Coronovirus Era in Kington St Michael 2020
In March 2020 England went in to Lockdown, and, as ever, residents sprang into action to help to overcome the difficulties this presented.
A KSM Community Help Facebook page was promptly set up, information and links were posted to the village website, and the bus shelter at The Ridings became a "swap stop" where items could be left for collection, including plants, books and toys to keep children occupied, and all sorts of other items. Each road was assigned at least one co-ordinator who would either help anyone in need or find someone who was able to help, such as by shopping or collecting prescriptions. Leaflets were popped through letterboxes, so that everyone knew who to contact.
The community pulled together, with neighbours helping those who had to self-isolate due to a variety of reasons. On-line shopping lists were pooled, as delivery slots were hard to come by, otheres shopped for their friends and neighbours and the takings at the village shop rocketed! Meanwhile, trying to buy toilet rolls, pasta or tinned tomatoes proved challenging, thanks to panic buying across the country.
Kington Club co-ordinated a food collection point and provided lunches and other meals for those who needed them; The Jolly Huntsman pub provided meals too.
Cilla Labouchere sold hand-made face masks outside her house in Stubbs Lane and raised £300 for Julia's House Children's Hospice: Louise Williams set up a table at the end of Kyneton Way, with free plants that she had grown, and many gardens in the rest of the village benefitted from this, especially with so may people on furlough and with time on their hands (decorating, baking, and tidying kitchen cupboards was also popular!).
The shop welcomed new volunteers, as many of its more senior volunteers had to self-isolate. A screen was installed and all volunteers provided with hand sanitiser (which was like gold dust at that point), and safe distancing was marked out on the floor and outside.
On Friday 8th May, the village celebrated the 75th anniversary of VE day, with socially distanced tea parties and the such-like. Here are some photos of the village's decorations.
July 2020: The postbox at the south end of the village was designated a "Priority Postbox" for those returning Covid-19 tests.
During the pandemic the Parish Council was unable to hold meetings and relevant powers were designated to the Clerk, in order for things to run as smoothly as possible.
The village hall's management committee cancelled all booked events and decided to not take any further bookings until at least 2021.
75th Anniversary of VJ day, 15th August 2020 - although their were no street celebrations, some residents whose members of the family had served in the far east, diplayed photos or memorabilia in their windows.
(Display by Laurence Rogers)