06 April 2020

CLA East is receiving a range of reports of how its members are helping their rural communities during the coronavirus crisis.

One example is Rebecca and Stuart Mayhew from Old Hall Farm in Norfolk who have been running a farmers market each Friday at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital to help frontline NHS workers during the coronavirus outbreak.

Staff at the dairy farm, which is located in Woodton near Bungay, have also been delivering food parcels to vulnerable and elderly people who haven’t been able to leave their homes.

“Many of the NHS staff have been relieved to see us at the hospital when they finish their shift,” says Rebecca. “It has saved them a trip to a supermarket which quite often has run out of the fresh produce and store cupboard items they want by the time they get there.”

Old Hall Farm is a cow and calf dairy which includes a café, shop, butchers and delicatessen. Whilst the café has had to close due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Rebecca reports a three-fold increase in other aspects of the business due to increased demand for food items. “Because our supply chain is only small we have not had any problems getting hold of the produce our customers have wanted.” Rebecca concludes.

The CLA would love to hear how you have been supporting your local community during this difficult time. Please contact with your stories.