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Thoughts on VE Day

Today I would like to remember. Not the battles or flagwaving, but the hundred and thousands of people whose action in the spring and summer of 1945 laid a foundation of kindness in Europe that helped to create a climate that allowed to overcome the need for revenge and that helped to create 75 years of peace in most or Europe through their actions and kindnesses in a world that was torn apart and in tatters.

Europe in spring 1945 was a world in ruins, a world where refugees and missing persons and non-combatants, mainly older people, women and children were trying to evade being caught up in the chaotic fighting and partisan attacks going on all around them. It is a world where the allied armies saw first hand the horrors of Fascism, when they entered the camps and discovered the massacre sites. It would have been so easy to just take revenge and start the circle afresh.

Instead, throughout Europe there were people in and out of uniform that saw that it was time to make a difference. The Morrocan French soldier who entered a farm house on the Upper Rhine where a young mother had just given birth and left his shirt, the British army doctor who managed to get hold of some penicillin in a small town in Austria to treat another young mother and her little girl and kept them alive.

The American soldiers and nurses who feed a group of small children that had become separated from their parents in Belgium out of their own rations until the Red Cross was able to help them.

The nurse of the prisoner of war camp who smuggled on more list of names of allied prisoners to Norway, so that their families would know where they had been moved to.

The millions of CARE packages that arrived in Europe from America and the hundreds of similar packages that people in Britain send to their friends and family members on the continent despite the rationing.

The work of the tracing service of the Red Cross, who were setting up centres all over Europe to reunite families and look after the millions of unaccompanied children.

And not least the members of the British Forces under Montgomery who weeks after discovering Bergen-Belsen crossed the Elbe on May 2nd and closed the last land corridor to the East, prior to signing the Lueneburg surrender on May 4th, which ended the war in the Netherlands, Northern Germany west of the Elbe, Schleswig-Holstein and Denmark.
What is not generally known is that when they crossed the Elbe the British army ran into one of the biggest refugee trecks in Europe at the time.
Since the autumn of 1944 more and more people from East of the Oder were fleeing the advance of the Russian Army, large numbers heading for Schleswig-Holstein (The German area between Hamburg and the Danish border). Either by completely overladen ship/boats, but many more on foot.
The first safe harbour was the town of Ratzeburg south of Luebeck, where between March and the beginning of May over 78000 people, arrived and where treated, fed and moved further inland, many more would come until June.
When the British army arrived at Ratzeburg they started to support this effort. Survivors of these days talk about the British soldiers who were helping with the last few miles, about the small gestures and support that were provided, by people who had no reason to help. To many of the people who survived 1945 in Northern Germany and in Southern Austria, the British army became a much appreciated lifesaver and friends.
This is what I will remember today.

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Day 33: …and we start the second half.

Yes, I think by the time the announcement was made most of us had figured out that we would be spending a few more weeks in Lockdown. Let’s face it, if you are still regularly loosing over 700 people a day, we have a long way to go…but we will, and we will get there…
….and yes, I am happy to report that the first four weeks after this is over will probably the biggest hug-fest in my life and the busiest in my social calendar ever (so far, I have arranged three trips to different parts of Scotland, a trip to Croatia, one to Germany and the Netherlands, a wild weekend in Herefordshire, an even wilder week in Bristol, a not very sober few days in London, a week at the seaside in Scarborough, a long walk along Hadrian’s Wall, a canoodle with my two godgrandchildren (one of which I have only seen on pictures so far), a very sober and sedate trip to Swansea and St.David’s (at least until we hit the pub)…..several long project planning sessions definitely not online and in front of some decent chips and beer at the Old Dancer…need I continue?) My liver will probably never talk to me again, but it will be so worth it celebrating all these birthdays and christenings (and at least one wake)).

I think we have all reached the stage where we can quite easily dream about a good old fashioned face to face meeting with our far-away friends and relatives. Skype only lets you go so far.
But until then I will probably have finished reading the whole of Dorothy Dunnett’s House of Niccol√≥ (for those not in the know: that’s 8 x 550 pages of a wonderful historical novel), will have finished my new Aran cardigan, have got really good at sewing and probably will still not have tidied up the garage – and hopefully still have my business.

This is actually going to become a bit of problem to many of us that self-employed. Most of us cannot safely run their business, because they need to get too close to their customers (you try and cut somebody’s beard from 2m away) or find it quite hard to connect with their customers or be able to source some of the ingredients/materials to carry on trading. According to some news reports, about 25% of small business are currently closed, not generating income, not being able to make the money to cover the rent.

Some of you have asked why I continue to advertise the opening times of non-essential businesses. Frankly, because they, too, need your support, perhaps more urgently than Lidl or Waitrose.

So, tonight in the shops’ section, I am featuring the online markets of the Sustainable Market and of the Artisan Markets, because they represent a large number of very small traders: let’s see if we can keep our much-loved markets alive, until we can go and shop at them again in person.

Shops etc.

The Wilmslow Artisan Market has moved online.

The page for the Makers’ Market in Knutsford can be found here. Deliveries to Wilmslow are made on Fridays.

The Wilmslow Sustainable Market has its own Facebook page.

The Wilmslow Community Shop information can be found also on Facebook.

Kid’s Corner.

Many thanks to all of you who attended my Ancient Egypt talk and many thanks for the lovely pictures of your future tomb paintings (I love the one with the five cats!). Here is one from the British Museum you might like as well, although I think that tomcat may be in trouble when it gets home. ūüôā

and finally….

Social isolation penguin Day 18: Si Peng and Miss Pengie have been chatting on the phone alot… They’ve found they have lots in common! Biscuits, cakes, chocolate… all the important things!

Could this be romance sparking?

(courtesy of Melanie Ann Green of Feltmeupdesigns)

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Day 32 : The Silent Trade

Herodotos, a Greek historian, who lived over 2500 years ago described in his Histories the exchange of goods between two people who could not understand each other and who did not want to deal with each other face to face.

On an appointed day One group of traders would come and spread their wares and then leave, the second group of traders would then arrive inspect the wares and offer goods by setting them next to them, then they would withdraw as well. The first group would return, and if they were satisfied would take the offered goods and leave their original offerings for the second group to collect. – this is known as the Silent Trade and this exchange system has been reported time and time again all over the world.

I have read about this all my professional life, and now I finally am seeing it in action.
Thanks to Whatsapp our neighbourhood has in the last four weeks developed into a little exchange centre. It all started with offers of picking up shopping and medication. Then it became small exchanges of tools or equipment that was urgently needed and lately there are little offers of garden plants, or fruit and veg being set out near the porches and picked up with other material being left a few days later.

I have always been told that Silent Trade systems depend on honesty – and yes, they do, but it is really nice to actually realise that they also depend on kindness and consideration. It has made the street a much better place to be.

Talking about nice places…
Congratulations to the amazing bear from Chapel Lane (featured above), after doing the most impressive appearances for the Bear Hunt over the last two weeks, he has been over Easter collecting food for the hungry bears and their flat mates for the Foodbank. 16 bags!! People are really very generous around here and the Bear is very impressed and so is the little girl that makes sure he does not get a heat stroke from working too hard for all of us.

Shops etc.

Dans DIY on Moor Lane is open 9am-5pm Monday – Saturday
And 10am-3pm on a Sunday!

and he has bedding plants available!

and finally…

Social isolation penguin day 17: Aw look! It’s not the Easter pengbunny! Its Miss Pengie all dressed up with an Easter cake for Si Peng!

Happy Easter Si Peng !


(courtesy of Melanie Ann Green of Feltmeupdesigns)

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Day 31: Grumpy!

Ok, this was weird. It seems that after the holidays, everybody needed to pick a fight. Not sure, how we organised this, but it really seemed as if the whole town as “a wee bit grumpy”. Wherever I looked, whoever I spoke too, there was the need to pick a fight or feel offended or slam the door. Ok, yes my behaviour might not have been stellar either (and apologies to those who copped it), but I saw enough post on the various fora today to recognise that it was not just me.
….and then it struck me: Cabin Fever!
We have been three weeks in lockdown, over four weeks in Covid Special measures and suddenly it is clear that the well of human kindness hath runneth dry and we are out of patience, and we need to be somewhere (anywhere but here for preference) and our adrenaline is taking over. Time for the Fight or Flight instinct. Unfortunately, Flight is not really an option at the moment, so Fight it is.
Sounds daft, I know. Unfortunately, thanks to long weeks of project works away in the middle of nowhere, this is not the first time I have seen this. It happens – (pretty much every single time, I went on project work). We just got lucky, that we had decent weather and that going outside might have delayed things.

What can you do?
1. Don’t take it out on others. Ok, easier said than done, we are only human. But try and be kind your opposite, who is probably just as frustrated as you.
2. if you can do some exercise, do it. Cycling is good (especially if you have a peloton), but pushups and similar are just as effective.
3. If you have to hit something, pick something soft, much better for the hands and less destructive for the rest of the house (and avoid throwing it towards the window :-).
5. Get some paper and draw or make some pizza dough and knead it into oblivion.
4. If you know how to do it, meditate. (If you are very active, this may not work for you).

If this gets out of hand, remember to get in touch and talk with somebody. The helpline numbers are here.

NHS update

The Lindow Parade and Wilmslow Health Centre Pharmacies have just announced their opening times for this week:

Well Pharmacy at the Health Centre
Open from 9 am – 2.45 pm
Closed 2.45 – 5.15pm
Reopens from 5.15pm -6.30pm

Well Pharmacy on Lindow Parade

Open 10am-12.30pm
Closed 12.30-2pm
Reopens 2-6pm

If you need a delivery please contact Hannan Sarwar either on Facebook, or via, and a volunteer will be in touch to make arrangements.

Shops etc…

Those lovers of those continental cakes will be delighted to hear that Wienholt’s in Alderley Edge will reopen April 16th, from 10-4pm.

Kid’s Corner

Have you all survived Easter? Was there enough Easter Eggs? Have you seen the Bunny Hunt in your area?

Today’s crafting idea comes from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York
You will need:

Materials: potato, paper, pencil, paint brush and paint (acrylic is best, but most craft paints work fine). Paperclip.

draw your print design. Don’t make it too detailed, potatoes prefer chunky art.
Ask your parents to cut the potato into thick slices (about an inch thick).

then put your design over the flat part of the potato and with the unbent paper clip poke hole along the design lines through the paper into the potato.

Think about what parts of your design you want to receive paint and what parts you don’t. Only carve away the parts of the potato’s surface that you don’t want to receive paint. Start carving! Use the curved end of the paper clip to carve the potato‚ÄĒthe wide side to remove large strips and the narrow side to carve details.

When you are finished, pat the potato stamp dry with a paper towel, and use a wet paintbrush to apply paint to the stamp.
Firmly press the potato onto a piece of paper for about 3 seconds.
Carefully lift the stamp.

Repeat to make a pattern.

And finally….

Social Isolation Penguin Day 16:

Social isolation penguin day 21: look what we found on our state sanctioned waddle! We knocked on the door but The Doctor wasn’t in… we could really do with The Doctor right now!

#geekpeng #socialisolation #socialisolationpenguin #doctorwho #tardis #doctorwhowhereareyou

(courtesy of Melanie Ann Green of Feltmeupdesigns)

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Day 30: A moment of sheer normality?

This was strange. I had been dreading Easter and had made all the arrangements to just stick to my normal routine. But in the end my husband won. I had put all the decorations out, as I usually do, so there is a certain excess of rabbits and little chickens about the house, and then from Friday night onwards, my husband gently pushed me to follow all our normal Easter ritual. Cleaning the house, decorating the eggs, making Easter cake, gently cursing while you finally spot that you should have brought more mushrooms to make your Easter dinner, sitting down to a lovely dinner, ringing the relatives, having something nice to drink before having a lie-in on Monday morning. Hey we even managed to oversleep by so much that it really made no sense to go for a drive to the Lake District anymore and have eaten so much chocolate, that an impending diet is now a real possibility.

I know, I was lucky – my relatives live a long way away and meeting up for Easter has rarely been practical, so the result was that the last three days felt in many ways like a bit of normality. This was not so different from other years and that was possibly the best Easter Egg of them all…a tiny bit of normality.

I hope you Easter was as good. Happy Easter.

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Day 27: Good Friday, 10th April 2020 – and no cake!

Oh, yes, you heard right, we have a new shortage. Well, actually, it is the old shortage, but it has not managed to resolve itself and now we are at Easter, and it is a bit harder to ignore. The trouble has been quietly brewing on Social Media for the past week. Repeated request for some flour. At first just a “Could you get me some plain flour”, then by last Thursday a more insistent “Could you get me any flour, self-raising/plain, I just need enough for a cake” and yesterday it had reached the “Does anybody know, if anybody has any flour spare – we have a birthday coming and I can’t make a cake”.

This morning this situation got worse: not only is there no plain flour – there is now no bread/strong flour either, neither normal or wholemeal – and apparently yeast is equally hard to get. By lunchtime, there were further queries: “what is gram flour all about”, “can you make bread out of rice flour?”

Folks, I think our hidden artisan bakers are in deep trouble at the worst possible time – because Waitrose and Sainsbury are not likely to have new supplies until Tuesday at least…and Amazon is not likely to be able to deliver any earlier. A quick ring round the large flour mills on Thursday showed that getting even the 30 kg bags could be tricky.
I was relieved to hear that there is one supplier who is willing to send a tanker (yes, a tanker) of flour to Wilmslow from Wellingborough- if we are willing to order 4 tonnes of flour minimum – oh, and they want the tanker back by the end of the day. Given what my chemistry teacher taught me about surprisingly explosive materials, I thought I would decline. The last thing we need right now is our wonderful firemen having to put out a flour explosion in somebody’s garage (if you think, this is a joke, google it – it really is quite terrifying).

So, what can we do without flour and how can we bake bread without yeast.

Back to basics – bread does not need yeast, flatbread is quite nice all by itself. Water, a bit of oil, flour, make a nice pan baked flatbread (and that is where the gram flour comes in handy – chapati, yummy!). Dry it a bit more and make it thinner and you have matze, or Roman soldier’s bread if you like it thicker, add some herbs and it can taste really delicious.

But you want fluffy bread? Fair enough. Use baking soda! Scones, soda bread, certain Bridies etc are all based on baking soda – no yeast needed.

Still not satisfied and want a long term solution? Start your own sourdough….but you might have to wait a week before we get fresh bread. But it is incredibly soothing if you feel frustrated. ūüôā

Still no good? Then try anything with a bit of fizz in. Lemonade, coke, freshly made fruit juice (not oranges or lemons!), beer and wine are quite popular as well. But if you pour champagne into bread instead of a nice flute, you may have gone too far. Of course, these liquids replace any water you would usually add, but feel free to start experimenting.

So you see, who needs yeast? And if you are still hankering after it, you can actually make it yourself. Go google it, make it your family’s next homeschooling science project, if it is a success, ask you father to show you how to start homebrew next week – he may remember that from his student days. ūüôā (BTW, it is quite possible, that some of your mums know how to make homebrew as well. :-))

Now, for the next bit. You want a cake for Sunday – but no flour?
There are still options. If you have a little bit of flour, but not enough, you can stretch it: add cocoa (or just hot chocolate powder, works just as well), or you can stretch it with oatmeal or semolina or carrots or coconut or cornflour (think long and hard before using American cornflour (which is different- from British cornflour not everbody likes that taste, although I do, especially when combined with oranges).
You have no flour at all? Again cornflour will allow you to make some cakes, but it is much nicer to use ground nuts (check for allergies).

Still no good? Then make sweets that are not flour based.

You could just make a meringue. Eggwhite and sugar is always a good starter…. and you can fill it with whatever you like.

You can make a really nice chilled cake out of cream cheese on a basis of caramelised breadcrumbs or crushed cornflakes or for that truly decadent feeling: Chocolate cheese filling on a basis of desiccated coconuts and dried fruit and nuts. Just don’t count calories within a 3-mile radius.

If you are really good at baking, try making a charlotte. it needs an outer shell of sliced fruit or chocolate buttons, or biscuits and the inner filling is a usually a cream or pudding filling. If needs chilling and then turning out of the bowl. But don’t worry if it goes wrong – how do you think Eton Mess started?

If that still is not good enough and your teeth are up to it, there are always the cakes that are based on chocolate or caramel clusters. All you need is melted chocolate or if you are more experienced fudge or caramel (don’t do this unless you are willing to sacrifice a saucepan if it goes wrong). and then add whatever nuts, Frosties, chocolate buttons, marshmallows, raisins etc you feel like adding, fill into little shapes and let it cool.

So, in short, while the flour is a bit of a must of the victoria sponge – there are any amount of ways of making birthday cakes and Easter cakes without flour and yeast. Just experiment and surprise yourself – and don’t forget to give the bowl to your nearest and dearest to lick clean.

All the best from here – I am now off to the kitchen to have some of the experiments that happened during the research for this article.

I hope you have a lovely Saturday trying some of this out (or working some the results out of your system afterwards :-)).

Calling all crafters…

Hannan Sarwar has drawn my attention to the fact that it would be good to have a clearly identifiable section in the newsletter, where anything pertaining to the NHS could go…so here is our new NHS section, which in future will have the changing times of the pharmacies etc.
But today we would like to draw attention to a new initiative that has started in York, but that we would like to introduce to our local hospitals:

We are looking for all the knitters and crocheters (Wilmslow Yarnbombers – this means you!) and wonder if you could either knit or crochet pairs of little hearts (about 6.5 cm).
The patients that die in ICU are not allowed their family with them and they want to put a little heart with their loved one as they sadly pass away and a duplicate heart will be sent to the families.

All colours are OK as long as they are in matching pairs.
It is important to use clean yarn and seal them in a taped bag, such as a freezer bag. The bags should be dated because 72 hours must have elapsed before they are safe to use.

The patterns can be found here:

Finished and bagged hearts can be dropped off with me, at 55 Broadwalk, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5PL and Hannan Sarwar will take them to the hospitals.

Many thanks for your help.

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Day 26: Thursday 9th April Why are our pets having all the fun?

I am the housekeeper to two cats – I know my place in the pecking order and in the last three weeks they have used the opportunity to thoroughly housetrain me.
7am -wake up call.
7.30 am breakfast – wet food with a sprinkle of brekkies – not too much, and not on top of the chicken.
8-10am garden patrols. House staff will provide entertainment and security detail in case of invasion.
10.15 brekkies and gentle winding up of the neighbour’s dogs….and so on…

I live these days a life gently but firmly regimented by my cats, who have developed a system of quick taps to inform me that I need to interrupt my phone call to open the door or that I may have delayed dinner beyond acceptable parameters.

Don’t get me wrong. It is a gentle, at times kind form of slavery – most of the time they let me eat my food unmolested (usually when I indulge in some vegan treat). If I perform my duties well, I will receive laudatory head butts or in exceptional circumstances the ultimate reward – the invitation to rub their tummies without threat of violence. I do not have to fear feeling alone in these times of stress, not even if I search for items in the garage. They take care of any spiders suicidal enough to enter our house. If I fail to provide myself with suitable sustenance, they gently remind me how to catch a mouse, by demonstrating the necessary skills in front of me (usually on the carpet, to give me the opportunity to hone my hunting skills in a safe environment well known to me). I am very grateful for the home they allow me to share with them (and their generosity of letting me pay for heating and lighting – even for their shopping – after all it is the small freedoms and signs that they think I can be trusted with the responsibility that counts).

But over the last few days, a small note of resentment has entered my life. While I spend most of my days locked up in our house, having to find indoor entertainment and the occasional bit of it in the garden, they decide to go out and lounge around as often as they like, they go and meet other cats, engaging in the close encounters and exchange of hisses and fist bumps and boxing matches that leave a lot to be desired on the social distancing front and they leave in the middle of the night to pick up food from their favourite takeaway (don’t ask!), there are even strange other cats coming in the garden to lighten any remaining possibility of boredom.
The police know and greet them kindly in passing, despite all these shenanigans.

And yesterday, when we were briefly told by the BBC that our cats would be joining us indoors for Lockdown, they showed that their skills of lobbying far exceed ours (although clearly not their common sense), when by the afternoon they got the British Veterinary Association to clarify that cats only have to stay home, if they want to, but not if it causes them hardship, and that nobody but their staff should touch them.
I blame Larry, that Downing Street cat.

Shops, actually pharmacies!

Please note the new opening hours of the pharmacies over the Easter period:

Wilmslow Health Centre Pharmacy

Friday 10th April- CLOSED

Saturday 11th April- open 9am-12pm

Sunday 12th April- open 10am-12pm

Monday 13th April- CLOSED

Well Pharmacy Lindow Parade

Friday 10th April- open 2pm-5pm

Saturday 11th April- CLOSED

Sunday 12th April- CLOSED

Monday 13th April- open 2pm-5pm

Kid’s Corner

How did you manage with mosaic eggs yesterday? All sorted? Today we make a small Easter basket.

you need: Paper, scissors, a stapler

you need a square sheet of paper, folded into thirds in both directions, so that you have 3 x 3 square on the paper. Cut along the middle line on the top and bottom (but not on the left and right. Now fold the paper as shown in the picture and secure the three segments, by stapling them together. If you want a handle, cut a narrow band of paper and again staple it to the thick sides of the basket.

and finally…

Social isolation penguin… day 14

Apologies this morning for being a negative nelly… we got a little overwrought there, I marched back into felt gardens announcing I was never leaving the house again… and then Mr Felt took us out for a long waddle and we stared at the sea till we all felt better… he’s reminded me that getting out on our state sanctioned waddles is vital for our mental health (especially Si Peng’s). Feeling much better now.

And much tireder… I’ve done 12, 500 steps today! (Si Peng sat in my bag and enjoyed the view)

More penguin positivity tomorrow once we have a lot of biscuits and a long snooze!

#socialisolation #socialisolationpenguin #statesanctionedwalk #beachwaddle #feelingbetter #mentalhealthwalk (and before you ask: Social Isolation Penguin lives in Scarborough very close to the harbour Рhe is allowed!)

(courtesy of Melanie Ann Green of Feltmeupdesigns)

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Day 25: Just how many phonecalls can you manage at once?

Working from home comes with its very own set of challenges it seems – I don’t mean ‘adorable co-workers’, but just the fun time of trying to keep track of all our new forms of communication. We all have long since learned that email gets dealt with efficiently once a day in one batch, read – action – file – done. Easy (at least in theory), and we know about the fact that if you need your peace of quiet, you quietly take the phone off the hook (or just switch it off), but three weeks into this strange spring we seem to have got far too proficient at all this networking software.

So this morning, I find myself with a number of queries coming in on the Nextdoor app, (including some information about Fosters Fish and Chips that I will talk about later). Meanwhile, three different Whatsapp groups were happily chattering in the background distributing and organising everything from gardening and shopping rotas to work schedules for the coming week to the latest gossip from my extended family and my two little godchildren (Although the delightful discussion about two frogs playing piggyback in the park and thus not socially distancing came later). At the same time, I was happily monitoring a work presentation on Webex, while concurrently two colleagues were setting up a break out meeting on Skype to inform me that we would be having a full team meeting later on Zoom – if they could get the beach background to work for all of us (Why can’t I have Hogwarts, at least for the financial wizardry meetings?). Oh, and then it turned out, that somebody urgently wanted me on my mobile phone. MAGIC! – well, at least I felt like Disney’s Magician’s nephew.

We had got so good at communicating this morning, I actually had to leave all of this for a quiet short walk in the garden to peruse my post! (BTW, did you get your letter from 10 Downing Street today as well?).

The good news, I think we got over the feeling completely overwhelmed by the situation. The bad news, I think we are about to be completely overwhelmed by all the new ways of leading busy lives, that allow us to talk about work (who knows sometimes we might actually manage to be a little bit productive with all this going on).


The Easter/Passover weekend is starting tonight or tomorrow night (depending on your preference) and while having two bank holidays in the middle of lockdown is bit of a waste, some of us are still trying to organise a nice Easter lunch and I have been asked to compile a list of online services for those usually attending church/temple.

While I am writing this, my Jewish friends will be sitting down to their first remote Seder. If you are still looking for ways to celebrate in the coming week the Reformed Judaism site has a number of suggestions.

The Churches in Wilmslow all over different streaming options (many via their Facebook sites) for the services in the coming days.
The United Reformed Church online services can be found here.
Beyond these, the Diocese of Chester has published a list of streaming services for the coming week.
St.Teresa’s suggests following the Masses at the Cathedral & Wythenshawe may be viewed and streamed here:¬†
The services of the Vatican during Holy Week can be found here.

But something that may be of interest to many – even beyond the religious is the fact that the Chester Mystery Plays will be streamed for the first time in 700 years on Good Friday, 10th April, at 10.30am via Youtube.

Shops etc.

Fosters Fish and Chips are doing home delivery on Good Friday. Apparently, tea time is already fully booked. But there are still a few slots earlier. Please, ring 01625 582682 on Thursday at the latest.

I have also been told that Alan Johnson, the local milk man has capacity for new customers in the Wilmslow area. He delivers milk, bread with additional eggs and fruitjuice on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Please telephone Alan on 07973 215241.

Kid’s Corner

How are you getting on with your blown out eggs? Have you started decorating them yet?
You can always start painting them, but if you think that is boring, have you tried decorating them with coloured papers?

and finally:

Social isolation penguin day 13 (I think):

What’s that you’re drinking Si Peng? It’s a big cup of anxie-tea! (Akshully camomile)

(Edited to remove negative vibes)

(courtesy of Melanie Ann Green of Feltmeupdesigns)

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Day 24 – Working from home or why I could sleep for a week.

Today was my first full time day back at work – well, back at the computer, trying to get everything done, that usually is so incredibly easy. Four meetings later, I am hoarse from shouting at the computer (I really need amazon to deliver those microphone/headphones), wonder what else can go wrong in a single online lecture and would like to know, what the little smiles in Skype are there for.

I am also very, very tired.

But, in positive news, I had a dinner guest tonight! And before you all report me to our wonderful police – he was very good looking, not picky about his food and a very fluffy cat called Herbie. It is a crying shame I already have two highly territorial ladies cats (who had just turned up their noses at the food Herbie was so complimentary about).
But at least I now know, who to have a fun time in these weird days, certainly more fun than finding out, how many of my friends are currently coughing or running a temperature.

Shops etc.

The bad news first: Unfortunately, Lees have decided not to open their takeaway afterall for health and safety reason. And while some of us really wish it was not so, they will open when it is safe for them to do so, so we can add that to our ever growing list of shops we really would like to visit again very soon.

As a bit of a compensation there is a new wine delivery service in town (I know some of you were getting a bit low) called Wineboxes. Based on Manchester Road they promise a fast services, when wine is ordered from their website. \

Real food Alderley Edge offers the delivery of a three course dinner for £10 (which can be ordered on their site 24 hours in advance by phoning 07854517782 or emailing

For those who are missing their Easter creature comforts, Heddy’s is now offering a delivery service (

Oak Nurseries in Mottram St.Andrew/Newton is the latest one to offer deliveries for garden enthusiasts and will no doubt be very welcome to the people around Alderley Edge and Macclesfield Road, as well as some of the vegetable growers in the area.

Hospital Notice:

and finally the Kid’s Corner:

The prime minister of New Zealand has made the definitive statement concerning the Easter Bunny and the tooth fairy. I hope you all appreciate it – and how about that window Easter Egg Hunt?

Posted in Cheshire, Community, Eating in in times of Covid 19, Newsletter

Day 22 – Heroes on foot.

Yesterday it was teddies, today there is a small team of superheroes doing the rounds – well, yes Hannan’s team and all the other volunteers in Styal and Wilmslow are out in force distributing shopping and medication, but I mean the group of dedicated joggers in Wilmslow Park and around Moor Lane and Knutsford Road that seem to be jogging dressed as the Incredible hulk, a Cowboy (with horse), Superman, a sheep (?) and a lot of other Marvel characters that I usually associate with comics and the silver screen. Guys, it works, you definitely know how to make people smile in your street.

And as to those doing double shifts (again) tonight, thanks again for looking after our friends and family.

Shops etc.

If you need the Foodbank contact:
Flo (Foodfriend) on 07592 582567 /email
Wayne (C19 Styal) on 07968 366442
Hope Central: email:

Kid’s Corner:

Ok, this is the week, where you can real fun with egg – blowing them out, decorating them, hiding them, finding them, eating them….so let’s start with the fun job, blowing them out.
It is quite fun and takes a bit of skill (and you get free omelette or cake as a side – if you play your cards right).

All you need is a knitting needle or a pin. wash the outside of the egg, then hold the egg (gently but firmly) over a bowl and prick the top of the egg, until you have a 3mm wide hole. Then turn the egg over and make another hole, preferable a bit bigger c. 5mm.
Turn it around again and start blowing into the egg. If you are doing it right the egg white and afterwards the egg yolks should come out.

Turn the egg over and gently fill the egg shell with cold water over the sink, then blow the water out into the sink (full marks for not covering yourself in water in the process. :-)).
Let them the egg dry out overnight.
If you want a more visual description: here is the YouTube video.

…and finally

Social isolation penguin day 12: Bit late today! I know you’re going crazy from the lock down Si Peng but this is no way to go about it!

Do not try posting yourself anywhere… you need to protect others and also it won’t work! It’s a small box and there’s no room for biscuits, besides I’m only posting once a week to cut down on risk of exposure…We shall find you something nice to do tomorrow.

#happypost #selfisolation #selfisolationpenguin #thankyouroyalmail

(courtesy of Melanie Ann Green of Feltmeupdesigns)