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    jwilkes
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    How is everyone getting on getting the parts they need. Despite the doom and gloom I see on the television what I am finding is that most suppliers are still working by mail order and out in the country shops are still open. Just had paint and rivets delivered as normal.

    Currently I am restoring a Howard Selectatilth for my neighbour. Finding it strange to keep having to use the engine hoist but the gearbox is just too heavy to lift by hand.

    I think we should if possible continue to purchase as this will help our community of suppliers in a small way. Does anyone have other thoughts. I want to be a responsible member of society and do the right thing but knowing what is right is not always easy.

    Could this be the year when the projects started long ago get completed as there is unlikely to be a show season this year.

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    joegrgraham
    Participant

    I think you are pretty much going along the right lines.
    Businesses need our support, particularly small, family run outfits who should be able to carry on with online orders, as long as the postal service keeps working, and the businesses are still able to obtain parts and materials themselves.
    I certainly think there will be many a long put off project being dusted off and finished this year!.
    I did see one genius idea today on Facebook, a chap in Australia is sorting out a virtual steam rally!, On the given day, everyone posts pictures/videos and information on their machines. Have a look at ‘virtual vintage machinery show’ if you’re interested.

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    charlie
    Keymaster

    So long as we follow whatever government advice and guidelines are in place then everything else should be business as usual. I am sure the government will make decisions on businesses closing as and when they see it necessary eg yesterdays announcement regarding pubs, restaurants etc.
    Many if not all shows are likely to be cancelled this summer so the club forum will be a good way for members to keep in touch. I like the sound of a virtual rally.
    One area that will be problematic is buying stuff via adverts or e bay etc that needs collecting. What to do will need to be a joint decision made by buyer and seller. Current guidelines and advice regarding travel and social distancing would suggest not to.

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    ransomes256
    Participant

    Paula and I are currently self isolating but still managing to ship parts.
    Generally if over 2kg I can currently get a courier to collect from my doorstep so no contact. Smaller items (less than 2kg) are a bit more difficult but our local shop who is also the Post Office are doing food order deliveries to the village so as long as I need something they are willing to take my packets from the step.
    I am not sure how long this situation will continue if the Government has to enforce a tighter control on people movements.
    Please all stay safe and well.
    Neil

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