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Commuter Service Relaunch - Monday 13th July 2020

We hope you are continuing to stay safe. We would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to get in touch with us following our commuter service relaunch announcement last week. We have had lots of positive feedback as well as enquiries about future expansion of our services.

Some customers have expressed concern that our relaunched services do not cover all of the areas we served prior to the C19 lockdown. We can confirm that our relaunched commuter services have been devised based on the feedback we received from customers in our recent survey.

Services have been scheduled to operate at the times favoured by the majority and through the areas where there is most demand at this time. This is our initial introduction of services and as demand increases we will then look to see how this could be expanded further to best suit those travelling.

We confirmed in our email last week that our safety systems would include a seat reservation service for customers to secure their seats onboard our coaches. This system will allow us to ensure that social distancing is maintained on every journey and help us to monitor customer demand.

With our seat reservation service, you can book up to two weeks travel at a time on both AM and PM services and it is available via our Kings Ferry mobile ticketing app. As our initial service reintroduction will be operated by Kings Ferry vehicles, Clarkes of London customer tickets will be migrated over to The Kings Ferry app.

For full guidance on our seat reservations service, please look below for 'Your Journey to a Successful Commute'.

To request the reinstatement of your ticket, please complete your details here: Ticket Reinstatement Form.

If you have not yet seen our new commuter timetables, please click the link below.

Click here to view our new commuter timetables.

We appreciate that our current routes and times will not suit everyone's individual journey needs and apologise to those we are unable to provide a service to at this time. To request a refund on your current ticket, please complete your details on this form: Refund Request Form and we will provide you with a refund for the value that has been unused on your existing ticket.

Kind regards

Ian Fraser

Managing Director

Commuter Service Resumes Monday 13th July 2020

We hope you are staying safe during these uncertain times. As confirmed in my email last week, we have been working hard to try and put in place a suitable commuter solution to our customers who are regularly travelling to London.

Following on from the responses that we have had around the re-start of our services, we have been mapping out what our commuter services will look like post Covid-19 and planning our relaunch. I am pleased to confirm that our relaunch date has been set for Monday 13th July 2020.

This is an exciting time for us as we prepare to offer customers a consistent service with streamlined routes and improved journeys. With a clear focus on the advantages of our park and ride sites, we are sure that customers will enjoy our fast track services.

Our park and rides sites located at Wigmore, Bluebell Hill and Cyclopark will act as hubs to offer customers the greatest choice in service options as well as quicker journeys into London. Our Wigmore car park is free to use for customers and our Bluebell Hill and Cyclopark car parks are available for as little as £2 per day.

These services have been devised thanks to the feedback of our customers and we truly appreciate your input. With your help, we have built a new commuter service that not only offers improved journeys, but is also sustainable for the long term. Services have been scheduled to operate at the times favoured by the majority of customers and through the areas where there is most demand.

This will be the initial introduction of services and as demand increases we will then look to see what additional services could be best suited for our customer base.

Please click here to view our new timetables for both Kings Ferry and Clarkes of London customers.

The safety of our staff and customers is of the utmost importance and we are happy to confirm that we have special social distancing measures in place to ensure that customers stay safe whilst travelling with us. In addition, we have enhanced our cleaning systems to ensure that vehicles are thoroughly cleaned between services.

Our safety systems include a pre-booking service for customers to secure their seats onboard our coaches- this allows us to ensure that social distancing is maintained on every journey. This system will also allow us to increase vehicle sizes as required to meet customer demand and we aim for his to go live early next week to allow you to start booking onto your services over the coming month.

We recognise that our routes and timetables may no longer meet the needs of some of our customers. Through our review process we identified that some areas are not currently commercially viable but we will continue to assess and refine and apologise to those affected. If this is the case for you, we deeply regret that we are unable to provide a solution for you and if you have a ticket then please complete this form: Refund Request Form and we will provide you with a refund for the value that has been unused on your existing ticket.

To request the reinstatement of your ticket, please complete your details here: Ticket Reinstatement Form.

We are pleased to be in a position to re-start our commuter service and hope that you will enjoy our new and improved services. We look forward to welcoming you back onboard very soon!

 

Kind regards

Ian Fraser

Managing Director

World Environment Day 2020

 

In a time when mankind has been fighting a war, the environment has been improving and earth has been repairing itself.

 

Humans have some of the most damaging effects on our environment. During lockdown, human activity has been significantly reduced and the world has started to flourish because of this. At The Kings Ferry Group, we want to explore the changes that have occurred around the world and focus on what individuals can do after lockdown to continue this positive movement.

Let’s travel around the world to share these amazing stories…

Italy was heavily impacted by the virus during the early stages of this pandemic. We can now see that there has been incredible improvements within Italy’s environments due to the lockdown measures.

All the while people were told to stay at home and isolate, other species came out and ventured to the land and sea. A big headline was the returning residents of the canals in Venice. Not only now is the water clear to see to the bottom but now the sight of fish, crabs and plant life are back.

This is due to the reduction in pollution being put into the water. You can even see that ducks have made nests by the canals and babies are being born! This is something that may have not seemed possible only a few months back. Another visual impact through the change in pollution is in New Delhi. In March, India imposed lockdown and ever since the skies have become blue and clear - it is like the pollution has just blown away and the pollution levels have now fallen into the category of ‘good’.

The skies have cleared so much that now people in Northern India can see the peaks of the Himalayan Mountains which are around 100 miles away! This has been the first time in around 30 years that this beautiful sight has been seen from this far.

With many industries at a halt, like the coal industry, we have seen a significant reduction in the pollution that goes into both the air and water. Air pollution has also decreased especially with the fall in flights and travel; as much as we are all missing our holidays, at least we are making a positive difference from this. With the use of less transport the carbon emissions have fallen around the world, the UK has seen a decrease of 17% and America has recorded a 25% decrease in emissions! The less greenhouse gases that are contaminating the earth the more nature is being set free.

 

With all these positives around what is happening with nature and animals, there is one lingering question that is all on our minds. How long will this last?

 

We are seeing industries return to work, which means an increase in travel and pollution levels. So what can we do, as an individual or as a company, to help maintain the healthier environment that we live in.

Here are some helpful points to consider when things get back to what we used to call normal…

If you don’t do so already, please recycle. All plastics and paper can be recycled and our waste can be reduced.

 - Reusable items such as water bottles and bags for life is one the most effective ways to help the environment. Save on buying water bottles and fill your water bottles up- this way you are saving the environment plus saving money! Same with bags- these bags can be for shopping or general use. Reusable canvas bags or bags for life have no expiry date… just keep reusing!

 - Clean up! We have all been tidying our homes and our gardens, becoming very house proud people. Why don’t we all treat the outside with the same respect? Don’t litter in the streets and dump unwanted items in the roads, as this is pollution that can be harmful to our nature.

 - Go paperless! Try and organise your bills and have them sent via email or posted onto your account. This will save on paper being produced on a daily basis plus you don’t need to worry about any delays. Companies should aim to go as paperless as possible with modern technology. A lot can be done on our computers and this can be easily accessible and harder to lose!

 - Walk or cycle more! Whether this is to work or the shops. The less cars on the road, the less emissions in the air and you could also save a few pennies too! If this isn’t an option for you then maybe consider a car share or coach commuter service!

 - Saving on electricity and water at home and in the office space obviously has a cost saving benefit but it will also have a bigger positive effect on the environment. We understand for companies this can be hard especially if you are active 24 hours but a little difference can make a big change.

Returning back to that question that plays on all our minds when hearing these stories; How long will this last? Yes, this can last but for how long depends on one condition and that is that we make a change to help our environment.

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Volunteer Week 2020

There is a big rise in community spirit and at the very beginning of lockdown there was a total of 750,000 NHS volunteers and many more volunteering within local community groups. Volunteering has ranged from many different tasks including: shopping for food and medication, gardening for neighbours or even just being that friendly voice on the other end of the phone. The Nation has shown that when we all pull together and support one another we can make a difference!

At The Kings Ferry Group, we are proud to have heard of some community stories from our teams. Many have been a helping hand for vulnerable neighbours, whilst others have joined groups and volunteered with a charity.

Here are some of the heart warming stories that our employees have been doing during lockdown…

Lucy’s volunteering story…

‘Through social media I learnt of a local charity called Spadework, who were campaigning for the help of volunteers to help save their charity! Spadework provides care, skills and meaningful opportunities for over 110 adults with learning and other disabilities. During the pandemic the Spadework farm shop has been extremely busy for those able to visit the site to shop for their essentials. I have been volunteering 2-3 afternoons a week whilst on furlough taking on a number of tasks including: assisting with orders, processing payments, arranging social distancing collections, organising deliveries, responding to enquiries and ensuring the farm shop remains stocked up. I’ve enjoyed my time volunteering at Spadework and really feel that I have done my part in helping save their charity at this difficult time!’

Gemma’s volunteering story…

‘Like many others, I signed up as an NHS volunteer when lockdown was first announced. I have also signed up to support my local community in Swale through the Swale Community & Voluntary Services group. Whilst on furlough and since returning to work, I have provided support by collecting prescriptions from the local pharmacy and delivering the medication. Although I have only been needed on a couple of occasions, it has been really heartwarming to see how grateful everyone is to just talk to someone different and see a new face; and of course receive their much needed medication!’

Beth’s volunteering story…

‘I have been helping out with a local community group where vulnerable individuals need food or prescriptions and sometimes new furniture and clothing. There are loads of volunteers and we are all divided into a certain area and get contacted depending whether you are near and available. Alongside this, I decided to do my bit and use a skill of mine. I have been producing face masks and uniform/scrubs bags for NHS workers, carers and keys workers that are working or heading back soon. It has been really rewarding and i have loved getting back into what i love doing!’

Richard’s volunteering story...

‘My wife works at a local Dementia village near to where we live and during some time off, I volunteered and did the gardening around the area. I have been cutting the grass and making vegetable patches. I have also signed up to be a NHS transport volunteer but yet to receive any tasks from this.’

Steph’s volunteering story…

‘I signed up to Medway Voluntary Action, who has then passed my details over to a charity called FASD: Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. They do monthly support groups but obviously have not been able to do so during lockdown. I have volunteered to be online/phone support and awaiting my first task.’

Giselle’s volunteering story…

‘I’ve been shopping for a neighbour that is unwell and falls under the vulnerable category so cannot venture out herself. She also has a 9 year old son. Me and my sister have also been cooking for them and the little boy enjoys my lasagna and my sister’s many cakes she has been baking! Happy to help my neighbour especially during these times.’

Hearing all these stories and sharing with the team has been a positive experience for us at The Kings Ferry Group. We can’t wait to get back to the office and see how we can continue to support our local communities when lockdown restrictions are lifted! Keep up the good work volunteering and helping those that are less abled. Together we can be the best and biggest team and spread some joy in the communities!

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2020

Life as we know it has certainly changed during the past few months and a normal day is not what it was like this time last year. These unprecedented times can cause changes within our mood and attitude throughout our day to day lives. It is easy to find yourself becoming lethargic which can have a domino effect on other aspects of your life, this is being referred to as lockdown cabin fever.
 
Many changes have happened and the unknown can strike some fear into our lives. It is tough but we all need to remember that everyone around us is experiencing the global pandemic and that means everyone can hold out a hand of guidance to one another (virtually of course).
 
During mental health week, The Kings Ferry Group wants to address some common issues with mental health that can be heightened during this period of lockdown and provide ‘7 top tips’ to practice during these times that will enable us to keep our spirits up!
 

TALK

It is easy to shut ourselves away from the world and our loved ones, especially when we are limited to who we can see and where we can go. We may not be able to go meet up for a coffee but this does not mean that there are not other ways to talk.
 
Communicating about how you are feeling during lockdown will help to take some weight off of your shoulders. We are lucky that we have the technology to be able to video call and text close family and friends. You may feel worried to express your feelings, but one thing to remember is that we are all in the same situation and all have worries in these unsure times, so you may be as much help to others as they are to you. Bottling up your problems or concerns can have a negative effect and as the saying goes - a problem shared is a problem halved.
 
‘Give us a shout’ is a mental health support helpline where you can speak to someone anonymously. https://www.giveusashout.org/get-help/
 

DOCTORS  

A common worry is being able to contact your doctors regarding non-COVID19 related issues. People are putting aside other health concerns as they believe that the pandemic is the main priority. The current climate is of course a high priority for local doctors, however this does not mean that doctors are only there if you are showing signs of the virus.
 
The doctors are there to help the health and wellbeing of patients no matter the circumstances. Times like these can cause a lot of stress, anxiety and of course having to stay at home can be lonely and demotivating. If you’re not OK then do not hesitate to contact your doctors via the phone and have over the phone consultations.
 
‘Better Help’ is an online support website that can help with a wide range of mental health concerns. https://www.betterhelp.com/helpme/
 

MEDITATION

There are many forms of meditation that target certain areas of mental health such as anxiety, stress and low/demotivated mood. Taking 10 minutes out of your morning before you begin your day can have a positive turn around on your mood which then reflects on what type of day you may have. There are certain meditation techniques that can help you specifically during these tough times and get you through lockdown with a positive attitude and a new viewpoint on life. Youtube offers loads of free videos that you can use to meditate and all you need to do is find a quiet place and relax- this can even be a relaxing outdoors spot.
 

JOURNAL 

Sometimes it's hard to say everything you want out loud, even to a stranger on the phone. The worry of not being understood or having to explain yourself for why you feel the way you do. Some things just need to be taken off your shoulders in a quick and easy manner, you can do this by writing in a journal. This journal will help you express every emotion on paper and the best thing is the papers don’t speak. Anything you say is confidential and no explanation is needed.
 
Struggling to sleep? Write in your journal like this is a person you are confiding in. Feeling stressed or anxious? Write all that is on your mind in this journal and answer your own questions and concerns - you may find you can give yourself the advice you need. No structure, no rules, just whenever you need to release some pressure you can start writing.
 

EXERCISE

This is one of the main things that during lockdown we can still do and due to the new lockdown restrictions we can travel to new places for walks, runs and bike rides. Exercise is important for our body but not just to say physically fit. Exercise can help with your mental wellbeing too and help to give you some focus for your day ahead. This does not have to be anything intense and does not have to be for long. Yoga or Pilates is perfect for exercising the mind as well as your body and this can be achieved indoors as well as outdoors. Another key piece of evidence during lockdown is to try and get out of the house once a day whether this is for a walk or something more active.
 
For any beginners wanting to do some slow paced exercise, here is an online pilates instructor who teaches via videos on different workouts. https://www.yourpilatesphysio.com/PilatesForBeginners
 

HOBBY

Many of you may be on the furlough scheme or education has been closed. This means that your day to day routine has been affected and you may be struggling to fill your day. This is the perfect opportunity to get skilled at something new, something that you could not find the time to do before. This could be something creative indoors or outdoors in your garden, reading a new book or practicing your skills in the kitchen. This time off from normality could be your time to reinvent yourself or get back in touch with something you used to enjoy.
 
Check out our Lockdown challenge blog to get some inspiration on things to do from The Kings Ferry team! https://www.thekingsferry.co.uk/news/we-challenge-you
 

EVERY MIND MATTERS

Our NHS have been our heroes during this crisis, not only within the hospitals and care homes but also through the NHS website. Every Mind Matters is a mental health section on the NHS website where various support and activities are available for individuals in need of some guidance during COVID-19. There is a survey which asks questions regarding how you are feeling and this can customise the information given to you regarding the areas you are concerned about the most. This can vary in exercises including muscle relaxing, workouts, and links to certain concerns like finances, housing and life changing events. This plan can be edited to your preference and emailed to you personally.
 
Check out the NHS website for support and guidance from your home. https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/
 
Please remember you are not alone and it is OK to not be OK, all you need to do is talk and build on being positive.
 
Together we can beat this!

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Virtual Museum Tour

This weekend is dedicated to Museums displaying their exhibitions at night. Given the current climate this year's museum visits have been a little different, however various popular museums have made it possible to walk through its front doors from the comfort of your own home.
 
Virtual tours have been put in place for you and your family to experience the fun creating a new and exciting way to educate our children during lockdown!
 
So why not set up a cinema experience where you and the family can step into your screen and experience history, science and art without stepping out your door! Here are some popular London Museums that are our favourites to visit! 
 

Victoria and Albert Museum. 

The V&A is one of London’s most popular Art and Culture museums that is visited by various age groups and is the location of some of the most sold out exhibitions in the country. The V&A have collated information from each collection that you can see within its grand building; from fashion to photography and artist’s painting collections. This is a perfect tour for the art lovers and craft enthusiasts to get inspiration and instead of getting lost within the walls of the museum- you can get lost within the website links! https://www.vam.ac.uk/collections?type=feature 
 

Natural History Museum. 

If you had plans on seeing the blue whale this summer, don't worry as the museum has put on a virtual tour explaining the history of Hope and her journey to being displayed in the Hintze Hall. There are more tours online through the Hintze Hall that are guided by no other than Sir David Attenborough! From the comfort of your own home you can hang out with scientists, get up close and personal with nature and find out what it is like going on a ‘dino dog’. You’ll actually find that you can explore closer and across the world from your laptop! https://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/virtual-museum.html 
 

Science Museum.

Although the museum is closed to the public, the inspirational collections it contains can still be enjoyed via online. You can (virtually) walk around the exhibitions with Google street view and see the popular exhibitions or a series of short videos that are available for you to view. This is an incredible opportunity to take tours around the major galleries and guided by the experienced curators. At the Science Museum there are some new exhibitions related to space stories that are truly out of this world! Or even the stories behind history being made in the world of science and technology that has influenced our present day. https://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/virtual-tour-science-museum 
 

British Museum.

First opening in 1759, the British Museum is dedicated to being a place for ‘all studious and curious persons’ and during this pandemic they are still determined to keep it that way. The Museums website offers a Google street view of the museum's layout, plus audio tours from curators, a museum podcast to listen to; and to liven up home schooling they have offered digital resources to help with History. Struggling to get your children away from Youtube videos? Well we may have the answer.The British Museum has its own Youtube channel called Curators Corner where kids can learn and get involved. https://blog.britishmuseum.org/how-to-explore-the-british-museum-from-home/ 
 

Houses of Parliament.

Lastly, we see this environment alot lately on the TV and normally we can go and visit the Houses of Parliament and learn the history behind the building plus find out who has stepped foot into these walls all those years ago. The virtual tour can take you into every room, chamber and gallery within the building. This is an interesting tour to embark on and an educational trip into the walls that some of the toughest and most important decisions are made! https://www.parliament.uk/virtualtour
 
These tours might not have the same vibe as walking around the exhibitions but during these times it is the safest way to learn more, plus, you won’t be told off if you want to look closer and touch!!
 
Stay safe, stay at home and explore the wonders of the museums!

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Lockdown Veggie Week

We are all guilty for doing more cooking, baking and eating during lockdown but at least we are experimenting and trying new recipes.

Some of the Team at The Kings Ferry Group have been busy in the kitchen and in aid of Vegetarian Week have prepared a variety of veggie friendly dishes. See below demonstrations of what has been happening in the kitchen and recipes to follow!

Bon Appetit!

 

Beth’s Breakfast Smoothie!

- Cut up one banana and add to the blender.

- Add one small glass of milk. This can be any kind of milk depending on dietary needs or just preference.

- Add 2-3 tablespoons of yoghurt. This can be natural yoghurt or any flavour of your choice.

- Add the fruit of your choice and these can be fresh or frozen.

- Add one teaspoon of honey (optional)

- Start blending the ingredients together. If you have used frozen fruit you may need to let it defrost slightly so the mixture can blend easily.

- Add more milk if the mixture is too thick. Add to your preference.

- Add porridge oats and blend.

This can serve 2-3 glasses and is perfect for a quick breakfast treat!

 

Gemma’s Rumbledethumps! 


- Peel and prepare vegetables- potatoes, swede, cabbage and onion. The amount you prepare is depending on how many you are serving.

- Boil potato and swede until soft. Drain and leave to one side.

- Spray the frying pan with oil and add cabbage and onion. Cook for 4 minutes.

- Add cabbage and onion to potato and swede.

- Add a medium egg yolk to the mixture.

- Roughly mash with a fork. Season with salt and pepper.

- Place in an ovenproof dish and sprinkle with grated cheese. Cook for 15-20 minutes at 180 degrees.

 

Beth’s Goat’s Cheese and Red Onion Quiche


- Grease the bottom and sides of the quiche dish with butter ready for the pastry. In this demonstration, we used pre-rolled pastry due to the shortage of plain flour.

- When pastry is rolled out place it on top of quiche and start pinching the sides so this forms the pastry base for the quiche.

- Place baking parchment on top and fill space with cooking beans or rice. This is ready to blind bake for 15 minutes at gas mark 5.

- In the meantime, prepare the vegetables and cheese. Slice onion and garlic and fry until softened. Slice peppers and tomatoes for filling.

- After 15 minutes remove the pastry from the oven and leave to cool.

- Mix up 2 eggs and milk. Add salt and pepper to the mixture.

- Start to fill the quiche base with the sliced vegetables. Place the goat’s cheese on top as the last ingredients so it can bake on top.

- Fill the dish up with the egg mixture making sure the egg stays within the sides of the pastry. Do not let it overspill.

- Place in the oven at gas mark 5 until the mixture has set. Double check the middle of the Quiche as this is the last to set.

This can serve up to 4 portions and is perfect hot or cold!

 

Lucy’s Slow Cooked Five Bean Chilli!


- Prepare your vegetables. Peel and dish two sweet potatoes, chop onions, peppers, tomatoes, chillies and garlic.

- Add all vegetables once prepared into the slow cooker with a little bit of oil so it does not stick in the bottom of the cooker.

- Add one tin of plum or chopped tomatoes, one tin of taco mixed beans and one tin of red kidney beans.

- Add one tablespoon of tomato puree and stir the mix together.

- Season with salt and pepper and optional to add more spice with crushed chilli flakes and paprika.

- Add water and stir before leaving to cook either on high for 5 hours or on low for 8 hours.

This can be served with rice or on a jacket potato and serves 3-4 people.

 

Steph’s Thai Vegetable Curry! 


- Prepare all vegetables to how you would like them- sliced, diced and chopped!

- Heat up a frying pan and oil. Start to cook down the shallots.

- Add 2 tablespoons of mustard seeds, curry leaves, green chilli, ginger, 1 tablespoon of turmeric, cumin and peppercorns and fry for a further 1-2 minutes.

- Add carrots, Courgettes, green beans and potato to the pan.

- Pour in the 100ml coconut milk and 500ml stock to the vegetables and bring to the boil.

- Let this simmer on low heat for 12-15 minutes to allow vegetables to cook through.

- Season to taste and add some lemon juice. You can add chilli flakes depending on how spicy you prefer!

You can serve this with rice and it can feed 3-4 people!

 

Sophia’s Banana and Peanut Butter Cheesecake! 


- First thing don't forget to freeze your bananas before doing anything! The aim for this is to make them more mushy for the cheesecake mix.

- Take 10 digestive biscuits and crush down to crumbs.

- Measure out 50g of butter and melt in the microwave and mix in with biscuit crumbs.

- Line the bottom of the cake tin with the biscuit mix and press down so the base is firm.

- Remove your bananas from the fridge to allow them to defrost.

- Measure out 140ml of double whipping cream and whisk until it holds its shape.

- Measure out 140g of icing sugar and add 400g of soft cheese and a dash of vanilla essence. Mix this altogether until consistent.

- Measure out 240g of chunky peanut butter and whisk to loosen before adding to the mixture.

- Using a fork, mush up the bananas and add these to the mixture, making sure all has been folded together so you have a consistent mix.

- Add the whipped cream into the peanut butter and banana mixture, leaving some cream for decoration.

- Once consistent, Place this mixture on top of the biscuit base and place in freezer to set (preferably overnight)

-Once set, Decorate the top with sliced bananas and whipped cream.

 

 

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We Challenge YOU!

You may have noticed that there are a lot of challenges going around social media where friends and family can nominate others to take on certain tasks. So at The Kings Ferry Group we want to share with you what our teams have been doing during lockdown and challenge YOU to these activities.

Lockdown has presented us with the opportunity to start new projects or take up new hobbies, all things that you kept saying to yourself that you wish you had time for or kept putting off because other priorities got in the way. So now with this extra time on our hands, let’s challenge ourselves, families and friends to make the most of all these new opportunities and you never know… you might actually be good at some of them!

Let’s start off with the popular activity and one of the things lockdown rules insist we do once a day- Exercise!

Exercise might be your forte or it might be a no go for some, but if you challenge yourself and set a target it might be the motivation you have been looking for. Sometimes adding a little competitive twist to things can also be encouraging.

The teams at The Kings Ferry Group have been very active. A popular workout is with Joe Wicks (not just for the children), taking part in his Youtube HIIT workouts is a good warm up for the day. Another successful way to get active is using the couch to 5k app - sounds terrifying to new runners but it has proven to transform you into a pro!!

Gemma has managed to achieve two 5k runs (she doesn’t deny that there was a lot of walking) but has been using the app and each time has improved. She has set herself the goal of doing a 5k run under 30 minutes!! Let’s see if Gemma can beat the pro at running which is Vikki who has got back into her running shoes and achieved her personal best of completing a 5k run in under 30 minutes and has now challenged herself to a 10k!!! These women will be ready to do a marathon next! Watch out Mo Farah!

 

If these intense exercises are not for you and you want to maybe workout at a slower pace then yoga or pilates could be the challenge for you!! Steph is an expert in home pilates and has set a target to complete a lesson a day. All you need is some space and either the TV or phone - Youtube can be your teacher! Steph has also continued with her Zumba lessons but virtually using Zoom which has proven to be more upbeat and definitely full of fun and laughter!!

Yoga is another core exercise which can help you to relax and prepare for the day ahead or even unwind. Yoga can be done with your friends and family over video calls - Sophia and Hayley have regular catch ups and teach each other yoga. Another great way to get some exercise plus catch up with your friends!

As you all know, the Government has asked people to limit their travel as much as possible during this pandemic. That’s not to say we still can’t get the bikes out and start pedalling! What better way to take in the fresh air, go on an adventure and capture some beautiful scenery! Could even paint this photo after!!!!

Once lockdown is over, we are going to have some athletes coming back to work!!!

Challenges don’t need to be physical - why not challenge yourself to a new hobby or project? We have seen that some of our team have been using their time painting by numbers, sewing, gardening, reading and even redecorating the house!!!

Painting by numbers has proven to be very relaxing and satisfying for Steph who has completed her Lion and made this short video to show her progress!!

Set yourself a goal to read one book a month which can be easier now that there are companies doing free online book subscriptions so purchasing books has just been made easier!

The weather has been perfect for getting your garden to look and being able to relax in it, firing up the BBQ and tucking in with the family!

Here is a great set up for the children to enjoy something different in Lockdown - bring the annual camping holiday into your garden!

Whilst having to stay at home, we could also use the opportunity to decorate the rooms that we have been promising to do for a while or even do the decluttering that we have put off for some time now!! A great way to do this is to follow the day by day declutter challenge where in 30 days your home will have more space and decorating can commence! 
 
Our ‘Jack of all trades’ has been busy with his DIY skills during lockdown! Transforming some worn down items and upcycling them into something useful for the summer! Check out his revamped lawn mower and his new barbeque stove made from an old radiator. We will be testing that out once the lockdown has been lifted!! Jack even has taken exercise to a new level but starting to make his own exercise bike from an old bicycle!! Looking forward to seeing if his invention works out in a few weeks!
 
 
Ending on a funny note. We are all victims of having neglected hair at the moment but we have seen that some people have taken up a new hobby in hairdressing. Here is one of our drivers that has allowed his partner to give him a nice trim around the sides… it is safe to say his wife will not be taking it up as a career once lockdown is over!! 
 
 
Let’s stay active whether that is our body or our mind! Being in lockdown can be hard on individuals but with motivation and maybe even some healthy competition we can get through this together! So at The Kings Ferry Group, we challenge you to… challenge yourselves!
 
Stay at home, stay safe!

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Commuter Service Relaunch

On behalf of The Kings Ferry Group, I would like to thank you for your ongoing support as we continue to navigate the Covid-19 situation.

We appreciate that many of you are eager to know when our commuter services will relaunch. The team has been busily mapping out what services will look like post Covid-19 including routes, timetables, social distancing and advanced cleaning systems. This work will ensure that when services are reintroduced, they are sustainable for the long-term and meet the needs of our customers. 

Whilst this may look different to some, we are looking to meet the needs of those returning to work based on the feedback from our recent survey which had a very successful response rate.

This is an exciting opportunity for us to put forward solutions that allow us to provide a safe, comfortable and best in class journey into London during these unprecedented times.

We are really looking forward to restarting commuter services and announcing our plans next week.

Kind regards

Ian Fraser
Managing Director

 

Stress Awareness Month

April is Stress Awareness Month.

Stress is something that we have all experienced whether this is daily or occasionally. We all have certain levels of stress due to the different situations that we find ourselves in and we definitely all have different reactions and solutions when this happens. Stress can be good in some scenarios but also can be bad if not dealt with appropriately. A common cause of stress is work, whether you are in the office or working from home. Sometimes things can get unbearable but it is knowing what to do when it gets to this stage. Knowing when and how to relax is key to have a balanced work life. At The Kings Ferry Group, we take this subject very seriously when it comes down to the wellbeing of both our customers and our employees. We want to share our top tips on how to stay relaxed within your workplace whether that is in the office or at home…

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At the office…

Surroundings - During stressful times, we have to consider that we may not be the only person going through challenges. If you are feeling stressed, overwhelmed or distracted you need to take action on this quickly- relocate to another room or work space that will help you to concentrate and help those around you. Having the perfect setting to get your work done and for you not to be distracted is important so make sure that your work surroundings are adapted to suit both yours and your colleagues needs.

Breaks - When stressed it is common to start working in the morning and not rising from your desk until the end of the day. You need to take regular breaks- make a drink, have time away from your screen and make sure you are having your lunch break and eating! The highest performing workers take breaks every hour which increases performance by 10%. It is key to recharge and replenish your mental resources.  

Make a list - When baking you need a recipe and list of ingredients to get the final outcome. When working on a project at work, you need to treat it as if you are baking a cake. Making a list means that you are storing less in your mind and writing more down. Write down what you need to do and how to do this, to save your mind from going into overdrive. This can help you prioritise your tasks and tick them off one by one.  

One thing at a time - There is nothing more annoying than having multiple tabs open on your computer and losing your focus between each one. Make sure you concentrate on one job at a time, save where you got to and file it away before starting something new - a tidy space is a tidy mind!

Draft - There is nothing worse than stress writing and completing something wrong. Take your time and make a draft, make time to revisit this later on in the day or another day. Errors can be made during stressful times and this then has a domino effect when you are stressing over mistakes!  

The number of people that are working from home is increasing and for some of you this may be the first time. It is important to try and maintain that work ethic and routine.

Working from home…

Quiet and comfortable - I know this blog is about how to stay relaxed but in terms of working from home there should be a different environment than when you normally relax at home. Make sure you have a desk set up in a quiet and comfortable space - no laying on the sofa in front of the TV. Treat your workspace the same no matter where the location.

Breaks - It is easy to lose time when you are on your own and no one is there to remind you of the time or to have a break. Set yourself regular alarms to alert you when to go make a drink or to go have some lunch. Make sure you have a change of scenery on your breaks to prevent locking yourself away.

Know your limits - When working in the office you have to think about your journey home and finishing work to return at a reasonable time. At home it can be tempting to carry on working longer than your normal working hours. Treat everything the same as you would in the office and remember you don’t want to burn out from exhaustion.

Prepare - If working from home is not your normal environment then make sure you are fully prepared with all the appropriate equipment and tools to complete your work. You don’t want to start something and then realise that it can not be completed due to not having all the resources available.

Ready for the day - Just like your daily routine when going to work, make sure you freshen up and get ready for the day. Being at home, it is tempting to stay in your pajamas and forget about breakfast etc. Treat this working space just like how you would if you were going into the office- you’ll find you will be more productive and have your ‘professional head’ on.

It is important to keep a good work ethic and doing so means you need to keep control of your mental health. Relaxing and keeping your stress levels down is key to having a healthy working life. If you have any troubles with dealing with stress, visit the NHS website for guidance and visual support in identifying symptoms- https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/stress/ There is a get support programme to help any individual dealing with stress and reminds us all that talking helps.  

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Ways to stay productive when self isolating

During the UK lockdown, we can imagine other than working from home people are running out of ideas of how to stay productive whilst self isolating.

It is important we keep our minds and bodies active during this time. Let’s make a positive out of this situation and realise that we can finally get round to the projects that we have been putting! We are all guilty of doing this but now we have no excuses!

Here are some ideas of things to do at home whilst self isolating…

Things to do
 

Stay active - Keep your body active with multiple home exercises. Yoga, HIIT and gym exercises all can be done at home even without the equipment. Remember Government's guidelines state that we are allowed to go out once a day for outdoor exercise and this can involve a walk, run or bike ride! Download an app and start a goal - run further each week and become a pro!

Exercise your mind - As much as it is important to keep your body active, it is equally important to keep your mind active. This can involve reading them books that are collecting dust on the shelf or purchasing online books. With everything going on and being spoken about it is refreshing to have a break from reality and get lost in fiction.

Go green - the sun is out and spring has begun, no better reason to get in the garden. This is a great way to get outdoors and get some fresh air, especially if you have been abandoning your garden duties for some time. Plant loads of flowering plants to give it a splash of colour and start growing your own vegetables!

Get on with some DIY - We are all guilty of ignoring those DIY chores but now we have no more excuses! Let’s get the home decorated and all the jobs completed that we have been putting off. We have more time on our hands now so no one can get away with saying ‘I will do that later’.

Spring Clean - No time like the present to get the house feeling fresh! Distract the children with fun activities and get the cleaning equipment out! Work on each room at a time and let’s all become house proud like Mrs Hinch. Check out her website and social media for cleaning tips during COVID-19.

Start a hobby - We all have that dream list of things we would love to get back into or learn how to do. Now is the time! Whether this is painting, sewing or building. Get your motivation into full gear and get started!

Online courses - For all those that were hoping to do more educational activities during the coming months, remember that there are online courses you can sign up to and learn a new subject all from the comfort of your home!

Movie Marathon - There are hundreds of TV series or films that we can access at the click of a button and now is the time to get them ticked off our wish list. If you are thinking that you have no one who would watch your favourite show or movie with you, then Netflix has the solution! Have a ‘Netflix Party’ with friends and family that are not in your household allowing you to watch the TV and chat at the same time.

Send some love - We unfortunately can not see our loved ones during this time but it is important to check in and spread smiles across our families faces. Send letters, emails and texts to our family members reminding them to stay positive and to brighten up their days. Send letters and pictures to local care homes for the vulnerable that may need some comfort.

Volunteer - Vulnerable people during this pandemic are struggling to do their daily tasks of shopping and picking up medication. NHS are asking for volunteers to help these individuals and keep them safe. You can even help from your home if you are having to self isolate by being on the phone to people that need to hear a voice.

During this time of having to self isolate, please remember to stay positive and keep active. Remember that staying at home can save lives and being productive at home can help our mind and body and most importantly make the world a safer place.

Together we can beat this - one day at a time!

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Easter Sunday

Happy Easter Sunday from The Kings Ferry Group.

Easter Sunday 2020 is going to be a bit different compared to other years but let’s not let ruin the fun! Kids love Easter mainly for the chocolate and activities and we have ideas for a fun packed day, all you need is some imagination, arts and crafts and lots of chocolate!  

Easter Sunday
 

Easter Egg Hunt - It would not be Easter if it was not for the classic easter egg hunt which can be done indoors or in the garden. Clues and a map can be added and don’t worry if you don't have much chocolate- you can hide anything!!! Just remember where you placed it all!

Easter baking - Let’s get messing in the kitchen and make easter themed cakes! This involves a lot of chocolate and decorating so perfect to entertain the children! Just remember to keep the egg shells - you’ll find out why soon!

Egg decorations - Keep all your empty egg shells and get out the arts and craft draw - let’s get creative! Decorate each egg with paint and glitter or try and make different easter characters.

Be a bunny - Whilst you have all the paints and glitter out, why don’t you make bunny masks for the children to dress up, hop and play! Competition - A favourite school activity that can now be done at home is to make an Easter bonnet. Create this easter themed hat and share with family and friends! Why not set a competition to see who can make the best bonnet?

Easter walk - Remember to not keep yourselves locked up all day inside, even if the indoor activities are fun and exciting! It is important to get some exercise and especially some fresh air.

Tea Party - A great activity for lunch or dinner can be to have a garden tea party where you can invite the Easter bunny! Have easter themed treats and learn about Easter stories.

Easter Movie - Watch the bunny themed movie- ‘Hop’. This is a great family friendly movie that will be the perfect to finish the excitement of Easter Sunday.

 
Easter Sunday may not be spent with all our loved ones but try and make a positive out of the current situation by having an Easter party via video calls! Together we can beat this one day at a time!
 

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World Health Day 2020

Today is International World Health Day! Given the current climate the world’s health is a priority and we understand that with the new restrictions in place, self isolating at home may have damaging impacts on an individuals health.

At The Kings Ferry Group, we want to share our ideas on things to do to make sure that you are looking after yourself as well as others around you. During these uncertain times it is easy to go into a state of panic and overthink different scenarios but we hope these mind and body exercises can improve both your physical and mental wellbeing.

As an individual, please remember that you are not alone and the simple act of talking to someone or distracting your mind can have a long lasting positive effect. As a nation, we need to remember that we are all part of this and we can beat this together! Here are some useful activities to try at home whilst self isolating…

Here is The Kings Ferry Group’s daily routine…

World Health Day

Exercise:

For most of you, being at home all day is not something we are used to. Many of us enjoy exercise to help keep us motivated and healthy. Gyms and classes are cancelled and we are all being asked to only leave the house for essential reasons. The Government's guidelines do state that we can venture out for exercise once a day, whether this is a walk, run or bike ride. Fresh air and movement can help improve your state of mind especially if you are working from home and sitting at a desk all day.

Gym from home - For people that are missing gym sessions, look on your gym website or social media. The majority of gyms are doing online personal training sessions as well as online classes that you can do indoors. Wondering how you can do exercises without equipment? Improvise with various items in your household, for example bags of shopping can be used as weights.

The Body Coach - Joe Wicks has set up classes and exercises on his youtube channel and website. This can be for adults and children and can be done at any time during the day! https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1. For anyone who has Amazon Alexa- Simply say “Start the Body Coach” and it will start up Joe Wicks’ app, which contains seven 15-minute HIIT workouts.

Relaxation - Yoga, pilates and meditation can be practised from the comfort of your own home. There are many apps that can help with guidance and you can do a daily stretch before you start your day. Youtube is perfect for finding exercise routines, especially for beginners. These exercises do not take up alot of space or time and can be done anywhere around the house, just find a space that is peaceful so you can find your inner zen!

Exercise of any shape or form is ideal for anyone who is feeling anxious as it distracts your mind and releases healthy endorphins. It can also help control your breathing and teach you methods of relaxation that you can put into practice anytime you are feeling anxious. Whether you do this from the comfort of your front room or in your garden, try to do something once a day and you’ll notice the difference, especially during this period of self isolation!

World Health Day

Let’s talk FOOD!

Eating healthy is about finding a good balance and most importantly having the discipline! There are normally two types of eaters; the good and the bad!!! Good eaters are normally people that have the willpower to watch what they eat and prepare all their meals, however the bad normally won’t have a routine and eat anything at any time. The key to being a healthy eater is finding what is appropriate for yourself and getting that healthy balance, turning them favourites into healthier options and getting into a routine! Let’s face it, we have all got some extra time on our hands so now is the perfect time to start practising! Here are some tips and healthy changes that you could make…

Plan your meals - having a plan can help you with knowing what to buy and preparing the meals in bulk - this will help you to save both time and money You will also find that opting for healthier options becomes more natural as you are allowing yourself more time to consider your food choices.

Snacks - We should all try to social distance ourselves from the cupboards during this time as being indoors means more snacking! Try to buy more fruit and veg to substitute chocolate and crisps! But remember to have a healthy balance so once a week you should definitely treat yourself!

5 a day rule - try and mix up recipes of your favourite meals and add more veg or fruit! You can add a variety of vegetables to meals such as curry or a mexican go to; Fajitas! You can even rule out meat altogether and go down the veggie route!

Water - experts advise that we should drink 2 litres of water a day to stay hydrated and notice other benefits such as energy levels. You’ll also notice that hunger levels decrease when you stay hydrated as thirst can be misunderstood as hunger. Top tip - if you are feeling hungry, drink a glass of water and wait for around 15-20 minutes. This should curb your cravings. If you are still feeling peckish, grab yourself a piece for fruit or veg!

Breakfast - It is so easy to miss breakfast for a lot of people but it is known to be the most important meal of the day. This meal's purpose is to give you energy at the start of your day. It can be boring to have toast or cereal, so mix things up by having fruit and overnight oats. Plan the meals in advance and get pumped for the day ahead!

Remember exercise is important but not useful if you are eating badly. To feel energised and healthy you need to find that perfect balance for your mental and physical well being.   

World Health Day

Mental Health:

Throughout this blog mental health has been mentioned and linked to a lot of exercises. Your day to day routine can affect your mental state and it is important to keep in control. But please do also remember that it is ok not to be ok and there are resources available if you need to talk. We understand that the current climate can have an impact on an individual's anxiety and/or depression, especially when being asked to stay at home and distance yourselves from others. Self isolating refers to keeping yourself physically away from family, friends and the general public, but this does not mean that you can’t check in on loved ones via phone or ring someone when you yourself are feeling lonely. If you are struggling, especially during these times, please follow the link to online support https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/.

There are many activities that can help anyone already in this state of mind or to prevent them from getting to that stage. Here are some top tips that we hope can help whilst being at home. 

Meditation - find an app or some music that can help you focus and find a quiet spot to get started! This can help you with your breathing and distract you from your own thoughts.

Catch up - Arrange a daily catch up with family and friends whether this is over the phone, by a message or even doing a fun activity. You can start a game of ‘Words with Friends’ via your phone or computer or have a group party via Netflix! Watch your favourite show together and chat away at the same time!

Once a day - remember this self isolation does not mean we are locked away indoors. The Government's guideline states we can go out once a day which can include a refreshing walk which definitely helps to gain a clear mind and change of scenery!

Each and everyone's health is currently the main priority of the world. We should all take control now in making sure we are looking after ourselves and the others around us. The NHS workers, carers and pharmacies are risking their health to make sure we beat this! Let’s do our bit to help and stay safe. If you are feeling unwell and need medical advice please follow the link to the NHS website where you can search symptoms and talk to a medical expert https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

If anyone is feeling like they want to do more then please follow this link into volunteering for the NHS https://www.england.nhs.uk/participation/get-involved/volunteering/nhs-volunteer-responders/. This can range from collecting essentials for vulnerable individuals or simply being on the other end of the phone to offer your support. 

Together we can beat this! Please remember that staying at home can save lives. #StayAtHomeSaveLives #ItsOkNotToBeOk  

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Staying productive whilst working from home!

Working from home now is becoming the norm for most of us in the working world! Some of you might be used to this and have the motivating routine planned out but others might be struggling to keep the momentum of working when there are so many more distractions! The idea is that we should all be able to work at the same level no matter where the desk space is but unfortunately this is not always the case.So let’s plan out a routine starting from the morning to when it is time to clock out!

Here is The Kings Ferry Group’s daily routine…

staying productive when working from home

Morning exercise - Your alarm is going and it is so tempting to keep snoozing as you know the commute to work is not going to be like before, but you need to get up at the same time and start this day properly! Get out of bed and find a clear space and do 20 minutes of yoga or meditation to refresh your mind to have a clear and focused start to the day.

Don’t miss your first meal - Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and is often missed due to having to rush out of the house but there is no excuse when working from home! This can give you the energy and brain fuel to start the day of working!

Look smart, think smart - Get yourself ready just like you would when going to work - admittedly you might be wearing your slippers over shoes but at least try and look professional, this can help motivate you and relate as much to being in the office as possible.

Clear desk, clear mind - Firstly make sure that where you chose to work is spacious and there are no distractions, make sure it is an appropriate work space with no TV and sofa. Next step is to make sure your desk is workable. There is nothing more demotivating than having a cluttered desk where no work can happen, so make sure everything has a place and there is room for you to work on each task one by one. 

Working from home

Daily check in - We are all used to working in teams or having people around us! Organise a team catch up every morning to check in on each other and to run through your daily tasks. This is the perfect way to plan out your day and get others input but also to make sure everyone is well and motivated!

Too many tabs in my mind - Don’t try and remember everything or store it all in your head, you don’t want to burn out! Write all your tasks on a post-it-note and create a to do board in which you can remove and add tasks as the day goes on. A great way to get all your ideas on paper and to prioritise your daily tasks! 

Change of scenery - Remember you are entitled to give yourself breaks and these should be as often as every hour. Quick 10-minute breaks away from your desk, whether it is to make a cup of tea or to go for a walk around the house. When you are due your lunch break make sure you leave your working area and change your scenery. Go for a walk around your local neighbourhood- Government guidelines state that we can go outdoors once a day to get exercise. This can refresh your mind for the afternoon.

Playlist - Having some background noise can help people stay motivated and it is a way to adapt your working from home environment to what you are used to in the office. You and your work team can make a joint playlist and share motivating tunes!

Clocking off - When it is time to finish at the end of the day, don’t over work! The commute home may be shorter than normal but that does not mean you work extra hours. You need to keep a good work/personal life balance and know when to clock off until the next day! Remember to tidy your desk so when you start the next morning you can repeat your routine!

During this current climate, we need to make the best out of these unusual situations. Stay positive and remember that together we can beat this!

#StayAtHomeSaveLives #WorkingFromHome  

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Staying safe whilst in the workplace

During this outbreak of COVID-19, we understand that more and more people each day are beginning to work from home. Unfortunately there are some teams who still need to travel and are required to be in the office. We know that regular cleaning is common practice within workplaces but given the current events we imagine that these have been increased to further reduce the spread of harmful germs and bacteria. Each business will have different requirements to cleaning and many offices will have set rules and restrictions for safe and hygienic working practices. Here are some extra tips to help you to stay safe in the workplace...

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As we hope that you are regularly washing your hands, we advise to increase this anytime you move away from your desk. Washing your hands when required plus using hand sanitizer more often than normal. It would be useful for yourself to have your own sanitizer at your desk to remind yourself.

Try to keep your desk as tidy as possible. Your workplace most likely has a clear desk policy but now more than ever it is vitally important to keep your desk as clear as possible so deep cleaning practices can be completed effectively.

Try to have the following items at your desk during this current time: Anti-bacterial wipes to clean any items or your desk space throughout the day, wash your desk every morning so that you are aware that your space is clean before working. Again, have hand sanitizer for your use only and make sure you are regularly using it when needed. Lastly, make sure you have your own cup and bottle that no one else is drinking from and make sure you are washing these up every afternoon before leaving!

Do not eat at your desk. This may not be in your lunchtime routine but we understand that sometimes it is needed when workload is high. When eating lunch at work, make sure you are cleaning the area around you as much as possible and not presuming everything is clean. An idea for your lunchtime would be to have a walk and get some fresh air, keeping your distance from shops and other crowded social areas.

Be aware of what is going on around you. We have all been informed of the symptoms of COVID-19 and we understand there are other flu-type illnesses around as well. If you feel like you have any of the common symptoms or notice a colleague that seems unwell, action needs to be taken immediately. Inform that colleague they should go home or make a manager aware. If you are feeling unwell, you need to self isolate at home inline with government guidelines until you are feeling better.

We all need to look after ourselves and others around us. We need to act sensibly and quickly to avoid the spread of any infections and remembering to consider the more vulnerable individuals that are at greater risk If you’re travelling via public transport to work, please check out our page on how to keep safe whilst travelling.  

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Ways to stay safe whilst travelling during COVID-19

During the change in climate we understand that travel to work, shops, schools etc is being minimised. But the need to travel is still there and some people are still required to travel to and from their place of work. Given the risk of travelling publicly, we want to share some top tips on what precautions you can take to make sure you keep yourself safe and clean.

staying safe whilst travelling

Regularly wash your hands - sanitizer and soap Hand cleaning should be common practice. But under the circumstances we found ourselves in, it is important to wash and sanitise your hands as often as you can. On a daily basis, many people are touching their face or biting their nails. As hard as we may try to limit the amount of times we touch our face or bite our nails, sometimes it's just not possible to stop altogether! Cutting down your nails and preventing any contact with your mouth can help to prevent any infections spreading.

Use your OWN travel mug and water bottle - When travelling we need to stay hydrated- make sure you travel with your own mug and water bottle. Doing this will allow you to have control over what you are drinking out of and it is then up to you to make sure that these items are cleaned thoroughly. We want to prevent any cross contamination and therefore the spread of infections.

Choose to walk over public transport. If you are commuting to work or heading to the shops, try and prevent as much public transport as possible. Even if this adds time on to your journey, the less contact you have with public areas, the less risk you have of coming into contact with harmful germs or bacteria. Although these changes might mean you have to get a little less shopping, or you add a little more time to your journey - these have positive impacts on both your health and the environment!

Don't overheat - Dont stress, don’t rush, and don’t over layer! Stay calm and take your time whilst you are travelling around. The more you panic, the more overheated you'll become! Preventing this will help you to concentrate better on your health and not make yourself unwell.

Have essential toiletries to hand - Carry an essential toiletry pack around with you for emergency situations. These packs can consist of hand sanitiser, tissues, soap, gloves or baby wipes. This means you will always be prepared!

Look with your eyes, not your hands - This is an important point to make to all individuals that are out and about in public areas including shops, your work office, or onboard transport. Try to limit what you touch, look with your eyes and not your hands! If you are shopping, task yourself not to touch everything before you place it in your basket. When travelling to work or at work try not to touch any items unless necessary.

During this time we all feel a bit useless but by following simple steps like the above we are doing our bit to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

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Ideas for home-schooling

Schools out and homeschooling is in! For some of you this seems like a daunting experience as you want to keep your children in the routine of learning whilst helping them to adapt to doing this at home. Luckily, this does not have to be as hard as it may seem as there are loads of fun and educational things to do to help your children continue learning while at home!

Here are ideas that you can add to your weekly timetable…

Home Schooling

Joe Wicks PE sessions - During social distancing and homeschooling you may find your children are not getting as much exercise as they would be at school. Lunchtime fun and PE class have stopped at school but it does not have to stop at home! Go to Joe Wicks’ youtube channel at 9am every morning for a PE session that every kid can watch and join in. This is a great way to start their days and to get them energetic for more learning! If you’re not working from home, you can join in too! https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1

Timetable - At school children are used to a routine and knowing what each day involves. Why not create a timetable for them which is made up of an hour slot for each activity. Schools have been setting work for children to do at home so this can be evenly spread out. Plus this also gives them some allocated time for fun indoor activities as well!  

Write a letter/email - To help with their english and handwriting skills it would be a great idea to get them to write a letter to a family member, friend or an influencer. This can be anything they want to write about and there can be set words that need to be used throughout. This is a great way to practice spelling and writing. Another method of writing could be to write an email- again this could help with spelling and have set words to include but also helps with IT skills.  

Create and play - It is always fun creating something new but to make it educational, why not play with it after? Make a game that can be linked to a subject, create this by using their imagination and creative skills. This game will involve the children working out how to play and making a set of rules to follow. Once the game has been created, they can then play and learn at the same time. 

Lunch - When lunchtime arrives, the children normally go out and play after eating their lunches. Why not make it a fun activity to make their own lunch which will teach them key skills in the kitchen and let them have more control over what they eat. You may find this could help with children finishing their lunches and learning about healthy eating too.  

Edinburgh Zoo - Obviously during the Easter holidays, there are many zoos and farms that children would love to visit. Unfortunately due to the current circumstances we find ourselves in visits like these may not be possible this school break. However, Edinburgh Zoo has set up live cameras in the animal enclosures. You can go on to their website to watch the animals live at the zoo! This is a fantastic way to keep your children engaged and not running around the house! It’s also a great way to learn about nature and wildlife. https://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/webcams/

Home schooling

Online resources - We are lucky to have the ability to access educational resources online. There are many websites that cater to all ages ranging from primary to secondary school. Children can do online activities for subjects such as Maths, English, Science and many more. This is perfect if you are working from home and need to concentrate on your work at the same time. A popular website is the BBC, who have educational learning sessions for all ages. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

Netflix Documentaries - Netflix has a range of educational documentaries, a popular one being Blue Planet. When searching genres, you can watch programmes on science, nature and arts, plus an early learning section. This could be a good method of learning whilst you are working from home.

Science experiment - An educational and proactive science experiment that is simple enough to conduct at home. Plant a few seeds in three pots and place them around the house in the following positions: One pot can be in a dark cupboard, the other can be at the window where there is light and then the other plant can be in the kitchen away from natural light but not in complete darkness. Monitor these plants daily and record the changes in each one plus the differences between them all.

Reading - Back to basics, give them tasks to expand on their vocabulary and enhance their reading. Schools do this regularly to allow children to improve and progress to new levels. Keep them in practice and introduce them to new words.

This can be a challenging time for parents that are working from home and are now needing to more closely support their children's learning. We hope that these ideas can help with your weekly rota and keep your children entertained.

If you still need some support, reach out to teachers or other parents online and on social media. There are many people around that can offer support.

If you are looking to plan any future travel, our teams are still available to offer support and guidance. If you would like to talk to our team about future travel or would like a quote, please call us today on 01634 377577 or head to our quick quote page.  

 

Happy Mother's Day

During this period of worry and uncertainty, it is easy to lose track of time and not be prepared for certain days coming up, one being Mother’s Day. Restrictions in place may prevent us being able to purchase gifts or cards and even going to see our loved ones on this Mothering Sunday. So, we have done our research and compiled some top tips to celebrate Mother's Day even whilst social distancing and self isolating!

Mother's Day

Watch a movie - Going to the cinema at the moment is out of the question for a mother’s day activity but no one said you can’t create your own cinema lounge! Pull the curtains, get all the pillows and blankets ready and turn down the lights. So many films are accessible at the click of a button. From Now TV, Amazon, Netflix and Sky! Make the most out of watching the must see classics or set yourself a challenge to watch every episode of your favourite box set.. If you are not able to be with your loved ones then Netflix have offered this fantastic way to all be watching at the same time- the Netflix Party!  

Home spa day - You know the cupboard of random beauty products that we received 5 Christmases ago and still haven’t used- we are all guilty for it! Well, now is the time to get them out and put them to good use. Create your own spa day with your mothers; nails, facials, massages. Just light some candles and start relaxing in your dressing gown and slippers.  

Memories - We all collect photos and memories of days out and special events and Mothers especially collect all them baby photos and bad school photos. Looking through these albums to reminisce on the past times. We can guarantee that there will be some shocking fashion sense and haircuts throughout!  

Become creative - Self isolating indoors means that we are restricted to what we have in the house. Many people have a lot of art and crafts lying around that they didn't even know they had! Create a fun and active game that involves creating new things out of random household items. Other creative ideas may involve games, candles, painting or even creating that memorable mother's day card that was made with love.  

Cuppa and call - If you can't be around your loved ones at this current time then don’t worry there are many ways that we can still check in. Let’s make the most of the modern technology that we are fortunate to have- make a cuppa, sit down and facetime your loved ones.  

Mother's Day

At the Kings Ferry Group, we urge everyone to stay safe and to be careful when traveling around. To all the Mothers on this special day, we wish you a relaxing sunday and hope that our list of things to do can help you celebrate with your family.
 
If you are planning to take your mum somewhere as a mothers day treat, whether it is today or in the future. Our private hire vehicles are the perfect way to travel. Find out more by calling our team on 01634 377577 or get a quote today.
 
 

Private transport during current climate

Privately transport your groups to help stop the spread of Coronavirus Public transport can be the ideal place for respiratory diseases such as Coronavirus to spread. BMC Infectious Diseases published research that noted that those who use public transport during such outbreaks are 6 times more likely to pick up acute respiratory infections.

While there are many precautions that we could take whilst using public transport to help reduce the spread of the disease such as: cleaning/sanitizing your hands after using public transport and not biting your nails or touching your face whilst travelling - there is a much easier way to do this, travel privately.

We hope that regular hand cleaning is common practice, but for many people so is touching your face or biting your nails! As hard as we may try to limit the amount of times we touch our face or bite our nails, sometimes it's just not possible to stop altogether!

Here are just some of the reasons why you should use private transport from The Kings Ferry Group…

1. High standard of cleaning on private vehicles

At The Kings Ferry Group we are taking extra precautionary measures during this time to ensure that the standard of our vehicles enables our customers to have peace of mind whilst travelling on them.

We are ensuring that all of our vehicles are fully cleaned with appropriate cleaning products after every hire to make sure that every precaution is taken to keep them properly sanitised. All vehicles go through a rigorous cleaning regime on a daily basis as standard. Our engineering departments are also reviewing and implementing further cleaning precautions to ensure that there are surgical standard cleansing of high contact areas on board our coaches.

2. Control over who is on-board 

Travelling privately also allows you to choose how many people use the vehicle during your hire - giving you both control and peace of mind. Whether you require transport for a small group of 10 or you need to move larger groups of over 800 people, only you, your group and the driver(s) will be on-board.

3. Door to door service

With cancellations of mass gatherings happening all over the globe, it is understandable why you may want to limit the amount of time you spend in crowded areas. Sometimes, this can’t be helped. But if you still need to head out and about, our private transport solutions are able to pick you up right near your front door and drop you off as close as possible to your destination.

4. We can cater for all group sizes

Whether you are a couple, a small group of 10 or a larger group - we can help you reach your destination no matter your group size. We can provide transport solutions from executive car, to minibus, vintage bus and double decker coaches.

5. London Commuter Service

Our London Coach Commuter Service can help you travel from the Medway towns and straight into London, reducing the amount of time you spend on public transport. Our services travel from the Isle of Sheppey all the way through to Strood, New Ash Green and Vigo, then directly through to areas such as Canary Wharf and Westminster.

Our London commuter service vehicles are also used for private hire, so they undergo the same rigorous daily cleaning procedures. Using these vehicles will help you to reduce the amount of time spent on-board public transport, thus limiting the amount of contact you may have with shared surfaces that do not go under such rigorous procedures as those on our vehicles.

If you require to get from A to B hassle free and with peace of mind, please get in touch with our team today on 01634 377577 or use our quick quote form.

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Disabled Access Day!

Monday 16th March 2020, Disabled Access Day. 

Wheelchair accessible vehicle
 
At The Kings Ferry we want to celebrate this day and share some information about our wheelchair accessible vehicles across our fleet and at our partner companies. 
 
Across The Kings Ferry Group there is a total of 50 wheelchair accessible coaches ranging from 49-77 seaters. At The Kings Ferry we have a total of 30 vehicles with plans of expanding this number in years to come. 
 
Below is a demo video of the lift in operation, the driver has demonstrated this with an emergency wheelchair. 
 
 
All our drivers are trained to a high standard to have full use of this machinery and when the lift will be in use, drivers are required to test before travel. 
 
When operating the lift, 6 seats must be removed from the coach which will then be the space provided for the wheelchair. Please see the demo below from inside the coach. 
 
 
Having these features on our vehicles allows individuals that cannot be transfer to a seat, to travel with us in the safety and comfort of their own wheelchair. 
 
So, ignore all the restrictions of travel as at The Kings Ferry Group we can provide the solution for you. 
 
If you are interested in hiring out one of our wheelchair accessible vehicles, please follow the link below to get a quote! 
 

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Happy Leap Day!

10 things to do on a Leap Day! 

A leap day comes round every 4 years, which means that the 29th February does not come around quite as frequently as the other 365 days of the year. With that in mind, why not do something different to celebrate?!
 
Here are 10 suggestions of things to do that is a little out of the ordinary! 

Leap day

1. Ladies, time to pop the question - Although we are in a world where equality is key, the traditional 'men proposes to women' scenario can really switch around today so women if you want to take control then this is your day! 

2. Starting planning a trip - Plan a trip that you have wanted to do but never got round to planning! Whether that is abroad or travelling within the UK, The Kings Ferry can help with your mode of transport and offer ideas of what to do. 

3. Write yourself a future letter for 2024 leap year - Write yourself goals in what you want to achieve and reminder ourselves of what our thoughts were in the past. 

4. Donate to a charity - Make a difference to a charity by giving a donation! Consider a charity you have not heard of before but admire what they stand for. 

5. Cook a new recipe - experiemtn in the kitchen! The City of Anthony is located between Texas and New Mexico and is the Leap Year capital, so why not celebrate by eating a traditional Mexican dish! 

6. Become a Qizard at the Potion Room - For all you Harry Potter lovers, there is an event in London at the Cutter and Squidge. Check out there website for more info! 

7. Lightopia Festival - Exhibitions at Chiswick House and Gardens displaying a light trail of lanterns and lights in forms of flowers and animals. Great fun for the family! 

8. London's River Walk - explore London Rivers and learn the pivotal role they played throughout history. Plus reach your 10,000 steps a day target! 

9. Read The Leap Year Book by Barbara Sutton-Smith - There is no better day to start this read! But make sure you read it quickly as you don't want to wait another 4 years to find out the ending.

10. Bake a Frog Cake!!!! Time to get baking, but make sure it doesn't LEAP off your plate! 

 

If you are interested in booking a well deserves trip, whether it is overseas or UK tour, click below to get a quote from our sales team.
 
 

Ski 2020

Our Annual Ski Trip has arrived! 

The 10th year running of the annual ski trip took place last week. This event is in partnership with out client HTS - another year on and it's the biggest to date! 

On the 14th February, 86 coaches, 5034 passengers all travelled to a total of 30 resorts all in Austria, France and Spain! Accumulating a grand total of 165,506 miles, there and back! 

Ski Trip

The week long trip was a big success and we had many happy students and teachers that had experienced an amazing holiday with the support from our connection operators and drivers. 

One of our passengers has written in positive feedback:

I have just returned from our annual ski trip to Austria with your company. I have to tell you that we have experienced the BEST drivers we have ever had. Their professionalism was second to none. They went above and beyond to ensure my staff and studennts had the most amazing time. Involving themselves in entertainment and helping out in loading the skis and boots on. Helping students and making the journey to and from the resort so smooth. 

Ski Trip

We Would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff and drivers for their dedication and effort throughtout the trip and organisation from the HTS team!

 

Here's to next year! Let's hope storm Ciara and Denise stay away! 

 

Austria Ski Trip

If looking for overseas travel or UK tours, please contact the team on 01634 377577 or alternatively email the sales team at sales@thekingsferry.co.uk

 

Wembley Coach Park

Wembley's Pink Coach Park 

Wembley's new coach park opened yesterday for operation testing and The Kings Ferry Group are honoured to be part of the day!

We sent 50 of our vehicles including our Kings Ferry fleet to test the car park for access and traffic impact at high capacity. 

Wembley

This facility provides an easier journey for our drivers. Facilities include 24 hour coach parking, overnight stays and London designer outlet. The coach park will be able to accommodate up to 300 coaches in its two storey complex during peak times. This is a double celebration for us as National Express have recently renewed their partnership with Wembley until 2023 as Wembley's Official Coach Supplier! 

Wembley Pink Coach Park

Our team provided positive feedback about how the day went and how this will improve events in the future. 

 

'Great to be part of the day and get a first hand experience of how the day to day access will operate. This will play a fundamental part in the ground transport management and logistics for the large events such as the Euro's 2020. It wasa great day for our team and drivers.'

If looking for any event ground transport, please get in touch with our team on 08456 434 123 for more information and to get a quote.

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