Spread the word NOT the virus! Please Stay Away Visitors!!

Please Do Not Visit Us Yet!

Press release from Dorset Council:

Dorset Council’s message to visitors – “Thinking of visiting Dorset now? Please think twice
Dorset Council’s Leader, Cllr Spencer Flower, has a clear message for any potential visitors or day trippers thinking of coming to Dorset as a result of the government easing of lockdown restrictions: “Thinking of visiting Dorset now? Please think twice.”
Dorset Council has decided that, at this early stage, car parks at visitor destinations including beaches and country parks across Dorset will stay closed for the time being. The only exception is the Swannery car park in Weymouth which will re-open later this week for road safety reasons. Public toilets will also remain closed due to the difficulty for social distancing to be maintained at these facilities.
Some council-run car parks in town and village centres have remained open through the COVID outbreak for local residents. These will continue to remain open but parking charges will now be reintroduced.
This follows the latest guidelines from government, announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday, outlining the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions.
The 50 page document published by the government yesterday stated that although people are still encouraged to stay at home as much as possible, people can now “travel to outdoor open space irrespective of distance” and “day trips to outdoor open space, in a private vehicle, are permitted” as long as people practise social distancing.
Dorset councillors and many local residents are concerned about the potential impact this new guidance may have on spreading the virus and increasing the infection rate.
Cllr Spencer Flower said:
Our overriding priority is the safety and wellbeing of Dorset residents. We want to discourage people from outside the county and from areas with a higher rate of infection than Dorset from visiting our beaches and beauty spots, and inadvertently spreading the virus to local people.
We are working closely with our partners including Dorset Police to monitor and review the situation. We will adapt our approach when the situation changes.
Residents in Dorset have co-operated well with the government’s lockdown over recent weeks. Even on sunny bank holidays, the vast majority of people have stuck to the rules and stayed at home. As a result, beaches and beauty spots have remained very quiet and the infection rate across Dorset is low compared to the rest of the country.
The southwest of England has had 7044 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date. This means the southwest’s rate of infection – at 126 per 100,000 residents – is the lowest regional rate across the country.
The Dorset Council area has a large older population and many local residents have health conditions which mean they are vulnerable to risk of serious illness or death from COVID-19.
Cllr Spencer Flower continued:
People who may be thinking of visiting Dorset from elsewhere in the country need to ask themselves, is this safe? Is this fair? We really look forward to welcome visitors back to our beautiful county in future, but it’s too early to take the risk right now.”

#StaySafe #StayAtHome

Specials at The White Lion Weekend Takeaway!

Alongside their Weekend Takeaway menu which they launched last week (see below), this weekend they have . . .

🌟 Homemade Rabbit Pie with mash £8.00
🌟 Homemade Chicken and Sweetcorn Pasta Salad £5.00
🌟 Homemade Tuna and Sweetcorn Pasta Salad £5.00

Please remember to order by 5pm the day before collection.

White Lion Takeaway May 2020

Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday on International Nurses’ Day

Florence Nightingale Born on this day in her namesake town in Italy 1820, Florence Nightingale changed the way nurses were perceived during her time, raising the standards for nursing, and educating nurses.  
A woman of great achievements beyond the Crimean war,  she was a scientist, a data-gatherer, a writer, a trainer, a manager, an organizer, an analyst, and a campaigner.
From 1857 onwards, Florence was often confined to bed by spondylitis pain or depression caused by brucellosis.  In 1859, Florence completed her book Notes on Nursing, the founding work of modern nursing.  In 1860 she was elected the first woman Fellow of the Statistical Society and had laid the foundation of modern, professional nursing with the establishment of her nursing school at St Thomas’ Hospital in London (now part of King’s College London).
In 1883, Florence received the Royal Red Cross from Queen Victoria and in 1907, she became the first woman to be awarded the Order of Merit.
Refusing several marriage proposals, Florence never married nor had any children. Florence died of heart failure in her bed at her London home on August 13th 1910 at 90 years old.  Her wishes to leave her body to science were ignored and she was laid to rest at St Margaret’s Church at East Wellow, Hampshire.

International Nurses’ Day has been recognised in the UK since 1965. (President Dwight D. Eisenhower refused to approve a “Nurses’ Day” in 1953).  It was in January 1974, when 12 May was chosen to celebrate the day as it is the anniversary of Florence’s birthday. (In 1998, 8 May was designated as annual National Student Nurses’ Day.)
Each year a service is held in Westminster Abbey in London. During the Service, a symbolic lamp is taken from the Nurses’ Chapel in the Abbey and handed from one nurse to another, thence to the Dean, who places it on the High Altar. This represents the passing of knowledge from one nurse to another.  A service is also held for her the first Sunday following her birthday at her burial ground.

Today’s Sound of Music Through the Square Window will be dedicated to Florence Nightingale and all the nurses and care workers operating now during these restrictive times. #StayAtHome #StaySafe

#StaySafe #NHS