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Helmsley businesses working safely for the local community

Helmsley in Business compiles a list of companies which are open and offering delivery or collection services for local residents

Businesses in Helmsley are finding new ways to operate in order to be able to provide a service for local residents in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Tony Porter, chair of Helmsley in Business and owner of Porters Coffee Shop, said: “These are unprecedented times and of course we’d love to be in a position to welcome back with open arms the many tourists we enjoy visiting our wonderful town. But whilst we’re not quite there yet, we do need to ensure local people from Helmsley and the surrounding villages have access to the services and products they need without putting themselves at risk. At this difficult time we all need to try and be kind to our fellow humans and to remember that better times are ahead. Hopefully Helmsley and its many fantastic independent businesses will continue to thrive.”

Here is a list of some of the Helmsley businesses still operating a service for local residents:

Hunters of Helmsley

Store is open Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm and Saturday 8am to 2pm with only two customers allowed on each floor at any time. Deliveries are being offered within Helmsley and its outlying villages, with product lists available by email. If you are collecting you can phone ahead and the store will have your order ready for you. Phone 01439 771307, 01439 771806 or email contact@huntersofhelmsley.com.

Thomas of Helmsley

Thomas of Helmsley remains open. Phone 01439 770249 for details of opening times and available products, or to place an order for collection the following day.

Costcutter, including the Post Office

Stocked with essentials and more, Costcutter supermarket is open 8.30am to 7.30pm Monday to Saturday and 9.30am to 7.30pm on Sunday. From Tuesday to Saturday from 8.30am to 9.30am is a special hour for those aged over 70 or within a vulnerable group. The opening times for the Post Office vary slightly:

8.30am to 12pm, and 2pm to 7.30pm Monday to Friday

8.30am to 12pm on Saturday

9.30am to 1pm on Sunday.

Helmsley Opticians

Helmsley Opticians is continuing to provide a number of eye related services. An Urgent Care Helpline can be reached during normal practice opening times (Tuesday to Friday 9am to 5pm and Saturday 9am to 1pm) on 01439 770929, offering safe virtual consultations by telephone or video link. A home delivery service is also available for a number of eye treatments and replacement spectacles. This can be organised by contacting the practice on 01439 770929 or by email helmsleyopticians@gmail.com.

Helmsley Traditional Sweet Shop

Helmsley Traditional Sweet Shop has launched an online shop at www.helmsleysweets.co.uk or via its Facebook page (www.facebook.com/helmsleysweets/). Local deliveries are made twice a week and special gifts can be arranged on request. Payment must be made via the website, by phone or via PayPal to avoid contact on delivery.

Twig and Twine

Florist Twig and Twine is regularly receiving locally-grown fresh flowers, as well as a selection from the Dutch auctions, and is able to make bouquets for local home delivery or for delivery to friends and family. Through the ‘Direct2florist’ service the business can also arrange for flowers to be delivered nationwide. A range of summer patio plants, ready to be planted into pots and wall baskets, will be available from late May. To place an order call 01439 771873.

Helmsley Wines

Helmsley Wines is offering a local and national delivery service, and delivery within 10 miles of Helmsley is free. Orders can be placed either online www.helmsleywines.co.uk or by phoning the shop on 01439 770829.

Crema Coffee House

Crema is offering ‘Sweet Treat’ boxes, with a range of delicious cakes and treats. A menu of items for the coming week’s boxes is posted on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter on Sunday night/Monday morning (@cremahelmsley).  Orders are taken until Wednesday lunchtime and then boxes are available to collect (observing social distancing) on Friday. Anyone unable to collect and living in the villages between Helmsley and Hovingham can arrange to have them delivered. 

Holme Lea Country Interiors

Items including tableware, gifts, lighting and soft furnishings are available to purchase online and the store is offering free local deliveries within seven miles of Helmsley. For more information or to browse the shop visit www.holmeleacountryinteriors.co.uk/.

Duncombe Sawmill

The Sawmill is open for business, offering the usual range of gates, garden furniture, fencing and play equipment, but welcoming customers by appointment only. The company is offering a ‘click and collect’ service, as well as its normal delivery service. An online shop is available at www.duncombesawmill.co.uk. The office can be contacted between 8am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday on 01439 770234. 

Helmsley Brewing Co

Helmsley Brewing Co is offering deliveries of its beer around the local area. Beer can be ordered online at www.helmsleybrewingco.co.uk/shop/ or email beer@helmsleybrewingco.co.uk.

Auntie Anne’s Bakery

The bakery is now open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8.30am to 1pm. Free delivery is offered on orders over £5. Orders need to be placed by 2pm for delivery the following afternoon. For more information call 01439 770304 or 07827 930956.

Spear Travels

All travel enquiries are being handled by telephone and email during normal office hours, Monday – Friday only. Email helmsley@speartravels.net or call 01439 770456.

To keep up to date with news from Helmsley go to www.visithelmsley.co.uk


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.