RUTH BATTERSON relates the residents’ response to lockdown (with Moira’s permission)


Having moved into Waterman House (in the centre of Broadstone) last October in order to socialise and meet new friends, it came as a nasty shock when all communal facilities were closed in March due to coronavirus. This, we were told, was to protect and keep us safe. Even the corridors had notices saying “Corridors are not for conversations and to move quickly as possible to your apartments”. Those of us with balconies were fortunate as we could wave or talk to each other, especially in good weather.


The highlight of each week came at 8.00pm on Thursdays when we gathered on our balconies or in the garden for those facing the roundabout, to clap for the NHS. Following the clapping Moira, who is a member of our church and has a beautiful voice, sang for us from her balcony. On the first and last occasions she sang John Rutter’s Gaelic Blessing and other weeks we were treated to Psalm 23 (the Vicar of Dibley theme), Amazing Grace, You’ll Never Walk Alone and Vera Lynn’s We’ll Meet Again and White Cliffs of Dover.


Many residents were very moved by Moira’s singing – it was truly inspirational – and we were sorry when it came to an end.


We hope and pray that it won’t be too long before we can again meet to worship God in our churches.


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