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Church Opening for Private Prayer

St Etheldreda Horley  (COVID-19) Update

Following a government announcement on 7th June the Church can now be open from 15th June for individual prayer in line with social distancing guidelines.

Open between 9.00am and 5.00pm on Wednesday and Sunday this following a risk assessment and resources available. Entry and Exit via South Porch only.

More Advice and Ideas on Staying Well

More advice from Fiona Taylor, Horley’s very own Medical Herbalist on staying healthy through uncertain times

With the lifting or partial lifting of the ‘lockdown’ on the horizon there will potentially be more chance of coming into contact with the Covid-19 virus. The main reason for the lockdown was to ensure that the NHS had the capacity to treat those who need extra care. We have all been exhorted to help the NHS and one way to do this is, to quote a friend, to stay healthy!

If we are healthy, we are more able to withstand infection of all types. The gardeners among you will know that a healthy plant can withstand attack and bounce back while one that is weaker will fall prey to an assault. For a plant to be in perfect health it needs a good supply of nutrients, enough sunlight and water and shelter from too much stress be that wind, drought or too much rain.

We need the same things! Good nutrition, sunlight, water and shelter from excess stress, if we can give ourselves these things, we too will be healthy and better able to withstand viral infection.

How to achieve this perfect health is more elusive!

The following ideas are based on what I am doing, they are not intended to take the place of medical advice.

We are what we eat so a balanced diet of good quality protein (not
ready meals), carbohydrates from varying sources in moderate amounts with lots of varied vegetables, mushrooms, nuts, seeds and fruits. Add to these wild greens and you have a diverse selection of vitamins, minerals and trace elements needed for health.

Chickweed Stellaria media

Use dandelion leave, which taste like rocket but are free, cleavers, chickweed, wild garlic and plantain in salads. Add in the flowers of dandelion, violets, daisies, nasturtiums, and hawthorn and you have a colourful bowel of goodness. Stinging nettle can be cooked like spinach or added to any greens, only pick the young shoots. I add nettles, cleavers and plantain to all our cooked greens too.

To encourage good gut bacteria which is essential for the immune system add fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchee, kefir and live yoghurt. When you pick fruit or flowers from the garden or wild, if they are not dirty do not wash them, they have wild yeasts on their surface which is good for the immune system.

Love your liver! Bitter foods like Dandelion leaves help your liver which has over 500 functions including filtering all the blood coming from the digestive system, detoxifying chemical and metabolising drugs and supplying bile to the small intestines to break down fats. You can see why it is a good idea to keep your liver happy! Eating a bitter salad (rocket, dandelion) or taking a bitter mix just before eating a meal helps to get the digestive system ready for the food and this in turn helps complete digestion of a meal. Milk thistle, dandelion and burdock are all helpful to the liver.

As well as a good diet our immune system needs good hydration (not sugary drinks), plenty of sleep and limiting stimulants like alcohol sugar and caffeine, note ‘limiting’ not cutting out entirely! Too much restriction is a stress and self-defeating in caring for yourself. Our food and drink should be a source of pleasure which helps our emotional wellbeing, as well as nutrient value.

Use herbs such as ginger, cinnamon, garlic, star anis, sage, thyme, rosemary, cloves and nutmeg in your cooking. They are all anti-inflammatory, anti-viral (though not necessarily against Covid 19) and stimulate the circulation.

Try adding cinnamon to stewed apple or apple pie, Rhubarb and ginger (I use stem ginger preserved in syrup) is delicious. Make a light syrup with orange juice simmered with star anis and cinnamon to pour over sliced oranges and grapefruit and serve with ice cream, light and tasty.

Elderflowers Sambucus nigra

Elder flowers are just coming out so now is the time to take advantage of this wonderful anti-hay fever, anti-viral plant. I make a cordial which I freeze in plastic bottles just to enjoy all year round.

In the garden Lemon balm is coming up, this makes a lovely light infusion, it is anti-viral but also wonderfully calming for the nervous system.

The Hawthorn is glorious this year, the flowers picked and made into an infusion are relaxing to the nervous system and good for the heart.

There is enough new growth on lavender now to make an infusion or to put into cakes and biscuits. As I am sure you know lavender is calming and helps aid sleep. Just a note of caution if you are using lavender for sleep, lees is more, too much is stimulating!

St John’s wort will soon be in flower and can also be made into an infusion, it is anti-viral as well as being supportive for the nervous system. A note of caution St john’s wort is a very good liver stimulant and so can affect how some drugs are metabolised, do not take it if you are taking medication form your doctor or over the counter medicines this includes the birth control pill.

Any infusions can be left to cool and used as the water part to make up cordials or add to fruit juices, they do not have to be thought of as ‘medicine’, include weak infusions of flowers in your daily life.

Our adrenal system (the fight or flight reaction) has a direct effect on our immune system. Prolonged stress produces hormones that supress the immune system. 2020 has been one long stress and so our adrenals have taking a bashing! Herbs that can help to calm anxiety include lemon balm, lavender, chamomile, lime flower, hawthorn flower and borage. I make an infusion of chamomile, lemon balm, lime flower and oatmeal, sliced lemon and honey. Oats are wonderfully soothing to the nervous system and the mucus membranes which also form part of our immune defence, adding them to an infusion makes a drink like lemon barley water.

For most of us, the enforced social distancing or total lock-down has taken a toll on our mental health. Human beings are pack animals and need the reassurance of contact, solitary confinement is used as torture! Ways to help reduce stress are meditation, mindfulness, getting out in the fresh air and nature (plenty of evidence and websites on all these methods). I would add avoiding or limiting watching the news, remember bad news sells papers/TV channels. Reporters, at the moment, seem to contribute little to society except a constant stream of death toll, doom, gloom and blame, our wellbeing is not their priority filling 24 hours of news is.  Social media can be as bad, try to find sites that are uplifting, that celebrate life.

My basic message is do what you can in a simple ordinary way to keep healthy, physically, mentally and emotionally help others where you are able and, often more difficult, accept help when you need it, then let the rest go.

Please remember that all these suggestions are to help your general health. If you have symptoms of Covid -19 or any other illness see your doctor.

Fiona Taylor

A Perspective on Covid 19 from a Horley Frontline Doctor

Tony Ellis in his PPE

Tony Ellis is well known to Horley residents as a respected consultant physician working on the front line in hospitals of the Oxford University Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust.

Tony has written a piece to share with us on his views of the Coronavirus pandemic. It is a personal perspective taking in the origins of the pandemic and its spread, how it has affected the NHS, the hospitals of the local NHS trust, him personally, including the use of PPE, constant hand washing and mental stress, caring for sick and dying patients, and management of health care in the future.

To read Tony’s very interesting article click ‘Musings on Covid 19‘.

Calling Horley’s Knitters…!

Knits for Kits and Hearts for Hospitals!

Now that we all have so much extra time on our hands for learning new crafts why not start by knitting a blanket for the Cat’s Protection charity or if you are more skilled then try this pattern for a Love Heart for Warwick Hospital.

Cat’s Protection can’t fundraise or re-home any cats at the moment and require blankets for cats currently in their foster care. Size required is 50 x 50 cm  (20 x 20 in) any pattern or colour. If you can’t knit or have wool to spare please contact Sandra Easton on 07841 493229‬ who is currently busy with her needles! She will also ensure that the blankets get to the local branch.

The hearts will be given to patients who contracted Covid-19 and their families. It is an idea from an ITU nurse, Ms Kirby-Deacon, who works as a sister at the Great Western Hospital to bring comfort to families, who have not been able to see a loved one before they die. See video. One heart is put with the patient who has passed and one given to the grieving family, so ideally the hearts should be knitted in pairs.

it is important to use clean yarn and seal the hearts in a taped bag, such as a freezer bag or bin liner which needs to be time stamped because 72 hours must have elapsed before they are safe to use. These can be left with Jane Huskisson (text or call 07984 685127) who will pass them on to her sister who works at Warwick hospital.

St. Etheldreda’s to Close

Our Church to close its doors for the time being

David Kyle writes:

‘With due regard to the latest government guidance on tackling Covid 19, which has been adopted by the Church of England, St Etheldreda’s is now closed and will remain so until the current restrictions are relaxed, whenever that may be. There will be no services, weddings or baptisms in Horley during this period. This is a sad state of affairs given the church’s place in the spiritual and community life of the village, but we must contribute responsibly to the efforts everyone is making to defeat the virus.’

Covid-19 – Be A Good Neighbour in Horley

‘As everyone cannot help but be aware, Covid-19 is here and poses a threat to all our health and wellbeing.

There is a wealth of official advice being issued on a regular basis, to which, as a Parish Council, we are unlikely to be able to add.

However, we believe we should do what we can to support the implementation of this advice, and ensure our community in Horley pulls together and looks out for our neighbours  This especially important for those who may not have family or friends locally, and those who are vulnerable or elderly. We are looking to set up a group to keep an overview of the situation in the village and to coordinate whatever help is available If there are residents who feel isolated and worried.

To this end I have asked Glenys Stacey to put together a small group of residents representing different existing groups in the village who can work out what we can do and take appropriate action.

While this is being set up, any residents who have urgent concerns can make contact via the Parish Clerk, David Marriott.

Obviously, there is a lot to consider and we won’t be able to provide perfect solutions, but I sincerely hope this will help the village through these uncertain and difficult times.  In the meantime, it is important that anyone who experiences the early symptoms (fever, cough) should self-isolate straight away and if possible, make neighbours aware of this.

For more information on NHS and government sites click here. Please pass this information on to those who you know do not have access to the Horley Views Website and look out for further updates.

Best wishes

John Tite, Chairman of Horley Parish Council’