Father Christmas Visits Camblesforth

On Sunday 20th December, Father Christmas made a special visit to Camblesforth to hopefully bring some cheer during these dark and difficult times.  Smiling faces were everywhere and we hope everyone enjoyed his visit.

Thank you to everyone who observed social distancing – it must have been difficult for children not to want to come close to Santa, and next year hopefully things will be very different when he visits.

We also hope residents are enjoying the lights in the Memorial Garden


Ideas for a Safe Halloween

Halloween will be a bit different this year. The North Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum is recommending that people do not go knocking on doors or collect sweets from communal bowls. But there are plenty of other ways to celebrate:
• Be creative: create a pumpkin trail where you live so everyone can join in without knocking on doors.
• Be active: get dressed up and take a walk around your neighbourhood to see homes decorated for Halloween.
• Be virtual: consider an online party with decorations, fancy dress and themed food. Play Halloween games, bake Halloween treats or tell spooky stories.
• Be social: take pictures of your spooky costumes and activities to share on social media.
• Be colourful: dress up the outside of your house with Halloween decorations for you and your neighbours to enjoy.

Monster Villains (a free and creepy activity for kids in October)

This October half term families in either Selby, Tadcaster or Sherburn in Elmet can hunt down and bring ‘Monster Villains’ to life on their smartphones.

A free and creepy (but also extremely cute) family trail of monsters is going live in places across the UK to give families a socially distanced, contactless and fun activity to do in October.

The trail to find the 10 ‘Monster Villains’ takes on average about 45 minutes to complete and is completely free for families to take part in. At around 1.5 miles or 3,500 steps it should keep families fit and active too, while providing a fun way to get back to the high street.

The Safari works by utilising contactless QR codes, without the need for families to download or sign up to anything. 10 vinyl window monsters, all specially created for this project have been placed in each of Selby District’s towns, Selby, Tadcaster and Sherburn in Elmet, for families to hunt down.

Cllr David Buckle, Lead Executive Member for Communities and Economic Development said: “Things are a little different this October half term but the Monster Villain Safari is a free and fun activity that can be enjoyed in a safe, socially distanced and contactless way. It gives families the chance to get outside and discover their local high street, whilst supporting local businesses. Our high streets are at the heart of our communities and the Monster Villain Safari is a great way for families to experience them this half term.”When families in Selby, Tadcaster or Sherburn in Elmet scan each character’s unique QR code the monster will come to life in an animation on their smartphone and they’ll learn their names, stories and powers. Younger children will enjoy spotting the colourful characters in shop windows and older kids, and grown-up ones, will engage by hearing the stories. After finding all 10 Monster Villains, families will be rewarded with a free eBook, written specially for the trail.

Martin Blackwell, former CEO of ATCM and the Charity Retail Association, who is coordinating the project nationally, said, “I loved the idea of a “safari on the high street”!  We had such wonderful feedback from families over the Summer we just had to create a new story. If something fun like this can help make families and kids feel good about going back out onto the high street in a safe way then we’ve done our job.”

To find out more about the runaway Monster Villains, visit the website: www.monstervillainsafari.com


Urgent care survey 2020: What do you do if you need urgent medical attention on the same day?

ENGAGEMENT (NHS VALE OF YORK CCG) <voyccg.engagement@nhs.net>
Dear all,

We are carrying out a survey to find out what people do and where they go if they have an urgent health condition that needs treating on the same day. I would be grateful if you could share this with your communities and ask them to post it in relevant forums.


Urgent care survey 2020: What do you do if you need urgent medical attention on the same day?

Click here to take the survey.

Urgent care services are for when you need medical advice or treatment for a health condition on the same day.

Urgent care covers conditions which are not life threatening but cannot wait until a routine appointment with your GP or other healthcare professional is available. These may be conditions and injuries such as:

  • sprains and strains
  • eye problems
  • skin infections and rashes
  • minor head injuries
  • minor scalds and burns
  • feverish illness
  • abdominal pain
  • severe ear and throat infections.

In order to provide a good service, we want to understand what you already know about urgent care in the Vale of York and when to use it.

We want  to ask a few questions about what you do if you need medical attention on the same day, but are not seriously injured. We also want  to know how you would prefer to access services. This includes your views on medical advice over the telephone and the use of digital technology (such as video consultations).

 About the survey:

The survey is split into three sections:

  • Section 1: How you seek help for an urgent health condition
  • Section 2: If you have been unwell during covid-19, where have you been to treat a health condition and have you used digital technology
  • Section 3: About you – optional questions to make sure that we have asked lots of different people their views

This survey is for any resident of the Vale of York CCG area (including the city of York, Selby and outlying areas, Hambleton, Pocklington and outlying areas).

The survey should take about 5-10 minutes. We would like to thank you for your time, your feedback is really important to us.

To request this document in a different language or format, or for any more information please contact us.

·         Phone: 01904 555 870

·         Email: voyccg.engagement@nhs.net

The survey closes on Sunday 28 June 2020 at 5pm.

Click here to take the survey.

Victoria Binks

Head of Engagement

Tel: 01904 555870 or 07702 657591

Email: victoria.binks@nhs.net

NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group

West Offices, Station Rise, York YO1 6GA