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Geoff Parkinson

We are saddened to hear of the recent and sudden death of Woodborough resident Geoff Parkinson.

The funeral will take place at 1.00pm, at St Swithun’s church on Thursday 3rd September 2020. Bring your iPhones and/or iPads as the service will be streamed live. The code will be available on the day. Log on will be 15 minutes prior to the service.

Geoff Parkinson

Geoff Parkinson was a formidable force on the council and served as chairman between 2007 and 2010. Geoff’s legal knowledge was invaluable to the parish council, bringing principle and structure to much of its decision making, and saving the parish a small fortune in legal fees over the years. His legal expertise was matched by common sense and a can-do attitude that helped to get things sorted, including the kitchen and committee room refits at the Village Hall, and plenty of unseen maintenance and repair work. For many years, Geoff joined his fellow councillors putting the Christmas lights up in the Governors’ Field trees. The November weather was generally foul but I understand the banter was good!

The Parish Council was but one of Geoff’s contributions to the community. He helped to keep the beautiful planters watered as part of Woodborough in Bloom’s “bowser rota”,  was a member of the Independent Monitoring Board at Lowdham Grange Prison and had also worked with the Police as a volunteer.

After stepping down from the Parish Council in 2015, Geoff became the key trustee for Woodborough Town Lands Charity, the charity which benefits from the allotment income. He remained in social and professional contact with many members of the council, and was the Clerk’s  go to source of information regarding any land registry or legal issue.

We will miss Geoff’s expertise, his energy and his sense of mischief. Our heartfelt condolences go to Sue.

Woodborough Parish Council

Do you need help at Home?

I have practical experience of looking after the needs of elderly people, having assisted with the requirements of two Woodborough residents over the last thirteen years.

I live locally and can provide excellent references.

Please call Jennifer on 07811 418166

Learn, Laugh and Live

Calverton & District U3A

Just with every other social organisation, we are now operating a very reduced operation. The monthly speaker meetings have been halted until the government relaxes the restrictions on larger gatherings.

The smaller interest groups have also generally been put on hold – but there are a few exceptions.

One of our group leaders has actually set up two new groups which are run by sending out talks by email. Our “Song and Story” folk music group and the French Conversation group are taking advantage of the “Zoom” software to hold virtual meetings, so all is not lost.

As good as modern technology is, it’s no substitute for meeting face to face, and we look forward to the day when life returns to normal.

For further information about us please visit

or call 0115 9652376.

The Calverton Practice Newsletter

It’s Time to Think About Flu

Since March this year we seem to have been pre-occupied with one thing, Covid 19. We have had to re-think how we deliver our services and we are now in a catch up phase across the NHS dealing with the large amount of other care postponed during the lockdown period. We know of course that Covid 19 has not gone away and recent local spikes of infection are keeping us all vigilant. Autumn though is the time we traditionally think about Flu and this year will be no exception. Plans are being made for our Autumn flu clinics and I am very grateful to our assistant Practice Manager Jayne Yeoman’s for her summary below of where we have got to with this. As mentioned last month we belief that Public Health England will be widening those eligible for a flu jab though some of this extra work may be delayed until later in the year. We anticipate that it may be very difficult come Autumn, when the usual coughs, colds and flu like illnesses emerge, to know when we may be dealing with Covid 19 and I would remind everyone with any symptoms of possible concern (new cough, temperature of over 37.8, new loss of taste or smell) to go online and arrange a Covid swab. Results are now turned round very quickly and it will really help us when you call if we know the swab has been done.

‘The practice is busy planning for flu jab season, which is challenging given the need to continue efforts to protect our patients and staff during the pandemic. We will run Saturday flu clinics during October on the 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st between 9.00am and 3.00pm but this year the practice will allocate an appointment to you and contact you with the date and time via a text to your mobile. For those patients who do not have a mobile we will contact you via phone or letter.  Please do not telephone the practice to make a flu appointment prior to receiving a text or letter. Due to the pandemic there is an increased demand for our phone lines to be available for telephone consultations. If you find the allocated appointment is not suitable, other options will be available. Please bear with us, our aim is to contact all eligible patients during September.  It is particularly important that any eligible patients have their flu jab. As a general reminder this includes patients who are 65 and over or otherwise at risk due to Diabetes, Heart problems, Stroke or TIA, COPD / Asthma (the latter only if on regular steroid inhalers), low immunity, some liver and kidney disease and very importantly pregnancy. Patients aged 65 and over will be eligible for a pneumonia vaccination (if not had previously) and some patients will be eligible for a booster every 5 years (no spleen or kidney disease). Our target Shingles vaccination population are those aged 70 and over but under 80 years of age (as individuals remain eligible until they turn 80 years; and have not previously had any shingles vaccination. This year we will not be offering pneumonia or the shingles jab during the Saturday flu clinics, but will offer these to eligible patients in separate clinics and also during any existing appointments where possible, further details will be available soon. We know some of our patients are housebound and not able to attend the practice; any appointments for a home visit will still need to be requested via reception.’

Finally we know that life is very stressful at the moment. We are getting many calls from patients suffering with stress, anxiety and low mood and whilst we sometimes do prescribe medication there is good evidence that people actually do better with Talking Therapy. Many people think this is counselling but in fact it is based more on something called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. There is a lot about this on line and it may be of interest if you are struggling. Our 3 local providers all take self-referrals, are free (as it is NHS care) and have websites you can look at. Often waiting times for assessment vary so you could look to see who can support you the quickest! In no particular order they are,

Let’s Talk Wellbeing, Tel – 0300 300 2200 email

Trent PTS, , Tel – 0115 8963160

Insight healthcare, , Tel – 0300 555 5582, email

Phil Rayner