August update from Serena

Hi again Oasis ladies, partners and friends.

I do hope you are all managing to keep fit and well. Back in February, I don’t think any of us would have predicted the scale, seriousness and impact of this pandemic. A doctor friend said, “It’s just flu”. How wrong he was!

Beccie pointed out that the Covid-19 information on our website was out of date and would I update it. I was half way through writing and Venetia said, “Have you heard the latest announcement from Boris?” So that draft went in the bin and I started again. The situation is changing day by day. Having looked at the statistics this morning, the rise in cases in Spain and hotspots in the UK, like Oldham, is alarming.

Having googled ‘Current government guidance on covid-19’ I was rather taken aback by the sheer volume of information and downloadable leaflets. For that reason, it is neither appropriate nor practicable to reproduce it all on our website. However, there are relevant parts which impact on our ability to hold Oasis meetings in the near future.

Click on this link to access the extract summaries about what we can and cannot do.

Clearly, Oasis cannot meet whilst these restrictions remain in place. This is disappointing for us all. However, I am trying to think positively about how we might be able to meet at the earliest possible opportunity whilst ensuring everybody’s safety. The food and drink problem could be solved by each person or social bubble bringing their own picnic in a bag. Hand sanitizer and wipes can be provided and used frequently. Door handles, surfaces and toilets wiped frequently. Social distancing would need to be maintained with definitely no hugging or kissing! It would be nice to think we could meet before Christmas but don’t hold your breath. In fact, do hold your breath, then you’re less likely to spread the virus!

I had a nice day out with Rachel and Dee recently. We went to the Waveney House Hotel in Beccles and had a long and leisurely lunch. On the way back, Rachel and I called in to see Carole and Alice. Carole is now upright but the wound is taking longer to heal than she had hoped. However, she did manage to drive, albeit only a short distance to the local shop, and walk for about 20 minutes. So things are moving in the right direction.

I would welcome any comments you may have about restarting Oasis. In the meantime, stay well and keep as cheerful as you can.

Love to you all,


One thought on “August update from Serena

  1. Hi Serena, I was hoping to visit East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens on Friday 21st August, they have tearoom and lots of open space which would make an ideal meeting place for some of the oasis ladies if anyone is interested.
    Please put the word out.
    I will discuss this during our zoom meeting if I can attend but no guarantee I’ll have a phone signal from Kessingland beach.

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