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Woolhampton Help volunteer team sprang into action during lockdown

Tony Renouf, Chairman of the Woolhampton Parish Council, shares how the Woolhampton Help team of volunteers supported residents during the coronavirus lockdown:

2020 - Woolhampton Lock
2020 - Woolhampton Lock
Having obtained an address label print run from West Berkshire Council, Woolhampton Help posted a leaflet to every household in the parish. The leaflet asked "Need Help?" and "Can You Help?" and provided contact details for both cases.

In addition a volunteer delivered leaflets to a number of properties which are in the village, but are in Midgham Parish and for which we had no personalised label.

The response from villagers offering help was both immediate and gratifying and within a week a list of 40 volunteers was established.

Every request for shopping, shopping collection, prescription collection and food parcel delivery was met. Given the number of registered volunteers, it was possible to fulfill every one within 24 hours.

Thanks to our volunteers, I am confident that should we be faced with another lockdown the resulting problems will be resolved.


In praise of Woolhampton Village Shop

We have received a lovely message from a resident about the Woolhampton Village Shop. It is always great to hear how much support residents have for local businesses:

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Woolhampton Village Shop
"Can I commend the Village Shop in Woolhampton as a Local Hero? It has remained open during the lockdown, providing much needed supplies for the residents around. It had bread when bread was hard to find. It has a useful selection of food including fresh veg, and milk, cheese, butter, bacon, eggs - all the necessities. It has meant that I can walk down and get a paper and oddments instead of having to get into the car and drive three miles to Thatcham whenever I need anything. The staff are always helpful and cheerful, and ask about the health and wellbeing of their customers." - Sue