PSRA Food Drive Fundraiser is live!

Our JustGiving page is live. Click to donate.

No family should go without food during the coronavirus pandemic, but sadly, job losses have made families more vulnerable during this unprecedented time. Park Street Residents Association aims to lessen the burden by distributing food parcels to families most in need.

We’re working with the local schools How Wood Primary School and Nursery and Park Street Primary Schools to identify those families feeling the pinch, and ensuring those who need it most get help. The schools’ heads know the community well, and are the most informed as to who’s suffering. We respect their expertise. Right now we’re supplying 14 families each week, but we believe that number will increase by summer.

We’ve got £150 left for purchasing food and necessities, but it will run out after our next weekly shopping trip. Currently local hero Twinsco has a food donation point where generous residents have contributed vital food and supplies, and local baking heroes Wenzel’s provides fresh baked bread and other baked goods, which supplement our weekly parcels, but money is needed to fill each bag.

Please donate what money you can, to help your neighbours through this difficult time. Your generosity will help families get through this.

If you’re unable to donate through our JustGiving page, please consider buying essentials at Twinsco to leave in our drop off box.

If you prefer to donate directly, you can pay by cheque to Park Street Residents Association, 90 Maplefield, Park Street, St Albans AL2 2BH, or by dropping off cash at the address given.

Update! 30 May: Barbara Vernon, a friend to all our community, is accepting cash (in an envelope) or cheques (payable to Park Street Residents Association) on our behalf. If you prefer giving this way, you can drop off your donations through the door of 2 Mill Cottages, the second house on the left in Burydell Lane, just beyond Twinsco. Donations are already coming through! #psrafood

Covid-19 Updates, Links, Cancellations

19 June: Parish in Bloom has been cancelled. https://www.ststephenparishcouncil.gov.uk/parish-in-bloom/

5 April: Hospitals Update

4 April: Organisations Offering Help/Soliciting Volunteers

There are now several worthy local groups which have sprung up due to the needs and concerns about elderly or vulnerable neighbours and relatives, including our own Association. We’re here for you if you need us, or are worried about somebody, as our group of magazine delivery volunteers know their neighbours. Please reach out to Joy if you or someone you know in our Village needs assistance.

The site Herts Help is available to advise residents on funding, care requests such as asking for assistance for a relative in need, or somebody trapped in an abusive relationship. This link is a good place to start: https://www.hertshelp.net/Our-services/Support-in-a-crisis/Support-in-a-crisis.aspx

Among the volunteer efforts, Communities 1st is asking residents to sign up and volunteer for a wide-ranging variety of roles, such as delivering food or doing errands, providing a conversation, and more.

www.communities1st.org.uk/COVID-19-community-signup

People in need of support are invited to visit their site, or phone them at www.communities1st.org.uk/covid19sup 020 8207 5115

Event Cancellations: Updated 22 March

  • Park Street Village Hall: All upcoming classes, events and meetings are hereby CANCELLED
  • PSRA AGM & Reception 15 April postponed to a future date
  • Litter Picks in the Village All planned litter picks at the current time have been postponed
  • Fun day at the Village Hall on Saturday 21st March Cancelled
  • Village Hall Quiz on 4th April Cancelled
  • PARK STREET VILLAGE HALL – YOGA/BREATHING/RELAXATION & CHAIR YOGA – please note ALL CLASSES CANCELLED GOING LIVE
  • Hertfordshire Health Walks temporarily ceased until further notice (Download this Rights of Way Google Map to add to your phone, or visit the site for more ideas of walks you can do on your own.)
  • CANCELLED: AGM & A County at War, Life on the Home Front in Hertfordshire by Howard Guard, Frogmore Society, Tuesday 19th May
  • Community Tree Planting on 29 March has been cancelled

Community Outreach

Many in our community have begun self-isolating, in order to reduce the risk of infection by this virus, particularly the elderly and people with conditions which make them especially vulnerable to infection.

One local resident, Hayley Franks has started a group Here to Help for people in our neighbourhood to ask for and to offer help to people here who are home bound and self-isolating.

If you’re wiling and able to help, join the discussion at https://www.facebook.com/groups/224500272078733/?ref=gs&fref=gs&dti=408624269616382&hc_location=group Even a phone call to check in is appreciated, if you’re unable to get out.

Update 18 March: News From Park Street “Delivered shopping if you are self-isolating” and more information during this confusing time.

Legitimate Sources of Information

Hertfordshire Council is maintaining an information page with relevant links and up to the minute information about the virus here.

There is a plethora of good information online, but we’ll continue sharing anything relevant and useful to our community.

Unfortunately, with the virus outbreak comes rumour and speculation which you may start seeing much more often, including text copy/pasted on Facebook. The best rule of thumb is to not share the information, especially if it’s attributed to friends or relatives of people in the know. Remember, any changes or discoveries, etc. will be shared worldwide by legitimate news sources. Please always verify first before passing on second or third hand information.

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Update from Suzi Clark

Local resident and author Suzi has an update about her projects that you’ll want to know about.

STOP PRESS!

I’ve JUST got my first You Tube Channel, working with a Herts video company called Pearldrop Video – which has a series of 12 short clips looking at issues raised in Butterflies and Baked Beans … as well as footage with my dad, Sydney. It won’t cost anything to press the Subscribe button, and I promise not to make too many films!

You Tube Channel

As a special offer, I’m also giving away free Kindle copies of Butterflies and Baked Beans on Amazon.co.uk but only on 17th, 18th and 19th March. It would make a brilliant Mother’s Day gift … the link to the book and the Kindle is here.

Also, if anyone would like me to sign a copy of the paperback they can get in touch and bring it around – I’m happy to sign copies.

Suzi Clark