South Hams heads into second lockdown - local businesses move online

There are mixed feelings among the people of the South Hams about the second lockdown, with most people understanding the need but not looking forward to the prospect. 

November 2020 To Do List - credit Pickled Marketing

While the first lockdown was lucky to be bathed in warm spring and summer sunshine, a lockdown in November is looking like it will be more rainstorms and grey skies. Despite the good weather, many people found lockdown very difficult. The isolation, the separation from family and friends, and the lack of hugs had a deep effect on a lot of people. The elderly, those with small children, new mums, anyone suffering anxiety or depression disorders were the most impacted and the thought of going back to that situation is causing a great deal of stress. 

The isolation, the separation from family and friends, and the lack of hugs had a deep effect on a lot of people

This is why the graphic from Pickled Marketing, owned and run by ex-Kingsbridge Community College student Suzy Carstairs (née Barnard), really caught my eye. Focussing on the small things we can do and control rather than the big things we have no control over might be the way to keep us all level-headed, hopefully. 

This time around there are differences. Children are still at school, which does seem rather like trying to clean your teeth while eating sweets, but understandably this takes the pressure off those struggling to homeschool, means students don't miss out on any more school than is absolutely necessary - both for educational and mental health reasons, and makes it easier for parents working from home. But it means that we don't have Joe Wicks and his mildly sadistic workouts to follow either - not sure if that's a blessing or a curse! 

we don't have Joe Wicks and his mildly sadistic workouts to follow either - not sure if that's a blessing or a curse!

The rules are less stringent this time too, for better or worse, with people being able to meet members of their "support bubble" in outside space. Children under the age of five, as well as disabled people dependent on round-the-clock care, are not counted towards the limit on two people meeting outside. 

Self Care - stock image

Mental health was one of those things to take a real hammering during the last lockdown, and with the more adverse weather conditions, it is something that will happen again. You can contact the South Hams and West Community Mental Health Team in Tavistock on 01822 610159, or their satellite office in Ivybridge on 01752 891700. 

Many people are reaching out to friends and acquaintances on social media and making sure they know that if those in their sphere need a chat, a rant, a vent, or other support, they are there for them. Look after your friends, check in on your neighbours (from a safe distance) and know that everyone is in the same situation, to a greater or lesser degree. This too shall pass. 

This too shall pass

Non-essential businesses will close, but many will be providing online shopping, check out their social media or websites to get the most up-to-date information. 

Video created by local artist and film maker Lily Bex, find her on Instagram 

Local businesses working hard over lockdown:

The Trading Post

The Trading Post in Kingsbridge is providing a free click and collect service on their website where you can purchase any toys or bikes. You can also ring and order over the phone - 01548 852923 - and arrange delivery or collection. The bike shop is also still open, you can drop off and collect bikes for servicing and repairs, purchase bikes and accessories in store and you can use them as a pick up and drop off place for UPS parcels. They are open every day, 9am-3pm, apart from Wednesday and Sunday. Check out their Facebook and Instagram for all the latest information and special offers. 

New Ember

New Ember, run by wood-burning pyrography artist Lou in Blackawton, is producing natural, recycled, sustainable homeware inspired by nature and the sea. Contact New Ember through their Facebook page, website, or email 

Humble Produce 

Humble Produce is a start-up project looking to connect local producers with local consumers. Jill Lawrence said: "We are bringing together small businesses, local produce and services, and people happy to barter their time or skills." You can register your interest, both as a supplier or a customer, on the website or call 07484 844577. 

The Bear and Blacksmith 

The Bear and Blacksmith in Chillington is providing a takeaway service with different themed menus from Wednesday to Sunday. They have also opened a butchery offering a complete delivery service to your door and making and delivering ready meals for anyone who wants them, including vegetables for £7.50. They have also offered to make 120 jars of chutney for The Care Company South West, who can give them to their staff and put them in hampers, free of charge. Visit their website, Facebook or Instagram for more information. 

Devon Cove Vodka 

Devon Cove Vodka, based in Galmpton, is another business having to switch things up and move online during lockdown. Without the usual events, they have created a range of cocktail kits to sell, so you can get the full experience of their award-winning vodka and divinely fruity damson liqueur at home! For more information visit their website, or find them on Facebook or Instagram

Duke Street

Duke Street, the cafe and deli on Duke Street, Kingsbridge, is still providing sushi takeaways on Friday and Saturday nights, just order by 6pm the night before. You can either collect your order between 6pm and 7pm or they can deliver after 7pm, with free delivery to Kingsbridge and West Alvington. The cafe will be closed, obviously, but the deli is open for essentials between 8am and 3pm, Tuesday to Saturday. Call them on 01548 856100, email or find them on Facebook or Instagram

Story Sense 

Story Sense, run by Nikita Dixon in Kingsbridge, Totnes and Paignton, is creating support packages for parents of babies and toddlers. Every day throughout lockdown she will be sharing activity ideas to do at home with your little one, check out her Facebook page for more information. 

Needle and Shed 

Needle and Shed is run by Jenny Field in Loddiswell and specialises in bespoke creations, handmade, original gloves, socks and facemasks, but can create almost anything; and she's a Gütermann threads stockist. Find her on Facebook.

English in Totnes 

English in Totnes is a boutique language school that is having to move online during this time. An accredited examination centre, British Council accredited, members of English UK and English UK SW and a member of IALC, the school can provide English lessons for children, adults and families. Find out more on their website, or find them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or YouTube

Amy Cardrick 

Amy Cardrick is creating Temple Spa essential workers gift boxes with a hand cream, a hand sanitiser, a bar of soap, a sachet of hot chocolate, a thank you note and a few brochures for £10 plus postage. Contact her on 07984 601045 or by contacting her business' Facebook page here.

We hope everyone stays happy and healthy during the second lockdown. 


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