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Residents and staff at care homes across Buckinghamshire are delighted to be receiving the first dose of their Covid-19 vaccine. Teams of medics have been dispatched to residential care and nursing homes across the county in recent weeks to vaccinate the people who fall into the top-most category to receive the potentially life-saving vaccine. The Fremantle Trust operates 11 nursing and residential homes across Buckinghamshire, catering for around 700 residents and with over 1,000 employees. In the past few weeks residents have received their vaccines on site and staff have been able to get their vaccine at the hospital hub set up in Stoke Mandeville stadium and in the care homes where they work. Sara Livadeas, Chief Executive of the Fremantle Trust said: “It’s been a very emotional weekend. Everyone across our organisation - residents, employees and families, are so excited to see this day. The long-awaited vaccine is finally here and we are able to start protecting everyone against this dreadful disease. We are thankful to the NHS and volunteers who have worked so speedily to make this happen. You don’t just need to take my word for how happy this makes us all feel, just take a look at 12

the huge smiles on everyone’s faces.” The government has pledged that all those in the top four priority categories will receive the first dose of their Covid-19 vaccine by 15 February. In Buckinghamshire, these four groups are all on schedule to have received their first dose within the targeted date. Angela Macpherson, Buckinghamshire Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care said: “We are pleased to see so many of our older and vulnerable residents and the people who care for them getting their vaccines. The NHS is working around the clock to ensure that these priority groups are given protection as soon as possible. Our care homes have faced many difficult challenges during this pandemic. There are still challenges ahead but this vaccine rollout gives hope and optimism for the future. We will continue to work with all our care providers over coming weeks to prioritise the protection of all our vulnerable residents and those who care for them.”

Dr Raj Bajwa, Chair of NHS Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “It is wonderful to see the vaccine now reaching so many care home residents and members of staff. There is still lots of work to be done and we must not be complacent, but this is a great cause for hope after the extremely difficult months care homes have faced. “I would also like to praise the remarkable efforts of our GP practices and vaccination teams, who have been working tirelessly to get this vaccine out to our most vulnerable patients as quickly as possible.” Press Release from Buckinghamshire Council

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Good Old Fashioned Pancakes This is a great recipe that I found in my Grandma’s recipe book. Judging from the weathered look of this recipe card, this was a family favorite. This will make 8 pancakes. • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour • 1 tablespoon and 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

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Let gardening be your best friend As the pandemic continues to affect our lives, research from around the world has confirmed something many of us gardeners already know – gardening really is good for you, says Buckingham Garden Centre’s Chris Day. Last year it is reckoned that between 2-3 million people in this country discovered the joys of gardening for the very first time. They joined the many already enthusiastic gardeners in using their outdoor space – whether it be a garden, small or large, a balcony, or a window box, to

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continue to connect with nature and to grow plants for food or simply for enjoyment. If anything, last year confirmed that both gardens and gardening bring benefits to our physical and mental health, from providing exercise and keeping us active and fit, to getting us outside and connecting with plants, soil, and the natural world around us. By creating a beautiful garden outside your own back door you’ll have a personal sanctuary to step out into, and somewhere to grow healthy food and welcome in wildlife. In ‘normal times’ this would include using the garden space to spend quality time with family and friends. Hopefully, in the coming months with vaccines being rolled out this will return for us all to enjoy. For me gardening is a creative, rewarding and a productive pastime, with numerous opportunities to learn new skills, share ideas and make new friends. All these have a positive and restorative effect on mental and physical health, keeping mind and body active, whatever your age.

WINDOWSILL SOWINGS Spring really is coming and seed sowing is just around the corner. Get ahead of the game and buy your seeds, multi-purpose composts, vermiculite, labels, seed trays and all the other paraphernalia now as the Garden Centre is open, so that when those first sunny days inspire you to start sowing seeds you are ready and prepared. You can now sow many of the herbs such as Chives, Coriander, Oregano and Parsley, and vegetables including Beetroot, Broad Beans, Peas, Carrots, Peppers, Parsnip, Onions, Summer Cabbage and early Tomatoes. With additional heat you can start Cosmos, Pelargoniums (Geraniums), Lobelia and Sweet Peas. If you are planning on plenty of seed sowings it is well worth investing a few pounds in a propagator as this will provide some gentle bottom heat which will speed up the germination process for you.

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TIME TO CHEER UP We have the prospect of early spring colour arriving in pots shortly with a glorious range of UK grown potted bulbs, including Snowdrops, Winter Aconites, English Bluebells, Hyacinths, Iris, Narcissi Tête-à-Tête, and Tulips which are perfect to add to your pots and maybe to bring indoors on a cool windowsill to give some welcome colour and scent. Later in the month young summer plug plants will start to arrive in the shop and these will include Fuchsias, Pelargoniums, Petunias, Bidens and other colourful hanging basket plants perfect for growing on in a frost-free location.

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will encourage fresh growth shortly. Give your fruit trees, fruit bushes and vines an organic winter wash such as Vitax Winter Wash before the end of February to help control overwintering pests such as aphids, red spider mite, scale insects and codling moth grubs. The wash should be applied as a fine spray, thoroughly covering all bark surfaces, with particular attention being paid to the crooks of branches and stems where pests may hide. Continue to plant bare-root roses when it is dry underfoot. Add plenty of well-rotted manure or compost to the soil before planting, treat the roots with some RootGrow, and mulch well after planting, and then set up a regime of watering, to ensure the roses grow strongly in the spring. This should be a gallon of water applied in one go once a week in dry weather, as this will penetrate the ground and reach all the roots. A small amount, which only penetrates the surface, is not good as this can encourage the roots to grow too near the surface, where they can dry out more easily. START YOUR SPUDS It’s still too early to plant potato tubers. However, it’s the perfect time to select the varieties you wish to grow and get them set up for sprouting, or chitting

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to give it its correct name. Chitting simply means encouraging the seed potatoes to sprout before planting. Place in a light, cool, frost free position which will give short, stubby green shoots. In the dark the shoots will be long and white which is not good. You can start chitting from late January in warmer parts of the country or in February in cooler areas, about six weeks before you intend to plant out the potatoes. Each seed potato has a more rounded, blunt end that has a number of ‘eyes’ (pictured) and this should be at the top. We have over 40 varieties of potatoes available this winter, including some organically grown tubers, first early ‘Orla’, second early ‘Bambino’ and maincrop varieties ‘Arran Victory’ and ‘Sunset’. These are sold in 1kg nets at £2.99 each. Most other varieties are available loose so you can choose the exact weight you need. For our

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Businesses in Buckinghamshire are now receiving the latest wave of business grants announced by the Chancellor Rishi Sunak. Guidelines for the delivery of this next wave of the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) were released to councils by government on Wednesday last week and payments started to reach businesses in Bucks this week.

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are now reaching eligible Buckinghamshire businesses. Any new applications for this latest round of LRSG need to be in by 31 January.

Special local boost for Buckinghamshire businesses Buckinghamshire Council has also added an uplift payment to boost the money our local businesses are getting through LRSG payments. Local businesses have already started seeing these extra ‘Buckinghamshire Boost’ payments, worth an average of around £1000, arriving in their accounts as part of their December LRSG payment and we are still processing more. So far we have distributed £1.2 million. Local ‘safety net’ – Bucks Additional Restrictions Grants (Bucks ARG) In addition to boosting the local LRSG payments going out to businesses, Buckinghamshire Council is channelling government money to create additional local grants called Buckinghamshire Additional Restrictions Grants (Bucks ARG) . These extra grants are designed specifically to provide a financial safety net to help local businesses who fall outside the LRSG funding criteria set out by national government. Many selfemployed people or businesses who can’t get LRSG are now Email: inbusinessmags@gmail.com

benefiting from this extra local business grant scheme. The largest demand for these Buckinghamshire Additional Restriction Grants has come from arts, entertainment and recreation businesses with wholesale and retail, motor repairs and scientific and technical businesses also well represented. Any business can apply as this is not a sector specific grant. So far, around £6 million has been paid out to businesses that would otherwise not get any financial help through the national LRSG scheme. Any and all business sectors can apply for this current round of Bucks ARG funding which closes on 31 January. A new Bucks ARG scheme will start on 1 February to distribute the additional national funding announced most recently by the Chancellor. We’re developing a new round of Buckinghamshire Additional Restrictions Grant funding to be released soon to get the latest funding flowing into the economy. Details will be on our social media channels @BucksCouncil and on our website www. buckinghamshire.gov.uk. For information about all the business grant support available in Buckinghamshire go to https:// www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/ coronavirus/coronavirus-businesssupport-hub/

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