Isolated? In lockdown? No way to connect with family and friends? Maybe technology can help.
Now that many of us have access to excellent broadband in Hambledon there has never been a more opportune time to venture into the world of group video chatting. So here is a my rundown of the ways to use new video calling technology to replace that face to face social interaction that we have lost in the past few weeks.
The choice is wide depending on your needs, and who you would like to connect to. I will try and summarise the benefits of each software solution so you can choose what may be right for you.
Houseparty – this is the teen favourite – a smartphone app that is the WhatsAp for video. It allows upto 8 people to be video chatting on your screen at a time, and has options for overlays of fun games to play with you friends. It is fairly easy to set up, and works on a computer too. Like Facebook it does nose about in your contacts book trying to create more “houseparty friends”, so turn off those options.
All copies of the April Parish Magazine should have reached subscribers by now, but as several of the delivery volunteers were new to the job, it is possible some were missed. If you did not receive your copy please contact Stewart Payne on 07831 393561.
Some people do not subscribe, but buy the magazine at the village shop. As this is currently not possible, copies are available for purchase in the porch at St Peter’s Church beside a collection box. The cost per copy is 70 pence.
Government advice on taking exercise is to do so once a day, and in your own locality. For local families, it is understandable that you may wish to venture into the countryside around Hambledon where many fields and paddocks contain livestock. No matter how tempting it is, PLEASE DO NOT feed or make contact with animals and do not touch or sit on fences and gates belonging to private properties. Thank you.
The website team is keen to broaden the scope of what is on offer on the news pages. Updates, such as this, are important. But it would be good to have some variety to take our minds off our current “locked down” state. If you would like to contribute an article for publication this would be very welcome, and much appreciated by villagers. It could reflect how you are dealing with “lock down” or self-isolation, anecdotes about family life in the current circumstances, humorous or insightful observations…anything that takes your fancy. So come on Hambledonians, please let your creative juices flow and lift our spirits. If you have an offering please send it to web team member Paul Osborne.
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.
Today was our busiest day so far for orders. Almost 50 were provisioned. Thanks to all involved. Please note there will be no deliveries tomorrow (Sunday) apart from newspapers. We will be delivering again on Monday.
The shop remains well stocked with all the essentials. You can find out more about what the shop stocks by downloading this document: HVS Groceries.
The process for placing orders for delivery is as follows:
Latest Updates from Hambledon Parish Council, Saturday March 28th
The Village Shop will not open on Sundays or Tuesdays until further notice, and no home deliveries will be made on these days. Pre-ordered Sunday newspapers will be delivered tomorrow, but this will be reviewed. The shop is closed to the public, so DO NOT visit. Please see http://www.hambledonsurrey.co.uk/?p=12566
The Community Foundation For Surrey, which has been of considerable help to local initiatives in Hambledon over the years, has established a Coronavirus Response Fund, for which £300,000 was raised in its first week thanks largely to existing donors. As soon as the Foundation announced the fund was open to applications it was flooded with requests from community groups. It is now in need of additional voluntary donations to continue to give support in the current emergency. If you can help please do, and urge others to do so. This is the link to the Foundation’s online giving page: virginmoneygiving.com/fund/surreycoronavirusfund You can also give by BACS. All details on how to donate, and how to apply for funding, can be found by visiting www.cfsurrey.org.uk
orders received before 12 noon will be delivered same day
include your address and phone number with your order
DON’T COME TO THE SHOP
Until further notice we will be closing the shop on Sundays and Tuesdays, no deliveries will be made on those days, except that this Sunday we will be delivering newspapers to those that have pre-ordered. We will update you on our plan regarding future newspaper deliveries as soon as we can. Some newspapers are offering a free home delivery service for a few weeks, we’d encourage those who want newspapers delivered to explore the options open to them.
Latest Updates From Hambledon Parish Council, Friday March 27th.
The April Parish Magazine will be delivered across the village this weekend, thanks to several of the existing volunteers and others who have stepped in to fill the shoes of those who are self-isolating. The magazine contains all the necessary contact details for key organisations and coordinators helping the community through this difficult time of Coronavirus restrictions, plus all the regular features. As some subscribers previously collected from the village shop, and the list for home deliveries may not be complete, please bear with us. If you are a subscriber and do not receive your copy please contact Stewart Payne/Mary Burrows on 07831 393561 and 07909 9284251.
The Village Shop is continuing with its daily deliveries and its method of operation is approved by Waverley Borough Council’s Environmental Health officers. Please see the update from the shop sent out yesterday for more details: http://www.hambledonsurrey.co.uk/?p=12556 Having your groceries delivered to your home involves less risk of contamination than visiting a shop or supermarket. Food packaging is not known to present a specific risk but, as an added precaution, some health experts suggest leaving goods for 72 hours before opening, or spray and wipe plastic or glass containers etc carefully with bleach diluted in water as directed on the bottle. (Source: BBC News website).
The shop is well-stocked and staff are emailing regular customers with a list of what is available, including a PDF version that can be printed out for future reference. If you receive this email and know of someone else in the surrounding area who may not have seen it, but would find it useful, please pass it on.
Perhaps surprisingly, the 503 Hambledon bus to Milford, Godalming and Guildford, is still running to its usual timetable, three times a week, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The service is operated by Stagecoach and its website states that social-distancing is in force on all buses. You cannot sit close to another passenger, you must take newspapers and magazines home with you and, if possible, use contactless payments. The same rules apply to the regular 71 bus service along the Petworth Road.
Volunteers continue to come forward and this is greatly appreciated. For the time being enough help is available to deliver the shop supplies and for distribution of the parish magazine, but all names are logged and may be called upon in the future. Thank you. In the meantime you may wish to enroll in the national NHS volunteer scheme. goodsamapp.org/NHS.