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03 April 2020

Coronavirus Update

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30/03/2020 - Car Park Closure 

Falkirk Community Trust are very proud of all of our parks and under normal circumstances we encourage visitors to enjoy them. We know that you also love our parks as some of you are still enjoying the surroundings whilst taking your daily exercise as per the government guidelines.

So far throughout the period of the pandemic we have continued to allow access to our parks and have opened and closed the gates that allow access to vehicles. However, recent Police Scotland advice has led us to now close the car parks at Callendar Park and The Helix. This is to encourage the general population to take their daily exercise close to their home and to discourage people from driving to a local beauty spot, such as our parks.

We support this measure to avoid large number of visitors within our parks, especially when the weather is good. So to support our nation’s battle against Covid 19, there will no longer be access to the car parks at Callendar Park and The Helix. The access gates to Muiravonside Country Park will continue to be opened and closed at the regular times, however this is to support our staff who need access to look after the welfare of the farm animals and is not for general use.

We support the government advice to stop the spread of this virus, so please do not travel, exercise locally and stick to the social distancing guidelines.  Thank you.

 

 

27/03/2020 - Parks  

It has been a busy week for us here at Falkirk Community Trust, ensuring a safe closure of many of our facilities and services.  The Trust is a large organisation with over 80 venues including museums, parks, golf courses, sports facilities & swimming pools , libraries, theatre, cinema and visitor sites to run. People are at the heart of everything we do and we of course value the health and wellbeing of our customers and our staff, so many of them are working remotely from home during this time. Furthermore, the Trust has offered its support to Falkirk Council as they focus on meeting the needs of the most vulnerable in the community as the situation develops.  So as a result, we have a much-reduced workforce on the ground to ensure that all of our buildings and parks are maintained during the closure, and we have to prioritise the tasks that are undertaken.

Callendar Park, Muiravonside Country Park, The Helix and Kinneil Estate will remain open for now so local people/residents can exercise, and we know that many of you will be keen to use them for your health and wellbeing. Our play areas and toilets are closed, as are some car parks - please check our website for details. As our workforce is reduced,  you can help us by taking your litter away with you and remembering to follow the guidance on social distancing, stay local and do not travel.

Thank you for your continued support.

 

 

25/03/2020 - Hearing aid battery collection

Until libraries reopen, hearing aid batteries can be obtained by calling Forth Valley Audiology, who will post out the batteries to you.

The telephone number appears on the back of your Hearing Aid booklet. Further contact information is available on NHS Forth Valley's website. (https://nhsforthvalley.com/health-services/az-of-services/audiology-services/services-we-provide/).

 

 

(24.03.20) – Grangemouth Golf Course and outdoor play areas at The Helix Park, Muiravonside Country Park, Callendar Park and Kinneil Estate

In line with UK and Scottish Government advice announced on 23 March 2020 and in the best interest of the health and wellbeing of staff, customers and the community,  Falkirk Community Trust has taken the decision to close all outdoor play areas including those located at The Helix Park, Muiravonside Country Park, Callendar Park and Kinneil Estate.  Whilst the parks themselves will remain open for the time being, we urge you to exercise caution and adhere to the most up to date advice which can be found here. Grangemouth Golf Course is now closed and please note the decision to keep our parks open is subject to change.

In addition all the Helix car parks are now closed as the main Etna road entrance is closed, at the time of writing the car park at Falkirk Football Stadium remain open.

Whilst we appreciate the benefits of fresh air and exercise, we urge people not to travel, to stay local and observe social distancing.  We look forward to welcoming you again in the future, once it’s safe for everyone.  Please ensure you check our website and social media channels for updates on this situation.

 

 

 

(21/3/2020) - Grangemouth Golf Course and The Helix Park, Muiravonside Country Park, Callendar Park and Kinneil Estate.

Falkirk Community Trust (FCT) decided to suspend all of its services from 18 March 2020 after advice from the Scottish Government and Public Health Scotland to help support their aims of reducing social contact designed to limit the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).  We now have an update on how this impacts access to Grangemouth Golf Course and our Parks.  While we understand the benefits of being out in the fresh air, the W.H.O and national Government have advised against non-essential contact involving a sizeable and flowing crowd, to minimise social contact. They have also stated that playing sports in the open air with family and a few known friends should be done, but with caution. The health of our community is vital, so if you choose to visit Grangemouth Golf Course or any of our Parks (see above) during this time, we would ask that you be mindful of the current guidelines relating to social distancing and hand washing, please see here

Grangemouth Golf Course: We have taken steps to reduce infection opportunities wherever possible to avoid having to touch items of equipment, flags, bunker rakes on your game of golf, as your health and well-being is considered more important to us. Similarly, we are unable to open the associated changing areas and toilets. We also ask that you adhere to the recent guidelines from the Scottish Golf Union about social distancing aspects

The Helix Park, Muiravonside Country Park, Callendar Park, Kinneil Estate: We have taken steps to reduce infection opportunities wherever possible to avoid having to touch items of equipment as your health and well-being is considered more important to us. We will continue to empty the bins and monitor the parks' usage and will lock access gates during the evenings and whenever we feel it necessary to do so. We are uncertain, however, how long we will be in a position to do so as the health and well-being of our staff is vital.  Please note the Etna road roundabout main entrance to the Park is now closed, however, The Falkirk Stadium carparks remain open.

We will continue to monitor Government advice and respond as necessary and post regular updates here.  Please enjoy the fresh air and opportunity to take some exercise however please help your local community by acting responsibly at this particular time. Thank you.

 

 

(18/03/2020) - It is with regret that Falkirk Community Trust has decided to suspend all services from Wednesday 18th March until further notice in keeping with the Scottish Government’s advice on reducing social contact and maintaining the safety of all of our customers and staff.

This includes all sports and leisure facilities including Outdoors Activities and Polmonthill Snowsports Centre and all culture facilities including Callendar House, Libraries in addition to the FTH Theatre and Hippodrome which have already closed.  Our café facilities at The Helix, Callendar House and Muiravonside will also close, and tours of the Kelpies will be suspended.

Our thoughts are with everyone across our community at this challenging time.  The decision to close our services was done following advice from the Scottish Government and Public Health Scotland and aligns us with the UK’s efforts to delay the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).  We look forward to re-opening our doors as soon as we receive the appropriate advice.  We would like to thank all of our customers for their patience and understanding in these uncertain times. 

Membership fees (including golf and fitness) will be frozen automatically throughout the closure, and so service users do not need to take action on this.  Anyone who has paid for classes or other services that cannot be delivered will be contacted to arrange a refund. 

Falkirk Community Trust provides a range of online resources for the community to use, and we will endeavour to extend these and promote through our online channels as soon as we can.

We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause and would advise everyone to continue to check our website for updates as they become available along with referring to our FAQs document in the first instance with any queries.

If you feel unwell please refer to NHS guidance here

 

 

(17/03/2020) - Falkirk Community Trust Update - Cancellations

Following advice from the Scottish Government relating to social distancing measures to reduce the transmission of the virus (COVID-19), Falkirk Community Trust has taken the decision to close or cancel the following services/venues:

Denny Sports Centre

FTH Theatre

The Hippodrome

ALL children’s sports lessons (including swimming lessons and gymnastics) and the Easter Holiday Activity Programme

We understand that our customers will be disappointed and we appreciate your patience and support at this time.

Falkirk Community Trust has committed to offer a full refund for all events/activities and so please email our bookings team on bookings@falkirkcommunitytrust.org with key detail including your name, activity & date and venue to facilitate this.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused, however our responsibility for the health and wellbeing of our staff and customers is a priority. 

For any other questions, please email arts@falkirkcommunitytrust.org 

Please keep an eye out for further updates on our website, direct mailings and social media.

 

 

(17/03/2020) - Denny Sports Centre Closure 

Falkirk Community Trust has taken the decision to close Denny Sports Centre. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and can confirm that all other FCT venues remain open at this time. We would urge our customers to keep checking our website and social media channels for updates.

 

 

(13/03/2020) - The SFA released an update which affects professional and amatuer football under their jurisdiction. Visit their website for more information.

 

 

(13/03/2020) - Supernova 5K Run Postponed

We have been notified that the SuperNova event which was due to take place at the Kelpies next weekend has been postponed. This is in line with the advice given to the SuperNova team from the Scottish Government. The new dates for the event will be Friday the 13th, Saturday the 14th and Sunday the 15th of November with more details being confirmed closer to the event date. The SuperNova team are contacting participants via their email. We apologise for the short notice of this news, however would like to confirm that the Helix Park and the Kelpies are still open to the public

 

 

(13/03/2020) - HIPPFEST POSTPONED

A number of our performers are understandably becoming concerned due to the constantly evolving COVID-19 outbreak; this means that we can no longer deliver the programme we had planned, so we have taken the difficult decision to postpone the Hippodrome Silent Film Festival 18-22 March 2020 (HippFest).  

While we are disappointed that our 10th anniversary edition will not go ahead next week, we intend to reschedule in late October 2020.  We send apologies to you all – our audiences, supporters, partners, guests, volunteers and staff and look forward to welcoming everyone at this later date.
Tickets will be refunded in full. If you booked tickets online, they will be automatically refunded.  If you bought tickets via the box office, please contact us directly for a refund.  We would be grateful for your patience at this busy time while our colleagues attend to the necessary tasks.
Please be assured Falkirk Community Trust venues remain open for ‘business as usual’ and there will be screenings at the Hippodrome over the Festival dates 18th – 22nd March and beyond.  The replacement screening programme for the Hippodrome will be posted on our website early next week.

 

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