SOME MORE NOTES FROM A SHUT SHED

Plucked from the straws in the wind …

TONIGHT (Thurs March 26) at 8 pm is the call-out time to doorsteps for a Clap For Carers being organised nationwide – and here in The Shed we will be thinking of all the others, like bin-men and delivery drivers and shelf-stackers, who are keeping us going.

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TODAY we were grateful for a delivery of groceries from Horrabridge Stores, ordered yesterday, and being able to buy bread at Honey’s. Stores now opening only 9-2.30 but taking orders by phone and working on taking payment by phone. The Walkhampton Inn is still running a takeaway menu, but so far just the usual range of burgers, fish and chips, etcetera. London and Salmon still silent and even The Chippie has shut. Seems to us there is a vacancy for one or two kitchens to re-open, with suitable organisation, to distribute a stew of the day?

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MEANWHILE the youth club is running a bank of donated supplies – donate mornings, 10-11, and shop evenings, 6-7 pm, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. To discuss, call 07810 111214.

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OTHER voluntary effort locally being co-ordinated HERE

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BALDWINS of Tavistock, accountants, have put out a useful briefing on government assistance for businesses and how to make a start on the business of claiming it. Copy should come up with a click on this link …

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WE ALSO noted the brave offer by a venerable charity of the catering trade to help with one-off grants of £250 for casual and self-employed workers made redundant from work in or for bars, kitchens, guest houses, etc – www.hospitalityaction.org.uk/get-help

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PARISH COUNCIL has suspended meetings but planning committee had an online discussion about the proposed little house on the empty triangle of ground opposite the bench at the junction of Station Road and Graybridge Road. The councillors voted to tell Dartmoor planners they were against it.

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SOME GLIMPSES of life on the front line from a doctor writing in The Guardian last weekend, just before the last screws of the lockdown …

“The only unconcerned patient was a man with advanced cancer, spread to the liver, who thought we were all over-reacting …

“I spent the afternoon doing a men’s clinic for rough sleepers. About half went to shake my hand and thought me cowardly for bumping elbows instead …

“Though it’s frightening, I don’t feel the same anger as some of my colleagues towards the government for its prevarication over such immense and unprecedented decisions.”

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SPECTATOR magazine noted that the last man to try and ban the handshake was Mussolini. He thought it was unhygienic and that is why he preferred the “Roman salute”.

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PUTDOWN of the week, deserves a mention somewhere, was by a young reporter called Guy Kelly sent to interview Lord Geoffrey Archer and met with the greeting: “What are you, about three and a half years old? And you’re doing all the major interviews!”

Kelly noted in his report for the Telegraph: “A classic Archer triptych – gentle insult, wrapped inside a boast, hidden deep within a schmooze.”

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PRIVATE EYE gave us a laugh by reporting the identity of the man who was photographed with a trolley filled with 156 rolls of Andrex at the height of the panic-buying fuss. Picture by Bournemouth News & Picture Service. The face of the greedy shopper was hidden but he was eventually identified by his dog – and turned out to be, surprise surprise, another photographer from the Bournemouth News & Picture Service, bless em.

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HORRABRIDGE HISTORY – Horrabridge Times is collaborating with some local veterans on a new guidebook and the draft of a chapter on old chapels in the village has been put up for discussion HERE

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