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Chambers Butchers Offer Free Deliveries

A E Chambers in Arnold are offering free home deliveries of meat based products to all residents of Woodborough and surrounding villages.

If interested please call the shop in Arnold on 0115 926 7034.

Do you need help at Home?

I have practical experience of looking after the needs of elderly people, having assisted with the requirements of two Woodborough residents over the last thirteen years.

I live locally and can provide excellent references.

Please call Jennifer on 07811 418166

Learn, Laugh and Live

Calverton & District U3A

Our speaker for our March general meeting at Calverton Village Hall was Tony Brewer. Tony is an enthusiastic amateur photographer and manipulator of images.

He took great delight in showing us beautiful and evocative images, and then took great delight in explaining how they were made up from often very ordinary visual elements. He was particularly fond of deckchairs and beach huts and showed us several exotic pictures which had started out as very ordinary snaps from the seaside!

Little did we know how things were to change, and how rapidly!

At the committee meeting the following week, it was decided to call a halt to of the general and interest group meetings for the foreseeable future. Naturally the safety of our members comes before anything else, but after so many had worked so hard in setting up this U3A during the last 8 months, it was particularly galling to have to call a temporary halt.

We don’t know how long this crisis will continue, but be sure that Calverton & District U3A will be back just as soon as conditions allow! Watch these pages….

For further information about us please visit

or call 0115 9652376.

Dr. Anthony Fauci unveils a mask that could save millions of lives

The Calverton Practice Newsletter

Corona Virus

At the time of writing this newsletter it is looking like we are in for significant disruption from the Corona virus (Covid 19). This is likely to be a fast moving and changing situation and the best place to check for the latest information is of course the NHS Choices website. Early indications are that for younger patients (under 65) without significant other health problems the illness will be relatively mild but it does appear to be highly contagious so great care is needed to avoid passing the illness onto others. Those who are elderly (particularly over 70) or with significant other health problems need to take care to avoid contact with friends and family who are unwell (particularly those with respiratory symptoms). It is best to also avoid places where there are lots of people and for those patients who are at particular risk, staying at home and getting others to do chores like shopping may be sensible. It is likely government advice for this group of patients will be to stay indoors if at all possible until the Corona virus epidemic passes.

Needless to say it is very important that during this period we look out for our neighbours and relatives (particularly if older or with health problems) to make sure they are ok, help with some shopping if needed and provide support at what may be a very worrying time. Current guidance from the NHS is:-

If you’re worried about Coronavirus, NHS 111 has an online service that can tell you if you need medical help and where to get treatment.

Visit and follow the link for information and advice about the COVID19 outbreak. 

Use this service if:
•             you think you might have coronavirus
•             you’ve been in close contact with someone with coronavirus

Please do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Call 111 if you need to speak to someone.

Already usual NHS services are being disrupted. We may have to delay routine appointments and care and we expect the same at local hospitals. The general consensus is that the NHS is probably better placed to cope than health services in other countries but a concern is a lack of beds generally, intensive care beds in particular and what may happen if large numbers of staff are also unwell or self-isolated.

This is already having an impact on us with staff absent from our reception and dispensary team.

As stated earlier the situation is very fluid and we will be notifying you via texts, face book and posters in the practice as much as we possibly can.

It is also often said that we Brits tend to pull together particularly at a time of crisis and I am confident that just such a response will emerge if needed.

Finally I am delighted to announce that we are welcoming Mrs Marjorie Hall to our Dispensary team.

Phil Rayner