Last updated 12th April 2020
We are in challenging times and the coronavirus has disrupted our lives. This has had many impacts on the way we live our lives and the environment. We have compiled this list of tips and services still operating during this emergency. Let us know if you have tips or service updates to add. e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note some companies (highlighted in red) are no longer accepting new customers or orders at the present time so please do not contact them as they are struggling with demand.
Other Facebook groups to keep you informed are:
Please ensure your store your food correctly to reduce food waste. Check out this handy guide.
Consider donating food and toiletries to the Colchester foodbank –
Food Supplies and delivery services in Colchester
Check out Isolation deliveries
Food supplies (dry food, cupboard food)
H Gunton Ltd. Located at 81-83 Crouch Street Colchester Essex CO3 3EZ. To place orders, call on either 01206 572200 or place orders through the letter box between 9am-12pm for same day pick up. Or text orders to 07543679640 or email orders to email@example.com. They are offering deliveries for locations within walking distance. Their website is: https://www.guntons.co.uk/acatalog/More_Info.html
REco store (Refill shop)– Located in Tiptree – Open Tuesday to Saturday the shop will still be open, operating at safe distance. Click and collect still available and home deliveries to the following villages. TIPTREE, KELVEDON, FEERING, COGGESHALL, MESSING. with a delivery fee of £2., Tel: 07508505270. https://www.facebook.com/therecostore/
Colchester Food Coop – join the food coop and have access to food when you need it, collected from the en-form office. https://www.facebook.com/ColchesterFoodCoop/Food Coop
Food Supplies Fruit and Vegetables (Greengrocers)
J Burgess and Sons The shop is open: 8am – 5pm Monday – Friday 8am – 1pm Saturday
Only allowing 4 customers in the shop at once. Offering some local deliveries. Located 197 Old Heath Road, Colchester, Essex, 01206 795929 and on Facebook:
M Bruce Fruit and Veg Suppliers – No longer accepting new customers Offering fruit and veg deliveries and collection from Boxted.
Birchwood Farm Shop – Located in Dedham, Open Monday – Saturday 8am – 5:30pm, Sunday 8am – 4pm collection and local delivery (Langham, Boxted, Dedham, Stratford, Ardleigh, Lawford, Highwoods, and St John’s ) – only offering set boxes.
Place orders by phone: 01206 323797 Facebook:
Bumbles Greengrocers – Located in Brightlingsea. Offering local delivery and collection from shop which is open 1-3pm. Contact number is: 07914 496681
Food Supplies – Milk (Glass bottle milk)
Milk and More: No longer accepting new customers they have had to temporarily stop taking new customer, but hopefully they will be able to recruit more staff and resume again soon. You can register your interest.
The crafty goat – selling goat milk, cheese and meat located in Abberton, Colchester
Lazy Daisy Dairy – A traditional dairy farm, using traditional methods, with cattle being fed on a grass based diet. Contact details: best by phone: 01255 870323 or Jane.firstname.lastname@example.org
Re-useable cloth nappies and wipes and toilet paper
Try cloth nappies and get a £30 refund at Love Essex
The Nappy Lady advice, information and buying new and pre-loved cloth nappies:
Cheeky Wipes Re-useable wipes, sanitary pads and toilet paper still operating and shipping:
Re-useable sanitary Wear
Reusable Menstrual Products Colchester chat is a local group designed to encourage period positivity and inform people of eco-friendly alternatives.
Albert Postlethwait are a local homemade supplier of re-useable sanitary wear:
The Nappy lady are selling re-useable sanitary wear
Ethical Superstore are selling re-useable sanitary wear
Compost bins and water-butts – Discount compost bins and water butts for Colchester https://getcomposting.com/
Woodview Gardens – Offering delivery of wool peat free compost, seeds and other wool products for the garden
Beth Chatto Gardens – Offering deliveries; place orders via their website. They are accepting online orders, with a minimum 6-plant order, and current delivery times are within two weeks
Growing your own food:
The following local Facebook groups may be helpful:
- Essex Wildlife Trust Abberton Reservoir are sharing great videos and posts over Facebook:
- Allotment and Vegetable Growers
- Colchester Allotments:
- Colchester Foraging Network:
- SE Essex Organic gardeners:
Perrywood Garden Centre – Online information for growing your own food.
Family home gardening – A blog about home growing and gardening by a local Colchester family:
Reducing your recycling (in response to reduced Colchester Borough Council recycling collections. Other Essex Councils are currently operating a recycling service)
Please do not create waste and recycling at the present time.
Save the big clearout until normal recycling services return to normal. It’s tempting to do a massive clearout right now but lockdown really isn’t the time to clear out every cupboard in your house. By all means, scrub your curtains, wash your windows, hoover the floors but don’t chuck out lots of things because there’s nowhere to put it right now. Save that decluttering session for once this is all over.
Go Paperless. Now is a good time to review your paper bills and go paperless. You can change to paperless billing foe most bills such as Energy, Water, Council Tax, Business Rates and Benefit accounts. You can also convert your bank and credit accounts to paperless.
Reduce your Junk Mail. Follow this 11 step guide for getting less and unnecessary junk mail.
Colchester Borough Council have advice on reducing and re-using and storing recycling waste: https://www.colchester.gov.uk/coronavirus/residents/recycling-and-rubbish/?id=&page=how–to–reduce,–reuse–and–store–your–recycling#how–to–reduce,–reuse–and–store–your–recycling
Composting and re-using green waste advice from Perrywood Garden Centre: https://www.perrywood.co.uk/gardening-tips/composting-at-home/
Love Essex – tips for reducing waste and composting https://www.loveessex.org/?fbclid=IwAR2AqTPI4jF2HxTOrd5dXzbkUUiLA5ab2BKEzvfgFa3luBMinWncH5lb45k