28th Mar, 2020

COVID 19 in pictures - Bromsgrove and its villages

Tristan Harris 24th Mar, 2020 Updated: 26th Mar, 2020

A LOT has changed in the last 48 hours as the UK comes to terms with a new way of life while the battle is fought against COVID-19.

Yesterday – prior to Prime Minister’s lockdown – we sent Marcus Mingins out to photograph Bromsgrove town centre to gauge the atmosphere in what was a usually bustling High Street.

Bromsgrove High Street was quieter than usual.

As West Midlands Railway introduced a new reduced timetable, many people were working from home and home-schooling started for many families the outdoor world was a very different place to what it was a week ago.

Some shops have managed to get toilet rolls back in.

This picture of the beautiful blossom on Fox Lane was taken by Sophie Kang.

From blossom we go to bees – Judith Cooney snapped this little chap in her back garden.

And from bees to butterflies – Rosie Hamilton photographed this peacock butterfly bathing in the spring sunshine.

Meanwhile the Bingham family have been putting their outdoor time to good use – getting creative in Catshill.

The children painted these rocks to cheer themselves, and others, up.

 

The day before, on Sunday night, the village communities of Fairfield, Wildmoor and Stoneybridge lit a candle as a ‘Light of Hope’ for the future. The pictures were posted on Twitter with the #LightOfHope@CofEWorcester hashtag.

Bromsgrove Police officers posted the picture earlier today (below) of a chalk drawing created on a wall on The Oakalls, another symbol for us to keep smiling and calm as we all adapt to this way of life.

The news has kept rolling in and we have done our best in keeping you updated – from the number of confirmed cases and the medical situation, to Government advice about what we can and cannot do and the unbelievable response from the community that continues to thrive, shine brightly and inspire.

Heather Paul and Matt Grubb, from Aston Fields, urged people to ‘enjoy the space they had’ with this picture.

Enjoy the space you are in say Heather Paul and Matt Grubb from Aston Fields. s

While Emma Pears found some poignant points made in a book.

A powerful message – sent in from Emma Pears. s

Stay safe everyone, adhere to the advice to help fight this vicious virus and feel free to send us your pictures to editor@bromsgrovestandard.co.uk so we can add them to this collection – whether they are of creations of rainbows, which seem to have become a symbol of this fight, your home schooling snaps or some of those sun-kissed spring scenes you come across as you undertake your daily exercise walk, run or cycle.

We’d love to hear from you.

 

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