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Podcast script - Tuesday, April 14, 2020

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Good Morning Chelveston, Caldecott and Chelston Rise. It’s Tuesday the 14th April and this is Adrian Dale with the daily briefing for the Village.

As I have found to my cost, the challenge of standing up and spouting each day is that some people do actually listen. And I mean really listen, making sure that everything I say is accurate, every day. We know that Horace does of course, and now there’s Dave Hackett also on the case. But yesterday, I had another two corrections sent in. It seems that I am in danger of becoming my own “fake news” machine, so I’d better careful in case the wrath of Donald Trump descends upon me!

Firstly, from the Black Country, my Father-in-law pointed out that I had cast a slur on the old town of Halesowen – had I ever been there? He’d worked in the electroplating industry across the Black Country and knows all the old towns well. He sent me a Wikipedia link to some lovely green spaces in Halesowen. So yes Emrys, I was wrong on that one, I got mixed up with Darleston (and I bet tomorrow he corrects me on that too!)

Then Rosemary Daniells was puzzled by me referring to the Parish name as Chelson Cawcud yesterday. She was expecting Horace to correct me today. Her father was Noel Morris. And the Morris family is one of the oldest in the Village. Throughout her childhood, her father used to refer to the Parish as Chelson-cum-Cawcud. Similar to the title today but in the local dialect. Oops I was wrong again.

Like Horace, Noel was full of great stories and he made a huge contribution to the Village over the years as a councillor and trustee of the Village charities.

My first encounter with was with him as a plumber in 1996. When we moved into Water Lane from Duchy Close, our heating system started making horrendous banging noises only a few days after moving in. I rang Noel who was the only plumber I knew of in the Village. He didn’t sound worried at all. “I’ll just sort my pigs out first (yes Noel was a pig farmer too) and I’ll be down” Half an hour later, he walked down Sawyers Crescent carrying only a rubber mallet. I showed him where the tank and pump were and he tilted his head to one side and studied things for a minute or so before whacking a large pipe with the mallet. I nearly jumped out of my skin. But seconds later we heard an almighty gurgling sound as the main heating pipes cleared of blockages. I was so grateful, “How much do I owe you Noel” I said. Never a man to be rushed, he thought for a minute and said “£5.00 should do it.” I was incredulous, “How do you work that one out Noel?” He said “Well it’s 50 pence for the time and shoe leather walking down here and then £4.50 for knowing what tools to bring and where to whack the pipe”.

At the time, I was lecturing in advance techniques for the management of information and knowledge. But Noel taught me more that day on what real knowledge management was all about. The most important thing is knowing who to talk to, and where you can find help. And then, nothing beats years of experience on the job.

But what Noel didn’t know was that I used this story in my lectures for years afterwards. The name Noel Morris has been heard all over the world. His mallet and pigs were famous.

And that’s what we’ve got going in this Village once again today. As I have got to know everyone during the emergency, I’ve found that we have almost every craft, trade, skill and profession represented. Never mind the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker, we could fill our own trade directory. We’ve even got a budding lumberjack in Pete Rawlins. His real trade is in vehicle recovery, now he is full time cutting kindling to feed the insatiable appetite of the wood burners in the Village. We’ve truly turned back the clock.

When I first moved to the Village 33 years ago, I was able to find every trade I needed right here. I have lost track of them all now, but it would be great to think that we could regain this local trades base at the end of the emergency. Perhaps the Parish Council could establish a Village trades directory in the future?

We are all learning the benefit of shopping local, with people you can trust and people who care about their local reputation. Wouldn’t it be lovely to keep this going?

So Chelveston, Caldecott and Chelston Rise, I have really some great news to finish on today.

Our last household with Covid-19 symptoms came out of isolation yesterday, all fully recovered. Welcome back Jan. We’ve had 8 suspected cases to date and everyone of these has recovered at home. We have been really fortunate indeed. Let’s make no mistake about it.

And I’d really like to keep it that way folks. I know that some of you are on the front line risking your lives every day. I met one of our NHS consultants early this morning. He travels each day to Leicester Royal Infirmary and now spends each day on Covid-19 wards in one of the country’s hot spots. I salute him, and completely feel inadequate myself. All I do is pick litter, cut grass and run a few errands each day. It’s the doctors, nurses, police officers, supermarket and supply chain workers and also our train drivers (and yes we have all of those in the Village). They are on the front line. The rest of us are safe in the Village. Our job is to support you by following the rules. We are now in our 4th week of lock down. We should now be safe as a Village.

Please do everything you can personally to keep it that way.

Take no risks, stay safe and protect our key workers.

Thank you

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