Phil Toler responded to our requests for pictures of Aylesbury with a photo we thought too good to just place in the carousel. It was taken in August 2018 of Watermead village. In the foreground are the two lakes with the larger one on the right suffering a blue-green algae bloom which can be compared with the clear smaller lake on the left. Phil says that is the only time this has happened in the 26 years he has lived here.
Cyanobacteria or ‘blue-green algae’, a type of blooming algae, can produce toxins. These toxins can kill wild animals, livestock and pets. They can also harm people, producing rashes after skin contact and illnesses if swallowed.
Algal blooms block sunlight from reaching other plants in the water. They also use up oxygen in the water at night which can suffocate fish and other creatures. Oxygen is also used up when the bloom decays.
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Peter Ashton has just pointed out this information about the extension – or not! of MOTs
MOT due on or after 1 August 2020 ?
Your MOT certificate will not be extended if your vehicle’s MOT expires on or after 1 August 2020. You must book an MOT as usual.
This is the latest Government advice concerning outdoor activities
For the general public who are fit and well
In line with scientific advice that the risk of transmitting the virus is much lower outside, the Government is permitting more social activity outside. You can spend time outdoors with members of your own household and, from Monday 1 June, you can meet in a gathering of up to six people you do not live with. This can be in a public outdoor space, or in a private garden or uncovered yard or terrace.The more people you have interactions with, the more chances we give the virus to spread. When seeing friends and family outdoors:It would be sensible to keep the total number of people you see limited – especially over short periods of time When you leave your home, you should follow the guidelines on staying safe outside your home. Most importantly, this includes the key advice that you should stay two metres apart from anyone outside of your household.
Face coverings can help us protect each other and reduce the spread of the disease if you are in an enclosed space where social distancing is difficult and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet, for example – if using public transport to access activities.
If you are showing coronavirus symptoms, or if you or any of your household are self-isolating (including if you have been contacted by the test and trace programme), you should stay at home – this is critical to staying safe and saving lives.
People aged over 70 and those who are clinically vulnerable
Some people, including those aged 70 and over, those with specific chronic pre-existing conditions and pregnant women, are clinically vulnerable, meaning they are at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus. As we begin to ease restrictions, this group who are clinically vulnerable should continue to take particular care to minimise contact with others outside their household.
People who are defined as extremely clinically vulnerable.
There is a further group of people who are defined, also on medical grounds, as clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus – that is, people with specific serious health conditions. They are advised to continue shielding to keep themselves safe by staying at home and avoiding gatherings or, if individuals wish to spend time outdoors, to take extra care to minimise contact with others by keeping two metres apart at all times.
Points to Note:
- The government is still asking all people to consider the amount of contact that they have with others even within the six person limitation.
- There are further considerations as to the amount of external contact if you are over 70 or clinically vulnerable or clinically extremely vulnerable.
- It is important to consider any activity against this government advice which for everyone is to minimize contact with others as much as possible.
In the present climate many organisations are offering free online access to their products e.g. plays, musicals, operas, concerts, books, museums, gardens etc. We have tried to gather a few of them together for you to explore. The list is by no means exhaustive and will be added to as new material comes to light
The June 2020 Newsletter is now available on-line.
Remember to keep items flowing for the next edition
The latest edition of the National Newsletter is now available . Items that may be of interest to some of you
- Nat West bank is running a ‘Friends against Scam’ on 12th May, details for signing up for it in the newsletter
- There is a streamed seminar on Robotics on 14th May at 2,30. Details again in the newsletter
- There are a series of tutorials on the use of Zoom for running groups from 12th-15th May