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by Webmaster, 20th March 2020

Check out the services and community initiatives available during the lockdown

Don't despair. Whether you're self-isolating or simply keeping your social distance, there are plenty of services you can access from the comfort of your home, to say nothing of support groups and other community initiatives.

Scroll down for those local to you. We're updating on a regular basis so keep checking back for new additions. The list is in order of most recently added.

For heartwarming stories about the heroes at work, click here. Or for inspiration in beating the boredom during the lockdown, click here.


ALL AREAS: Time for tea? Artisans Cafe at Lake Vyrnwy are now delivering delicious afternoon teas direct to your door. If you live in the Tanat Valley area, owner Ceri Graham can deliver personally or if you are further field, the cafe are offering a postal service to anywhere in mainland UK. Afternoon Tea for two costs £20 and includes homemade scones with clotted cream and jam and homemade Bara Brith, all baked and dispatched with 24 hours of placing the order. Artisans are just as well known for their indulgent Belgian chocolates, which can also be delivered and would make the perfect gift for a friend who is self isolating. Choose from milk, white or dark chocolate in a variety of flavours including sea salt, fruit and nut, marshmallows or cranberry. Prices from £10 for three bars or £12.50 with personalised labels. For more information visit the Artisan Facebook page here or e-mail ceri.artisans@yahoo.com

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LLANFYLLIN, POWYS: The number of vegans in the UK has quadrupled over the last five years and thanks to campaigns like Veganuary, it’s never been easier to find delicious vegan food and recipes. Right here on the Welsh Borders, you can buy home-cooked, healthy vegan produce from Vegan Goodies Wales at a street stall in Llanfyllin every Thursday morning. Cooked fresh from her home in nearby Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant, Kim Negri’s artisan deli is usually based in Oswestry market, but since the lockdown, Kim has moved to the Llanfyllin stall. Specialities include chickfree pies, fish free & potato pie, roasted butter squash with lentil quiche, specialist vegan cheeses, rustic sourdough and vegan chocolate brownies. Vegan Goodies Wales will be in Llanfyllin every Thursday from 8am. For more information visit www.vegangoodieswales.co.uk or www.facebook.com/vegangoodieswales

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ALL AREAS: Remember 'early doors' down the pub? Well here's an idea to quench your thirst. Get a round in now for when your local reopens, and help ensure it does survive and reopen. Click here for the full story

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ALL OF WALES: Can't wait? The pubs may be closed but you can still grab a drop of your favourite brew. The Mumbles Brewery in Swansea offer a beer delivery service across Wales. Visit www.mumblesbrewery.co.uk/shop

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ALL AREAS: Welsh book publisher Graffeg are offering discounted books for friends and family in need. Sitting down with a good book can offer the perfect escapism for many of us in isolation; it can transport us into another world and trigger our imaginations. Yet sadly with the coronavirus lockdown comes financial hardship, so buying a book could be a luxury many people may not be able to justify at the moment. Llanelli-based Graffeg, who publish illustrated books for adults and children, are stepping in with an offer of half-price books customers can buy online for a friend in need. By using the online code 'Helpyourneighbour' customers can purchase books for others or donate books to selected charities at a 50-percent discount with free delivery. Visit www.graffeg.com/help-your-neighbour for more information.

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SHREWSBURY AREA: Louise Leadbetter from Counselling Shrewsbury is in the process setting up Radio Gaga to help those who are anxious or who have questions about why they are feeling a certain way during lockdown. The plan is for soundbites with music and Louise will respond to questions put to her. You can call her on 07973 223404.

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WREXHAM AREA: Lewis’s farm shop in Eyton, Wrexham are renowned locally for their quality meat, delicious homemade pastries (the sausage rolls are amazing, so we're told!) and cakes. And in ‘normal’ times they sell all the essentials, from bread and milk to jam and chutney, even frozen fruit for your crumble and logs for your fire. Right now they're offering an order and collect service on limited products and will deliver to vulnerable locals. The website tells you all you need to know, and "they deserve our support during this unusual time" says reader Bev Matwiejew. Visit www.lewisfarmshop.com

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ALL AREAS: While turning to drink may not be the healthiest way to cope with the lockdown (however tempting), the odd tipple can certainly bring some enjoyment to your confinement. Tanners wine merchants may have closed their doors to visitors, but you can still access a huge array of wines, champagnes and spirits from around the world via their well stocked and easy to use website. Local and national deliveries are available and continue to operate just as before, and to help cope with the virus, a new proof of delivery procedure has been introduced to protect both drivers and customers alike. The parcel is left on your doorstep, the driver knocks on your door, steps back two metres and asks your name for proof of delivery, meaning a signature will not be required. For more into, visit www.tanners-wines.co.uk

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SHROPSHIRE/MID WALES: Tending our gardens could be the one thing that keeps us sane over the next few weeks, but as garden centres close their doors to visitors it’s not easy to find essential supplies, such as compost, seeds and plants. Derwen Garden Centre, just outside Welshpool, are now taking orders over the phone, however, and offering deliveries. Or you can collect from their car park. Derwen’s farm shop is also being kept well-stocked with meat, vegetables and other groceries and while this is still open to visitors, if you would rather not come in you can phone through your order, pay on the phone and Derwen will leave your box outside the shop. Visit: www.derwengardencentre.co.uk

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TYWYN, GWYNEDD: Tywyn Cinema is famous in the area for being a valuable community hub, even providing free Christmas meals to the lonely. Though the actual cinema has had to close its doors for the foreseeable future, the team are continuing to help local residents during this difficult time. A coronavirus helpline has been set up by the staff at the cinema, with the help of the town council, offering different types of assistance for locals in need, such as help with buying food, walking dogs and picking up prescriptions. If you live in the area and would benefit from their help, visit: tywyndistrictcoronasupport.co.uk

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WHITCHURCH: Lilly’s Lunches catering company in Whitchurch, Shropshire is offering a special menu each week with four fresh meals to choose from which can be delivered to those in self-isolation or to the elderly. All main meals are £4.50 each and can be delivered with advanced notice. Call 07734 583704 for more information. 

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SHREWSBYRY: If you live in the Bayston Hill area of Shrewsbury and are in need of help, 140 volunteers are on hand to collect essentials, walk dogs and offer phone calls to those who are self-isolating. Visit www.baystonhillcommunity.co.uk

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SHREWSBURY: Robson's Stores on Ellesmere Road in Greenfields, Shrewsbury, is offering a free local delivery service for the elderly and vulnerable. Please call 01743 352073 or message www.facebook.com/Rsgreenfields/posts/3235245683176522 with any orders and payment can be made over the phone, by cheque or cash on delivery. 

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OSWESTRY: Gillhams Delicatessen in Oswestry is offering a delivery service of grocery boxes, which include freshly baked breads, home cooked meats, fresh fruit, cereals, eggs and much more. Boxes are made to order and delivered to your doorstep. Call 01691 653187 or drop an email to info@gillhamsdeli.co.uk

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ALL AREAS: Here at Border Publishing we're offering to post free copies of our latest magazines to all those in the region in need of some mental stimulation. And we're asking you to let us know who they are and what you think they'd like to read. Click here for full story

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If you're a business or organisation offering services and/or assistance during this period and would like to be listed on these pages, email newsletter@borderpublishing.com

 

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