Monday 15th June 2020 – Day Eighty Three

Good morning all, I hope that your weekend was a good one. 

So the shops are opening up again. Slowly and surely, life is returning to some normality. Yesterday James and I went shopping for a new game. We were both shocked that neither Tesco or Sainsbury’s had queues – just walked in. Such a difference from just a month ago, when I would have to factor an extra 30 minutes. Please let me know if you are happy that the shops are opening, and which one(s) are you looking forward to most visiting!



What can I share with you today?




Thank you to everyone who has forwarded their wonderful support and comments to me regarding the Food Bank Project organised by Covent Garden Community Centre / 7 Dials Club. It is really gratifying to hear that so many people are benefiting from the service:

Foodbank – We are flexible with regards to who we can help. If you fit the following criteria, please register.

  • 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



Just a reminder. If you (or know of anyone) who cannot go out because they are vulnerable, self isolating or for any other reason and need help with food etc.
Assistance can be found on the government web page. The form is rather long, but is fairly straightforward. If you (or know of anyone who needs support) please let us know.

Here is the link:

From Phil: Update:

The big Boots on Long Acre does not re-open until tomorrow, Tuesday 16th June.

From Next Door:

Gigs Fish & Chips Fitzrovia Open Mon 15 June.
Gigs is back in action for takeaway only from the 15th June 2020. Call ahead on 020 7636 1424 to place your order.




From Gary R:

Books in the City

Books & the City. Prospects of Pimlico and Marylebone:
The work of two women artists. Westminster City Archives holds some forty watercolour drawings by two artists who flourished in the mid-twentieth century: Caroline Montalba Ediss (1875-1963) and Phyllis Dimond (1911-2008).

Here’s the Link



From Chris B:


Carnaby Together.
This June, the Carnaby community will come together to celebrate a variety of sustainable and charitable initiatives.

Here’s the Link




Christine Coker is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Every Monday at 6pm Christine Coker is inviting you to a scheduled aerobics Zoom meeting.

The cost is only £1.00 per session, but the first session is a free taster!

Topic: MON –  Retro aerobics – 6PM

Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime

To Join Zoom Meeting

Please email John for the link

Payment link below:



Pilates Zoom Session

Pilates is a low impact form of exercise that is an excellent route to increased fitness for older adults to build up your stamina, strength and flexibility.

The principle objective of pilates is to build abdominal, back and pelvic strength, resulting in body toning and improved posture.

Many medical experts believe that when the body is balanced with good posture and good core muscle support, the involuntary body functions such as breathing, digestion and bowel function also benefit.

Please email Rosy for the Zoom link:




From Cindy H:

Positive ageing in London logo

Positive Ageing in London.
Tackling The Digital Divide. Older People Losing Out In Information Stakes During Coronavirus Crisis.

Here’s the Link



From Stephen (Age UK Westminster):

Zoom Vegetarian Cookery Session – Friday 19th June 2.00pm-4.00pm.
‘Ollie the Roving Chef’ and Vegetarian for Life will be hosting a cookery session via ZOOM and will be making bread, a soup and a dessert. If you would like to attend please contact Souad Abdellaoui:

Email:  Tel: 07903 255384



Zoom Event

When: Tuesday 16 June 2020, 2pm

Witches, Faeries and Fiends: Scottish folklore during King James VI’s time at Holyrood.

Adam Cook, experienced Warden at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, will be taking us on a fascinating journey to discover how Scottish folklore shaped King James VI’s understanding of witches. In 1597, King James VI of Scotland published a compendium on witchcraft lore called Daemonologie. It was also published in England in 1603 when James acceded to the English throne. We will explore how his book introduced witch hunting to Britain during the 16th and 17th Centuries during his time in Scotland. The illustrated talk focuses on Faeries from Scottish folklore in relation to the witch trials held by King James, many of which were held at Holyroodhouse.





From Jerry: (shared words of wisdom – designed to make you think)

Today, I was feeling down because the results of a biopsy came back malignant.
When I got home, I opened an email that said, “Thinking of you today.  If you need me, I’m a phone call away.”  It was from a high school friend I hadn’t seen in 10 years.

Today, I was traveling in Kenya and I met a refugee from Zimbabwe.
He said he hadn’t eaten anything in over 3 days and looked extremely skinny and unhealthy.  Then my friend offered him the rest of the sandwich he was eating. The first thing the man said was, “We can share it.



That’s all for now!

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

Be safe