Love Abington - Coronavirus in Abington (updated 9 May)

Thursday, 19 March 2020


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Sadly, many village events are being cancelled or suspended, including the Abington Lunch and Forget-me-Not Club.

Worse, there are reports of rogues taking advantage of people, with this warning from the police:

  • Coronavirus-Related Fraud Reports Increase By 400 Per Cent In March 

Notable local services being suspended or changed include:

  • Parish Nurse: Claire Gillett  is working from home,  Tuesdays and Thursdays 9-4.30.
    If you have any health concerns she will be happy to advise you. 
    Please contact her directly 0749 899 4205. email 7churches.parishnurse@gmail.com
    This is not an emergency service.

  • Abington churches are closed but If you'd like to receive a regular copy of their email newsletter please contact Jeanine (see above)
  • The Archbishop of Canterbury has launched a new dial-in service 
  • Granta Medical Practices are cancelling routine appointments but welcome telephone consultations
  • Prescriptions for Abington are being handled differently for collection and delivery in the village
  • Green bin services are coming back from 4 May - but only 1 collection per month is guaranteed. South Cambs district council has updated its announcement
  • The county council has announced that household recycling centres including Thriplow should reopen in May with various limits and precautions to ensure social distancing. 
  • Libraries, including mobile libraries, are closed until further notice
  • Bus services have changed temporarily - the number 13 to town and back and also the Park & Ride buses
  • The Apiary Gym on Granta Park has closed to improve social distancing until further notice - members will not be charged for April
  • The Recreation Ground Committee has closed the equipment - MUGA (Multi-use Games Area), Play Area, Gym equipment- but the ground remains open. Please observe the 2-metre distance rules
  • Little Abington Parish Council is holding teleconference meetings instead of using the Institute - please contact the clerk by email or phone for details if you wish to participate
  • Local elections scheduled on 7 May will be postponed until May next year
  • The 2020 Abington 10K and Fun Run has been cancelled
  • All RSPB nature reserves are now closed and the Magog Down car park has closed

However, the community and local traders are taking action to help those who need help or might feel isolated, notably:

  • Support during the outbreak - LOVE ABINGTON (see poster above or Facebook)
    You can ask for help or volunteer to help
    Abington Foodbank - see poster
  • Abington Stores now offer online ordering and are happy to deliver
  • Local businesses are listed in this directory, with details of what they offer, payment and contact information etc. 
  • The main supermarkets have special arrangements at this time
  • Jigsaw Bakery now has online ordering but is very busy already! Collection at the shop / Delivery in Linton
  • Plumbs Dairy delivers milk in traditional glass or plastic bottles - and also other items such as bakery and fruit juice 
  • The Three Tuns can deliver Thai food (and beer / wine) to people who are self-isolating 
  • Local grower Adrian Izzard advises that Wild Country Organics now have online ordering for bags of their organic vegetables for delivery on Thursdays to the Cambridge area. 
  • There’s a local (Copley Hill) company that will deliver drugs free to your home? They are at www.pillsorted.com or on 01223 643550
  • An alterntive online drug suppier is https://www.pharmacy2u.co.uk/
Many larger organisations are also contributing their support - here are just a few:

Last updated on 09 May 2020.