It has now been over four months since over 70 amazing volunteers came together to provide support to those in our Parish who may need assistance during the Covid crisis, and it is perhaps time to pay tribute to those volunteer ‘street champions’ who have helped our community in this difficult time.

A survey of our Street Champions found that they feel that High Legh is the best place to live at the moment. The whole community has been brought much closer together as a result of Covid 19 with these amazing volunteers helping to provide much needed support to those who are vulnerable, on their own, or isolating. 

Numerous requests for help have been received from picking up shopping and prescriptions, posting mail, dog walking and even just having a friendly voice to chat to. Street Champions are happy to do all they can to help others and we really appreciate them doing so.

It is also worth saying we are not out of the woods yet, as I fear that as restrictions are eased we may yet see a second wave of infections, and would encourage all to maintain precautions and heed the government advice.

A special mention to Parish Councillor Gail Coenen for taking the lead in setting up the High Legh Volunteers and Councillor John Tuck for the making of seventy badges for all the volunteers as well as a thank you to the rest of the ‘admin’ team working behind the scenes to support our champs!

To have had such a great response from members of the community is wonderfully encouraging and to the seventy Street Champions and admin team a massive thank you from High Legh Parish Council on behalf of all the parish.

The WhatsApp group, Facebook, web page and admin group have also been used for other help such as plumbers phone numbers,  finding a handy man, household appliance  faults, lost animals, organising virtual events, Easter egg hunt, virtual VE day celebrations, flute concert etc. All these uses have brought people together and I hope that in the future we can, as a community, develop this support and information network and encourage residents to join and share knowledge and help. It only takes a few mins to reply to a text and can be really helpful to people.

I would hope that when this crisis is over it bodes very well for the future, to work together to face further challenges and crisis, such as climate change, HS2, and more. 

When eventually we return to some sort of normality, I look forward to the volunteer group coming together and perhaps finding ways of working for a better future.

Thank you all, stay safe and keep well.

Nigel Hennerley