2 April 2020
Hampton-in-Arden has recently become a Community Village. Coordinated by local resident Carmel Digweed, the village has come together in a united effort to support those in need.
Volunteers are helping to provide essential assistance to vulnerable people and those self-isolating in the area, including shopping deliveries and dog walking. The volunteers have also set up a daily pharmacy rota, to ensure local residents get their prescriptions in good time.
Businesses in the village are also stepping in to help. The post office and village store have been quick to set up new schemes to help those self-isolating, including free newspaper delivery and a fresh ready meal delivery service. Hampton Manor’s restaurant has launched Peels to the People, delivering meals and essential supply packs. Village pub The Beeches has also started a new meal delivery service, and for every meal bought at full price, they will donate a meal to a vulnerable person in need. And while Sandwiches At No.6 have had to temporarily close their cafe, they have set up an new service delivering baked goods and breakfast packs to the local area. Hampton-in-Arden charity the George Fentham Trust have even found a way to keep their weekly OAP lunches running, by delivering the meals to the elderly.
The scheme has fostered a real sense of community in the village and the number of volunteers is growing daily. Working together, the volunteers have been able to reach out to as many people as possible, making sure that the most vulnerable have the assistance they need.
The whole of the Hampton-in-Arden community are united to face the challenges of Coronavirus crisis – proving they are stronger together.