“High Halden has really come up trumps in facing the virus crisis. Two weekends ago a village resident proposed setting up a network of volunteers and this was met with a very positive response. A week later it was agreed our efforts should be better coordinated so a Zoom coordinating group was established chaired by my replacement as Parish Council Chair, very ably I must say. There are 8 of us in the group including the Head teacher of the village school, church rep, Hall rep, etc . We’ve met twice so far and produced an information leaflet giving phone numbers, useful contacts etc, which has been hand posted to every home in the village. I understand about 50 volunteers have come forward offering to collect shopping, prescriptions etc. The web is alive with requests for, and offers of, help.
The village shop has been very proactive in supplying the needs of those more vulnerable. The village pub is providing takeaways.
So despite the awful situation, a lot of kindness and generosity has been shown.”