Rye News publishes at the end of a week when government press conferences have become daily, and the messages to the public at large have changed – sometimes significantly, but often in response to questions, and often with more detailed policies emerging.
Stories are therefore scattered through this issue – some of which are negative, and some of which are positive. So let us start with the positive.
If you look carefully at the home page of the website you will see there is near the top a new advertisement – but not for a commercial organisation. Instead it is for Rye Mutual Aid, an organisation which has sprung out of nowhere this week.
But it has not come out of the blue as many of the people involved are active volunteers in other Rye activities – and Rye has a strong reputation for volunteering which will be reported to next Monday’s town council meeting.
The information on the coronavirus, and how we and the government deal with it, changes rapidly so if you look near the top of the home screen there is a link to a story that contains a lot of links to various sources of up to date information – and will stay there during the weeks ahead so that you can continue to have access to the latest information.
Inevitably (as each day brings notices of further shut-downs) we have a number of stories about closures and cancellations including the Milligan Theatre, the National Trust, the nature reserve, the Jazz Festival, the Film Club and the Bonfire Society – and the list goes on and on with the Rye Arts Festival as the latest casualty, announced on Thursday.
And, for community groups there is help within the community as well, in addition to calls for the community to work together better. And there is even guidance, if we are isolated at home, about what to do with our time.
The ever changing events have had some consequences already for local charities, and the supermarket queues have not been helpful for those in more immediate and daily need to feed themselves.
However, despite all the difficulties, our churches are still continuing to operate as best they can.
Image Credits: Nick Forman , Kenneth Bird .