Day: 12 April 2020

Covid Watch 32: Shropshire Council makes it easier for those who need food but struggle to pay for it – we have excellent Ludlow local help too

One of the pressing needs identified in the last couple of weeks is ensuring that everyone has food. Shropshire Council will now purchase food for people who are self-isolating and cannot purchase supplies over the phone using a debit or credit card and cannot access cash. There are a lot of reasons why this might be the case. For example, elderly people who don’t use cards, don’t have access to cards or don’t wish to use them. Shropshire Council can purchase goods on their behalf and send an invoice to be paid later. This is an emergency measure for those who have no other options. It is only for those who have money in the bank but can’t get to it. Contact me in confidence if you need help through the Shropshire Council scheme. 01584 874029 / 07927 719163. You can also get local help with all food and social needs through Pulling Together Ludlow. Phone our local 7-day helpline: 01584 817 250.

Covid Watch 31: We all need exercise – farmers must not illegally close footpaths during the national emergency

Many of us are getting a bit stir crazy. Pinned down to our homes and our gardens, when we have a garden. Allowed out for essentials like shopping and medical appointments. And our single permitted daily walk. We benefit in Ludlow from good access to the countryside. We can stroll past pleasant gardens into green and leafy fields and woods. One of our well walked routes heads out of town along Burway and across the fields towards Bromfield, where sadly the café and The Clive are closed for the duration. It’s a great route and you can return via Oakley Park to The Cliffe or cut across the fields east of the A49 to return via Elm Lodge and Fishmore Road. But now this route is blocked at Burway farm. Signs say: “Sorry. Footpath closed due to coronavirus. Thank you.” Polite but illegal. I have asked Shropshire Council to get the signs removed and the right of way reopened.

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