• Countryside Alliance Team

Your Stories #3: Rising to the Occasion

A massive thank you to readers who are sending us positive stories from around the country. We have a fantastic time reading them and look forward to sharing them every week!

"In challenging times, Yarpole village shop has risen to the occasion. We are so pleased by the way the community and the shop have come together in this difficult season. Along with increased sanitisation, screens have been erected in front of the cashier / post office counters and all social distancing and other regulations are being strictly adhered to. An online or phone-in ‘order and collect’ system as well as a delivery service to the vulnerable is running well, meeting the needs of our village and the surrounding area.

Although the shop is small, the church is being utilised to organise and pack the boxes with appropriate distance for staff and customer collections. About 40 orders are being packed per week and the shop is still open for sales (maximum two customers allowed in at a time). The Gallery Café (above the shop) offers takeaway meals. This is all being done with such excellence by the wonderful volunteers and shop manager. Most grateful for this village shop."

- Maria Batty

"Hadleigh in Suffolk is a small town known for medieval connections to the wool trade. We had a thriving local economy and a busy High Street, lots of independent traders and only two supermarkets. Since lock down those independent traders have found ways to keep their customers supplied.

Karl, who runs a fruit and veg stall at our Friday market, has begun selling 'veg boxes' through the wonderful "Hadleigh Cares" network. Over 100 volunteers organise deliveries, collect payment, and put through our orders to Karl. Then our butcher, The Jolly Meat Company, does home deliveries in the afternoons after closing their shop at 2pm. The curry shop delivers a curry every Wednesday to its vulnerable customers. Both supermarkets are increasing discounts for their wonderful employees. We all feel so well supported and proud to be a part of this wonderful town."

- Cherry Crawford


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