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Podcast script - Friday, May 08, 2020

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Good Morning Chelveston, Caldecott and Chelston Rise. It’s Friday 8th May and this is Adrian Dale with the daily podcast. The 50th podcast since our coronavirus war began. It will a shorter podcast today as there is much to do before you all start the day.

So today is the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, the day that the war in Europe ended at last. After 6 long and hard years, with people giving their lives in service of their country, with families losing loved ones, and with people losing their livelihoods, at last the war was over. The nation came together in a collective act of celebration and thanks. 75 years later, all of us youngsters are beginning to understand the sacrifices that our parents and grandparents made.

In this war, some in the Village have lost loved ones to the virus, others have been separated for weeks from their loved ones. Many can no longer leave their properties as they need to shield themselves against the unseen enemy.

So our war is not yet won. But we know that one day it will be and we must keep the faith.

So today on VE Day, we are going to do our best to capture the spirit of our parents and grandparents, and all from the safety of our homes.

So here is the timetable for the day:

At 9am, buckets of Bloms tulips will magically appear in 5 locations around the Village. Please consult the newsletter or the Covid-19 website for details. If you can’t find the details. There will be buckets of tulips at the war memorial.

We are asking households to take a bunch and make a donation to the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children. Please arrange the tulips in your front window and send in a photograph.

At 11am the whole Village will stand on their doorstep and take part in a collective act of remembrance. The words for this will be linked from the newsletter and there is a recording which needs to be played at 10:58 precisely. The recording includes the last post which will signal the start of 2 minutes silence. The Vicar and the Parish Council with representatives of all communities will be at the war memorial (social distancing of course) to ensure that the act of remembrance is recorded for ever.

At midday, we invite you to support our pub the Star and Garter. If we hadn’t been at war with the virus, the pub, the Church and the memorial would have been at the heart of our celebrations. The memorial and church are decked out in bunting but we mustn’t forget the pub. Today we are launching the “Save our Pub” Campaign in conjunction with Budweiser. We can all buy a Star and Garter gift card now to be redeemed when lock down is lifted. Budweiser will match our purchases pound for pound now so that the pub gets the cash flow it needs to stay ready to open. The link will be on the web site and the WhatsApp group.

At 2:45pm the BBC will be broadcasting a special programme which will include Churchill’s speech to the Nation on VE day.

At 3:30, we’ll publish the winning entries for the colouring competition and the Red Van Man will distribute the prizes.

At 4pm we can go into our front gardens if we can maintain safe distance and enjoy afternoon tea whilst shouting to our neighbours.

At 6pm enjoy your evening meal and raise a glass to your neighbours who are in this fight with you.

At 9pm, the Queen will address the nation and then we will then join together on the doorstep to sing the words of the old classic “We’ll meet again”. The words and music will also be available on the web site for people to play on their doorsteps.

So Chelveston Caldecott and Chelston Rise, today is a day to let our long and unkempt hair down. Our war is not yet won, but we can and should celebrate how the Colonel Tom’s of this world secured the peace and prosperity we have enjoyed for 75 years. And in doing so we must be thankful that an army of NHS and key workers are still fighting on our behalf.

Have a great day.

Thank you