If you are involved with a local company, organisation or community group that is offering help & support during the Coronavirus outbreak, we want to hear about you.
Or, if you are a local business doing things differently during this time – we want to know how people in Lowton & Golborne can still support you.
Over the coming weeks, Lowton & Golborne News will be going what we can to help get messages out into the community about the help that is available and the services that they can still use.
To be included please send us details to firstname.lastname@example.org – including contact details (such as email) and where people can find out more (a website or Facebook page). We will help share your messages and connect you with local people.
(more content coming soon – please check back)
It’s important to keep supporting local businesses if we can
The Coronavirus is going to have serious financial consequences for local businesses, services and self-employed people - as well as for us, as individuals.
We all hope that these financial effects will be temporary but the question is whether businesses can survive the short-term shock.
If you are in a position to do so, please consider supporting local businesses and traders first. You can find a list of them in our Local Directory.
Shop local for food
Enjoy a roast dinner, chicken curry, healthy lasagne or more... delivered to your door contactlessly by Top Nosh Queen of Catering. Check out their Facebook page for more details.
Try Haselden's on Slag Lane, Lowton, for all your fresh meat... you might not ever look back! With full social distancing measures in place to protect customers you can shop safely and enjoy great quality too. As well as meat Haseldens also stocks other essentials including bread and other sundries. Take a look at their Facebook page for more information.
Grange Farm have a range of fresh produce available for sale. Plus, if you're a keen gardener and enjoying pottering in the garden whilst statying at home, they have compost, grow bags, bedding plants and more to keep you busy! Check their Facebook page for more details.
Morton's Dairies can bring milk and other essentials right to your doorstep. Due to increased demand, they are limiting the number of new customers who can sign up each day, but check their website to see the range of produce they offer and find out if you can sign up.
This Leigh town centre based butchers is currently selling meat packs and offering delivery to Lowton and Golborne. Choose from a family pack, lean pack or OAP pack - and more, available to browse on their Facebook page.
Newton-le-Willows based Tom comes highly recommended on our Facebook page! His delivery slots are limited due to such a high demand, but if you can get a slot booked he is well worth a try. See the Facebook page for more details.
Book a fresh fruit and veg box delivery using this local company on Facebook. If you have a sweet tooth, they're even offering sweet hampers too!
The farm, off Winwick Link Road inbetween Lowton & Newton-Le-Willows has been open throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, providing local people with a chance to pick up fresh produce and other essentials from their farm shop seven days a week, 9am – 5pm.
They completely re-configured their farm shop, closing their cafe and doubling the floor space, creating lots of space for social distancing and safe shopping. They sell everything you would expect from a farm shop including all your essentials – fresh fruit, veg, milk, eggs, butter, bread and meat as well as a large range of dried, frozen and tinned goods and alcohol. They are also selling homemade cakes and quiches.
Right at Home North Cheshire and Leigh are looking for care workers (key workers) to support vulnerable people in their own homes and free up hospital beds for critical patients. Paid roles are available on a temporary or permanent basis.
Staying active during lockdown
Gemstone Cheer are a local cheerleading troupe who are due to be competing in the prestigious Battle of the Champions competition in Nottingham at the end of June, and also have the last competition of the season in July.
They can’t currently meeting in person to rehearse due to social distancing regulations but are working hard on their routines and fitness from home, instead!
In fact, Gemstone Cheer are continuing to offer all their competition dancers training via online classes – keeping the dancers connected during this difficult time. With the troupe used to seeing each other up to three times per week, they’ve formed very strong friendships – so continuing online has been great for them to keep in touch, too.
You can even join in with Gemstone Cheer!
Gemstone Cheer are also offering all their members and anyone else who wishes to join in, the chance to access a private Facebook group called Gemstone Dance at Home.
The group has daily dance videos, fitness videos, skill drilling videos and even games and competitions to keep participants and their parents busy at home. Anyone who is interested needs to contact Gemstone Cheer and Dance via Facebook.
Jessica Siobhan, who usually runs beginners yoga and legs bums and tums classes at the Broadmead Centre, is offering free exercise & nutrition advice during lockdown.
The personal trainer says she knows how hard it can be to motivate yourself to exercise at thome, but has set out on a mission to help you look after your fitness and wellbeing during this time. So, for advice or support with exercise or nutrition or even someone to talk to you can get in touch via her Facebook page.
Get out in the garden and get your hands dirty!
It’s the perfect way to make the most of lockdown. Enjoy some fresh air, gentle exercise and the satisfaction of watching your garden grow! Plus, gardening is great for mental health and wellbeing!
If you want to get started in the garden but need plants, soil and other supplies, here’s where you can get them locally:
This Golborne based business has been offering delivery on plants and other gardening essentials. Demand has been high - but they are hoping to have more plants on offer in May, including begonias, pansies, surfinia, petunia and geraniums. Keep up to date with what they have on offer on their Facebook page.
As well as fresh fruit and veg, Grange Farm have compost, bedding plants, grow bags & more. Take a look at their Facebook page for up to date information.
The Farm Shop at Kenyon Hall Farm is open, and they're selling plants, too. Take a look at their Facebook page for opening times.
A bit further out, but Bickershaw Hall Nurseries also offer delivery. They have lots of bedding plants, soil, hanging baskets, plant feed and more on sale - as well as fresh fruit and vegetables. Check their Facebook page for a list of currently available items and information on local delivery.
Sadly Newbank Garden Centre in Newton Le Willows is currently closed. However they are still offering a sale on garden furniture, which is being delivered contactlessly. We've noticed that some of the other centres in the chain are starting to offer home delivery on plants - whether our local one will start doing that soon remains to be seen. Follow them on Facebook for any updates.
Treat yourself – or someone else!
It can be really tough getting a decent present for a birthday or other special occasion at the moment. But is is still possible to shop for the non-essential but oh-so-nice to have items even whilst obeying instructions to stay at home – with the added bonus of supporting local businesses too. We’ll be adding more ideas here soon! Suggestions welcome – please leave a comment below.
Lowton based Guy Who Sews could help you out with a personalised gift for someone special - or just a humourous new hoodie to get you through the lockdown. He can personalise clothes, bags, mugs and more. Take a look at his Facebook page for some ideas.