Attention all rail passengers to/from Parkway

Great Western Railway services between South Wales and London, and South Wales and Bristol will continue to be affected due to a Network Rail bridge replacement project at Gipsy Patch Lane, near Bristol Parkway station, until at least Monday 23rd November.

  1. London – South Wales services will continue to operate by train, but going via Gloucester and not calling at Bristol Parkway. Journeys will therefore be longer and you should check timings before travel.
  2. Local services will end at Bristol Parkway or Bristol Temple Meads; and buses will replace trains between Bristol and Newport. These buses are fully accessible and Great Western Railway will also have accessible taxis on standby.

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The Community Activist Fund will be giving away 10 grants of £1,000 to women community activists who want to make a positive change in their communities.

Our friends at the @ActivateFund are a feminist organisation, launched to fund women activists whose ideas, campaigns and activism will have a positive impact on the communities they live in.The Community Activist Fund is for women who are running transformative projects and campaigns in their communities. They will be giving away 10 grants of £1,000 to women community activists who want to make a positive change in their communities.

They are looking to fund women from under-represented groups/communities, including working class women, disabled women and women of colour – and are keen to support women who have personal experience of the issue or injustice they are working to address. The deadline for applications has been extended to Midnight Sunday 15th November 2020.

Want to know more? Head here or check them out here – @ActivateFund

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How would you like to earn £500 for you and a friend (each!) and appear in an advert?

A casting director is desperately seeking a Disabled person, preferably someone who uses a mobility scooter, wheelchair or mobility frame, to take part in an advert for the 2021 census which will be filming in Bristol in the coming weeks.

The purpose of the census is to collect data on the population so that public needs can be adequately met. This includes provision of affordable housing, transport routes and access.

It is a paid opportunity, and should be fun!

They must be aged at least 17, they would be needed for 3-4 hours max on one of the days and the location will be a bus stop in or around Bristol. (Hollywood here we come!)

The fee is £500 and it is preferred that anyone wishing to apply do so with a friend, family member or carer who would also get £500.

The two people should be in a bubble so that they can safely and legally be sitting next to each other at the bus stop.

Anyone who would like to apply should send a picture with their names, ages and location, and ideally a short video introducing themselves and how they know each other to:

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New Lockdown, Says the Prime Minister

On Saturday 31st October the Prime Minister said he is going to ask members of parliament (MPs) to agree to another England-wide Lockdown, for one month from Thursday 5th November.

MPs will vote on the Prime Minister’s proposals on Wednesday (4th). If the majority do support the proposals, the Lockdown will begin at 00:01 GMT on Thursday 5th November and stay in place until Wednesday 2nd December.

Some scared and selfish people are already buying much more food than they need from the shops. Please remember that this buying in a panic was the cause of shortages that caused some of those most at risk to have to go without food. Once people stopped panic buying we got back to everyone being able to buy what they needed on a week by week basis.

So, please think of others and only buy what you need until the next time you will go shopping for essentials.

What are the proposals for a new lockdown in England?

These are the Prime Minister’s Lockdown proposals:

  1. People will be told to stay at home and only travel when it is essential. Essential travel includes travel to go to school or university, work that can’t be done from home, medical reasons, shopping for food and other essentials, or to care for others. People can go out for exercise and recreation but it is expected that you will have to do in places near your home.
  1. All pubs and restaurants will have to close (takeaways and deliveries can continue).
  1. All non-essential shops will have to close (supermarkets can sell non-essential goods).
  1. Households will not be allowed to mix with others indoors, or in private gardens.
  1. Individuals can meet one person from outside their household in an outside public space.
  1. Support bubbles for people who live alone and households made up of single parents and children can continue.
  1. Children will be able to move between homes if their parents are separated.
  1. Schools, colleges and universities will remain open.
  1. Workplaces will be asked to stay open if people cannot work from home – including construction and manufacturing.

10. Outdoor exercise and recreation will be allowed, but gyms will have to close.

  1. Clinically vulnerable advised not to go to work if they are unable to work from home.

However, government will not be promoting ‘shielding’ for people at very high risk of dying if they catch Coronavirus (also called COVID-19), during this Lockdown.

The Prime Minister hopes that after 2nd December, we will be able to relax the Lockdown rules. But, many think that the Lockdown may need to last longer than this.

The government also announced that it will pay 80% of the wages of anyone who can’t work because of the Lockdown rules (furlough) –the same scheme as we had during the last Lockdown. Workers on furlough will mostly be those who work for businesses that have been forced to close until the Lockdown ends, including workers in restaurants, cafes, shops selling things other than food or medicines, etc.

The government has said it will give us more information about its plans over the next few days, including what other support there will be for people who can’t work and businesses.