Day Ten

Bishopsteignton Lockdown Diary

Last night’s Government announcement and other news. The thoughts and feelings of the village as it faces the tenth day of lockdown. Logged in visitors can post their comments below.

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 and any images you may have in the comments section below. Tomorrow we shall lock these comments and publish Day Eleven.

News since last nights announcement

Coronavirus: Testing will ‘unlock puzzle’, PM says – BBC News

Coronavirus: More health myths to ignore – BBC News

Posts on social media by local businesses and organisations made on this day

From Bishopsteignton Banter

From the Parish Council:

From Bishopsteignton Village Website

From Teignmouth Oracle

5 Replies to “Day Ten”

  1. Well the highlight of yesterday, apart from the clap for carers at 8pm, was the broadcast of ‘One Man Two Guvnors’ from the National Theatre at Home on You Tube. Its is a brilliant performance by James Corden and the rest of the cast. You may have seen the Bishopsteignton Players’ version of the play at Humber Barn a couple of years ago. It was great fun to do and well attended. So last night some of the cast got together for a Zoom meet up after the show. We decided our version stood up very well to the original, and it was nice to see everyone, virtually!
    Today I intend to do a walk around the village, armed with the 1939 Register, charting which of the houses that were here then, are still here now, amongst all the new ones. This is toward a BH WWII project later in the year ‘Who Lived In Your House?’.

  2. Spoke with various businesses I have contact with. The people most accepting that there are many factors beyond their control and choosing to focus instead on the things they can positively engage with are the happiest and calmest.

    Others are treating the situation as a problem to solve. Some that can take steps to mitigate or even in some cases benefit from the situation (like, quite rightly, our village food suppliers) and are taking some very worthwhile actions. Those that cannot do much about it but are desperately trying anyway are largely neither happy nor calm.

    Sadly, some have considered ignoring Government instructions for the sake of their businesses. Whilst I completely empathise with the urge to do so, acting on that impulse cannot be condoned under any circumstances and I fear for the damage that those actions might have on the society they exist within and the damage they may do to themselves within that society as a result.

    I am pleased to say that businesses that I am in contact with have employees they have taken a very pragmatic approach to furloughing the employees they can in order to preserve their incomes.

  3. Today we have been urged by the Government to remain at home, particularly as the weekend weather is set fair. I do hope that this warning is heeded and that there is a visable slowdown in the trajectory of the virus in the graphics we are shown during the daily briefing broadcast. I am feeling the stresses and strains of the new routine here at home a bit more over the last couple of days. I am definitely looking forward to Sunday evening and Monday where we keep the shop closed and can concentrate on more self-care, amongst other things. News from family in Greece is that their figures for fatalities have slowed down which is fantastic. They are having to endure much stricter regulations but it is obviously having the desired effect. News from the refugee camps on Lesbos island in Greece is not good though. Facilites for keeping clean overwhelmed at the best of times. Now the poor people are confined to their cramped, temporary living spaces they will be getting sick quickly and I can’t see that the authorities have the resources needed to help them.

  4. Spent some time making more amendments to the lists of volunteers and ‘vulnerable’ people in the village. Worryingly, some cases of suspected Corona virus and ‘shielding’ of vulnerable residents within households have meant that a few volunteers have had to be moved to list of those now needing help.
    Lots of additional volunteers are now helping in the village Supply Store – they received over 70 calls in an hour today. This is actually great news as most of the ordered produce will be sourced from local suppliers so we are helping to keep many of our local businesses supported. These volunteers are helping to take orders, picking and packing the produce as it arrives and then delivering it. The system is being improved all the time through great team work.
    Other volunteers are working with the Teignbridge CVS delivering hot meals to people who are vulnerable, self-isolating and would have difficulty cooking for themselves.
    Worryingly and sadly, there are now a few cases of suspected Corona Virus locally. This together with ‘shielding’ vulnerable residents within some households has meant that a few volunteers have had to be moved to list of those now needing help.
    ….Gerry the gerbera could be seen this evening having a sun-downer (gin &tonic) on a bench pretending to watch the sunset – except its cloudy tonight!

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