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Podcast script - Friday, March 27, 2020

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Good Morning Chelveston, Caldecott and Chelston Rise. It’s Friday 27th March. This is Adrian Dale with the daily emergency briefing for the Village.

Well today was a much more relaxed day and we seemed to have settled into a lock down routine in the Village. The first priority is foraging for supplies – something we used to call weekly shopping in the dim and distant past. The early birds venture out first and report back on stock levels and queues. This is really helpful – so please keep it up everyone. It can save wasted trips and unnecessary exposure to the virus. In fact if only one of our most senior and respected residents had listened to yesterday morning’s bulletin before he went shopping, his wife wouldn’t have had to queue around Waitrose car park whilst he went across the bridge to M&S!

There’s are two lessons here: Firstly please listen to the daily bulletin as your first task of the day and secondly, don’t go shopping when you should be shielding yourself! Yes you know who you are (Arthur Wright) . . . your far flung family in London and Australia has asked me specifically to make an example of you today!! They are very worried about you. The Village also loves and respects you both – but we want you to stay safe. So please stay at home! We will help you.

Seriously though, anyone who should be shielding themselves has no need to venture out to the shops or the pharmacy. There is no shortage of offers – even to post a letter as Shirley Russen found yesterday (thanks to Jane Langham for helping). We are in this together and it is in everyone’s interest to help each other.

James Bird brought up an important point about wheelie bins being a possible source of virus transmission and this was followed up by concerns about the refuse collection staff huddling far too close together. Within minutes of James’ post I had a private message from Melissa Honour. Their company has now been asked to supply our refuse team with a whole range of sanitising equipment for use on the lorries. Even when this is in place, the advice is still to wash your hands thoroughly for 20 seconds after handling any bin. Candy Thornton-Scott posted a brilliant video from the Beatles to help us, with really catchy lyrics “I gotta wash my hands”– don’t worry I won’t sing anymore, but please listen it really drives the message home. After you touch anything at all, please wash your hands, it may save your life.

On the subject of health Chris Pentland pointed out that with all the extra cleaning products we are using in the house, we shouldn’t forget the advice from our grandmothers to let in some fresh air. The weather is perfect for flinging those windows open and blowing away the cobwebs.

We finished the day with a beautiful sunset over the Village, a few bottles of wine and a lovely picture of Vicky Hardy’s son in Parish Council hi-viz tabard doing litter picking around the allotments.

After a lovely day like that you could almost be forgiven for thinking we had this problem beaten as a Village, especially after the number of UK deaths reported on Wednesday evening were so low.

Three things wiped the smile off my face in the evening. Firstly, the Government admitted that the Wednesday death figures were wrong. On Thursday UK deaths leapt to over 100 and we are indeed back on the curve where deaths double every three days. We are just two weeks behind Italy.

Then I had a call from Arthur’s daughter in law in London. Emma was worried we might be struggling for food supplies and wanted to know whether we’d be interested in having a lorry load of fresh food delivered to the Village direct from the suppliers where they have special contracts. It was a surreal conversation, we seemed to be talking about different countries. She’s struggling to coordinate the feeding of thousands of vulnerable people and we are worrying about the length of the queues at Waitrose! This chaos has all happened in the last two weeks in Westminster and Campden.

And finally my son who is in the army has been called off leave and put on 24 hour’s notice to deploy to London.

That sunset certainly lulled me into a false sense of security. Tomorrow I need to redouble efforts to ensure we are ready.

However, the day ended on a brilliant note with the Village clapping in unison at 8pm thanking the NHS and our other front line workers for the wonderful job they are doing.

Collectively we can beat this virus, but please be clear we are just at the beginning of our battle in our little corner of England. Don’t let your guard down. That virus is out there – you know what to do.

Thanks for listening folks and above all stay home, stay safe and protect the NHS. One day you may need them.