Part 2: April 2020
March 2020 | May 2020
Wednesday April 1st
Intermittent light rain this morning, enough to generate that sweet deluge smell more associated with
the end of a long dry summer. It’s much more pleasant than yesterday’s, following a fire at the waste
transfer station. Yet, the first rain of
lockdown does not last long.
It’s bin day in half of Ruthin: black, green
and orange. Except green waste is now
suspended, to ensure there are sufficient
crews to move general and food waste.
This does not stop the more optimistic
putting out their green bins today, though.
Or perhaps some households felt that the
suspension was little more than an April
Today, the new 20-plate vehicle
registration is a month in and by now
there are barely half-a-dozen in Ruthin.
Are these to be future collectors’ items?
Saturday April 4th
We have a revised system in Tesco. At
the end of your shop, you now need to queue along aisle 11 before being taken to an appropriate
check out. Shoppers are nevertheless scarce today. We are making fewer visits but buying more
each time. Or perhaps we are all stocked up so much that we no longer need to get out at all. I see
little evidence of increased home deliveries. They would be noticeable, as estate road traffic is now
at a minimum.
Ruthin’s Chatwin’s is closing today (for now).
Today, we learn that the Feathers public house is opening its guest accommodation free of charge to
any NHS worker forced to self-isolate.
The Town Council begins to think how businesses might emerge from and contemplate life after
Sunday April 5th
From today, Arriva Buses suspends its X51 service from Ruthin to Wrexham. The service continues
between Ruthin and Denbigh.
Monday April 6th
The Co-op has today introduced a one way system. Well, almost. The
number of aisles means that it doesn’t quite work but it’s a good step,
regardless. Whereas shopping at Tesco can now be stressful, that at
the Co-op is more relaxed. It’s also eerie in the Co-op during the day.
Fewer patrons and a few with facemasks contribute to a sinister
It’s the school holidays but the Glasdir schools, above, remain open
throughout as the primary school hub for key Ruthin & district workers’
Wednesday April 8th
The number of rainbows in and around town steadily grows. Some now in addition show three
letters, namely H, S and N.
This week, HSBC tries to formalise the way its customers observe physical distances. New notices
appear alongside old on the stonework at the entrance. And, ingeniously, the branch has chalked
markers on the pavement to assist its customers to maintain the required 6′ 6″.
Saturday April 11th
A change in the weather. Unlooked-for persistent rain washes away many of the chalkings on
pavements, including the distance markers at the HSBC.
Sunday April 12th
Easter and no family or friends allowed. No holidays or short breaks. No open countryside. No
beach visits. No meals out. No drinks down the pub. No taking children to play areas. In fact, none
of the things we might traditionally do on or associate with a dry Easter Day.
And, no chapel or church services, either. Our Warden, the Revd Stuart Evans, and others in his
congregation, have maintained a daily Facebook video presence viewed to date 5,551 times, plus
1,702 for children’s stories. St Peter’s Llanbedr saw 995 views on Maundy Thursday.
To gladden us in difficult times and to the accompaniment of “Happy” by Pharrell Williams & His
Band, the mayor races round Ruthin with a substantial rainbow on his back, alongside a human-
sized Easter bunny. Rain however stops play.
Thursday 16th April
The First Minister gives Ruthin’s Workplace Worksafe an
honourable mention during the Welsh Government’s daily
coronavirus briefing. Workplace Worksafe is responding to the
call to source a more local supply chain following the
international scramble for personal protective equipment.
Friday April 17th
Applauded, King’s ironmonger
reopens, with table at the
entrance upon which the Kings
place items they have retrieved for you from within. It’s back to
queuing with service from behind the counter, 1950s-style.
Condensed hours apply and the shop’s closed on Wednesdays.
Saturday April 18th
A large sign urging us to stay home appears and is just about visible
off Mold Road.
The home owners remove the
slogan part on May 9th, at the
time when the UK government changes its message from “Stay
at Home” to “Stay Alert”. In Wales, though, the “Stay at home.
Protect the NHS” message continues unchanged.
Monday April 20th
Schools return from the Easter holidays—at least remotely
online. The Glasdir schools continue as the hub school.
Friday April 24th
Travel for exercise is barred and cycling other than what might be considered as within walking
distance is also prohibited. The Welsh government is changing the core requirement for people not
to leave the place where they live—to a requirement not to leave or remain away from that place.
Sunday April 26th
Arriva temporarily suspended its Ruthin-Denbigh service, though a replacement by Lloyd’s Coaches
Monday April 27th
Richard Williams reopens for pre-booked account customers only. The “closed” sign remains for
several weeks, though.
Both pedestrians & traffic ramp up.