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Podcast script - Tuesday, March 31, 2020

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Good Morning Chelveston, Caldecott and Chelston Rise. Itís Tuesday 31st March. This is Adrian Dale with the daily emergency briefing for the Village.

Yesterday was the start of our second week of lock down and hopefully you are all settling down into the routine of it.

The first priority on peoplesí minds seems to be supplies and then of course medicines. All the supermarkets seems to be taking different approaches to sanitisation, social distancing and queuing. Most have announced that they will be installing screens at the checkouts but, as James Bird found yesterday, the roll out plans arenít entirely clear.

Lynne ventured to ASDA yesterday and found that they have a good queuing and one way system around the store. Unfortunately, this is undermined by people forgetting items and turning back to get them.

Stocks in ASDA were good but there were no eggs and no flour, something Tricia Buckman was finding everywhere. Iím particularly puzzled by the eggs. Surely the hens have not had the memo about Coronavirus. They must be laying at the same rate. Iíve got this crazy picture in my mind of people stock piling eggs. But where exactly are they keeping them and what are they doing with them? If they all go rotten, the stink across the towns will certainly cause more deaths than this virus. Surely there are only so many quiches that one family can eat?

Janellan Reedman had a horrible experience yesterday, hearing that one of her elderly parents had been asked to leave Tesco when they were shopping together. There seemed to be local policy of only one family member going shopping. This was particularly harsh, given that her Mum has Alzheimerís and canít be left alone. Like many, I was outraged but my research uncovered many similar cases. I know the supermarkets mean well but we need clarity on their policies before people go shopping.

Sharen Hegarty, Zara Cunliffe and others with NHS Isolation Letters are struggling to get responses from the major supermarkets, even after registering with the official Government emergency service line. By contrast, local service providers seem to be doing much better. I think the message is shop local if you can.

Tammy Morton continued to receive donations for Nannaís rescue centre a wonderful response. You have to say that this Village is something special, helping each other and even sparing the time, money and energy for animals.

Anyone who knows Lynne and I will have spotted a big difference between us. Lynne loves dogs and they love her. Iím happy to leave dogs along, keeping my distance and by and large most dogs arenít keen on me. Yes I do know that the dogs are picking up on my emotions but I am happy with a truce Ė if they donít bother me, I wonít bother them.

So consider this irony then, in 3 weekís time (lock down permitted), we will need to do a mercy dash to collect Jonnyís huge daft dog Dexter from his current lodgings. Jonny called from London today and said heís down there for at least a month and so we need to do our own ďpet rescueĒ.

Heís a huge, daft lummox of a dog with huge strength but a heart of gold. Jonny, of course, is always match fit and easily able to hold him back when he gets excited. Lynne may have more challenges (notice how I said Lynne there Ö.) and I might even be called in to help.

So when you see us joining the dog fraternity in the Village, youíll know the extreme lengths I am going to help the war effort! All tips and tricks will be gratefully received.

To end on a very positive note, the figures from the Government were very good and there is hope for the Country. If death rates continue to fall, these strict measures will have been worth it. Yes it is early days, but we need to have hope.

Stay safe folks and keep your distance. Thank you