Local help with self isolation

Posted on March 16, 2020

CORONAVIRUS

Due to the on-going pandemic, Orford General Store is participating in the Orford, Gedgrave & Sudbourne Park Good Neighbour Scheme.

This service may be utilised by any resident, regardless of their age, if they are self-isolating due to necessity, or as a precaution.

If you would like to use this service, please telephone 01394 450235, and we can co-ordinate, with the volunteers, to ensure you receive a home-delivery of your shopping, free of charge.

If you would like to telephone the shop, please call 01394 450204, or email: Email, we can proceed to make up your order to your requirements. We will then telephone you back, when your order is prepared, & request a debit/credit payment from you. Please note, we cannot take cash payments, for this service, and neither may any of the volunteers, this is obviously for their protection, as well as your own. We will then communicate, with the GOOD NEIGHBOUR SCHEME VOLUNTEERS, to arrange collection & delivery of your goods, which will be delivered directly to your doorstep. This service may also be utilised, in co-ordination with the volunteers, to collect goods from the pharmacy.

We also stock Pinneys’ products if you need these.

The service that is being offered by these volunteers, in a time of national crisis, is amazing, and I think that we should all be so grateful to them.

Please note we have also removed our minimum £5 spend on card payments, and would like as many customers as possible to pay contactlessly. Key pads, door handles, basket handles, counter surfaces etc, are all being sanitized regularly, to protect us all.

Stay safe & good health to you all.
Sue Cox

Orford Meat Shed is also offering a home delivery service.

Simply telephone 01394 459890 to place any orders, no payment needed at the time of order – one less thing to worry about. We will sort payment when you are recovered. We will personally deliver when we close that day!!

Let’s all try to keep Orford safe xx
Diane and Andrew Page

Maintenance work at Orford Castle

Posted on March 15, 2020

Originally the keep would have had a render of some sort covering the Septaria. On a big inspection a few years back the Septaria was found to be very worn in several places.

English Heritage have carried out several small test areas over the last few years to try to match the exact mix that would have been used (there are still lots to compare still in situ on the outer walls). The test patches have been left several years to weather down and they think they have found the mix.

Early last year they rendered a much larger patch and it is the first thing you see when walking up the path to the castle. This will be left in situ again to weather down and see if it is a good possible mix.

If so, they do intend to render the whole of the areas with Septaria in order to help the Castle to stand for future generations. This as you can imagine will be a very expensive project and we did have a board up about the work asking for donations to English Heritage purely for this project.

If they go ahead then it may be next year. It will give the Castle a whole new look, although it looks good with Septaria exposed it isn’t doing its longevity any good.