Lockdown update: Government guide to exiting the current lockdown

The current Prime minister Boris Johnson said in the briefing on Monday February 22nd that the lockdown will be eased in four steps with a minimum of five weeks between each step.

Step one is in two parts:

On 8 March

  • all students return to schools and colleges, and school clubs can resume
  • Secondary school students will be required to wear masks in class as well as communal areas
  • People can meet one other person outside for recreation, not just exercise
  • Care home residents allowed one regular named visitor
  • Stay at home order remains in place.

29 March

  • Outdoor gatherings of up to six people or two households allowed, including meeting in private gardens
  • Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts and outdoor swimming pools allowed to reopen; organised outdoor sports can resume
  • Stay at home order ends but people encouraged to stay local wherever they can
  • Work from home wherever possible
  • No overseas travel.

2 April,

·         under step two, non-essential retail, hairdressers and nail salons will reopen

·         Gyms will reopen, along with holiday lets but only for individuals or household groups.

·         Pubs and restaurants will be allowed to serve people outdoors.


Local elections will be allowed to go ahead on 6 May.


17 May (at the earliest)

·         Most restrictions lifted on outdoor gatherings subject to rule of 30

·         Indoors rule of 6 will apply

·         Cinemas, hotels. B&B, theatres can open


No earlier than 21 June, all legal limits on social contact including weddings will be removed.

“We will reopen everything up to and including nightclubs”,

He says he hopes to lift restrictions on large events and performances “potentially using testing to reduce the risk of infection”.


Full details:


North Cumbria health service: Where are your local vaccine hubs

Covid 19 Vaccines now being delivered at primary care hubs across north Cumbria – thanks to volunteers and staff  

Every Primary Care Network (PCN) across north Cumbria is now delivering the covid vaccine to their over 80s and care home residents and staff.

There are eight PCNs – they are groups of GP Practices working together in local areas – and the vaccine is now being delivered from nine locations. Please don’t call your GP Practice to ask about the covid vaccine.

The teams are also visiting local care homes and the homes of housebound patients and those with mobility issues, to ensure our most vulnerable residents get the vaccine.

Our primary care teams, including GPs, practice nurses, pharmacists, healthcare workers, admin staff and a significant number of volunteers from a range of organisations, have all worked incredibly hard to get these new hubs up and running. For our primary care teams, this is happening alongside keeping every day general practice up and running for people needing medical support.

Dr Niall McGreevy, a GP in Workington and lead GP for the General Practice Provider Collaborative, said: “This is a huge effort from teams across north Cumbria. Everyone working in general practice has had a part to play and we simply could not have done it without the support of many, many volunteers.

“We know that people are incredibly grateful when they get the vaccine, many tell us they have barely left their homes since March and they see this as the first step towards getting back to some normality.

“General practice teams are well used to delivering vaccines, but this rollout has involved a significant amount of work to keep our patients and our staff as safe as we can, to make sure we can get as many of our most vulnerable patients through as quickly as we can. My colleagues have put in a super human effort and all of our hubs were up and running by the end of last week, which is just remarkable in a few short weeks since the vaccine was given the go ahead.”

Volunteers have been vital in the rollout supporting patients, helping manage car parks with large numbers of people arriving for the vaccine and directing and supporting patients.

Ed Tallis, director of primary care for NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “This rollout has been a massive team effort and I can’t praise the flexibility of our primary care teams enough. They have been supported by volunteers right across the north of the county.

“I know in Cumbria we have a fantastic community that steps up when needed, and we have seen first-hand just how generous with their time our community has been. We are delighted so many people want to help out with the rollout of the covid vaccinations and I know that their input has helped our primary care teams focus on the delivery.

“Volunteers have been absolutely vital to managing the safe delivery of the vaccine. Thank you to each and every one who has played a part in supporting this vaccination programme.”

Volunteers from a range of organisations have been supporting primary care teams. They include (but are not limited to):

·         Blood Banks

·         North West Ambulance Service First Responders

·         Cockermouth Emergency Response Group

·         Northern Fells Group

·         Maryport Hug A Mug team

·         Rotary

·         And many others….

Anne Waggot-Knott was part of the Cockermouth Emergency Response Group and said: “It feels really good to be involved in something that might finally make a difference to this horrid situation”

Mike Bradshaw and Karen Shankland from Cockermouth said: “This is one of the most important periods of time in our lives – we will do whatever you require.  We enjoyed volunteering immensely.  After seeing people into the car park and then watching them in wheelchairs, or with sticks, with all sorts of health problems, etc., going to get their chance of life in 2021…..very humbling.”

Kevin Walsh from Rotary in Carlisle supported Carlisle Network PCN and said: “We’ve had a steady stream of people and it is good to be able to help. Rotary is always looking for community activities to get involved in.”

On Sunday 10 January 2021 the Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed around one third of over 80s had been vaccinated across the UK.

Ed Tallis added: “You can help your GP teams with this massive piece of work. Please do not call your GP, you will not be able to book in, please wait to be contacted by the NHS. It will take some time to do even the first two priority cohorts. By calling you may make it harder for those with medical needs to get the help they need.”

North Cumbria has eight Primary Care Networks with a hub delivering the vaccine for all the member practices. They are:

Brampton and Longtown PCN – Brampton Community Centre

Carlisle Healthcare PCN – North Carlisle Medical Practice

Carlisle Network PCN – Morton Surgery

Cockermouth and Maryport PCN – Castlegate and Derwent Surgery (Cockermouth Community Hospital) and Maryport Rugby Club

Copeland PCN – Flatt Walks Surgery

Eden PCN – Penrith Hospital

Keswick and Solway PCN – Wigton Hospital

Workington PCN – Orchard House Surgery

Announcement: All events & classes in the Market hall have been cancelled and the Hall is closed

Please note- All events & classes in the Market hall have been cancelled and the Hall is closed.

No booking or classed of any kind will be taken until the national lockdown ends and we are out of tier 3 or tier 4.

Stay home. Protect the NHS. Save lives.

Thank you. Stay safe.

Egremont Covid 19 support group bring Christmas cheer and much needed support to many in the community.

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Egremont Covid 19 Group today delivered 25 Christmas parcels to people in our parish from funding from LLWR, they were made up of a £10 tray of meat from Wilsons and Napiers, a £10 box of fruit & veg from Marion’s and a tub of chocolates – we are sure this will be welcomed by every one of them and will help go towards ensuring they have enough to eat and enjoy over Christmas.
On top of this, Age Concern and Westlakes Academy ran a scheme whereby a gift was donated by a pupil from the Academy for the elderly in our parish and today we will be calling on 30 elderly people to give them a small gift to show how appreciated they are in our community and valued.Image may contain: 2 people, table and indoor
The £50 vouchers that were given out to families within the primary schools, again funded by LLWR has been a great success and we are sure that this has been a great help to these families at this time.
Our thanks must go to LLWR, Egremont Town Council and to the Co-op. Wilsons Butchers, Napiers Butchers and Marion’s who agreed to partake in this scheme and who have discreetly served customers who have a voucher and have rounded costs down to accommodate them – thank you all.Image may contain: one or more people, phone, table and indoor
Finally, in this difficult year which is not over yet – our thanks must go to all those volunteers who have assisted our Covid 19 Group in ensuring that people in our community have been looked after and have not felt isolated so to each and every one of you – a massive thank you and we hope that everyone enjoys a safe and happy Christmas and though there will be challenges ahead, we can face them together as a community.Image may contain: food
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NHS Blood and Transplant and we still need your help this Christmas and New year period

NHS Blood and Transplant and we still need your help this Christmas and New year period.

We have an upcoming blood donation session at Egremont, Town Council Market Hall on 29th January, with lots of available appointments. We would be grateful if you could help us spread the word. 

We are working closely with the rest of the NHS to keep supplying lifesaving blood to hospitals during the coronavirus pandemic and we need people to keep donating as normal. We have extra safety measures in place and every precaution is being taken to eliminate the risk of covid-19 transmission at our blood donation sessions. Having an appointment to give blood is classed as essential travel and will be exempt from any local or national travel restrictions.   

  Black, Asian and minority ethnic donors are also specifically needed right now, because:  

Some patients who receive frequent blood transfusions need blood to be closely matched to their own  

 A number of blood conditions, like sickle cell disease which is treated through blood transfusions, most commonly affect black, Asian and minority ethnic people  

 The best match typically comes from blood donors from the same ethnic background  

  While people from all communities and backgrounds do give blood, fewer than 5% of our blood donors who gave blood in the last year were from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. This is despite BAME communities representing around 14% of the population. We want to try and readdress this balance.  

Egremont Poster

 We would be very grateful if you were to communicate this message with anyone you feel may be interested in donating blood. I have also attached a poster and some social media graphics which could be displayed in your premises, posted on your channels or forwarded onto individuals to provide more information.

  Whether you are a new or regular donor, please visit blood.co.uk, download the GiveBlood app or call us on 0300 123 23 23 to book an appointment today.   

  Thank you for helping us to save lives.

We hope you have a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Egremont town council: office availability over the festive season

Egremont town council office will close from 13:00 hours on Thursday December 24th and will reopen on Tuesday December 29th.

The office will be open from 09:00 until 13:00 on both Tuesday and Wednesday and will close again at 13:00 hours on Thursday December 31st, 

The office will then reopen once again from 09:00 until 13:00 hours from Monday January 4th 2021.

New bus service for Moor row & Cleator begins in the new year!

Cumbria county council have created a new circular bus service will help Egremont parishioners get to some isolated villages.  The bus service is being provided by the council via  Jansen Travel. 

The new Monday  service to Whitehaven begins from 11th January and will travel via Cleator and Moor Row, which both lost their previous bus services earlier this year. Click here for the time table- 21-01-11 TT-216

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The attached timetable details will appear on the County Council website www.cumbria.gov.uk/buses/216 from Monday.  new roadside timetable posters  will be shown in early January.

Any promotion of the availability of this service will be welcomed to help ensure the service is retained. Please share as much as possible. Thank you.

Volunteer Service

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

The trust are looking to implement a new volunteer programme called Keeping Patients Connected.  As a result of restrictions on visiting within hospitals many patients are unable to connect with their family members and loved ones. Some patients don’t have access to appropriate phones or IT equipment, whilst others may not know how to use equipment appropriately.

Many are truly distressed by their isolation and the loneliness this can cause and their health and recovery can suffer as a result.

This project will recruit and train a group of volunteers who will support patients to connect with their families using appropriate equipment supplied by the hospital.  Volunteers will also have a role contacting families and keeping them up to date on the progress on their family member.  If you are interested in this role and you would like to discuss it further, please contact Sylvia Atherton, Patient Experience Manager, phone 01228 602126 or email Sylvia.atherton@ncic.nhs.uk

Volunteer Service

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

Tel: 01228 814567


New COVID 19 Guidance for the December, Christmas holidays and Care home visitations


Guidance for the Christmas period


Making a Christmas bubble with friends and family



Visits to care homes

New guidance will safely allow indoor visits to care homes across England as the country moves back into tiered restrictions.

  • Visits out to family homes or outdoor spaces like parks may also be possible for some care home residents under 65
  • Safe care home visits to be supported by the provision of over a million rapid tests and free personal protective equipment (PPE)

First published 1 December 2020

Care home residents to be reunited with families by Christmas



Making a support bubble with another household – update

How you can safely expand the group of people you have close contact with during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Change made:
Amended the eligibility criteria for a support bubble and added guidance on how to switch your support bubble.

Updated 2 December 2020

Making a support bubble with another household



Guidance for Tier 2

What you can and cannot do in an area in Tier 2 of local restrictions.

The new Tier 2 restrictions include:

  • No mixing with other households indoors, apart from support bubbles
  • A limit of six on groups meeting outdoors
  • Pubs and bars must close, unless operating as restaurants
  • Guidance to limit unnecessary journeys and avoid travel into Tier 3 areas

Full details of the new restrictions can be found:



Tier 2 ‘High Alert’ restrictions now apply to all of Cumbria

Christmas is almost here- Trees are up and lights will be on soon!

Egremont Town Council in partnership with the Egremont Amenity Committee brought some Christmas cheer with the delivery of the Egremont Christmas trees. Today they were put up in Bigrigg, Moor Row and two in Egremont at North Road and Market Place, they will be lit on the 29th November. Due to Covid and schools closures and catch up there are no children’s wishes decorating the trees this year but they will still bring Christmas cheer when they are lit. Thanks to Works for You for their hope and support today.
We know the Egremont Winter Wonderland Christmas event which was enjoyed by everyone who attended stopped a couple of years ago BUT we want you all to know that in Christmas 2021 it will return. Thousands attend the event with many hailing it as the best Christmas event in Cumbria. More information will follow when it becomes available. Roll on 2021.