Covid-19 Archive

Daily Newsletter - Thursday 16th 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 123 members of the group, with every street represented. We had one leaver and one joiner yesterday.


Yesterday was another busy day. As households find it more challenging to get what they need to cook or to complete DIY tasks on their property, there have been lots of requests and offers of items all around the Village. It is great to see this level of community engagement, but remember we mustn't take risks with these swaps.

If you are out on your daily exercise and happen to pass a property that needs something, then arrange beforehand to leave it at the boundary of the property. Wear gloves when delivering, wear gloves when receiving and then quarantine the item for a couple of days, or use gloves when handling. Please don't make special journeys to deliver and please don't travel between the settlements. It isn't worth the risk of cross contamination now that we are virus free.

I am now running morning and afternoon delivery run in the Postman Pat van round the whole Village. Yesterday there was a misdirected letter and some turf to be moved. On my list for today, so far, are a crowbar, a bag of kindling and some flour. It is much better that one person does the runs rather than lots of people doing unnecessary journeys. You'll have seen the "Bloke in Yellow" all togged up in PPE. That has to be the safest way to do this.

Sarah's book swap is on the end of the driveway at 47 Water Lane (in good weather), again perfectly placed for people on the Chelveston circuit. If anyone wants to know what is available who isn't walking each day, let me know and we can arrange for a photo to be taken.

Roger Nadin and his family in Duchy Close are getting back into jigsaws, and wondered if anyone was interested in a jigsaw swap. Let me know if that is the case and I can build a jigsaw library with pictures of the boxes available.


  • UK reported hospital deaths from Covid-19 went up by 761 to 12,868. This is a slight decrease in the daily total and still well below the peak on 10th April. The number of new positive tests yesterday was lower than the previous day.

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


The Government is now publishing date in a much better format, allowing us to look at the numbers of new cases reported in Northamptonshire each day. Yesterday there were apparently no new cases reported for the first time since the end of February.

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 . . .

Spare a thought for the dogs, who have never been walked so much, nor had so much attention . . . actually the dogs in our Village have never been so happy!/td>

Stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.