WHAT TO DO?

Needing Help or other services during lockdown?
Please click here to go to Helmdon Parish Council's Coronavirus update page.


Here are some suggestions of 'What to Do' during lockdown

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Book Exchange & DVDs to Borrow

Helmdon Reading Room will open its doors on Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10am till midday to allow access to the collection of Books to exchange and DVDs to borrow** / exchange.
** Some disks belong to Helmdon Presents, Film Club - please borrow then return for others to use (they are labelled). Others disks can be treated as normal exchange/swap items. Note:
There is room to comply with social distancing requirements and the disabled toilet offers easy access for handwashing. Contact: Morag Underwood for more information

Exercise / Fitness / Dance Classes

Joe Wicks otherwise known as "The Body Coach" is a British fitness coach, TV presenter and author. His fitness method uses short intense High Intensity Interval Training workouts. Currently running at 9am each morning on The Body Coach's YouTube channel

Davina McCall is now offering free 30-day membership of her Own Your Own Goals home programme "Stay healthy together with fitness, nutrition & wellbeing". You will need to register, credit card details not required.

Oti Mabuse (from Strictly Come Dancing) is giving live exercise classes. Please see her Facebook, Instagram or Twitter feeds, for example: https://www.facebook.com/watch/OtiMabuse/

Sadler's Wells is offering free daily online dance classes: https://www.sadlerswells.com/whats-on/2020/digital-stage/

Theatre Performances & Other Arts

For your culture fix try the listings on https://culturefix.digital/
Headings include: Art, Classical, Dance, Design, Film, For Families, History, Literature, Music, Musicals, Opera, Talks, Theatre.

The National Theatre are screening free plays on YouTube from their archive of live theatre productions. There will be a different play each week starting on Thursday April 2nd with "One man two Guvnors". Each play will be available to stream for 7 days. This is a fantastic opportunity to see some brilliant plays. The details are here https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/at-home.

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre is providing free access to a series of productions.
You can watch the production when aired at 7pm on Mondays, or you can watch the recording anytime until the following Sunday. This is provided at no charge but the Globe Theatre hopes that some will click a link to make a donation to support the service. For more information please click here to visit their website.
To go straight to The Globe's YouTube channel please click here.

The Royal & Derngate theatres in Northampton are releasing an online musical (series of animations) that are free to view. Containing adult themes and frequent strong language, these can be found on Twitter #ZoologicalSociety or YouTube via their website. Alternatively, a list of their current videos can be found by clicking the following YouTube search link.

[Note from website editor - Some of the pages/channels (mentioned above) play only the soundtrack, rather than the full video - Maybe you can find a better way in]

Sadler's Wells is offering free daily dance performances: https://www.sadlerswells.com/whats-on/2020/digital-stage/

Online & TV Entertainment

The Arts Council UK have teamed up with BBC Arts and other partners in support of their Culture in Quarantine initiative. Check back on their webpage (click here) in the coming weeks for more information about the projects they are working on.

Globalcitizen.org presents: One World: Together at Home - April 18 - A global broadcast & digital special to support frontline healthcare workers and the World Health Organisation (WHO).
CURATED IN COLLABORATION WITH LADY GAGA
APPEARANCES BY:
ALANIS MORISSETTE • ANDREA BOCELLI • BILLIE EILISH • BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG • BURNA BOY • CHRIS MARTIN • DAVID BECKHAM • EDDIE VEDDER • ELTON JOHN • FINNEAS • IDRIS AND SABRINA ELBA • J BALVIN • JOHN LEGEND • KACEY MUSGRAVES • KEITH URBAN • KERRY WASHINGTON • LADY GAGA • LANG LANG • LIZZO • MALUMA • PAUL MCCARTNEY • PRIYANKA CHOPRA JONAS • SHAH RUKH KHAN • STEVIE WONDER
HOSTED BY: JIMMY FALLON • JIMMY KIMMEL • STEPHEN COLBERT

Amazon Prime have made many programmes for young children available at NO CHARGE. You will need to register with your name and email address to watch complete programmes. Click here for details of free programmes

The BBC have announced eight new TV shows for life on lockdown click here for more information
Note: This page includes current news headlines and therefore may be unsuitable for young children, or for those trying to avoid news pages.

On-line Learning and Crafts

OpenLearn - Why not trying one of OPEN UNIVERSITY's free courses https://www.open.edu/openlearn/free-courses/full-catalogue

FutureLearn - Choose from hundreds of online courses from top universities and specialist organisations (online courses, some with chargeable extensions) https://www.futurelearn.com/

BBC Bitesize - Now adding three new lessons every weekday for each school year (BBC update 05 May 2020). Click here to get started.

This BBC NEWS webpage https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-51960865 includes information and links to a range of resources. Notes:
* This page includes current news headlines and therefore may be unsuitable for young children, or for those trying to avoid news pages.
* Some items referred on this page may require payment to access the full content

From BBC website: An English teacher has amassed thousands of followers worldwide after just three online lessons during the coronavirus pandemic. Holly King-Mand, from Leighton Buzzard, is providing her daily English Live sessions on Facebook.

Local Projects for Children

For local suggestions, and responses from other villagers, please see posts on Helmdon Villagers Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/155305001191572/
Note that you need to join as a member of this Facebook Group to see the posts.

Museums and Galleries

If you are missing out on trips to museums and galleries DO take a look at their websites as many of them offer online access to their collections which can be fascinating.

English Heritage, together with Google, have released some articles to illustrate more about the properties that they maintain but which we cannot currently visit in person. Click here to see more. (Some pages/pictures require you to 'scroll down' to see the text or find more pictures, etc.)

Live Action Webcams

Webcams of London - See the sights of London (live or timed) under lockdown - please click here

Edinburgh Zoo has several webcams streaming live footage: https://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/webcams/panda-cam/#pandacam

Thanks to the BBC for the following. These may include adverts. See original BBC News page for more information:

More Suggestions?

We'll hope to regularly add to this 'What to Do' page. If you have links to online exercise, education or crafts, appropriate for a range of audience ages, please feel free to email the link to webmaster@helmdonparishcouncil.gov.uk
In consideration of personal privacy, please don't include personal or family activities etc. - many thanks.