March & April 2021
Click here to get a printable version plus the solution to previous Burpham Pages Crossword No.15 from Burpham Pages issue No. 90 published January & February 2021.
March & April 2021
Click here to get a printable version plus the solution to previous Burpham Pages Crossword No.15 from Burpham Pages issue No. 90 published January & February 2021.
Written by John Boon
Most vegetable seed can now be sown outdoors if it is mild in prepared beds.
When conditions are dry the lawn should be cut with the mower blades on a high setting for the first few cuts…
Plant out Broad Beans which were sown indoors.
Continue to apply Lawn Weed and Feed with Mosskiller as necessary.
To join the club or our meetings Call John Boon on 01483 874123
Written by Paul Nicholls
Burpham Pages has spoken to local experts to get their views on what these impacts are and how we can best mitigate the negatives and take advantage of the positives. We asked The Eaves – Counselling & Psychology about the mental impact, Guildford Chiropractic Centre about the physical impact and Healthy Home & Office about how to best manage these physical issues with a suitable office set up.
Obviously, there are positives in that we are spending more ‘quality’ time with our families (although this can have its own frustrations, especially as parents can find home-schooling a challenge) and many people seem to be making the effort to get outdoors for exercise. Another aspect of this situation is the amount of people who are currently working from home. Perhaps these lockdowns have demonstrated, to employees and employers alike, how much effective work can actually be done whilst working remotely. In some cases it’s probably nearly impossible to work from home whereas others will find it a much more productive situation. So, although we now have a ‘roadmap’ out of this cycle of lockdowns, there is still some time to go before everyone can return to their normal mode of working. However, some businesses and individuals might have come to the conclusion that working from home, remotely, is the way forward for the future.
With this in mind we’ve been thinking about the mental and physical impact of working from home. Not everyone has a good home-office set up, which can lead to various levels of discomfort, and perhaps many of us are missing the interaction with work colleagues in a busier environment.
We asked The Eaves (Counselling & Psychology) on their perspective and observations of the mental impact of working from home.
The virus has affected numerous aspects of our wellbeing – financially, emotionally, socially and not least, mentally, so it’s been difficult to feel anything but pessimism towards the pandemic. Working from home has presented its own unique challenges that many of us have little, or no, experience with.
However, there are benefits that come with working from home. These include increased productivity, fewer office distractions and less commuting (which research has shown the average adult spends around an hour a day doing, and is often linked to high levels of stress and anxiety).
Additionally, the flexibility that comes with working from home creates an opportunity for a healthier work-life balance. To make the most out of the benefits of home working during the pandemic:
Working from home has presented its own unique challenges that many of us have little, or no, experience with.The Eaves – Counselling & Psychology
Remember that we all react differently to situations and it’s absolutely normal if you’re feeling an array of emotion right now. Finding coping strategies that work for you can help bring relief if you’re finding things difficult right now. Don’t hesitate in seeking further advice and support from loved ones or a professional organisation such as The Eaves in Guildford if you are struggling with your mental health.
There is a vast amount of evidence to suggest that poor ergonomics contributes not only to aches and pains associated with joints, muscles and nerves but also with poorer general health.Guildford Chiropractic Centre
If nothing else it can be comforting or reassuring to know that many people are experiencing the same issues as yourself and that help is out there if you need it. For others it can be less of a mental challenge and more of a physical one. We asked Philip Hehir at the Guildford Chiropractic Centre how working from home can create postural problems.
Since the Covid-crisis began, we have seen an increasing number of ailments relating to workers risking their back health by not working in posture-friendly environments. Not only are we seeing poor home-office setups, but many have opted to work from the sofa or even the bed. There is a vast amount of evidence to suggest that poor ergonomics contributes not only to aches and pains associated with joints, muscles and nerves but also with poorer general health. Failing to take action may result in long term consequences on individual spinal health increasing the risk of recurrent lower back and neck pain, sciatica and headaches. It is therefore vital that
we take the time to assess our work station setup to prevent such issues.
In line with advice given by the British Chiropractic Association, we would suggest the following:
Guildford Chiropractic Centre refers to home-office setups and how your posture can be greatly impacted by how your computer is positioned, how high you chair is and what desk you use. We thought we’d find out a little more about how getting your office environment right can make a big difference. We spoke to local specialists Healthy Home & Office.
Since lockdown began in March millions of office workers found themselves working from home. Not many people have a home-office environment that is designed for working for eight hours a day, five days a week. Dining tables, breakfast bars, beds and even ironing boards have become replacement desks and chairs.
Phil Johns of Guildford-based Healthy Home & Office says “We have seen a large increase in customers coming to us with aches and pains, having either bought a ‘quick fix’ item or trying to make do with what they have.” Phil explained that internet searches for ‘Ergonomic Furniture’ can be very misleading whereby the product has very little or no real ergonomic functionality. “Back, neck and shoulder aches along with headaches have resulted in them seeking advice from us” he adds. “The importance of the correct furniture and an understanding of the overall workstation set-up can greatly reduce the risks of aches and pains and in the long run will enable you to work more comfortably”.
Typical examples that Phil gave included a customer who was 6’3” choosing a desk with a deep drawer going the full length of the top, so he needed to get his legs under the drawer (59cm) which is the recommended height for a school table for 6-7yr old children, another customer had a desk with a drawer and a chair with fixed arms so when she pulled herself into the desk the arms hit the drawer which resulted in her having to perch on the front edge of the chair resulting in no back support and after a few weeks the resulting pain just got too bad and she has had to review her complete set up.
We are also seeing many people using 4 legged dining chairs – you would not use a four legged chair in your office so why are we using them at home.
Our biggest piece of advice is to find a showroom that has a range of products and a specialist who can advise on the right equipment for you.Healthy Home & Office
Phil concludes “Our biggest piece of advice is to find a showroom that has a range of products and a specialist who can advise on the right equipment for you. It may be as simple as changing the height of your monitor or needing an upright ergonomic mouse”.
Unsuitable Home Office furniture: The most common mistakes:
Healthy Home & Office can help with free expert advice either in their Covid-Secure showroom or remotely over the phone or email.
So, perhaps you’re thinking that working from home now doesn’t sound such a simple way forward but it doesn’t need to be complicated, you just need to take care of yourself, mentally & physically. Get properly comfortable, establish a routine, take some time out for yourself, don’t ignore the little aches and pains and, if needs be, make a phone call and talk to someone who can help.
Thank you to the experts who helped us with the writing of this article:
The Eaves – Counselling & Psychology
Telephone: 01483 917000
Guildford Chiropractic Centre
Telephone: 01483 562830
Healthy Home & Office
Telephone: 01483 600085
Sadly, I cannot offer you a magic way to solve your problems – although I do believe in a God who can do anything.
More often though, God does not work by removing our problems but moulding us as we face them! I have however, found ways that help me find strength to face the problems and realities that come my way.
Our garden is in a part of Burpham that has a very high water table; that is the water in the ground is close to the surface. The result of this is that parts of the garden are always boggy, even in the summer, and when it rains a lot parts of the garden become pools of water! It is the same with our problems – if they keep building up our lives get boggy, or even flooded, and then it is difficult to have hope or to see a way forward.
The way we dealt with this problem in our garden was to put in what are called land drains. These are pipes which have holes in the sides and are laid just below the lawn surface, allowing water to soak into the pipes and then to be carried away from the lawn to a stormwater drain. These underground land drains are constantly at work draining the water away, so the garden now only gets boggy when it rains very heavily, and even then it does not last long.
Create a regular way to release the anxious thoughts and worries of everyday life so there is no build-up when a ‘storm’ comes!
So, I am suggesting this is a good approach in the rest of our lives too. Creating a regular way to release the anxious thoughts and worries of everyday life so there is no build-up when a ‘storm’ comes! How can we do this? Well, people have different ways including meditation, exercise and reading but they all involve setting real time aside daily. For me as a Christian, I spend time daily in prayer. The real advantage of prayer is that I am speaking to someone (God) who loves me so much He is longing to listen and carry my worries for me.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanks-giving, present your requests to God.Philippians 4:6
With every blessing
Revs James Levasier
Church office: 01483 825533
Runners have 24 hours to complete the virtual race at their pace, wherever and whenever they want on Sunday 3rd October. A special Virgin Money London Marathon app records your run every step of the way shouting words of encouragement to keep you motivated and on track. To be part of record breaking history and secure your
place in this life changing race, email email@example.com All you need to do is commit to raising a minimum of £200 and pay a £28 entry fee to secure your place (+ £10 if you live outside the UK).
All registered participants to the 2021 virtual race will receive their Virgin Money London Marathon running number to proudly display whilst pounding the pavements. Whilst all official finishers will receive their coveted finisher medal and T-shirt post event. Runners in the virtual event will join a record 50,000 participants who will run the traditional marathon event from Blackheath to The Mall.
The Virgin Money London Marathon fundraising pages are integrated with Strava, music to a runner’s ears, and YouTube, and will contain many new features.
Sight for Surrey support people across Surrey who are blind, vision impaired, Deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind and the virtual London Marathon is an opportunity for the charity to raise much needed funds for the charity after the loss of all their fundraising events due to the Coronavirus. Money raised will help support more people with a sensory loss, empowering them to lead independent lives.
The first virtual Virgin Money London Marathon last year was phenomenally successful when 37,966 runners took part from all corners of the globe, earning it the Guinness World Record Breaker title of ‘The most users to run a remote marathon in 24 hours’.
Biddles of Guildford, the stationery shop, has traded in Guildford since 1885, but after the first lockdown their main investor had gone bust, the shop was forced to close and all staff were made redundant. Neal and David, the managers of the store, decided to rescue the business.
They started a Crowdfunder (crowdfunder.co.uk) campaign, and within two days the initial target had been smashed – helped by the amazing support of customers who wanted to do what they could to help. They would open again. Following this, achievement they set a new target with the goal of reinstating all the staff.
In July, Neal & David opened the doors once more and by November their final member of staff returned.
Through lockdown, Biddles of Guildford have adapted, providing a limited order & collect service plus a local delivery service for their customers who are working from home, home schooling, those shielding, local care providers, and schools & local businesses. Supplying printer ink, office furniture and stationery.
Recently they have been helping the local community, including stationery donations to local schools and recently assisting the Guildford Lions, by helping them supply creativity kits for disadvantaged children.
They are the local alternative to the well known online stores and larger national chains, if you need stationery or printer ink, get in touch with Biddles of Guildford by calling 01483 576660 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or, when lockdown restrictions allow, visit the shop in Guildford: 1 Ward St, Guildford GU1 4LH.
Thanks to a recent study by the School of Hospitality at the University of Surrey, in partnership with the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, The Lightbox gallery and museum and Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village, the direct impact of these three local arts organisations on the social and economic health of the county can
be seen clearly.
The research reveals that besides the economic benefits to the three organisations, for every £10 of visitors’ on-site spending, up to £13.28 is likely to be spent in the local area. The retail, and food and drink sectors are likely to benefit the most. According to the post-visit survey, nearly 70% of the visitors surveyed would not have come to the area if they weren’t attending the theatre or galleries.
Life in lockdown has shown us how powerful creativity can be, and why many people are so desperate to get out and enjoy these activities again.
The research also highlights the ways through which the arts organisations provide opportunities for vital community engagement. These initiatives include health and wellbeing, education and skills development, social inclusion, and social justice, as well as activities that increase community engagement with the arts. They instigate projects which connect with the needs of vulnerable groups and those who might otherwise remain physically distanced from the venues. Covid-19 has challenged each venue differently, but they have all responded positively with socially distanced theatre and music, where possible, as well as numerous digital workshops and performances.
The research reveals that besides the economic benefits to the three organisations, for every £10 of visitors’ on-site spending, up to £13.28 is likely to be spent in the local area.
The study finds that opportunities for interaction and meeting at the theatre become vital for many. One participant commented, activities at the theatre ‘engage drama skills to boost their confidence and communication skills as well as self-expression’ and another felt ‘fulfilled through their engagement’.
We hope it won’t be too long before the full impacts of these three organisations will be felt again.
If you would like to read the Executive Summary of the ‘The Economic and Social Impact of Arts in Surrey’ study you can download it here.
Unlike the proposed Gosden Hill development to our north, this one has had very few objections so far, except from gardeners who have allotments earmarked for closure on part of the site. Supporters have gained support from the Secretary of State to preserve at least some of them. The rest of the site is currently used for council amenities – the depot, the tip, the sewage works – and most of these will be moved further north beside the industrial estate, and therefore closer to us.
If you like to visit the riverside park, Weyside Urban Village will be your new view across the river.
We can be pleased that a site has been found where housing will be welcome because there is still pressure for homes on this side of Guildford.
However, the spared allotments mean there is less land for developers, who may now look to protect their potential profits by cutting out the so-called ‘affordable housing’. But what does ‘affordable housing’ mean when the measure is calibrated against an area of high-cost housing? These might not be dwellings that our children or young families can afford. Possibly they will appeal to affluent Londoners looking to leave the city.
Less appealing for Burpham is the traffic it could generate. New access roads will enter and exit from Jacobs Well and Woking Road, so people heading into town will go that way. But 1550 houses will create a lot of traffic and some of it will inevitably head for the A3. Picture yourself on that side of the river wondering which route to take to the A3: through the clogged interchange at Stoke Rd (to go north) and on to Wooden Bridge (to go south) or a quick trip through to Burpham and Send?
The planning documents (see Transport Assessment 1) are enthusiastic about linking the estate loop road into the so-called Sustainable Movement Corridor which will run from east to west across Guildford to keep traffic moving. It is shown leaving the development onto Park Way then continues up the London Road to the hairpin adjacent to the slip road, and then down Merrow Lane to a fictitious railway station called West Clandon at the top of New Inn Lane.
How much bigger and how much busier can London Road be when commuters take that route, when shoppers park and ride there, and when Gosden Hill estate is added? What fate awaits New Inn Lane when people realise it’s a perfect rat run? And is this it for ancient Merrow Lane? Residents thought they had dealt with this traffic trauma when they saw the plans for Gosden Hill, but here it is, back again.
I will leave it to more knowledgeable colleagues to explain the knock-on effects of building on a flood plain, but I know that it is going to need very particular attention. After the extensive floods in recent years, I understood that flood plains were meant to be left to do their job?
When estates are built, it’s the retail and social facilities that come last, when there are enough residents to make shops and surgeries viable. Before that, newcomers look to existing services nearby. That means they’ll come to our supermarkets, surgeries, parks and other facilities. I am guessing that families might well look to our wonderful high-achieving primary school for their children. There will be pressure on our services for a few years until they
get their own.
Traffic aside, though, it’s not bad for us. The artist’s illustrations look great to me. Life on the river will be good, and I’m genuinely glad to see more homes in Guildford. But I do wish planners would look with honesty at the impact outside the building zone, and consult more specifically on major changes to roads. We need an honest discussion about the Sustainable Movement Corridor because it has the potential to ruin Burpham.