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VISIT HELMSLEY NEWS • Updated , 3:39 pm

Helmsley – Independent businesses and the community can support each other

Town’s businesses work on ways to help local people and the local high street in light of the Coronavirus pandemic

Businesses across Helmsley are reminding local people they’re available, well stocked and open for business.

Cafes, restaurants and shops are doing what they can to help customers during the pandemic – whether it’s offering deliveries or making their food available for take away. Keeping customers and staff safe is the number one priority for all.

An example of the ways businesses are helping includes Hunters of Helmsley. The deli is stocking up on store cupboard ingredients as well as the usual deli items and should any customers need to self isolate in the coming weeks they are happy to deliver provisions to their doorstep. This can be arranged by calling them on 01439 771307 / 771806 or emailing contact@huntersofhelmsley.com.

Francois Strydom, owner of restaurant La Trattoria, said: “In these uncertain times, we’d like to thank our customers for their support. We will stay open unless official guidelines change and have implemented extra measures on top of our everyday commitment to health and hygiene to help keep us all as safe as we can. However, we appreciate that not everyone can get out at the moment, so starting Friday 20th March we will also be offering free delivery within Helmsley and (for a small fee) the surrounding area. Normal takeaway dishes and prices apply, but please call us with other requests and we’ll do what we can to accommodate them. We can cater for dietary requirements and will use insulated delivery boxes to further ensure safe transportation of your order.”

Orders to La Trattori can be made by calling 01439 771044.

The team at Helmsley’s CostCutter have been exploring options to support the over 70’s and at risk groups during this difficult period. Commencing Tuesday 24th March, they will trial having an hour from 8:30am to 9:30am Tuesday to Saturday for over 70’s and at risk groups shopping only. The early time will enable them to sanitise key contact points in the store beforehand and they would request that shoppers perform their own hand washing prior and post shop, maintain distance between one another, and minimise any contact with staff where possible. Ideally they will also be encouraging contactless payments, but understand that not everyone has this facility, so cash payments can be made The team want to assure customers that the Post Office and food store will be open to them during this period, for their usual banking, PO services and food shopping.

Auntie Anne’s Bakery is open for baked goods, as well as other items such as fresh bread and milk. If you are self isolating they are happy to deliver free locally with a minimum spend of £10.00. Call 01439 770304.

Other businesses offering free or reduced price delivery including Duncombe Sawmill, Saltbox Gallery and Libby Butler Jewellers. Cafes such as Porters and Crema are reminding customers all their food and drinks can be provided as a takeaway.

Helmsley Traditional Sweetshop is working hard to get a website up and running as soon as possible, which will allow people to order sweets online. There is currently a holding page to sign up for more information and a discount voucher when it goes live (www.helmsleysweets.co.uk). In the meantime, the company is taking orders via Facebook and twitter and will organise local deliveries for people who are isolating.

Lynn Hempsall, owner of Helmsley Traditional Sweet Shop, said: “As with most of the independent businesses in Helmsley, the shop will remain open until we are asked to close, but we are taking extra precautions for the safety of all. Of course, there are lots of wonderful foodie businesses in town, but we also have dozens of fantastic independent shops covering everything you could possibly need. People may still need to buy gifts and homewares and will want things to do for entertainment – so even if you can’t or would prefer not to leave the house, it’s worth giving a business a call to see what can be arranged. All the businesses are here to help in any way they can – and it goes both ways, as you’ll also be helping a local business owner to stay afloat in these difficult times. Business details can be found at www.visithelmsley.co.uk

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For further media information or photography contact: Shona Nutter on 07714 953919 or shonanutter@googlemail.com

Notes to editors 

Helmsley in Business is a group of more than 50 businesses working together to ensure the continuing success of the North Yorkshire town of Helmsley. Members include: Agnus & Co; Amanda Field Millinery; Auntie Anne’s Bakery; Bisca; Black Swan Hotel; Bondgate Antiques; Browns of Helmsley; Castle Stores; Carters Country Wear; Claridges; Cliff Stud; Costcutter; Crafty Pair; Crema Coffee House; Duncombe Sawmill; Duncombe Park Gift Shop; Duncombe Park Estate; Evelyn Lily Interiors; Feversham Arms Hotel and Verbena Spa; Helmsley Art Centre; Helmsley Black Cabs; Helmsley Brewery; Helmsley Castle; Helmsley Community Library; Helmsley Galleries; Helmsley Opticians; Helmsley Outdoors; Helmsley Town Hall; Helmsley Traditional Sweet Shop; Helmsley Walled Garden; Helmsley Wines; Holme Lea Interiors; Honeysuckle Cottage; Hunters of Helmsley; La Trattoria; Lazenby Visuals and Framing; Libby Butler Jewellers; National Centre for Birds of Prey; North York Moors National Park; Pennita Fashions; Porters Coffee Shop; Saltbox Gallery; Spear Travels; The Feathers; The Stick Man; The Ginger Bear; Thomas of Helmsley; Twig & Twine; and Viva Hair.

Helmsley is a beautiful market town in the Ryedale District of North Yorkshire, with something to offer everyone – and a great place to explore the North York Moors National Park. It is popular with tourists for its characterful Market Place, historic architecture, the wide range of quality independent shops, and the excellent selection of accommodation, pubs, cafes and restaurants, many of which are award-winning. There are also plenty of interesting activities and attractions available on the doorstep including The National Centre for Birds of Prey, Helmsley Castle, Rievaulx Abbey and The Walled Gardens. Helmsley also marks the start of the Cleveland Way, which is popular with walkers and loops round the National Park to end up at the coast near Filey.

For more information log on to www.visithelmsley.co.uk

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