Havering Mind – We are here for you
We at the Upminster and Cranham Residents' Association are pleased to promote the following message from Havering Mind -
If you're finding things hard emotionally right now, you're not alone. We are here at Havering Mind, to help you cope with your thoughts, feelings, and issues that you are facing at this exceptionally difficult time....
Read MoreCathedral Estate knitted NHS tributes
Those of us who live near to the Cathedral Estate in Upminster have recently been treated to some wonderful knitted tributes to the NHS, on the local postbox and a gate post in Winchester Avenue. We normally see them in time for the Thursday evening clap.
There may be others that I don't know about....
Read MoreOngoing & New Planned Roadworks
For the latest updates on new and planned roadworks in the Upminster and Cranham area visit – www.havering.roadworks.org .
Please note that as of 5pm on Friday 22 May, the planned road closures relating to the We ARE FSTVL are being shown on the website. These are obviously no longer applicable, due to the postponement of the...
Read MoreMissed rubbish collections in Cranham and Upminster
Havering Council reported that there were around a dozen roads in Cranham and Upminster that did not have their rubbish collected this Thursday (21 May), plus around 25 sets of flats. Also, a large number of roads did not have their green bins emptied. Hopefully they have now all been collected but if yours...
Read MoreGovernment advice - 5 steps to working safely
The Government has published guidance for businesses on working safely during the coronavirus pandemic. They may also be of interest to anyone who visits commercial premises, whether shops, factories or any other type of business.
To view the Government website, use this link.
1. Carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment
Before restarting work you should ensure the...
Read MoreDisposal of gloves and face masks
Earlier this week we published details of how to make a cloth face covering. This was in response to new Government advice on the use of face coverings (available via this link ).
For those who use disposable gloves and face masks, the following advice has been given regarding disposal of such items -
Read MoreGerpins Lane Recycling Centre
Your local Residents' Association (UCRA) councillors previously lobbied for the reopening of the Gerpins Lane Recycling Centre, which successfully resulted in it opening again on 11 May. However, at present large vans, trailers and commercial waste are not being accepted, effectively meaning that no trade waste is allowed onto the site.
In view of this,...
Read MoreHow to make a cloth face covering
The latest Government advice on wearing face coverings during the present pandemic, states that they should be worn on public transport and in shops. However, manufactured surgical masks and respirators, such as those pictured below, should not be purchased, so that stocks do not run out for those who need them most, such as...
Read MoreCouncil tennis courts and fishing lakes open again
Havering Council has advised that with the easing of restrictions by the Government, they have opened the council run tennis courts and fishing lakes in Havering. This includes the tennis courts in Upminster Park.
The following social distancing rules still apply in all parks and open spaces -
Stay at east two metres away from...
Read MoreAnswers to Residents’ Associations questions to council (13 May 2020)
Yesterday we published details of the questions that the Residents' groups had submitted to the latest online briefing of members that Havering Council currently holds every Wednesday evening. Below are the questions and answers given by the authority. Unfortunately, we are unable to publish all answers due to confidentiality restrictions.
Residents’ GroupGiven that the...
Read MoreStroke awareness
Today (14 May) is national Stroke Awareness Day. To support the campaign we have published a summary of the NHS advice below. For full details see the NHS website.
A stroke is a serious life-threatening medical condition that happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off.
Strokes are a medical emergency...
Read MoreResidents' Associations questions to council (13 May 2020)
During the current health emergency, Havering Council are holding an online briefing every Wednesday evening for all elected local councillors.
Prior to this meeting each political group are able to submit two questions. The questions submitted by the three Residents' groups for the meeting on Wednesday 13 May are listed below.
Whilst the Upminster and Cranham...
Read MoreNew coronavirus rules - Government's FAQs
The Government has published a list of frequently asked questions in relation to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, giving guidance on the new rules applicable from 11 May 2020.
The guidance can be accessed via this link.
Read MoreLetter from East Area Police Commander
Detective Chief Superintendent Stephen Clayman, the East Area Police BCU Commander, has sent a letter to local police Safer Neighbourhood Board and Independent Advisory Group chairs, detailing measures that the police will be taking to reduce violent crime across Havering, Redbridge and Barking and Dagenham.
The full letter can be viewed here.
The Upminster and Cranham...
Read MoreGerpins Lane Recycling Centre to re-open
Following pressure from the Upminster and Cranham Residents' Association councillors, Havering Council have persuaded the East London Waste Authority to re-open the Gerpins Lane Reuse and Recycling Centre from Monday 11 May. The centre will be open from 7.30am-5.45pm seven days a week.
To access the site you will need to enter Gerpins Lane from...
Read MoreHMRC Self-Employment Income Support Scheme
As part of the Government's measures to support businesses and individuals during the current health emergency, they announced in April that there would be a Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). Further details have now been released and the HMRC are starting to contact customers who may be eligible for the scheme.
The claims service opens on Wednesday 13...
Read MoreMay 2020 Bulletin available online – Please tell anyone who doesn't know!
Just a reminder that the May 2020 edition of the Upminster and Cranham Residents’ Association 'Bulletin' is available via this link.
For a second month we have been unable to deliver paper copies due to the coronavirus pandemic. We will return to normal as soon as we can.
Read MoreHow to book a coronavirus test
The Government have launched a website for people to apply for a coronavirus (COVID-19) test. The website details who can apply for a test, what it involves and when to apply.
You can access the Government website via - www.gov.uk/apply-coronavirus-test .
Read MoreGarden waste collections - Subscription renewals and refunds
Havering Council have now restarted green bin garden waste collections. For current subscribers, the collection days should be as per the published calendar.
Due to the extra amount of waste currently being collected and the number of times the collection lorries are having to be emptied each day, it is not always possible for the...
Read MoreDomestic abuse - At home shouldn't mean at risk
The Upminster and Cranham Residents’ Association are once again grateful to Counselling Experts Theresa Hughes and Julie York, who continue to share their thoughts on how to manage during these challenging times. In this article, they raise the difficult issue of domestic abuse - the hidden pandemic.
We have all adjusted our lives to the...
Read MoreHavering's broadband speed improves
Price comparison company Comparethemarket.com have published a British Broadband Index, based on figures supplied by Ofcom. This shows that Havering broadband users had an average speed of 75.8 Mbps in 2019, an increase of 16.4 Mbps from the previous year.
The figures show that Havering are ranked joint 8th of the 33 London boroughs (including...
Read MoreMay 2020 Bulletin now online - Please let everyone know!
The Upminster and Cranham Residents' Association have taken the decision to publish an online only version of The Bulletin again this month (May 2020). This follows a similar decision in April.
We regret having to take this action but the ongoing lockdown and the need of many of our volunteer deliverers to self-isolate means that...
Read MoreIncident in Kerry Drive Cranham
Local Cranham Residents' Association councillors have been liaising with the police following a shooting at an address in Kerry Drive, Cranham on Friday night (01 May 2020). Councillors Gillian Ford and John Tyler visited the scene on Saturday afternoon and have offered our assistance in any community related way we can help.The Metropolitan Police...
Read MoreUpdate re Gerpins Lane Recycling Centre
As many people will know, Gerpins Lane Recycling Centre was closed to the public at the start of the current coronavirus lockdown.
Your Residents' Association councillors have been pushing for it to be re-opened as soon as possible, to allow people to legally dispose of larger items of waste and recyclables. Unfortunately, as the centre...
Read MoreReporting scam e-mails
The Government's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has launched a suspicious email reporting service to allow people to report e-mails that they believe are bogus or phishing scams. To report a suspicious e-mail simply forward it to email@example.com .
Once the NCSC have received your e-mail they will investigate to confirm whether it is genuine or...
Read MoreChildhood illnesses/injuries - New NHS advice
The NHS have issued a special message regarding childhood illnesses/injuries and when to seek medical help. This follows national concern that there can sometimes be confusion over when to seek advice during the current coronavirus pandemic.
The message leaflet can be viewed or downloaded via this link.
Read MoreFree Government online digital and numeracy skills courses
The Government has created a new 'Skills Toolkit' offering free online courses on Digital Skills and Numeracy Skills, to help boost job prospects for those undertaking the training.
The website can be accessed via this link.
Read MoreHavering's Parks - Social distancing guidelines
Havering Council have put up signage at the entrances to the borough's parks detailing guidance for park users during the current health crisis. The guidelines are listed below -
Keep moving and don't block paths.
Don't congregate in groups.
Keep a 2 metre distance at all times from anyone not living with you in...
Read MoreSouth Essex Crematorium partly reopened to visitors
Havering Council have announced that the Gardens of Remembrance and some of the memorials and ashes burial areas at South Essex Crematorium have now reopened to visitors from 9am to 7pm daily, although some areas still remain closed (please check before attending). This follows the announcement earlier in the week that the adjacent Upminster...
Read MoreHavering Council - Business impact survey
In order to gain a greater understanding of the impact the coronavirus outbreak is having on businesses in the borough, Havering Council have launched an online Business Impact Survey. The survey is intended to assist them understand the best way that they can help businesses, both during and after this period.
The survey can be...
Upminster and Cranham Residents' Association Recent News
We at the Upminster and Cranham Residents’ Association are pleased to promote the following message from Havering Mind – If you’re finding things hard emotionally right now, you’re not alone. We are here at Havering Mind, to help you cope with your thoughts, feelings, and issues that...
Those of us who live near to the Cathedral Estate in Upminster have recently been treated to some wonderful knitted tributes to the NHS, on the local postbox and a gate post in Winchester Avenue. We normally see them in time for the Thursday evening clap. There...
For the latest updates on new and planned roadworks in the Upminster and Cranham area visit – www.havering.roadworks.org . Please note that as of 5pm on Friday 22 May, the planned road closures relating to the We ARE FSTVL are being shown on the website. These are obviously no...
Havering Council reported that there were around a dozen roads in Cranham and Upminster that did not have their rubbish collected this Thursday (21 May), plus around 25 sets of flats. Also, a large number of roads did not have their green bins emptied. Hopefully they have...