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

 

 

Churches Open With Services This Weekend

Rev David Having been forced to close in the wake of the Covid-19 lockdown back in March, The Government’s Guidance now says gatherings of more than 30 people will be allowed for acts of communal worship in churches, synagogues, mosques, temples and meeting rooms in England. However, no more than 30 people will be allowed to attend weddings, funerals and other “life cycle events” such as bar mitzvahs or baptisms.
In his Rector’s update, Rev David stated: “I am very much using this Sunday as a test to look at how we can maintain the safety of those returning to worship, which is a central feature of the guidelines by maintaining a strict two metre spacing between seating. As you can imagine, in some of our smaller churches this reduces the capacity significantly and may make worship non-viable for the time being. I have asked four churches to work with Jo and me – a mix of large, medium, and smaller buildings – to see how this works out. There will be services this Sunday as follows:

Beaminster 
08:00 BCP Eucharist
09:30 CW Eucharist
11:00 – 12:00 Open for private prayer

Broadwindsor
11:00 BCP Eucharist

Stoke Abbott
09:30 BCP Eucharist

Mosterton
11:00 Morning Worship

There will be limited numbers of seats available,  especially in the smaller churches, but I would think there will be seats available at 8:00am in Beaminster.

I will be continuing to work with church wardens and key people over the next few days to assess which churches may be able to hold services next week and beyond. This will also be based on what staffing I have available to me, which in reality for July and August, will be three or four at very best.
I am now receiving requests for booked weddings to begin taking place and I again will be working closely with you all to see how this can be facilitated. I have also been asked to hold a funeral service in Beaminster in two weeks’ time and I am grateful to Simon Wakely for his full cooperation at this early stage in looking at how he and his team can support the required stewarding and clean down guidelines that will have to be followed.
I know that this is a testing and nervy time for us all but again, I thank you all for your help and support in what are challenges for us all.

David

Please click HERE where it explains the various safety rules which are in place for those visiting the churches.

#Broadwindsor #Beaminster #Mosterton #StokeAbbott #Dorset #Community #Church #Prayer #Worship

 

Broadwindsor News Back In Publication

Broadwindsor News July 2020The Broadwindsor News is now out – being delivered to households who subscribe and there should be some available in the shop.
Containing lots of updates from village organisations, this edition also includes Margery Hooking’s ‘Broadwindsor in Lockdown 2020′ poem.

You can download the poem to your computer in PDF format: BROADWINDSOR IN LOCKDOWN 2020
or you can read it below . . .

BROADWINDSOR IN LOCKDOWN 2020 

Nature, you were never lovelier,

when the world stopped, but the Earth kept spinning.

And then the world turned upside down, freedom could not be found

We all became experts at social distancing – no grandparents would be visiting.

Sunshine, birdsong, a much quieter life but life still went on.

Thursday night clapping for our hard-pressed carers,

a ripple of applause from one end of the village to the other.

The Sound of Music every day at one o’clock.

Business booms at the community shop

as sales of fruit, veg and alcohol go pop.

Takeout drinks from the pub

and Vikki’s quiche and coleslaw in the shop.

The Tuesday night chip van at Comrades Hall,

Friday morning Post Office, chairs six feet apart.

Anxiety calmed by WhatsApp and Zoom, meeting family and friends by the touch of a button.

People chatting with new friends while standing next to bollards in the shop queue.

Heart attacks, cancelled operations, masks, gloves and Perspex screens.

Food deliveries for the vulnerable.

Our church went blue for the NHS.

The Sound of Music every day at one o’clock.

And we had time to just be with the one we love without duty or obligation stealing the day.

Doing all that we can to keep a company viable,

sorting wages and furlough staff, all reliable.

Farmers cut the fields for silage and tractors trundled through the village.

Up on Lewesdon Hill, bluebells didn’t know about coronavirus.

VE Day flags and afternoon tea outside our homes.

Socially distanced wildflower planting – digging, sowing and watering.

A beautiful sight to welcome visitors to our village when all this has passed.

The Sound of Music every day at one o’clock.

Lock down with the family – fantastic at the start, learning through the struggles, stresses and worries, tears, laughter and love.

Dusting flour from my hands, I pick up my book;

to bake or read, my lockdown dilemma.

There’s only one village in the west for me, Broadwindsor is the place I love to be.

It’s music at one and clapping at eight to rid us of the virus we love to hate.

Virtual Bananagrams, with gin, on Skype; virtual birthday parties on Zoom; virtual running – for medals – on Strava.

Virtual life.

The village roads, now used much less, speeds traffic onward faster;

too fast for the slowworm outside the shop, who is now not just slow, but flatter.

The sun beckons and mocks. Enjoy what you have, count your blessings.

The Sound of Music every day at one o’clock.

The church buildings are silent, dusty, locked, empty, paused.

God is active, loud, renewing, unrestricted, present, recreating and filling us every day.

Time to listen to the birds, watch the flowers grow, to smell the air, walk up the hill and to be still.

The warmth, love and friendship uncovered and blossoming as we all work together through this strange, uncertain  time.

House quiet, headphones on, five laptops glowing, each immersed in our own virtual business and learning,

waiting for the next punctuation point in days we can’t name.

Then kettle on, frisbee out, meals prepared, conversation flows, reconnected again.

The Sound of Music every day at one o’clock.

Free loo rolls from the village shop. The kindness of strangers.

And then a huge blue ball hurtles down the road, like the ever-present Rover bubble in The Prisoner.

A small army of tireless volunteers, stacking, selling, delivering.

Painting, writing, reading, decorating – my furniture has never been so upcycled.

The village phone box becomes a book exchange, tales of a community bound up on donated shelves.

Take-outs from the pub, food and drink, got to keep it going.

The call of rooks from their satellite rookery at the Old George,

while the parish councillors discuss village affairs over Zoom.

The space station goes over, the sun’s fading light makes it glow for all to see.

Endless sunshine, we will never see this blue a sky again.

The Sound of Music on the World Service and Desert Island Discs.

Slippers or flip flops worn all day.

The garden glorious in all this sun.

A tank of petrol lasts for months.

A time of reflection for the things that really matter. The birdsong and beautiful countryside.

Teaching the children, online bitesize that doesn’t bite back.

A fish van arrives in the Square at half past eleven, a shoal of customers in single file down the road.

Gardens and allotments provide solace and colour.

The Sound of Music at one o’clock

Afternoon briefing, highlight of the day.

What day is it, by the way?

– Margery Hookings, June 2020

The Sound Of Music Through The Square Window On YouTube

Many of us didn’t know what to do with ourselves when Margery’s Sound Of Music Through The Square Window ended. It went on for 72 days and made local and national news. Simon Emmerson’s video tells the story . . .

Photography: Jamie Dawson and Simon Emmerson.
Editing: Simon Emmerson
Music used with permission: Zorbing by Stornoway, Cascade (Mass re-mix) by The Afro Celt Sound System, Let’s See What The Earth Has To Say by Emma Gale.

#Broadwindsor #StaySafe #Lockdown #Memories #Music

The Painted Nail are taking appointments.

The Painted NailToni Rodway and her team from The Painted Nail, a unit at Broadwindsor Craft Centre have their fingers crossed for reopening in July! Their booking site is open. (Your appointment will be rescheduled if the government advises prolonged closure.)

A small salon, Toni has issued a list of actions they will be taking in order to comply with procedures.
We will be putting in place:

💫Adequate time between appointments to sterilise and to practice social distancing
💫Relevent PPE to be worn by staff and clients to wear masks please bring your own if you have one (we can provide disposable ones if needed)
💫Colour swatches to be looked at but not touched
💫Unfortunately no refreshments except bottled water
💫Staff will text you the day before your appointment and you will receive your normal email reminder
💫PLEASE let us know if you cannot attend we will have a big cancellation list I’m sure!
💫Clean towel and new file per client
💫Staff will wear necessary PPE
💫Like shops we preferably want to take card
💫Entrance and Exit separate
💫Tips always welcome😜 but into sanitised pots
💫Preferably contactless payment
💫Please write down your next appointment in your diary or wait for email confirmation as we cannot handout appointment cards
💫PLEASE IF YOU FEEL UNWELL OR SHOW ANY SIGNS OF COVID 19 DON’T ATTEND, BUT LET IS KNOW
💫You can book online but please be aware we have limited appointments and half the staff available also staff days/times have changed!
💫No magazines or leaflets/price list will be handed out
💫Wash hands on arrival, when leaving and use hand sanitiser available
💫Desks, chairs and equipment will be fully sterilised/disinfected
💫No coat stand
💫Please turn up on time, not early or late. We cannot have people waiting within the salon
💫Turn up alone
💫If you have a specific design/product please try and advise before coming
💫Please keep belongings/phones/keys in your pocket or bag not on the desk
💫If you require a patch test for a pre booked appointment please contact us so we can arrange this for you

Please don’t be put off by this to attend your appointment, understand we have to comply in order to open and keep everyone (staff and clients) well.  Although I’m sure we all will be well practised in all procedures by the time we open. This message is to reassure not frighten.”

Book your appointment HERE. Your appointment will be rescheduled if the government advises prolonged closure.

#StaySafe #StayPretty

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