New Ting Demand Responsive Bus Service for West Huntingdonshire

Say hello to ting

25 October 2021, will see the start of the long-awaited demand response bus service trial in the western parts of Huntingdonshire.

Following on from the consultation sessions with county, district, and parish councillors, which some of you joined back in July, we felt it was important that we shared with you all how the long-awaited demand response bus service trial in the western parts of Huntingdonshire is progressing.

It’s very much all systems go!

Wednesday (6 October) saw the start of a month’s worth of awareness activities in readiness for the trial’s go live date at the end of October. The Market Square in St Neots was the location where Dr Nik Johnson, Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, hosted a preview event with local media to unveil this exciting new service – ting

Over the next two weeks, and in readiness for you and your residents to start using the new service, we’d like to share a copy of the ting information pack and posters which we hope you will distribute across your parish. Please can we ask you to email us with your parish clerk’s mailing address or anyone else that you think suitable to receive this information.

We have a couple of drop-in events planned across the trial area in the next few weeks, so we would encourage you to keep an eye out for any information promoting ting ahead of the go live date of 25 October.

A reminder of what ting is and where it will operate.

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority is trialling a new demand responsive transport service called ting – it’s an exciting, new way of operating bus services. Instead of running to fixed timetables, you can now book trips across the western part of Huntingdonshire using the ting trips app, or the booking line, when you need them!

Once you’ve booked your journey, it will tell you how long until your bus arrives and where it will meet you so you can hop on board. You can track it live too! The clever technology behind ting will join up several people’s needs and combine it into one trip, making sure you all get where you need to be.

The trial will last for six months, and it will complement the current bus services already running in the area. ting will be a great way to provide a travel solution for our more rural areas across the region. You can head over to www.ting-trips.co.uk for all the information and to take a look at the operating area. There are also some additional key destinations that ting will take you to: Cambourne Morrisons, Thrapston Industrial Estate, Huntingdon Town Centre, Huntingdon Rail Station and Hinchingbrooke Hospital.

With a flat fare of just £2 for any journey, it’s great value for money, and there’s also a £1 add on ticket which you can buy on ting to make onward journeys to places like Cambridge and St Ives.

We want to make sure as many people as possible get to know about ting so we can all give it the very best start. This is a service that belongs to us all, and we hope that it’ll become a key part of our communities. ting will run from 7.00am until 7.00pm Monday to Friday, and 8.00am until 4.00pm on Saturdays.

The ting trips app will be available to download from Apple and android stores from Monday 25 October.

Any questions, please email us at comms@cambridgeshirepeterborough-ca.gov.uk

 Neighbourhood Cafe

As you may have seen in the recent Church newsletter, the Neighbourhood Cafe successfully reopened on 18th July.

We do hope you can come along and join us  to enjoy our delicious cakes, tea or coffee and some convivial company.   Weather permitting we will try to have a couple of tables outside for those who would prefer, but rest assured that we will arrange the inside tables to ensure a suitably comfortable environment for all.     Being summer (?) we should also be able to have all windows and doors open.

The committee have decided to slightly revise the format going forward we will only be open on the 3rd Sunday of  each month –  these  dates for 2021 are:

Sunday:

15 August

19 September

17 October

21 November

19 December

As our “regulars” will also know, sadly Maurice and Sue Lee have stepped down as hosts for the Cafe, and whilst  Norman and June Hamilton have agreed to try to follow in their footsteps, this leaves us with no “backup” for setting up and clearing down.  We wonder therefore if anyone would be willing to give us half an hour before opening time to set up tables, move chairs and get the kitchen ready and also help behind the counter.   We know that many of you have busy lives, so rather than ask people to turn up “ad hoc” we think it will be sensible to draw up a rota thereby making any commitment you make as minimal as possible for the remaining 6 months of 2021.   If you are willing to help, could reply to us giving the dates you are able to offer and in what capacity (tables, chairs, serving) we can let everyone know when they will be asked to chip in and (if we get enough people) we can also have a reserve list in case anyone finds they are unexpectedly committed elsewhere.

Going forward, we plan to have a “suggestion box” for charities which may be dear to you and we will use this as a basis for our choices.

 

FREE PLACES FOR CHILDREN AT SUMMER HOLIDAY SCHEMES IN CAMBRIDGESHIRE  

Holiday Activities and Food Programme Parents Poster

Cambridgeshire County Council (CCC) has funding for families who receive free school meals for their children, due to the benefits they receive, to have fun with their friends and enjoy new experiences at a local holiday scheme this summer. The Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) programme is funded by the Department for Education (DfE) and is co-ordinated by CCC.

An eligible child will be entitled to up to 64 hours of free holiday childcare through the school summer holiday period. Parents can book places directly with participating holiday schemes, more information can be found at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/haf

Currently the take up is good but we want to reach out to more families who would find this scheme valuable during the long summer holidays. A meal is also provided as part of the offer and children will have much needed social contact and physical activity.

 

Playing field improvements works scheduled to last 3 weeks

The Installation of replacement equipment and some additional adult equipment is due to start 11 June is expected to be finished by 30 June.  The playing field is expected to remain open throughout but is subject to some items of equipment being unavailable.

This refurb is being part funded by the Hail Weston Parish Council and Huntingdon District Council.

Thank you in advance for your support and patience.

HWPC

Further details e-mail philhwpc@gmail.com

COVID-19 Business Grants Form LIVE

Dear Business Owner,

We are getting in touch with you to let you know that you can, from today, access more grants to support your business. We have been working hard over past weeks through a number of schemes the Government has created – with the intention of making those complex processes as simple as possible for you. Thank you for patience whilst we did this. The result is that with a simple to use declaration form you will be able to access the funding all at once and you will not have to make multiple applications or supply more supporting paperwork.

As you have previously successfully received funding from the Local Restriction Support Grant (LRSG), the grants listed below can all be accessed simply by filling out the declaration form. This can be accessed by clicking on the ‘apply’ button below. The declaration form should take no longer than five minutes to complete. Once you have submitted the form, and assuming all is ok, then we’ll get on with the job of sending you the grant.

The range of money available to eligible businesses is dependent on the rateable value of your businesses but can range in total across the schemes from just over £6,400 to almost £17,200 (this figure is an example, from all grant schemes combined, based on different rateable values and maximum qualifying periods)    

Apply

 

About the form 

The form is a declaration that your business has continued to trade since you successfully applied for the Local Restriction Support Grants (LRSG) that covered the period of 5th November to 2nd December 2020. Provided that your business is still eligible, completion of the declaration will enable your business to receive a continuous payment grant.

The payments will be based on your business type, the dates you were trading, and the impact that national and local restrictions had on your businesses, as determined by the Government. The rules the Council follows and the amounts you will receive are specified by the Government.

We appreciate this is a very unsettling time for you and we are prioritising support for businesses. We encourage you to read our website information which is regularly updated.

MyHuntingdonshire portal account 

Your previous applications for a business support grant would have been made using your MyHuntingdonshire portal, which you should already have a login and password for. You will need this information to submit this new declaration form.

A step-by-step process on how to check for updates and any correspondence, once you have submitted your declaration form, can be found under the grant specific FAQ’s listed above. More information on current grants is available on our website.

What can I do if I need help? 

If you have any queries about the declaration form, please visit our website where you will find a link to FAQs for each grant scheme, before submitting your declaration form.

Please do not reply to this email. This mailbox is not monitored and will therefore be unable to provide a response.
Yours faithfully,

Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) Team  

Huntingdonshire District Council 

Census 2021 will help shape your community for the next 10 years

The Census is coming. By taking part, you can help inform decisions on services that shape your community, such as healthcare, education and transport.

The Census is a unique survey that happens every 10 years. It gives us a snapshot of all the people and households in England and Wales – the most detailed information we have about our society.

It’s important that you fill in your census questionnaire. Without the information you share, it’d be more difficult to understand your community’s needs and to plan and fund public services.

The ONS have reviewed the digital-first Census plans in light of COVID19 and they are confident that everyone will be able to provide their information safely and securely.

In one way or another, your information touches the lives of every single person living in England and Wales, whether it’s through using census information to plan new schools, doctors’ surgeries or bike lanes.

Because these things matter to us all, everyone needs to complete the census. Do not worry, government officials dealing with applications you’ve made or payments or services you receive cannot see it.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) runs the census in England and Wales and is independent from government. Your details are protected by law and information published is always anonymous.

Census Day is Sunday 21 March 2021. You can fill yours in online as soon as you get your access code in the post. If your household circumstances change on Census Day, you can let the ONS know.

Everyone should have the support they need to fill in the census. If you, or anyone you know, needs help, there’s a wide range of support services available.

These include a contact centre that can give you help over the phone and guidance in a range of languages and accessible formats, including paper questionnaires and large print.

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