What’s wrong with a growing and baking frenzy?

sourdough    garlic    potatoes

There’s nothing wrong with trying things we haven’t done before. Of course, it was a bit frustrating for regular bread bakers when buying flour became almost impossible for a while. And there have been many derisory remarks in the press about the nation suddenly baking sourdough loaves. So frightfully middle class, don’t you know!

And what about all those people rushing to buy up all the seeds (many of which may never get sown, they say). But suppliers across the country have been working hard to get orders out as quickly as they can in difficult circumstances. For most, they’ve had to change working practices to protect their staff and comply with Covid-19 guidelines.

One such is our local supplier of all you need to ‘grow your own’ – Middleton Farm Nurseries – now offering a collect-only or limited delivery service. Details HERE.

Really, we shouldn’t complain. If we’re gardening and baking, we’ve likely got homes to live in and gardens or allotments to grow in. We are lucky. There are all sorts of kindly acts that can make a difference to those less fortunate and folk are pretty inventive when it comes to helping their friends and neighbours. Like Margaret and her team, compiling a weekly list of orders for plants etc from Metfield residents. Details HERE.

Making bread and growing veg and fruit are both activities that are beneficial to our mental and physical health. Both are imbued with hope and positivity. And we need plenty of that at the moment!

Happy baking and happy gardening to all!

Middleton Farm Nurseries

Good news for gardeners!

Middleton Farm Nurseries is accepting orders for tray veg, herbs, tomato plants, bedding plants etc. – by telephone (01379 852294) or by email.

Remember to include in your email your full name, phone number and when you would like to collect. See link below for current availability and prices. This list is updated weekly.

Updated Monday 6 May 2020

Help is at hand for Metfield residents 
Margaret Preston is kindly collating a Metfield residents’ order list for those who need help with placing an order or are unable to collect purchases from Weybread themselves.

Please check the website using the link above before you phone Margaret (01379 588226) with your order as it is updated each week. She will explain what to do next.

A big THANK YOU to Margaret and her helpers for doing this! 

Social distancing is something we can ALL do to help reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19)

Every day we are bombarded with more advice and information on TV and websites. It’s no wonder we can find it a bit confusing. Below is an extract from the GOV.UK website. Go to the link to read more. Published 16 March 2020.

Guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK and protecting older people and vulnerable adults

Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce the social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

They are:

  1. Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough
  2. Avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible
  3. Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this. Please refer to employer guidance for more information
  4. Avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs
  5. Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media
  6. Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services

Everyone should be trying to follow these measures as much as is pragmatic.

We strongly advise you to follow the above measures as much as you can and to significantly limit your face-to-face interaction with friends and family if possible, particularly if you:

  • are over 70
  • have an underlying health condition
  • are pregnant

This advice is likely to be in place for some weeks.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) – please stay calm and follow advice

Information on this page has been taken from today’s BBC updates. Please check the public health websites and BBC website for daily updates. It is not the job of the village website to give advice but some people are panic-buying food and feeling frightened. So this is just a plea to remain calm.

We live in a caring village. If you need something or don’t understand what is going on, there are plenty of friends and neighbours who will be only too pleased to help. Do ask!

What are the symptoms?

What you can do

There are a number of small but very important things each of us can do to try and stay well. The BBC website has lots of information on the pandemic and this is updated daily.

Metfield Village Hall and Bar are now CLOSED for all events until further notice

Following government advice to help tackle the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the Village Hall and Bar are now closed. All bookings at the hall have also been cancelled until further notice.

See links below for more info:
NHS health advice on the virus at Coronavirus Covid-19
Latest official public health information at Public Health Agency .

The UK is to shut schools from Friday – but they will still need to look after children of key workers and vulnerable children. Exams will not take place in May or June. See BBC website for more information and live updates.