Blaby District Council to suspend garden waste collections

Garden waste collections in the District of Blaby will be suspended for two weeks from Monday 16 November due to staff shortages as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

A number of the waste collection crew are required to self isolate as part of the national test and trace effort. As a result, the Council has taken a decision to suspend its garden waste collection service for a two week period from Monday 16 to Friday 27 November 2020.

The health and safety of residents and employees is Blaby District Council’s highest priority and whilst every effort has been made to minimise disruption, the staff shortages will impact on service delivery in the short to medium term.

Suspending the garden waste service will help the Council to focus resources so that refuse and recycling collections can continue as normal.

Councillor David Freer, Corporate Services and Neighbourhood Services Portfolio Holder, said: “The decision to suspend the garden waste collection service for two weeks has not been taken lightly.

“This sensible approach is needed to keep our collections teams safe, and to protect our refuse and recycling collections so that they continue as normal.

“I’d ask residents to keep an eye on our website and our social media for updates.”

Residents are being asked to help reduce the spread of the virus by washing hands and sanitising bin handles before and after touching wheelie bins or rubbish bags. Washing hands for 20 seconds with soap and water before and after handling waste containers helps to keep residents, their families and and waste collection crews safe.

TRANSITION

This poem was written by Kirby Lad, a Library volunteer. We thought you would like to see it. It is very much a poem for our times.

TRANSITION


Sometimes the Earth deigns to remind us, busy as we are,
That any power we think we have is dwarfed by hers (so far).
Let’s not forget the simple truth, we’re drawn from mother Earth,
The same star stuff that made our planet formed us at our birth.

How is it that we came to this, forgetful of our place
As part of nature’s pool of life, neglected in our haste
To get there first, to have it all, destroying as we go
The building blocks of sky above, the soil and sea below.

So here we stand so strong and tall, commanding land and sea,
On high o’er all the worldly creatures that the eye can see.
But hold that thought, as once again, a scene played out before,
Repeats itself, to pause our step, to test our will once more.

A beast we cannot see at all;, in absence of a scope.
One feared before arrives unseen, to take away our hope.
And once again our dread of foes invisible will rise/.
We fear the spread to fellow men will lead to our demise.

With every second counting, each man fighting for his life,
Resources found and hoarded, never mind the cost of strife.
The planet meanwhile, keeping silent vigil over all,
Content to count the years in billions, even as we brawl.

Yet even as the quiet days begin to frame our lives,
Here is the news, it’s been declared, something can help us thrive,
That time spent close to nature, in the forest, on the beach,
Can help to mend our broken spirits, help to heal the breach.

And further yet, as if by magic, pictures sent from space
Show mother Earth in cleaning mode while we pause in our race.
The skies are clearing, air is fresh, repairs are under way
The lid flies off Pandora’s box and hope enters the fray.

LIBRARY CLOSURE

Please note that, as of today, acting on Leicestershire County Council advice, the Library will be closed for the foreseeable future. This is very regrettable but we have no option. We will let you know when we are able to re-open. In the meantime, we wish all Kirby Muxloe residents the very best in these difficult circumstances and urge you all to take care and stay safe.

QUIZ NIGHT 27TH MARCH 2020

Due to current circumstances we very much regret that we have had to postpone the quiz night due to take place on 27th March, We shall put on another one as soon as we are able, probably in the Autumn – something to look forward to!

Please come in to the Library if you would like your money to be refunded. Alternatively, if you want us to hold it over until the Autumn, that will be fine – just let us know.

LOCAL HISTORY CAFE

Due to current circumstances and acting on advice from the Government, we have decided to postpone any further meetings of the Local History Cafe at the present time. We very much hope that we will be able to resume in September, and will keep people informed. In the meantime, we will endeavour to keep in touch with our cafe members. Please contact the Library if you need any further help or information.

COFFEE MORNING

Our March coffee, cake and children’s craft activities morning will take place on Saturday 28th March from 10.00 – 1.00. Come and join us!

THE ELEPHANT MAN

In a Meet the Author event, we have invited Jo Vigor-Mungovin to come to the Library and talk about her work and Joseph Merrick. Jo is a local author and has published a book about Joseph – she has done extensive research and will be bringing copies of the book with her. This will be on Saturday 20th June from 2.00 – 4.00. No charge for entry, refreshments available for purchase.

EMBROIDERERS’ GUILD

To celebrate the Embroiderers’ Guild National Day of Stitch, Leicester embroiders will be coming to the Library on Saturday June 20th, 10.00 – 1.00, to demonstrate their art and invite you to have a go. No charge, refreshments available for purchase.