Here to Help

Last updated 3 October 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 stepped forward to offer support to neighbours who are vulnerable or self-isolating, and every cluster of 10 houses in Cottingham and Middleton has a Neighbourhood Champion assigned.

Neighbourhood Champions – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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!

Welland Wanderer

Corby Borough Council is continuing to fund the Welland Wanderer, and the bus service to Harborough and Corby is now back up and running. Unless you are exempt, face coverings must be worn on board.

View timetable

Village Hall Annex

The Village Hall Annex has re-opened for bookings where the number of attendees can be managed in line with government guidance, and where appropriate social distancing can be guaranteed.

The Village Hall Management Committee has put arrangements in place to ensure compliance with Covid regulations. This means that for the time being only the main hall is being let and the kitchen is not available for use. Pilates classes have re-started, as certain activities are exempt from the current ‘rule of six’. You can find more information on the website.

The Village Store and Café is currently open from 8am to 1pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 1pm Sundays.

Two customers with face masks can enter the shop at any one time and the cafe is open for two tables of two people at any one time. There is also some outside seating available – weather permitting of course!

The 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.

As things start to get back to a new kind of normal, please make sure you continue to support your local store as much as you can. Remember that the shop needs a certain level of trade to continue stocking fresh produce, and your continued support will also ensure they can continue to supply all the essentials and offer the same level of service in the event of a second spike, or even a big snowfall.

Thank you for your support.

Fresh fish

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

Royal George

The Royal George is back open and they are also continuing to do takeaway and home delivery meals from Monday to Thursday, with a 10% discount on restaurant prices.

If you’d like to dine in, please call the pub to book a table. To discourage no-shows, Kev and Deb have introduced a £5 per person deposit for tables of more than five people. Remember that face coverings must be worn when walking around inside the pub.

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)

Contact the pub on 660505 or see their website or Facebook page.

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.

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 cafe is also back open providing drinks and snacks. Please contact the club on 01536 403119 for the latest information.

Blackthorn Cafe

Blackthorn Café has opened up at the golf course, currently offering paninis, breakfast rolls, cakes and coffee. You can also book afternoon tea with 24 hours’ notice.

Contact Nikki Elliott

Sid’s Fruit and Veg Van

Sid’s is a new service coming to the villages on Thursday afternoons providing home delivery of locally sourced groceries, fresh fruit and veg from their van, that’s kitted out as a vintage shop. You can order online and book a home delivery, or collect from the van as it comes through the villages. More>>

See or contact Bev on 07870 581990.

Cottingham-reared lamb from Bull Pen Farm

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.

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

Parish Council meetings online

Both our Parish Councils are currently holding their monthly meetings online, using the Zoom platform. If you’d like to join the meeting virtually, log-in details are available on the Parish Council websites and noticeboards, or email your Parish Clerk. Meeting agendas and minutes are available on the Parish Council’s websites. All details below.

WebsiteNext meetingClerk’s email

Tuesday 20 Oct, 7.30pm
Tue 17 Nov, 7.30pm

Wed 7 October, 7pm
Wed 4 November, 7pm

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:

Watch out for scams

There has been an increase in cyber and fraud related crime since the COVID outbreak. Northants Police has produced two useful leaflets to help you protect yourself against fraud and keep yourself safe online.

Take five – 5 steps to preventing fraud – download leaflet
Protect yourself from scams – download leaflet

In particular, please be alert to the following:

  • Automated phone calls supposedly from Amazon Prime asking you to ‘press 1’ to take action, and fake emails from Amazon asking you to click on a link to verify your account.
  • Fraudsters asking you to buy Amazon gift cards to pay for goods and services, or 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.
  • Fake websites selling protective face masks, hand sanitiser etc that never arrive.
  • Emails 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…

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.

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.

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.

Village email updates – view archive

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