The British weather has a reputation for being changeable. That can be from day to day, month to month or even year to year. This year has been very different from last year. June this year has been schizophrenic, the first half of it was amazing sunshine and HOT, the second half grey and rain and cooler. My (non-
The rain that came heavily at the ‘changeover’ on the evening of the 16th into the 17th brought a most amazing growth spurt to bushes, shrubs, trees etc. causing the garden to suddenly appear smaller as all plant life took up more space in a most noticeable way. The easiest thing to say is that the variable weather has provided remarkable growing conditions! The broad beans came to full fruition, were picked, and then plants removed. Onions were likewise so by the end of the month they were now all lying on the surface drying out. Various climbing beans were doing just that and the beetroot that has previously been almost non-
Bird life was running amok, it seemed, with new families of robins, blackbirds, great-
C. General News
The pandemic news this month is largely limited to vaccine information although first signs of increased number of infections again, start to appear by half way through the month, pushing back easing dates.
1st – Zero daily deaths from the virus are reported in the UK for the first time since the start of the pandemic in March 2020
2nd – 75% of the adult population are reported to have received at least one dose of a COVID-
3rd – 50% of the adult population are reported to have received their second dose of a COVID-
4th – The Pfizer-
6th – Health Secretary Matt Hancock says that the new Delta variant from India is 40% more transmissible and that the Government is open to delaying the 21 June ending of lockdown restrictions. However, he also confirms that two vaccine doses work just as effectively against it as previous variants.
8th – The vaccine rollout opens to those aged 25 to 29 in England.
14th – The PM confirms a four-
15th – The vaccine rollout opens to those aged 23 and 24 in England
16th – The vaccine rollout opens to those aged 21 and 22 in England
17th – The number of daily cases of COVID-
18th – The vaccine rollout opens to those aged 18 to 20 in England
9th – The High Court rules that the government acted unlawfully by awarding a £560,000 contract to a company run by friends of Dominic Cummings
10th – The PM meets U.S. President in Cornwall, ahead of the G7 Summit
13th – GB News a new TV channel is launched on Freeview etc.
17th – Chesham & Amersham by-
17th – Manchester Arena bombing: A public inquiry into the 2017 suicide bombing at the Manchester Arena identifies "serious shortcomings" by those in charge of security
17th – The government announces that General Fusion will build a large-
23rd – A new £50 polymer banknote enters circulation. Featuring the face of computer pioneer and codebreaker Alan Turing, it joins the updated and more secure £5, £10 & £20 notes that were introduced in 2016, 2017 and 2020 respectively.
25th – Health Secretary Matt Hancock apologizes for breaking social distancing rules after pictures of him kissing an aide, Gina Coladangelo, are published in The Sun newspaper
26th – A limited-
26th – Matt Hancock resigns as health secretary, following the previous day's revelations. His successor is Sajud Javid
29th – UEFA Euro 2020: England win 2–0 against Germany in the last 16, marking their first victory over Germany in a tournament knockout game since the World Cup final in 1966