Author: MFCG

Dear Member I hope this newsletter finds you all well during these trying days. I am sure that a positive and brighter 2021 will soon reveal itself. The current lockdown and restrictions have proved successful with no active community cases and consequently the Government will be easing all restrictions on Monday 1st February. This will again allow the resumption of gatherings in larger numbers. A decision has been made by the committee of MFCG that our walk programme will resume in full on Saturday 6th February. This will allow us a few days grace for all our members to feel confident to move about freely, feel safe and confident in groups after the current restrictions. Leaders will be asked to take a handwritten note of all participants on each walk in case we are faced with the unlikely event of a requirement to track and trace.  This can easily be achieved with cooperation from everyone

Despite our best efforts of safety, being careful and looking out for each other, unfortunately on rare occasion, accidents and incidents do happen, when we are all out walking. In an emergency, a very quick dynamic assessment will deduce if we need to call the emergency services, here on the island that will connect us to the emergency joint control room and one of the vital initial pieces of information they require is ‘ What’s your location?’ A number questions now confront us and the quicker we reply with this information, the quicker the correct emergency services can be dispatched.Postcodes, road names, house numbers and a gird reference are all valid options, especially the latter, if the incident is in a remote location but new options of digital applications are now available and are used here on the island by our first response emergency teams. What3Words (been heavy publicised recently) is a downloadable