Love Abington - Coronavirus in Abington - latest news

Thursday, 5 November 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 
  • Guidance about Coronavirus 'Track & Trace' and dealing with the extreme heat
  • Granta Medical Practices have updated information. For latest information, see this update on their website. 
  • *UPDATED* Prescriptions for Abington are almost now back to normal for collection and delivery in the village
  • South Cambs district council has updated its announcement about serevices affected by the pandemic. 
  • The county council has re-opened household recycling centres including Thriplow - with various limits and precautions to ensure social distancing
    Some, including Thriplow, have a booking system to cut waiting and assist with distancing
  • County Libraries, are operating a restricted service until further notice.
  • However, a small village library has been set up in the Abington Social Club, with a 'branch' just outside Little Abington churchyard - please see poster
  • Bus services have changed again - the number 13 to town and back and also the Park & Ride buses
  • The Apiary Gym on Granta Park was open but has now closed again duting the lock-down - members will not be charged during the closure.
  • The Recreation Ground Committee re-opened the equipment - Play Area and Gym equipment - on 4 July in line with government advice. The MUGA (Multi-use Games Area) had already been re-opened. We now have to close the outdoor gym during the lockdown.
    Warning signs are in place. Please observe the 2-metre distance rules on the whole ground and wash your hands when you get back home.
  • Little and Great Abington Parish Councils are 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
  • RSPB nature reserves are now reopening and the Magog Down car park has re-opened

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 and June update
  • 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. It opened the 'Hatch' for off-sales including food.
    The restaurant re-opened the restaurant with new arrangements from 4 July but has closed for the lockdown. Booking is strongly recommended for food!
  • 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 alternative online drug supplier is https://www.pharmacy2u.co.uk/
Many larger organisations are also contributing their support - here are just a few:

Last updated on 06 November 2020.