Weekly News 281
Council and district news
Just released: The Review
The all-new Review magazine for South Staffordshire is now out.
Find out all the latest information about what’s happening across South Staffordshire – plus news from the council’s many services in our latest edition.
See pictures from the district’s summer of celebrations – from the Jubilee, to the Queen’s Baton Relay, to our official opening of Codsall Community Hub.
Find out the latest on waste and recycling, see the latest news from our planning and business teams, and others.
The latest Review also includes information on our leisure centre refurbishments, what the council is doing to mitigate the effects of climate change in the district – and much more.
To see the brand new edition of The Review, click here
The Hub Cafe is open for business
The Hub Cafe is under new management – and officially open for business.
|Now run by Mrs B’s Catering, the cafe offers a wide range of hot and cold food, drinks, and snacks.
Breakfast is served daily, from 8.30am to 12pm – including Danish pastries, yogurts and oats, full English, baps, and toast.
Lunch is available from 12pm to 1.45pm – offering jacket potatoes, pies, soups, and omelettes. Daily themed specials are also back, with Italian cuisine on Mondays, roast of the week on Tuesdays, pie day on Wednesdays, curry with Indian appetisers on Thursdays, and Fish Fridays.
Snacks and cakes are on sale all day, from 8am to 3.30pm.
Five-star rated food outlets
Our Environmental Health team has had the pleasure of awarding a number of food outlets the top rating of five stars for food safety over the last month.
The food hygiene rating reflects the standards of food hygiene found on the date of the inspection. The food hygiene rating is not a guide to food quality.
Top five-star ratings went to:
- Codsall Spice, Codsall
- Sandhills Nursery, Lower Penn
- Eagles Diner, based at Kewford Eagles, Swindon Road, Hinksford
- 2 Peas in a Pod based at OCL, Hinksford Lane, Swindon
- Clickin It, Station Wors, Station Road, Four Ashes
- The Wright Family Dairy, Lower Drayton Farm, Penkridge
- Willenhall RUFC, Bognop Road, Essington
Council job vacancies
- Senior Income and Recovery Officer – closing 5pm on October 10th.
- Income and Recovery Officer – closing 5pm on October 10th.
- Relief Leisure Assistants at Codsall, Wombourne, Penkridge & Cheslyn Hay Leisure Centres – open application date.
- Biffa Class 2 Driver, Municipal Waste Collection – open application date.
- Swimming Instructors, all leisure centres – open application date.
For more information on all South Staffordshire Council vacancies and for details on how to apply, click here
Warning: Scam energy bill support messages
People are being warned to look out for fake emails and texts claiming to offer discounts on energy bills, says the BBC.
A number of different scams have been circulating, including some that appear to be from the energy regulator Ofgem.
The Government has announced that a £400 energy bill discount will be available to all households.
But this will be automatic and people should not give away personal details in order to apply.
For more information, see the full article here
Face-to-face business advice
Stoke and Staffordshire Growth Hub will be providing direct advice and support to businesses.
The event, taking place at Codsall Community Hub on September 28th, is being run in partnership with the South Staffordshire Business Place Partnership.
Advisors will be on-hand to offer advice on a range of topics and provide information on the variety of support programmes available to support businesses – whatever your stage, size, or sector.
The drop-in session will run 9.30am to 1.30pm.
You can also can secure a one-to-one appointment on the day by emailing email@example.com.
What’s on this weekend
Wheaton Aston Beer Festival
A three-day event starts today, raising funds for two hospice charities.
The Wheaton Aston Beer Festival, taking place at Wheaton Aston Sports and Social Club, starts today and runs until Sunday.
Profits raised at the family-friendly event will benefit Compton Care and Katherine House Hospice.
There will be numerous local artists performing live music, a variety of food choices, a children’s craft tent, bouncy castle, football, and face painting.
For more information, see facebook.com/wheatonastonbeerfestival/
Leisure centre refurbishments: Cheslyn Hay
Cheslyn Hay Leisure Centre’s refurbishment works started this week with planned upgrades being done to the swimming pool and changing rooms, reception area and gym.
As a result of the refurbishment, the leisure centre has installed a temporary reception which is located in front of the leisure centre, however centre users should be aware of the following before visiting:
- The leisure centre will remain open throughout however the refurbishment means some changes to services and provisions.
- The centre is only accepting card payments (no cash).
- The swimming pool and pool changing rooms are currently closed and wont re-open until the new year.
- Some exercise classes may be affected, with a few classes moving temporarily to our online platform.
For full details on the refurbishment programme, visit https://www.sstaffs.gov.uk/leisure/leisure-centres-refurbishment-programme.cfm
For updates, follow the leisure centres on Facebook or subscribe at www.sstaffs.gov.uk/alerts
October half-term activity camps
Codsall and Wombourne Leisure Centres are providing full-day and half-day children’s activity camps for 5 to 14 year olds.
|The camps, running from Monday, October 24th, to Friday, October 28th, are being delivered in conjunction with Aspire Sports.
The sessions provide children with access to a wide range of sports-based activities and are a great way for young people to engage in positive activities, while making new friends.
Aspire Sports provide early bird and sibling discounts, in addition to discounts for emergency service workers.
To find out more and to book, visit the websites:
Codsall Leisure Centre Activity Camps – https://www.aspire-sports.co.uk/active-camps/codsall-active-camps
Wombourne Leisure Centre Activity Camps – https://www.aspire-sports.co.uk/active-camps/wombourne-active-camps
> Details regarding activities at Penkridge and Cheslyn Hay Leisure Centres will be released in the coming weeks.
Competition: National Fitness Day
To mark National Fitness Day we have launched a competition – giving members and users the chance to win Love2Shop vouchers, fee-free months at our leisure centres, and free leisure centre activity passes.
|Exercise and leading a healthy lifestyle is so important, so this competition is in celebration of the awareness day which took place on September 21st.
To be entered in the draw, simply visit your nearest leisure centre’s Facebook; then like the pinned post, tag three friends and share – it’s that simple!
Winners will be announced Monday, September 26th. Good luck!
New instructor-led walk at Baggeridge
Baggeridge Country Park’s walk-leader volunteers are increasing their new monthly ‘short walk’, to every week.
The walk takes place each Thursday at 10am and is free to join.
Car parking charges apply.
For full details on all of the instructor-led walks, which take place at various locations around the district, visit https://www.sstaffs.gov.uk/leisure/good-life-health-fitness-in-the-community.cfm
Resurfacing of Baggeridge driveway
Resurfacing works are now complete on the driveway in and out of Baggeridge Country Park.
We are pleased to say that the potholes and cattle grid are now gone.
Many thanks to the residents of Baggeridge Village and park visitors for their patience and cooperation whilst these essential works were carried out.
An IT Buddy will be available to anyone who needs assistance at Codsall Library.
Available at the Codsall Community Hub library on Tuesdays, from 2 till 4pm, he will be able to help with blue badges and general IT enquiries.
Those wishing to have his help should book an appointment with him through the library.
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue: Advice to carers
If you are in a position where you care for others, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is here to support you.
A third of the people that die in fires every year are looked after by a carer, whether that is a family member, friend or a professional carer.
Older people, people with disabilities, people with visual and hearing impairments, and people who are vulnerable for other reasons all need careful consideration when it comes to fire safety. There are four main reasons why:
- They may not be able to respond to a fire quickly.
- They may not be able to escape a fire.
- They may be more at risk due to lifestyle factors.
- They may use healthcare equipment such as oxygen or emollient creams that are flammable.
For safety information please contact your local Prevent Team. Service is completely confidential.
Call 01785 898719 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the event of an emergency get out, stay out and dial 999.
If you have a weakened immune system, you can receive a further COVID-19 vaccination this autumn for extra protection.
Covid-19 is still with us and is still making people very ill. If you have a weakened immune system due to a health condition or medical treatment, Covid-19 may affect you more seriously.
Your protection from previous doses of the vaccine may now be lower and will continue to decline.
The next vaccination clinic in South Staffordshire this month is:
- Penkridge Fire Station: September 29th, 11.30am – 4.30pm
To book online, visit nhs.uk/get-vaccination
If you can’t book online, phone 119 free of charge, 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday or 8am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday. You can ask someone else to do this for you. If you need an interpreter, use text phone 18001 119 or the NHS British Sign Language interpreter service at co.uk/nhs119
Alternatively, you can find a walk-in vaccination site near you at www.nhs.uk/vaccine-walk-in.
Flu can be very dangerous and even life threatening for some, particularly people with certain health conditions.
The flu vaccine is safe and effective, and it’s offered every year on the NHS to help protect people at risk of getting seriously ill from flu.
If you’re eligible, it’s important to get it every year because the viruses that cause flu change every year. This means the flu (and the vaccine) this year may be different from last year. It’s more important than ever to get the flu vaccine as fewer people will have built up natural immunity to it during the COVID-19 pandemic.