Friday 1st May 2020 – Day Thirty Nine

Good morning all – hope that you had a good night.

Today marks 39 days of Lockdown – wow can you believe it. For me the time has gone fast, but for many this period has been a very difficult time. To support you through this period we can offer the following:

  • Regular phone call (even daily)
  • Support with shopping
  • Free Food Parcel
  • Zoom activities
  • Signposting you to advice (benefits, IT problems, health related)

Please get in touch if you need help!



What can I share with you today?




Foodbank – this service has begun in earnest, Phil and his volunteers are now getting FREE food parcels to residents in the local area. We are flexible with regards to who we can help. If you fit the following criteria, please contact us:

  • Self Isolation due to symptoms
  • Isolation due to vulnerable or shielded status
  • Income reduction because of lockdown & crisis measures
  • Income reduction while waiting for benefits to arrive
  • Homeless

Go to Registration Form



Salmon oatcakesFrom Sheila K

Easy and quick recipe.

Oatcakes topped with skyr and smoked salmon

Download recipe



From Theresa:

Queen Victoria’s sapphire and diamond coronet. Prince Albert designed the piece for Victoria in 1840, in the couple’s royal wedding year. The coronet is widely considered to represent their successful artistic collaboration and their love.

Designed by Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s sapphire and diamond coronet was one of the most important jewels of the young queen. In 1842 she wore it in a famous portrait by Franz Xaver Winterhalter. In 1866, on the first occasion she felt able to face the ordeal of the Opening of Parliament after Albert’s death, she chose to wear the coronet he had designed for her.



covid19 pictureFrom Susan J:

An interesting article: How humans have reacted to pandemics through history – a visual guide. Infectious diseases have wreaked havoc on human communities since ancient times. 

Our journey through the ages looks at the spread of disease in three case studies, and then explores a historical view on how we think about pandemics today.

View Article


From Chris B:

It’s True, It’s True, It’s True: Artemisia on Trial | Breach Theatre. A gripping dramatisation of the 1612 trial of Agostino Tassi for the rape of the young painter Artemisia Gentileschi. Based on surviving court transcripts, Breach Theatre’s award-winning show blends history, myth and contemporary commentary to ask: how much has really changed in the last four centuries?

CONTENT WARNINGS: nudity, descriptions of violence and sexual violence.


Tonight’s special showings:

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Royal Albert Hall Celebration – Tonight, join in for a tribute to compositions of Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, live from the Royal Albert Hall. Featuring hit songs from Starlight Express, Evita, Cats, Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, and many more…

It will be only available for 48 hours after its initial release so make sure you catch it before it’s gone!


The Winter’s Tale in full from The Royal Ballet – As part of the #OurHouseToYourHouse series, join The Royal Ballet for a Facebook Premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s The Winter’s Tale, an adaptation of the William Shakespeare play of the same name.



From Chris S:

SongLine Quarantine Choir. This singalong is every Monday, Wednesday and Friday From 10:30 -11:00am.

How do you join in?
Please request the meeting ID and password from John.

You can email him here…




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From Neil:

EE are contacting their customers who are already registered as disabled or vulnerable to offer them unlimited calls, texts and data so they can stay connected with their loved ones and essential services during this critical time without worrying about their bills.

Here is the link to the form


From Marcel:

Marcel Would like to share this poem which is perfect for that feeling when some days feel more difficult than others

The Mountain isn’t going anywhere, you can climb it when you are ready:

If the mountain seems too big today

then climb a hill instead

if the morning brings you sadness

it’s ok to stay in bed

if the day ahead weighs heavy

and your plans feel like a curse

there’s no shame in rearranging

don’t make yourself feel worse

if a shower stings like needles

and a bath feels like you’ll drown

if you haven’t washed your hair for days

don’t throw away your crown

a day is not a lifetime

a rest is not defeat

don’t think of it as failure

just a quiet, kind retreat

it’s ok to take a moment

from an anxious, fractured mind

the world will not stop turning

while you get realigned

the mountain will still be there

when you want to try again

you can climb it in your own time

just love yourself til then.

– Laura Ding-Edwards –

Do YOU have a favourite poem that you would like to share with others? And why?

Email me your favourite poem…



Shared by Jean – today’s wisdom and humour:

Most of the generation of 60+ were HOMESCHOOLED in many ways

11. My mother taught me about WEATHER .

“This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it.”

12. My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY .

“If I told you once, I’ve told you a million times, don’t exaggerate!”



That’s all for now!

You can contact me on 07759 646507 in case of an emergency

Be safe