News & Uplifting Ideas 2020
Weekly Newsletters with Uplifting Ideas for Lockdown

25th March - Week 1 😀 - READ
"We are introducing a weekly newsletter from The Directory containing news about the businesses included in it and some uplifting ideas from the local community which we hope you will enjoy reading. The Directory contains many small, independent businesses which could do with some encouragement and extra business at this time, and we could all do with some ideas to keep our minds off the events happening in the world..."

1st April - Week 2 😀 - READ
"As well as sharing news from The Directory advertisers and uplifting ideas for lockdown we are also undertaking a 'Fitness Challenge for April' and wondered if you would like to join us...."

8th April - Week 3 😀 - READ
"As Easter weekend approaches we hope you and your families are well and continuing to stay safe.
Once again we are sharing news from some of The Directory businesses as well as some more uplifting ideas from the wider community including some Easter recipes, a wine offer, a visit to the Royal Academy of Arts and more...

15th April - Week 4  😀 - READ
"We hope you and your families had an enjoyable Easter weekend and are continuing to stay well and safe.
This week's Directory newsletter includes some gardening tips for non-gardeners, a pub quiz, a cocktail recipe and more...
22nd April - Week 5  😀 - READ
"We hope you are finding some time this week to enjoy the glorious weather.
This week's Directory newsletter includes details of how to enter the World Chelsea Bun Awards Bake-Off Competition, a recipe from Michelin Star Chef Phil Howard, some warm up video exercises and more...." 

29th April - Week 6  😀 - READ
"As the end of the month approaches we are happy with the progress we have made towards our April Challenge of cycling 300 miles each. If you set yourself a challenge we hope you did well, if not how about setting yourself a challenge for May?
This week's Directory newsletter includes details of how to 'Make a Heart' and donate to scrubs for the NHS, read about Creativity in a Crisis, make an Espresso Martini, attend a virtual wine tasting and more..."

6th May - Week 7  😀 - READ 
"Although we can no longer celebrate VE Day as we may have wished, in this week's newsletter we identify some ways we can celebrate this important anniversary whilst in lockdown.
We also recommend volunteering with Link UP London, the by Beautiful Brands shopping event, the NewBloodArt online gallery, feature a recipe for Rayeesa's onion bhajis and more.....

13th May - Week 8  😀 - READ
"We hope you had an enjoyable Bank Holiday weekend and VE Day celebration. 
This week we feature news about the reopening of My Plumber Man and Just Helpers Cleaning Service plus Bundle MacLaren Millinery launch a range of well-designed, colourful face masks. We've also recently discovered delicious Manuka Honey with its many health benefits, a hangover cure and, if you're feeling creative, we have a pasta making recipe and an art tour...."

20th May - Week 9 😀 - READ
"We hope you are getting a chance to enjoy the amazing weather we are having.
This week the newsletter contains something for everyone from early morning meditation to fabulous photography, inspirational Chelsea Flower Show gardens, the literary Hay Festival, another lockdown recipe and how to play online bingo..."

27th May - Week 10 😀 - READ
"We hope you had a good bank holiday weekend and are enjoying the half term week.
This week's newsletter highlights include fabulous and unusual holiday houses to rent, special offers on pyjamas and flowers, book and art lecture recommendations and the beagle who loves to dress up for the NHS..."
3rd June - Week 11 😀 - READ 
"As we start to emerge from lockdown, we have news of some businesses which are re-opening including Glow DentalScope Renovations and the Pear Tree Cafe in Battersea Park. Also this week we include details of a new cocktail competition, life drawing classes and a quirky gadget shop...."

10th June - Week 12 😀 - READ 
"We are starting to think about holidays and this week include details of 'glamping' in the British countryside and a boutique hotel in Sri Lanka, you could visit later on in the year.
We also have news of Directory businesses which are re-opening and offering doorstep photography, takeaway Sunday lunches and support to new businesses, as well as a link to some practical DIY videos, free online university courses and more....."

17th June - Week 13 😀 - READ
"Now that 'support bubbles' are allowed and non-essential shops are open, it feels like a little bit of normality is beginning to return to our lives.
This week we find ourselves amidst Royal Ascot festivities, albeit virtually and we have included lots of ways to join in the fun, plus there is news from a couple of Directory advertisers... and don't forget Father's Day on Sunday!"

24th June - Week 14 😀 - READ
"With temperatures set to reach 32 degrees this week we hope you are making the most of the sunny days and finding as much time as possible to be outside.

This week we would like to introduce you to two new Directory advertisers...
We also have a focus on beachwear, Masterpiece Online and more..."

24th June - Week 15 😀 - READ
"As July 4th, which is becoming known as 'independence day', approaches we highlight some Directory shops and businesses which are re-opening. Many of the businesses in The Directory are small, independents and would be so grateful for any support you can give them. If you can't use their services at the moment, you could show your support by following them on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. The links are on The Directory website."