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Fulford Parish Community Action Group (CAG) was formed on the 19th March 2020 following a meeting of the full council in response to the looming Corona virus.

The group was created to help the most vulnerable within our community at a time when the whole world was about to be disrupted in unprecedented style. As soon as the group was formed it was time to recruit Volunteers to help with the many requests for shopping, prescription collections, postage and even just being a telephone friend. To date the group helps over 400 people on a regular basis with over 100 Volunteers.

Today the group goes beyond the tasks mentioned above. We now look after Parish litter picking, community events and activities amongst other things.

If you need our services or would like to help us by Volunteering then please email help@fulfordparishcouncil.gov.ukĀ 

What has the Community Action Group been up to?

Summer Planting

Volunteers including Parish Councillors were out in force making sure all of the planters around the Parish were looking top notch. This year we sourced all of the plants from Oak Tree Farm just outside of Hilderstone. The range and quality of plants were wonderful and it was great to know that whilst our planters were looking great a local charity had been supported during the lockdown period.

Pots for Carers

With the wonderful help of a local artist Karen the group commissioned several planters to be hand painted and planted up so that they could be donated to the local care homes to thank all of their workers for their hard work and commitment during the Covid-19 pandemic. We felt our care teams are often overlooked in comparison to NHS staff and we felt they need a little reminder of how much we care and appreciate their hard work.

Food Bank and Donations

During peak of the first Covid-19 wave the group opened a temporary and emergency food bank. With the kind support of the Church of England and Father David at St Francis Church, Meir Heath we were able to use the Church Hall to store any donations and hand out any parcels that we needed for local people in need. As we slowly came out of the first lock down and things looked every so slightly more hopeful the use of the food bank had reduced and so we were able to make a considerable donation to the Trussell Trust Food Bank at their local head quarters in Burslem. Whilst delivering our donations the team were able to have an informal tour of the facility and felt very emotional hearing about how many people dependent on the food banks across the local area.

Street Clean

We all know that our more senior councils such as Stafford Borough Council and Staffordshire County Council already have a huge remit. During the pandemic they have found themselves having to prioritise other services within their jurisdiction. They have also found themselves having to re-distribute budgets in to Covid-19 management as well meaning several projects in other areas were delayed or cancelled. The roundabout at the former Creda site was becoming a real eyesore of weeds, litter and debris. Councillor Deeth of Blythe Bridge knew that the County Council were not going to action anything on the roundabout any time soon as so he came to the Community Action Group to see if we could rally some troops and rallied they were. Over the course of three weeks the roundabout was completely weeded. We didn't think anyone would necessarily notice as it had been neglected for some time, however we were shocked and pleasantly surprised by the amount of comments and acknowledgements the work had received.

New Planters - Saverley Green

New Councillor Katie Elliff joined the council after volunteering first with the Community Action Group. Impassioned with her local area and wanting to bring the community together Katie asked the villagers of Saverley Green what would make a difference. Planters and plants were chosen and again supported by Oak Tree Farm Rural Project we sourced some lovely new planters and plants to sit either side of the bench on the mini green. There is now also another planter on the entrance point in to Saverley Green from Fulford.

It's Christmas!