Covid-19 Archive

Daily Newsletter Wednesday 3rd June 2020


Well what a difference a day can make! All was peace and harmony in Chelson-cum-Cawcud and then BOOM. One off the cuff remark caused the WhatsApp group to explode, in only the way that social media can. When the history is written, it will be a fascinating study of the way a community can evolve and collapse in times of stress.

I have only a few things to say on the matter:

Firstly, my life will be far too short, and I am far to busy, to spend my time in social media fights. I have rarely found a situation that needed an argument. Reasoned discussion has always served me better.

Secondly, the right to free speech is very important and must be defended. I was contacted so many times yesterday and asked to moderate the discussion, even to remove or edit the posts that seemed to have caused offence. I have no technical means to do that, and even if I had, I wouldn't have. Everyone has a right to say what they wish. If others dislike what they have said, they can respond or leave. It is no different from being in the pub. Some people enjoy the banter, others don't. Those who don't, usually stay away. One person yesterday had previously left the group for other reasons, then had heard about the fuss and asked to rejoin. I spent my time making this happen, only to be criticised by them for allowing such discussions to go on, before they left again. Well that was a good use of my time wasn't it?

Thirdly, before taking offence at a remark, surely we should consider the intent behind the remark. Was that person really trying to be offensive? Do you actually know the person and how they think? Why did they say what they did? You see I have the privilege of knowing more people in this Village than most, some only for three months, but others for years. Everyone is different. Everyone has different views and perhaps even unconscious biases in their language. And most importantly, everyone uses language differently. Unless you know someone, it is very easy to taken the written word out of context. This is exactly what happened yesterday.

Finally, and I hope once and for all, let's be clear I am NOT the leader of this community in any sense. After 19 years, I stood down from public life in 2015. I stood because my entire life, from before I woke until after I went to bed, was dominated by trying to handle the problems that residents faced, or trying to mediate in disputes between residents. I have cancelled holidays, rearranged family events and put my own resources into making this Village a better place to live. I was asked by the Parish Council to step forward once more in this emergency to coordinate what was needed on the ground, as I had the time, the energy and the knowledge. I have done my best but I will be retreating to the background once more very soon. It is time for someone else to lead.

Yesterday, some people said that if this type of community we had become, then they wanted no part of it. All I ask is that people reflect carefully on what has been achieved. Is one remark, made with no intent other than humour and irony, worth throwing all that away for?

Our fabulous postie Elliot, in his latest costume ... It's a whoopie cushion in case you were mistaken. All part of the fun!


None that we know of!


324 deaths were reported by the Government yesterday taking us to 39,369 across the UK. The numbers of new daily infections decreased to 1,613. Both of these figures reflect the usual weekend reporting blip.


In Northamptonshire another 16 cases were reported yesterday with the specimen dates being spread back over the last few days. The total number of cases is now 1,528.

1 new infection was reported in East Northamptonshire yesterday, but there was a big jump in Northampton.

Local Authority Cases per 100,000 population Daily increase
Bedford 652 379.9 -2
Kettering 247 243.9 3
Northampton 508 225.6 8
East Northamptonshire 200 213.0 1
Wellingborough 162 203.8 1
Corby 128 180.7 0

Daily links (all verified):

Daily Podcast
Daily newsletter
Michelle's Midweek Message

Parish History
Puzzle Library
Making masks from socks
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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 . . .

Let's hope the Government don't remember how we solved the last plague...

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