On day 107 we see Essex opening a free bus travel scheme. In other news we have:
- NHS Cadets scheme launched by local Chief Nurse,
- Essex Wellbeing Service to become a fixture,
- Holiday Scams:
- Property Rental Fraud. and
- Some ‘Bus’ music.
A new sustainable travel campaign aiming to make it easier for people in Essex to switch from cars to sustainable travel, such as walking, cycling and using the bus, is launched today. Continue reading
Day 91 lockdown coincides with Windrush Day commemorating the Windrush generation and their legacy. You can find out more about this on Wikipedia and I ‘tip a hat to it’ at the end of the update. The day also sees the start of a week of activity leading up to Armed Forces Day on Saturday which is where we start; other items:
Flag Raising ahead of Saturday’s Armed Forces’ Day
Day 86 starts off with an update from the Parish Council. It is also MC Escher‘s birthday who was famous mostly for his ‘Impossible Stairs’ – navigating the pandemic sometimes seems a bit like this!
A couple of mini-snippets:
- Recycling back to normal apart from textiles on 22nd June,
- Colchester Zoo opens tomorrow pre-booked entrance only,
- If you are going into town, remember to keep left on pavements.
After all that we have:
- An updated Health & Wellbeing plan,
- News about visiting restrictions at local hospitals,
- Expanded Business Support from Essex CC,
- Free Safer Cycling courses,
- Temporary changes to planning rules, and a
- Musical distraction.
Day 77 of (where is?) Lockdown
On day 77 we start off with items of interest to gardeners and then quite a few more news items:
- National Garden Scheme reopens,
- Stay at Home, Grown your own scheme – get a starter kit,
- Today is the beginning of Carers Week,
- Update on the work of the NHS Volunteer Responders,
- How to get new recycling boxes & caddies,
- Essex Police enhance online services offering, and
- The Good Life – gardening in mud.
National Garden Scheme reopens
The National Garden Scheme has just started opening gardens. You have to book a timed entry online (and pay Continue reading
Day 70 of (surreally) Lockdown
So, is this day 70 of Lockdown or is it day 1 of De-Lockdown? Heathlands School saw around 70 children attending today so, for them, it is pretty much over until the Summer Holidays in just over 7 weeks. Other news:
- Older Adults keeping active,
- HMG De-Lockdown updates,
- Beware fake test & trace calls,
- COVID-19 guidance for smokers & vapers,
- Some light reading (not), and
- Two bits of musical relief.
Sport England have published Active at Home, co-funded by them & PHE. It aims to help older adults keep up their activity levels while isolating Continue reading
Slim pickings in terms of news on day 57, just 2 items and one of those is incomplete. A little bit of trivia to start with. Heinz has always been known for its 57 varieties but even when it was first introduced in 19th Century Pittsburgh they had more than 60; Henry J Heinz simply thought 57 was a lucky number. Of course, Heinz now has over 5,700 varieties, read more here. The news:
- Message from Hospital Trust about PPE;
- How was it for you? Share your stories;
- A selection of light relief, exercise indoors, confusing rules and a really good Jolene parody.
On day 52 we have a timely intervention from the legend that was Bruce Forsyth. Having grown up in feet & inches I (webmaster) despair at the number of people (of all ages), who really have no grasp of what 2 metres is. I’ve gathered my pet gripes together, I wonder how many you share:
- on a narrow pavement, it is NOT OK to walk side-by-side when somebody is coming the other way.
- it is also NOT OK for runners & cyclists to whizz past at speed barely 1-metre away.
- if you and your household come across another household it is OK to socially distance on the same side of the path; that is much better than straddling both sides forcing others to run the 1-metre gauntlet.
Anyway, down to today’s news items: Continue reading
Day 50 of lockdown is the last day of the soft lockdown as we look forward to tomorrow’s slightly softer version. Topics today include:
- International Nurses Day (no coincidence it is on Florence Nightingale’s birthday);
- Home births can resume;
- Softening of lockdown – a range of articles;
- The First meeting of Essex Climate Action Commission;
- It’s still Christian Aid Week (link to Monday’s update);
- Some nursing humour.
International Nurses Day
Today is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. Continue reading
Day 45 and we are all agog to see what plans Mr Johnson will reveal on Sunday. The little game on the right might help you predict. Other news:
- Free access to your history until Sunday,
- Local NHS Chief wants you to be confident in attending hospital if you need to,
- Last night’s Supermoon, and
- A bit of a wind-down before the bank holiday weekend with Vera Lynn.
Last Few Days of Free Access at Ancestry
Linked to the VE day 75th-anniversary, Ancestry has been offering free access to their website – this expires on Sunday so if you are keen to track your roots this is the weekend to do it!
I (webmaster) have been impressed to Continue reading
Day 38, does it seem shorter if I say about 5½ weeks? Anyway, today’s update starts with a new service being offered by our local hospitals for those with loved ones unable to be visited. It then continues with:
- Colchester & Ipswich Museums want you to send in your COVID-19/Lockdown stories.
- ECC is piloting a new approach to COVID-19 testing in Care Homes for Public Health England.
- Alan Smart of AJS First Aid has passed on an important update from the Resuscitation Council for those trained in CPR & Resuscitation, and, of course,
- Some downtime at the end.
Letters to Loved Ones
Keeping in touch with loved ones in hospitals run by East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) is being made easier thanks to a new email and message service. While visiting is restricted at the Trust, messages can now be sent to friends or relatives in hospital through the Letters to Loved Ones service. You can either email or leave a voicemail to your loved one for the team to deliver. Continue reading