Tuesday 7th April 2020 – Day Fifteen

Good morning all, like many of you, I was shocked to hear that the Prime Minister was taken into intensive care last night. A stark reminder (if one was needed) that we all must take care and limit our contact with other people and the outside world, wherever possible. Please do take care when going out, and practice social distancing whenever you can.

What can I share with you today?-FOOD / SHOPPING

Wherever possible, please try and do an online shop, rather than going out. I appreciate that this might be somewhat limiting, but is far more safer. If you require support in this, please let me know.

From Sue: “…..so all I have is the news that the grocery store shelves in the Holborn area are thinning out again. Little Waitrose had very few fresh veg and fruit and no sugar free 7UP, which I was interested in.

The Sainsbury’s Local on Southampton Row is Closing as of today. They were carrying out merchandise, even as I stood there watching. The Sainsbury’s Local on Kingsway had a queue of about 10, keeping well apart as they waited to go inside.

I walked all the way to The Convenience Store on New Oxford St. I got my drink and another box of my fav – Kelloggy’s Crunchy Nut cereal. The last box. However, they did seem to be well stocked with merchandise…..”

INFORMATION – From Neil: State Pension increase April 2020: here’s how much more people are getting, and who is eligible. Some older people might be better off by nearly £350 a year. From 6 April, the state pension will rise by 3.9 per cent, or over £6 a week. It means the rate for the new state pension will increase from £168.60 to £175.20 a week, or to £9,110 a year

From Simon: Green Doctors – Green Doctors are expert energy advisers who help London residents save money, stay warm, and improve energy efficiency in the home. We are now offering phone consultations as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

ART & CULTURE: From Celia: The Courtauld Gallery is one of London’s must-see art museums.

The collection stretches from the early Renaissance into the 20th century and is displayed in the elegant setting of Somerset House, one of the city’s most dynamic cultural venues. The Gallery is particularly renowned for its unrivalled collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, including masterpieces by Monet, Van Gogh and Gauguin and the largest collection of Cézannes in the UK.

From Chris: Maritime Related Sculpture in the City of London; A talk by Geoff Boyd about maritime related sculpture in the City of London on behalf of Outing in Art.

From Janet: Another recital, this one entitled:


Razors pain you;
Rivers are damp;
Acids stain you;
And drugs cause cramp;
Guns aren’t lawful;
Nooses give;
Gas smells awful;
You might as well live.

Dorothy Parker

HEALTH – From Celia: How to Make Your own Face Covering. Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams, shares ways to create your own face covering in a few easy steps.

From Kerry: Headspace app – download it from the app-store, sign up for free guided meditation. Or try Headspace Plus for a whole range of guided meditations that focuses on subjects like ‘anxiety’ ‘sleep’ and ‘stress’ First two weeks free and then it’s 50 pound for a year or 9.99 a month

That’s all from me!

From today, I will be doing just one ‘daily update’. As this crisis deepens, more and more people are now requiring practical support, and as such much of my time is now being directed to recruiting volunteers.

Please keep in contact with me and let me know you are OK. An email from you really does brighten my day, and I love hearing about your routines and what you have been doing, and I promise to respond!

Please remember that there is always someone on the end of the line in case you have an emergency

Today Amber is on duty – her number is 07715580216, and you can contact me ANY TIME on 07759 646507 in case of an emergency

Be safe