ONE of the most precious relationships is that between grandparents and their grandchildren, and not being able to meet is creating a big hole in people’s lives – old and young alike.

Niki Pearce, who lives in Grosmont, hasn’t seen her grandchildren other than on FaceTime since lockdown started, and, she says, the technology is no substitute for the real thing.

Her daughter, Catherine, a single parent to Ralph, three, and Rosie, one next month, lives in Hereford, as do Sam, Niki’s son, and his partner Hannah and their one year old daughter Willow.

“Before lockdown,” says Niki, “Catherine would have brought the children over at least once a week, and Ralphie had regular sleepovers with us. He’s really missing his Bampy (Neil) and Nanna and doesn’t understand why he can’t come to see us.

“I really miss the cuddles and closeness and being able to look the children in the eye – when we FaceTime, Ralphie always asks when he can come and see us. And Rosie has started crawling since we last saw her, that makes me sad, to have missed a big milestone.”

They do, though, read stories together on FaceTime, and recently, when Ralph couldn’t sleep, Niki read to him from a favourite book, Tabby McTat, while he turned the pages of his copy. “That was lovely,” she says, adding that she also really misses being able to give Catherine the support that any parent, let alone a single parent, needs when she has small children.

“FaceTime,” she continues, “is a lovely thing, but Ralphie especially, doesn’t understand that’s all he can have, and that really burns me.”

Susannah Jones, of Much Dewchurch, said: "My three children love sending and getting things by post from their friends and family.

"They pull faces at their friends on video chats. The children have loved making Happy Birthday videos for their class mates and they did a class Lego competition last week.

Christina Plant, of Clehonger, is managing similar routes of contact: "My two girls have enjoyed face-timing their friends in the afternoon after their school work.

"They also have both been participating in clubs through Zoom. Georgina has continued to do her guitar lesson though Zoom whilst Harriet has been able to sing and chat with her drama group.

"Carrying on with these sessions has allowed some sort of normality.

"Both girls have also written letters to their grandmother, who is having to isolate alone.

"Being a very social person myself, social media platforms have been a godsend.

"I have been able to keep in touch with my roller derby team-mates in Cardiff though various Zoom meetings. We all train together once a week as well as talk about tactics and what we want from next season when we'll finally get to skate again!

"On a Friday we have a social event where we usually do a quiz or just chat.

"To keep my self busy I've been playing guess the movie round by dressing up in what I have around the house! It's kept me from getting bored and provided entertainment for my friends!"

Of course, we are all missing someone, and suddenly cutting off from social activities has been difficult. But thanks to the digital age and social media, friends and family and finding different routes to entertain and keep their spirits up.

Sarah Jane Chapman, of Pontrilas, said: "My friends and I have been having weekly catch-ups using Skype or WhatsApp video. Sometimes we play a quiz, other times we just have a natter and catch up on what our respective families have been up to."

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I'd like to send a message to my beautiful granddaughters lola rose Thomson & Amelia ann Thomson & my children jemma louise Thomson & ryan Thomson.. unfortunately I cant send my son Liam Thomson as he was killed 3 years ago.😪💔 lola & Amelia are his children and absolutely heartbroken I cant see them and comfort them through this awful pandemic there going through enough.. my granddaughters live in Wales and my children jemma & ryan only live 5 mins away from me one in belmont one in newton farm. I've not seen any of um since end of Feb it breaks my heart and struggling through it all.. cant wait for this awful pandemic to be over. Love & miss u all so much it hurts nanny cant wait for the day I can have u stay over and give u the biggest hugs and kisses and cant wait to spend quality family time with u all miss my kids so much... thank god for facetime ❤ love u all stay safe all my love mum & nanny.. Lisa ann Thomson xxx🙏🌈💜💔xxx

I'd like to send a message to my beautiful granddaughters lola rose Thomson & Amelia ann Thomson & my children jemma louise Thomson & ryan Thomson.. unfortunately I cant send my son Liam Thomson as he was killed 3 years ago.😪💔 lola & Amelia are his children and absolutely heartbroken I cant see them and comfort them through this awful pandemic there going through enough.. my granddaughters live in Wales and my children jemma & ryan only live 5 mins away from me one in belmont one in newton farm. I've not seen any of um since end of Feb it breaks my heart and struggling through it all.. cant wait for this awful pandemic to be over.  Love & miss u all so much it hurts nanny cant wait for the day I can have u stay over and give u the biggest hugs and kisses and cant wait to spend quality family time with u all miss my kids so much... thank god for facetime ❤ love u all stay safe all my love mum & nanny.. Lisa ann Thomson xxx🙏🌈💜💔xxx
Lisa Thomson
I'd like to send a message to my beautiful granddaughters lola rose Thomson & Amelia ann Thomson & my children jemma louise Thomson & ryan Thomson.. unfortunately I cant send my son Liam Thomson as he was killed 3 years ago.😪💔 lola & Amelia are his children and absolutely heartbroken I cant see them and comfort them through this awful pandemic there going through enough.. my granddaughters live in Wales and my children jemma & ryan only live 5 mins away from me one in belmont one in newton farm. I've not seen any of um since end of Feb it breaks my heart and struggling through it all.. cant wait for this awful pandemic to be over.  Love & miss u all so much it hurts nanny cant wait for the day I can have u stay over and give u the biggest hugs and kisses and cant wait to spend quality family time with u all miss my kids so much... thank god for facetime ❤ love u all stay safe all my love mum & nanny.. Lisa ann Thomson xxx🙏🌈💜💔xxx
Lisa Thomson
I'd like to send a message to my beautiful granddaughters lola rose Thomson & Amelia ann Thomson & my children jemma louise Thomson & ryan Thomson.. unfortunately I cant send my son Liam Thomson as he was killed 3 years ago.😪💔 lola & Amelia are his children and absolutely heartbroken I cant see them and comfort them through this awful pandemic there going through enough.. my granddaughters live in Wales and my children jemma & ryan only live 5 mins away from me one in belmont one in newton farm. I've not seen any of um since end of Feb it breaks my heart and struggling through it all.. cant wait for this awful pandemic to be over.  Love & miss u all so much it hurts nanny cant wait for the day I can have u stay over and give u the biggest hugs and kisses and cant wait to spend quality family time with u all miss my kids so much... thank god for facetime ❤ love u all stay safe all my love mum & nanny.. Lisa ann Thomson xxx🙏🌈💜💔xxx
Lisa Thomson
I'd like to send a message to my beautiful granddaughters lola rose Thomson & Amelia ann Thomson & my children jemma louise Thomson & ryan Thomson.. unfortunately I cant send my son Liam Thomson as he was killed 3 years ago.😪💔 lola & Amelia are his children and absolutely heartbroken I cant see them and comfort them through this awful pandemic there going through enough.. my granddaughters live in Wales and my children jemma & ryan only live 5 mins away from me one in belmont one in newton farm. I've not seen any of um since end of Feb it breaks my heart and struggling through it all.. cant wait for this awful pandemic to be over.  Love & miss u all so much it hurts nanny cant wait for the day I can have u stay over and give u the biggest hugs and kisses and cant wait to spend quality family time with u all miss my kids so much... thank god for facetime ❤ love u all stay safe all my love mum & nanny.. Lisa ann Thomson xxx🙏🌈💜💔xxx
Lisa Thomson

To the best mum and nanny. We miss you and love you loads. Sally Jones xxxxx

To the best mum and nanny. We miss you and love you loads. Sally Jones xxxxx
Joanne Turner
To the best mum and nanny. We miss you and love you loads. Sally Jones xxxxx
Joanne Turner

We live in Hereford & our Grandson Boden lives in Peterborough with his mummy (Amy our eldest daughter & Lloyd our son in law). By now we would normally have visited him but we haven't seen him at all this year.We feel so sad & miserable having not seen him as he lifts your spirits just seeing his cheeky smile. Its Boden's 3rd Birthday in three weeks time & we his Grandma & Grandad (John & Hayley Martin) won't be able to see him unlike his 1st & 2nd Birthday when we were with him celebrating . We feel so sad that we are not going to be there with him to blow out his candles & sing Happy Birthday but just want him to know how much we love him & wish we could be there but we know this would cheer him up seeing himself online or in the paper or both. We would also love to say well done to his mum Amy (she is a High School teacher & Subject Leader) & she is starting a new job in September doing the same job but in a different High school. Happy 3rd Birthday Boden for next month we love & miss you Love from Grandma & Grandad xxx

We live in Hereford & our Grandson Boden lives in Peterborough with his mummy (Amy our eldest daughter & Lloyd our son in law).
By now we would normally have visited him but we haven't seen him at all this year.We feel so sad & miserable having not seen him as he lifts your spirits just seeing his cheeky smile.
Its Boden's 3rd Birthday in three weeks time & we his Grandma & Grandad (John & Hayley Martin) won't be able to see him unlike his 1st & 2nd Birthday when we were with him celebrating .
We feel so sad that we are not going to be there with him to blow out his candles & sing Happy Birthday but just want him to know how much we love him & wish we could be there but we know this would cheer him up seeing himself online or in the paper or both.
We would also love to say well done to his mum Amy (she is a High School teacher & Subject Leader)  & she is starting a new job in September doing the same job but in a different High school.
Happy 3rd Birthday Boden for next month we love & miss you 
Love from Grandma & Grandad xxx
John & Hayley Martin
We live in Hereford & our Grandson Boden lives in Peterborough with his mummy (Amy our eldest daughter & Lloyd our son in law).
By now we would normally have visited him but we haven't seen him at all this year.We feel so sad & miserable having not seen him as he lifts your spirits just seeing his cheeky smile.
Its Boden's 3rd Birthday in three weeks time & we his Grandma & Grandad (John & Hayley Martin) won't be able to see him unlike his 1st & 2nd Birthday when we were with him celebrating .
We feel so sad that we are not going to be there with him to blow out his candles & sing Happy Birthday but just want him to know how much we love him & wish we could be there but we know this would cheer him up seeing himself online or in the paper or both.
We would also love to say well done to his mum Amy (she is a High School teacher & Subject Leader)  & she is starting a new job in September doing the same job but in a different High school.
Happy 3rd Birthday Boden for next month we love & miss you 
Love from Grandma & Grandad xxx
John & Hayley Martin
We live in Hereford & our Grandson Boden lives in Peterborough with his mummy (Amy our eldest daughter & Lloyd our son in law).
By now we would normally have visited him but we haven't seen him at all this year.We feel so sad & miserable having not seen him as he lifts your spirits just seeing his cheeky smile.
Its Boden's 3rd Birthday in three weeks time & we his Grandma & Grandad (John & Hayley Martin) won't be able to see him unlike his 1st & 2nd Birthday when we were with him celebrating .
We feel so sad that we are not going to be there with him to blow out his candles & sing Happy Birthday but just want him to know how much we love him & wish we could be there but we know this would cheer him up seeing himself online or in the paper or both.
We would also love to say well done to his mum Amy (she is a High School teacher & Subject Leader)  & she is starting a new job in September doing the same job but in a different High school.
Happy 3rd Birthday Boden for next month we love & miss you 
Love from Grandma & Grandad xxx
John & Hayley Martin

Max (2years) would like to say HELLO to his Nanny Jane Great-Nanny Penny Great-Nanny Carol Gags He miss them all very much

Max (2years) would like to say HELLO to his Nanny Jane 
Great-Nanny Penny
Great-Nanny Carol 
Gags 
He miss them all very much
Max Thomas
Max (2years) would like to say HELLO to his Nanny Jane 
Great-Nanny Penny
Great-Nanny Carol 
Gags 
He miss them all very much
Max Thomas

Hey nanny amd grandad, im missing you guys lots! since the last time i saw you i have now decided i dont like kit kats i like mars bars so grandad needs to go to morrisons. Love you lots and lots see you soon from freddie xxx

Hey nanny amd grandad, im missing you guys lots! since the last time i saw you i have now decided i dont like kit kats i like mars bars so grandad needs to go to morrisons.
Love you lots and lots see you soon from freddie xxx
Community contributor
Hey nanny amd grandad, im missing you guys lots! since the last time i saw you i have now decided i dont like kit kats i like mars bars so grandad needs to go to morrisons.
Love you lots and lots see you soon from freddie xxx
Community contributor

Nanny and Grandad (Wendy and Dave Williams, Norton Canon), I cannot wait until I can finally meet you for kisses and cuddles! Lots of love Ethan Radley xxx

Nanny and Grandad (Wendy and Dave Williams, Norton Canon), I cannot wait until I can finally meet you for kisses and cuddles! Lots of love Ethan Radley xxx
Lucy Radley

Missing you all. See you when this is over.

Missing you all. 
See you when this is over.
Community contributor
Missing you all. 
See you when this is over.
Community contributor

Missing these two can’t wait to catch up after this is all over.

Missing these two can’t wait to catch up after this is all over.
Community contributor

I’m in Spain and my daughter Hollie Pritchard (Senior Nursing Sister/ Specialist) from Park Street is working hard for the NHS in Hereford. We rarely get to speak as she works longer hours during the crisis. I love her, I miss her, and I’m proud of her. Also her sister, Staff Nurse Laura Pritchard....who recently worked 9 X twelve hour shifts in a row......helping to keep everyone safe! I can’t wait to give them both a hug....but it may well not be this year! Hereford Times....please send them both my love!

I’m in Spain and my daughter Hollie Pritchard (Senior Nursing Sister/ Specialist) from Park Street is working hard for the NHS in Hereford. We rarely get to speak as she works longer hours during the crisis. I love her, I miss her, and I’m proud of her. Also her sister, Staff Nurse Laura Pritchard....who recently worked 9  X twelve hour shifts in a row......helping to keep everyone safe! I can’t wait to give them both a hug....but it may well not be this year! Hereford Times....please send them both my love!
Janis Ware Mrs
I’m in Spain and my daughter Hollie Pritchard (Senior Nursing Sister/ Specialist) from Park Street is working hard for the NHS in Hereford. We rarely get to speak as she works longer hours during the crisis. I love her, I miss her, and I’m proud of her. Also her sister, Staff Nurse Laura Pritchard....who recently worked 9  X twelve hour shifts in a row......helping to keep everyone safe! I can’t wait to give them both a hug....but it may well not be this year! Hereford Times....please send them both my love!
Janis Ware Mrs

I miss my twin sister -Heather Rees- badly! She's my absolute hero and best friend but as I'm in Wales and she's in Hereford it's impossible for us to see each other. She's a frontline NHS worker and I'm incredibly proud of her!

I miss my twin sister -Heather Rees- badly! She's my absolute hero and best friend but as I'm in Wales and she's in Hereford it's impossible for us to see each other. She's a frontline NHS worker and I'm  incredibly proud of her!
Helen Harris
I miss my twin sister -Heather Rees- badly! She's my absolute hero and best friend but as I'm in Wales and she's in Hereford it's impossible for us to see each other. She's a frontline NHS worker and I'm  incredibly proud of her!
Helen Harris
I miss my twin sister -Heather Rees- badly! She's my absolute hero and best friend but as I'm in Wales and she's in Hereford it's impossible for us to see each other. She's a frontline NHS worker and I'm  incredibly proud of her!
Helen Harris
I miss my twin sister -Heather Rees- badly! She's my absolute hero and best friend but as I'm in Wales and she's in Hereford it's impossible for us to see each other. She's a frontline NHS worker and I'm  incredibly proud of her!
Helen Harris

Missing our get-togethers and nights out 💖 Amy Pursey, Jane Powell, Louise Millard, Judith Snell and Alison Allan...

Missing our get-togethers and nights out 💖
Amy Pursey, Jane Powell, Louise Millard, Judith Snell and Alison Allan...
Susannah Jones