Dear All,

Firstly, I hope that everyone is keeping well. The lockdown continues but with fewer restrictions. On Wednesday we saw our first golfer and our first cows on the common. On Saturday the Church would have hosted the annual newcomers party. Sadly we cannot welcome everyone who has moved into the village over the last year in person but we welcome you virtually.

 

Despite the easing of restrictions for some self-isolation will continue. So it is still important to support these people. Some of our village volunteers have offered to call people. If you think there is someone who would like a chat with a different person, let me know on 876173.

We can exercise a little more so here is a link to a cartoon by Dave Walker; an exercise worksheet, click on this link and scroll to the top:

Worksheet: Exercise - by Dave Walker | CartoonChurch.com

The Christian year is busy over the next two weeks with Ascension Day, Pentecost or Whit Sunday and then Trinity Sunday. These three festivals may help us focus on the Holy Spirit working in our lives, how we can follow the teachings of Jesus or just reflect about the loving embrace of God.

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.

Christian Aid Week finishes on Saturday. This year Christian Aid will support poorer countries with soap, clean water and medical supplies. If you feel you can, please donate on-line, here is the link:

https://www.christianaid.org.uk/appeals/key-appeals/christian-aid-week

Criminal activity has not gone away. Living in such a quiet environment might lull us into a false sense of security. Scams, rogue traders and thieves are still active. Here is the link to the UK police fraud website: www.actionfraud.police.uk .

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.

The link to the table of local suppliers is below together with a list of updates from Minchinhampton Life. 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 earlier updates. The Amberley Inn will take orders for Friday and Saturday on the day before for fish and chips. Note that, due to less demand Jane is reducing their hours to Monday’s, Tuesdays and Fridays due to demand levels. Operation of pre-ordering will remain the same but collections between 10.30 and 12 will only be on these days with immediate effect.

A list of updates from Minchinhampton support group:

Henry’s Coffee Shop and Dairy
Henrys website is about to launch imminently! Their entire range will soon feature on their new website including prices, the ability to order and allocate to your time slot and pictorial updates of the farm and shop. The website, will feature weekly special items as well as all of the everyday items from their range.

Halls Bakery
Are now taking orders for collection or delivery, place your orders on the link here:

For anyone craving fresh fish!
William's Fish Counter to Open for the Bank Holiday Weekend. They will open for sales of fresh fish, shellfish and smoked salmon on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 May from 9am to 2pm.

As stock will be limited, please send your orders by Tuesday 19th May. More details on stock available and pricing at
https://www.williamsfoodhall.co.uk/Fish-Market

Burleigh Court Hotel
Fancy a wholesome Chicken, Ham & Leek Pie or a scrumptious Moroccan Tagine? Their takeaway ready-meals are now available to purchase online. Safe collection from Burleigh Court every Friday and Saturday. View full menu here

Thistledown – Local Webshop
Thistledown, have over 150 products - many locally produced or made by them - in the webshop. No queues, no indoor shopping, just select your products, pay online and pick-up through a window hatch. Products include plenty of flours, vegan products, Organic produce, chocolate & ice creams, local alcohols and Salt Bakehouse bread. Pastries (inc cruffins!) and local meat should be available later this week. Limited collection slots each Mon and Fri so please book ahead!
https://shop.thistledown.org.uk
More veg box recipes later this week for subscribers! Any questions or requests please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Minchinhampton Boots:
are under threat of closure if they do not dispense a certain number of prescriptions every month. They made this target in March but NOT in April. This is definitely a case of USE IT OR LOSE IT! Please try to support them. It would be such a loss to our area if the branch closed.

Minchinhampton Foot Clinic
is to partially re-open on Monday, 1st June for “essential or urgent” cases. In order to minimise risk both to patients and the Foot Health Practitioner new protocols will be put in place. A copy of these can be found on their website www.minchinhamptonfootclinic.co.uk

Emergency Dentistry:
If you are unfortunate enough to require urgent dentistry, we have been advised that people should contact: Gloucestershire Emergency Dental Services
03004 21640.

And finally, the link to the local business:

https://mcusercontent.com/555e3483e189855b20cf3234b/files/36ca820e-3491-40bb-b212-9baa20dde7bb/200514_Minchinhampton_Life_Business_Directory_during_COVID_19_Sheet1.pdf