In the current Covid-19 circumstances the April Edition will not be available. Some content has been provided to the web-site and is available here.
A MESSAGE FROM YOUR PARISH MAGAZINE EDITOR
Firstly, I hope that you are all well and heeding the Government guidelines for staying safe.
Unfortunately, despite our best endeavours to get some semblance of a parish magazine out this month, we were, ultimately, beaten by the clock and the latest lockdown, which meant the closure of our printer.
However, we had already decided to halt publication for the foreseeable future: firstly, we have no church services to advertise, nor do we have any upcoming events to publicise.
More importantly, many of our valued distributors are retired, over 70 or in the ‘at risk’ category, so it would be foolish in the extreme to expect them to continue delivering the magazine, jeopardising their own personal health.
It is such a shame that all our wonderful Easter events have had to be cancelled, along with all the various churches’ celebrations. My heart especially goes out to all those who had weddings and special parties planned – and to those now unable to visit their elderly relatives, either at home or in care.
For those of you who have the internet, there are plenty of resources out there to keep you from going stir crazy while ‘self isolating’ ‘social distancing’ - or remaining in quarantine (as we used to call it in the ‘old’ days !)
You will find everything from keep fit groups, to choirs, shared chats, forums – a surprising wealth of initiatives have sprung from our dire situation.
My personal thanks must go out to the amazing people of Bearsted’s CVD-19 Help Team, who have truly shown us what a great village we live in. Within a matter of days, this resourceful group of people had amassed sufficient volunteers to leaflet drop every house in the village, with contact numbers offering help with shopping, collecting medication, posting mail – or making just a friendly phone call.
Please do make use of this service – especially if you are elderly or at high risk; it’s really not worth putting yourself at risk because you don’t like asking for help. If these people didn’t want to help, they wouldn’t have offered – so remember that! Please, please do not take chances. I know quite a few people who have come down with this virus and it’s really not pleasant.
Here’s to our next edition ……. whenever that may be! In the meantime, remember the mantra