Firstly I hope that everyone is keeping well. We are now into our fourth week of lockdown. Most people in Amberley appear to be managing well as, across the village, good neighbours abound. As well as the free NHS prescription delivery service run by Lloyds Pharmacy www.echo.co.uk there is also one www.pharmacy2u.co.uk  This is described as faultless.

 

Yesterday and today are the first days since lockdown when we have had rain. Good for gardeners!

 

This Sunday’s Gospel reading is about the disciple Thomas who wanted to touch the wounds in Jesus’ hands and sides.

I found this little saying:

‘instead of doubting do some blessing counting’.

Hard to do at this unsettling and anxious time.

 

If you are helping people here are some straightforward safeguarding guidelines:

'Volunteers to be advised to practice all government advice, so frequent hand-washing, keep a safe distance (leave things on doorstep). They should collect receipts for any purchases and wait for payment before handing over purchases. Those who need help to be advised of receipt/payment structure and that this is a volunteer operation, nothing formal.

 

Sadly, but not unsurprisingly, there are even now Coronavirus scams. Here is the link to the UK police website: www.actionfraud.police.uk  Criminals are now offering to disinfect your drives, pretending to be charity or NHS workers as well sites popping up selling protective equipment which does not exist.

The Gloucestershire Community help hub allow people to post offers of and requests for help. Here is the link

https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/gloucestershires-community-help-hub

For the most vulnerable please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

If you know of anyone in another village who needs help there is a list of contacts, village by village on the Stroud District council website.

This week I have not had an update from Minchinhampton Life so I have published last week table of local suppliers. If people know of changes I will pass them on

 

Keep safe and keep in touch

Have a good week

Reverend John

 

This is the link to the Business Directory from Minchinhampton Life showing the status of local businesses. Missing from this list are Hobbs House and Stroud Brewery who are still operating as per last week. The Amberley Inn will take orders on the day before for fish and chips.

https://mcusercontent.com/555e3483e189855b20cf3234b/files/e258f203-da7b-466c-9ab9-e5b20b117168/200409_Minchinhampton_Life_Business_Directory_during_COVID_19.pdf