Ashbocking News

We have a quick word from Liz Stegman from the Ashbocking Parish Council:

The last time I used the T S Elliot quote “April is the cruelest month” it was in connection with February. Well, I take it all back: April is, indeed, the cruelest month. It seems nothing is quite as it should be in many respects but, as I write, things are getting back to a sort of normality with shops opening, pubs serving outside and, I believe, I can now go on a self-catering holiday in this country.

Several in the village have been able to see family for the first time in months, albeit outside in freezing temperatures. This has made a great deal of difference to many, raising spirits and reassuring folk about the wellbeing of family members.

Of course, nature battles through it all. I find it quite amazing that plants and animals survive in minus temperatures during the night and with occasional ‘high’ temperatures in glorious sunshine during the day. Not to mention coping with sleet, snow and chilling winds. Only time will tell if the animal kingdom has been adversely affected.

On Saturday 10 April, an Ashbocking church bell rang out 100 times at noon to celebrate the life of the recently deceased Duke of Edinburgh. Thank you Pog Christian for ringing the tribute. I’ve learned a great deal about the Duke of Edinburgh’s life over the last few days. He was clearly an exceptional person who served queen and country and made a difference to many young people’s lives through the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Queen and her family at this time.

The parish council hopes to be able to hold some sort of outdoor village event this year featuring music, a bar, food and a friendly atmosphere. More on that in the future.

I think some special thanks are due to Tony Gilbert, our parish council chair. Throughout lockdown, he has regularly walked the length of the village chatting to folk and calling on residents. He has shopped for several people and continues to regularly charge and position the village speed sign.

May I take this opportunity to again thank others who have called on people, shopped for folk, rung others for a chat, or just been good neighbours generally. It’s been a hard slog for us all and it’s not over yet, so let’s all consider look after each other.

Liz Stegman

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