A Yorkshire food or drink business / individual that has gone above and beyond to support their local community during lockdown.
- Lawns Farm Shop/Morthen Milk
- Soanes Poultry
- Rafferty’s Café, Otley
- Appleton Wiske Village Shop and Post Office
- Vale of Mowbray
At the start of lockdown, Steep&Filter were forced to close the coffee shop side of their business, along with the rest of the UK hospitality industry. However, as they also had a small refill store, selling packaging free foods, they were able to remain open as an “essential shop”.
Realising that their usual fruit and veg supplier, Class One, had lost pretty much all of its business due to the lockdown of the hospitality industry, they set up a make-shift local greengrocers to go alongside their refill store to support the local community by offering an alternative to the busy supermarkets. They also offered a click and collect service for anyone who was shielding or not comfortable entering the shop.
Alongside this they raised money for Skipton Food Bank, using the funds to buy food from their wholesalers when there was little available at the supermarkets for the other donors to purchase.
As a local business they were also there for locals to chat to while they were shopping, as a much needed social outlet during peak lockdown.
Lawns Farm Shop/Morthen Milk
This family run business has gone above and beyond during lockdown to ensure the local community still had access to a pleasant, safe and enjoyable shopping experience. The 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 our loyal customers still got the excellent quality produce they are used to.
The farm also runs a milk round, Morthen Milk, which overnight doubled its customers. They didn’t turn anyone away who wanted to join the milk round and adapted quickly with Farmer George learning the new route and delivering in the early hours of the morning, eventually taking on an extra driver to keep up with demand. Food deliveries were also taken out on the milk round with customers able to order any produce they liked from the farm shop.
Everything that has been done during lockdown has been done by the family with everyone working long hours and learning new skills to ensure the community benefited from visiting the shop or being on the milk round. All in all a legendary team.
During lockdown, the team at Soanes Poultry responded to community needs by helping a fellow family owned local business by donating a van and driver so that Rafters of Driffield did not let people down when they were overwhelmed with orders.
The Soanes team also donated a total of 180 chickens for staff at Driffield care homes to mark their appreciation of those caring for the elderly and vulnerable. The team also donated to a food poverty charity who received a free weekly delivery to Hull based charity EMS Ltd who work with residents, community groups and local businesses in East Yorkshire, North and North East Lincolnshire to alleviate food and fuel poverty.
Working round the clock to supply independent retailers when the supermarket shelves were bare, the Soanes team worked to deliver fresh chicken to independent butchers, farm shops and delis throughout Yorkshire.
The team worked hard to support fellow family owned businesses in the region, buying hand sanitiser for our delivery drivers from spirits business and Deliciouslyorkshire member, Raisthorpe Manor at Thixendale.
Rafferty’s Café, Otley
“Rafferty’s is an independent Cafe serving breakfast hot and cold sandwiches baked potatoes and beverages and all the food is prepared and cooked to order. It is a family run cafe with a young man in his 20’s – James at the helm.
“We are nominating James and his Cafe because it’s a place I appreciated during Lockdown, in fact it was a lifeline to me. I found lockdown very stressful and to be able to phone in the morning with my order hearing his cheery voice and then collect the excellent food kept my spirits up. It was wonderful to go for a chat whilst my takeaway was being prepared. I got to know James’ grandma, mother and partner and it’s such a friendly place full of characters and smiling faces.
“The food and drink are excellent and a welcome change from making it at home. The journey there made me exercise and go out to see Otley folk and not staying at home in my lonely flat. Rafferty’s has been serving the Otley community throughout this difficult period whilst a lot of eating places were closed. He also did a delivery service to local elderly developments and the wider public. I am still using Rafferty’s and I am looking forward to him bringing back his full menu and to sit inside and relax.
“What an inspiring young man. Thank you James you certainly deserve an award.”
Appleton Wiske Village Shop and Post Office
Appleton Wiske village shop was a small shop with a small clientele, but when lockdown arrived, Post Mistress Jackie, ably supported by assistant Yvonne, worked tirelessly to source essential supplies for the village and provided home delivery to vulnerable residents. By working with local food networks, they have been able to source foodstuffs that supermarkets were unable to supply.
When the lock down began, Jackie leafleted the whole village, providing contact information and enabling people who could not come out to order for home delivery. The shop also acts as a central point for information exchange in the village and distributes surpluses of home grown produce, also acting as a collection point for the local food bank. Appleton Wiske shop has been the heart of the community, and has supported all residents, especially the vulnerable.
Appleton Wiske shop continues to stock a wide range of high quality, locally produced food, and supports its community well. By using local food networks, they enabled continuity of supply, supported other local businesses and kept villagers supplied with food and other essentials. We could not do without them.
Vale of Mowbray
The Vale of Mowbray team organised parcels containing pies, meat and even some local ale (from Pennine Brewing co) to deliver to vulnerable, elderly and shielding people in the local area around our head office in Leeming Bar.
Pies & supplies were also sent to hospitals including Friarage in Northallerton and James Cook in Middlesbrough, along with a large donation of pies to FareShare, who in turn deliver them to 50 different projects around the area, supplying over 900 meals. We delivered to their Barnsley depot when they needed it most, and this has continued when we can, ever since.
Pies were also sent to Care Homes in the Bedale area for staff & residents.
Pies were also sent to people who got in touch with us privately to tell us about heroes in the area. This resulted in bespoke packages heading out to cleaners, NHS workers and vulnerable people across the North of England, going as far up as Blyth and right down past Sheffield. Word was even received from a care home in Essex who reached out on a separate enquiry and ended up with a huge delivery of Pork Pies for the entire home.
The staff have been looked after, lots of support for those that needed to shield or isolate and measures put in place around the factory to help with social distancing (a full action plan over 100 points was created and delivered) Staff were treated to bacon butties as well as food parcels with meats and pies for every member of staff as a thank you.
“We’ve just been getting on with our pie making and doing as much as we can whenever we can, I don’t think we’ve once said no when someone has been in need or reached out. Yes, it’s just a pork pie, but at the height of Lockdown we knew that getting that pork pie out to someone can briefly put a smile on someone’s face and sometimes that’s all that matters!”