This Christmas will not be business as usual for so many people. With anxiety about Covid-19, jobs and livelihoods, and whether we can even spend time with friends and family this Christmas, we need to be more considerate and check in with those people who need support.
There are simple ways to help your local community, taking considered choices when buying presents, food and even Christmas decorations. While it’s so easy to buy gifts on Amazon, with a little time and effort, you can find some wonderful gifts that have been made locally or in the Uk and that helps to support a small business as opposed to line the pockets of Jeff Bezos or Tesco shareholders. From buying Christmas cards from local artists, to gift vouchers from your local pub or restaurant. If you have a present in mind, search a little harder to see if someone is making it locally. If everyone made one purchase from a local business, it would have a significant effect on the local economy during these challenging times.
The Christmas meal is a simple way to support many local businesses in one fell swoop. You can buy local turkey, goose, cockerel or ribs of beef from most independent butchers and farm shops. Most are offering click and collect or delivery services. Brussel sprouts, potatoes, parsnips and carrots, broccoli and walnuts are all in season and grown locally, as are apples and pears.
Specialty items like Chalkstream Trout, all our Cheesemakers, gin, wine, beer and cider makers usually rely on restaurants and pubs for the majority of their trade – now they are relying on us to help them out more than ever. So during lockdown, if you have a little more time on your hands to do some Christmas shopping online, seek out the locals…. Here are some suggestions to get you going:
You can order delivery from these fantastic local restaurants:
You may have seen cards and artwork in the shop from the following local artists:
Chris Gilbert – Woodcuts & Watercolours
Andrea Martin – Pen and Ink hares and animals
Katrin Eagle – Wool Artist
It might be worth setting up a directory, so if you know of any local artist, craftsperson, or artisan, let me know and we can build a list.