Posts for Society

Most people believe ‘normal life’ is more than a year away

From the Office for National Statistics: Two-thirds (64%) of adults in Great Britain said they still plan to cover their faces in shops, following the lifting of most coronavirus legal restrictions in England from 19 July 2021. The same percentage (64%) plan to wear masks on public transport, while 60% […]

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The ‘Sling Your Hook’ campaign against scammers

From Devon/Cornwall Police alerts:   There’s a lot to be said for using your intuition to avoid being scammed. Neighbourhood Watch organisation has looked at the psychology around why people fall victims to scams, to help people protect themselves against the huge number of scams that are happening every day. […]

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Should you leave your child home alone during school hols?

Info from NSPCC: With the school summer holidays fast approaching, parents often ask us about the appropriate age to allow children to stay home or out alone. Every child is different so there’s no one rule for all, but between work, appointments and other family commitments, it’s inevitable that there […]

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If it’s coming home, I’m having a day off …

Everyone is understandably very excited about this evening when England play Italy in the Euros final. All eyes are on Gareth Southgate’s team, and years of hope are injected into the great British public, even those who don’t normally much like football. It’s a coming together for national pride. Before […]

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Will you continue to wear a mask?

It looks as if mandatory Covid-19 restrictions are likely to end on 19th July, and people will be encouraged to take responsibility for their own wellbeing and that of others. Most of us will welcome some relaxation; however, as we all know, not everyone is responsible, as littering shows us. […]

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SW backs the call to Cure the Care System

More than 13,000 people across the South West have backed Alzheimer’s Society’s campaign calling on the government to Cure the Care System.   They were among 135,638 who signed a petition addressed to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, which was delivered yesterday (Thursday 1 July) to the Prime Minister.   It […]

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‘Second homes’ petition gains over 40k signatures

On Change.org sits this petition started by Abigail Harding who says: Cap local rents, raise the tax on second homes and save Cornwall’s precious coastal communities. Cornwall is dangerously on the brink of a homelessness crisis and Cornwall Council has to act NOW. We’ve had enough of second home ownership […]

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Police warn of effects of drinking too much during Euros

Devon & Cornwall Police is advising people of the consequences of drinking too much and letting their emotions get the better of them during this summer’s European Football Championship. This summer’s event will see England, Scotland and Wales all in action across various venues – including Wembley Stadium. Many licensed […]

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‘Everyone’s Invited’ affects us all …

Someone locally contacted me the other day to draw my attention to the Everyone’s Invited campaign, which has set out to eradicate ‘rape culture’ in the UK (and globally). It is relevant to us all, and especially to those with children in schools and universities. As the website says: Rape […]

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84% SW parents stress importance of play

Some 84% of parents of children in the South West aged three to twelve think playing outside will be important for their child’s wellbeing this summer – and over half say that they think their children have been more lonely, the NSPCC has found. In addition, 65% of parents in […]

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Lockdown – why most of us complied

Opinion piece (with a bit of research thrown in) … It’s an interesting question or three: Why does news concentrate on deviance and the ‘exciting’ people who break the rules, whilst ignoring those who maintain them? Why do we sometimes seem to think that the rule-breakers are somehow more interesting, […]

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May 17th – what is allowed, and why

Tomorrow marks the end of ‘lockdown’ as we know it. Yes, of course various places have been able to re-open (shops, etc) and we have been allowed to sit outside (a bit chill at the moment) to meet a friend or relative or two, and so on. However May 17th […]

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TSB Bude listed as a ‘safe space’

Victims of domestic abuse can access a Safe Space in 290 TSB branches across the UK to seek specialist support and advice, as TSB becomes the first bank to sign up to the scheme. In Bude, both TSB Bank and Boots are on the register as offering safe spaces. Launched […]

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A word about the loos in Boscastle

Yesterday, I popped to Boscastle. The weather was mixed, some visitors were dotted around, and the car parking was free (charging restarts on 17th May – thank you Cornwall Council). I had a lovely meander, but before leaving for home, decided to use the loo. The public toilets by the […]

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Some normality as PM gives green light for 17th May

The Prime Minister has urged restraint as life is set to return to some degree of normality next week, when the latest relaxation of Covid restrictions has been given the green light. The alert level has now reduced to 3. Briefly (more later), this means that from May 17th: Just […]

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