Covid-19 Archive

Daily Newsletter Sunday 17th May 2020


I'd like think that this Village is in a relatively good shape and has learned how to cope during the pandemic. It was interesting yesterday watching the WhatsApp activity from a distance during my day off. Things went on just as usual. Advice was asked for and given, swaps were offered and received (all from a safe distance). The Village's love for animals and generosity shone through as usual. The events team launched two new competitions to keep us entertained and safetly leafleted all households with the details. And Rachael ran her third virtual quiz using the combined technology of and Zoom. And all this came at the end of a week in which the Parish Council held its first online virtual meeting.

I contrast this with relevations in the Sunday papers of tensions at the highest levels of Government about how the Country can be steered out of lockdown, and how the crisis overall has been managed. Particularly worrying was the revelation that everyone in the top team caught the virus at the same time, even Sir Mark Sedwill. He is the Head of the Civil Service and the National Security Adviser.

This is an unforgiveable piece of poor management. In the military, it would be unthinkable that you would allow all your top generals to be together in a single unprotected bunker. When the Parish Council declared its emergency, the first decision was that the four key people involved could not meet face to face until the situation was stable. We had to preserve command resilience. If one person went down, then others were there to continue with the plan.

The muddled messages of the week are a further example that the Government's strategy is not clear. I don't know how this will pan out but at the end of it all, we need to re-learn the business of running a Country. Which ever politicians are in charge, we need to have a proper machinery of government in place, with experts that can execute plans effectively. I don't see this in many places at the moment.

Yes we are a small community and have much less complexity to deal with, but I think we've collectively done our bit well.

Masked residents fighting back against Covid-19 - #StopTheSpread

Residents taking up the challenge of creating the masks that might save their lives and those of others.


None that we know of.


468 deaths were reported by the Government yesterday taking us to 34,466 across the UK. The number of new lab confirmed cases was still nearly 3,500. It is still another week or so before we see whether VE Day celebrations had an effect on the rate of infection.


In Northamptonshire another 18 cases were reported yesterday with the specimen dates being spread back over the last few days. This is another significant increase, taking us to 1,261 confirmed cases in the County. Based on the Covid-19 tracker data, Corby, Kettering and Northampton have also had an increase in the number of active cases that haven't been tested.

Just 1 new infection was reported in East Northamptonshire yesterday.

Local Authority Cases per 100,000 population Daily increase
Bedford 548 319.3 3
Kettering 196 191.6 5
Northampton 430 191.0 8
East Northamptonshire 162 173.6 1
Wellingborough 131 164.8 1
Corby 105 148.2 1

Daily links (all verified):

Daily Podcast
Daily newsletter
Sunday Service

Parish History
Puzzle Library
Making masks from socks
(click not now when it asks you to sign up to FaceBook)

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 Iíll find you help
ASDA Volunteer Card
Covid-19 Symptom Tracker
Live UK Covid-19 Tracker
(Public Health England)
Parish Council Walking Leaflet

And finally . . .

As the English are allowed back on the beach, at least some are taking precautions...

Stay Alert, Control the Virus, Save Lives