We are involved in all aspects of our local community and offer advice and support, as well as training opportunities and health and well-being benefits
USA puts 8,500 troops 'on standby' over the Ukraine 'invasion'
There are also fears that our gas supplies could be interrupted if Russia does invade Ukraine, causing war in that part of the world.
Some 8,500 combat-ready US troops are on high alert to deploy at short notice amid rising tension over Ukraine, the Pentagon says.
Russia continues to deny planning military action against Ukraine, despite massing 100,000 troops nearby.
President Biden held a video call with European allies on Monday as Western powers aim for a common strategy against Russian aggression.
The Pentagon said no decision had yet been made on whether to deploy troops.
Some rumours are circulating that the Chancellor (and the next Prime Minister?) Rishi Sunak will shortly announce a £500 per household bail-out to offset the growing energy bills.
Details are currently being finalised but the cash will be paid direct to energy firms NOT to the public (some already use the winter fuel allowance in the bookies if they get it in cash).
The money will have to have been spent on energy costs - estimated to rise this year by around £700 per household. More than 20 energy firms have gone bust already over the last few months unable to afford the increased wholesale prices. Their customers will be switched to other providers. Further increases are possible in October too. There are also fears that our gas supplies could also be hit - and disrupted - if Russia invades Ukraine, causing war in that part of the world.
There is further gloom for householders - British Telecom to increase bills by an inflation busting 9.3% rise in April - read more on this news here. But other prices are increasing too - now that inflation is on the rampage - at the fastest rate in 30 years, including the cost of Sunday lunch / skincare products / furniture / Used Cars. Read more on the BBC here
Latest UK Covid stats - Monday : new cases 88,447 .... 56 deaths .... new hospitalisations 1967 (on Jan 18th)
There was very good attendance at the Hub again last week - just right - not overly crowded so distancing was possible - but we still had a nice friendly atmosphere.
The newcomers from last week also returned again as did some old faces from the past. (The grass always looks greener elsewhere doesn't it - but it never is !!!!)
As well as the usual sausage rolls, we decided that as its the depth of winter we would have some Christmas Pudding and Custard again too - to cheer people up - and to bring back the memories of our fabulous Christmas.
Some members did crochet (and others are keen to learn). One member is looking to start an Open University course (and we have assisted with the application). Others had called to collect LFT testing kits and / or masks. There is always something for everyone at the Hub (and if not, we can always look at putting it on if it interests you).
Don't forget that we also have a book and DVD swap library too - with dozens of new titles added quite recently. Its yet another fantastic service for Holme Hall Unite members - pop along to the Hub and see whats on offer for our members this week.
There is no doubt that this must be the warmest and friendliest group around - with all ages present - all supporting and looking out for each other. Many of our group also suffer from isolation and loneliness, so there is always a warm welcome and a friendly smile. Did we mention that its all FREE too? You won't find that anywhere else !!!
Report Due : the Prime Minister is facing his toughest week yet
No. 10 "very nervous" ... report due out this week? ... has Sue Gray found a concerning email?
Downing Street police officers give 'extremely damning' evidence to Sue Gray
Wales' first minister accuses the UK government of "abandoning the science" as he defends his more cautious lifting of restrictions.
Mark Drakeford, the Welsh Labour leader, says UK ministers are using Covid announcements "to distract people's attention from the awful mess" in Westminster
The Royal College of Nursing's chief executive has hit back at the PM, saying the decision may have "relieved pressure from his own backbenchers" but it will not "relieve the pressure on the NHS".
Pat Cullen said: "We can't rely on the vaccine alone when the situation is still so precariously balanced.
"Time will tell whether dropping other measures when the pressure on health and social care services remains unrelenting was wise.
"Ministers should adopt a cautious approach. The government will regret sending the wrong signal to the public for political expediency.
"With so many of the COVID-19 patients still in hospital, it would be very premature to conclude this wave is over. That is not what our members are telling us."
The fact is that he's been a 'lame duck' since last Christmas - when he dare not try to introduce any further safety measures - despite calls from the scientists - for fear of upsetting his own MPs.
As a result cases shot up to over 200,000 a day as people were abandoned to their own fate.
This 'smoke and mirrors' PM has finally run out of luck. People are finally wising-up to the folly of his Brexit plan as prices rocket everywhere and shortages become the norm. His Northern Ireland plan - a 'border down the Irish Sea' - is in tatters too. People have finally woken up to all this nonsense - his future now looks very bleak.
There will be so much for our members to enjoy during 2022
It was a very busy week last week - after the end of the holidays - so we were looking forward to a restful weekend - but it was not to be ! It is back to the business again this week - with almost all of the organisations that we are involved with holding their first meetings of 2022.
The outline plans for many of our Spring and Summer events are now almost complete. We are really hoping for some good weather too, as many of the activities will be held outdoors (in this Jubilee year).
We had another very enjoyable day at the Community Hub - with several new people making contact with us and wanting to start off the New Year afresh by joining us. We'll be sending out the details of Brew Monday to our members separately.
Apart from the activities in the Main Room, some of the women held a make-over in an adjoining room and visitors included Chesterfield College who signed-up more people for our health and wellbeing classes. The schedule for the year ahead has now been finalised with some classes taking place locally (using our outdoor gym and the grassy area beyond) while others will continue to use the College's Gym (especially while the weather remains quite poor).
Oh .... the Chocolate Cake went down very well too !
It was also very pleasing to see some new faces come and visit us at the Hub last week too.
The NHS to visit the Hub shortly? - a date is currently under discussion.
We've done our annual post-Christmas supermarket clear-out, for distribution to our members, and this year we had even more sources than usual. It was not just food that we distributed free to members either - but also some toiletries, pet food / supplies etc
Thanks yet again to our team of volunteers for helping transport the goods etc back to the Hub.
The Free Computer Tablets promotion may be back with us again very soon for the third year running. This helps to keep our community connected, and also helps relieve the loneliness and isolation that the pandemic has brought. Good to see some new faces coming along too.
One of the people at the Hub last week has suggested a weekend break together - maybe for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee in June - we are not so sure about that ! It takes us long enough for us all to agree on the day trips destinations ! We have another visit to Cornwall - Eden Project planned.
Well, over three weeks has now elapsed since Christmas - where has the time gone? Call or email us if you need any help or support, and by following the rules and also keeping ourselves safe, we will all get through this - no matter what others may do. Many of them may not be around anymore when the good times do return again. But we will be. Its going to be yet another great year for us!
"Thank you for today, we had a lovely time. Full of laughter and companionship"
While others talk endlessly about what they will do (if pigs ever fly!) Holme Hall Unite got on with it and delivered yet again. (We were even able to supply members with lateral flow testing kits long after supplies had run out at the usual outlets).
We now have more supplies available - so contact us and we can arrange for you to collect from the Hub at your convenience.
And as always, everything was provided FREE OF CHARGE.
Its quite clear that Holme Hall Unite offers its members SO MUCH - far more than any other group. You should join in before its too late, as the capacity (at our Hub) can only accomodate a certain number of people. Our Lunch Club is a little more flexible as we use outside venues, so capacity is not so much of an issue. There are special interest groups as well as more general meet-ups, and as soon as the Spring arrives our day trips will be launched again for this year. Don't be isolated and on your own - when there is such a lot that you can take part in and enjoy.
We held our annual Christmas Party recently - it was brought forward by a week so as to beat any new restictions. Thanks to everyone who came at such short notice. Everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves (while they were tucking into sausage rolls, pork pie, sandwiches, mince pies and chocolate biscuits).
We even had a couple of our regulars who could not attend (mainly due to health issues which make either travelling or mixing unwise) "phone in" to wish everyone the seasons greetings.
Its great that we have again been able to support our friends, members and regular visitors - just as we will continue to do as we enter 2022. Will you be joining us this year? - and reaping all the benefits? - or will you be left out - and on your own - yet again?
Altogether its been a very busy period at the Hub recently with lots of visitors, including the Citizens Advice Bureau, plus also someone representing a major supermarket chain. There were also lots of other goodies on offer again too. We were also thanked by Derbyshire Police for our decision to bring our celebrations forward to beat any further restrictions.
No matter what obstacles may be thrown at us during the coming months we are determined to ensure that all of our members have a very good time
Just take a look at what we've done in the past for Christmas - click here to read more
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Welcome to our website.
This website gives an over-view of the community work that we do - but it is far from exhaustive, so please don't hesitate to contact us for any further help or information.
You can email us here.
As well as running the Community group, we also manage the Community Hub, a garden and a new outdoor gym. We are also looking at some plans to start a community orchard too
Our Next Door message board (which we pioneered five years ago) now reaches over 5000 people locally with more than 1275 on our estate alone - and is now used by 27% of all local households to keep in touch.
Being able to keep in contact with their family, friends and neighbours is vital for the isolated and vulnerable.
Our Community group was established in 2015, and within 10 weeks of constitution the group had planted 16,000 daffodils all around the estate.
Our garden was added in 2017 before our Community Hub opened in the Spring of 2018. In that same year our Chair was named as the Estate Champion.
We have won many Awards - including three consecutive RHS Awards for our garden.
In the following year we were selected as the runners-up in the Organisation Of The Year category at the Voluntary Sector Awards too.
We even managed to keep the Hub open for most of the recent lockdown with surplus food deliveries and prescription collections etc - unlike many groups which closed (some of which may never re-open. We've also run a full schedule of day trips for our members during the year too.
Everywhere else will either cost you more - or offers you much less - than we do.
Don't hesitate to get in contact if you need any further information, simply click here.
If you have been a careful saver - with the Credit Union for example - then the impact of recent changes (energy price hikes / National Insurance increases etc) won't be as severe. If you do need help - please refer to the Health and Well-being booklet which has been distributed widely - or contact us to collect a copy from the Hub.
The grass ISN'T any greener elsewhere - although some people may try to tell you that it is.
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