#DailyMoment: Tuesday 12 May

Covid-19 News • Entertainment • Food & Drink • Community • Help & Volunteering • Business • Facebook Support Groups • Useful Resources • Good Reads

As some of you may know, I am a bit of a medieval nut, having written several novels set in the period. But really, who doesn’t love medieval stuff – especially when it comes to armour?

In today’s #DailyMoment we look back at that time Stuart Orme showed us how to put on 15th C armour – and the first thing we discovered about how it was done was ‘not on your own…’ Knights had squires for good reasons, and on this occasion publisher Mark Wilson and writer Richard Gunn were pressed into service. There was a bit of swearing, but no fingers were lost.

Also, we feature our exclusive interview with Council Leader John Holdich from the current issue of #TheMoment.

We’re packing these daily bulletins with as much practical info as we can, but there’s more to life than just the practicals. If you know of any stories from your community that inspire, uplift and show others what they can do tell us all about them and we’ll feature them here (you can email me directly via the link below).

Stay safe, stay connected!

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.

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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Interview: John Holdich

In December 2019, we arranged to interview Leader of the City Council John Holdich. The object of the interview back then was simple: after more than four decades of service to city and county councils, John had decided to retire, and would be making way for a new candidate in the May elections. COVID-19 changed those plans, as they changed everyone’s. Elections were cancelled. Retirement plans put on hold. The interview itself went ahead at the end of March – just after lockdown had been announced by the government – and what would have been a nostalgic reflection on a long and highly successful career became something quite different, very much focused on the here and now…

Interview: Council Leader John Holdich

#FromTheArchives: Hands-on history

Back in 2014 we talked to historian and reenactor Stuart Orme, now curator of the Cromwell Museum, about his demonstration of ‘the arming of the knight’ (ie putting on full 15th C armour) at Longthorpe Tower. He told us all about it – and, being an obliging sort of fellow, demonstrated it just for us, with publisher Mark Wilson and Moment writer Richard Gunn acting as his squires. If you’ve ever wanted to know what it was like getting kitted out for battle medieval style, now’s your chance to find out…

Coronavirus news and resources


Pboro City Council COVID-19 update

Call for businesses to help shape Peterborough’s economic recovery strategy

TUC guidance on safe return to work

TUC have published their report on key measures to support workforces for the return to work.

Family Voice Peterborough

If you need someone to reach out to whether you are feeling lonely or not sure where to go for your child – please do get in touch with us

📞 077805864475

You are not alone 😊

Peterborough Centre for Young Musicians

PCYM Online is underway! Its first full Saturday in this format happened this last weekend with 115 different sessions are taking place across the morning including Instrument lessons, Music Theory, Composition, Ensemble Music Support, Singing, Group singing/ukulele! Music certainly still matters, even in lock-down!

Essential workers: apply for a coronavirus test

New online library service

BGL launches £1.5 million community campaign

New job seekers match making service

Peterborough CVS funding advice

Are you looking for information on funding during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic? PCVS have collated a list of funding opportunities for member organisations sent via Mailchimp weekly. Are you a member on the list? Email to check.

Stagecoach bus timetables

Further temporary changes to Stagecoach bus timetables have been introduced in Cambridge and Peterborough (from Sunday, 5 April). Critical routes will be maintained wherever possible. More info on the Stagecoach website:

National Express services suspended

National Express has temporarily suspended all its coach operations (from 11:59pm on Sunday 5 April). The closure will be continually reviewed in line with government policy and services will restart when possible. Go to:



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

City College deliveries to the vulnerable
“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:

McMortons Drive Thru
Willow Brook Farm Shop & The Granary Tea Room are operating the McMortons Drive Thru offering a wide range of meat, dairy and veg – including Easter lamb. Delivery service is also available for self-isolating, vulnerable people). Check their Facebook page for the full product list:

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


NCT new digital support service
The National Childbirth Trust has set up a new digital support service for expectant and new parents during lockdown. It’s completely free, and open to all parents in England with children up to 12 months. It will provide access to virtual group or one-to-one chats with expert practitioners, plus chat or video support for breastfeeding, sleep and mental health. Places are limited as it is a trial. Click through to this link to read more and register your interest.

Peterborough CVS Zoom Youth Club
Peterborough CVS has been busy again with another online Zoom Youth Club, It’s a great opportunity for young people to get together and chat about how they’re feeling. Email: if you know a young person who would like to take part.

Free prescription deliveries from Lloyds
Signup to Echo by LloydsPharmacy and they’ll send your NHS prescriptions to you, with free delivery.

PCC support for victims of domestic abuse
During the current ‘stay at home’ situation, home is not likely to be a safe place for victims or survivors of domestic abuse, but you are not isolated from sources of support. Find Peterborough City Council’s coronavirus support info for Peterborough here:

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:

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.

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 28 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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