From the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic, Hambledon Village Website has played a key role in keeping residents informed. The final Sunday Reflection comes from the web team.
With the arrival of Coronavirus all our lives changed dramatically. New rules, regulations and instructions were being issued on an almost daily basis and only the website could react, almost instantly, keeping villagers abreast as we went into lock-down.
At the beginning the website posted an update every day, alerting people to what was happening around the village and providing emergency contact details.
On March 29th, just after the introduction of lock-down, it ran a short article entitled A Sunday Reflection. It began with these words: “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…
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.”
The reflection captured the mood of the moment and it was well-received. The web team decided to offer a weekly opportunity for others to ponder on their changed circumstances. Since then, individuals and organisations have stepped forward to provide a fascinating insight into how one small rural village adapted and coped in extraordinary times.
The village shop, its volunteers, the church, the pub, the parish council, nursery school, football and cricket clubs, the village hall, ramblers, cyclists, parish magazine, and many others, have contributed Sunday Reflections and they will stand as a testament to the resolve and fortitude of our resilient community.
The Reflections gave a contrast to the necessary factual information that the website has provided since lock-down – a chance to draw breath and take stock, gather our thoughts and, very often, count our blessings.
We lost a remarkable village lady, Mary Caroe, to the virus. Other were afflicted by it. Some of us had to isolate. It was a challenging time for us all.
Now lock-down has been lifted, restrictions have been eased, and a semblance of normality has returned. Deaths and infection rates have dropped. But we all know that the virus is still at large and we must hope and pray it will not return on the scale we witnessed this Spring and early summer.
The Sunday Reflection has given a weekly window on life in Hambledon at the most unusual of times. It has done its job and run its course. We hope you have enjoyed reading them.
The Village Web team – Paul Osborne, Jon Petersen, Mary Burrows and Stewart Payne