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Who is the greatest Malmesburian of all?

The Mayor of Malmesbury’s next charity event: Who is the greatest Malmesburian of all?

Join the Big Debate on Friday 5th February 2021 at 7:30pm. A showdown between St Aldhelm and Thomas Hobbes for the title of ‘The greatest Malmesburian of all?’

Mayor of Malmesbury Campbell Ritchie is taking on eminent historian Tony McAleavy and each will make their case over four crisp rounds. Followed by the vote. You decide! 80 minutes (and a short break) of toe to toe action, masterfully compered by Susan Mockler.

Tickets are just £5 for each screen. Available at the TIC in the Town Hall or at Eventbrite (booking fee applies):
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/who-is-the-greatest-malmesburian-of-all-tickets-131447126895

All funds raised are for the charities being supported by the Mayor of Malmesbury.

Susan Mockler

Rotary Support to COVID-19 Vaccination in Malmesbury


Rotary, as an organisation, is offering its support to the Covid-19 Vaccination Roll-out programme, primarily in the form of providing support volunteers and co-ordination of some non-clinical activities at vaccination centres. This includes support of the vaccination super-centre at Ashton Gate, Bristol – but clubs such as the local Rotary Club of the South Cotswolds (RCSC) are too far away from Ashton Gate to make such support practicable or viable at that centre.

However, within our community the Malmesbury Primary Care Centre (PCC) is acting as a GP-led Vaccination Centre for a number of GP Practices within this area. It is currently understood that GP Practices at Ashton Keynes, Cricklade, Purton and Royal Wootton Bassett are sending people to Malmesbury for Covid-19 vaccination. This means that on vaccination days a large number of people are coming to the Malmesbury PCC.

The local Rotary Club of the South Cotswolds (RCSC) has been talking with the Malmesbury PCC Practice Manager about offering volunteer support – an offer which has been gratefully received. The nature of the support requirements is still evolving and is likely to include things such as initial greeting, car parking, advice giving and queue management.

The latest information available is that 980 people were given the Pfizer vaccine at Malmesbury on Thursday, 14th January. Supplies of the Oxford Astrazeneca vaccine are expected next week, but the practice doesn’t yet know when or how many. Hence, the requirements for volunteer support are not yet known, but support for next week is likely to be asked for.

The Rotary Club of the South Cotswolds is the point of contact for Rotary support and will attempt to meet all requests for volunteer support from within its own membership and from other local Rotary clubs from areas that are sending people to the Malmesbury PCC for vaccination.

If anyone from Hankerton wants to volunteer to help with this you would be very welcome (you don’t have to be or become a Rotary member!) – please contact Peter Wyman on 577159.

Peter Wyman
Rotary Club of the South Cotswolds

Malmesbury Primary Care Centre – COVID Vaccinations

This article has been posted on the Malmesbury PCC site :

Covid vaccinations
Posted by:davidgrogan – Posted on:22nd December 2020

We are pleased to inform our patients that we will be getting our first delivery of the Covid Vaccines on the 7th /8th January. This supply is shared with five other local practices but all given at Malmesbury. The vaccine rollout is being conducted as per national guidelines , with the most vulnerable groups being invited first. All the surgeries will be working hard during the day, evenings and at the Weekend to vaccinate as many patients as we can,but supplies are limited and we will not be able to invite everyone on this occasion. We have already contacted many patients and will continue to do so until all the available slots are booked . REST assured we will be ringing all eligible patients ,as and when we get more stocks.

Please DO NOT contact the surgery to make an appointments we will contact YOU.

We hope that there are now TWO vaccine types becoming available the volume of vaccinations we can provide will increase rapidly over the coming weeks.

Thank you for you patience .

IT Assistance

Just a quick reminder that if you experience PC or Mac issues during the lockdown, I have extended my remote access system license and am happy to assist people.

Whilst not all issues can be resolved remotely (you do need internet access) the majority can or at least can be diagnosed and suggestions for a resolution made.

If the issue relates to broadband issues then I can try to help by talking you through some basic fault finding and suggestions for a way forward.

Given the importance of remote systems such as Zoom, Teams, document sharing and internet access during these periods, if you do need help then call. It is free for all villagers who may need it.

Geoff Preston – 07785 106035

Malmesbury GP Practice: COVID vaccinations latest update

PLEASE DO NOT contact the surgery regarding Covid vaccinations. Our phone lines are being jammed by enquiries and we don’t have answers!

We hope to have a batch in the New year but nothing is certain . This batch will only ever treat a small group of our most vulnerable patients and WE WILL BE CONTACTING THEM once we know dates . THANK YOU

https://www.malmesburypcc.nhs.uk/2020/12/22/covid-vaccinations/

Shayne Smith

Christmas Recycling Calendar

Forget carol singing, mulled wine, Christmas trees, and lights, it isn’t really Christmas until you get the festive recycling calendar !

As far as I can see it carries on as normal except for going back a day from Monday / Wednesday to Tuesday / Thursday – just for one week :-

Wiltshire have also produced a downloadable Waste collection calendar

Bear in mind that this all relates to my postcode though (Follyfield). If you want to check out your own address then the link to the Wiltshire page you need can be found on the “Useful Links” page here.