. We'll have more details soon
Are you looking to improve your digital skills and learn something new in 2021?
Earlier this year we gave away a number of computer tablets, to help those who were lonely and isolated 
to keep in touch with family and friends (especially if they lived some distance away). We set-up each tablet in advance and downloaded some useful websites too. We arranged for them to be delivered and fully demonstrated by trained volunteers.

We are hoping to repeat the process early in 2021 - get in touch here if you'd like more details - and as soon as we can operate normally from our Community Hub again, we will be doing some digital training courses (run by the police) to help people to stay safe and secure online.

With the Census due in 2021 (digital first) now would be a great time to either brush-up on your skills - or learn something new.
Holme Hall Unite would like to thank the People's Health Trust for their support in launching the Community Hub - the project would never have materialised without them
Funded by People’s Health Trust using money raised through The Health Lottery in the East Midlands

Please Note - it is a condition of our funding that the facilities available (often free) at the Hub are used primarily by residents in this post code area, and although we welcome visitors (by appointment) we reserve the right to restrict entry to those people living in this post code area, and to people who ARE regular Hub users.

                  Join us NOW    ....    or miss out on all the fun next year !