Lockdown Legends Awards
Deliciouslyorkshire are proud to launch the Lockdown Legends Awards to recognise and celebrate the inspirational work carried out by Yorkshire’s food and drink industry over this challenging time.
The aim of the Deliciouslyorkshire Lockdown Legends Awards was to shine a light on the fantastic work and acts of kindness being carried by our food and drink businesses during this exceptional time.
We received over 200 nominations for our Business and Community awards, highlighting stories of businesses going above and beyond to diversify, accommodate and serve their communities under incredibly difficult circumstances.
Our judges had the enormous task of narrowing down these entries into a shortlist for our two categories, eventually ending up with 6 worthy contenders for each. The shortlist was then put to an online public vote which saw thousands of votes placed to determine our eventual winners.
CHILLI’s MD and Lockdown judge David Whittle added: “It’s been amazing seeing not only the amount of entries and votes but truly humbling to read the stories of how businesses and individuals have coped during the past few months.”
We’re delighted to now be able to announce our Lockdown Legend winners along with 2 businesses that were highly commended.
A huge thank you to our judges and to our sponsor Chilli, as well as to everyone who took the time to nominate and vote. It’s been a pleasure to highlight some the many acts of kindness and ingenuity shown by Yorkshire’s food and drink industry!
And the winners are…
Lockdown Legend Business Award Winner
Hillam, North Yorkshire
The judges were impressed with the team’s ingenuity and speed at making fundamental changes to their business to accommodate an ever-changing situation.
Acting as a hub for the local community, Bert’s listened to their customers concerns and made changes to their structure and stock to accommodate their needs.
Teaming up with local chefs to promote cooking at home, they continued to passionately support and shine a light on over 100 local growers and producers throughout the crisis. Once restrictions allowed, the business was changed again, with the farm shop expanded to allow social distancing and local street food vendors invited onto the site to provide shoppers with fresh pizza, ice cream, coffee and sandwiches to take away.
Going from one full time employee to ten just to keep up with demand, Bert’s were able to employ others who had lost their income overnight and set up a Just Giving page to raise money to send food hampers to NHS staff in local hospitals.
Lockdown Legend Community Award Winner
Lawns Farm Shop
Morthen, South Yorkshire
This family run business went above and beyond during lockdown to ensure the local community still had access to a pleasant, safe and enjoyable shopping experience.
The farm shop team created an environment that took the stress out of going shopping. From a queue through the farmyard with some of their cutest new arrivals to keep people entertained while waiting, to a super friendly team who made people feel at ease during a difficult time.
Lawns delivered food to those in the community who were shielding, taking payments over the phone and leaving food on doorsteps to ensure they still got the excellent quality produce they were used to.
Their milk round, Morthen Milk doubled its customers over night, but they turned no one away. Instead they began feeding the cows more to produce more milk and Farmer George learnt a new extended route delivering milk in the early hours of the morning. The round was then adapted into two, with two drivers to accommodate all the new customers and food deliveries were included so customers were able to order produce from the farm shop to be delivered first thing to their doorstep.
Everything that was done during lockdown was carried out by the family with everyone working long hours and learning new skills to ensure the whole community benefited and no one was forgotten about.
Lockdown Legend Business Award Highly Commended
Ye Old Sun Inn
Colton, North Yorkshire
It was clear from the nominations that the Ye Old Sun Inn are held in very high regard by their local community.
Converting the restaurant area into a village shop allowed them to initially sell the fresh produce they had in stock for the Mother’s Day weekend before extending their product line to other everyday essentials.
Feedback from the customers was so positive that the shop was soon opening opened 6 days a week, and the team began to provide fresh bread each morning, homemade cakes, ready meals, cook-at-home dishes, even selling homemade ice creams in cones and tubs from a stable door. Local fishmongers and butchers also began to supply the village twice a week and villagers were able to order in advance online and through a WhatsApp group that was set up.
As talk of the shop spread, they needed to expand. Fresh fruit and vegetables along with dry goods were all sourced from small local suppliers where possible and home deliveries were offered to those unable to travel or in self isolation. As the months progressed and changes were announced by central Government the Sun were able to slowly welcome diners back but continued to deliver groceries, ready meals and fresh baked goods to everyone who needed them on designated days.
Lockdown Legend Community Award Highly Commended
Appleton Wiske Village Shop
Appleton Wiske, North Yorkshire
A small shop with a small clientele, Appleton Wiske Village Shop made big waves in the community during lockdown.
Post Mistress Jackie and assistant Yvonne worked tirelessly to source essential supplies for village residents and provided home delivery to those too vulnerable to leave their houses.
Working with local food networks, they were able to source products that supermarkets were unable to supply and when lockdown was announced, Jackie leafleted the whole village, providing contact information and options available for residence who were unable to go outside.
The shop placed itself at the heart of Appleton Wiske and the surrounding community and strived to support all residents, especially the vulnerable. Acting as a central point for information exchange in the village throughout the crisis, the team even distributed surpluses home grown produce and worked as a collection point for the local food bank too. The shop has continued to stock a wide range of high quality, locally produced food and supplies and support its community as well as other local businesses. As one resident commented in their nomination – “We really could not of done it without them.”
We’re thrilled with the response to the launch of our Lockdown Legends awards.
Nominations opened on Yorkshire Day with the aim to shine a light on the fantastic work done by the county’s food and drink industry during the lockdown period and we received well over 100 entries detailing the many acts of kindness, community spirit and business tenacity.
Covering 2 categories, Business and Community, the nominations have been narrowed down into our shortlist below and now it’s time to vote for your winners!
The winning businesses will be announced on 1st September.
Do you know a Yorkshire food or drink business that has gone the extra mile during the lockdown? Has your local farm shop stepped up to help your community or your favourite drinks brand diversified to survive? If so, then why not nominate them to be crowned one of our Lockdown Legends!
Launching on 1st August to celebrate Yorkshire Day, the Awards are being run in association with Leeds based design and branding consultancy CHILLI.
Entries from both businesses themselves and nominations from the public are welcome and once the entries are closed, a shortlist will then be announced and our winners will be decided by an online public vote.
The Lockdown Legends Awards include two categories which recognise services to both business and community and shine a light on those individuals and teams who’ve gone above and beyond during the Coronavirus lockdown.
Entries for the two categories can be made online and include:
Lock Down Legends Business Award – a Yorkshire food or drink business / individual that has creatively adapted to survive or helped to support others within the industry.
Lock Down Legends Community Award – a Yorkshire food or drink business / individual that has gone above and beyond to support their local community during lockdown.
Chair of Deliciouslyorkshire, Judy Bell MBE said: “The last few months have been a challenging time for everyone, but we’ve seen just how resilient and creative Yorkshire’s food and drink businesses can be. These Awards will showcase some of the many stories we’ve heard of businesses finding creative ways to support both the sector and their communities.”
Entries must be made via the Deliciouslyorkshire website by midnight on Friday 14th August. A shortlist will then be announced on Friday 21st before a public vote is opened and we reveal our winners on 1st September.
Terms and Conditions
- Entry open to any food or drink business (producer, retailer, wholesaler or business providing services to the sector) based in Yorkshire
- Entries must be made online and no other supporting evidence will be considered
- You do not have to be a Deliciouslyorkshire member
- Entry is free
- Entries close at midnight on Friday 14th August and any entries submitted after this time will not be considered
- Only nominations complying with the criteria set will be considered
- The judges decision with regards shortlisting is final