We are very lucky in Nenthead to have North Pennine Cycles Run by David Reaside still open and our very own Community Shop which is open from 8am to 12am 7 days a week providing the village with every day essentials from News Papers to all grocery products, Unfortunately we unable to offer Post Office services at this present time, but hopefully this will soon available again. Our fantastic staff at the shop do a brilliant job in keeping themselves and the customers safe by social distancing, and serving from the door way, as always being a community shop we rely heavily on volunteers to help to keep the shop running by collecting stock, ordering, and helping with the computer side of the business, but most of all we thank everyone for their continued support and custom to keep the shop going, we have introduced a delivery service for those unable to get out through self-isolating etc, orders can be phoned in and payment by cheque or cash, deliveries on Monday’s are distributed by Alston Essentials van other day’s by shop volunteers exercising social distancing, anyone wishing to order for delivery are requested to ring 382359 giving as much notice as possible.

Nenthead community has always amazed me with their resilience in bad times and their ability to still put a smile on our faces and make us all feel good, the resent VE day tributes around the village with flags and bunting everywhere and the lovely poppy display around the village fountain put together by village ladies and the knit and natter club a real joy to see.

This village has some very talented people some of which have turned their had to making scrubs for the NHS under the guidance of Amanda wheatly and others making face masks for us all,

Like many other villages we have some wonderful people always willing to go the extra mile to help others and through the community shop and other places we are networking to get the message across to any person or families that may well be finding it hard financially or mentally in these difficult times to give advice on where help is available.

On a lighter note Nenthead is very quiet with few cars and motor bikes about so we can hear the birds singing and also children playing in their gardens.

We all hope when this is all over the cyclist and visitors will return with everything open again, but time will tell as to what impact this has had on the local economy and whether all the business will survive.

Brian Aves