Keeping you up to date on what is happening within the community
Corona Virus / Covid – 19 Virus
Government Guidance On Staying At Home and Away From Others:
- Stay At Home
- Only go outside for food, health reasons or essential work
- Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
- Wash your hands as soon as you get home
The full version of this guidance can be found here – Click here
Below is the following information :
Announcements – Relevant Findhorn Foundation Community and local area developments
Caring community Support – Community Support and info
Positive response – Positive responses to the current situation
Relevant Findhorn Foundation Community and local area developments
Updated 14/05/20 -info coming soon
Request for Help from the Volunteer Action Group (VAG)
Please can you consider helping the CCC-VAG as they need volunteers to make face masks/coverings for community volunteer helpers and for vulnerable members of the community.
Following the recent guidance given by the First Minister for people to consider wearing these when out shopping or using public transport, etc., masks can be expected to become very much more visible as we (hopefully) move towards some easing of the lockdown.
If anyone can and would be willing to volunteer to sew masks VAG would be so grateful.
VAG have been attempting to obtain the necessary materials to ensure the continued production of masks but would also be grateful for any donations of suitable fabric (strong cotton which can be washed at a high temperature, e.g. sheet material), cord, shoe laces, sewing elastic, flexible wire for nose bridges, etc.
And maybe you are not able to sew masks but you have a sewing machine that is not being used please would you then consider lending it out to someone who would be able to sew them but does not have a machine to use.
Thank you for everything you do to add support to the community.
Maria, LauraP, Lorraine, Cornelia and LauraS
Mental Health and Emotional Tips for Covid Isolation
For help with mental health and emotional health in this times of change – Click here
COVID-19 Response – Community Wide Support and Volunteering
As part of our response to Covid-19, we have formed a volunteer
strategy held by the Caring Community Circle and Covid -19 Action
Group to help us navigate self-isolation and possible illness. – Click here
Collaboration Circle – Social Distancing
Well, we have completed three weeks now of ‘social distancing’, with some of our Community also in self- isolation. We would like to appreciate you all for your compliance with Government guidelines, and your willingness to alter your lifestyles dramatically, in order to minimise the transmission of the Covid-19 virus. The creativity and caring that has arisen spontaneously within our Community to help get through these ‘unprecedented’ times is inspiring.
UK Government scientists conclude that ‘social distancing’ has made an impact in slowing down the pandemic and helping the NHS to cope. However, they do not think that the UK is yet over the hump. Consequently, both the UK and the Scottish Governments are likely to be reluctant to loosen the guidelines on social distancing in the immediate future. This pandemic is global and everywhere there is uncertainty on its behaviour. Some infectious disease epidemiologists believe that we may be only in the infancy of its trajectory.
One, Renee Strauss, writes:
“That means, even with the measures we are already taking, we will see cases and deaths continue to rise globally, nationally, and in our own communities in the coming weeks. This may lead some people to think that the social distancing measures are not working. They are. They may feel futile. They aren’t. We need everyone to hold the line as the epidemic inevitably gets worse. Stay strong and with solidarity knowing with absolute certainty that what you are doing is contributing to saving lives [and protecting front line staff in the NHS from undue risk of exposure]. You may feel like giving in. Don’t. Social distancing measures are not about individuals, they are about societies working in unison. These measures may take a long time to see the results. It is hard to conceptualize how ‘one quick little get together’ can undermine the entire framework of a public health intervention, but it does.”
At the end of this letter is a document that gives more information about self-isolation and social distancing.
We are aware that some of you may have different views on this pandemic and the actions that the UK Government is taking or not taking. Facebook forums provide potential venues to debate such issues. But, we need to remember that this is both a legal and public health issue. We – as residents living in Scotland – are bound by the directives of the UK and Scottish Government. We need to observe them with our creative, spiritual and humanistic approach as one community.
Alex (NFD), Caroline (FF), Cornelia (CCC), David (NFA), Eian (Duneland), Fasil (Ekopia), Lori (THA), Lorraine (NFA) and Mari (Findhorn College), on behalf of the Collaboration Circle
Whole Community Meditation this week online – Click here
A new location for the Cullerne Garden Veggie Cart:
Dear veggie fans
We are experimenting with a new location for our cart. Please come to the bottom gate, and follow the usual guidance (wear gloves, 2m apart).
Donations very welcome……
The Coronavirus Scotland Act (2020) is now in force. – Click here
Mens Community Council Online meeting – Click here
The ethical framework developed by the Committee on Ethical Aspects of Pandemic:
- Everyone matters
- Everyone matters equally – but this does not mean that everyone is treated the same
- The interests of each person are the concern of all of us, and of society
- The harm that might be suffered by every person matters, and so minimising the harm that a pandemic might cause is a central concern
These principles continue to underpin the work of the UK Medical Ethics Advisory Group, but more recent guidance reflects changes in society and thought since the Influenza pandemic guidance was published in 2007.
Findhorn Bakery update
BAKING AS NORMAL – Daily bread available from the Bakehouse and the Phoenix.
Also by pre-order at Forres Health Food Store & Sky Delights in Nairn.
Food market Open Daily – 10 – 3
Organic produce, bread, local foods, hot drinks and food. We now also have a range of dried goods available.
Community Kitchen Open daily – 10 -3
We have a limited selection of hot food to takeaway such as porridge, soups etc.
Community Resource ONLINE ONLY Available online only for the time being: Click here
We are sending out info & updates to FF (Findhorn.org) & NFA
Bakehouse Communications team
Home Delivery Service from the Phoenix Shop is now available!
The Phoenix Shop is delighted to announce that our FREE door to door Home Delivery Service is now available to customers (with a Phoenix Account) within the areas of:
Forres, Findhorn Village, The Park Ecovillage at Findhorn & Kinloss.
Initially, this is how it will work (and we may well refine or expand the service according to demand):
If you live in FORRES, Order deadline is 14:00 on Mondays. Deliveries on Tuesday afternoons.
If you live in FINDHORN VILLAGE or KINLOSS, Order deadline is 14:00 Tuesdays. Deliveries on Wednesday afternoons.
If you live within the FINDHORN PARK ECOVILLAGE, Order deadline is 14:00 on Wednesdays. Deliveries on Thursday afternoons.
In the first instance, to order and/or set up an account please contact: Please note we do not yet have an “online store”, so this only works for customers who know what we stock and what they want.
We wish to thank all of our customers for their patience and warm positivity at this time!
The Phoenix team
GOOD NEWS FROM THE CULLERNE GARDEN TEAM:
Dear Co-workers, Community Members and Friends of Cullerne,
All is going well with the propagation and field work. With mantra and reverent prayer, with the support of our subtle allies, core principles and our angel of Expansiveness, vegetables are thriving. We thank you all for your energetic and physical contributions to the food security of our community. Our team—small, fit and strong—is committed to supply the Foundation kitchens, the co-workers, and the community residents. We are also coordinating with the local suppliers who are working tirelessly to deliver food to the most vulnerable people who are in isolation. We will communicate what we have and how to get it as we go along. You are welcome to walk through the garden. To protect the health of the team and their families, we ask that you please not approach the gardeners as they work, keeping generous social distance from both humans and vegetables. Please close the gates as you enter and leave. While we have all the help we need right now, the list of people who are kindly willing to support this community food effort is growing. If you are in good health, physically fit, and would like to volunteer please send your details to
Much love and gratitude,
Cullerne Garden Team ps : More news in positive news below
LATEST FINDHORN FOUNDATION GUIDANCE FOR THOSE RETURNING FROM AREAS WITH HIGH NUMBERS OF COVID-19 CASES:
This updated (30.03.2020) returning traveller information is in response to the increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases within and without the UK.
I believe we are entering a critical period now in preventing and minimising the spread of this virus in Scotland. As a temporary precautionary measure, all Coworkers and guests of the Findhorn Foundation returning from international travel or travel to areas within the UK with high numbers of COVID-19 cases will be asked to stay at home and practice Coronavirus (COVID-19):
Guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection for 14 days. Please note that these measures go further than the current UK wide social distancing guidance for those in households with no symptoms.
Please refer to the NHS inform website link above for stay at home guidance and other information for Scotland. Thank you for your patience and consideration.
A REMINDER OF SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT SOCIAL DISTANCING REQUIREMENTS:
Read this link first – Click here – for information
That is why we have introduced three new measures:
• requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes
• closing certain business and venues
• stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public
Every person in Scotland must comply with these new measures, which came into effect on 23 March 2020. The relevant authorities, including the police, have been given the powers to enforce them – including through fines and dispersing gatherings. These measures are in force for 6 months in the first instance, unless all, or parts are revoked. They will initially last for the 3 weeks from 27 March 2020, at which point we will review and relax them if the evidence shows this is possible.
Undated – 02/04/20
RECORD OF LAST FRIDAY’S COVID ACTION GROUP MEETING – 3rd Meeting of the Covid Action Group
Click here for more details for meeting which took place on – 27 March 12:30 – 14:15
Grampian Coronavirus (COVID-19) Assistance Hub launched
A new website and phoneline was launched today, providing people all across Grampian with information on how to access social, practical and emotional support on Coronavirus (COVID-19). The new Assistance Hub pulls together links to the latest advice from a range of partners including all three local authorities, Police, Health, Red Cross, volunteers and community information. It is a site for anyone in Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray, with information for residents and businesses alike.
The phoneline is 0808 196 3384 (8am-8pm 7 days a week). The number will complement other helplines, including Aberdeen City Council’s Crisis Support Line, which was launched last week and can be reached directly on 0800 0304 713.
The website is full of links with up-to-date information. The main objective is as a focal point for information and assistance for anyone affected by coronavirus anywhere in Grampian. It is also a way for residents to offer their support which they can safely deliver in their communities. Staff are on the phone to provide callers with up to date information, or to link them up with the right person who can quickly answer questions. Another important feature is that the site can be used to request help on behalf of someone else, allowing friends and neighbours to signpost to someone in need.
Amanda Croft is the Chief Executive of NHS Grampian and is chair of the Grampian Local Resilience Partnership, which set up the new Assistance Hub. She said: “These are unprecedented times for people across Grampian and the community resilience we are seeing is outstanding. Partner agencies who are providing first line care for people came together (virtually) and as a result we have, together, established a single source of support.”The main aim of the website and phoneline is to allow people to reach out for help, as well as providing a way for people to offer their help safely in their own communities. “In a pandemic, we know that people feel isolated and scared, and I am hopeful that they will see this virtual Assistance Hub as somewhere they can go to get the help they need.” The site and phoneline have been set up in partnership between members of the Local Resilience Partnership, principally: Aberdeen City Council; Aberdeenshire Council; The Moray Council; NHS Grampian; Police Scotland; Scottish Fire & Rescue Service; Scottish Ambulance Service; HM Coastguard; SEPA; MOD; and SSEN.
SUSPENSION OF MORAY COUNCIL COLLECTION OF RECYCLING BINS:
MORAY Council is suspending the collection of recycling bins until further notice.
From Monday (30 March) only green and brown bins will be collected. Collection dates for these bins will stay the same.
Like many other local authorities in Scotland, Moray Council has introduced this in response to a reduction in workforce as staff follow government guidance to self-isolate, and to reduce the number of crew members in each vehicle to comply with social distancing instructions.
Suspending recycling collections will have the least impact on householders and council waste operations, and allow Moray Council to focus on delivering critical public services during the emergency Covid-19 response.
Moray Council’s Waste Manager, Mike Neary, is urging residents to be mindful of the amount of waste being produced by their households.
For more info: Click here
Announcement from the Bakehouse – Click here
New announcement from the Findhorn Foundation – Click here
Foundation buses no longer running:
To minimise risk and cut costs on running (almost) empty buses we decided to cancel all regular bus runs starting coming Monday 23 March until further notice.
For any essential work related transport needs please contact me directly via this email address or phone 07903380875 and we can see how we can find creative solutions!
Looking after the Living Machine: As chemical usage increases
A respectful reminder that waste water continues to flow out to the Living Machine, BiomatrixWater staff are working with the millions of friendly beneficial microbes treating the community’s waste water – especially Pineridge and The Field, everything east of Main Runway.
With an increase in chemical usage in The Park, please remember it is the surface around your home, door handles, tools, bikes, etc that need disinfection. There is no need to pour sanitisers down the drain where they won’t do you any good and may cause indigestion, (and death) to our friendly microbes.
Also, Wet Wipes must never go down the toilet, as they may cause a blockage in the pipe work, resulting in an interruption to your sanitation service at an inconvenient moment.
Sending warm wishes to everyone from your local ecological waste water treatment team.
Holiday Park closed to tourists until further notice:
Holiday Park is closed to tourists until further notice.
Our web site has been updated to that effect and online bookings have been suspended.
The NFD office is also closed but we are contactable by e-mail, .
In the case of an emergency the warden can still contacted
Moray Art Centre closed for 6-8 weeks:
The Moray Art Centre has taken the difficult decision to postpone all classes, workshops and events for the next 6 – 8 weeks. As an arts charity our livelihood depends on our event income and your generosity so it is with a very heavy heart we have to extend our hibernation. We appreciate all your support and hope to see you all when this uncertain time has passed.
If you have any queries or need any clarification please get in touch with us at , we will respond as soon as we are able.
No Paper Copies of Rainbow Bridge
For Foreseeable Future:
Howard has informed me that Big Sky ‘halted business’ on Tuesday March 24th, and so there will be no paper copies for the foreseeable future.
We were coming to that conclusion anyway, in order to minimise risk of transmission with people coming into the General Office to pick up their copies.
Where possible, we will send electronic copies to those of you who usually receive paper copies.
Whole Community Meditation
Please join from your homes: 25th March, 5.15 – 5.45PM
Intention: Pausing in deep stillness we awaken as the emergent light
Dear Community, with the UK being now on lockdown, let´s keep our connections vibrant, loving and open even though we can´t come together physically anymore. Synchronised hearts can do magic, also from a distance.
The WCM will still take place, but instead of coming together in the Universal Hall we will meet virtually from our homes, 5.15 – 5.45PM, tomorrow Wed March 25th.
The meditation will be live-streamed. You´ll find the live streaming via the Findhorn Foundation Facebook page, it will appear there around 4:55PM on Wednesday.
If you are not on Facebook, you are warmly invited to use your intention to connect with everyone who is joining the WCM, and if you wish, take a moment at the end to bless the world, the community of all beings, with the light that you gathered.
Thank you for the gift of your presence! Building and maintaining coherent fields of embodied presence, peace and stillness can make a big difference during this time.
Ilona, for the WCM team
Any questions or suggestions:
General Office Reduced Hours
NFA AGM MEETING
After much discussion in our Council this week, we have come to the conclusion that, given:
– The current closure of the Universal Hall,
– The need to avoid large gatherings,
– The need for us to give our full attention to the needs of our Community,
as we respond to the issues arising from Covid-19,
we will be postponing the NFA AGM, currently planned for April 6th.
We feel that this is the responsible decision at this particular time, under these particular circumstances.
Our current intention is that we will reschedule our AGM, once it is possible again to hold a large gathering in the Universal Hall, and will give our membership 3 week’s notice, when we have a new date.
Things are changing rapidly at the moment, so we will continue to review the situation, and explore alternative ways of dealing with the business of the AGM, if it becomes clear that a physical meeting will not be possible in the near future.
In the meantime, we will continue to run last year’s budget proportionally, until the new budget is agreed.
David, Lorraine and the NFA Council
FF / GO Park Laundry
Universal hall – News – Click here
Updated : 18/03/20
Findhorn Community centre – Update
You may also have already heard that the CC is now closed to all NFA members, who are not co-workers and/or committed volunteers:
Cluny Hill update –
Beginning Monday, 23rd March we are cancelling all Taize and meditations in Cluny until further notice. We are grateful and appreciative to everyone who has supported these functions at Cluny and we welcome you back in the future when the programs return.
CARING COMMUNITY SUPPORT
Sources of support
Covid 19 response – community wide support and volunteering
For more information please – click here
New Community Asset Map
Please see the NHS video for information – Click here
Moray council – Click here
Covid – 19 Virus Mutual Aid Groups uk – Find your area – Click here
SUPPORT GROUPS – below exist on Facebook groups search for names below:
Covid- 19 Mutual Aid Forres
Coronavirus Volunteering Findhorn Area
We will be bringing you community wide positive responses to the current situation –
Anna Barton Sacred Dance legacy Celebration
I hope you are all well and healthy. Thank you for attending “The Centrepiece” session 2. It was a great night with over 250 people in attendance for Anna Barton’s Legacy Celebration. We have been very moved by your positive feedback and are grateful that so many of you have enjoyed both the dances and connections during the sessions. And to answer the question, yes we will be back with Session 3 – a date will be advertised very soon on this page and Facebook.
We look forward to seeing you all there.
Brant Bambery ps – Thanks to all who made it happen – please subscribe to peter Vallance YouTube (he is trying to get to 1000 subs) – Click here
‘Voices of the Findhorn Foundation’ – A daily YouTube series:
please see below the announcement for the new video series
Voices of the Findhorn Foundation, a daily YouTube series, which will start on Wednesday 15th April with the first video to be uploaded at 3:30pm. Please share this introductory video with others and share with your friend to let them know about this project.
GOOD NEWS FROM THE CULLERNE GARDEN TEAM:
Each Monday and Thursday lunchtime Cullerne greens on the runway (spring greens, orientals, salad and spinach)
Please use gloves and observe social distance.
Generous donations welcome
Cullerne Garden team.
Town/ Community Criers Come to The Park:
NHS Clap for our fantastic NHS staff – Click here
There has been many people going online with groups temporarily which is positive news in this current situation. We will keep you updated.
If you can t get out and go to Taize why not tune into this playlist online – Click here or connect with Hanna Morgan in The park for online Taize via Zoom (see Announcements above – dated 02/04/20)
please think about tuning in online:
Whole Community Meditation special 25th March, 5.15 – 5.45PM Intention : Pausing in deep stillness we awaken as the emergent light – For more information click here (live stream – Join from your home)