I live in Hemsby, a small coastal village. During the pandemic, the village has come together to help each other, especially the older and vulnerable residents, by offering to go food shopping those who couldn’t go out because they were shielding or unable to do so and checking in on neighbours who were on their own.
At Christmas the villagers left Christmas decorations on a fir tree for retired residents, many of whom hadn’t left their homes in months, to enjoy and bring some joy to the festive season. And it did the job with residents thanking those who had left something on the tree.
Since last year the village has put on a weekend-long scarecrow festival where residents make scarecrows and place them outside their homes for people to enjoy. The children, and even the adults, really enjoy trying to find all the scarecrows. There have been scarecrows of Willy Wonka, an Oompa Loompa, Mary Poppins, a mermaid and even Boris Johnson to name a few!
It has been so nice to see communities coming together and being kind to one another and I hope it continues long into the future.