Chairman’s Summer Blog 2020

Welcome to my Summer Blog. As I sit and write this, we are having the first rain for weeks – a clear sign that summer has arrived, and at least something is back to normal!

Throughout recent weeks those of us who have been allowed out to walk, cycle, run, or go to our allotment have been so grateful to live in this wonderful place with such beautiful countryside on our doorsteps and so many footpaths, bridleways and nature reserves to explore. For those of you who have been in self isolation or shielding it has been a much more challenging time, but now that some of the restrictions are being eased I hope you are able to enjoy the outdoors more too.

Of course we are not out of danger yet, and must continue to follow the advice and guidelines we are given, however frustrating it is. I’m sure none of us want to see a return to strict lockdown measures, so please continue to observe social distancing, cover your face when shopping, and limit contact with friends and family. Recently a small boy was walking past my home, with his family, and I asked him if he was missing school (he was not year R or year 6). “I’m missing my friends” he replied; a feeling we can all relate to, I am sure.

Phil Brady and all his volunteers with the PCCA continue to look after the needs of those who are housebound, doing shopping and providing food parcels for those who are in need. I am extremely grateful for all their hard work.  I would also like to thank the Bouverie Hall Committee for allowing the PCCA to move their operations there, giving Lisa and Mark of the Little Lunch Box time and space to rebuild their business; I wish them well. The Parish Council has done its best to assist where possible, but unfortunately, due to age and/or health concerns, this has not been as “hands-on” as we would have wished.

Whilst all Parish Council meetings remain cancelled until further notice we continue to operate as near to “normal” as we can, via phone calls, e-mails, zoom calls, and some 1:1 meetings in councillor’s  gardens (weather permitting).  The office remains closed, with our Clerk Alison Kent working from home, but phone calls are diverted so the number remains (01672) 562014. E-mails are being accessed daily and answered as soon as possible.

Sadly, as many of you will be aware already, there will be no Carnival this year. Many other events have been cancelled and no doubt your own plans are “on hold” or have been abandoned. As one of those who had lots of plans made, it is sobering to remember that so many people, both here and around the world, never have the chance to make their own plans. Once again, I feel lucky to live in this community. 

Take care and keep safe everyone

Curly Haskell

Chairman

Pewsey Parish Council 4th June 2020