Covid-19 Archive

Daily Newsletter - Monday 13th April 2020

Here are the key stories for the day, with thanks to our WhatsApp group who keep these coming in all day there are now 125 members of the group, with every street represented.


It was a glorious Easter Sunday with our weather holding until the evening. The next few days will return to the temperature norms for mid-April.

Yesterday had a record number of messages on the WhatsApp group. Over 180 postings. Now for some that is the buzz of a caring and vibrant community at work. But for others, it is quite literally too buzzy with their phones pinging every few minutes. Some find themselves disagreeing with something some has said, and getting angry. That's all normal, it's just like being in the pub on a very busy Friday evening. It's the place to hear what's going on. It's the place to share things and to offer advice. And yes sometimes people do disagree.

I've had some people ask me to impose rules of conversation. Naomi wouldn't try that in the pub and I certainly won't on the group. At the moment this group is key to our community, just like the pub is during normal times. Some people don't enjoy the buzz and banter that comes with pub life. The same is true of this group and a few people have left the group having been overwhelmed. This newsletter and the daily podcast will keep them in touch. Everyone who leaves gets a permanent link to both to allow them to listen in.

For the rest of us, if you are busy and don't need the constant interruption, remember that you can temporarily mute any WhatsApp group. You can also turn the notification sound to "none" for a particular group. You could then scroll through the posts later to see if anything is of interest. Imagine if you could do that for the pub, scroll back through every conversation of the evening, skipping anyone droning on about something you didn't want to hear! Or even better, imagine you could be part of every conversation at the same time, and didn't even have to say anything!

So I am very happy to see our group be a vibrant and buzzy one. It has been the key to unlocking huge reserves of goodwill this Easter time.

Holy Week continues, with a Celtic Mass for Easter Monday. Please go to the Church Online site for details and access.


  • Boris Johnson has now left hospital and will recuperate at Chequers.
  • UK deaths from Covid-19 jumped by 737 to 10,612. Although this is lower than previous days, we have learned in recent weeks that weekend reporting is poor. This figure could be revised today. There were 4,500 new cases across the United Kingdom, continuing the slight downward trend.
  • There were 32 new Covid-19 admissions to Northampton and Kettering General hospitals on Sunday, continuing to be much lower than rececent days.

This chart has aligned the epidemics from 4 countries with different approaches to the crisis.


  • The colouring competition winners were announced at 3pm.

4 and Under

Robin Hewitt Aged 4
Runner Up
Sophia Wood Aged 4
The judges loved the colours and the handle of the basket. The judges loved the tail on the rabbit.


Emily Chadwick Aged 6
Runner Up
Ethan Gaughan Aged 6
The judges liked the lettering you added, well done! The judges were very impressed with how you kept inside the lines. Very neat.


Thomas Barnes Aged 11
Runner Up
Max Hewitt Aged 8
The judges loved the detail on the eggs! Excellent. The judges loved the bold colours.

Over 11s

Summer Head Aged 12
Runner Up
Michelle Barnes Aged 38
The judges were really impressed with attention to detail and the choice of colours. Well done!! Perhaps next time we'll have a competition for the kidults - a little mole told us this took all afternoon. Well done!

Daily links (all verified):

Daily Podcast
Daily newsletter
Pause for thought

Advice on breathing with Covid-19 Symptoms
Vulnerable Household registration
Northamptonshire County Council Support Line Call 0300 126 1000 and select Option 5 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm)
Longhurst Housing Association Support Line Call 0300 123 1745
Village support line Call 07850 570007 in the first instance and Ill find you help
ASDA Volunteer Card
Live UK Covid-19 Tracker
(Public Health England)
Parish Council Walking Leaflet

And finally . . .

In yesterday's Sunday Telegraph, the headline talked about social distancing becoming a permanent feature of our lives unless a vaccine could be found. . .

Stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.