Tuesday 16th June 2020 – Day Eighty Four

Good morning everyone. 

Thank you for all the emails that you have sent regarding shops and other places people are looking forward to being opened. The most popular are boots, charity shops, churches and pubs!



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 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 Chris T:

I saw this National Archives event advertised and thought that some of the members might be interested in it.
Quarantine and social distancing during Tudor epidemics. Euan Roger discusses Henry VIII’s attitudes to infectious disease, Tudor social distancing and the introduction of the first government quarantine measures in 1517, followed by a live Q&A. Wednesday 17 June | 11:00 to 12:00 (free webinar – must register)

Here’s the Link



From Enrica:

1924-6 – London in Colour.
A beautiful video, filmed in colour by Claude Friese-Greene (1898–1943) during his pioneering tour of the British Isles 1924-1926. Music by Ennio Morricone.



From Chris B:

National Opera Studio: 2019/20 Young Artists’ Farewell Concert.
Marking their final day at the National Opera Studio, the 2019/20 Young Artists present an entirely self-curated concert of solo and ensemble pieces from opera, song and traditional music.




From Tudor:

Local history recordings.
Sound clips and talks. Endell Street Hospital. Kevin Brown, author of Fighting Fit: Health, Medicine  and  War in the Twentieth Century, talks about the Endell Street Hospital, the military hospital in Holborn run by women in World War One. Endell Street Hospital (©Kevin Brown) – running time 20 minutes.

Here’s the Link




From Declan:

Whole Body Workout.
Join Declan for a whole-body workout with hip extensions and balance exercises.



From David S:

Positive Energy 10 minute Guided Meditation.
A 10 minute guided meditation that will have you feeling full of positive energy.  Allow yourself to flow with your breath, inviting a luminous white source of energy through the top of your head and filling each and every cell of your body and ending with positive affirmations.




From Celia:

Last week was volunteers week.
Here is a really interesting article from the The Courtauld institute of art, Celebrating their Digitisation Volunteers.

Here’s the Link



From Gary R:

Take part in an archive project.
Westminster City Archives is developing a project to record the experiences of our residents, businesses, employees, volunteers and students, to show how the lockdown has affected them. We want to know how your life has changed, how you are adapting to new daily routines, and how living in Westminster currently feels.

Here’s the Link



From Dawn (Queens Gallery):

Paintings in the Royal Collection (via Zoom) Thursday 25 June 2020, 2pm.
This week’s paintings that we will be looking at on Thursday 18th are attached. They are in the order that they will be viewed. Thank you so much for your excellent and informative collages and photographs. This week if you have time would you please bring just one object that could be considered symbolic e.g. money (wealth), a lemon (the beauty and bitterness of life) and so on. (Just bring the object itself).




From Cindy H:

Trees for cities. Get involved, will you be a tree watering champion?
We’re busy watering our newly planted trees while following the Covid-19 guidelines, but a dry spring has made the trees extra thirsty. Will you help us water trees local to you?

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: souad.abdellaoui@ageukwestminster.org.uk
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 Jenny S:

 “Life is short. Smile while you still have teeth.” 

“A positive attitude won’t solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.” 

“I have a simple philosophy. Fill what’s empty. Empty what’s full. Scratch where it itches.”



That’s all for now!

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

Be safe