#DailyMoment: Thursday 2 April

The #DailyMoment is getting bigger – so we've tweaked the format to make it easier to use.

A lot of the news relating to coronavirus remains relevant and useful every day, so we’ve put news and resources together in one place, separating them by category. We’ve also placed a ‘Latest’ category at the top so you can see quickly what has just been added. We hope it works for you – but please tell us about anything that doesn’t, including broken links or changes to info!

Whether you need practical support, somewhere to post your news and contact details (support groups and news items welcome) or just a morale boost, we’re here for you. Let us know what you’re up to, how we can help, how you can help others or just if there’s something you’d like to share (moving, funny, inspirational – or all three together).

Connecting people is what we do – so let’s connect…

Today: more things to entertain you and the kids, additional food and drink deliveries, Facebook community groups, updated online support for businesses – plus we dip into the archives for our #VirtualFilmFest interview with the fantasy movie legend Ray Harryhausen and consider all that is worth celebrating about Peterborough…

What is the #DailyMoment?

Our aim with this, sent out every weekday, is to keep Peterborough’s conversations going whilst delivering current COVID-19 community news and useful resources to help you negotiate the coming weeks. Every issue will also include a couple of great reads, either new or from our archives, which have no relation to coronavirus at all – just good stuff to enjoy and take our minds off things for a while.

One of these will form part of a #VirtualFest strand. We may not be able to get out to live music, comedy, theatre, film or literary events, but we’ll be bringing you some of our best original celebrity interviews in all categories, including Jools Holland, John Cleese, Brian Blessed, Jon Culshaw, Rick Wakeman and astronaut Tim Peake. And we’ll be adding to the The Moment roster by digging into our personal freelance archives. Expect to see classic interviews with Neil Innes, Jeff Bridges, Ray Harryhausen, Bill Bailey, Cate Blanchett and many more!

NB The key information towards the end of this newsletter will remain the same in each issue, to ensure it is always clearly available and accessible. But it will be added to as we go – and we’d like to hear from you. If you run a group or have some community news, let us know and we’ll include it. And if you’ve suggestions or requests relating to what we feature, we’d love to hear that too.

Toby Venables, editor

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#VirtualFilmFest: film FX legend Ray Harryhausen

Remember Medusa in Clash of the Titans? Or the skeletons in Jason and the Argonauts? How about the beast from 20,000 fathoms? All of these and many more were the extraordinary work of Ray Harryhausen, without doubt the greatest stop motion animator – and certainly the most influential – the movies have ever seen. Ray Harryhausen died in 2013, but Moment editor Toby Venables talked to him back in 2001, on the occasion of his visit to Cambridge Film Festival…

Interview: Ray Harryhausen

#FromTheArchives: What does Peterborough have to celebrate..?

Sometimes, you just have to focus on the positives… Things may be on hold right now, but Peterborough remains a sleeping giant with huge potential for the future, and it’s good to take stock and look beyond the current crisis. As the Peterborough Celebrates was just kicking off in early 2018 we asked an array of cultural, political and business movers and shakers exactly what they thought was worth celebrating. They included historians Alison Weir and David Starkey, poet and educator Mark Grist, archaeologist and discoverer of Flag Fen Francis Pryor, and heads of PECT, Metal, Vivacity, Peterborough City Council, Cityfibre, Nene Park Trust and many more. Even Des O’Connor had a few words! The answers were as varied as the individuals offering them, and might even help you to feel a bit better about this great city…

Coronavirus news and resources


Community First support for elderly and vulnerable

Find out more at:

Oober Veggies veg box deliveries

Stamford-based Oober Veggies are offering veg box deliveries in the area. Small £10, large £15. Produce varies daily and is whatever is sourced on the day.

Contact via:

Tales from Tour Guides: the stories that fascinate, perplex and inspire the Tour Guides of Peterborough Cathedral

Peterborough Cathedral’s band of volunteer tour guides are, like all of us, in isolation due to the outbreak of COVID-19. But, rather than resting on their laurels, they have enthusiastically taken up a new challenge. They are busy writing a series of short blog posts to highlight their personal favourite stories from the Cathedral’s history. What is it that fascinates or puzzles them? What have they discovered, and from who? We will find out as the series unfolds. The stories will be published on Wednesdays (about places) and Fridays (about people) on the Cathedral’s Word Press site here:
Articles coming up include a spotlight on lions, as seen in the medieval windows at the upper level of the Cathedral, as well as an insight into the Cathedral’s library, bells and memorials. Some of the lesser known people associated with the Cathedral will also come to light, including Henry Topcliffe, Peter Peckard and Queen Aelfthryth. The first article in the series will focus on the clues which show where a Lady Chapel once stood (see photo).

For more information about how the Cathedral is working and worshipping differently during the COVID-19 outbreak, visit

Peterborough City Council looks to PayByPhone to help mitigate the spread of coronavirus

As the situation with coronavirus is evolving on a daily basis, people across Britain are looking to take whatever precautions they can to avoid its spread. The World Health Organisation (WHO) advised against using cash payments whenever possible to mitigate the risk of transmitting the virus. Following that advice, Peterborough City Council is taking action; working with PayByPhone, the Council has posted signs on all its parking machines asking drivers to use cashless payment methods instead of cash whenever possible.
A Peterborough City Council spokesperson said, “We take the safety of our residents and visitors very seriously, and the health of our employees and subcontractors at a time like this is at the top of our agenda. We feel it is imperative to mitigate the spread of this virus, and by asking people not to handle cash, we can go some way to achieve this.”

For more information about PayByPhone, please visit and for the latest advice on coronavirus, visit or


Vivacity activities at home
Vivacity have set up a great page with loads of activities to do at home during isolation. Check it out at:

Live home entertainment from Slipper Sessions
Slipper Sessions launched on Sunday 27 March and has been created to beam live music and entertainment directly into your living room. Check the Facebook page for the latest news. You’ll need to download and install the Zoom app to take part.

Youth Inspired Peterborough
Are you struggling to entertain yourself and your little ones during the lockdown? Here’s a brilliant list of go-to places for some fun, learning and exercises from the Social Echo. Stay safe everyone!

Lamphouse Theatre on demand
Sign up online to watch a fantastic selection of Lamphouse’s previous shows, including the ever popular Suitcase Shakespeare and This Is Peterborough – a one hour romp about the history of our marvellous city!

Jumped Up theatre – Body and Soul fitness sessions
Keep fit without risking your health! Free online fitness sessions on Facebook.

Rescheduled shows at The Cresset
The Cresset is rescheduling shows postponed as a result of coronavirus. Check their Facebpook page for the latest news.

Food & Drink

Baking deliveries from Peterborough Celebrations
Peterborough Celebrations has supplies of strong flour, fresh yeast, unsalted butter and a whole range of cake mixes which require only the addition of oil and water. These can be delivered and money paid by bank transfer or over the phone, and they will leave them on your doorstep, knock and get back in the car. Delivery is £3.00 in Peterborough – outside of Peterborough starts at £5.00. Please message with order.

Wine deliveries from Amps Wine Merchants
Wine deliveries are available from Philip Amps. To place an order for home delivery
Phone: 01832 273502

Dog in a Doublet food deliveries
The food at this award-winning local pub is legendary, and now they’re doing delivereies – inlcuding Sunday roasts. Find them on Facebook, visit or phone 01733 202256

Montagu Arms cask ales
The Monty at Barnwell has a certain number of cask ale barrels available

  • Fools Nook – £70
  • Timothy Taylor’s -£90
  • Barnwell Bitter – £70
  • Sharps Doombar – £85

Collection or delivery available – and every barrel will come with an assortment of crisps! Call on 01832 273726 or 07972863296. Please drink responsibly.

Tallington Farm Shop open
Tallington Farm Shop is open 9am to 5pm, 7days a week. Fresh fruit, veg and salad as well as milk and eggs. Delivery is available. Boxes available this week: £15 mixed fruit/veg; £25 family size with potatoes. Collection also available for veg boxes.
Tallington Farm Shop PE94RJ 01778218947


Council Tax financial help
Peterborough City Council Central Government has now provided the council with further clarification over which households should receive a slice of a national £500million Hardship Fund to help ease financial worries during Covid-19. Over 7,700 city households will be eligible for a £150 payment. Residents across the city will collectively receive £1.6million. This will appear as a credit on their April council tax bills.

Peterborough City Council Coronavirus pages
A wealth of information of every kind, from health concerns to finances – constantly updated.

Ormiston Families new email
Ormiston Families Point 1 service is now offering a dedicated email address for parents and carers looking for mental health support for their children during this period. This is . Please note: this is not monitored 24 hours a day so if your child is at immediate risk of harm you should contact your local hospital.

The Special Educational Needs and Inclusion (SENI) Services have produced a set of resources to help parent carers who have children and young people with SEND across Peterborough. The resources include a set of Hot Line numbers for direct information/advice/support from professionals within the SENI services (includes the ASD/ ADHD teaching service, SAMs Officers and more).

A big thank you from Aragon Services (refuse collection)
“Thank you to all the residents of Peterborough for the kind messages of support to our bin men. We are finding cards, message, banners and gifts thanking the crews for their hard work!”

Peterborough Cathedral online support
Peterborough Cathedral has closed its building but clergy and staff continue their work from home. Find out how to contact them here:

Help & Volunteering

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust needs you!
They are looking for people with healthcare and administration experience. If that’s you, please get in touch with them. They add: “We’d also like to thank everyone for the donations we’re receiving, they are helping patients, carers and our amazing staff.”

Foodbank – volunteers wanted!
As of Friday 27th March Foodbanks are operating Monday-Saturday 11am-1pm at Dogsthorpe Methodist Church, Birchtree Avenue, Peterborough, PE1 4HP. Can you help? Contact:

Get help from Council volunteer hub
If you know of someone in your community that needs help or if you would like to volunteer in some way, the council has set up a coordination hub to get help to those people in need. Email:

Peterborough CVS (Council for Voluntary Services) Happy Hour
Pboro CVS is having a #HappyHour every Wednesday Wednesday). ‘We want to spread the great stories that we’re hearing at PCVS about the amazing acts of volunteering and community action during the Covid-19 Outbreak. If you have a story that you want us to share please email us at
or use the #PositivePeterborough and post post post. Lets spread some happiness during this time!’


Govt guidance for businesses (updated 26 March)
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Local business updates and info
Regular email news updates for businesses provided by Cambs and Peterborough Combined Authority and the Business Board.–EVLQEiCHbXBCU7uyoDJO-4dHa5bpB1kobQj3qyKbak-M21BsOWROlOpmPR5I79CkxLFoLUGuYkPxJvXgarYduL56MY7IHaut-8dBaXX0dYZDnK4s&_hsmi=85254734

Local Facebook support groups

Peterborough Covid-19 Support Network

Covid-19 Peterborough/Cambridgeshire

PE4 Covid-19 Community Support

Yaxley and Farcet Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Fletton/Woodston/Stanground Shared Support for Covid-19

Ormiston families (community outreach)

Stamford Area Covid-19 Support

Peterborough Coronavirus Mutual Aid Assistance

Peterborough City Hospital

Peterborough Food Bank (they desperately need volunteers and donations!)

Shelfwatch Peterborough (for anyone needing anything specific from the shops that they haven’t managed to get)

Useful links and resources

Peterborough City Council Coronavirus pages
A wealth of information of every kind, from health concerns to finances – constantly updated.

Peterborough Cathedral online support
Peterborough Cathedral has closed its building but clergy and staff continue their work from home. Find out how to contact them here:

Peterborough CAB
Adviceline on 0344 499 4120 or 0300 3300 650 from mobiles.

Peterborough Volunteer Service
Get information and find out how you can help.

SEND Support
A letter for families with SEND children/young people from Central Government – Covid 19:

Stephen Fry’s myth-busting C19 video…

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