Willingham News – April

Willingham News Online
We are sad not to be able to produce and deliver paper copies of Willingham News currently because of Government restrictions, but glad that it’s available to read here.
Please send us your contributions for the next and future issues. You can email articles, anecdotes and photos to willinghamnews@gmail.com and online all your photos will be able to appear in colour! It would be great to hear from some of the children in the village too with stories and pictures. The deadline for contributions during this online only period will be later than usual, as obviously we don’t need to allow time for printing. For the May issue it will be 15 April.

If you just click the mouse on the image of the April Willingham News – to the right it will automatically download a pdf version and you can scroll downwards through this issue.

Ordering from supermarkets

Ocado are only taking registered customers. Waitrose are giving priority slots to clinically extremely vulnerable, you can register on the government website if you think you are in this category, Waitrose direct you to this site when you try to book a slot. You can register your parents. I tried to book a slot with Tesco but there appeared to be no available slots.

Information sent by Ann Watson

Getting help during the Pandemic

For those at greater risk and who should stay within their home here is information on what is happening in Willingham.

A group of volunteers have been working on the scheme for the village and have recruited people from various parts of Willingham to take telephone calls from those who can’t leave the house and are in need of food or medication – for medication see later. You should have received a leaflet through the letterbox with details of the phone number you should call for help with getting provisions and details of how the scheme will work.

Other volunteers will then get what you need to your front door. If you need a doctor’s appointment you can book online for a telephone consultation or phone for an appointment but please don’t go to the surgery if you think you may be suffering from Covid-19. If you need medication or repeat prescriptions then Willingham Pharmacy will deliver medicines to you only if the item is a controlled substance. For most people you can collect your prescription but if you can’t leave the house a volunteer will deliver it. The volunteer service will be available in a few days from now.

Beware of Scams

Please be aware that during this difficult time scammers can be even more active. The scams involve offers of money from the Government to help you, asking for donations to help fight the virus, offers to buy protective equipment, and much more. Please be very wary about communications you receive that are related to the current epidemic as thieves are using it as an excuse. Always check the authenticity of everything before you give your money.


WAG Needs Volunteers

Willingham Action Group has instigated many improvements to our village life. Working with the Parish Council we helped with purchase and design of the play equipment by the Ploughman Hall. WAG volunteers planted 1300 trees around the village and in the Community Orchard. In the past we have organised litter picking, started several social groups and each year we coordinate the Feast events. These things are just a small sample of all we do but we want to do more and for that we need more volunteers. As a volunteer you might give a few hours once a year running the bar at the Fen Gallop, alternatively you could join our Environment Group and spend many hours helping maintain the orchard – the fruit is free! It’s your choice as to how much you do, and when. 
Our volunteers become great friends and we have our own WAG social lives. If you want to join us or want more information please contact us here