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Love wine, love cider

The Love Wine Festival may have been one of the casualties of the Coronavirus, but there’s an alternative. Organiser and wine expert Heather Dougherty has joined forces with Alistair Morrell from Cider is Wine to host an online event all about cider. The evening’s event will explain vintages, apple varieties, how ciders are made, and will include food and cider matching ideas, plus tastings. It’s on Thurs 14 May via Zoom. You’ll have to register by 11 May to make sure your delivery of cider arrives in time. Cost is £39.99. Book tickets here.

Daily marathon cycle

If there’s one good thing to come out of the Coronavirus pandemic, it’s the evidence of community spirit and people showing their appreciation for the NHS and its workers. As well as the Thursday evening Clap for Carers, fund raising efforts are springing up all over the place. A particular shout out goes to 75-year-old Box Hill resident Sean Feeney who has been pushing the pedals on his static bike outside the Box Hill cycle shop every day since 21 April. He’s cycling 26 miles – a marathon – every day to raise money for NHS staff and volunteers who are caring for Covid-19 patients. His tally is already well over £4k and still on the rise. You can donate via Sean’s Just Giving page here.

The Royal Marsden reaches out

While visits to the Royal Marsden Hospital are limited at the moment, the team have produced a series of online resources to help people who recovering from cancer stay fit and healthy. There are programmes for stretching and circuit exercises, yoga, advice on eating well and nutrition and exercise. These programmes have been set up for people who need the support and guidance of a specialist centre, and the expertise of a well-thought-out programme with ideas for progressions. And best of all, they’re all available free online.

What’s Plan C?

A team of Surrey business professionals have set up a free advice service – called Plan C – to help small businesses cope with the Covid-19 pandemic. They’ll be covering topics such as marketing, accountancy, human resources, public relations, social media, business strategy, IT and website design. For information head to the Plan C website: yourplanc.co.uk

And finally…

The Muddy-award winning pub, and long-time fave, The White Horse in Hascombe, has been having a spruce up while the doors have been closed for the Covid-19 restrictions. We’re loving the smart new paintwork on the outside – all in time for the VE Day anniversary weekend – and can’t wait to check out the new interiors.

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