Outside in the road if it is nice, or if the weather is bad, through open windows.
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There should be music at both ends on the village this Thursday during the applause for the NHS and key workers, whilst ensuring we all observe the social distancing rules you can gravitate towards Stonevale by the crossroads where Lynette and Katherine plan to bring us a musical accompaniment to the applause at 8pm.
Outside in the road if it is nice, or if the weather is bad, through open windows.
If anyone is in need of a birthday card (or for other occasions), I have plenty of Claire's handmade cards (blank inside) for sale at £1 or £2 depending on size.
Jane Holmes, Foxley (241367).
Some of you won't have been able to see the video in the newsletter from yesterday, so here is a direct link to it.
Great Coxwell applause for the NHS
Applause for the NHS – Thursday 23rd April.
It was great to see so many people out at their gates on Thursday evening, once again applauding the NHS and key workers across the country. At the bottom end of the village, the applause provided an accompaniment to Nick Warr’s wonderful saxophone rendition of the Judy Garland classic, ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’. (It’s now become the NHS anthem!). Below is a photo of Nick and a video of his virtuoso performance. His son, Dexter, is alongside providing moral support! Great stuff Nick!
Lockdown spotlight - Jane Holmes.
Last week, the newsletter featured the Smith family, who were interviewed and asked how they were coping under lockdown. This week, we turn to Jane Holmes, who we found nurturing her delightful garden at ‘Foxley’, which is possibly the only pink house in Great Coxwell.
Jane and her husband bought Foxley in the 1960’s. They rented it out for many years whilst they served abroad in Tanganyika, (now Tanzania) and later Borneo. Eventually moving into Foxley and becoming firm Great Coxwell residents in 1987. Now a widow, Jane is a driving force behind the Women’s Institute (WI), and has a reputation for independence, resilience and generosity. During these difficult Covid 19 times, she is supported by Sandy John of Arch Cottage, who shops for her once a week and by next door neighbours, Mike and Pauline Durham.
How has lockdown been for you? Jane described the lockdown as ‘strange but Ok’. She feels that the days go by quickly. She enjoys being outside in this good weather and works hard both in her flower garden and her greenhouse. Her tomatoes are abundant and have pretty much taken over her conservatory. They are for-sale, but all have future owners! She is also an avid reader, (’The Boy from the Wild’ by Peter Meyer is her current read) and is the custodian of the WI scrapbook.
What is most difficult about the lockdown? Jane was very frank in answering this question. ‘Getting up in the morning!’ She explained that there is no pressure to do things so she can get a bit lazy. For Jane, that means an 8.30 start instead of 7am!
Any tips for us whilst we are on lockdown? Jane’s advice is to have a routine and try to stick to it. She prefers the outdoors rather than staying indoors, although she is also busy making a great selection of dolls for Christmas. That’s forward planning for you!
By the way, Jane’s father was champion jockey and later National Hunt trainer Gerald (Gerry) Wilson. In 1934, Gerry rode Golden Miller to victory in the Grand National in a record time of 9 minutes 20 seconds. They also together won the Cheltenham Gold Cup that year. Golden Miller remains the only horse ever to win both races in the same season. This was the third of five consecutive Gold Cup wins for Golden Miller. Gerry was Champion Jockey 7 times!
Ginny Green has donated a selection of DVDs to the village. They are residing in the Telephone Box.
Please help yourself.
Hello everyone and welcome to week 5 of the Covid 19 Lockdown.
This week, I want to make special mention of Jonny Farrow (Oakfield), who has been pivotal in the pick-up and delivery of our prescriptions from both Faringdon and Shrivenham Health Centres. As many will know, Jonny runs his own taxi business, but whilst the lockdown is in place, he volunteered to help with these prescription pick-ups, which are so important for the recipients. Jonny has already picked up around 60 prescriptions and so far, without any issues or mistaken deliveries, which is fantastic. Remember collections are each Wednesday for Faringdon Health Centre and Thursday for The Elms, Shrivenham. Jonny suffered a family bereavement a few weeks ago, (not to Covid 19), so it is both remarkable and typical of him to commit to helping others at this enormously difficult time for him personally. And by the way, he also refused to accept any petrol money for his journeys…
Each week, going forwards, I thought it might be helpful to focus on the lives of one of our households and to see how they are coping with the lockdown. To start the ball rolling, the Smiths of Pieman’s Thatch volunteered to be interviewed by our roving reporter (my husband Robbie!). The interview was by Face Time so no social distancing rules were broken!
The Smiths comprise of Richard and Vanessa, their children, Oscar (11) and Nancy (9), and, of course, their black Labrador, Mable. Vanessa is the daughter of Carol King and was born in the village, whereas Richard was a ‘newby’, from East Sussex when he arrived 20 years ago. They bought Pieman’s Thatch in 2007, did a great job of renovating and extending it and then moved in in 2008. Richard runs his own construction business whilst Vanessa is a teacher at Covingham Primary School, Swindon. Nancy goes to Longcot Primary School and Oscar attends Faringdon Community College.
Q. How has lockdown been for you? For Richard, his workload isn’t “too bad”, but he is now struggling to get hold of materials and is a little worried about his forward order book. Vanessa still works two days a fortnight, teaching children of key workers and NHS staff. Oscar and Nancy are ‘a bit bored but not a lot bored’ at home. They get schoolwork sent to them daily by email and under Mum’s guidance, they work until about 3pm each day. They have also used Zoom to have a virtual class session. Their fitness routine is to run as a family - very impressive! – you might see them on Puddleduck Lane. But don’t blink or you will miss them.
Q. What’s the hardest part of the lockdown? They each admitted that they are beginning to irritate each other! Oscar and Nancy miss their friends. Vanessa misses school!
Q. Any tips on surviving lockdown? Oscar said ‘Keep a sense of humour!’, whilst Richard said ‘find a good book!’
Good luck to the Smith family. What was clearly apparent from talking to them was their resolve and determination to get through this difficult period, and their generosity of spirit.
Best wishes to everyone.
Remember to Stay at Home, Protect the NHS and Save Lives.
We would like to thank the anonymous donor who left a bag of ginger biscuits and carrots for the donkeys at their stable a few days ago. They are most grateful and enjoyed them very much.
Angela and Peter Scales
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Please find attached the second issue of “Corvid-19 Oxon” from the CEO of Oxfordshire County that has been sent to “All County Councillors”. I believe that this rather lengthy document provides some very useful information from all of our critical health partners. It will be circulated across the county to key stakeholders. As your County Councillor I feel that I should be circulated to you, too.
With best wishes, keep safe,
Deputy Leader to the Council,
Cabinet Member for Community Safety
Oxfordshire County Council
Cllr. Faringdon Division (Buckland with Gainfield, Littleworth, Faringdon, Eaton Hastings, Buscot, Coleshill, Gt Coxwell, Lt Coxwell)
Just a brief note as we head to the end of the Easter week-end to thank everyone for staying at home and for keeping to the social distancing rules. It is terribly difficult to keep to this regime, particularly whilst the weather is gorgeous, but we can all see that the benefits are beginning to show nationally. A special thanks to those with young children, for whom it is doubly difficult to stick to the rules by keeping at home. My daughter, Jess, lives in a small house in Birmingham with two children under 3 and a garden the size of a postage stamp. It’s clearly very challenging for her and for all of you with youngsters to entertain.
Easter Eggs were delivered as promised yesterday morning. The four Easter bunnies managed to make the deliveries without compromising the social distancing rules, and it was great to see so many smiling faces on the doorstep. Here are a few photographs of villagers with their Easter eggs: My Ma, Margaret Thompson, Gavin Anderson, Peter Zinovieff, Brian and Danni Hall and kids, and Hannah Fairley and kids. Disappointingly, Mike Durham did not wear his Easter bunny outfit.
Again, thank you to Graham MacDonald for making this possible and for the lovely chocolate.
Keep safe this week. Let’s give the NHS a round of applause at 8pm on Thursday. Maybe we can make enough noise so that the Great Western Hospital in Swindon can hear us!
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