Yesterday several media outlets, local and national, reported that Wiltshire was on a list of areas facing a second spike in Covid-19 cases which could lead to a ‘local lockdown’, such as the one recently put in place for Leicester.
Steve Cook bought the Walter Rose and Son butchers shop, at the end of Sidmouth Street in Devizes, when he was 21. Now silver-haired (but buzzing with vim and vigour) he tells me what lockdown has meant for him.
Last week Parliament returned to physical meetings - no more Zooming in from your bedroom to the House of Commons chamber - which caused some head-scratching about how to vote while socially distanced.
I have received an enormous amount of emails complaining about Dominic Cummings, the Prime Minister’s support of him, and my support of them both. Some were abusive but most, while angry or dismayed, had perfectly legitimate comments or questions.
I am so pleased to hear today that plans for a new train station to serve Devizes are a step closer. The proposals for a train station at Lydeway have been supported by a Department for Transport panel.
One of the consolations of lockdown for me has been the opportunity to watch a whole season pass. For you long-term Wiltshiremen and women this will seem perfectly normal, but I don’t think I have spent two uninterrupted months in the countryside since I was a child.