Headline news. Social worker spotted in Great Coxwell masquerading as Royal Mail postman!
Disturbing evidence is coming to light that a community social worker, Mr Paul Kent of Hayden Wick has been spotted in Great Coxwell masquerading as a local postman. Great Coxwell Support Group Newsletter’s editor has been approached by a number of residents who have been observing Mr Kent chatting to neighbours (whilst social distancing, of course), and asking them how they are doing, whilst also delivering the post. Alarmingly, he comes into the village most days dressed in a Royal Mail uniform and he even drives a red Royal Mail van!...
What you may not know is that Paul and Karen have had some challenges over the years looking after Matthew, their son. Matthew was born prematurely, at 25 weeks and suffers from both heart and lung conditions and Cerebral Palsy. He had to be provided with oxygen support for the first 7 years of his life, so the house was fitted with leads and pipes to allow him to move around. As a youngster, Matthew was unable to play with other kids, but he has had great support in recent years from Crowdys Hill Special Needs School.
Matthew lives at home with Mum and Dad and has been assessed as in the ‘vulnerable category’ throughout the Covid 19 pandemic. So much of Paul’s spare time has been devoted to keeping Matthew safe.
What has been the most difficult thing about lockdown? ‘I have found it really difficult not being able to meet up and get close to my wider family.’
How have you found the lockdown? ‘Ok, but ensuring I keep my distance from people during work is challenging.’
Any tips on lockdown? ‘Enjoy your time at home! It’s not a bad thing spending time with your nearest and dearest!’
We are very lucky to have Paul as our very own postman. Thank you, Paul, from all of us in Great Coxwell!
That’s all this week. I thought it might be helpful to include some useful contact details in this edition of the Newsletter (see below).
Stay Safe and best regards
Important Contact Details (for reference)
Great Coxwell Support Group - Mandy Burns. Tel 01367 240142. Burns.firstname.lastname@example.org
Great Coxwell Community Fund. Pam Smith – 01367240233
Newsletter – email@example.com
Great Coxwell Parish Council – firstname.lastname@example.org
111 on Line - https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19/ Call 111 if you can’t get on line.
Elm Tree Surgery, Shrivenham - 01793 782207
The White Horse Surgery, Faringdon – 01367 242388
Shrivenham Pharmacy - 01793 783336
Shrivenham Post Office - 01793 782260
Help lines and support networks
Oxfordshire All In - A central hub for Community Support Groups
County Council - 01865 897820 email@example.com
District Council - 01235 422 600 firstname.lastname@example.org
Therapy and self-development network https://www.otscentre.co.uk/
Citizens Advice - https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk 0300 330 9042
Local Food Supplies
Bloomfield’s Fine Food - 01793 783999: email@example.com
Coleshill Organics – 01793 861070
Hinton Marsh Farm Shop - 07968 866323 firstname.lastname@example.org
Farmer Gows, Longcot - 01793 780555 email@example.com
Pat Thomas Butchers, Faringdon - 01367 240551 firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrews Butchers Highworth – 01793 762085 email@example.com
Local Take Away Food service
The Eagle, Little Coxwell – 01367 241879
The Snooty Mehmaan. Littleworth – 01367 242260
The Harbour Fish and Chips, Faringdon – 01367 244094
The Barrington Arms, Shrivenham- 01793 784692
The Crown, Shrivenham - 01793 784584
Prince of Wales, Shrivenham - 01793 782268 / 07876632586
Gulshan Brasserie, Shrivenham - 01793 782388