A Sunday Reflection
It is an extraordinary time when families and friends cannot gather together over Sunday lunch, when our little church up on the hill cannot be open for Sunday worship, when our village pub cannot open for convivial drinks and conversation, and even our remarkable community shop has to take a short break and close its doors for 24 hours.
Yet, just as extraordinary, has been the response of the people in our village and its immediate neighbourhood, and today we say “thank you” to all those who have made sure vital things happen when so little can happen.
Especially we thank the village shop team – staff and volunteers – who have had to adapt over the past seven days to ever-changing circumstances, moving from near “business as normal” to a delivery-only service in such a short time.
The church has had to adapt as well, moving its services on-line, and offering help across the community.
The Parish Council has been liaising with all village organisations, making sure every household is informed about what to do and how to find help if needed, especially for those self-isolating or living alone.
The Parish Magazine has come out on time, packed full of useful information and is being distributed by volunteers to every subscriber this weekend.
The village website team have ensured that information, advice and developments are updated daily.
The Hambledon Community Fund has said its coffers are open to those in need of help and its umbrella organisation, the Community Foundation for Surrey, has launched both a new Coronavirus Response Fund and an appeal for donations.
Hambledon Nursery School has been working hard behind the scenes to assess the impact of enforced closure on children, parents, staff and the school as a business.
Spare a thought for staff at St Dominic’s School, which remains open to care for the most vulnerable of its special needs pupils and those of key workers.
Peter de Savary, owner of the Merry Harriers, has offered his local staff as helpers if needed.
Jeremy Hunt, our local MP, has praised the response of Hambledon and offered his support for the initiatives taken by the Parish Council and others.
Details of all of the above can be found by looking back over the website update articles in recent days.
What a week it has been! And tomorrow it starts all over again as the Village Shop reopens after taking a day’s break and once again processes on-line orders to be delivered across the area.
We can also be grateful to the foresight, hard work and generosity of those villagers, some no longer able to play an active role in community life, who drove through the initiatives that led to our shuttered village shop and post office reopening as a community venture, so important to us today.
Finally, the best wishes of all go to one such individual, a wonderful and much-respected village stalwart who is suffering from the Coronavirus and in a critical condition in hospital. She is a fighter, and we all say “keep fighting” and we look forward to you coming home soon.