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Working together for safety, self care and support
Thanks to Carole (local resident) for designing and sharing the above logo.

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Hope you are all keeping safe & following Government guidelines to protect each other at the present time. It's so very important that we are looking after ourselves and observing self -care. It’s vital that we try to stay connected. We will be holding weekly coffee mornings via zoom from next week (see details below) Hope to see you there!
Another lovely drawing from our colleague Milena, a perfect way to keep your mind healthy. 
Use cupboard to plant - herbs and spices that can be grown from your spice rack!
With the sunshine warming our windowsills, and a lot of free time on our hands, there is still plenty to do for those who want to try their hand at gardening. Never mind garden centres being shut- there are seeds ready to germinate right in your kitchen cupboard! Clean, empty yoghurt pots and egg boxes are perfect for just that purpose- just place some compost in, sprinkle the seeds, cover with another thin layer of compost and keep moist on a sunny windowsill. In 7-10 days you should see seedlings sprouting. Happy gardening and good luck!
The King Lear Prizes
The King Lear Prizes are new national literary and creative arts prizes for people  over 70 who are having to stay at home because of Coronavirus. This new initiative has been launched to encourage ordinary people, who have never been published before and are not professional writers, musicians or artists, to create new works of literature, poetry, music and art during the time they are quarantined. More info on how to enter by following this link:
Join us for a St George's Day cuppa!
We hope you can join us for an hour on Thursday 23rd April 11am -12.  Bring your cuppa or your coffee and join for some or all of the time.  Use this link: 

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Meeting ID: 547-650-1148  Password: 254856
Free theatre shows online
Free theatre shows online
Chichester Festival Theatre has announced a new scheme to stream shows online.
The scheme will start with an online presentation of Rachel Wagstaff and Richard Taylor's Flowers for Mrs Harris, the hit musical with a cast led by Clare Burt, Joanna Riding and Gary Wilmot. The piece will be available from 9 April for 30 days.
For more shows you can watch online for free follow this link:
Financial telephone support from Money A & E

‘We are pleased to help fund Money A&E who are continuing to support our community with financial advice during this time of difficulty.  

The Money Coach service will continue to offer one-to-one (telephone only) support with money, debt and benefits. As our team are now working remotely, we are offering telephone appointments. Please call or email using the contact details below to book.

Rosie – 07936 005774. Jeredine – 07753 439551. 

Please be aware that demand for the service is unpredictable at this time, and wait times for an appointment are therefore uncertain. We are grateful for your patience and understanding.

Do keep enjoying nature during isolation:  Listen out for bird song.  If you can't hear a blackbird where you are, do listen to this!

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