I hope all of you have been taking care of yourselves and others as we experience some of the hottest temperatures Cannock Chase and the country has ever experienced.
Ahead of the record-breaking temperatures the Government put in place contingency measures to ensure that our services could cope with a possible surge in demand.
As part of that, we also asked you to take precautions to keep safe. The Government issued advice to everyone to cope with the high temperatures: drink plenty of water, seek shade, avoid strenuous activity and cover up. If this weather continues you can find advice with coping with the heat here: www.gov.uk/government/publications/heatwave-plan-for-england/beat-the-heat-staying-safe-in-hot-weather.
Heat exhaustion and heatstroke can be especially worrying for older and medically vulnerable people. Early intervention to cool people down and rehydrate them can be lifesaving. If the hot weather continues I’d encourage you to check on elderly relatives, friends and neighbours to ensure they’re coping with the extreme heat.
While the country sizzles, the preparations for the Commonwealth Games is hotting up!
This week the Queen’s Baton will come to Cannock Chase. The excitement has been building up for the Games for months – with the Queen’s Baton relay visiting all 72 nations and territories involved in the Games.
The relay began in October 2021, with Her Majesty The Queen placing her message to the Commonwealth into the Baton. This collective journey aimed to ignite hope, solidarity and collaboration, as it connected communities, embraced unique cultures and shared inspirational stories.
It’s been fantastic to see how the event has brought people together and really got people excited about the Games.
I have been lucky enough to have seen the Queen’s Baton as it tours the globe but I’m most excited about it coming to Cannock Chase as we have the privilege of hosting the mountain biking at this year’s Commonwealth Games.
I’m especially excited for the mountain biking competition in Cannock Chase Forest which will take place in early August! I know how hard Cannock Chase Council, Forestry England and Staffordshire County Council, local police, volunteers and organising partners, have been working to ensure a successful event. So don’t forget the baton relay passes through the District on Saturday 23rd July.
As ever, please do not hesitate to raise any issues with me by telephone on 01543 877142, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or in writing to 11a Market Street, Hednesford, Cannock, Staffordshire, WS12 1AY.