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Edition 1 - Wednesday 8th April 2020

Welcome to the first edition of the
Rainbow Times 


This is a new weekly bulletin from Wokingham Without Parish Council, summarising useful information published locally and nationally.

We aim to reach out to all our residents with our new online bulletin, including a printer friendly b/w version, which you can print and deliver to any of your neighbours who don't use the internet.  

Why the Rainbow Times? Because we hope that these bulletins can build on our community's spirit in a bright, colourful and positive way.  

We plan to publish weekly with new content so please email your suggestions and feedback to rainbow@wokinghamwithout-pc.gov.uk 

Thank you for reading, please keep safe and let's help everyone in our community


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Wokingham Borough Council is working with local charities to provide a community response for those who don't have support and need advice or practical help. 

Contact Wokingham Citizen's Advice on 0300 330 1189
(Entering 0118 978 7258 if you are prompted)

Phone lines are being staffed Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm


citizensadvicewokingham.org.uk

 

Practical Information:

Allotments
– Pinewood allotments are currently still open, but we would request social distancing guidelines are observed. Please note that the site will be locked daily at 9pm.

Car maintenance - If you're worried about your car because it's sitting unused on the driveway or in the garage, the RAC has some great advice on basic car maintenance on their website


Council staff - We thank our grounds staff and litter warden who are operating a scaled back service during this period. Administration staff are working from home and we regret that we are unable to provide you with green food bags or garden waste sacks at this time. 

Cycling - There is a great network of local cycling routes around Wokingham. You can download a map from here. Please have consideration for other road users and make sure you use your bell when approaching pedestrians. 


Exercise - Footpaths are still open. Take care when using them and please keep your dogs under control, for the safety of cyclists and other pedestrians.  

Food waste bags- If you have run out of green food waste bags you can use bread bags, carrier bags or any other paper or polythene bags to tide you over until the council offices reopen. 

How you can help - during these difficult times, a friendly smile and a word of thanks can go a long way to helping people like the postmen, delivery drivers and retail staff feel appreciated. Remember that we are all asked to stay at home and observe government guidelines on social distancing, to help protect those who are working on the frontline. 
You can use your time at home to telephone or email friends and family, learn a new hobby or catch up on those household chores we all put off!

Litter bins - We ask residents, wherever possible, to take litter, including dog waste, home with them to reduce the pressure on the public litter bins. 


MOT for vehicles - MOTs due from 30 March 2020 

Your car, van or motorcycle’s MOT expiry date will be extended by 6 months if it’s due on or after 30 March 2020 - but you must keep your vehicle safe to drive. 

More details are available here 

 

Parks – the Pinewood woodlands, Heathlake and Bigshotte parks are still open. Government guidance suggests that residents should not drive to partake in exercise or walk dogs, so we request that these are only used by residents arriving on foot. 

 

Playgrounds – following guidance from Wokingham Borough Council, all children’s play areas are closed. 
 

Recycling and waste collections as of Tuesday 7th April, Wokingham waste collections, recycling, food waste and garden waste collections are operating as normal. Glass recycling at Pinewood is also open, but we would ask residents not to leave glass by the side of the banks if they are full. 
 

Sending Royal Mail letters and parcels you can order stamps online and also print labels and pay postage online for parcels with drop off points in the area obviating the need to queue in post offices. Works with your home printer and pay for with credit card/Paypal. More details here 

Library support for families:


Wokingham Libraries has a children's story time every Tuesday and Rhymetime every Friday, as well as weekly lego challenges. 
They also have a children's virtual writing club

You can also access online educational resources for children and a 
schedule of Easter themed virtual activities

 
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