From the Church
It is with excitement and great pleasure that the PCC of St Peter and St Paul’s Church Thruxton are planning to open the church for the first time since March on Sunday 12th July for a service of Parish Communion at 9.30am. We stress that all precautions will be in place and social distancing will be observed.
The PCC have also agreed that the church can now be opened for private prayer for 2 hours only on Wednesdays from 2 to 4pm, starting from 15th July. Again all regulations must be observed; bring your own face covering if possible but they will be provided if needed and hand sanitiser must be used on entering the church. Your contact details must be left for tracing purposes and will be held for 21 days.
Please refer to the church noticeboard for details of forthcoming services and church opening times. The PCC would like to thank the residents of Thruxton for their support and patience during this difficult time. Getting the church up and running again will be a huge task and we ask for your understanding as we navigate the Government and Church of England rules and regulations as recommended by the Diocese. We would be grateful if you could bear in mind that we are significantly low in funds (despite the generosity of the Virus Volunteers) due to the closure for so many weeks and if you feel you could leave a donation when you visit or give directly to the PCC Treasurer via me we would be extremely grateful. We look forward to welcoming you very soon.
From the Pub
As we welcome the exciting news today, giving us the go ahead to open our doors for buisness on the 4th July. Preparations are in full swing to welcome our customers and staff back to The White Horse pub and our beautiful garden.
It’s a matter of paramount importance that we are able to keep our customers and staff safe as we await full industry guidelines to be released before we advertise revised opening times for our opening on 4th July.
As always we will keep you updated and thank you all for your ongoing support and patience, we all look forward to seeing you in what will be the strange but new normal.
From the Hall
Just a quick note to update you on the current situation regarding re-opening the Hall.
As you may be aware, the Government has said that Halls can re-open from 4 July. Sadly, many of the activities that we are currently used for are not permitted under the guidelines so at the moment, some of you will be unable to return just yet.
Those meetings such as small groups with no vigorous activity eg the sewing group, Gardening Club and Parish Council can come back as from 4 July.
The kitchen will be out of bounds for the time being and a strict one-way system will operate. I also suggest that where practical, only one toilet is used.
You can imagine that there is a plethora of paperwork that goes with re-opening and this will be sent to each hirer individually. You will be required to agree to a new hiring agreement with special CV19 considerations and complete a Risk Assessment document. You will also be asked to read and understand the Halls’s own RA document. Your hire will depend on your agreement to all the conditions set out in these documents and I do promise that at first glance they are terrifying. However, I also promise that on second glance they are less intimidating and make perfect sense. The Trustees are here to help you get through this and I hope that all of you will return to us soon.
A couple of hirers are ‘road testing’ the paperwork and mechanics and as soon as I can, I will send out all documents to you and will be more than willing to discuss any concerns you might have. Margaret Davis has stood down as the Bookings Secretary and until we find a replacement, I will be dealing with all bookings so if you have any questions or issues, please bat them in my direction. As things stand, all your regular slots have been saved for you.
The Trustees hope that soon you will all be back under our wing and we are vey much looking forward to the days when we can return to some degree of normality.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any concerns and in the meantime I wish you all the vey best