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.
- 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
April 24th, 2020
Latest roundup from News & Views
- 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
A big thank you to all our shops and services
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 gov.uk/coronavirus or nhs.uk/coronavirus 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
April 2nd, 2020
A round-up of latest news compiled by our village magazine, News & Views. Top of the list, congratulations to Pam Miller, wishing her a happy 90th birthday!
- 8pm street clapping for NHS workers went national
- Rainbows of hope placed in windows #Stayshomestaysafe
- Self-Employment income support scheme created; complete a 2018-19 tax return and HMRC will contact you
- Military vehicles deliver PPE equipment to London hospitals and overseas doctors arrive to help
- Pope uniquely delivers Urbi et Orbi blessing in response to the pandemic
- Catholics in England & Wales rededicate themselves to Mary
- Shrine OLW streams 6pm Shrine Prayers on Facebook. National Shrine streams 24/7 prayers, Mass and Adoration
- Beauty spot carparks close and police redirect people home
- Online sales of books, handicrafts, jigsaws, bulbs and seeds boosted
- Residents gift home-grown veg and preserves to neighbours’ front doors
March 27th, 2020
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