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Podcast script - Monday, April 06, 2020

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Good Morning Chelveston, Caldecott and Chelston Rise. Itís Monday 6th April and this is Adrian Dale with the daily briefing for the Village, on the first day of the new tax year. Yep, it was bizarre in yesterdayís paper, seeing adverts urging people to put away their maximum tax free allowances into ISAs. In the words of Dadís Army ďDonít they realise thereís a war onĒ. People in this Village have been laid off, others are still battling on the front lines for the NHS, and in the supply chains that keep the country going. Who is thinking about long term investments?

Never mind all that, how lovely was the weekendís weather? It was just perfect and just the boost we needed. With sound of motorbikes roaring through the Village all day yesterday, you could almost be forgiven for forgetting that we are in the middle of a national lockdown!

Yesterday, I had the great privilege again of delivering flowers from Blomís Bulbs to vulnerable households. I asked Lynne to drive me around the Village whilst I held onto the water filled bucket in the back of the van. Jokingly she asked whether this was really an essential journey, and would Matt Hancock approve? But the reactions from residents were a picture. We had smiles, tears and looks of amazement when I put the flowers on the door step, rang the bell and ran away. The lift in spirits was lovely. So yes this was definitely an essential journey.

I had the busiest weekend of the emergency so far. The Parish Council printer arrived and I was finally able to print the leaflet drop asking people from missing households to check in. We had an excellent response, with over 30 households contacting us. Most had no idea that the virus was in the Village. Many had no idea that there would be vulnerable households. All but one household was grateful that we had taken the trouble to check. Thereís always one of course, but that household was particularly rude, telling me to mind my own business and not to come onto their property again. You can be assured that I wonít! I really hope they donít get ill!

Contrast this with the lady I found who was truly alone, with no support, and in medical isolation. Her relief and gratitude made the efforts all worth it. We will support her, I have said it before, no one in this Village needs to face this crisis alone.

There was a slight improvement in the figures released by the Government yesterday afternoon. However, this improvement was concentrated in London. In the Midlands and elsewhere in the country, things took a turn for the worse. Thatís all due to the time lag weíve talked about before. This coming week will be crucial to see whether social distancing measures are working. If they arenít the lock down will get tougher.

We spoke with our son Jonny in London last night. The army are working 7 days a week in support of the NHS down there, and they are proud to be doing so. But he was absolutely horrified yesterday to see so many people out and about, congregating and ignoring the rules. These people are putting the lives of our NHS workers at risk, needlessly and selfishly. He was so pleased to hear that our Village is doing its bit properly.

Like many of you we watched the Queen last night with her message to the Nation. She expressed the feelings of many in her admiration of the people that are working so hard to pull us through this crisis. In this Village, we have doctors, nurses, police officers, supermarket staff, teachers and warehouse workers. All are trying to keep this country running, whilst juggling the challenges of their own lives.

I salute you all and give my own pledge to do everything I can to help anyone in this Village who needs it.

Thank you