Your stories - the good, the kind and the quirky from across the West Country during the coronavirus lockdown

We have been inundated with positive responses from ITV West Country viewers to the coronavirus outbreak. These are your uplifting stories.

Devon man mows a heartfelt tribute into cricket club field

This gigantic NHS heart was shaved into Shaldon Optimists Cricket Club's field and filmed from a helicopter from RNAS Yeovilton.

It's okay - it's not vandalism and it wasn't the pitch, the groundsman was responsible!

Streets across the West Country have once again come alive tonight, Thursday 9 April, with people clapping and generally making noise for our key workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • The city of Bath honours the NHS with car horns, church bells - and, of course, clapping

People have come up with all sorts of creative ways to pay tribute to the key workers that are seeing us through this crisis. These knitted bollards appeared in Oldland Common near Bristol the other day.

Don't you just want to give them a virtual hug?

These bollards have been knitted Daleks, Minions and even Yoda in the past - today they're paying tribute to NHS heroes. Credit: Oldland Knitted Bollards

One Somerset street was up early to pay their respects to key workers.

Janet Richards from Norton-sub-Hamdon regularly leads a series of social distancing workouts and Minchingtons Close joins in. This Thursday they exercised to old favourite YMCA - but with new words thanks to Tash, who also does the singing.

They've called the song "Covid-19". Some of the residents are key workers and this is their plea to everyone to stay safe during the pandemic.

Someone in Belluton Road in Bristol has made sure the local posties get some thanks. Credit: ITV West Country

Great grandparents celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary today, 9 April, in isolation at home in Taunton

Happy Diamond Wedding to Elsie and Dennis Mogg from Taunton - self isolating at home and still very much in love! Credit: Gill Mogg
Isla & Henry from Paignton want to thank the paramedic who helped their mum through coronvirus. Credit: Laura Dufty

Isla and Henry Will from Paignton helped make this sign out of a pallet. The family went down with Covid-19 and have come out the other side.

Now they want to say a 'massive thank you' to the NHS and South Western Ambulance Service.

Rainbows galore from Somerset schoolchildren

Many of us have put up rainbows in our windows to show our appreciation for all our key workers during the lockdown. Midsomer Norton Primary School produced so many rainbows they set them to music - a version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow.

One family from Combe Down kept themselves busy by creating this colourful tribute to NHS staff. Credit: ITV West Country
Children from St Martin's Garden Primary School in Bath said a big thank you to the NHS. Credit: ITV West Country

Staff at Westbourne care home in Gloucester came up with their own rendition of "Sweet Caroline" to remind us to "Keep Sanitised".

While this clip from staff and residents at Cleeve Lodge care home in Bristol was great fun.

Lots of organisations have been unable to meet under the Covid-19 restrictions. That hasn't stopped them getting together thanks to modern technology.

This is the Porthleven Town Band performing "Stand By Me" - even if we can't be with people because of the lockdown, we can be with them in spirit.

Staff at a Forest of Dean superstore make customers smile

Supermarket workers are playing a key role in keeping the West Country fed and watered, often under intense pressure. Workers at the Tesco in Lydney found time to put on a routine that put a smile on customers' faces.

Three-year-old Romeo from Truro shows his love for the NHS. Credit: Lisa Nicholls

Thousands of people across the West Country came out onto their doorsteps and leant out of windows on Thursday 2 April, to show their appreciation for carers, NHS staff and key workers.

They clapped with their hands, banged pots and pans and even set off the odd firework in a nationwide #clapforcarers.

Ten-year-old Casey from Burnham-on-Sea sings for key workers

While people across the West Country were clapping for NHS staff and other key workers, some went a little further. Ten-year-old Casey Slocombe entertained her street by singing "You'll Never Walk Alone" but she was doing it for all the people at the frontline during Covid-19.

Dhiru Pandit and his wife Anu from Brentry in Bristol are in isolation because of their age but that didn't stop them showing their support. Dhiru took out his tabla for the mass round of applause - we are told it comes out on New Year's Eve too.

Video courtesy Les Oram

Bristol graffiti artist Zed sprayed this work in the city - legally - to thank the NHS. Credit: Sarah Shaw-Maslin
Ruby and Jennifer Kingwell from Tavistock made the biggest rainbow in their street ready for last Thursday's 8pm clap for carers Credit: Kingwell family

One of the ways we can help the NHS is by keeping safe by social distancing and washing our hands.

Here are four-year-old Nora Allan and Aiden Finch, who's 8, from Puriton in Somerset performing a specially written song to remind us to do this. You may recognise the tune.

Young artist from Exeter joins the fight against Covid-19

Seven-year-old Ella has used her drawing skills to spread an important message. Credit: Jessica Natalie
  • Devon farmer says a BIG thank you to the NHS for their work

Wiltshire duo come up with 104 Days of Self Isolation song

Sisters Ella and Anna Roberts from Calne have created an apt song, based on the Disney theme song, 104 Days of Summer Vacation:

Stroud mum creates amazing flag to show support to NHS Heroes

Myra Stevens sewed this amazing flag to pay tribute to NHS staff. Credit: Victoria Harkins

62-year-old Myra Stevens came up with a unique way to show her support to everyone working so hard for the NHS during the pandemic. She spent a few hours making a special flag and it's now flying high over her Stroud garden.

Women's Institute members in Somerset sing Jerusalem while social distancing

Members of Rodney Stoke and Draycott Women's Institute weren't able to hold their usual meeting due to the coronavirus lockdown.

That didn't stop them taking to the street with an uplifting rendition of the WI's famous anthem, Jerusalem. Nataliya Wills said it was "Great to be together while being socially distant."

Minion delivers early Easter eggs to children in Keyham in Plymouth

We have heard about some extraordinary acts of kindness during the lockdown. In Keyham in Plymouth, the Parmenter family enlisted a Minion to deliver an egg to the doorstep of every child. Hand sanitiser and social distancing measures were all observed. Sherrie and Harley Parmenter say "It was nice to see a smile on so many people's faces."

We think this exchange is delightful:

Former coal mining town Midsomer Norton loves the NHS

An inspiring message has appeared on this slagheap in Somerset. Credit: Hannah Plumley

Lots of people have shown their appreciation for NHS and other key workers by putting signs up in their windows. In Midsomer Norton someone has taken it upon themselves to write their message on the side of the enormous slag heap that dominates the former coal mining town.

  • [Two men from Cheltenham write inspiring message in rocks on hillside](http://Lots of people have shown their appreciation for NHS and other key workers by putting signs up in their windows. In Midsomer Norton someone has taken it upon themselves to write their message on the side of the enormous slag heap that dominates the former coal mining town.)

Meanwhile one Bideford resident has used her creative talents to display a message of thanks on her window.

Emma from Bideford made this sign in appreciation of the key workers doing their bit during the pandemic. Credit: Emma Thorne

Wiltshire couple celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary in self isolation

Fay and Jack Dancey from Melksham are celebrating their Diamond Wedding today - in isolation. Credit: Family

Happy Diamond Wedding Anniversary to Fay and Jack Dancey of Melksham in Wiltshire who are having to celebrate away from their extensive family.

Her son Wayne Dancey says the photo was taken a few years ago. He says, "Mum is the youngest of 13 brothers and sisters and is now unfortunately the only one left. But she does have over 130 nieces and nephews some of which are great, great, great!"

Fay and Jack Dancey got married 60 years ago, on 2 April, 1960. Credit: Family

Birthday girl Lexi gets her own version of Clifton Suspension Bridge

The joys of home learning! Lexi from Knowle, who turns seven today, 2 April, was given the task of building Bristol's famous bridge out of boxes - but her family went one better. Happy Birthday Lexi!

Seven-year-old Lexi and five-year-old Lily on the bridge they made as part of home-learning. Credit: Becky Lane

And then there are the people who have to keep on working but turn it into a joy.

Matt Hulland, Resource Recovery Manager at Exeter City Council caught one of the workers at the waste depot on CCTV.

Children at Threeways Special School in Odd Down, Bath have coloured in rainbows to brighten up their gate. Credit: ITV West Country

Gymnasts from St Austell take on the loo roll challenge

Lots of groups have taken part in loo roll challenges, inspired by the stockpiling of toilet paper in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. Well, we think the girls from Aspire Gymnastics in St Austell have taken the game of Pass the Paper to new heights.

And here are the Yeovil Rugby Ladies team having a go at the #passthepaper challenge. As well as the players they involved coaches, water man and some of their smaller mascots.