Two commemorative benches have been placed in East Grinstead remembering those lost or have suffered due to Coronavirus.
One bench is to remember all who have been lost or suffered through the lockdowns and one to thank the great efforts of so many who have and continue to help to bring us through.
The two benches were placed at the McIndoe Lawn on 24th February, unveiled by Cllr Helen Farren (Chairman of the Amenities and Tourism Committee, pictured), Cllr Farren said, “These benches are our permanent memorial to all affected by the Pandemic, through the grief of losing a loved one, the loneliness of shielding and even being restricted on going outside.
We also wanted to separately say thank you to all those working so hard to keep us safe and bring us through. As the Prime Minister, this week announced the roadmap towards the end of restrictions and a return to normality it seemed appropriate for East Grinstead to unveil our memorial”.
There are two benches one is a bespoke wrought iron bench with representative images of all groups of people touched by the pandemic and with the inscription: For many months, to sit outside was but a wish
The second is an EGTC standard bench, with the inscription: Recognising all those who helped to overcome Covid 19 NHS, Key Workers and all volunteers
It is hoped as people sit on the benches by the Statue they will reflect on the struggle of the second world war where pioneering surgery was developed, through to the 2020/21 pandemic where again pioneering science was needed to bring us back to being able to enjoy the simple things like sitting on a bench in the sunshine. While remembering those who did not make it.
Metrobus has announced it is to return to its school timetable on the 6th March in line with children going back to school.
A statement on the bus company’s website says:
‘With the confirmation by the Prime Minister of schools and colleges reopening on 8th March we just wanted to let you know that we will be returning to schoolday timetables from that day and school services will once again begin operating. We will be publishing the timetables very soon.
As the schools re-open we expect more people to use our services so we wanted to give you early notice that we will be reverting back to pre-lockdown service levels. This change will take place on 6th March – we’re just preparing the timetables so keep an eye on our website and social media over the next week.’
Students at Merstham Park School have become the latest to be included in the Chelsea FC Chelsea Champions Programme.
Youngsters at the school will have the chance to take part in unique activities organised by the Premier League Club through its Chelsea Foundation.
The programme aims to help build resilience and emotional wellbeing in students and has already launched at five other schools across the country.
Chelsea Champions Officer Troy Williams is already working at the Merstham school, delivering sessions in-person to key worker children and virtually to others.
Senior project officer Jonny Drabble said: “We are very much looking forward to working with Merstham Park on a programme which has never been as important as now.
“The Chelsea Champions programme has had a huge impact in schools over the past few months.
“We hope to see a similar impact within Merstham Park School throughout the remainder of the term and beyond.”
Lucy Strachan, assistant headteacher at Merstham Park, added: “We are pleased to welcome Troy to Merstham Park School in the capacity of our Chelsea Champion.
“Although we are currently virtual, Troy has fully integrated himself into the way of life at Merstham Park.
“He is working onsite with some of our key worker children but also running virtual interventions on resilience for those students that are requiring additional support and mentoring at this time.”
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