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Covid-19 stories: Have you a Coronavirus-related story or photo you would like to share with us? Then we would like to hear from you.

The Gorey Guardian will be highlighting how the Covid-19 crisis has impacted the lives of everyone in County Wexford.

We'll be covering everything from travel disruptions, cancellations of medical procedures, cancellations of weddings and parties to the challenges we are facing working from home and issues with childcare, etc.

We would also like to hear about the many good-news stories out there as communities rally together to help the vulnerable in these unprecedented times and get creative as a means of keeping spirits up.

So if you have a story to tell, or a photo to share, please get in touch with us via email on c.lee@peoplenews.ie.

Meals on Wheels

It's business as usual for Gorey Meals on Wheels.

The team appreciate the many offers of volunteering received in recent weeks, the level of community support shown to the team is just incredible and the team appreciate the ongoing support.

Guardian delivery

The Gorey Guardian offices will be closed until further notice in the interest of public safety.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

If you would like your Gorey Guardian to be delivered to your home, to start your subscription or for further details phone 053 9140140 or email front.office2@peoplenews.ie.

Council helpline

Wexford County Council is providing a Community Support Call Centre Helpline with help and advice on services as well as how to limit the spread of Covid-19. The number to call is 053 9196000, with the lines open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.

Community meals

Naomh √Čanna GAA is teaming up with Gorey Rugby Club and local volunteers in delivering the meals to people who are in need.

One generous local business, the Ashdown Park Hotel and the Amber Springs Hotel, have put chefs to work to prepare and provide hot meals to those who are in need during these difficult times.

The team are prioritising the delivery of meals to those who are unable to cook for themselves or do not have family or friends around them during this difficult time. If you or someone you know who may benefit from this offer, please call or text 087 9770497.

Market House Festival

Gorey's summer fair the Gorey Market House festival has been cancelled for this year and was due to take place over the August bank holiday weekend.

Organisers described the decision as regrettable but one that had to be made to ensure public health and safety.

The committee look forward to 2021 when the festival will go ahead.

Gorey Agri Show

Gorey Agricultural Show due to take place in the Clonattin show grounds will not take place this year.

The show committee has begun preparing for next year's show, which is now expected to take place on June 19, 2021.

Methodist church

In accordance with government legislation, all services are cancelled at Gorey Methodist Church until further notice.

Church services continue to be accessed on the Gorey Methodist Church Community website and Friends Facebook page.

Event cancelled

North Wexford Hospice Nursing Trust was due to hold its annual barbecue after the success of last year's event in the Amber Springs Hotel, Gorey on the Saturday, May 9.

Unfortunately, due to the outbreak and the current coronavirus pandemic restrictions, the event will be cancelled this year.

Pendemic contributions

An online community website has been set up which seeks to document our experience of Covid-19 in Ireland and across the world.

Set up by one Gorey woman in a team of three friends, the site is now accepting any forms of writing that capture the lived experience of this challenging time.

Submissions can be letters, poems, essay, fiction or creative non-fiction to name a few, with the overall aim of documenting for future generations.

To find out more and get in contact, visit www.pendemic.ie or fill out the contact form at www.pendemic.ie/contact-us/

Food bank closure

Stop Gap food bank Gorey has taken the very hard decision to close the food bank at the Gorey Christian Assembly at Ramsgate Village until the Covid-19 situation eases.

Organisers feel this is the wise thing to do to support the national efforts to combat the virus, and they pray for friends who attend the bank to take care and keep in touch.

If you would like to chat with someone you know from the Food Bank, contact Matt in the first instance on 083 127 0026.

NWSPCA

With the current restrictions in place across the country on health grounds, North Wexford SPCA will be restricting public access to the cats and dogs in their care and will not be taking in any more animals.

The NWSPCA hotline will remain open for advice.

Gorey Musical Society

Gorey Musical Society has announced a new date for the musical 'Hairspray'.

Looking ahead, the musical will take place at Gorey Little Theatre from September 7 to September 12 2020.

The committee ask that you save the date.

Obituaries

This newspaper offers tribute pieces to bereaved family members within the local community who have recently suffered the loss of a loved one.

The service is available free of charge, and will be completed in a manner that is sensitive to your own personal wishes and requests.

Please contact the journalist whose details are listed above if this is something that interests you or something you would like to do.

Active Retirement

All meetings and activities will stop until further notice.

The committee hope that all members are keeping well and following the HSE guidelines.

Members should ideally self-isolate as much as possible, order food online or by phone and have it delivered, however plan ahead as there are long delivery times in most supermarkets.

If you are under 70 and have no underlying conditions and are going out, take hand sanitiser with you and use it regularly.

Keep distance from others. Pay by card if possible to avoid handling money.

All at Gorey Active Retirement hope that the end will not be too much longer, and ask that you continue what you are doing and you will be safe.

Cancellations: Due to continued Covid-19 activity and closure of venues, the following events are cancelled.

Spring break will be converted to an Autumn Break in Ballina from October 4 to October 9.

Payments made will be carried forward to the autumn break, while the National Concert Hall refund will be paid when we meet on Fridays.

Tea Dance in Ashdown Park Hotel - a later date will be considered and notified if agreed.

All payments or refunds can be made at the Loch Garman Arms hotel when it reopens.

Gorey Library update

If you know someone who is elderly or vulnerable and is cocooning at home, they can now request a delivery of library books, audio books and DVDs from Wexford Libraries that will delivered directly to their door.

One must just phone Wexford Community Call helpline on 053 919 6000 and dial 1, and from there library staff will contact the person who is cocooning and organise suitable library material to be delivered directly to them.

All items are on long loan, there are no overdue fines or fees and access to the service is always free.

Visit the Wexford County Council website for more details.

Fabric needed

Residents at the Courtown Hotel emergency accommodation centre are looking for clean, dry materials to make face masks for vulnerable people and local nursing homes.

If anyone in the area has anything to spare, there is a bin outside of the hotel door where you can leave material to limit any physical contact within social distancing guidelines.

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