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Online news gathering for the week, Thursday 21st May

May 21st, 2020

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
• Chelsea Flower Show went virtual

Online Gathering for 14th May

May 15th, 2020

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

Online Gathering for 7th May

May 7th, 2020

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!



Online gathering 30th April

April 30th, 2020

This week’s online news: you can also click through to the News & Views magazine page or the Online Gathering page for previous issues.

This week

  • Prime Minister returns to work after virus and his fiancée gives birth to a baby boy. Congratulations!
  • A national minute’s silence was held for healthcare professionals who died in service
  • Key workers are now able to book a virus test. 27 drive-through sites are operational including in Norwich, King’s Lynn, and Gorleston.
  • New £60k life assurance scheme for front-line health and care workers is introduced
  • Environment Minister urged furloughed workers to take second jobs in June harvesting UK crops
  • Government announced ‘Bounce Back’ loans for small businesses
  • New study initiated to track the rate of infection across the population to understand the levels of immunity
  • UK charitable body Nuffield Council on Bioethics recommended the government use accountable democratic decision-making to manage the progression of the virus
  • Supermarkets continue to increase the number of daily delivery slots
  • Captain Tom Moore reached No 1 in a duet with Michael Ball and the NHS Voices of Care Choir, singing ‘We’ll never walk alone’
  • The Church of England launched a new free 24/7 Daily Hope prayer phone line specifically for those without the internet, the number is 0800 804 8044
  • Fr Harri and Clare hosted a Zoom coffee morning for the churches of St Peter’s, Great Walsingham and St Giles, Houghton-in-the-Dale


Online Gathering

April 24th, 2020

Latest roundup from News & Views

This week:

  • Easter celebrated by the Orthodox church
  • The Queen’s 94th birthday celebrated quietly
  • Lockdown extended by another 3 weeks
  • Parliament reconvened. Zoom used in the Commons and Microsoft Teams (better for documents) used in the House of Lords
  • HMRC Job Retention Scheme went live
  • Social Care is rebranded and the Care badge promoted
  • Captain Tom Moore, aged 99, raises £27m with 100 laps of his garden
  • 20 London bus drivers died from Covid-19. Bus travel made free to increase safety Government set up a Vaccine Taskforce
  • UK received first batch of the 3m paracetamol packets on order from India
  • Procurement of PPE supplies and surgical gowns are slowed by surge in demand and complex buying systems
  • International oil prices went into negatives as neither demand nor storage was available
  • First Romanians arrived on charter flights to harvest UK food
  • North Norfolk District Council appointed a new chief executive, Steve Blatch
  • Shrine OLW 6pm Shrine Prayers now live streamed on all media
  • Fr Harri and Clare hosted a Zoom youth club and coffee morning for St Mary’s congregation

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News & Views Online Gathering: Holy Week and Easter Week

April 16th, 2020

A round-up of latest news compiled by our village magazine, News & Views. Wishing everyone a happy Easter.

This Easter week:

  • Easter week Alleluia!
  • The Queen gave a special message to mark the Easter weekend
  • The number of deceased from Covid-19 has followed Spain and Italy. 44 NHS and care professionals have died in service.
  • 5000 former NHS staff are now in post, and 10,300 former staff are ready to be deployed
  • Birmingham’s NHS Nightingale Hospital now open, along with the Bristol, Harrogate and Manchester Nightingales
  • Ex-RAF Coltishall base near Norwich will be made ready as a Covid-19 mortuary
  • HM Treasury announced £750 million grants to support the charity sector
  • All Universal Credit forms are now online
  • Gov.UK amended guidance to permit those with specific health conditions e.g. autism and learning needs to take more than 1 walk per day
  • North Norfolk Council has 10 co-ordination centres. They reported gratefully all tourist areas were deserted on Easter weekend
  • Beware fake social media accounts asking for bank details purporting to be from or sources
  • The Anglican Guild of All Souls Chantry priest Fr Greany, based in Walsingham, offers a daily (private) mass specifically for the bereaved, dying and departed
  • Walsingham’s Anglican junior church had Easter eggs and craft packs delivered by Fr Harri

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