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Upper Bucklebury

Read about what's been happening in Upper Bucklebury

In Berrys Road, Upper Bucklebury (including Blacklands Road and Woodside Close), local volunteers set up weekly socially distanced coffee mornings every Sunday at the beginning of lockdown, with anyone welcome to join. 

2020 - Community Support Hub volunteer collage 1
2020 - Community Support Hub volunteer collage 1
These get-togethers have since been expanded into frequent BBQs on residents' front driveways, sing-along sessions with local musicians and big celebrations with bunting, music, dancing and food for Easter, VE Day, and Father's Day/Summer Solstice.

Neighbours also gathered around to sing a socially distanced version of Happy Birthday to those who were celebrating during lockdown.

Apart from being a lot of fun and helping the community in the roads, these activities, along with the NHS Clap on a Thursday, have promoted mental health and well-being.

They've also been described at times as a lifeline especially for those residents who do not have digital access, or nearby family and friends for support.

In addition, those residents who volunteer to assist with the more practical needs (coordination via WhatsApp and passing information to the wider area using a Community Facebook Group) feel greatly rewarded by helping others.