Sandgate Walking Tours

On Saturday 18th July Tony Quarrington will be bringing his award winning walking tours to Sandgate for the first time.

Tony developed the Sandgate Walking tour programme after discussions with Sandgate Parish Council earlier this year. The Parish Council are supporting the programme with promotion and a small grant.

Tony will be delivering a minimum of ten tours between mid July and late October. All tours will start at the Chichester Memorial Hall at 11am on a Saturday and last approximately two hours. It had been hoped that the majority of the tours would coincide with the fortnightly Farmer’s Market, but that might have to wait a little while longer.

Enbrook Park, the Castle, High Street, seafront, Old Fire Station, library, parish church and former primary school are just some of the attractions that Tony will focus on along the walk.
In addition to the history, culture and architecture of the village, he will also explain the role of many of the prominent personalities, such as H.G. Wells, Sir John Moore, William Wilberforce and Hattie Jacques, that have shaped and illuminated Sandgate over the centuries. 

Tony, who lives in Folkestone, has been conducting walking tours in the town for the past three years, focusing on The Leas, harbour and seafront, Creative Quarter and the East Cliff. He is excited to be venturing further afield and sharing his passion for the village with his guests.

Sandgate Parish Council Chairman Tim Prater welcomed the launch of the programme. Tim said: “When I started the conversation with Tony about bringing his walking tours to Sandgate we hoped we would offer something new and different for the village and our visitors. We hope that this summer as many people as possible enjoy an outdoor, socially distanced tour with Tony and learn more about our village, its history and the people that lived (and live!) here. It would be great to see this become a regular feature in Sandgate for years to come, and we look forward to working, and walking, with Tony”.

Dates of tours
Sat  18th July
Sat  1st August
Sat  15th August
Sat  29th August
Sat  5th September

£5 per person per 2 hour tourMaximum 8 guests

Booking is essential
Tel : Tony  07738 624522 or Email: tonyquarrington@msn.com

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District Play Areas are Open Again

The news a lot of you have been waiting for… our play areas are reopening today.👏

Firstly, we would like to say a massive thank you to the majority of people who have respected the closures. 💜

We completely understand how frustrating the wait has been but public safety will always be our number one priority.🧼

Our officers will be cleaning play equipment across the district regularly. We have also had to remove some facilities to ensure social distancing can be followed more easily.👉

We’ve put up signage which looks very similar to the image below.

You can do your bit to reduce the risk of further COVID-19 peaks.🤸 Please adhere to the guidelines – they are simple to follow and will ensure everyone can have fun while staying safe.

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Inspection Covers – Who Installed the Sanitation?

Dear Fellow Sandgate Society Members and Residents

I was taking my daily walk earlier in the month through Sandgate when I noticed an inspection cover which was impressed with the name N O Baker, builder, Sandgate.  That’s interesting I thought and took a picture, carried on my walk but then started to look at other air tight inspection covers.  After several walks I have found 3 different Sandgate builders’ drain covers and others with Folkestone and Hythe builder’s names.  I have started to find some information about these builders such as where their premises were located, how long they were in business, etc.

This is where you come in please  –  many drain covers are on private property which I cannot see from the path so please would you look at your drain cover and see if it has a local name on it.  If it has, please photograph it and send it with the location, to email: Anniebamford@btinternet.com

This will give us an idea who built some of the houses in Sandgate or if you have an older property, who installed the sanitation.

These photos will be collated and will be put into the archives along with a potted history of the builders themselves. Many of the drain covers have been changed over the years because of corrosion, damage or changing driveway material, which means many of these have disappeared over the years  – so please look and send your photos in.

Thanks 

Annie Bamford

The Sandgate Society Archive Team

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SANDGATE YOGA LODGE

A new addition to the range of activities that Sandgate offers.

We work with all things natural including the weather, yoga movement, food provided for guests who can stay 1 night or 1 month and the workshops introduce Ayurveda (a sister practise to yoga from India )

All activities are for health, fun, healing, restoration, well-being and growth. There are yoga sessions for all. Monday to Friday 9.30am for 1 hour, further info and costs on website. Meditation hour Mondays 8-9pm, by donation only for all and Worriers Yoga on Fridays 8-9pm. Booking essential as limited spaces.

Workshops and accommodation for up to 8 guests. I am Kate Pierre at Sandgate Yoga Lodge, 104a Sandgate High St, Sandgate, Folkestone CT20 3BY. 07889495526. Website: www.sandgateyogalodge.com 

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Latest Covid19 information from Government

Stay alert

We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:

  • stay at home as much as possible
  • work from home if you can
  • limit contact with other people
  • keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
  • wash your hands regularly

Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.

What you can and can’t do until 4th July (FAQ’s):

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do

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Sandgate Park: Playground and Adult Play Equipment Remain CLOSED under Government Rules

Sandgate Parish Council have followed the Government’s Coranavirus advice throughout, and kept Sandgate Park open to give people space to exercise.

When the rules changed a little last week, we quickly changed the rules around the Tennis courts and Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) from do not use to please only use in pairs, and maintain social distancing. They are free to use, but ONLY if those rules are followed. NO large groups.

Although the huge majority of users have been respectful of the rules and making use of Sandgate Park perfectly reasonably at this time, some people seem to feel the need to stretch the point.

The playground and adult exercise equipment remain closed currently and are taped off. That because the Government’s rules – which have NOT been altered on that – say they should be. “As with before, you cannot use an outdoor gym or playground” https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do

More from: http://www.sandgatepc.kentparishes.gov.uk/sandgate-park-playground-and-adult-play-equipment-remain-closed-to-all-under-government-rules/

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Coronavirus – Your Questions Answered

Here are the answers to your questions about how coronavirus is affecting our services across the county of Kent.

https://www.kent.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-your-questions-answered?utm_source=kcc&utm_medium=homepagealert&utm_campaign=yqa

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New Sandgate Design Statement (2020)

More details and to see the design statement check out: https://sandgatesociety.com/latest-news/

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Creating Heritage

Dear Sandgate Society Members

Now we are allowed a bit more freedom, we wonder if you were able to help us?

These may be very difficult times, but we are living through history –the history of Sandgate.

The Committee and Archives Team feel it is important that this period is recorded for posterity with as many photographs as possible to record our village during this time.

Would you like to contribute to our effort and send in some photographs – rainbows in windows, deserted streets, closed shops, social distance street parties, people singing from balconies, Thursday night clapping for the NHS – whatever you can find?

So we can share them, we will publish them on our website and will have a People’s Vote on the best one.  The winning photograph could be enlarged onto canvas and hung in a public place – maybe the Chichester Hall, the Library or the Old Fire Station.

And if we had enough photos, we could even consider a calendar, maybe notelets – who knows where this may lead?

Please let us know if you would like to join our effort to record history for future Sandgate generations, and have a bit of fun at the same time?

Please send them in jpeg format to sandgatesociety@gmail.com.   We will aim to put 1 or 2 photos on the Photo Gallery from each contributor; if you wish to send in more, feel free, but we may need to use our editing rights to publish a limited number depending on the number received.

So, please get snapping and we look forward to Creating the Heritage of Sandgate together.

Best wishes

The Events Team

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Sandgate Quiz

Dear Sandgate Society Members,

Our events and website teams are hard at work during this time of enforced downtime, and we would like to invite you to make a cup of coffee, put on your thinking caps and enjoy a quiz!  

For the questions follow this link: https://sandgatesociety.com/the-sandgate-quiz/

And you don’t need to be knowledgeable – all the answers can be found somewhere on our new website.

Please post back your answers via the website ‘contact us’ link, or email if that is easier for you.

This is just for fun – no prizes – but your name will appear on the website as a VILLAGE MASTERMIND if you get all twenty answers right, unless you would prefer to remain anonymous!

The closing date is Monday 1st June.

Good luck & keep safe.

The Brain Teasers

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Household Waste & Recycling Centres to open

From next Friday (May 15), Kent County Council’s Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) will open to the public for essential use.

On Wednesday, May 13, people will be able to book a slot to use one of the county’s 18 HWRCs which closed on March 23 as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown.

People can book a slot either online or by phone for the opening on Friday, May 15 – details on how to book will be released next week.

For more information about Booking and Arriving On Site – click HERE

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Sandgate Society – We Want To Support Local Businesses

Dear Sandgate Society Members

We have heard how helpful you found the Hythe list, and although we are a smaller community, let’s pull together to keep our village trading.

Does any member have a business in Sandgate which is still trading?

Would you like us to promote you within our membership and on our Facebook page?

Please come back to us with any details you would like to promote, so our community can see you are still trading during these difficult times.

Do keep safe during the extended lockdown – one day we WILL meet again!

Best wishes

Sal Kenward

Chair

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SandgateSociety/

Website: https://sandgatesociety.com/

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Helping new businesses to grow for the future

In the latest rounds of calls opened for applications, there’s also a chance to create an enterprise hub to encourage local entrepreneurs for years to come.

These opportunities are available through the fifth and sixth phase of the FCW programme funded by the European Regional Development Fund, and interested parties are being encouraged to get in touch with their ideas.

Cllr David Wimble, F&HDC Cabinet Member for the District Economy, said: “This is a brilliant platform to nurture an innovative idea into something which is successful and also supports the local community.

“Our programme management team is on hand to help applicants in making the process as simple as possible. We want projects to succeed just as much as those behind the exciting proposals we’re looking forward to receive.”

Further details of the opportunities can be found here: https://www.folkestone-hythe.gov.uk/news/business-future-growth

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Release The Pressure – Mental Health Support

Mental health support

Life can get really tough sometimes, but talking can help. We have a highly trained and experienced team available 24/7 to provide expert support no matter what you are going through.

Don’t suffer in silence: text the word Kent to 85258 or call the number below

Speak to someone

Text the word Kent to 85258 or phone 0800 107 0160 for free confidential support at any time.

Free expert advice from trained counsellors is available for every mental health concern, including:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • low self-esteem
  • money worries
  • relationship troubles
  • stress
  • suicidal thoughts.

Our 24 hour text support service is powered by our trusted partners Shout and Crisis Text Line.

You can also webchat with Mental Health Matters, an independent charity, who are available 24/7.

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Reminder About Essential Role Of Community Hubs

As the number of calls received by the three community hubs based in Folkestone, Hythe and Romney Marsh reached 14,000 a reminder has been issued about their purpose.

Set up in March and funded by Folkestone & Hythe District Council together with charities, the hubs are working to help those who are vulnerable and isolated with no family nearby to support them during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Volunteers have given up their time and potentially put their own health at risk to deliver essentials, such as food and medicines, but the goodwill of the hub teams is being stretched by the potential misuse of their generosity.

Examples of the misuse include a volunteer delivering a prescription who found that the recipient had gone out for a drive. The contents of a food delivery, in another instance, were rejected because the items were not fully organic despite warnings that substitutions may have to be made.

Cllr Jenny Hollingsbee, Folkestone & Hythe District Council Cabinet member for Communities said: “It is disappointing to hear about this small minority of instances and we must repeat the advice that the hubs are only for those who really need help.

“What this wonderful team of volunteers is providing is amazing but it must be remembered that it is for those who have no-one else to turn to. Their friends may be elderly or isolating themselves and not able to help and family members may live too far away.

“I have read many of the messages in the thank you notes and cards which have been sent and have been deeply touched that together with the charities and voluntary organisations we have been able to provide a lifeline for so many people.”

The local hubs are open seven days a week. Due to the number of applications received volunteer recruitment is currently paused but this will be continuously reviewed. The hubs cannot be visited but can be contacted on:

  • Hythe Community Support Hub – run by AGE UK.

Contact them on: covid-19@ageukhl.org.uk or 01303 269602

  • Folkestone Community Support Hub – run by Three Hills Sports Centre.

Contact them on: covid-19@3hsp.co.uk or 01303 316186

  • Romney Marsh Community Support Hub – run by Romney Marsh Day Centre.

Contact them on: Covid-19@rmdc.org.uk or 01797 208590 

The council’s COVID-19 helpline is 01303 761116 (open from 9am to 5pm every day) or via email at Covid-19@folkestone-hythe.gov.uk . Residents and businesses can find out about help and assistance available to them both locally and get signposted to national support. Residents can also feed back helpful information or concerns about their community or individuals.

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To Sandgate Society Members

Dear Members

Well we are still in lockdown with little hope of an immediate let-up, judging by Boris Johnson’s comments this morning.

At least another month.

We are very lucky to be in this beautiful part of the world and our thoughts go out to those who are confined to flats without even balconies and unable to walk along our shoreline where the views help to soothe our anxieties and help keep us sane (along with the gin, of course).

As you may know from social media, our Treasurer Andrew Lawley has delivered a box of chocolates to all the residents of Homevale in the High Street, and is organising to do the same to the residents and carers of Well House.  We have received many thanks – even small gestures are appreciated in these times.

We gave assistance to The Dog House to set up their hot food delivery service, which was up to 58 lunches the other day; this helps ensure some people are getting one hot meal a day at least.

But we want to do more.    We would ask you again to keep an eye and an ear out for any neighbour or acquaintance who you think may need help but may not feel able to ask for it.  Please let us know if there is anything we can do or anybody we can help.

On our Committee, our Events Team are frozen in time – I am sorry to say our Summer Party will not be taking place this year.   Even if restrictions were lifted to allow such a large gathering, Saga would not be able to offer us the space for some time.

We cannot see as far ahead as December and we will be guided by isolation conditions for the over-70s and vulnerable members, access to a venue and numbers allowed.    We really hope we will be able to celebrate at this time – just watch the news!

Although our fund-raising side is suspended, our Heritage side now has the time to do lots of worthwhile but time consuming jobs which can now rise up the To Do lists.

Our technical wizard, Guy Valentine-Neale and our Conservation and Planning Guru, Rosie Sanders, have been liaising on heritage matters concerning our Grade II listed buildings.  They are working together on this and our website is being re-vamped accordingly – we will give you more details later but do please log on sometime and enjoy the easier way of navigating around our site. 

On behalf of our Committee, we send you our best wishes during this very difficult period, and hope you are staying safe, occupied and healthy.

We all look forward to seeing you “on the other side”.

Best wishes

Sal Kenward

Chair

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Incredible Response By Folkestone, Hythe And Romney Marsh Communities

A fantastic army of volunteers across Folkestone, Hythe and Romney Marsh has swung into action to meet more than 12,000 requests to help those isolated in their homes due to COVID-19.

Volunteers have been giving up their time to help others and support the work of the hubs since the middle of March. The three hubs, one each based in Folkestone, Hythe and Romney Marsh are led by voluntary organisations and Folkestone & Hythe District Council with grant funding support from the council.

The amazing response by 632 volunteers, who answered the call to assist the district’s three community hubs, has to date resulted in:

  • 7,202 welfare checks made
  • 3,555 hot meals cooked
  • 1005 loads of shopping collected
  • 724 prescriptions picked up
  • 27 walks with dogs

The above are only some of the services that are offered by the hubs.

In addition the council’s own staff have been helping residents who have rung or e-mailed its emergency helpline. The dedicated COVID-19 hotline has received 656 calls and colleagues have responded to 942 emails.

Cabinet member for Communities Cllr Jenny Hollingsbee said: “The district has really risen to this challenge and the response has been amazing. I’ve been closely involved with this social response and I’ve been able to witness first-hand the dedication and passion that has gone into providing these services.

“All the partner organisations, council staff and volunteers involved in this deserve recognition for the fantastic job they are doing in tough circumstances. I particularly want to thank the staff at the three hubs and the volunteers giving up their time and effort to help support vulnerable people in the district. The positive feedback we’ve had just goes to show that the residents receiving these services are so appreciative and that these hubs are really making a difference.”

The local hubs are open seven days a week. Due to the number of applications received volunteer recruitment is currently paused but this will be continuously reviewed. These cannot be visited but can be contacted on:

  • Hythe Community Support Hub – run by AGE UK.

Contact them on: covid-19@ageukhl.org.uk or 01303 269602

  • Folkestone Community Support Hub – run by Three Hills Sports Centre supported by Citizens Advice and Kent Coast Volunteering.

Contact them on: covid-19@3hsp.co.uk or 01303 316186

  • Romney Marsh Community Support Hub – run by Romney Marsh Day Centre.

Contact them on: Covid-19@rmdc.org.uk or 01797 208590 

The council’s COVID-19 helpline is 01303 761116 (open from 9am to 5pm every day) or via email at Covid-19@folkestone-hythe.gov.uk . Residents and businesses can find out about help and assistance available to them both locally and get signposted to national support. Residents can also feedback helpful information or concerns about their community or individuals.

For the latest on COVID-19 related matters locally please visit folkestone-hythe.gov.uk/coronavirus

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Folkestone & District Community Hubs

All three Community Hubs are being supported by Folkestone & Hythe District Council staff and resources.

  • Folkestone Community Hub is being run by the Three Hills Sports Park supported by Citizens Advice and Kent Coast Volunteering
  • Hythe Community Hub is being run by Age UK Hythe & Lyminge
  • Romney Marsh Community Hub is being run by the Romney Marsh Day Centre

For more information about the Community Hubs – how they can support you and where they are check out: https://www.folkestone-hythe.gov.uk/community-hub

General enquiries regarding COVID-19 should be directed to the council, not the Community Hubs so not to overwhelm them with non-urgent calls.

Folkestone & Hythe District Council COVID-19 Helpline, open  9am to 5pm every day
Call  01303 761 116 Email  covid-19@folkestone-hythe.gov.uk 

For the latest on local COVID-19 related matters please visit the council website folkestone-hythe.gov.uk/coronavirus

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So, You Are Feeling A Bit Wobbly?

So, are you all feeling a bit wobbly? It sounds like there are an awful lot of people having reactions they don’t really understand. Here is some information and good advice which may help. This was written by a mental health first aider/therapist called Imogen Wall and is called Pandemic Anxiety 101!……

IN CRISES, WE START DOING WEIRD STUFF: Over the last week I have struggled to sleep, stayed up late into the night reading endless news articles, bought pasta I don’t even like very much, got angry with my mum for not staying home. My spelling is a disaster and I’m definitely drinking more. I’ve been a bit teary, and all I really want to eat is cake, cake and more cake.

From what I hear, I’m not alone. If you’re having a wobble, you may also have noticed all sorts of weird stuff going on. Are you arguing more, talking faster, struggling to sleep, restless, desperate for information? Or are you teary and overwhelmed, perhaps feeling a bit sick? Struggling to make decisions? Just want to stay in bed? Tummy upsets? Having palpitations, butterflies, headaches? Ranting, picking fights or getting into arguments? Laughing unexpectedly or saying random, inappropriate things? Developing Very Strong Opinions on epidemiology overnight? Or have you just completely gone to ground?

If you are feeling any of these things: good news! You are not going mad. And you are 100% not alone. You are, in fact completely normal: a fully emotionally functional human being. Congratulations! Why? I’ll explain: take a seat and put the kettle on.

WE ARE LIVING IN TURBO-ANXIOUS TIMES. Well, no kidding. We’re in the middle of an unprecedented crisis that has showed up unexpectedly (they do that) and which presents a mortal threat to ourselves and everyone we know and love. It’s frightening and it makes us feel totally out of control. And this is on top of anything else we have going on.

HERE’S THE SCIENCE BIT. When we are exposed to threats and need to deal with them, our brain springs into action. Specifically a tiny, innocent-looking thing buried behind your ear called the amygdala (fun fact: it’s the size and shape of an almond). It’s the bit in charge when we are frightened and right now, it’s in full tin-hat klaxon mode. Unfortunately, it’s a very ancient bit of kit. It came into being when threats basically consisted of being eaten by large scary animals like bears. You know that thing about when you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail? Well, to the amygdala, everything looks like a bear. It’s also pretty basic, so it really only has two settings. There is no bear and BEAR!!!.

SETTING: BEAR!!!. Because all threats look like a bear to the amygdala, it preps you accordingly. There are really only two reactions to a bear about to eat you: fight it, or run away really really fast. So this is what the body gets you ready to do. It’s called the Fight or Flight response (there’s also freeze, meaning you just get paralysed). It does this by flooding your body with chemicals like cortisol, and adrenaline. Your heart rate goes up, you feel super alert, your breathing goes shallow, your muscles are ready for action. These chemicals are also largely responsible for a huge range of other cognitive/physical/emotional reactions like this in my intro. l In a group fear situation like a pandemic, this tends to happen whether you think you’re scared or not – anxiety is even more infections than COVID. Your body reacts even if your conscious mind doesn’t.

BEAR V VIRUS: Obviously this is all great if you really are running away from a bear. But we’re now in a situation where we’re being asked to do the EXACT OPPOSITE of running away. We are being told to sit tight. Literally stay still. Process large amounts of information, make complicated decisions, and stay calm. All while a bit of your brain is running around yelling BEAR! BEAR! BEAR! This isn’t easy. The result is an awful lot of stress and anxiety. And if you’re anything like me, you end up feeling really overwhelmed and having all sorts of reactions.SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS: Anxiety isn’t just mental – it’s also physical, cognitive and behavioural. You will notice all kinds of things: stomach upsets, headaches, insomnia, changes to eating, changes to the way you talk. It’s also cognitive: it’s very difficult to think straight when you’ve got the BEAR! BEAR! BEAR! thing going on – so we also become very bad at making decisions, absorbing information and generally thinking rationally. Which is EXACTLY what we need to do. SO WHAT TO DO: well, the good news is it is possible to calm down. We can turn the amygdala from BEAR!!! to NO BEAR , and not just by distracting it with cake and tea.

Here are some solid, scientifically proven things you can do.

BREATHE. It’s so basic, but breathing exercises are basically magic. They work in minutes and you can do them anywhere. They work because of all the physical reactions the amygdala triggers, rapid breathing is the only one over which we have conscious control. Control your breathing and you are basically telling your body: it’s OK. There is no bear. Your body will then start to dial down the adrenaline and cortisol and all the other reactions will slow to a halt. How to control your breathing? It’s easy – and if you want help just put “two minute breathe bubble” in into Youtube. The golden rules are these:• In through the nose, out through the mouth. SLOWLY• Make the outbreath longer than the inbreath – imagine there’s a candle in front of you and it mustn’t go out• Breathe from the tummy not chest – really make your tummy go out when breathing in. • Do it for two minutes and see how you feel.

Seriously, try it – this technique is used by everyone from top athletes to the US military to help stay in control while under stress. There are all sorts of versions – from yogic breathing to box breathing to 4-7-8. Google them, mess around, figure out what works for you.

CALL A FRIEND: Don’t suffer alone. Call a mate – someone who’ll listen while you have a bit of a rant, or a cry, or a general wobble. Someone you can trust not to judge you and who’ll just sympathise. And if you get one of those calls, just be nice to them. You only need to be kind. You can’t fix what’s going on so just give them a bit of space to rant. And if you’re OK, call your friends and check in on them. Especially if they’ve gone silent.

LAUGH: it doesn’t matter what is funny – laughter is a huge releaser of endorphins. Silly memes, silly jokes, stand-up, rolling around with your kids – videos on youtube. The sillier the better. Also v good for bonding with friends, which will also help you feel less alone.

DO SOMETHING WITH YOUR HANDS. Yes you can meditate if this is your bag, it’s amazing. But if it’s not, and personally I’m rubbish, then trying to start when you’re already anxious is really hard. So do something instead. Cook. Tidy. Knit. Draw. Bake. Garden. Mend things. This is what nice middle class therapists like me call Mindfulness.

TREAT YOUR BODY: We hold stress in our bodies at least as much as our minds. Take a bath or a shower. Put on things that feel good on your skin. Use nice smelling body creams. Stretch. Skip. Do yoga. Dance. Eat healthy but delicious things – fresh if you can get it. All of these will help calm you down.

SUNSHINE. It’s SPRINGTIME amid this horror – enjoy it. If you can’t go outside, open the windows and feel it on your face. If it’s safe for you to go outside (maybe you live in the country) do it, while of course observing social distance. Go for a walk. Being outdoors, connecting to nature, is hugely calming.

STEP AWAY FROM SOCIAL MEDIA/THE NEWS: All it will do will scare you more and make things worse. Turn off the telly and for gods sake avoid the psychopathic digital wild west that is Twitter. Stick to sensible sources like the BBC and the NHS, and limit yourself to short need-to-know bits a day. You’ll feel better immediately.

STEP AWAY FROM TERRIBLE COPING MECHANISMS: They will all translate as BEAR!! to your poor brain. Especially don’t get drunk, especially if you’re alone (BEAR!!), take drugs (BEAR!!), stay up all night reading (BEAR!!), get sucked into conspiracy theories (BEAR!!), pay attention to ANYTHING Donald Trump says (BEAR!!). See? Stress levels going up already. Breathe.

BE KIND: to yourself and others. Now is not the time to go on a diet. Nor is this the time to start on Proust or makeover your life. You’ll probably struggle to concentrate, fail and make yourself feel worse (hat tip Laura Gordon for this bit). Don’t make this more stressful than it already is. Think comfort books, comfort telly, comfort everything. Everyone is wobbly, everyone is going to have a meltdown at some point. Understand that if someone is angry or aggressive, then they are also just scared. And eat more cake. Cake makes everything better.So, there we go. Hopefully a bit less BEAR!!. Now, that kettle should have boiled by now. Go make a nice cup of tea, sit by a window and drink it in this lovely morning sunshine. We are British after all. And save me some cake .

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Kent Council Briefing – Covid 19.

For residents in Kent, we face a huge challenge from coronavirus and its impact on our lives and work.

We are committed to ensuring we continue to deliver services – though we recognise that in these challenging times, some of these will be affected as we follow government advice.

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