Part 3: May 2020
March 2020 | April 2020
Monday May 4th
Verge and green space grass cutting resumes.
Huws Gray reopens today, with specific timed slots
for click, collect & deliveries…
… as Taylor Wimpey also reopens its Glasdir site. It creates passing places for walkers along the
Friday May 8th
County Hall flies a flag in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of VE Day, today. Otherwise and
given the circumstances, there is little evidence in the town centre of this commemoration.
A number of us nevertheless throw caution to the wind
and attend appropriately distanced street parties or
similar celebrations. A further sign that people are
becoming more confident?
After the events, clinicians warn that this is not
necessary a wise move… whether connected or not,
there is a spike in covid-19 cases in North Wales, 10
Saturday May 10th
Fine and hot before the weather deteriorates a little.
Even more people are about in town in complete
contrast to April.
Other than queueing for King’s, the pharmacies, the two
butchers or Ruthin Wholefoods, there’s little actually to do other than bide. People promenade in the
sun. Much more traffic, too.
Are people becoming still more confident? There’s a sense with protracted lockdown that some of us
are now getting restless, resentful, even edgy; while others look back on the now fading quietude,
opportunity and serenity of lockdown with just a trace of yearning for the simpler life we are soon
about to forfeit, possibly for ever.
Monday May 11th
The three devolved nations disagree with today’s English approach.
“Stay at home. Stay local” remains the mantra in Wales. There is no
lifting of the lockdown, at least
for a further three weeks,
though from today exercising
is permitted in Wales more
than once a day. In truth,
latterly, some (many?) ignored
the previous once a day
exercise rule, anyway.
A busy day in Ruthin. Morgan’s reopens for the collection of
Chatwin’s in town reopens today, but with condensed hours
between 9a.m and 2p.m. and not at all on Sundays. Chatwin’s
soon extends its times to 3p.m.
Meanwhile, new rules from today enable garden centres
to reopen and our own Seven Oaks does. Family groups
are welcomed though no one under 12, please.
Interestingly, the florist on the Square also reopens.
The post office now opens five days a week (still on
Sunday May 17th
The scarecrow competition
sees fewer than usual
entrants. Quality trumps
quantity, though, and most are on a VE Day or NHS theme. As befits the
times, Colonel Sir Tom Moore is predicted the winner.
Monday May 18th
The Town Council reconvenes ‘virtually’, using Zoom.
Tuesday May 19th
Fortnightly green waste collections
recommence in Ruthin. Some have green
waste collections today, Tuesday; others wait till Wednesday May
27th, such is the luck of the draw. There are no collections since
March 18th, which now seems a whole season ago, thanks to the
presence of coronavirus.
Wednesday May 20th
Temporary classrooms are removed from Ruthin School. Planning
permission is soon to expire and coronavirus is expected to have a detrimental impact on the
number of students attending from the Far East (not to mention the home grown problems faced by
the school in January 2020).
Thursday May 21st
A number of takeaways start back, joining the likes of Aydin’s which has stayed open for the
Saturday May 23rd
Supermarket supply issues have eased, though fresh greengrocery can be problematic. Flour is
back on the menu.
Tuesday May 26th
The warble of the ice cream van brings the sound of summer to this
specific area of Ruthin for the first time. Till now, we’ve only heard it
Thursday May 28th
The civic amenity site at Lôn Parcwr reopens for those who have
booked a slot. Well managed and, unlike elsewhere in Britain, there
is no evidence of huge queues.
Friday May 29th
We wait with anticipation an announcement from the Welsh
Government which may ease lockdown. Will we have yet more
Taylor Wimpey staff
outside wash room