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Online news gathering for the week, Thursday 21st May

This week

• Chancellor confirmed UK heading for severe recession
• £2bn programme to put cycling and walking at the heart of transport
• £600m issued to councils to support care homes
• Anyone from 5 years and over with symptoms can now get a Covid test
• Tests suggest 1 in 400 people has coronavirus, outside hospitals and carehomes
• Sniffer dog tests begin for Covid virus
• NHS added loss of smell and taste to the virus symptom list
• The Queen approved knighthood for 100 year old Captain Tom Moore
• Dame Vera Lynn, 103 years old, has an album in the top 40 charts
• Eurovision Europe Shine a Light showcased 41 songs.  Iceland’s ‘Think about Things’ was an unexpected hit
• Helena Arguile’s Christian Aid fundraising made £2840. Donate here https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/HelenaJArguile
• Chelsea Flower Show went virtual

Online Gathering for 14th May

In the news this week

• The Queen gave a VE Day message at 9pm, exactly 75 years after her father King George VI. “Our streets are not empty, they are filled with the love and the care that we have for each other”
• Norfolk’s police chief constable disappointed there were so many visitors to the coast during lockdown
• Government initiated *Stay Alert* to balance the equally toxic social and economic outcomes of the lockdown
• Church of England allowed priests to officiate in churches for online worship for first time since 24 March
• Furlough scheme extended to the end of October
• Schools asked to start a phased re-opening in June
• Workers asked to drive, cycle or walk if possible. Public transport users asked to use face-masks
• £250m emergency fund for improving cycle and walking infrastructure
• £16m for food vulnerable people
• Outdoor exercise with social distancing now encouraged
• Some beauty spot car-parks, garden centres and waste and recycling centres are re-opened
• Residents in Binham and Fakenham targeted by criminals posing as police officers to steal bank details and cash

VE Day Remembrance

VE Day Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial at St Peter’s Great Walsingham.

With Fr Harri Williams, Brian Landale Chairman of the Parish Council reading, Adam Potter from the Royal British Legion and Steve Stanford, our D-Day WW2 veteran, laying the wreath.

Tim O’Donnell, trumpeter, played the Last Post and Reveille at 11am in the Common Place.

Online Gathering for 7th May

News roundup for 7th MayThis week’s news roundup from News & Views:

  • Her Majesty The Queen to send a message to the nation marking VEDay 75 anniversary
  • PM confirmed the first wave of the virus has peaked. UK currently has the highest recorded virus mortality rate in Europe
  • Oxford University is working on a partnership with AstraZeneca, a Cambridge-based UK pharmaceutical business to find a vaccine
  • New mobile testing sites open in Norfolk in Cromer, Diss, Fakenham and Thetford
  • New contact-tracing app is trialling on the Isle of Wight
  • Archbishop of Canterbury contributed to the first nationwide online assembly for Oak National Academy
  • Joe Wicks, PE teacher to the nation, continues to energise families with his weekday 9am YouTube workouts
  • The Shrine OLW announced the appointment of Fr Ben Bradshaw as the next Shrine Priest. Congratulations and welcome!



Stay at Home Street Party

Join your neighbours in a nationwide ‘stay at home’ street party for VE Day on Friday 8th May. Prepare for the day and decorate your house in red white and blue.

11am 2 minutes silence on your doorstep

3pm Extracts from Churchill’s speech on BBC

Set up a picnic in your front garden for

4pm tea and scones or coffee and cake

6pm raise your glass to your neighbours

9pm Her Majesty The Queen addresses the nation, at the same time her father George VI did in 1945. Followed by 9.10pm nationwide singalong to ‘We’ll meet again’.

And please remember to follow social distancing rules!

VE Day Friday 8th May

This Friday, 8th May 2020, marks 75 years since VE (Victory in Europe) Day when the Second World War came to an end in Europe. The long anticipated news resulted in spontaneous celebrations breaking out across the nation. A national holiday was declared and people from all walks of life came together to mark the moment. This year the early May bank holiday was moved from its usual Monday to Friday 8th so we could all celebrate on the anniversary itself.

Now, instead of gathering together, we must commemorate and remember this day in our homes and comply with social distancing.

Visit the Imperial War Museum online. A focal point of activity will be Voices of War. At a time when people across the nation are coming together to support each other through an unprecedented crisis, IWM is asking households to take a moment on Bank Holiday Friday 8 May to play a four-minute soundscape featuring first-hand accounts of VE Day selected from IWM’s vast sound archive.

The English Heritage website also has lots of interesting materials, with stories, music, recipes and archive videos.

VE Day What to Watch: on television, YouTube, museum and history websites

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