Oriental Road Neighbours Together

GU22 7AW and GU22 7AH and GU22 7AN (Oriental Close)

Updated Friday 10th April 2020

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You can hear the St. John Passion by Bach online at 1500 today.

Next week, there is to be an edition of Woking News and Mail delivered to every home of the borough, paid for by the council. Great plan.

The queue at Waitrose West Byfleet at noon on Tuesday was forty minutes, but the one at Goldsworth Park was twenty minutes.

Allotments have a role to play this year. We have completed our new veg plot - 12 square metres of what was our lawn. We are fortunate to have a garden as many don't. There could be food shortages to come. Our attitude is prepare for the worst and hope for the best.

Inspirational hand washing video. Fun. Also Chin up! The view from North Yorkshire.

Guildford Plants are delivering plants locally.

Surrey County Council have set up a Community Helpline on 0300 200 1008.

Does anybody have an LR41 button battery for us at number 30? Our thermometer needs a new one. Thanks, David

Surrey Police write, "Have you received a text claiming to be from the Government that you've been fined for leaving your home?" It's another scam. The most recent Corona virus scams are multiplying. See the foot of this page for some examples. If you want me to forward Surrey Police emails to you, please ask.

Social media. Re detecting the virus and acting on it, I have received this advice twice now from different sources. A family member who is an orthopaedic surgeon has described it as "complete nonsense." Her GP husband said, "Afraid it is mostly nonsense although threaded occasionally with some truths. I’d tend to rely only on information from NHS websites, or Public Health England or the WHO." See the NHS response to misleading advice.

Local radio includes Radio Woking and BBC Radio Surrey. The online Radio station at St Peter's hospital Chertsey is Radio Wey.

Does anybody have a recent Woking News and Mail? I am feeling out of touch.

The Shah Jahan Mosque now has a food programme running for NHS workers and families on free school meals and people who can't get to the shops. Tel 07928 539061 or email office@shahjahanmosque.org.uk. Woking Foodbank is manned 1030 - 1230 Mon Wed and Thur, tel 07309 115862.

A thought - normally I would throw out an empty soap dispenser into the black bin, but now I think it is worth saving such items in case they can be refilled now or at a later date. Somebody might invent a sanitiser that can be made from products we have in our homes, for example. I am even going to save empty screw top bottles, as they could hold liquid.

Current local pharmacy opening times: Boots on Guildford Road Mon - Sat 1000 - 1600, closed Sun . . . Boots Heathside Road next to the hospital Mon - Fri 1000 - 150) Sat 0900 - 1230 closed Sun. There are restricitons on numbers, so the queue could be long. It was thirty people at 1145 on Thursday 26th March. If you are planning to go and queue, please ask if anyone has prescriptions that you can take with you. Thanks.

Surrey Libraries are making ebooks and magazines free.

Squires Garden Centre Chertsey delivered to us on Thursday 26th March, and Squires Garden Centre Woking was still answering calls and hoped to be able to deliver. Other local garden centres appear to be closed.

My short novel When That Time Comes was based on Oriental Road. It is about the breakdown of society caused by a burst from the sun knocking out all the computer chips. It feels eerily apt. Enjoy, or maybe be concerned... Free download.

Out of a possible fifty-two, we are in contact with thirteen households, most of them on the south side of the road. We now have eight offers of people willing to help and shop. Also one of our households have had CoVid19, confirmed by testing positive, and now they are fit, they are in a strong position to help. Only four of our households are in full self-isolation, not even going out to shops. All are OK for now.

I am reviving my jam making. Please keep your jam jars and lids in case we need more. I made 12 jars of marmalade recently. Tasty!

Here is the document that is advising government strategy. Apparently researchers at Oxford think they have got it wrong. Confusion!

Did you know that Milk and More do doorstep deliveries of milk etc. in our road on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays? We have been using them for a long time. Bread, eggs, whatever as well as milk. You have to sign up online. Sadly they are not currently accepting new customers because of demand, but keep an eye open.

Boz Fruit and Veg at 7 Church Path may deliver. Please check.

Vincents Butchers offer a limited delivery service to vulnerable customers and those who are 70+ minimum spend twenty pounds. Only two customers in the shop at one time.

Sunday Worship live stream from Emmaus Road church at 1000. Other churches likewise.

Nextdoor Woking (free to join) also known as Neighbour. Posts are taken down quickly.

Visit Woking Borough Council and their Corinavirus advice. See also We Are Woking

Woking News and Mail comes out every Thursday, often in the shops on Wednesday.

For keeping in touch, we have started using Skype - it's a free download but you will need a webcam if your device has not already got one. Zoom is also popular as is Facetime. I send Jacquie Lawson e-cards occasionally. They are cheerful and I have never had a problem with the system. You pay an annual fee to join. They provide employment to graphic artists. Pleasing all round.

Don't forget the importance of exercise. See my wonderful set of pedals. 152 from Amazon - search for magnetrainer. Simply walking up and down stairs is good. I can also strongly recommend our Health Rider, which we have had for twenty-five years. They are often available cheaply on Ebay although there is not a cheap one locally at present.

Ask for a free book of mine - The Garden of the Galaxy and The Piano Teacher to while away the hours.

Contact David Pennant 07790 230418. Thank you.




Copied from a Police Report

Some of the tactics being used in phishing emails include:

• Fraudsters purporting to be from a research group that mimics the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organisation (WHO). They claim to provide the victim with a list of active infections in their area, but to access this information the victim needs to either click on a link which redirects them to a credential-stealing page or make a donation of support in the form of a payment into a Bitcoin account.

• Fraudsters providing articles about the virus outbreak with a link to a fake company website where victims are encouraged to click to subscribe to a daily newsletter for further updates.

• Fraudsters sending investment scheme and trading advice encouraging people to take advantage of the coronavirus downturn.

• Fraudsters purporting to be from HMRC offering a tax refund and directing victims to a fake website to harvest their personal and financial details. The emails often display the HMRC logo making it look reasonably genuine and convincing.