Here to Help

Last updated 30 March 2020

Coronavirus – supporting our community

As a small community, we need to do all we can to support each other and keep each other safe in the light of the Coronavirus outbreak. Here’s what’s happening in the villages, things to look out for and how you can help.

Village Store and Café

The shop remains open until 1pm each day.  They’re getting most of the basic items in and are happy to put items aside for you. The cafe is closed  but they’re continuing to serve snacks and drinks.

As the shop is small, they’re taking a few steps to keep everyone safe.

  • They’ll be serving customers from the doorway so everyone can keep two metres apart. Please be patient, there’ll be a supply of umbrellas for when it rains!
  • Save time by phoning ahead on 770097 to place an order. You can pay over the phone with a debit or credit card, or when you collect.
  • If you’re paying at the shop, please use a contactless card or mobile phone if possible, to minimise cash handling.
  • The shop can’t deliver groceries but your Neighbourhood Volunteer may be able to do so for you.  If you don’t know who yours is, there’s a list in the shop, or contact George West-Robinson.
  • Newspapers can also be reserved, and delivered for £1 per week (on top of the cost of the papers).  Again, you can call the shop to place your order.

As it’s not clear how long the virus can last on inorganic surfaces, the shop will unfortunately need to put the jigsaw exchange idea on hold for the time being. However, you can still pick up a book to read from the village phone box library on Rockingham Road.

Thank you for your support.

Homegrown beef and lamb

If you’re having trouble getting hold of meat, Simon and Wendy Hempson-Medwell have a limited amount of frozen meat (homegrown Pedigree Longhorn beef and some homegrown lamb) from their farm, that they can deliver to your door. Butchered locally by Joseph Morris, cuts include topside beef joints, lamb shoulders, slow cooked frying steak and mince. Prices are based on supermarket prices. Contact Wendy on 07557 642443, email

Neighbourhood Volunteers

Following the appeal from our Parish Councils, an amazing 72 villagers have stepped forward to offer support to neighbours who are vulnerable or self-isolating.

Every cluster of 10 houses in Cottingham and Middleton now has its own Neighbourhood Volunteer assigned, and you should have received a leaflet through your door with their name and contact details.  If you didn’t receive or can’t find your leaflet, please contact George West-Robinson.

Because of the fantastic response, we also have a reserve team who can step in if needed, and several people have agreed to help out in the village shop too.

This scheme is all new and, as such, is likely to give rise to queries and good ideas in equal measure. We’d be pleased to receive any ideas and feedback you may have, preferably by email to any of the contacts below. 

A huge thank you to everyone who has offered their support.

Virtual Church Services

All church buildings are closed at the moment, but you can join in with a virtual church service from St John’s Church, Corby at 10am every Sunday, with the Reverend Paul Frost. Click on the following link:

Clap for our Carers, 8pm, Thursdays

Thanks to everyone who turned out on their patios, drives and doorsteps to ‘Clap for our Carers’, bang saucepans and cheer for our NHS at 8pm last Thursday.  There has been a call to do this at 8pm every Thursday. Keep an eye on the national media for the latest information.

Cancellations and closures

We’ve been advised that the following events and activities won’t be going ahead, due to the Coronavirus situation:

  • Parish Council and local elections, 7 May. All postponed until next year.
  • Village Wine Safari, 16 May. The organisers will refund anyone who has paid for tickets in advance and will also return any wine donations. It’s hoped that the Wine Safari can be reinstated later this year if possible but, obviously, it is difficult to judge right now. If you have any queries, please contact Ali Freestone on email

  • Village Store and Cafe AGM, 21 May.
  • The Welland Wanderer bus service to Corby and Market Harborough has been suspended until further notice. The service will resume as soon as Government advice makes it practicable.
  • The Village Hall Annex is now closed until the end of June. Any events that were planned to take place between now and then will of course not happen. The VHMC will keep the situation under review and will re-open as and when advice deems it safe to do so.

Corby Foodbank

Donations to Corby Foodbank are seriously reduced at the moment. If you’d like to make a donation of non-perishable food to the Foodbank, Jane Sheldon has offered to take supplies up there every Monday. Please drop them into her porch anytime at 28 Rockingham Road, Cottingham.

Postal Services

Our lovely posties Chris and Mel have asked us to share the following information with you.

  • When delivering large parcels, they’ve been instructed to knock the door, place the package on the step and move back to the recommended distance while they wait for you to answer. They’re not being unfriendly!
  • If a signature is needed, you’ll no longer need to finger sign their PDA machine, they’ll enter ‘CV19’ in the signature box instead.
  • Special delivery items will be guaranteed for delivery by 5pm on the stated day, rather than 1pm.

Huge thanks to Chris and Mel for remaining so cheery and upbeat amidst all this gloom!

The Dale

If you’re looking to get out for a bit of fresh air and exercise (once a day, and keeping 2 metres apart of course!), please be aware that there will be cows grazing in The Dale from 1 April. The grazier has assured us that, in accordance with the grazing agreement, the number of cows will be kept to a minimum (no more than 10) and there will be no calves, bulls or cows with horns. In addition, he has advised us that he has selected cows that are mature and used to being around people. If there are any problems, please contact David Grayson on 772565, email

Nazz Spice of Middleton

Nazz is providing ‘drive through’ takeaways and home deliveries, with contactless payment only. The team has also introduced additional, stringent health and hygiene procedures to keep everyone safe and protected during this difficult time.

Full information is available on the restaurant’s Facebook page. You can order by calling the restaurant on 771119, or online via Just Eat.

Nazz has also said that they shop regularly so, if anyone in self-isolation needs help getting essentials, they are more than happy to help out where they can.

Royal George

The Royal George is offering ‘car park’ collections and free home deliveries on a special menu for residents in Cottingham, Middleton and East Carlton. They can deliver bottles of wine, cider and beer too. You can contact The George on 660505 and see the menu on their Facebook page.

Spread Eagle

The Spread Eagle is currently on lockdown, in line with Government guidelines. Rob and his team say they’ve looked into offering a delivery/take away service, but have concluded there is no 100% safe way to do this for their customers or staff.

The Spread has generously given any remaining fresh produce to staff and some of their older customers, and have donated the remainder to the Village Store, who they support whenever they can. Rob says: “We would like to wish everyone a safe passage through all of this, and hope to see you all when we can hopefully reopen.”

For more information and the full message from Rob, please see the Spread’s Facebook page.

Watch out for scams!

WARNING: Please be on your guard against unscrupulous scammers attempting to exploit the Coronavirus situation. In particular:

  • We’ve been alerted to an email purporting to be from the HMRC with a link to a very convincing fake website, asking you asking you to enter details to receive a tax rebate. More…
  • Northants Police have made us aware of a cold caller knocking on doors in Kettering offering Coronavirus home-testing kits in exchange for debit card details.

Never click on a link in an email that you’re not expecting, and never give your card details to anyone you don’t know. More information and advice is available from Action Fraud, consumer champions Which? and this BBC news article also identifies some of the scams that have been identified and how you can keep yourself safe online.

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Please comply with, and keep yourselves updated on Public Health England instructions. Stay safe and stay well.