A tribute to Little Comberton under Covid 19
For more than a year now the community that is Little Comberton has shown the true spirit of care and support that marks it out as a special place to live. We would like to acknowledge and thank all villagers for their consideration and support for each other and would like to publicly thank, acknowledge and record all those who have given of their time and care to villagers.
The large number of volunteers who stepped up in the early months of lockdown to form teams working with a parish councillor to offer a lifeline to every home in the village. Andy & Sue Dermont, John & Sue Ravenscroft, Mike Cawson, Brian Barber, Nigel & Pauline Jamieson, Sandra Roberts, Alison and Kevin White, Richard Barmforth, Sue Britten, Susanne Hiscock, Carole Marshall, Sally Pritchard, Carol & Paul Rabbette, Leane Seal, Pollyanne Andrews, Becky Cartwright, Laura Haycock, Karen Danesi, Pat Wilson, Carice Green, Steph Thoday, Mark Kibble, Sue Sharman, Sue Buck, James Fielding, Paul Morris, Mandy & Dave Lane, Sandra Hayles, Andy Rollett, Andrew & Elle Huntingdon, Debs & Cliff Preston. All offered their time to run errands, collect shopping, prescriptions etc. or Penny Spiller & Graham Knight who were at the end of the phone calling those living alone.
Lucy, Andrew and Lilly Rollet for setting up the Saturday Pantry when, in initial months, food stocks were in short supply, and for then developing the Pantry into a regular place for villagers to shop and meet for coffee. Jemima Green for her weekly delicious cake bakes and treats. For the anonymous small gifts given to some of those living alone.
To Penny Spiller & Edith Powell for managing the church access making it available for private worship and the services including Christmas carols and the dedication of the new organ, all carefully managed following strict covid protocols. To Paul & Sheila Morris who continued to manage all the village hall responsibilities.
To the many villagers who donated material so Pauline Jamieson, Lynne Biggs, Sue Sharman, Pat Wilson, Penny Spiller, Angie Budden could make facemasks and washing bags for the NHS in their hour of need. Pauline for her continued work in making 50 sets of surgical scrubs for Worcester Hospital and Lynne for her continued range of face masks.
To Lynne Yapp who, as Parish Council Clerk, served much longer hours, responded to more queries than ever and managed to continue supporting the parish councillors at a more than usually busy time. To Carol Rabbette, Laura Haycock, Paul Morris, Mark Kibble, Sue Britton, Nigel Jamieson, Andrew Dermont, the Parish Councillors, who met more frequently during early lockdown to coordinate a whole village approach and then continued to meet regularly by Zoom to ensure village matters continued to be managed. Nigel Jamieson for developing the village website to include the e-noticeboard and the new village email account which helped keep villagers informed.
With the cancellation of the annual street market there were still those who continued to support the fundraising. Pat Perry who sold plants at the pantry, Tony Davy for some amazing canna lilies and Claire & Phil Greensted who donated drink stocks to be sold before their expiration date.
To all the villagers who stood each week on Wednesdays to Clap for Carers and everyone who made a special effort to celebrate VE day with house decorations and tea parties to raise spirits and provide a moment of fun in dark times. To Dave Parker for his support in running the village noticeboard and Stuart Wilson for refurbishing the noticeboard. Brian Barber for organising socially distanced carol singing.
To everyone, for the tiny things that helped neighbours and friends get through tough times together so that we emerge as a stronger and even more caring community.
If you know of anyone who contributed or helped in any way please let us know so we can add their contribution as we’d like this page to eventually stand in our archives as a record to all the acts of kindness and care that took place in our village during Covid 2020/21.