Category Archives: health

Local Excellence Market on the Market Place – Covid-19 restrictions are increased

New and Repaired Bike Racks
There was a Local Excellence Market on the Market Place in Abingdon today. Waterfahl were busking in the sun.
New and Repaired Bike Racks
The Market had a lot of stalls, and people were looking around, many with face coverings.

A lot of new rules have been introduced this week as the transmission rate of Coronavirus rises.  Since June there has been an easing of the COVID-19 restrictions and this week saw them being tightened up again as we head into autumn.
New and Repaired Bike Racks
Anybody going into Pablos Lounge will have to wear a mask from door to table, and try to order from the table using a phone app, and check in with test and trace.

Shop staff and serving staff are now all wearing face coverings – not just customers.
New and Repaired Bike Racks
A NHS COVID-19 app has been released and you can now scan a QR code when going into The Narrows, and many other places, as a record for test and trace.
New and Repaired Bike Racks
In pubs there is now only table service with groups of only up to six allowed. Pubs all close at 10 pm.

As schools returned, two classes at John Mason were sent home because of a confirmed case of Covid-19 in their bubble. (A bubble is usually one or two classes or however the school organise bubbles. Pupils do not mix inside school outside their bubble.)

Going back to school has seen the normal autumn coughs and sneezes and they are having a much bigger effect on attendance this year. Students are taking time off to get tested or wait for a family member to be tested. (My understanding is that new coughs, high temperatures, loss of smell and taste are possible symptoms of Covid-19. Sneezes and runny noses are not – yet.)

Yesterday, there were some people on the Market Place in Abingdon asking people to sign a petition against any new lockdown.

Outdoor Pools in Oxfordshire stay closed in 2020

Open Air Pool Staying Closed
The outdoor pool in Abingdon has stayed closed this year. The Covid-19 pandemic has shortened the outdoor season and only the indoor pool in Abingdon has reopened now that leisure centres have been allowed to reopen.
adjoining alley
I met Paul Gustafson in town today and he said that other places have managed to open their outdoor pools. Why not Oxfordshire?

The Abingdon outdoor pool is on the banks of the River Thames and Paul said the river is not a safe or clean place to swim. He said that people are using the river in ignorance, and putting their health at risk. Weil’s disease, spread by rat urine in the water, can destroy a person’s health. Boats are finding it difficult to reach places to empty their toilets properly this year, and more human effluent can be seen in the River.

Face Coverings required in shops from today

Face Covering
New Government rules requiring customers to wear face coverings in shops came into effect today – 24th July. Mostly Books, and some other shops had reminders in their windows. The gov.uk webpage has the full details.

From about 30% of people wearing face coverings in shops yesterday in Abingdon it looked like everybody had one today, and many people were not taking them off between shops, or were leaving them dangling round their necks.
Face Covering
If you cough (or breath out) and have Covid-19 and are asymptomatic, the face covering protects others.

The covering should also provide some protection from Coronavirus in the air, but anybody wearing it round their neck can contaminate the inside of the covering.

Bank Holiday Monday

Bank Holiday Monday
On any other late May Bank Holiday Monday the sunny weather could not have been more perfect.

We went out fairly early for a walk – before the bank holiday crowds arrived in Abingdon-on-Thames.
Bank Holiday Monday
In any normal year the Open Air Pool would have been open by this bank holiday weekend and people queuing to get in.
Bank Holiday Monday
At the weir and elsewhere coloured origami boats had been hung.

A message said Covid-19 has changed our lives. What would people like to carry forward into their lives post lockdown? Write it on a boat!
Bank Holiday Monday
There were some cannoists at the weir but not a lot of surf. On a normal bank holiday people could have stood on the path over the weir to watch them. This year I took a quick picture and hurried across because people might be waiting to come across from the far side.
Bank Holiday Monday
We saw swans with cygnets like other years.
Bank Holiday Monday
At Swift Ditch there were balloons.
Bank Holiday Monday
The lockdown was recently eased by the government. Now we can drive to take our walks and even relax in the sun. Rye Farm car park was filling up as people headed for the sunny wide open spaces near the river banks in Abingdon.

Bank Holiday Motorbikes roared through town, and people watched with their takeaway coffees.

And here is a video of Abingdon late in the evening with a walking talking commentary about night life during the shutdown.

Mental Health Awareness Week – St Ethelwolds

Mental Health Awareness Week - St Ethelwolds
Mental Health Awareness Week was from 18-24th May 2020. The Mind centre in Abingdon is currently closed but Mind in Oxfordshire has online advice about coronavirus and your wellbeing. They also had a virtual tour in Santorini

Here is my own virtual tour of St Ethelwolds House in East St Helen Street.
Mental Health Awareness Week - St Ethelwolds
There were five other people there: a mother and child playing on the lawn; two ladies talking at a table, and somebody working on some repairs. Nobody was making much noise and the birds were singing.
Mental Health Awareness Week - St Ethelwolds
Many people are affected emotionally and psychologically by the everyday challenges and worries that the pandemic brings, whether the illness itself, financial worries, living in lockdown, or being asked to go back to work. The Citizen’s Advice at Coronavirus – what it means for you/ includes advice for people worried about going back to work.
Mental Health Awareness Week - St Ethelwolds
Mark’s wildflower meadow at St Ethelwold’s is named after a young man with Mental Health problems who died tragically after having his benefits cut. Mark loved nature and the garden.
Mental Health Awareness Week - St Ethelwolds
Some of us have found during the lockdown that being in nature can boost our mental wellbeing and ease stress.
Mental Health Awareness Week - St Ethelwolds
St Ethelwold’s House is a welcoming spiritual centre offering a place of sanctuary and quiet to all.
Mental Health Awareness Week - St Ethelwolds
There is also a sanctuary room used by a variety of groups. In this virtual tour you could imagine going in there and being still.