Here to Help

Last updated 2 July 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.

Neighbourhood Champions

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 Champion 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.

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.

The co-ordinators have collated some of the feedback and questions from volunteers and residents into the attached Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), which will be kept regularly updated.

The co-ordinators are always happy to receive any feedback, good ideas or queries you may have, preferably by email, to any of the contacts below. 

A huge thank you to all our volunteers. You truly are Champions!

The shop is currently open until 1pm each day.  They’re happy to put items aside for you, and you can call ahead on 770097 to place an order.

As the shop is small, they’re serving customers from the doorway and contactless payment by card or mobile is preferred. The cafe is closed but they’re continuing to serve snacks and drinks.

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.

Thank you for your support.

Fresh fish

Grimsby fishmonger Paul Farrell (Farrell’s Fish) is back outside the Village Store and Cafe from 12 noon to 12.30pm every Wednesday. You can contact Paul on 07730 601644, email

Anyone for coffee?

If you’re missing your Starbucks/Costa/Pret, the Village Store and Cafe has a full barista set-up, ready to serve amazing coffee and delicious home made cakes to take away. You can even call ahead on 01536 770097 and they’ll have it ready for you.

Clive Greening is bringing his mobile Really Awesome Coffee van, serving coffees, teas, milkshakes and frappes to Rockingham Forest Wheelers on Ashley Road every Saturday, around 2.30pm. If you download the Really Awesome Coffee App and scan it at the van, it’ll tell you when the van is on its way/arrived, as well as earning loyalty points for free coffees.

Cottingham-reared lamb from Bull Pen Farm

Royal George reopening 4 July

The Royal George will be re-opening at 12 noon on Saturday 4 July. There is inside and outside seating (that can be covered if it rains), all with table service to maintain social distancing. If you’d like to eat, please call the pub to book a table, as they’ll need to limit numbers. If you just want a drink, there’s no need to book, but there’s no standing at the bar – stay social, but stay safe.

Pub opening hours for now are as follows.
Saturday: 12 noon to 11pm (food served 12 to 8.30)
Sunday: 12 noon to 11pm (food served 12 to 5)
Monday to Friday: 4 to 11pm (food served 6 to 8.30)

If you’d like a takeaway or delivery, please call the pub on 660505 and they’ll see what they can do, but this will depend on how busy the pub gets.

Nazz Spice of Middleton

Nazz is providing ‘drive through’ takeaways and home deliveries, with contactless payment only. Full information is available on the restaurant’s Facebook page. You can order by calling the restaurant on 771119, or online via Just Eat.

Spread Eagle

For the latest information from the Spread, please see their Facebook page.

Parish Council meetings online

Both our Parish Councils will be holding their monthly meetings virtually for the forseeable future, using the Zoom platform. If you’d like to join the meeting virtually, please email your Parish Clerk for a log-in and password. Meeting agendas and minutes are available on the Parish Council’s websites. All details below.

WebsiteNext meetingClerk’s email

Wednesday 9 July, 7pm

Tuesday 14 July, 7.30pm

Enjoying the countryside

If you’re looking to get out for a bit of fresh air and exercise, you may like to try out the Cottingham and Middleton Village Walks, that take you round the villages and show you points of interest along the way.

There are also plenty of short circular walks using the footpaths in the villages, which you can see on this interactive map. Footpaths are marked with dashes and the Jurassic Way with diamonds. For the clearest view, set the slider in the middle of the marker at the top left of the map.

We’ve been advised that the stile leading into the golf course (off the back road around Cottingham) is currently broken, so please take care if you are going that way on your daily walk. Cottingham Parish Council has been informed. 

There are currently cows grazing in The Dale. The grazier has assured us that, in accordance with the grazing agreement, there’ll be no more than 10 cows – no calves, bulls or cows with horns, and all mature beasts that are used to being around people. If there are any problems, please contact David Grayson on 772565, email

Blackthorn Wood Golf Course

Blackthorn Wood Golf Course is back open from 8.30am to 5.30pm, for telephone bookings and for members only, and the driving range is open for anyone to use, from 8.30pm to 6pm. The bar is closed but the clubhouse is open for payment and toilet facilities. You’ll appreciate that the situation is changing all the time though, so please contact the club on 01536 403119 for the latest information.

Cottingham Cof E Primary School

Cottingham C of E Primary School, working alongside Weldon CofE School, has been open throughout lockdown for children of key workers and those deemed to be vulnerable. And since Easter, parents and carers have been doing a sterling job as home tutors using home schooling plans provided by the school.

On June 1, the school welcomed back Reception Class, Year 1 and Year 6 children. The children have missed out on some trips and events as a result of the pandemic, but the school are pleased to say that their annual sports day will be going ahead virtually over a 10-day period, with children earning points towards their house team. Let the games begin!

Science at home

If you have kids off school needing some stimulation, Cottingham’s Kerry Esgate-Green, who is a former secondary school science teacher, is offering free online video science tutorials through her company Super Scientists. She has also produced 30 fun, ‘£1 practicals’ science kits for kids aged 4 (with adult supervision) to 15 years, all available through her website at Kerry can deliver a selection to your door, with Paypal and Online payment available, and can post outside the villages for a small extra cost to cover postage. She can also rent and deliver science equipment to the villages for £2 a day. Contact Kerry on email or telephone 07539 478874.

Cancellations and closures

The following events and activities have been postponed / cancelled due to the Coronavirus situation.

  • Parish Council and local elections, 7 May
  • Village Wine Safari, 16 May

  • Cottingham and Middleton Summer Fete, July
  • VE Day Celebration , 22 August

  • The Village Hall Annex is currently closed. The VHMC will keep the situation under review and will re-open as and when advice deems it safe to do so.

  • 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.

Corby Foodbank

Corby Foodbank has seen the number of people going in for food parcels jump to an all time record. If you’d like to make a donation of non-perishable food to the Foodbank, Jane Sheldon is taking 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!

Virtual Church Services

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:

Facebook Live Q&A sessions

Northants Police are holding weekly Facebook Live Q&A sessions every Thursday from 4.30pm to 5pm, where Chief Constable Nick Adderley and his Officers answer questions about their policing operation during the Covid-19 outbreak. More…

Watch your speed

Northamptonshire Safer Roads Alliance is urging motorists to slow down when driving on our county roads. Remember that road collisions put an extra strain on our emergency services, depriving precious medical care to those who really need it.

Reporting Covid 19 breaches

If you wish to report a suspsected breach of the Covid 19 regulations, please use this online portal set up by Northants Police.

Northamptonshire has launched its very first Integrated Mental Health Response Hub -a 24/7 telephone support system. If you are feeling anxious, stressed or feel that you need a bit of support with your mental wellbeing, you can get support from a helpful Mental Health Navigator by calling 0300 330 1011.

Watch out for scams

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

  • There has been a surge in fake websites selling protective face masks, hand sanitiser etc that never arrive. Please be on your guard.
  • 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…
  • Fraudsters are trying to trick people into buying Amazon gift cards, saying they can then use the cards to pay for goods and services, or even to claim prize money or lottery winnings. Amazon gift cards can only be used for buying things online at Amazon, they cannot be used for anything else.

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.

The Safer Corby Team at Corby Borough Council has produced a leaflet giving advice on support services available and how to prevent becoming a victim of scams currently prevalent as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.  View Safer Corby Team leaflet.

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.

For the latest updates, please keep an eye on this page #HeretoHelp and the village Facebook page. You can also sign up for email updates here.

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