Parish Council Newsletter April 6th

Hello Everybody

In conjunction with the Melsonby Support Group, the Parish Council has decided to produce a bi-weekly Newsletter to keep everyone up to date with what is happening and where you can get help, even if you do not access the Internet. We shall publish it by various means (see below) and hope that everyone can benefit.  If you have any information you would like in the next issue you can email me at or ring or text the clerk, Jenny Pears at 07585 837716

The Support Group is working well, providing help with shopping, collecting prescriptions and contacting isolated individuals with friendly phone calls.  If you need help in any of these areas, do ring 01325 718 028 to make contact. Thank you so much to the volunteers who have been busy providing help and keeping their distance when they do.

Lots of ‘good neighbours’ have been making their own arrangements to get shopping, provide baking and generally helping those who are homebound—thank you and keep up the good work!

Friendly Melsonby has been keeping up morale! Lots of people came out on their doorsteps on Thursday 26th March and Thursday 2nd April, clapping, banging panlids and generally expressing their enthusiastic support for all the NHS workers.  Children and their parents have been using their exercise time walking round the village and spotting  a wide variety of teddies, on a bear hunt.  Martin Vickerman and friends have provided information and hilarity on Fridays with Dave the Monkey’s Newsletter.

Keep smiling and keep well!

Judith Stansfield Chair Melsonby Parish Council

APRIL 6TH 2020



  1. Update on how the Support Group is going

The general feeling is the Support Group  is going well and has been well received.        Christine Elliott has been organising a competition around the Bear Hunt, on behalf of the Sports Committee. This finished on Sunday 5th April and the winners were: 1st – Olivia Bellwood   2nd – Melodie & Oscar Henderson    Runners up: Aidan & Tillie Jackson / Maisie & Seth Taylor / Heidi Elliott
Another competition was launched on Monday 6th April for the children to decorate a hard boiled egg. Send completed photos to Melsonby Sports Day Facebook page.
Winner will be judged on Sunday 12th

Melsonby School has donated Easter eggs as prizes..


  1. The Melsonby Facebook is at  This has local comments and on Fridays, a weekly  lively newsletter from Martin Vickerman and friends to cheer you up


  1. Where can I get help? Melsonby Support Group Helpline 01325 718 028  – you will reach an answerphone and you will be contacted soon.  


  1. Prescriptions If you cannot collect your prescription, ring the helpline and arrangements will be made to collect your prescriptions after you have agreed with the surgery, when you make your repeat prescription order, that someone else will pick them up for you.


  1. Where will this newsletter be posted? On the village website  , the Melsonby Facebook, the Oil Co-operative subscribers, the PC Noticeboard on the Green  and various  lamp posts around the village.
  2. Police update re scams etc. The Police are doing roadchecks to prevent visitors going to tourist places, so only use your car for essential shopping and medical appointments.

The cyber villains  are active, so be particularly aware of scams in Zoom and any  notices that ask you for money.


  1. Health tips If you wear gloves when out and about, remember to wash / sanitize them or use new ones when going to a different shop.


  1. Companies who deliver in our area from Rishi Sunak’s list

Carricks (fish and vegetables) – Thursdays:  ­01677 470499 or alternatively, email

Neeps and Tatties (fruit and vegetables) – 01748 825397

Granny’s Kitchen (pies and baked goods) – 01748 850200

Tunstall Meat Company (meat and pies) – call Robert on 07825 982576 or order online at

Mainsgill Farm shop (meat and vegetables) – Richmond and A66 corridor 01325 718860

Angus Morton Butchers (meat): 01748 822644.

AGE UK – hot meal delivery in Richmond and the surrounding villages. Meals can be booked by calling 01325 741492 or by emailing before 11am on the day needed. The meals cost £5 a day for a hot 2 course set menu. They can also offer telephone befriending and volunteer shoppers too. The contact number for these services is 0300 3020 100 or email


  1. Other useful sites

Ravensworth  Nurseries have an online delivery service—they have loads of plants that will have to be destroyed if they can’t sell them

Georgian Theatre Knitting Project If you want something different to do, the theatre has launched its request for knitting hearts for this year’s pantomime, Beauty and the Beast. Details and pattern at:


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