The Bircham Centre in Reepham will close on the evening of Wednesday 4 November for the duration of the second national lockdown in England, which will start on Thursday 5 November for four weeks.
The charity shop, book stall, library and Country Market will all be open on that day; closing times will depend on the availability of volunteers to extend hours, but all the retail elements will be open at least until lunchtime.
Reepham Library will be open for collection and return of books from 1–6 pm. All borrowed items will be automatically renewed until further notice. You will not be charged overdue fees, and any existing changes will not increase during this time; this covers all items, including books, DVDs and music. You can reserve items ready for when libraries re-open, but will not be able to request inter-library loans while Norfolk libraries are closed.
All Bircham Centre internal classes, courses and hirers will cease for lockdown. There is an exception for the Eves Hill education classes in the garden on Mondays and possibly Wednesday mornings; we await guidance and confirmation on the latter.
So far the government has not told us to close gardens again so we intend to leave the gate open as fresh air and green space is so important for all our well-being.
With the exception of Monday and Wednesday mornings the garden will be open for people to enjoy. We would just ask that dog-owners refrain from exercising their dogs in the garden and that everyone takes responsibility to keep this as a safe and secure shared space.
Hand sanitiser is available in the Market Place and the public toilets on Pudding Pie Alley remain open.
Polly Brockis, Bircham Centre Manager