LOCKDOWN ARCHIVE
 
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We asked folk in Southwold, Reydon and the surrounding
communities to send us whatever they have been creating
during the period of Covid 19 restrictions, so that we can build a
permanent archive of this unprecedented time.

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CAROLINE GOODMAN, SOUTHWOLD

A couple of photos taken on our daily walks. I feel they show the
isolation and emptiness of the landscape without people.

 

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RID BURNETT - REYDON

 

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KATHY OLIVER - REYDON

A labour of love commenced many years ago, left in limbo as the eyes were unable so see it properly, then with new eyes and plenty of time, here is the result in 16pt cross stitch - The Flying Witch.

One of my friends sent me this lovely bear - the Rainbow Bear of Hope - and I think he is full of optimism.

...then when sugar became more readily available I went into marmalade production.

Over Easter Charlotte (Librarian) suggested we display pictures of decorated eggs to cheer everyone up on their daily walks.

I reckon there has been more concern over the state of one's hair than whether or not we would survive the virus.
Desperate of Reydon invested a huge sum of £4.99 on an online razor comb, and here's the result. Totally a self inflicted job. Owner pretty pleased with the result!

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BARRY TOLFREE, SOUTHWOLD

Not so much a lockdown; more a celebration of four walls..

Station Yard.

Southwold Hospital

Bank Alley

Sutherland House

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CHARLOTTE CLARK, SOUTHWOLD LIBRARIAN

Every day we post a Daily Quiz round on Facebook, link to a kids’ activity every morning (including Movies and Makes at the weekends, linking crafts, games and food to a kids’ film on the TV), point people at interviews of crime writers as part of our “Virtual Slaughter in Southwold”, show people the nature around them, read uplifting and thoughtful poems and point people at what our ELibrary offers (free books, audiobooks, films, music, newspapers and magazines).  Every 2 weeks we run a virtual reading group using EBooks from our selection and every so often we do a video rounding up what we’ve read and people feedback their reads.

We have also encouraged people to decorate their windows with pictures of Easter eggs so people could have a hunt as they had a walk round. Here's one example:..

...and we’ve been ringing our customers to check in with them and see they have been keeping OK as well as ringing anyone else who would benefit from a call.

Below is a link to download the video of my very first Lockdown Baby Bounce and Tot Rock from my house via Facebook Live (on the library’s Facebook page).  We normally do Bounce in the library twice a week for half an hour but I’ve done it every day from home from 10.30-11am since the 22nd March. 

https://youtu.be/OKdGlpyWrfs

 

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LYNN NICHOLLS, SOUTHWOLD

I have been knitting to pass the time and have given my two local postmen a knitted teddy each in recognition of all their hard work keeping the mail going, in these difficult times.

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GEORGE WHITEHEAD - 9-YR-OLD VISITOR FROM KENT

Not a resident but, the latest in several generations of Whiteheads who have been staunch Southwold regulars - until the Lockdown, that is!

George is a super-talented artist/animator and this is his nostalgic tribute to a Southwold he can't wait to visit again.

 

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CHRIS URE - REYDON

A light hearted look at lockdown

They gave us very firmly
A message, loud and clear:
‘Stay safe and stay indoors,’
And you won’t have much to fear.

Go out once a day
Stay at least six feet apart;
They’ll be more rules next week,
So, this is just the start!

Don’t visit friends or family
The doctor’s out of bounds;
No more parks and libraries
And no more football grounds.

No pubs, or shops or eateries
You won’t find them anywhere;
The barbers are in lockdown,
So learn to cut your hair.

The dentists doors have closed
They’ll be away a while;
Your teeth won’t be protected,
So just try not to smile!

What time the shops are open
No-one will have a clue -
So just go down ‘on speck’,
To join the growing queue.

Each day at five o clock
We’ll give you all the data;
We might ease the regulations,
But that will come much later.

Don’t  ‘panic-buy’ the toilet rolls
Or stockpile sanitiser;
The shelves are all now empty,
So you’ll end up none the wiser.

Some say wear a face mask
Others say ‘no fear’!
The advice we choose to give you
Will never be quite clear.

The lockdown in our country
May often feel quite sad;
So spend time in your garden
And life won’t seem so bad.

The dates for bin collection
Will be the oddest ever seen;
Maybe blue on Wednesday,
But who knows when for green?

The postman will keep calling
To deliver all your mail;
A letter from the PM,
The post will never fail.

Because the rules you followed
With no intention to subvert;
We’ve eased them just a little
We now say: ‘stay alert’!

By the time you get your freedom
You’ll have learnt to cope with strife;
And the rules of life in lockdown
Will have become a way of life!

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REVD ALAN PERRY

How our local churches have coped during lockdown and with the suspension of public worship

The Churches in the Sole Bay Team have had to adjust like every other organisation, business and family to the challenges caused by lockdown.

We first set up telephone trees to keep in touch with people, especially those living on their own, provided worship materials via email and by posting resources through people's doors, but the mood music was to attempt to live stream services using software like Zoom. So, from Easter Day we have live-streamed three services each Sunday and involved as many people as possible.

We have had over 100 people tuning in each week and with a wide range of ages from 1 to 93 regularly joining in. People from abroad have taken part in services as there is no limit to where the service can be 'attended' as people only need an internet connection. The record is a person joining our services from Senegal!

During lockdown the churches continued to support the local Food Bank, took funerals with limited numbers at the graveside or at the crematorium. The clergy were also invited to be part of the Covid 19 Emergency Planning group with Councillors and leaders of local agencies, like the Voluntary Help Centre, who met each week via Zoom. The church has had a significant increase in connecting to people during the shutdown which has been very encouraging.
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