Tribute to Pastor Edwin Cotter
I was deeply saddened to learn that Pastor Edwin of Cornerstone Elim Church Silverdale had passed away suddenly on 8th April 2020. I knew Pastor Edwin as the mainstay in the development of Elim Church and establishing key community projects over some of the difficult times in past years and he was continuing this work in our current crisis with Covid-19. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife Lorna, his boys and the rest of the family, the Church, and his many friends and acquaintances.
Silverdale Parish Council recognises the inspirational work and endurance of Pastor Edwin Cotter influencing many people both within the faith community and beyond. We will continue to engage with our partners and hope to incorporate a tribute to Pastor Edwin in our future engagement with the community.
Henyrk Adamczuk – Chair of Silverdale Parish Council
Through the Cornerstone Elim Church Silverdale, Pastor Edwin was instrumental in providing numerous inclusive community projects. Working with approx. 1000 people each week, the majority of whom were from the Silverdale area. Examples include the stay and play group, youth groups, luncheon club, café, Silverlinks Befriending scheme and Silverlinks Arm Chair exercise for the over 50’s, Happy Snappers Camera club, Allotment Gardening Project and the two community centres (Silverdale and Knutton).
We are also thankful to Pastor Edwin for his hard work in providing the village Christmas lights switch on events, and also more recently the village Christmas parties for children. He had grand plans for Christmas 2020, with a village pantomime and also a lantern parade. Many children will have also benefited from the free school uniform project during the summer of 2019. His larger than life contribution to village life will be sadly missed. Silverdale Parish Council (9th April 2020)
Please click on the link – guidance for coronavirus for the up to date and latest information from the UK Government
Following the Government announcement on Monday 23rd March 2020 at 8.30pm Click here to view the Prime Minister’s Announcement – Please follow the guidance that has been issued.
NEW RULES ON STAYING AT HOME AND AWAY FROM OTHERS
The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.
When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we will reduce the spread of the infection. That is why the government is now (23 March 2020) introducing three new measures.
1. Requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes
2. Closing non-essential shops and community spaces
3. Stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public
Every citizen must comply with these new measures. The relevant authorities, including the police, will be given the powers to enforce them – including through fines and dispersing gatherings.
These measures are effective immediately. The Government will look again at these measures in three weeks, and relax them if the evidence shows this is possible.
1. STAYING AT HOME
You should only leave the house for one of four reasons.
● Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.
● One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household.
● Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
● Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.
These four reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.
These measures must be followed by everyone. Separate advice is available for individuals or households who are isolating, and for the most vulnerable who need to be shielded.
If you work in a critical sector outlined in this guidance, or your child has been identified as vulnerable, you can continue to take your children to school.
2. CLOSING NON-ESSENTIAL SHOPS AND PUBLIC SPACES
Last week, the Government ordered certain businesses – including pubs, cinemas and theatres – to close.
The Government is now extending this requirement to a further set of businesses and other venues, including:
● all non-essential retail stores – this will include clothing and electronics stores; hair, beauty and nail salons; and outdoor and indoor markets, excluding food markets.
● libraries, community centres, and youth centres.
● indoor and outdoor leisure facilities such as bowling alleys, arcades and soft play facilities.
● communal places within parks, such as playgrounds, sports courts and outdoor gyms.
● places of worship, except for funerals attended by immediate families.
● hotels, hostels, bed and breakfasts, campsites, caravan parks, and boarding houses for commercial/leisure use (excluding permanent residents and key workers).
3. STOPPING PUBLIC GATHERINGS
To make sure people are staying at home and apart from each other, the Government is also stopping all public gatherings of more than two people.
There are only two exceptions to this rule:
● where the gathering is of a group of people who live together – this means that a parent can, for example, take their children to the shops if there is no option to leave them at home.
● where the gathering is essential for work purposes – but workers should be trying to minimise all meetings and other gatherings in the workplace.
In addition, the Government is stopping social events, including weddings, baptisms and other religious ceremonies. This will exclude funerals, which can be attended by immediate family.
DELIVERING THESE NEW MEASURES
These measures will reduce our day to day contact with other people. They are a vital part of our efforts to reduce the rate of transmission of coronavirus.
Every citizen is instructed to comply with these new measures.
The Government will therefore be ensuring the police and other relevant authorities have the powers to enforce them, including through fines and dispersing gatherings where people do not comply.
They will initially last for the three weeks from 23 March, at which point the Government will look at them again and relax them if the evidence shows this is possible.
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Silverdale Parish contains a large village steeped in coal mining history and is located just over a mile or so from the Town Centre of Newcastle under Lyme. It is within the Borough of Newcastle under Lyme in Staffordshire and the Census 2011 statistics show it has a population of 3600 approx residents living here and 1600 houses.
The Parish Council is a non-political organisation and by most parish council standards is relatively new, being formed in 2002. Its primary focus is for the benefit of all who live and work in the parish of Silverdale.
This website provides information about the Parish Council including contact details for its ten members (elected in May 2018), the Parish Clerk, minutes of previous meetings, agendas and dates for forthcoming meetings, financial and policy information, its assets and responsibilities, and general news relating to Parish Council matters. Please click on the relevant pages for further details.