A Year Ago Today ….

The photograph shows the Yellow Crane Tower in Wuhan.

This was reported by journalist Tom Hale at 12.39pm, 6th January 2020:

“An unidentified virus has struck dozens of people in Wuhan, the most populous city in Central China.

At least 59 cases have been confirmed so far, including seven patients who are critically ill, according to the Wuhan Municipal Health Committee. A further 163 people are also under medical observation after coming into close contact with the infected people.

Hong Kong authorities have activated a “serious response” level in reaction to eight possible cases of an illness they believe to be associated with visitors from the mainland Chinese city, reports the Associated Press.

All of the patients have fallen sick with pneumonia or severe respiratory tract infections, with many experiencing fever and breathing difficulties, although the source of the illness is not yet known.

There was speculation that the outbreak could be linked to SARS, the respiratory illness that started in China in 2002 and went on to kill over 700 people around the world. However, local health authorities have since ruled this out. They have also excluded the possibility of regular influenza, avian flu, adenoviruses, and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

The earliest case was reported on December 12, 2019, and the number of patients is continuing to grow. Many of the sick work at South China Seafood City market in Wuhan, which has been closed for sanitation and disinfection since January 1. Along with fish and seafood, the large wholesale market is also said to sell wild animals, such as rabbits and pheasants.

“Citizens should pay attention to maintaining indoor air circulation, avoiding closed and airless public places and crowded places, and wear masks if necessary,” Wuhan health authorities said in a statement.

According to the World Health Organization, the strong link to the market suggests that the illness is caused by a virus that spreads between animals and humans. This is what’s known as a zoonotic disease and includes most human infectious diseases, from swine flu and salmonella to Ebola and HIV.

So far, local health authorities say lab tests have shown there’s no evidence of significant human-to-human transmission and no health care worker infections have been reported.

However, the Head of the University of Hong Kong’s Centre for Infection, Ho Pak-leung, has thrown doubt on this claim by saying it’s “highly possible” that the illness is spreading from human to human. He also warned that there could be a surge in cases during the upcoming Chinese New Year on January 25.

“It is highly unlikely that this will lead to a major 2003-like epidemic, though we cannot be complacent,” said Yuen Kwok-yung, a microbiologist at the University of Hong Kong, according to TIME.”

… and here we are today!

Stay Safe Everybody!


Local Employment: Voltz Taxis

Local business Voltz Taxis are hiring! Full-time, part-time even jobshare positions are available.

WDDC Taxi licence helpful but not necessary. Join the ‘Blue Crew’ – they have fun but are reliable and professional.
Covid safe car provided.

For more information and to apply, please contact them through their Facebook page, Voltz Taxis HERE.

#Broadwindsor #Beaminster #WestDorset #VoltzTaxis #LocalEmployment #Work #Jobs #JobShare #SocialDistancing #StaySafe

Melplash Memories

The popular Melplash Show, due to take place on 27th August is unsurprisingly cancelled this year.  However, the Bridport Museum Trust are in collaboration and from the 13th – 27th August they are sharing Melplash photographs and objects from their collections online.  They are inviting locals to do the same.
There are old photographs already being submitted to their Facebook page including the black and white one below where they are asking for identification of the prize winning lady in the photograph!

Melplash Lady

You can share your favourite memories, anecdotes, memorabilia, photos or videos…. anything at all. We want to see your fluffy sheep, handsome cows, massive tractors…..just post on our Facebook page, Twitter or Instagram @bridportmuseum using the hashtag #MelplashMemories.
Thankfully, if you’re not a fan of social media – you can simply email your images to  director@bridportmuseum.co.uk and they will post it up for you.

Melplash Safe 2020Cancellation of the show does not mean no show badges! For 2020 they have produced a limited edition badge which is available to pick up from Bridport Tourist Information Centre.

#Broadwindsor #WestDorset #MelplashShow#MelplashMemories #BridportMuseumTrust #Bridport #Farmers #Festival #Memories #Photographs #Summer #Covid-19 #StaySafe

Funding Available From The People’s Postcode Lottery

The People’s Postcode Lottery is a not-for-commercial-gain organisation owned by Dutch organisation, Novamedia, the creators of the Postcode Lottery brand.

They have launched the Postcode Neighbourhood Trust in response to the current pandemic. In 2020 Postcode Neighbourhood Trust will provide funding in Great Britain to organisations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic under the following themes: supporting your organisation’s resilience & adapting/expanding services to meet new challenges. Applications opened on the 4th August 2020 for community groups and good causes across Great Britain. They expect to distribute over 4 million pounds across the country.

If you would like to apply for funding, start by taking their eligibility quiz HERE and please make sure you have followed their funding guide before submitting. Click the website link to learn more and apply for a grant:

This comes in addition to the Postcode Lottery’s other four charities listed below. Click on the relative website link to learn more and apply for a grant:

Postcode TrustPostcode Trust: the People’s Postcode funds projects aimed at promoting human rights, combatting discrimination and helping to prevent poverty.
You can apply to receive up to £20,000.


Postcode Local Trust

Postcode Local Trust: the Postcode Local Trust is for groups looking to increase community access to outdoor space and improve biodiversity.
Groups looking to improve sustainability or combat climate change are also encouraged to apply.

Postcode Community TrustPostcode Community Trust: the Postcode Community Trust supports initiatives working to improve health and wellbeing in communities, including those that look to reduce isolation.  This includes projects that increase participation in arts and physical recreation.

Postcode Innovation TrustPostcode Innovation Trust: the Postcode Innovation Trust operates two programmes:
Social Investment Programme 
This programme provides blended finance (50% grant, 50% loan) to asset locked social enterprises looking to achieve impact in the areas of: social inclusion, community development or environmental impact.
Social Enterprise Support Programme 
This programme provides grant funding for charities who support social enterprises by delivering programmes including enterprise training, capacity support, accelerators, incubators, mentoring and peer support.

People's Postcode LotteryAll the funds are raised by the players of the Postcode Lottery.
To take part, tickets cost £10. 32% of each ticket sold goes to supporting charities.
Visit their website: www.postcodelottery.org.uk or
Freephone: 0808 109 8765




Rail to Refuge for those Fleeing Domestic Abuse

Rail To RefugeIn April, Broadwindsor.org posted that since Lockdown, calls re: domestic abuse had increased by 50%.  There has been a huge increase in demand for Women’s Aid services and in March the Rail Delivery Group were quick to respond to women’s needs and launched a temporary, nationwide scheme, ‘Rail to Refuge’.
Women escaping domestic abuse are usually advised to seek refuge services far away from their perpetrator. However, for many women, raising the cash to pay for a train ticket can be very difficult. This is especially true for women experiencing economic abuse, who may have no access to cash.

It’s certainly worth mentioning:
“Covid-19 does not cause domestic abuse, only abusers are responsible for their actions.”

How does the scheme work?

  1. A survivor reaches out for support to Women’s Aid*.
  2. Once a refuge vacancy has been confirmed, the survivor will be informed.
  3. Now that the survivor has a confirmed refuge space, the refuge can book a ticket for the survivor so they can travel for free.
  4. After booking the ticket, the refuge can send the ticket and collection details to the survivor via a mobile phone. The survivor can then pick the ticket up from the station using any debit or credit card; they can travel like normal, on a normal ticket, without having to declare the ticket was free or that they are fleeing from domestic abuse.
  5. After Lockdown, Rail to Refuge will continue on Southeastern and Great Western Rail networks.

    *Their LIVE CHAT operates:
    Monday to Friday 10:00am – 4:00pm,
    Saturday and Sunday 10:00am-12:00pm

    or you can email them on: helpline@womensaid.org.uk. (They say they will respond to your email within 5 working days).

Domestic abuse isn’t always physical, but it is always abuse and just as high risk as physical violence. To read more on what constitutes Domestic Abuse – Click HERE.

If you need to talk to someone – the following support is available by telephone:

National Domestic Abuse Helpline0808 2000 247www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/ (run by Refuge)
The Men’s Advice Line, for male domestic abuse survivors – 0808 801 0327 (run by Respect)
The Mix, free information and support for under 25s in the UK – 0808 808 4994
National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline0800 999 5428 (run by Galop)
Samaritans (24/7 service) – 116 123

Samaritans - 116 123

#StaySafe #SocialDistancing #RailToRefuge #WomensAid #DomesticAbuse



Assistance for Dairy Farmers

Photo by Emma HouseThe Dairy Response Fund 2020 is to provide support to eligible dairy farmers in England who produce cows’ milk. They can apply for a one-off payment. It opened on 19th June for those eligible to apply for up to £10,000 of financial support following the coronavirus outbreak.
To be eligible for support from the fund, farmers in England need to demonstrate that they have suffered a reduction in the average price paid for their milk of 25% or more in April 2020 when compared with February 2020.
Qualifying farmers are entitled to up to £10,000 each to cover 70% of their losses across April and May incurred as a result of a drop in price, following a reduced demand for milk with the closure of restaurants, bars, and cafes in recent months.
This financial support is to help farmers maintain production capacity and sustain their business without impacts on animal welfare.
Farmers will be able to apply for a single payment from the fund, which will be paid out from 6th July. Applications can be submitted directly to the Rural Payments Agency (RPA).

The deadline for applications  is 14th August.

For more Government Guidance and Regulation re: Dairy and Milk Production – Click HERE.

#Broadwindsor #StaySafe #SocialDistancing #Dairy #Farming #Covid-19  #Moo

* Stay at Home! *

To be clear, you should only leave your home under the following circumstances:

– Shopping for necessities (ideally one person and not as a family)
– One form of exercise per day on your own or as part of a household
– Medical reasons
– Travel to and from work if you must.
All gatherings of more than 2 people (unless you are part of the same household) are now banned.
The police will have the power to enforce this.
All events except funerals are now banned (e.g. Baptisms and weddings).
Please keep everyone safe and adhere to these guidelines.
Outside of your household you should avoid contact with anyone (unless your career requires it).
Do not ignore these rules to see a friend or another member of the family.
We are already on the same path as Italy, if not further along, the sooner we deal with this, the more lives can be saved.