It looks like it is going to be an even longer haul than any of us could ever have imagined. Just think, only a few months ago, the most dramatic fiction writer would have been been met with total disbelief had they come up with a situation anything remotely like the one we're in today. We would all have agreed, 'you just couldn't make it up'.
I still pinch myself and ask if this is just a bad nightmare for our country. Our hearts go out to all who have lost loved ones and who are grieving in these terrible times. Words fail us, for words such as sympathy and condolences do not seem to be anywhere nearly adequate right now.
We've a long way to go yet, maybe barely halfway through the worst of the lockdown itself. Tragedies will continue to hit our news for some months to come, even when some vague semblence of our old life comes back. We cannot, indeed must not, let our guard down, and be ever careful and do all the right things now for the sake of all of us tomorrow.
In the meantime, enjoy these pics of the churchyard and war memorial, in all their fresh spring glory. We can only wish everyone all the very best. Between the website itself, the phone and FaceBook, we’ll stay in touch with one another.
Further down is a link to a new article, a few thoughts on May 8th and what it all means to us now, and what it meant to our forefathers back then.
All the best to Everyone, wherever in the world you are, from all at the Sutton & Wawne Museum.
It is very quiet in the Old School Museum
Even the mice have gone to sleep
Nothing moves, and all is still .. ..
No sounds, no laughter, not even a peep.
But hark, is that a creak .. ?
Of a squeaky floor or a wooden door ...
... a softly closing desk lid enhancing
the echos of children, long, long, past -
in gentle laughter and the joys of dancing.
For if we stand, and listen, so very quietly
We can hear in those very rafters
their joyful songs, and a glee that lasts
and will still be sensed by those
who come here in years long after ...
long after we all have long since passed.
© 2020 . . . Sutton & Wawne Museum
For folks longing for a semblance of the past,
even the distant past in that far off childhood country
called Nostalgialand, we have a few copies of a new
book to offer, by former Sutton resident and long-time
friend of our museum, Andrew Suddaby.
More general to Britain, but with nods to some
Hull memories that are not specific to Sutton,
this short book in a nice sized font for easy reading
is a general tour of what we did, watched,
and listened to in the UK years ago.
Priced at £7.00 including UK postage only
it will be on offer inside the museum for £5 when we re-open.
Sorry, overseas postage cannot be offered right now,
and in anycase, the cost would probably exceed the book.
OUR UNIVERSAL CURES!
By way of raising a smile .. .. . in these straightened times.
Click on the
graphics above, just either side of
the clock. We could do with a
good laugh, especially at
Danger. Our Museum advertises
two universal cure-alls, that should
help in the present crisis and ward
off unwanted attentions.
We thought we'd
like to show you a couple of ancient
posters we have on display inside
the museum. These caught my eye just
as I was checking round the place
and locking up - perhaps for some
time - after I called up there this
morning to finish a couple of jobs
left undone from last week.
But, was I alone. I
could hear creaking and strange
noises . . . wierd.
We have a jolly
"Jak Tar" doing his hornpipe to
bring you the disinfectant to end
all disinfectants. Reckits, Proctor
& Gamble, eat your hearts out.
This is the stuff to finish
anything. Boy, do we need something
like this for now. But, note, it was
not good for cats. But for
dancing, it's brilliant.
Then we have Dr
Drake, and his miraculous cures. I'm
often weak at the knees, so this
should do the trick! In the
meantime, I'm self-isolating in my
Man Shed, with a good supply of
whisky and gin, purely for
hand-washing you understand, old
fashioned soap being in such short
supply. Not sure if this will
do much good for my heavy breathing
and smarting lions, but we'll give
it a try. Always knew big cats
were very clever, eh. But for
now folks, I'm going on the
pill. Drake's Pill.
There's a theme here, folks, Jak Tar and Drake ?? Got it? ... we're saved, by the Royal Navy yet again. So let's here it for all our lads and lasses afloat defending our shipping lanes and bringing us Good Cheer.
In the meantime, we have news that all roadsigns containing place names are to be either removed or turned around. This is to confusticate the enemy, for we believe if Mr Covid has no firm directions, he'll not find his way here to trouble us and, who knows, he may well miss Hull and The East Riding altogether. !?!
So, where's my
hand-washing substance. I
can assure you that something like
a normal service may be resumed
one day. I may be one day.
In the meantime,
look after each other, till we
meet again! And smile, and
do the only thing that's free and
not now proscribed ... LAUGH!
NOW FOR THE SERIOUS STUFF
BEWARE SCAMMERS ... THIEVES ... VAGABONDS !
Seriously, I kid you not. Thieves are already hard at work trying to defraud and cheat older folk, and all others having to self-isolate, out of considerable amounts of money. And they are succeeding!
Gangs are already in some areas, posing as Red Cross or other charity workers, knocking on doors and offering to do the shopping. You may guess, you will get no shopping. Trust no one you do not know, or anyone you cannot quickly trace to a local address or business.
Similarly with phone scams. If you don't know the number, then don't pick up. If you don't have Caller ID, listen carefully and do not give away any personal details whatsoever. Not banking, not even your address. If you are already ex-directory, these scammers do not know where you live, unless you tell them. All they have is a number to ring and try their luck. Even if you are in the book, they will still not be sure they have the right number, as a lot of them are using old and out-of-date lists.
IF YOU DO NEED HELP, with shopping or anything else; my best advice and your first ports of call should be:
lots of options for help.