Lockdown Memories

Knitting in lockdown

My life in lockdown has been made tolerable by having a lovely garden to walk round, and the weather has been so good that I have been outside most days.  I shall tell you more about this later.  However, my main hobby is knitting.

For some years I have been helping to make Trauma Teddies.  I knit the ‘skins,’ another volunteer then sews them up and stuffs them.  And a third person makes drawstring bags to put them in.

Doctors who treat children in the third world are asking for them, as they have found that children who have their own teddy to cuddle in their cots, get better quicker than those who don’t have one.  Each child keeps their own teddy and can take it home, so the doctors need a continual supply.  My production rate has increased during lockdown and I’ve made 30 which are ready to be sent on to be stuffed.

I also knit for the Christmas Shoe Box project.  Each Autumn a group at the Methodist Church join with others across the country filling shoe boxes with Christmas presents, and my contributions are hat-and-scarf sets.  I’ve got 15 ready so far.

My son does the gardening, and always seems to have projects to keep him busy, as well as the day-to-day watering, weeding and pruning.  Part of the path at the end of the garden had become very uneven where tree roots had pushed the paving slabs up, so he lifted it all, dug a much deeper foundation, and re-laid it so it is now safe for me to walk on with my rollator.  He has also been cutting down a large conifer that has been badly damaged by the heavy snows.  Its been quite a task digging out the roots, but he is going to replant the area with spring bulbs, a Victoria plum tree and a Lilac shrub.

Joyce Rutter.



Well, wasn’t that exciting?  Staying at home as per instructions from Boris!

Well, my husband Brian has an allotment, which was a godsend.  Carefully opening the gate with his gloves on!  Once on your own plot you could dig or weed [or just sit and read the newspapers!] or talk to the people on neighbouring plots, including Vincent and Alan [also members of COPAG] and also busy planting and weeding, when not sitting, chatting or eating!!

What else?  Well, I made pastry, put on weight, got bored!!!

When we were allowed to meet people outside we visited our family, sitting at one end of the table and them at the other.  Fortunately they have a large garden which makes the whole exercise easier.  But after 10 minutes the grandchildren got bored and went off to play on the x-box!!

We are gradually going out but being very cautious.  We definitely do not want Covid 19!

Janet Rodhouse.



Hi all, miss seeing you all.  Hope you are all keeping well.  And hope we can get back to COPAG soon.  The lock-in has been a trying time.  I think we have all been climbing the walls and talking to ourselves and missing having our hair done like mad.

What have I been up to?  We picked a few people to mix with all the time.  My Son and partner presented me with a beautiful granddaughter called Hanna the day before lock-in.  I’ve just started to see her and its great to give her a hug and a kiss!

Marian Reid has been with me all through lock-in with her family, so we’ve been having tea in the garden and keeping our distance.  Then we decided to have a barbecue in each other’s gardens, with a glass of wine, great!  Then we decided to be brave and start going into Chesham.  I walked with Trudy [Marian’s Daughter] and Marian took the car, so she was able to take any shopping home.  Trudy and I walked back and it took an hour and a half!  What a climb up Hivings Hill!  And we did this twice!!

We got really brave and went to Wycombe on the bus.  It was great freedom.  You just follow the arrows all the time round the shops.  Different but fun, and spent lots of money!!

Its great to see the rest of the family including grandchildren, which we have all missed.

Hope you all enjoy my rubbish.  Keep well.

Best wishes, Pat Mockett xxx


Highs and lows!

Lockdown for me has been horrible, at first, because I am a diabetic I was unable to go out, only for one walk a day.  The walks were lovely at first but I became bored with them very quickly as I like seeing people and talking to them.  Something very nice though was having my friend Sue coming to do my shopping for me.  She did this for 3 months and we became much closer and our friendship has blossomed.  [A very good part of lockdown!]  She became my lifeline and I must say kept me sane.  Another good thing for me was having my landline phone.  I don’t  possess a computer or a smart phone so thank god for BT at this time!

I am one of the lucky one’s who has a garden and this has kept me busy over the months.  I’ve also done lots of jobs around the house, cleared cupboards etc.  I have missed seeing my grandsons and was overjoyed when my eldest Dominic was at last able to come and see me.  And then I was able to see my twins, [adopted twins] who are 5, and was able to give them a hug.

Another thing that gave me great pleasure was clapping on Thursday night at 8pm for the NHS.  Seeing all the neighbours in the drive clapping and laughing with each other was great!

I hate wearing a mask but I do so to help keep me and others safe.  Dreadful times we’re living in at the moment – will it ever end?  Hopefully one day it will and then we can all get back to seeing our friends and family again without being scared.  Or for a hug; this I miss most of all.

I’ve done a lot of knitting, read a lot of books, watched too much television.  Got angry when shops wouldn’t take cash from me!  And so on, and so on!

Lets hope we can get back to normal soon.

Jean Sabatini.



With Covid 19 doing it’s worst, and as I am in the vulnerable category I am keeping away from groups of people. Thank goodness I am able to enjoy lots of fresh air on the allotment with the added bonus of seeing the flowers and reaping lots of soft fruit and vegetables. Hope everyone is keeping safe and well, and we shall soon be able to meet again.

Vince Crompton



The Coronavirus pandemic has caused serious disruption to the lives of individuals and families during the period of lockdown, with social distancing measures in place, and obliged to wear face masks in shops and retail outlets. Generally we are all sen to be coping. As an Allotment Holder on the Cameron Road site I have been able to visit my plot on a very regular basis to maintain and grow a variety of vegetables. Also benefitting from fresh air and exercise, and very importantly social distancing communication with other Allotment Holders. Hoping you are all keeping safe and well, and looking forward to meeting you in the not to distant future to socialise with a welcoming tea/coffee and biscuits.

Allen Tilbury