Day One

Bishopsteignton Lockdown Diary

The previous night’s Government announcement issuing the first legally enforceable lockdown measures to reduce the pressures on the National Health Service in their efforts to cope with the Corvid-19 virus.

While responses to the Coronavirus Lockdown develop over the next few weeks, we want to record thoughts and actions in Bishopsteignton one day at a time. Please leave two or three sentences in the comments section below. Tomorrow we shall lock these comments and publish Day Two.

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Further reading on the subject of public diaries in times of crisis

4 Replies to “Day One”

  1. While I was shaken by the news of a strict lockdown, I am finding comfort in my family, friends, work and collegues. As a result of the announcements of the 23rd March, I did not go into work as usual today at the Heritage Hub, but worked from home. It was a bright and warm day so there were a lot of people out for their once-daily allowance of “exercise”. I enjoyed a walk to the top of the hill above the village; the view of the sea, the Ness and the Teign estuary is a constant comfort and probably help most of the village feel less trapped in the present circumstances as it does for me.

  2. Yeah, been acclimatising to the whole thing, and then this inevitable announcement was made. I have spent the day:
    Responding to clients (I look after websites) who have suddenly nothing else to focus on because their places of work are closed. And hopefully helping – there will be a future we have to plan for.
    Posting on Facebook. I really hope everybody is kind to each other.
    Communicating with my clients, friends and family.
    Moving forward the projects I can – with others to follow in this opportunity of space.
    Being reassured by those who I am in communication with telling me about the fiends/family/colleagues that have recovered from the virus.
    Walking in the early evening sunshine conversing with friends and neighbours I met at a sensible distance in ways that I don’t usually get to do.
    Working into the evening with a glass (or two) of wine.

  3. Day One of the most recent, stringent measures to help contain the virus saw me in my usual role helping the household with routine chores. The weather helps. The last few days have been sunny enough to put out lots of laundry to dry naturally (we don’t have a dryer). I also received deliveries of supplies for the pub to continue as a local bakery, takeaway and off-licence serving our neighbours and friends here in the village. Things are getting a bit busy in the food store but supplies of ingredients like bread flour and other staples are intermittent so we stock up when we can. After the shop shut for lunch I was assisting in the kitchen where my husband was cooking ginger cakes that are flying off the shelf in our temporary shop! In the evening I was on duty cooking for takeaway orders and I took one ginger cake along to a regular that lives in West Street. I am also in contact with my wider family in Greece where have a more severe lockdown. They need to carry a “letter of intent” along with their ID when they go out to the local shop for food or to the pharmacy but they seem to be in good spirits. To take my mind off the world’s problems I spend any free time I have researching my genealogy so this evening I have been in contact with a distant cousin. She is helping me fill out more information in my family tree and I have been giving her tips on how to use the Ancestry website. It’s now nearly 9pm so just about to go and clear up in the kitchen before cashing up the shop till and pouring myself a drop of something alcoholic to keep the virus at bay just a bit longer!

  4. When the lockdown was announced at 8:30pm on the 23rd March, I was really concerned about how my 90 year old mother would cope. She lives alone in Bristol, doesn’t drive, has many age related health problems (including COPD) and suffers from severe anxiety. So, there was really only one choice – we phoned at 8:00 the next day and gave her 2 hours to pack…
    The journey up the M5 was eerily easy (hardly any traffic), as was the return journey. Most cars seemed to be stuffed with the chattels of hastily returning university students and others probably on a similar mission to me.
    I live at Lindridge Park which was used as a convalescent home for officers in the first world war, and for children evacuated from London in the second. So evacuating my Mum from Bristol and bringing her here where we can look after her seems highly appropriate and keeping up with tradition!
    I am also part of the committee for the Bishopsteignton Emergency Resilience Team (BERT for short) and fortunately we had done some pre-planning back in November for such an emergency. I have to say though, none of the BERT team remotely expected to be putting the plan into action – and definitely not so soon.
    During the increasingly serious nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the BERT committee and the Parish Council had compiled a letter to be delivered to every household in the Parish advising how to access local advice and support. This letter has been delivered by our great band of BERT volunteers today.

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