Our lives have changed immensely since my last post just a week ago. My regular blog schedule is out of the window so I’ll refocus my blogs on signposting help, advice and ideas to see us all through the Covid-19 epidemic. (And I hope the daffodil picture cheers you up!)
If you’ve lived in Didcot for a while you’re probably familiar with the Didcot Hospital fete which takes place in the grounds every August Bank Holiday Monday.
Do you love classical music? If so, Didcot Concert Orchestra (DCO) might be perfect for you! I met the founders, Geoff and Jackie Bushell, to find out more.
The Didcot Good Neighbour Scheme (DGNS) matches volunteers with elderly, lonely or isolated people in the Didcot area. I met Sandy, the volunteer co-ordinator, to find out more about the service and how local residents can help, or be helped.
This post is the first in a series of local volunteering opportunities. This week the focus is on environmental volunteering opportunities in and around Didcot.
If you’ve got a wardrobe full of clothes you no longer wear why not swap them for something different? I recently visited a clothes swish at Cornerstone to find out more.
Have you heard of Sustainable Didcot’s repair cafe? The group helps to reduce waste by repairing items that might otherwise be thrown away.
I visited recently to find out what happens.
A few weeks back I featured Andy Baker, founder of Play2Give, on the In Didcot blog.
Play2Give raises money for local charities through a combination of events and fundraising initiatives. I’ve already featured a couple of Play2Give events on my monthly round ups but there are so many events coming up that I thought I’d dedicate a blog post. So what else is planned for the summer?
One of the great things about writing this blog is that I’ve discovered lots of new groups and organisations in Didcot.
I recently met Kara Penny, the co-ordinator of the Didcot branch of the Guide Dogs Association, for a coffee to find out about the group she helps run.
Aside from playing the recorder 40+ years ago at school, and dabbling in a few piano lessons, I’ve never seriously learnt an instrument. But I’ve always fancied playing the ukulele. Primarily because I read somewhere that it was one of the easiest instruments to learn.
Hence I jumped at the opportunity when I saw a poster advertising a beginner’s ukulele group in Didcot.