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Next Wednesday 22nd December 2021 the collection will be from Withy Copse Workshops on Horsepond Road just outside Gallowstree Common RG4 9HN. The entrance is close to the cross roads with Wood Lane and Wyfold Road. Collection is between 11.30am and 1.00pm.
We will then be taking a holiday until Wednesday 12th January 2022 when we will go back to our normal meeting place of the Kidmore End Parish Room.
Fruit and Vegetable Boxes and much more
Unlock Something New
How Local veg etc started
- even before lock down was enforced on 23rd March we had a food supply problem. There was increasingly little on the shelves quite apart from the toilet roll shortage and going to the shops was discouraged particularly for the over 70's and for anyone with an 'underlying condition'. My husband has Diabetes and that was classified as an underlying condition so how were we going to get any food? Whilst queueing outside the local butcher in Sonning Common I heard that Dudmans, a wholesale fruit and veg merchant at Emmer Green, would deliver. That first week I spent £32.24 on a vegetable and fruit box, some extra milk for a couple in the Hamlet where one of them was recovering from radiotherapy treatment and 3 cabbages for my parents. They are very keen on cabbage ..........
The first box was a joy to receive and the most enormous relief.
The Dudmans delivery driver was harassed - he had tens of deliveries all to residential households and of course they were not set up for retail.
I asked him without thinking of the possible implications - just to ensure a continuing supply line -
'Would it would help if I did some deliveries locally and you could just deliver to here as a hub?'
'You bet!' he said.
Our first delivery to the local neighbourhood was 2nd April 2020. We have been delivering weekly ever since and now have 31 households on our delivery list. Not everyone takes a delivery every week so we deliver to about 15 households per week. This is a local initiative with 3 volunteers. It has been set up by local people for local people and is supporting local businesses.
We have created a social network round these weekly deliveries and we are all contributing to that precious commodity 'social capital'.
Can this continue? I hope so.
But the best testimonial to this venture comes from Deborah Hemnett who volunteered to help in the first week of lock down –
I'm really happy to help out. It also gives me something positive to do. I've met so many lovely people doing this. I order eggs for a friend, the dog bones are very good value.
You are doing a great job organising and delivering everyone's orders.
Thank you for taking me up on my offer, it's a good team effort.
How It Works
Simple & Easy To Use
We sort your veg/fruit order at the Kidmore End Parish Room on Wednesday mornings where we also offer a socially distanced cuppa and hopefully a piece of cake. (There is no charge for the cuppa or the cake). Your order needs to be finalised by the previous Monday at 4pm. Start by selecting the items you would like in your shopping basket and then once you have finalised your list head over to the checkout. You can order as many times as you like up until 4pm on Monday.
Get in Touch
Do you have any questions? Feel free to contact us directly.
Withy Copse, Horsepond Road, Kidmore End, RG4 9HN