The extent to which families are struggling during the coronavirus crisis has been highlighted by figures from Trussell Trust Foodbanks.
Across Bristol and South Gloucestershire, the charity provided 5,228 emergency food parcels to people in April 2020, of which 2,306 were children.
The figures represent a 258 per cent increase compared to the same period last year and a 300 per cent rise in parcels given to children. They don’t include the work of independent food banks across the city.
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These are some of the latest updates from across the city:
- A Black Lives Matter took place this afternoon, beginning at Eastville Park and ending on College Green.
- Face masks are to be made compulsory on public transport.
- The Swan in Barton Hill has announced that it will not be reopening after lockdown. Instead, it will become part of the Wellspring Settlement, which will be buying the property this month.
- Alok Sharma, secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy has been displaying symptoms of coronavirus.
Central Government announce that face masks are the made compulsory on public transport.
A socially-distanced Black Lives Matter march took place earlier, ending with protesters lying on College Green for eight minutes and 46 seconds.
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The Swan in Barton Hill has announced that it will not be reopening after lockdown. Instead, it will become part of the Wellspring Settlement, which will be buying the property this month.
The need for a community space has been identified as more important than a pub. The Wellspring Settlement hope to extend and refurbish the space by the end of 2020, with workshops, coffee mornings and activities planned.
A Black Lives Matter march is taking place today at 12.30pm. Starting at Eastville Park with a two minute silence and kneel in solidarity with protesters, the march will then head to College Green.
“We will have some speeches and presentations before marching down the M32 to College Green,” said one of the organisers. “It will finish with eight minutes and 46 seconds of silent protest, lying on the ground just as George Floyd was made to do.”
Social distancing is in place and the march is expected to finish at 3.30pm.
Avon and Somerset Police have been working with the organisers and haven’t closed any roads, as today’s march is expected to be smaller than the one planned for Sunday.
Bristol Parks has tweeted its thanks to volunteers from the city’s libraries and from the council, who have been supporting Bristol’s green spaces during the pandemic.
The SS Great Britain have launched a virtual tour of the ship. Check it out at www.ssgreatbritain.org/your-visit/virtual-tour-ss-great-britain
This year’s Summer Reading Challenge, a free initiative run by libraries across the country, will be taking place online.
The digital Summer Reading Challenge will launch earlier than usual to keep children reading over the warmer months.
A host of virtual events, featuring guest celebrities and authors, will take place this Friday to mark the launch of the new digital challenge.
The website will be free to access, featuring games, quizzes and downloadable activities to encourage children and their families to take part in the challenge at home.
Although library buildings are currently closed, Bristol Libraries will continue to deliver the challenge through e-lending platforms and social media.
Find out more at www.summerreadingchallenge.org.uk
The Chelsea Inn in Easton has launched a GoFundMe so it can reopen in the future.
“Due to ongoing and extensive structural renovations, followed by the blow of having to close our doors for everyone’s safety during the current Covid-19 outbreak, we are now desperately low on funds and it’s going to be a real battle to keep our doors open,” says Kane Mazzoni, one of the pub’s owners.
The Chelsea Inn is a self-defined “pub, safe space and DIY music venue”, and is a favourite among people living in east Bristol.
“This is in no way going to be an easy task, but we are hoping that, together, we will see the pub doors open again,” says Kane, who is planning virtual events until the pub can reopen.
“We appreciate that this is a hard time for all of us, but if you are able to donate towards the running costs of the pub we would be so, so grateful.”
Donate to the Chelsea Inn at www.gofundme.com/f/save-the-chelsea-inn
Good morning and welcome to today’s live blog. Here are some of the latest developments:
- Bristolians are invited to take part in a worldwide kneel in solidarity with those battling racial injustices.
- The St Paul’s Carnival team has announced a new programme of events for 2020.
- Parliament has voted to scrap the hybrid voting system brought in during the pandemic to enable MPs to vote digitally, leading to lengthy queues just to reach the ballot box.
- The recently-launched Bristol Arts Channel has put together a selection of highlights to enjoy over the coming days.
Main photo by Ellie Pipe
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