Editors Note

Getting back to normal – are we nearly there yet?

In a year spent mostly at home, the most pressing question in our house as the schools broke up was “Will we go abroad on holiday?” I thought there was a tiny chance of that happening but as soon as I mouthed the words “Perhaps we could go to Spain after all” – BOOM – so many countries were back on the amber list. I then looked for holidays in the UK but it appears that so was everyone else. Trying to nudge the booking along to checkout took on a Harry Potter-esque appearance as they disappeared right before my very eyes! Plan B? With a long overdue visit to the outlaws up north, I’m seriously contemplating asking them to let us camp in their lovely back garden. Failing which I am on the lookout for a camper van to hit the road in!

After a difficult year for all students, I found out that GCSE & A-level results will be sent out by email. With so many other things cancelled including end of year proms, it’s sorrowful to see the chance to be with friends at a major stage of their lives has been taken away. I really hope that all those that have taken exams get the results they were aiming for. But in case they don’t and if they are finding things a struggle, please pass on this lovely Henry Ward Beecher quote “Ones best success comes after their greatest disappointment”

Onwards and upwards – I’ll catch up with you all again in the next issue!

Editors Note

 

Where has the time gone?

 

The decision to start working for myself happened when Archie was born. I couldn’t imagine being able to put him into childcare so made the choice to find something that would fit around him. Fast forward 16 years and Archie has now finished his GCSEs and school for the summer (assuming the summer ever arrives); where did that time go?!

In contrast, the last 15 months have been slower in a good way. It provided the chance to reduce the pace and appreciate the moment rather than rushing towards the future. There’s no doubt that being piled on top of each other was tiring and tested the strongest of relationships. But, as we inch our way forwards, I hope we can weave our best experiences from lockdown into the new future ahead of us and learn to appreciate things more.

There’s no doubt that these last few months of gradual easing have been a blessing to our local businesses and we’re pleased to see so many of our customers returning to “business as usual” – even if that has meant some major changes to their definition of “usual”! We are fundamentally social creatures at heart, relying on each other for support, motivation, and appreciation. Do take a look through our pages for useful local community news as well as some great offers and services from our advertisers. And please support local businesses whenever you can.

Editors Note

We have so much to be grateful for

Not long after the government roadmap was announced, I took a stroll around my local shops and was excited to see the obvious signs of stocking up. It’s lovely to know that our shops will once again be open. The anticipation is palpable particularly with regard to those offering personal services such as haircuts and beauty appointments; although I have resigned myself to another month of untended locks and grey eyebrows as others, equally desperate for expert help after months of trying to DIY, were far more canny than me and booked their appointments as soon as 12th April was announced!

As we move forwards, I hope we will reflect on what this last year has shown us about our strength when we pull together as a community. We have seen many people volunteer their help for a myriad of things ranging from delivering medicines to cooking meals. Our local independent businesses have adapted to provide online shopping and home delivery in order to support customers. We’ve also had the chance to connect with neighbours who we were barely on nodding terms with previously and accepted help without questioning why it’s been offered.

Overall my takeaway has been “life is precious and we must not take the things we dearly love for granted.”

Be kind to each other – and until next time keep safe!

 

PS: In case of interest the week of 3rd to 9th May 2021 has been designated International Screen Free Week. During this time both parents and children are encouraged to unplug from their devices for a day, or a week, or just for a few hours daily and use the opportunity to do something else – read, go for a walk, bake a cake – whatever it takes to enjoy the analogue world for a change! More details and resources are available at screenfree.org.

 

 

Editors Note

Is it safe to come out yet?

My family has been unfortunate to be hit with Covid and it’s been really rather grim. Whilst we’ve had varying degrees of severity it was the mothership that got hit hardest. My husband said that in 20 years of knowing each other he had never seen me keel over the way I did. Whilst I’m over the worst I have been left with a terrible fatigue as well as no discernible taste or smell.   

But however bad it’s been, there’s no doubt we’ve been lucky. I have read so many sad accounts from people whose friends and relatives died without the chance to hold their hand or say goodbye. There is hope however on the horizon with numerous vaccines approved for use. However, whilst it’s wonderful to see the vaccines being rolled out, it’s not a “Get out of Jail” card and we owe it to ourselves and everyone around us to continue to be careful.

It’s a minefield but the eventual freedom will be worth all the effort we put into it now. In the meantime, let’s keep supporting each other and for a reminder about the positivity that has endured throughout this pandemic, do read our article “What has Covid-19 done for our community spirit?”

Until next the next issue, keep safe and well.

Editors note from Beach Media Publications

Editor’s note

What a year 2020 has been. I’m sure all of us are glad to see the back of it as it wasn’t the auspicious start to a new decade that was hoped for. But throughout the adversity and overwhelmingly awful moments I like to think we have changed for the better. We’ve become more community minded; whether that’s been groups coming together to distribute food, cook meals or provide mental health support or neighbours helping each other out. Changes in working habits have provided people with a better work/life balance. Instead of being a slave to technology we’ve harnessed its power to help us to communicate with family and friends and allow work and schooling to continue. We’ve also rediscovered the power of our local traders. From the corner shop that had toilet roll and pasta when everywhere else had sold out, to small businesses quickly adapting to provide online and delivery services so they could continue to look after their local customers.

With a second vaccine now available we may see some form of normality start to return; but if it’s not as quick as we’d like it to be, we know that we have the fortitude to muddle it through.

Wishing you a very happy and healthy 2021!

 

Editors note

Good grief – I can’t believe it’s December already!

Another way of phrasing that is “I can’t quite believe we’ve reached the end of a year that’s had one hundred and eleven billionty weeks in it.”

I thought the end was in sight, but before I was able to get too excited, I had a reality check. Archie and the whole of his Y11 cohort (final GCSE year) were sent home to self-isolate as so many of them have been in contact with someone who has tested Covid+. Currently I am having to finish off deadline next to Archie completing online Zoom classes. 2020 seems determined to keep me on my toes until midnight sounds on New Year’s Eve!

At the end of a difficult year, I hope you find time for yourself and also have chance to look out for people around you who may be finding things difficult. There are many people still suffering the resounding shocks of Covid, having lost family, friends or jobs; but we have also rediscovered our sense of community and as a community we need to chip in and support where we can. As Desmond Tutu, a man who knows what it’s like to struggle against seemingly impossible odds said:

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world”

Wishing you all the love, health and happiness throughout 2021!