Parish Council Newsletter 27th April 2020

Hello Everybody

Life goes on, if in a somewhat different way from normal. Hopefully we are all continuing to keep well, helped by everyone  keeping to the lockdown rules and those who can go out, providing support to to those who cannot leave home.  The lovely spring weather has helped to make the one hour walkabout an attractive occasion and it is good to see so many family groups out and about, sometimes with the family dog—timely reminder, please remember to scoop the poop and take it home to your own bin if the dog bins are full !

Thursday evenings have become a joyful meeting time for neighbours to stand at their doors, clap, sing and generally applaud the wonderful work of the NHS and Key Workers. Thanks to Callum for delighting everyone by sending his drone around the village and providing a video with musical accompaniament to flashing lights.

Don’t forget 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.

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

Keep smiling and keep well!

Judith Stansfield     Chair Melsonby Parish Council



    1.Update on the Support Group        The general feeling is the Support Group is continuing to work well. For Easter week Christine Elliott organised a competition to decorate a hard boiled egg and send her a photo. The competition winners were :George Denning The Websdale family Pippa Lees  Maisie Taylor
    Every child who entered received some chocolate as a Thankyou for entering.
    Plant a sunflower seed : every household will soon be receiving some seeds (kindly donated by Beri Instone) to plant. There will be a competition later in the summer for the highest/widest/most amazing sunflowers. Get planting Melsonby. Let’s turn the village yellow  Scarecrow Festival : some more fun to decorate the village. Any theme you want or perhaps you may want to celebrate VE Day with your scarecrow?  The next competition was searching for rainbows in Melsonby windows, with one having a pot of gold beneath it.

  2. The Melsonby Facebook is at  This has local comments and on Fridays, a weekly  lively event  from Martin Vickerman and friends  continues to cheer us up
  3. Where can I get help? Melsonby Support Group Helpline  01325 718 028  – you will reach an answerphone and you will be contacted soon.  
  4. Sewers needed: Melsonby WI is involved with sewing desperately  needed simple coveralls  for Nursing Home  carers. Judith Stansfield is collecting cotton sheets and duvet covers and would welcome offers from anyone with a sewing machine who could help make them up. 01325 718 139 for details    Janet Brown is co-ordinating a group sewing up scrubs for Darlington Memorial Hospital and would also    welcome volunteers 01325 718120
  5. 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.
  6. Companies who deliver in our area from Covid-19 Richmond Update list


Age UK is doing a hot lunchtime meal delivery in Richmond and the surrounding villages. The meals cost £5 a day for a 2-course set menu and they are being delivered 7 days a week.

Please book meals before 11.00 on the day – 01325 741492 or email

Taj Mahal, Indian restaurant, Market place, Richmond (Open Thursdays to Sundays 17.00- 22.00)

Free delivery in Richmond and phone & collect service. Delivering further out for a fee. 01748 829430


Age UK have set up a free food shopping service arranged with Thorpe Farm, A66. 01325 741496

Free delivery by Age UK volunteers to Richmond and surrounding areas

Stuart Hamilton butchers (Richmond) are delivering their meat, pies, eggs and milk. Free delivery in Richmond and nearby villages – 01748 822205 (Open every day except Sunday, 07.00 – 14.00)

Cheesey Grin (Richmond) is delivering free within 5 miles of Richmond. (Minimum order is £10 for 2 cheeses) Please email orders or phone if no email 07768 747269

Ken Warne (Richmond) are delivering grocery orders over £20. Delivery is free for orders over £40, otherwise for £3 in Richmond town and £5 within 5 miles. Email orders to

(Open weekdays 07.00 – 22.00 and from 07.30 – 22.00 on Saturday and Sunday) – 01748 826660

J&H Meynell (Richmond) are delivering their full product range, including pet food, flowers and plants.

Free delivery to Richmond and area for orders over £15, otherwise delivery fee £1 – 01748 825532

Tunstall Meat Company, (Reeth Road, Richmond) are delivering free within 15 miles of Richmond (Minimum order is £20). Best to order online or otherwise phone 07825 982576

Wives Kitchen, Finkle Street, (Richmond) Health and whole food shop.

Delivery fee £2 in Richmond and £5 outside the town – 01748 822210

Neeps & Tatties, (Richmond) Fruit & veg. (Delivery fee £1. Minimum order is a mixed box £8)

Free delivery in Richmond for those unable to leave home – 01748 825397 (answering machine)

Richmond Garden Centre is delivering at a fee of £2.50 in Richmond and £5 outside the town

Open every day 09.00 – 15.00, except Sunday 10.00 – 16.00 – 01748 824058

Mac plant and tool hire is delivering gas. Also collecting and servicing lawn mowers.

Open weekdays 08.00 – 16.00 and from 09.00 – 13.00 on Saturday – 01748 826247


Carricks (fish and vegetables) on Thursdays – Email or 01677 470499

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

Premier taxis of Catterick 01748 833434, offering next day delivery for premiermeats.liveStoneygate butchers, Ravensworth offering delivery. 01748 897131

PHONE AND COLLECT IN RICHMOND                                                                              Thomas the Baker, Market place. Open every day except Sunday, 08.00- 16.00 – 01748 821157

Angel’s Share Bakery, the Station. Open Tuesday – Friday, 09.00 – 15.30; Saturday 09.00 – 16.00. Please use Station Road entrance – 01748 828261

Castle Fisheries, Market place. Open from 17.00 every day except Sunday – 01748 821300

Barker’s fish and chips, Market place. Open daily 11.00 – 20.00 – 01748 825768

Shanghai City, Chinese takeaway. Open every day except Tuesday, 17.30- 21.00 – 01748 825955

OPENING TIMES PHARMACIES                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Boots, Market place, Richmond (Open 10.00 – 16.00. Closed for lunch 12.00 -13.00) – 01748 823322

Day Lewis Pharmacy, Richmond (Open 09.00 – 17.30. Closed for lunch 13.00 -14.00) 01748 823238

OPTICIANS                                                                                                                                      Specsavers, King street, Richmond is open for emergency and essential eye care only. If urgent, call 111. Open Monday to Saturday 10.00 – 16.00, except closed on Wednesday. Call 01748 829960

RICHMONDMARKET                                                                                                                   The market is still coming on Saturdays and is now also doing Wednesdays 08.00 – 14.00

OTHER SHOPS OPEN (THAT HAVEN’T ALREADY BEENLISTED)                           Coop Market place, Richmond (Open 08.00 – 22.00 daily, except 11.00 – 17.00 on Sunday)

Heron foods Market place, Richmond (Open 09.00 – 18.00 daily, except 10.00 – 16.00 on Sunday)

Lidl, Richmond. (Open 08.00 – 22.00 daily, except on Sunday 11.00 – 17.00)

Savers, Richmond. Open Monday to Saturday 10.00 – 16.00. Closed for lunch 12.00 -13.00

Nisa Local, Victoria Road garage (Open 06.30 – 19.00 daily)                                                                         

Yorkshire Trading, Richmond (Open 08.30 – 17.00 daily, except on Sunday 10.00 – 16.00)

Bargain Booze, Market place, Richmond (Open 08.00 – 20.00 daily)

Premier Express, Cross Lanes, Richmond – 01748 829631

DO YOU NEED SUPPORT?                                                                                                         Age UK are offering telephone befriending, daily hot lunch delivery and a volunteer shopping service                   Please call 0300 3020 100 or email

Richmond Yorks Covid-19 Mutual Aid – support group                                                      Please contact North Yorkshire County Council hotline 01609 780780

Hot lunch – Age UK is delivering hot lunch to Richmond and surrounding villages including Melsonby every day. These cost £5 for a 2-course set menu.Please book meals before 11.00 on the day, by phone 01325 741492 or email

Food shopping service with free delivery                                                                              Age UK volunteers, along with Thorpe Farm A66, are delivering shopping to Richmond and Melsonby 01325     741496                                                                                                                Telephone  befriending                                                                                                               Age UK are offering telephone support. Please call 0300 3020 100.                                            Shopping service available for all the towns and villages listed above and as far as possible across Richmondshire upon request.                                                                                                   For an updated version of this or more detailed Richmond Delivery information, please collect from  Richmond Town Hall, phone 07394 907924, email or visit



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