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18th December 2020

In this newsletter:

  • Tier 3 Remains in Place for Nottinghamshire
  • Access the Latest Coronavirus Data For Nottinghamshire
  • Businesses reminded to only operate as takeaways in Tier 3 during Christmas bubble

  • Vaccinations

  • Driving Home For Christmas
  • Helping Your Friends and Family Stay Safe and Well

  • Mayor's Christmas Appeal Will Help 400 Families This Christmas

  • This Weekend's Christmas Concerts

  • Other News

Tier 3 Remains In Place For Nottinghamshire

Tier 3 Very High Alert

The Government has decided that the whole of Nottinghamshire will remain in Tier 3: very high alert restrictions throughout December. The next review date is Wednesday 30 December.

Rates of infection, their trajectory and pressures on the local health and social care system are all factors considered in making the decision.

The local tier levels are part of the Government’s Winter Plan, a strategy to save lives, protect health and care services, and keep our economy and schools open.               

Nottinghamshire Councils have pledged to work together to help communities throughout the festive period and into 2021.

Jonathan Gribbin, Director of Public Health for Nottinghamshire said:

 “We recognise the sacrifices Nottinghamshire residents have made throughout a very difficult year to help drive down the rate of infection across the county and I appreciate that the continuation of Tier 3 measures will be a disappointment to many who were hoping for an easing of the restrictions.

“I would like to thank those who have stuck to the very difficult restrictions placed on them. Their diligence and perseverance have helped reduce rates which has kept more people safe from COVID-19. However, the rate of infection remains a concern, especially among people over 60, and our hospitals are still experiencing high levels of admissions of people very poorly with COVID-19.

“To help save lives and protect the NHS and our social care services we must continue to observe the restrictions that apply. The roll out of the vaccine to the most vulnerable groups is of course very positive news but it will be some time to come before until we know how much it will impact infection rates more generally.  Therefore, it is essential that you protect yourself and everyone around you is to stick to the Hands, Face, Space principles.

As a reminder, Tier 3 restrictions mean you must avoid mixing indoors with any other households and the rule of six applies in public outdoor settings. Full details on the measure are available at: (Opens in a New Window)

“At this time of the year, when our high streets are busy with shoppers preparing for Christmas it’s also important to be extra vigilant in crowded places. Remember, you must wear a face covering in public indoor settings, as well as outdoors, where you feel it will provide additional protection.

“Those who are taking advantage of the Christmas Bubble arrangements will hopefully have planned ahead which households they intend to mix safely with to celebrate Christmas. It’s important to remember the rules about Bubbles:

  • you can form an exclusive ‘Christmas bubble’ composed of people from no more than three households. New guidance for Wales advises only two households to mix.
  • you can only be in one Christmas bubble
  • you cannot change your Christmas bubble
  • you can travel between tiers and UK nations for the purposes of meeting your Christmas bubble
  • you can only meet your Christmas bubble in private homes or in your garden, places of worship, or public outdoor spaces
  • you can continue to meet people who are not in your Christmas bubble outside your home according to the rules in the tier you are meeting in (Opens in a New Window).
  • if you form a Christmas bubble, you should not meet socially with friends and family that you do not live with in your home or garden unless they are part of your Christmas bubble

You should travel to meet those in your Christmas bubble and return home between the 23 and 27 December. Anyone travelling to or from Northern Ireland may travel on the 22 and 28 December.

In England, Bubble arrangements are only in place between 23 and 27 December and after this, you must return to the Tier 3 restrictions. This means, no New Year parties with other households!

This week the Government asked everyone to exercise additional vigilance when forming bubbles.

“How each and every one of us adheres to the guidance during the Christmas Bubble window will make a significant difference to the overall rate of infection in the days and weeks to come. By continuing to stick to those rules today, you will give our communities the best possible chance of keeping rates low and helping to give everyone the prospect of a safe New Year.”

The Christmas bubble rule enables families to mix safely over the Christmas period. For further guidance for the Christmas period, visit: (Opens in a New Window)

Access The Latest Coronavirus Data For Nottinghamshire

The COVID-19 daily report shows the rates of coronavirus infection in each district of Nottinghamshire. The data is sourced from the Public Health England national dataset and represents one of the key indicators used to inform what level of measures are needed to contain the spread of the virus.

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Businesses reminded to only operate as takeaways in Tier 3 during Christmas bubble

Takeaway pizza in box

Hospitality businesses in Broxtowe are being reminded they can still only operate as takeaways during the Christmas bubble period of 23rd – 27th December, as the County stays in Tier 3 restrictions.

Some business owners have enquired to local authorities if they are able to open their premises fully during this time, building on their adapted collection and delivery options to local customers.

Find out more 


Please don't contact the NHS to get a vaccine - we will contact you when the time is right. We need to keep the lines free for those who need it most

You can really help the NHS to deliver the COVID-19 vaccine to those that need it most by doing the following:

• Please don’t contact the NHS to get a vaccine – they will contact you when it’s the right time.

• When they do contact you, please act immediately and make sure you attend your appointments.

• Please continue to follow all the guidance to control the virus and save lives.

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Driving Home For Christmas?

Driving home for Christmas? Family in a car

You cannot travel to see your bubble before 23 December, or stay with them after the 27 December, except in exceptional circumstances.

This includes anyone travelling to or from Northern Ireland however where travel arrangements require it, those travelling to or from Northern Ireland may travel from 22 December up until 28 December.

Transport routes may be busier than normal. If you do need to travel, you should:

  • plan ahead, check for disruptions before you leave, and avoid the busiest routes, as well as busy times
  • avoid making unnecessary stops during your journey
  • avoid sharing a car with people not in your household or Christmas bubble
  • keep your distance from other people when you travel, where possible
  • wash or sanitise your hands regularly

Find out more

Help Your Friends and Family Stay Safe and Well This Christmas

The best present you can give, is helping your friends and family stay safe, image of grandma opening present with family on a video call

As families and friends will soon form their Christmas bubbles, we all need to do our bit to ensure we enjoy a safe Christmas and enter the New Year happy and healthy.

Here's some ideas on how you can ensure a safe Christmas:

  • can you now start to minimise your social contacts in the run up to the 23rd?
  • can you reduce the number of days you are mixing with your bubble over the 5 day period?
  • if you're staying inside try and get some ventilation by opening a window for 15 minutes periodically throughout the day
  • can you shorten the amount of time you are seeing your bubble in one day to reduce the spread?
  • can you stay local instead of travelling between different Tier areas?

Let's all enjoy a safe Christmas and protect our most vulnerable.

Mayor's Christmas Appeal Will Help 400 Families This Christmas

Volunteers collection food bank contributions for the Mayors Christmas Appeal

Four hundred families in Broxtowe will receive a helping hand this Christmas thanks to the local community and their support for the Mayor’s Christmas Appeal.

Councillor Janet Patrick, Mayor of the Borough of Broxtowe has been working with local community groups, food banks, schools, Councillors and volunteers to help bring some festive cheer to those who need some extra support this Christmas.

The appeal has had an incredible response from local people who have donated food items to make up four hundred Christmas Hampers, which will be delivered in time for the big day.

Over £16,000 worth of vouchers will also be delivered, which can be spent in a range of local businesses. This will help support not only local people in need but also our local economy, after businesses have suffered during the pandemic.

Councillor Patrick said: “The response to our appeal has been incredible and I am so grateful for the many volunteers, groups, organisations, schools, businesses, fellow Councillors and Officers who have worked together to make this happen.

“I am also deeply moved by the generosity of our local residents, giving donations for the hampers or making financial contributions to the appeal and showing how much we as a community care about each other, in our special Broxtowe way.”

This Weekend's Christmas Concerts

Christmas in Broxtowe with festive Christmas trees

Get your wrapping paper at the ready or your baking equipment out, this weekend we will be bring two Christmas concerts to your home.

On Saturday 19th December at 5.00pm, enjoy local artists including Richard Jenkins, Warren Ireland, Ellie Keegan, George Gadd, Ben Smith and Harrison Rimmer. Tune in to our Facebook page at 5.00pm to enjoy original songs and Christmas covers to get you into the festive spirit. We've shared a sneak peak on our our Facebook page!

On Sunday 20th December at 3.30pm, you can watch the Mayor’s Christmas service, which includes a British Sign Language performance of Silent Night, as well as well-known carols and Christmas readings. You can tune in to our video on our Facebook page or on our YouTube channel.

Find out more

Other News

Woman sat down enjoying a quiet cup of tea

Looking after your wellbeing this Christmas

Broxtowe residents are being encouraged to look after their wellbeing this Christmas, a time which many people can find difficult and which may be difficult this year following the impact of the pandemic.

Plan ahead

Many shops will be closed for a period over Christmas so make sure to have a plan for how you will get essential supplies you might need, including any prescriptions.

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Leader of the Council, Councillor Milan Radulovic

Call on Government to spurn HS2 'station on the cheap' and commit to levelling-up East Midlands

 Political and business leaders from across the East Midlands have reacted angrily to proposals suggesting the region’s HS2 connection to Birmingham and the North could be drastically scaled back.

The National Infrastructure Commission’s Rail Needs Assessment Plan comes ahead of the Government’s announcements about how and where it will fund major rail investments aimed at helping the UK recover from Covid-19 and create jobs across the country.

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Supporting homeless people over Christmas

Support will be available for people who are homeless or facing homelessness in Broxtowe over the Christmas season.

Broxtowe Borough Council is urging anyone who is homeless or facing homelessness to get in touch with the Council for advice and assistance as soon as possible.

Find out more

Beeston cinema development progress view from the tram stop

Cinema moves a step closer as work continues on Beeston Square

The team behind Beeston’s new cinema has provided an update on its progress, with work continuing safely on site during the most recent lockdown measures.

Despite the varying restrictions on construction work since the first national lockdown in March, the build of the cinema has progressed well, and is on target to be completed imminently.

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Christmas comes early as funding is approved for new play facility in Beeston

Local residents living in and around Beeston are set to get brand new, state of the art play area facilities thanks to a £73,440 grant from funding body FCC Communities Foundation.

Adding in a contribution of £5,000 from United Living (the Councils’ Housing Construction Partner) and the Borough Council’s own funds (which have been approved for refurbishment of the play area as part of the Broxtowe Borough Council “Pride in Parks” initiative), the park is set to get a £120,000 revamp in total.

Find out more

Support Available

Support to get essential supplies

If you are vulnerable and need help to get food, medicine or community support, please get in touch with the Nottinghamshire Community Support Hub or call 0300 500 80 80

Financial support

In some circumstances, if you are required by law to self-isolate, you may be supported by a payment of £500, payable from Broxtowe Borough Council. Find out more about this scheme and other financial support at or call 0115 917 7777

Mental health

The impact of the pandemic on you and your loved ones and not being able to enjoy all of the activities you would normally be involved in can all have an impact on your health. It is important to remember to look after yourself. Useful resources to support you, your family and friends can be found at or call the Nottinghamshire Mental Health Helpline between 9.00am and 1.00pm, seven days a week on 0300 555 0730.

Accessing NHS services

If you have symptoms or a health concern you are worried about, please contact your GP practice. GP practices are still open and here for you. When you call your practice, you may be offered a consultation online or over the phone. If they feel they need to see you in person, they will invite you in for a face to face appointment. Read more for guidance at

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