Good evening Shrewton and Orcheston – a quick update on how the village has prepared itself to weather the anticipated COVID-19 storm in the days and weeks ahead.
My first message to you is that I believe we are well set to cope with the majority of scenarios that we can foresee at the moment.
We have a robust and fully functioning “Command and Control (C2)” set up, led by the Chairs of our two Parish Councils (PCs) and supported by the Rev Eleanor and a couple of dodgy ex-military types who, if nothing else, can help with the ironing of the Rev’s dog collars and plan the Victory Parade on the far side of all this.
We have good communication networks running: Shrewton and Orcheston general WhatsApp group, a smaller email group for the key players in the C2 group, a nightly conference call for the C2 group and of course
shrewton.com which is carrying all the “official” updates.
Meanwhile, the flyers that went round the village so effectively last weekend have now given us the ability to draw up a detailed database of those who already need some support or who may need it in future. And we now have an equally detailed network of Volunteers who have been “cross matched” with those in need for the purposes of general support and food distribution as and when that becomes necessary. We also have a separate, smaller team who are working with the surgeries on prescription deliveries and all these Volunteers are working under the strict code of practice laid down in a Safeguarding protocol approved by the PCs and will have ID cards on them at all times when they are out and about in the villages.
In other areas, we have our shops in the village continuing to provide us with a brilliant service and The Arrowhead, which will be with you all within the next 24 hours, has details of those local businesses still able to offer delivery services.
In short, in the 7 days since the C2 group first met to discuss what Shrewton and Orcheston needed to do to get themselves as well prepared as possible for this national crisis, there has been well led, well planned and well executed activity in a number of areas and we are well set. There has also been enormous good will and kindness shown in every corner of our village lives.
There is clearly no room for complacency – we all need to keep up our personal vigilance with social distancing and hygiene and all the other Govt guidelines, but as a community we can take some comfort that we have not been idle; we can Keep Calm and Carry On!
With best wishes,