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Podcast script - Thursday, May 07, 2020

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Good Morning Chelveston, Caldecott and Chelston Rise. It’s Thursday 7th May and this is Adrian Dale with the daily podcast.

Now as you know, I always get feedback on these podcasts. Yesterday’s feedback started before I’d even posted the podcast onto the WhatsApp group. I post the podcast online by 05:30 each morning and then start work on the newsletter. Richard Brown, our newest resident in Caldecott, got to the podcast very early. He enjoyed the tales of escaped birds and animals and was delighted the ducklings were safe. He shared a lovely story with me too.

He was living in Harrold last year and looked out the window one day to find 200 sheep in his garden surrounding his car. A local shepherd, aptly named Sally Shepherd, had been leading the herd (sorry Aitch, I meant the flock) from one location to another and one sheep took a wrong turn into Richard’s garden. Before the shepherd knew it half the flock followed and quite literally jammed themselves in to the dead end. It took the shepherd 10 mins to coax them back out, by which time the driveway badly needed jet washing. I’m sure you know what I mean. The picture in the Daily Mail was a classic. I’ll share it with you later.

So Richard feels right at home already, but is very pleased that his new house has a large gate across the driveway! He doesn’t want sheep or cows on his new lawn.

Well my usual phone call from Aitch didn’t come in until 09:41 – much later than normal. I’d begun to think I’d got away with it. “Adrian”, he said “you might be a bloody good talker, but you don’t know how to listen!” Bugger I thought what have I done now? “You got it all mixed up” he said. “I told you that in the old days you couldn’t get into Chelson without going through a ford. I meant long before I was born and I ain’t that old. When I were a nipper, the bridges had all been built except for Bidwell and Wateryard. They were still proper fords with no pipes under the road. We allus used to paddle and swim in them.”

“And then” he said, “You got it wrong about the Poplar Farm fire. I wasn’t a teenager, I were only 9 or 10. Ask old Keith Carr about it, I remember him driving the farm machinery out of the barns away from the fire.”

Gosh how many more mistakes can one man make? My only defence was that I did have 18 calls before 10am and some ducklings to rescue.

Believe it or not, I got another call from Aitch an hour later. “Adrian, I forgot to tell you a story about the fire in St Georges Row in 1924. The house what burned down was owned by Mr Kippy Allan. He’d gone to the pictures in Rushden for the early evening showing. The fire started at 5:30pm. During the performance, the manager came in front of the screen and asked if there was a Mr Allan in the audience. Kippy stood up and said “that’s me”. The manager said, “can you please go home immediately, your house is on fire.” Kippy shouted out “that’s not possible, I’ve got the keys to my house here in my pocket”. You can imagine the reaction that got from the audience.

The duckling rescue certainly warmed the hearts of everyone yesterday and Sharen published a lovely picture of the duck and ducklings before we rescued them and moved them back to Cuffy’s.

We’ve had two other fantastic great news stories. Firstly, we heard that our family in isolation with suspected Covid-19 for a second time has tested negative for the virus. This is great news indeed as once again the Village is now virus free. The family will still be isolating until Sunday, just in case, but they must be hugely relieved.

And then late on Tuesday we heard from Chris Pentland. Chris and the girls Harriet and Ellen have had a tough few weeks. Kaye Pentland has had major surgery in the middle of this crisis and has suffered multiple complications. At one point, it was touch and go. She pulled through and her recovery has been greatly helped by good wishes from the Village and tulips from Elaine.

Chris let us know that his parents, both in their late 90s, had contracted the virus a couple of weeks ago and were both very ill. The family had said their goodbyes – heart rending for all as they couldn’t even meet.

The brilliant news is that with the help of the NHS and their carers, both pulled through. They are back together and on the mend. Chris has been living quietly with this all for 2 weeks and we can only thank him for sharing the good news. We all need good news stories and to have three in one day is fantastic.

So, Chelveston Caldecott and Chelston Rise. Today is the day to prepare for virtual VE day. The colouring competition is awaiting your entries. Carol Parsons has found some bunting and will be decorating the war memorial. The timetable has been published. The social distancing rules are clear. But one thing is for certain, we all need to commemorate that day when victory finally arrived. We are in the middle of our own battles and learning from the past, learning from our history is one of those things that will see us through.

Thank you

I am hoping for a very quiet day today!

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