Over the last few weeks we have been going behind the scenes in Kirkby Lonsdale to see for ourselves how individuals and businesses in our community are making a real difference. Follow us as we delve into the inner layers of our fantastic community and show the driving forces behind Lockdown 3…
Borders Greengrocers and the Milk Round
The owners of Borders Greengrocers are up early (or late!) working hard every day to provide the community with fresh milk and groceries. Starting from 11pm Sarah and Scott work through the night making deliveries, only returning to the shop pre-sunrise to receive the fresh fruit & veg delivery before serving customers all day. This business is really one that never sleeps and has gone above and beyond to support the town over the last year in its time of need. We really do not know what we would do without them and we love their beautiful personalised Kirkby Lonsdale milk bottles!
Lunesdale Bakery’s Fresh Bread
Lunesdale Bakery work hard every night from 9pm to ensure the town has fresh bread and bakes early each morning. Owain works tirelessly to ensure his bakery runs seamlessly. He has donated fresh bread to the Community Cupboard as needed right from the start of the initiative. Between Border’s Greengrocers, Dales Butchers and Lunesdale Bakery, Main Street never truly goes to sleep in its drive to support the town – even if the usual hustle and bustle isn’t filling the streets!
Dales Butchers’ Award Winning Food
Similarly, Dales Butchers have kept up their excellent service throughout the pandemic, supplying the town with good food and local meat. Ranging from corn fed chicken and venison sausages to pork & damson pies, the Dale’s team certainly have a high-quality selection to treat yourself with when you’re in need of a delicious pick me up. Open from 6am every morning, you’ve plenty of time every day to pick up some of their award-winning meat and dairy items.
The Community Cupboard Lunches and Food Boxes
With the help and support from many in town, The Community Cupboard alleviate some of the worry of providing food on top of all the other stresses many are experiencing at the moment. Mel and Kerry from Devil’s Bridge Snacks cook all the lunches each week, while an outstanding team of around 40 volunteers pack and deliver the food boxes. Every Tuesday and Friday they offer lunches for anyone who needs a break from it all for a voluntary donation of £3.50 (on a pay if you can basis). They also work with Fareshare to reduce waste, distributing intercepted produce which would have otherwise gone to landfill before it’s use by date.
The Highwayman Hikes and Lockdown Livestreams
Here is Aimee Sharples, Landlady of The Highwayman pub, working hard in her office as she writes up another fantastic Highwayman Hike walking guide for the local community to enjoy during their weekends – and for the wider community to enjoy from the comforts of their own home (with stunning pictures of the beautiful Lune Valley scenery often provided by Robin Ree!)
We joined Aimee on one of her famed Highwayman Hikes over Facebook Livestream on Sunday 28thFebruary and learnt about how it all began. From a pub trip up the Yorkshire 3 peaks to trying to stay sane in Lockdown, watch the livestream on our Facebook page to discover what keeps Aimee going and, in turn, how she keeps the community going.
It has been an eye-opening experience to find out what’s really going on behind the scenes in Kirkby Lonsdale over the last few months. The quiet streets can sometimes be deceiving, but it is clear that as a community we are supporting each other to make life a little (or a lot!) easier for one another.
We have an exciting project in the pipeline as we look to spotlighting the incredible heroes of our town – so let us know if there’s anyone you think should be recognised for their contribution to the community! You can email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or message us on Facebook or Instagram.
If you are struggling during Lockdown try reaching out to family members or friends, visit our Mutual Aid Page or you can use any of these resources below:
Cumbria County Council (Advice and Information): https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/coronavirus/landingpage.asp
Cumbria County Council (Welfare): https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/welfare/default.asp
Every Life Matters (Welfare): https://www.every-life-matters.org.uk/get-help/
Southlakes Housing (Welfare): https://www.southlakeshousing.co.uk/coronavirus-covid-19-emergency-support-helpline/
Southlakeland District Council (Business Support): https://www.southlakeland.gov.uk/business-and-trade/business-support-grants-coronavirus-covid-19/