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Celebrate valentines with The Kitchen Table!

Can't go out? No worries, we have you covered.

Order your ready-to-cook-at-home romantic feast and make the evening a gorgeous, delicious, intimate evening.

£50 per couple.


Starters

Gravadlax Chalkstream trout, horseradish creme fraiche, pickled beetroot & winter leaves (gf, can be df)

Baked Whitelake goat cheese with homemade onion marmalade, maple-glazed walnuts & winter leaves (v, gf)

Thyme & brandy mushrooms in garlic cream on toast with winter leaves (vg can be gf).


Mains

Local free-range duck leg roasted in orange, rosemary & red wine (df, gf)

Roast squash & blue cheese wellington (serves 2) (v, can be made vg and can be made gf)

Served with Chargrilled savoy cabbage with hazelnut vinaigrette (vg, gf).

Potato dauphinoise (v, gf) (thyme & garlic roast potatoes for vegans).

Crushed carrots with cinnamon & chilli (vg, gf).


Desserts

Toffee apple & vanilla cheesecake with ginger base (gf).

Chocolate tart with rose mascarpone

Vegan chocolate tart with rose cream.


Order by 11th Feb for collection on Saturday 13th Feb 12-3. I will deliver to any couple shielding within a 10 mile radius of Totnes with fuel surcharge of £3-5

Food will be in compostable or recyclable containers, with easy to follow cooking & serving instructions and a beautifully printed menu to make it a really special evening!

Order by email sima@thekitchentable.org.uk or call 07583 400998.

Collect from Unit 6, Burke Road, Totnes Industrial Estate, TQ9 5XL


The Sharpham Trust receives lifeline grant

The Sharpham Trust is one of 445 heritage organisations across the country set to receive a lifesaving financial boost from the government to help them through the coronavirus pandemic, thanks to the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund.

445 organisations, including The Trust, will share £103 million, to help restart vital reconstruction work and maintenance on cherished heritage sites, keeping venues open and supporting those working in the sector.

The Sharpham Trust has been awarded £98,000, which will help the nature and mindfulness education charity continue to operate.

The Trust offers mindfulness retreats and courses, puts on nature-connection events, offers weddings and operates Sharpham Meadow Natural Burial Ground. Like many organisations and businesses, the Trust has been severely impacted by the restrictions imposed as a result of Coronavirus.

Julian Carnell, Trust Director, said: “We were forced to close back in March and although we managed to partially reopen in August we have been operating at a much-reduced capacity as a Covid-Secure venue.

“There is a huge demand for our courses and retreats in these difficult times and we are working hard to make sure we can keep offering people these experiences safely.

“This latest £98,000 grant from the government through the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage is very welcome. Despite losing around 50% of this year’s income I am proud that we have been able to keep all our staff employed and continue to support our users in the face of severe challenges.”

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Helping the Trust to stay open

This vital funding is from the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritageand the Heritage Stimulus Fund - funded by Government and administered at arms-length by Historic England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Both funds are part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund which is designed to secure the future of Britain’s museums, galleries, theatres, independent cinemas, heritage sites and music venues with emergency grants and loans.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said:“As a nation it is essential that we preserve our heritage and celebrate and learn from our past. This massive support package will protect our shared heritage for future generations, save jobs and help us prepare for a cultural bounceback post-Covid.”

Duncan Wilson, Historic England’s Chief Executive said: “It is heartening to see grants, both large and small, from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund helping heritage sites and organisations across the country which have been hit hard by the effects of Covid-19.

“These grants range from giving skilled craft workers the chance to keep their trades alive to helping heritage organisations pay the bills, and to kick-starting repair works at our best-loved historic sites. The funding is an essential lifeline for our heritage and the people who work tirelessly to conserve it for us all, so that we can hand it on to future generations.”

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of the National Lottery Heritage Fund said:“It is absolutely right that investing in heritage should be a priority during this crisis and this support by Government is crucial.  Heritage creates jobs and economic prosperity, is a major driver for tourism and makes our towns, cities, and rural areas better places to live.  All of this is so important for our wellbeing and will be particularly vital when we start to emerge from this incredibly difficult time.

“Our heritage is still facing a perilous future – we are not out of the woods yet.  But this hugely welcome funding from Government, and the money we continue to invest from the National Lottery, has undoubtedly stopped heritage and the organisations that care for it being permanently lost.”

South Devon Rail secure £124,800 in funding

Congratulations to the South Devon Railway as they have just received confirmation of a significant National Lottery grant of £124,800 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund. The organisation which operates steam trains from across the River Dart in Totnes, plans to spend the money on some exciting heritage projects and aim to re-open in December. Dick Wood, Public Relations Officer said, ‘The money be used for various maintenance projects and will provide immediate help with the costs of re-opening the line which has sadly been unable to run for over six months now. We plan to re-start with the 'Polar Express™' trains for the Christmas period.’  Part of the money will be used to upgrade the railway’s museum at the Buckfastleigh station, which is where the steam train takes visitors from Totnes via Staverton.  The South Devon Railway is the oldest heritage railway in the West Country having re-opened in 1969, which usually welcomes up to 100,000 visitors every year. It is a registered charity with a small number of paid staff and over 600 volunteers who run the railway every day from March to October, Christmas and New Year.

Finding the perfect holiday cottage by the River Dart

By Coast & Country CottagesSerene, beautiful, unspoilt: The meandering River Dart weaves its way through rolling countryside, its banks lined with undulating fields and woodland, interspersed with copious picturesque beauty spots. Whether you are hoping to enjoy long riverside walks, planning on spotting rare wildlife, or simply looking for a peaceful place to rest, the ‘Dart’ is a fabulous South Devon destination. That’s why the team of holiday experts at Coast & Country Cottages have put together a helpful guide to finding the perfect holiday cottage by the River Dart. From cosy cottages with wood burning stoves, to grand houses accommodating all the family, here are five tips to finding the ultimate retreat.   [caption id="attachment_8220" align="alignnone" width="750"]countryandcountry6 The River Dart[/caption] Enjoy the view! When holidaying by the River Dart, the views are nothing short of exceptional. Whether it is from your property itself, or from the nearby coast path, the landscape in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is second to none. Wildlife lovers will be in their element, particularly around Dittisham, where it is not unusual to see seals bobbing in the water or basking in the sunshine. These beautiful marine mammals are more commonly spotted on the quieter stretch of the river, between Dittisham and Totnes, whilst dolphins can sometimes be seen playing in the Dart further downstream in Dartmouth Many of the holiday cottages in Dartmouth and Kingswear boast sea and river views, allowing guests the opportunity to watch life on the water, without even having to leave their balcony or living room. These properties might be particularly of interest to history buffs, as the port of Dartmouth is where The Mayflower set off from on its voyage to the ‘new world’! With 2020 marking the 400th anniversary of this momentous event, there has never been a better time to holiday by the River Dart.   [caption id="attachment_8221" align="alignnone" width="750"]countryandcountry 2 Oliveta House[/caption] Relish in both coast and countryside One of the wonderful things about holidaying in South Devon is it combines both stunning coastline and picturesque countryside. This means, choosing a holiday property on the river’s edge, or nestled in the heart of the countryside, doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t enjoy both!  Gitcombe Estate is a collection of nine luxury holiday homes, sleeping 4-13, complete with an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, tennis court and children’s play area. Why not book a large property or multiple cottages, and encourage parents, grandparents, siblings and cousins to join you? Situated near the village of Cornworthy, the estate is surrounded by countryside but the River Dart remains easily accessible, via the Dart Valley Trail. This is an impressive rural bolt hole for family holidays, offering guests the best of both worlds!  [caption id="attachment_8224" align="alignnone" width="750"]countryandcountry 3 32 Dart Marina[/caption] A special location for a special occasion Whether it’s a special anniversary, a milestone birthday or a family celebration, the River Dart is a memorable backdrop for an extra special getaway. At Coast & Country Cottages we have properties ranging from luxury homes sleeping 16, to romantic boltholes for two. No matter what the occasion, we have holiday properties where you can make memories that will last a lifetime.   Why not book a retreat with your loved one at the luxurious Dart Marina apartments. Offering stylish accommodation overlooking the River Dart, guests at many of these state-of-the-art properties can enjoy complimentary use of the Dart Marina Spa too. Or for a larger group looking for a truly ‘WOW’ property, Oliveta House is unbeatable. Situated in a charming valley just outside of Dartmouth, this mesmerising home offers the ultimate in luxury, with everything from a cinema room, to swimming pools (indoor and outdoor) , and a hot tub Whatever you are planning to celebrate, book your River Dart holiday cottage today.  [caption id="attachment_8229" align="alignnone" width="750"]countryandcountry1 Vantage Point, Hillfield Village[/caption] Stay during an event by the Dart The towns and villages surrounding the River Dart host many events throughout the year, especially Dartmouth and Totnes. Why not combine your trip to explore the River Dart with one of the area’s many festivities? With events including Dartmouth Royal Regatta, Dartmouth Food Festival and Dart Music Festival to name a few, there’s no shortage of unforgettable experiences!  [caption id="attachment_8231" align="alignnone" width="750"]countryandcountry5 Berry Cottage[/caption] Making the most of the water Want to sail, go crabbing, or enjoy a spot of kayaking and paddleboarding? There’s so many ways to enjoy the River Dart! Home to arguably the best place to go crabbing, Dittisham, our properties located on the waterfront are superb for making the most of this! The riverside retreat Berry Cottage is particularly well positioned for an afternoon crabbing on the quay.  For keen sailors or kayakers, Kingswear and Dartmouth are great places to find accommodation, as they offer easy access to the river. Why not book Armorel House, or the Moorings? If you are looking to try surfing instead, choose a property closer to Blackpool Sands and the Start Bay coastline, like those at Hillfield Village.    With so many holiday cottage options by the River Dart, perfect for any occasion, you are sure to find the ideal base for your waterside getaway. Book your break with award-winning holiday letting agency Coast & Country Cottages today. 

New age fish shop opens in Totnes

Totnes has been selected as the launchpad for a new age fish shop, called Cormacks Seafood. Based in the food hub of Ticklemore Street, this fish shop promises its customers a new seafood experience.

Founder, Aarik Persaud, explains the premise of the business:

‘The Covid-19 crisis completely threw the UK seafood industry. Retailers couldn’t get their hands on fresh seafood, whilst most of our fishing fleet was tied to the docks because there wasn’t a direct supply chain and/or market for their fish or shellfish. It is a mad system, especially considering the quality of seafood that is landed locally. It is a real struggle to find fresh seafood from our coastlines.

We have been running as a seafood product-focused business since 2018. We have always really valued the importance of supporting our local fishing fleet - that’s why we only sell seafood that’s caught locally by small day boats. Fishermen are the backbone of many coastal communities and they treasure their small patch of sea like their lives depend on it because it does! The same can’t always be said for larger vessels that can travel wherever and whenever they want. So, for me, one of the most important things that I can do is to show my local community the abundance of fresh, delicious seasonal seafood that is landed right here in Devon. We need to eat locally and seasonally if we are to ever consider abolishing wasteful and environmentally damaging practices, such as exporting our food thousands of miles and overfishing popular species. I personally think our own seafood is far superior in taste to the most commonly consumed fish and shellfish products, like tuna, salmon, warm water prawns, anyway.’

Aarik’s passion for the seafood industry and strong ethos for the shop may have originally stemmed from his wife, Alison Freeman. Alison, who has a MRes degree in Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture, also works in the seafood industry for a fisheries charity that supports fishing livelihoods and champions sustainable fishing practices.

Aarik, on the other hand, has spent his career of over 20 years working as a chef. He has led kitchens across the world, such as Toronto, Sydney, Bali, Hong Kong, and London. In Asia, Aarik owned a series of butcheries, which operated on a nose-to-tail mantra of using the whole animal. Aarik is looking forward to bringing this experience and knowledge to the seafood industry and will be using his culinary experiences to transform the seafood into a range of ready to cook products. ‘There are some amazing parts of a fish which are often discarded, such as the cheeks, ribs, and head. I think the seafood industry does need a shake up. We’ve been eating plain battered white fish for too long. Don’t get me wrong, it is great, but where are the new seafood products?’

Cormacks Seafood started its life a few years back; canning day boat mackerel, marinated in international sauces, such as miso ginger, pastrami spice and puttanesca. Having the shop allows Aarik to build and develop a far more extensive product range. Two of the frozen food products Aarik will be making by hand for the shop are soy and yuzu infused katsu fillets, inspired from his many years of eating Japanese curry in small ‘mom and pop’ restaurants across Asia, as well as Fish’n’Chip fish fingers, first born in one of Aarik’s restaurants in Hong Kong. He also has a salt fridge which will be used to cure the seafood, some of which will end up as frozen ready to eat fillets. He will be using traditional Japanese methods to prepare a range of simple fillets. ‘I’m really excited to get started. Life is about to get very busy.’

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Aarik is available to chat at info@cormacksseafood.co.uk; 0748858106.

Cormacks Seafood opened on 28th July 2020 at Unit 11, The Plains Shopping Centre, Ticklemore Street, Devon.

The opening hours are Tuesday (12 – 5pm), Wednesday – Friday (9am – 5pm), Saturday (9am – 1pm)

www.cormacksseafood.co.uk info@cormacksseafood.co.uk

Proud2Be celebrates

Proud2Be celebrates after receiving £160,000 from the National Lottery to support LGBTQ+ young people in Devon Social enterprise, Proud2Be, is today celebrating after being awarded £160,000 in National Lottery funding to support its work with LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and/or questioning+) young people and their families in Devon. The organisation, based in Totnes, will use the money to run even more group and 121 support activities for local LGBTQ+ young people and to provide support sessions for their family members. The news comes exactly 9 years since identical twins Max and Maya Price founded the organisation in their Mum’s spare bedroom, by recording a video, explaining how they are both proud to be part of the LGBTQ+ community. Since then, Proud2Be has established itself as a well-respected social enterprise, facilitating well attended and inclusive peer support groups, the popular Totnes Pride and a fortnightly youth group and a young people’s 121 support service. Proud2Be also delivers interactive workshops to students and awareness training to organisations and schools across the county. This funding will allow Proud2Be to build on the work they currently do, working with over 200 people a year at their regular groups and a further 3500 through their awareness-raising work in local schools and youth groups. The new funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, which distributes money raised by National Lottery players for good causes and is the largest community funder in the UK, will see the expansion of the current Totnes-based youth group and 121 support service and the launch of an additional 2 weekly LGBTQ+ youth groups in Devon. At the same time, the group will be able to press on with plans to launch a monthly peer support group for the families of LGBTQ+ children and young people, who will be able to come together for mutual support.  Max and Maya Price, founders of Proud2Be, say: “We’re delighted that The National Lottery Community Fund has recognised our work in this way. Now, thanks to National Lottery players we will be able to press on with our plans to broaden the range of opportunities available to local LGBTQ+ young people and their family members. This is important because it helps both the young people and their family members to build relationships with others facing similar challenges and to create their own supportive circles of friends and peers.” Charlie, a volunteer at Proud2Be, says: “Before attending the Proud2Be youth group, I felt like I had to apologise for being trans. Since joining the group, I have met so many amazing people. It’s given me a fantastic support system. For me, it was really important to have this support at a time when I couldn’t find it elsewhere. I have also become involved in other things- like volunteering at Pride and giving young LGBTQ+ people a voice and a visible presence.” To find out more please visit: www.proud2be.org.uk

World’s first mobile library of things is launching in Devon

The Share Shed is a library of things, where over 350 items are available for members of the project to borrow at a minimal fee. The library’s collection is versatile and includes things such as camping and gardening equipment, tools, musical instruments, household appliances, bicycles, sewing machines, things for when a baby comes to visit and much more.  Thanks to the support from the Network of Wellbeing (NOW), The School for Social Entrepreneurs, and a grant from the National Lottery Community Fund, the Share Shed is about to launch the world's first mobile library of things, supporting the nearby towns from July 2020 onwards. Having been in Totnes for over three years, the Share Shed will extend its services to Buckfastleigh, Ashburton and Buckfastleigh. This pioneering initiative hopes to inspire and support a more collaborative and sustainable way of being.  Mirella Ferraz, NOW’s Project Coordinator, says “it’s very rewarding to support people getting things done in an affordable way, whilst helping to reduce the amount of resources we use. With the mobile version of the project, we’re excited to make the Share Shed accessible for even more people.” Currently over 700 people have signed up as Share Shed members, benefitting from the opportunity to access things that they don’t require regularly, and consequently saving money, space and resources. Among the most popular items, you can find carpet cleaners, pressure washers, electric drills, strimmers, a dehydrator, projector and a sewing machine.  Share Shed Manager, Mark Jefferys, says, “Everybody we meet seems to understand the concept of ‘borrow, don’t buy’, and it’s a great feeling when we can help somebody out with the things they need to complete a task, be it putting up a shelf, or getting a house ready for a sale. Expanding this possibility to other towns, and facilitating even more sharing is a great and exciting next step for us.” In the UK, the Share Shed is one of 14 established projects facilitating this kind of sharing. Some projects, like the Edinburgh Tool Library, are solely focused on tools (in this case, with an impressive offer of over 1,500 tools), whilst others are all about baby-related items or simply toys.  The good news is that this is a growing global movement, which acknowledges the importance of a different way of being and consuming, whilst fulfilling the need of those who want to access things rather than own stuff. Such a shift is supporting people and communities to become more collaborative and sustainable. After all, why buy when you can borrow?
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People can become a member of the Share Shed by signing up online and paying a membership fee (sliding scale between £5 and £30). Once a member, people can also place reservations straight away. To see everything the library of things offers and for further information, visit www.shareshed.org.uk. For any enquiries, contact info@shareshed.org.uk.

Businesses reopening

As per the latest Government advice, some of our non-essential shops opened their doors again from 15th June and were very happy to safely welcome some of you back. Restaurants, bars & visitor attractions should be able to open from 4th July with our local businesses working hard to make things as safe as possible.  Totnes Town Council has been working tirelessly to try and make the town as safe as possible for your return and have had a modification of the current speed limit to 5mph on Fore St / High St and The Narrows allowed by DCC to ensure the possibility of shared space and safety of pedestrians while social distancing.  There is also a road closure every Saturday from 9am - 1pm as a temporary measure so long as social distancing is required offering a good time for those who are more vulnerable to visit the town, however, bear in mind that the Saturday Market will be on this day as well which can get quite busy. There are no markets Mon - Thurs.  Here are just some of the shops, eateries, galleries and attractions that have or will be reopened:
GIFTS / FASHION Conker Shoes - open The Shops at Dartington - open ME AND EAST - opening Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays with a one in one out (or one family group) at a time Salago - opened ground floor only initially. Mon - Fri 12 - 5pm and Saturday 10am - 5pm. You can still shop online with click & collect China Blue - looking to reopen on 6th July. Products available online still Holly Keeling Interiors - open Apothespa : Organic & Natural Skincare - open  Narnia Totnes - open Out of the Blue - open 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday  Miss Beaujangles - open Weds - Sat  Eleven Clothing - open 10am - 4.30pm with appointments available. Call 01803 834006 or message. Offering refunds within 5 days to allow you to try at home Fifty5a - open 11am - 3pm & from 10am Fridays. Sundays closed. Private appointment for 30 minutes available - email or DM shop@Fifty5a.com. Priority to customers from the vulnerable sector. Appointments scheduled from 9-11am or after 3pm Firefly_Totnes - open Fox & Company - open Thursday 10.30am - 4.30pm, Friday 10.30am - 5pm (limited fresh flowers on fridays), Sat 10.30am - 5pm Fusion - open  Pagoda Interiors - open Monday - Saturday 10am to 4pm. Allowing one person or two from a household at a time All the Best - open Mon - Sat 10am - 4.30pm  Moonstone Hare - open on Saturdays from 20th June from 10am - 4pm. Happy to arrange collection of orders outside these times wherever possible. Dobles - open Stone Fabrics & Sewing Surgery - call and collect service, check their website for all the fabrics online and a lot of haberdashery. Call 01803 868608 or drop a note in for free samples (can be collected or posted) 
BOOKS Totnes Bookshop - open from Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm
ART White Space Art - open with reduced opening hours from 10.30am - 2.30pm. Please call to make appointments at other times. Eastgate Gallery in Totnes - open Creative Crafts and Needlework - open 10am-4pm Monday-Saturday. 3 customers into the shop at a time  the bowie gallery Totnes Devon - gallery is open by appointment plus always Friday 10am - 4pm. Call 07956412278 or 01803 863054 for appointments Yvonne Coomber Art Gallery - will open on Saturday 4th July & then Friday & Saturday 11-3pm during July. For appointments Monday - Thursday please call 01803 840161/07779058735 or email info@yvonnecoomber.com. They're offering 15% off prints, hand embellished canvases & original paintings to NHS/Key workers during July - email info@yvonnecoomber.com for information 
GARDENING / SERVICES Footworks Podiatrist on Castle Street. Rosanne and her specialist team Alex and Polar are available by appointment www.footworks-podiatry.co.uk / 01803 868888  The Potting Shed Totnes - open Tues to Sat 10am till 4pm with people allowed inside from 15th (under social distancing rules) The Potting Bench Totnes - open Thurs to Sat 10am - 4pm  The Totnes barbers - will reopen from 4th July  The Cobblers & Cleaners - open  Totnes TV and Electrical - open  Go Mobile - open  Barnes the Cleaners - reopening from 29th June
FOOD & DRINK The Hairy Barista - opening from 29th June The Green Cafe - open for takeaway and will open for indoor and garden tables from July 4th The Cellar Door at Sharpham Cheese - opening Wednesday - Saturday from 24th June  Green Table at The Dartington Hall Trust - open 11am - 4pm (closed Mon & Tues) Roly's Fudge Totnes - open with a serving hatch at the door and you'll be able to watch the fudge being made from the window  Ben's Farm Shops - open  Sharpham Wine - wine and cheese shop open Mon - Fri 11am - 4pm or order online with 10% off using code SHARPHAM10 Earth.Food.Love - open  The Kitchen Pantry by The Kitchen Table - new shop open Mon - Fri, 10am - 3pm selling home & locally made fresh & pantry food stuffs on the Industrial Estate  Delphini's Gelato Totnes - open 7 days a week 12 to 5pm, take away with card payment only Eversfield Organic Farm Shops - open from 8.30am to 5.30pm. Monday to Saturday The Curator Totnes - reopen for takeaways  Totnes Little Asia - open for takeaway & home delivery service from Wednesday 24th June. 5-9-30pm. Call 01803 868803 or 01803 868866 after 5pm for order  Silver Grill - The Totnes Chippy - open Tuesday - Thursday 4:45 - 8pm, Friday - Saturday 11:45 am - 2pm, 4:45 - 8pm. Order over phone, one entrance and one exit Bull Inn, Totnes - will be reopening on 8th July to overnight guests and customers for food only at first from Wednesday to Sunday initially. Check their website for more information: https://www.bullinntotnes.co.uk The Signal Box Cafe - (railway station) open for takeaway food, drinks, newspapers etc Back for 2 Seconds – open The Happy Apple - open  Bridgetown Stores - open 6am - 9pm 7 days a week Follaton stores - open 7am-8pm Mon to Sun  A W Luscombe Butchers - delivering with a range of products from other local businesses including Annies Fruit Shop, New Lion Brewery, The Almond Thief, The Wild Fig Deli and more Bridgetown Butchers - call 01803 866165/863323 to order where possible to help reduce waiting times. Minimum order for delivery £25 - free delivery within the Totnes area McCabes and Halls Butchers are both also operating Many businesses have been offering takeaway food, click & collect services or are selling online as well. Some of the restaurants / cafes / bars will be opening from 4th July (all being well) but in the meantime here is a list of those still operating online or with takeaways / click & collect until then: 
GIFTS - ONLINE  Love Frankie - buy online https://www.lovefrankie.com Little Blue Budgie - buy online https://www.littlebluebudgie.co.uk/ or phone 01803 847800 / message via facebook Penelope Tom - buy online https://www.penelopetom.com/
FASHION - ONLINE Colony Life Store - online orders via their website with FREE delivery on orders over £20 https://colonyshops.com SMALL-FOLK - check their online shop & free UK shipping (no end date). Use code POSITIVITY at checkout for the free postage https://small-folk.co.uk
FLOWERS ONLINE AND COLLECTIONS Blue Geranium Florist - continuing with online, phone and collect. Fresh flowers available Wednesday, Thursday and Friday every week
TAKEAWAYS & HOT FOOD COLLECTIONS Bianca e Massimo - open for takeaways  The Cott Inn - open 7 DAYS A WEEK Monday to Saturday 4 - 8 pm and Sunday 12 - 3pm for takeaway services, drive through collection in the car park. https://diningpubltd.touchtakeaway.net/menu Willow Vegetarian Restaurant - take-away Waterside Bistro Totnes - their take-away menu is now available from Wed-Sat 5-8pm. Please order online https://www.watersidebistro.com/ The Wild Fig Deli - order and collection service. Check their page for menu Totnes Grill – kebab and pizza delivery, call 01803 863835 Cafe Mumbai – take away from 5.30pm Tuesday to Sunday call 01803 866171 Room 101 – pizza delivery Tuesday to Saturday from 5pm call 07727 278428 The Kitchen Table - order for delivery call/ text Sima on 07583400998 or email sima@thekitchentable.org.uk to collect from the Totnes Industrial Estate kitchen Pie Street - take away & delivery Wednesday to Sunday 1pm-8.30pm. Call 01803 868674 to order http://www.piestreet.co.uk/ Lamaro Bakery – Italian food on Friday and Saturday 5-9pm, call 01803 862288 tamarindtree.totnes - on the Industrial Estate next to Kitchen Table with Indian food on Friday 1-8pm or Saturday 4-8pm. Order by DM, phone 07768964024 or email tamarindtree.totnes@outlook.com Taguchi-ya Canteen - Japanese food on Friday and Saturday collect 5-9pm, order online by Wednesday 12pm https://www.taguchiyacanteen.com/takeaway Good Food House – Delivery from 6-10pm every day (except Tuesday when closed), call 01803 864696 https://goodfoodhouse.co.uk/ Pizzaside – Thursday to Sunday 5-8.30pm for collection or delivery. https://www.pizzaside.co.uk/
FOOD & DRINK DELIVERIES / ONLINE Majestic Wine - email for delivery or call if over 70. tot@majestic.co.uk Annies Fruit Shop - online with delivery to Totnes & the wider area www.anniesoftotnes.co.uk The Refillery Totnes - daily deliveries to Totnes & Dartmouth areas, visit the website or call Tracy 07950 269955 Dartmouth Dairy - deliver to Totnes & surrounding villages on Monday & Thursday 🐄 https://www.dartmouthdairy.com Wine & Greene - delivering nationwide via courier and doing local drops every weekday (free over £20 to TQ9) - www.wineandgreene.com Dartmouth Fine Foods - home delivery of frozen ready meals, alongside boxes of veg and essentials to Totnes and the surrounding areas - www.dartmoutfinefoods.co.uk
LEISURE Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company - reopening 6th July. You are not expected to wear a surgical style face mask, any face covering will be accepted. We have been working hard to ensure that we meet all the guidelines and will not put our customers and staff at risk.  Pennywell Farm - planning a phased reopening from early July: https://www.pennywellfarm.co.uk/…/were-planning-for-a-phas…/ Paignton Zoo - will reopen 6th July Totnes Fashion & Textiles Museum - will not reopen this year but you can check out a virtual exhibition on their website: https://totftm.org Sea Kayak Devon - NOW OPEN for groups of up to 5 people. All bookings are completely amendable or refundable if they are unable to run due to COVID 19. https://www.seakayakdevon.co.uk Totnes, Berry Pomeroy & Dartmouth Castles will be selling pre-bookable tickets online from July for an August opening: https://www.visittotnes.co.uk/see…/inspire-me/totnes-castle/ Totnes Rare Breeds Farm - open
PHARMACIES Most pharmacies are open with reduced hours and social distancing - please check each page and site for more details.

Further Public Toilets to Reopen

Issued: 2 June 2020 As life slowly begins to return to normal, South Hams District Council announces the opening of further public toilets. Toilets which have been closed since lockdown began on Monday 23 March are beginning to reopen. A further number are due to reopen on Friday 5 June. The Council have been working hard to reopen more of their toilets whilst ensuring the safety of their staff, contractors and members of the public.  Before reopening, all toilets will undergo a deep clean and the systems will be thoroughly flushed through. The first toilets reopened two weeks ago at popular beach destinations of Bigbury, Torcross, Strete Gate and North Sands. As people continue to enjoy open spaces and as markets restart, the following facilities will reopen from Friday:
  • Beesands
  • Ferry Steps - East Portlemouth
  • Mill Bay - East Portlemouth
  • Whitestrand
  • Wembury
  • South Milton
  • Hope Cove
  • Quay - Kingsbridge
  • Leonards Rd - Ivybridge
  •  Civic Hall - Totnes
Additional cleaning will be carried out but users are strongly advised to closely follow guidance on social distancing and hygiene, both before and after using the facilities.
  • Please obey social distancing and keep 2m apart from others
  • Please wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
The Council are doing their best to reduce the risk of infection but this depends heavily on users acting responsibility when using the toilets. South Hams District Council’s Executive Member for Environment, Cllr Keith Baldry, said: “It is a careful process to get all of the toilets safely back into circulation after the lockdown to address the very real risk of Legionella from the standing water.  As ever there is more to it than simply unlocking a door. “The heatwave has meant that more people are out and about visiting beaches and open spaces, resulting in increased pressure for facilities to be opened.  However, to reopen safely we need visitors to be patient while we put systems and cleaning schedules in place, which will ensure not only their safety but that of our staff and contractors. “We’re doing our bit to make sure toilets are thoroughly cleaned twice a day, but it is crucial that visitors also play their part by keeping 2m apart from each other while entering and leaving the toilets and by regularly washing their hands to avoid spreading the virus. “Further reopening of the toilets will happen as soon as we can.” While regular twice-daily cleaning is being carried out, the Council appeal to users to remain patient and considerate to their staff since this is for the safety of all. For more information on the Council’s services and Coronavirus response, please visit: www.southhams.gov.uk

Support local businesses

We may still be asking visitors to #ComeBackLater due to the latest Government advice to #StayAlert and #StaySafe however you can still support many of our local, independent businesses by shopping online with many offering free postage, or if you're local you can take advantage of some of the home deliveries available.

As always, let me know if I've missed anything. Local businesses, if you have any updates or NHS / key worker special offers please DM me and I'll add them to the list, thanks.

nhs.uk OFFER

China Blue - they have been giving away a little box of treats to the NHS army in blue, carers, police force and all other key workers in the area to say thank you. You can collect from the front door

The Kitchen Table - they are offering free stews to Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust paid for by the lovely community members. They can be claimed at any time but need to be collected

Devon Yurts - will offer special discounts to NHS workers as soon as they're able to re-open. Get in touch with owner Liz to find out more, discounts depend on the length of stay (ID to be presented please)

TTS Tyre Services - offering NHS workers free puncture service, free tyre safety checks & discounts on purchases

A Choice of Gifts from Out of the Blue - they will be offering 20% off to all NHS staff as soon as they are able to re-open (ID to be presented please)

Canoe Adventures Devon - watch this space for their NHS offer for as soon as they're able to open again.

Smitty's Hairsalon - watch this space for their NHS offer for as soon as they're able to open again.

JazKids - watch this space for their NHS offer for as soon as they're able to open again.

FAB Totnes - watch this space for their NHS / Key Worker offer as soon as they're able to open again with a discount and relaxation package

GIFTS / HOMEWARE

ME AND EAST - check their website or send them a DM. FREE postage with orders over £50 or £2.95 https://meandeast.com

China Blue - online shop including paint your own kits https://china-blue-shop.co.uk/collections/arts-crafts/products/paint-your-own-kit-mug-1

A Choice of Gifts from Out of the Blue - buy online www.a-choice-of-gifts.co.uk

Yvonne Comber - offering a 25% discount off her prints, hand embellished canvases and original paintings. www.yvonnecoomber.com - enter code LOVEISTHEANSWER at the checkout

Love Frankie - buy online https://www.lovefrankie.com

Little Blue Budgie - buy online https://www.littlebluebudgie.co.uk/ or phone 01803 847800 / message via facebook

Penelope Tom - buy online https://www.penelopetom.com/

Pagoda Interiors - free delivery for online orders https://www.pagodainteriors.co.uk/

FASHION

Colony Life Store - online orders via their website with FREE delivery on orders over £20 https://colonyshops.com

Conker Shoes - UK customers get FREE UK delivery for all orders made online including shoes, belts, bags, use code FREESHIP20 https://conkershoes.com

Salago - check out their online shop with this season’s ADINI and the 2020 sandals by Earth Spirit all with BIG DISCOUNTS. https://salago.co.uk

Fifty5a and Fifty5a men's store - offering free p&p and personal Totnes delivery via their telephone ordering - 01803 866681 or DM or email shop@fifty5a.com

SMALL-FOLK - check their online shop & free UK shipping (no end date). Use code POSITIVITY at checkout for the free postage https://small-folk.co.uk

ART

White Space Art - check out their online gallery. Offering 10% discount & free delivery on all artworks in the Easter exhibition (and across the site) while the gallery remains physically closed. Use discount code SPRING20. https://www.whitespaceart.com

Eastgate Gallery in Totnes - contemporary art and craft from local makers including jewellery, textiles, ceramics and much more. Shop online with FREE delivery https://eastgategallerytotnes.com/shop/

the bowie gallery Totnes Devon - the gallery lights are on daily during normal working hours (pre lockdown) so you can window shop at leisure. Contact Annie Bowie if there’s something you want to inspect closer or buy. Soon open by appointment!

TAKEAWAYS & HOT FOOD COLLECTIONS

The Cott Inn - open 7 DAYS A WEEK Monday to Saturday 4 - 8 pm and Sunday 12 - 3pm for takeaway services, drive through collection in the car park

Willow Vegetarian Restaurant - they will be offering take-aways from 3rd June. They're asking you to 'Keep your eye out for menus and details on ordering'

Waterside Bistro Totnes - their take-away menu is now open from Wed-Sat 5-8pm. Please order online https://www.watersidebistro.com/

Totnes Grill – Kebab and pizza delivery, call 01803 863835

Cafe Mumbai – From 5.30pm Tuesday to Sunday call 01803 866171

Room 101 – pizzas for delivery Tuesday to Saturday from 5pm, call 07727 278428

The Kitchen Table - still offering dairy, gluten & nut free stews and some houmous. Order for delivery call/ text Sima on 07583400998 or email sima@thekitchentable.org.uk to collect from the Totnes Indsutrial Estate kitchen

Pie Street - from 13th May take away & delivery Wednesday to Sunday 1pm-8.30pm. Call 01803 868674 to order http://www.piestreet.co.uk/

Lamaro Bakery – Italian food on Friday and Saturday 5-9pm, call 01803 862288

Silver Grill - The Totnes Chippy - Opening hours Tuesday - Thursday 16:45-20:00 Friday - Saturday 11:45-14:00, 16:45-20:00 with orders taken over phone and social distancing with one entrance and one exit

tamarindtree.totnes - on the Industrial Estate next to Kitchen Table with superb Indian food on Friday 1-8pm or Saturday 4-8pm. Let them know what you want by DM, phone 07768964024 or email tamarindtree.totnes@outlook.com

Taguchi-ya Canteen - Japanese food on Friday and Saturday collect 5-9pm, order online by Wednesday 12pm https://www.taguchiyacanteen.com/takeaway

Good Food House – Delivery from 6-10pm every day (except Tuesday when closed), call 01803 864696https://goodfoodhouse.co.uk/

Back for 2 Seconds – daytime opening in Fore Street

Pizzaside – Thursday to Sunday 5-8.30pm for collection or delivery. https://www.pizzaside.co.uk/

FOOD & DRINK

Sharpham Wine - grab a few bottles at sharpham.com at 10% off with the code sharpham10 on checkout

Roly's Fudge Totnes- buy online https://rolysfudge.co.uk

Ben's Farm Shops - Order and Collection service available via their website. Go to the collections form and add your order, they we will call for payment the next day and tell you to collect. https://bensfarmshop.co.uk/self-isolation-collection/

Earth.Food.Love - free delivery on orders over £20. Full product & price list on their website. Order via email. Click & collect option for those not in the delivery area. http://thezerowasteshop.co.uk

The Happy Apple - open with social distancing rules in place

A W Luscombe Butchers - delivering their products and a range of products from other local businesses including Annies Fruit Shop, New Lion Brewery, The Almond Thief, The Wild Fig Deli and more - check their FB page for more details and list of products in one of the images

Bridgetown Butchers - call 01803 866165/863323 to order where possible to help reduce waiting times in the shop. Minimum order for delivery £25 - free delivery within the Totnes area

McCabes and Halls Butchers are both also operating

Majestic Wine - email for delivery or call if over 70. tot@majestic.co.uk

Annies Fruit Shop - online with delivery to Totnes & the wider area www.anniesoftotnes.co.uk

The Refillery Totnes - daily deliveries to Totnes & Dartmouth areas, visit the website or call Tracy 07950 269955

Dartmouth Dairy - deliver to Totnes & surrounding villages on Monday & Thursday 🐄https://www.dartmouthdairy.com

Wine & Greene - delivering nationwide via courier and doing local drops every weekday (free over £20 to TQ9) - www.wineandgreene.com

Seeds 2 Tonnes - delivery service available, check their FB page

Bridgetown Stores - open Monday - Friday 2pm - 6pm Saturday & Sunday 11am - 3pm and delivering

Follaton stores - open normal hours 7am-8pm mon to sun with social distancing rules in place

Dartmouth Fine Foods - home delivery of frozen ready meals, alongside boxes of veg and essentials to Totnes and the surrounding areas - www.dartmoutfinefoods.co.uk

SERVICES

Barnes the Cleaners - free deliveries & collections daily for Totnes residents

The Potting Shed Totnes - email thepottingshedtotnes@gmail.com with your order, name, address and PHONE NUMBER and they will call you back

PHARMACIES

Most pharmacies are open with reduced hours and social distancing - please check each page and site for more details. Keep safe and well everyone 🌈🧡

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