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'Time you enjoyed wasting isn't wasted time'

This quotation rather sums up the attitude of members during this period of withdrawal from the usual sociability of Colwall Ladies' Club. 
Let us know what you're finding to do.



from the media - useful and otherwise.



Malvern Delivers – A one-stop-go-to-group highlighting local companies delivering: https://www.facebook.com/groups/239861680485838/?ref=share 

-like most of these sites there are comments and replies in between the facts. 

The site does include information about a planned plant delivery service from Caves Folly in Colwall.

The Fresh Fish man is back selling in Colwall.

He’s at his usual pitch outside the Colwall Park Hotel on Wednesdays, arriving about 8.00/8.30 am.

Peter Cooks bakery, who supplied bread to Wallers, has closed for the time being.  When he re-opens and starts supplying bread again there will be a sign in the window.

Bread is available from Provisions or through certain box schemes.

Poppy and Natasha have announced that the Post Office is now closed until further notice.

Fruit and veg boxes can be ordered from

Natural Choice Malvern.


email to info@naturalchoicemalvern.co.uk 

01684 567467

The Farmer's Arms in Wellington Heath

Eggs, milk and bread are also available


and takeaways https://www.farmersarmswellingtonheath.co.uk/menu

The Houlbrooke Brothers from The Strawberry Shop

offer fruit and veg boxes of various sizes.

01531 632 664
07974 970 347


The Strawberry Stop, Siddington Farm, Leadington, Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8 2LN

The Kettle Sings

Jubilee Dr, Upper Colwall, Malvern WR13 6DN


Tel: 01684 540244

Email: thekettlesingsmalvern@gmail.com

Visit the Malverns information has a list of places offering takeaway/delivery services. 

For details see the website:


Make sure you check other sections for changes as the site is being regularly updated


Covid 19

Corona Virus is here to stay

much longer than we thought, they say.

China’s where it all began

then Italy, centred on Milan.

Now it’s everywhere it seems

that normal life is in our dreams.

We stay at home and shop online,

at first it all worked very fine.

Now a slot is hard to get

when ordering on the Internet.

There’s lots of things we cannot buy:

toilet rolls in short supply,

rice and pasta hard to find,

this whole shopping lark’s a bind!

We mustn’t drive to go for walks

and all the car parks cordoned off.

We mustn’t mingle with our friends,

thank goodness modern online trends

keep us in touch with those we treasure

to give us laughter, love and pleasure.

By the end when all this stops

we’ll have such tidy garden plots.

Our houses will be sparkling clean,

the tidiest and best they’ve ever been.

But, I ask, will we be sane

or ever be the same again?

Yvonne Romer
image: publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk


As a change from binge watching Netflix  (or peregrines) try

The Royal Opera House

for online streamed performances

on the ROH’s Facebook page and YouTube channel

  • Acis and Galatea, The Royal Opera, 2009 (3 April, 7pm)

  • Così fan tutte, The Royal Opera, 2010 (10 April, 7pm)

  • The Metamorphosis, The Royal Ballet, 2013 (17 April, 7pm)

Elsewhere, ROH content can be found on BBC iPlayer

search for Mayerling, Pappano's Greatest Arias

and Darcey Bussell: Looking for Margot.

For more information go to  https://www.roh.org.uk

The National Theatre

is also screening plays

2-9 April       One Man, Two Guvnors

9-16 April     Jane Eyre

16-23 April   Treasure Island

23-30 April   Twelfth Night

For more information go to https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk



Museums and art galleries may be closed but we can still visit them - and see things up close without people being in the way!

It's not just UK museums either - why not see the Rijks Museum or the Met?  Or maybe a less well known one such as the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore.  What they have in their collections is mind-blowing and this period of isolation is just the time to discover some of those treasures.

British Library   https://www.bl.uk/#

V and A museum    https://www.vam.ac.uk

British Museum     https://www.britishmuseum.org

Royal Collections Trust    https://www.rct.uk

The Rijks Museum     https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/

The Walters Art Museum    https://art.thewalters.org

The Prado    https://www.museodelprado.es/en/the-collection

The Vasa   https://www.vasamuseet.se/en/

The Bodleian   https://digital.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/

Curious Minds   https://www.conted.ox.ac.uk/about/curious-minds

One could go on forever - tell us your favourites.


From a letter to The Times:

This virus has a lot to answer for.  I have this strange man hanging about the house.  He says he lives here.


Collie working at home, practising social distancing


Spotted in Gloucester

Loo roll £480 includes free holiday in Ibiza


Our local shops

We are so fortunate to have shops in Colwall selling a wide range of goods - let's support them.

Provisions - with a wide range of groceries, deli, dairy produce, bread and cakes, cleaning materials and wine.  Deliveries can be arranged.

Pete's has lots of fresh fruit and veg, fruit juice, eggs and plants to brighten your day.

Wallers, the butcher, who in addition to a good range of fresh meat and poultry also sells bread and eggs plus pies for carnivores and vegetarians!

The Pharmacy may appear closed  because, as they are on the front-line, they have to take extra precautions.  Knock on the door and someone will come, take your temperature and then admit you. 

The Pharmacy is more than just health care and personal hygiene: they have household cleaning items, cards and photo processing facilities.

​News from Poppy and Natasha: The Post Office is closed until further notice. 

Jo Ludlow, the hairdresser,  As from 23.03.2020, in accordance with Government guidelines Jo has had to close until further notice.


Need to have medication delivered?

Try this site   https://www.echo.co.uk/

It's part of the Lloyds Pharmacy Group.  However, like so many delivery services, it's currently overwhelmed with requests. 

Alternatively, check with Healthpoint Pharmacy in Colwall on 01684 540246 who may be able to help. 

Or contact the Colwall community helpline on 07452928226.


The Silver Line is a free confidential telephone helpline offering information, friendship and advice to older people in the United Kingdom, available 24 hours a day.

For more information about this excellent group look at their very good website


or you can just type in silverline and that will bring up the site too.


Panic Eating?

A letter to the Telegraph asks 'Will the nation's obesity crisis get worse when panic buyers try to eat all their food before the use by date?'



Community Food Box Scheme



Boxes can be ordered from Natural Choice Malvern and others - see






'No new outfits required'.  The chairman of Next claims that people don't buy a new outfit to stay at home.  What do you think?


Community Helpline

A Community Helpline is being set up under the auspices of local churches and groups.

To contact the helpline phone 07452928226

If you are able to give assistance please contact colwallcoronaviruscare@gmail.com


St James the Great Church has produced a Prayer & Worship booklet online for the use of those who are missing going to church and others, too, who would value some comfort and inspiration in these difficult times of isolation. People are asked to contact colwallchurchoffice@gmail.com to ask for this booklet, available for everyone who would like to have it.


Notice on the side of a van: No loo rolls kept in van overnight



It has been announced that the RHS Spring  Flower Show and the Royal Three Counties Show have been cancelled this year.  You won't even be able to compensate by going to Glastonbury, or have a flutter on the Grand National,and there's no point in heading to the Thames for the Boat Race - they've all been cancelled too.

Nor will we have the Olympics to look forward to - another casualty of these unprecedented times.

Chelsea Flower Show has been cancelled.

Will Wimbledon be next?  It seems likely - an announcement will be made this week.


A member of CLC commented that she was being encouraged on a daily basis, by the initiative, enterprise and kindness being demonstrated in our community.  What a far cry from someone who said there was no point going shopping again - they'd filled the garage.  Let's hope they were acting altruistically on behalf of several households.



The satisfying thwack of leather against willow - one of the quintessential sounds of a British summer Sunday afternoon.  Not this summer though - another casualty as the ECB has recommended all forms of recreational cricket should be suspended indefinitely.





New takeaway menu

The Wellington Inn is introducing a new takeaway menu - starters, main courses and even the beer and wine to accompany your meal. 

To see the menu go to their website: http://thewellingtoninnmalvern.co.uk

Meals can be ordered by phone 01684 540269.

They are offering a limited delivery service to Colwall, restricted to the vulnerable and high risk groups, who are in complete isolation.

They are offering takeaway Lunch and Dinner from Tuesday to Saturday and Sunday Lunch.

Collections must be pre-ordered via the telephone with timed collections from 12.15 till 2pm and 6.45pm till 8pm.

Please ring doorbell at the Bar entrance.


The Wyche Inn announces that due to demand they are starting to do takeaways again.

To see The Wyche Inn Take Away Menu go to


Meals need to be pre-ordered - phone 01684 575396

Cooking times: 12-2 & 6-7.30 except Sunday evening

Real ale, lager & cider available as well as bottled drinks.

Collections preferred but deliveries available to the local area.





A take on a letter by F Scott Fitzgerald, written when quarantined in the South of France on the outbreak of Spanish Flu, 1920

The streets are that empty. It seems as though the bulk of the city has retreated to their quarters, rightfully so. At this time, it seems very poignant to avoid all public spaces. Even the bars, as I told Hemingway, but to that, he punched me in the stomach, to which I asked if he had washed his hands. He hadn’t. He is much the denier, that one. Why, he considers the virus to be just influenza. I’m curious of his sources. The officials have alerted us to ensure we have a month’s worth of necessities. Zelda and I have stocked up on red wine, whiskey, rum, vermouth, absinthe, white wine, sherry, gin, and lord, if we need it, brandy. Please pray for us. You should see the square, oh, it is terrible. I weep for the damned eventualities this future brings. The long afternoons rolling forward slowly on the ever-slick bottomless highball. Z. says it’s no excuse to drink, but I just can’t seem to steady my hand. In the distance, from my brooding perch, the shoreline is cloaked in a dull haze where I can discern an unremitting penance that has been heading this way for a long, long while. And yet, amongst the cracked cloudline of an evening’s cast, I focus on a single strain of light, calling me forth to believe in a better morrow.”


How clean is your phone?

Does your phone have coronavirus?  Health officials are advising us to clean our devices regularly, maybe twice a day.  At present we're washing our hands and then picking up our probably unclean phones.

'Computer Active' magazine suggests using wipes containing isopropyl alcohol or spray a soft micro-fibre cloth and wipe that over the phone, but beware some substances can damage the device so it might be best to check what your phone manufacturer recommends.

Dr Lena Ciric, a microbiologist from University College London, says you can effectively clean your phone using just household soap and water.

 Computer Active does point out, however, that none of this is any use if you then pick up your phone with dirty hands.  So the message is to keep washing your hands!

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