#DailyMoment: Monday 6 April


They say ‘No news is good news’. Why? Because, as we all know, it’s almost always the bad news that makes the headlines.

While no one would wish to downplay the severity of the situation we are currently in, clearly the dominance of bad news in mainstream media means that sometimes we get a more negatively skewed picture than is actually the case.

We know this – now better than ever. Probably all of us have heard great, inspiring stories of people doing selfless, helpful things in their communities. They’re not big things, and they don’t make the news, but they do make a difference. Because for every act like this that you hear about down the street from you, in your neighbourhood or in your village, millions more like it are happening every day, right across the UK – right across the world. These are difficult times. But the worst of times sometimes bring out the best in us.

It’s our mission to share these stories. Today, we have shouts out from (and to) City College Peterborough and Dog in a Doublet. These are just two examples of good work being done; we know there are many, many more.

So let us know! We’re packing these daily bulletins with as much practical info as we can find, but there’s more to life than just the practicals. These stories inspire, uplift and show others what they can do.

So tell us all about it. Stay safe, stay connected!

Today: some GOOD news for a change, more things to entertain at home, food and drink deliveries, Facebook community groups, online support for businesses – plus we dip into the archives for our #VirtualTheatreFest interview with actor, explorer and cornucopia of anecdote, Brian Blessed and explore the work of local archaeological genius Edmund Artis…

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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#VirtualTheatreFest: Brian Blessed

Actor and explorer Brian Blessed is one of Britain’s most familiar faces – and even more familiar voices. He’s graced the stage with the cast of Cats and the RSC, been seen (and heard) in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and Flash Gordon, appeared on TV in Z Cars, I Claudius and Blackadder and famously threw an episode of Have I Got News For You into glorious chaos. He’s also a mountaineer, conservationist, writer, cricketer, boxer, satnav voice artist, space fanatic, force of nature and one-man anecdote factory – all of which he brought to his one man show, which hit the Cresset on 9 April 2019. Toby Venables talked to him.

Blessed’s alive!

#FromTheArchives: The Amazing Mr Artis

In the early 19th century, when archaeology was still an emerging science, a shining new talent emerged. Coming from humble origins, Edmund Artis – archeologist, palaeontologist, geologist, draughtsman, sculptor, cook and master confectioner – not only transformed our understanding of the archaeology of the Nene Valley, but helped to define archaeology itself. His finds and papers were also to form the core of the Peterborough Museum collections. In February 2016, Moment editor Toby Venables talked to locally-based archaeologist Dr Stephen Upex, who, alongside Geoffrey Dannell, has been responsible for bringing much of what we know about this amazing man to light. Here’s the feature as it appeared in that issue:

Coronavirus news and resources


Pboro City Council COVID-19 Coordination and Response network

A network of COVID-19 Coordination and Response Hubs has been launched across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. This includes the countywide co-ordination hub and local hubs that are being led by the district/city councils. Go to:

PCC homecare volunteers urgently needed

Peterborough City Council needs volunteers for its homecare team which is under intense strain from the coronavirus challenge. “You’ll get to meet some real characters with a lifetime of stories and you’ll see the difference you make to their lives! If you have experience of personal care or health care, please contact us to share your contact details, experience and availability so we can find out more about how you could help.” Go to:

Thanks from City College Pboro

“We are hugely grateful to Hyperama and Pizza Santino for kindly donating some of their products to us. This will help massively within our community to those most vulnerable and so we want to say a big thank you for the help! Today we successfully delivered 194 meals to those members of the community, without these amazing donations we wouldn’t have been able to achieve this. A big thank you from the City College Peterborough Team ❤️. Stay well, Stay safe.”

If you can help, drivers will come and collect and donations. Please contact Allison Ward on 07983 345422 or by email:

To donate money please visit  Just Giving page at:

…and it’s thank you from Dog in a Doublet

“A big shout out to all our loyal customers who continue to support us through these tough times. We all enjoyed a great service today serving the local areas with deliveries and collections of our carvery meals amounting to just over 300. We are really proud to say that, with the support of our paying customers, a good percentage of meals today were given free to our key workers and those in need. Grateful thanks to you all from all of us staff at the Dog in a Doublet.”

PCC suspends parking charges

All parking charges will be removed in Peterborough City Council car parks. This is for essential trips only and to allow key workers (such as NHS staff, carers and supermarket workers) who want to use these car parks to be able to do so free of charge. Anyone parking will not be fined if they use the car parks without a ticket. This will apply for the whole of April and will be reviewed on a monthly basis as the COVID-19 outbreak continues.

Govt guidance for businesses (updated 6 April)

Information and support for businesses dealing with COVID-19:


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 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? The stories will be published on Wednesdays (about places) and Fridays (about people) on the Cathedral’s Word Press site here:

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

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:

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


Ormiston Bushfield Academy produces vital safety equipment
Last week, Ormiston Bushfield Academy’s Design Technology department started production of safety visors. “We are delighted to collaborate with colleagues at local schools to help support this community effort to supply our NHS with this much needed protective gear.”

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.

South Kesteven District Council community hub
SKDC has set up a COVID-19 community hub to support people who are vulnerable or need assistance due to age or ill-health 8am-7pm seven days: 01476 406177 or 01476 406358 or email

Community First support for elderly and vulnerable
Community First has been providing food packs and hot meals to people that have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis. “Demand for our service has steadily been increasing over the past few days and in order to keep the food packs flowing to everyone that needs them we are in need of your help and support. Our service is free to everyone that needs it, we provide essential items to the elderly, families that are self isolating, single mothers and the most vulnerable. If they do not get essential supplies then they will not eat. So please whatever you can donate will help save lives on our streets.” Call or text 07425433827

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 6 April)
Information and support for businesses dealing with COVID-19

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

Community First

Yaxley and Farcet Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Fletton/Woodston/Stanground Shared Support for Covid-19

Hamptons & Hempsted Facebook group

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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