Helping deliver food to villagers in need

Volunteers have come forward to help deliver food supplies to older people or those with underlying health issues in Cranage following the cancellation of the parish council’s new lunch club.
At the start of the year, Cranage Hall Hotel, supported by Cranage Parish Council, launched the monthly Sunday lunch for lonely people in the parish, later extending it to include Holmes Chapel.
Sixteen people attended January's lunch and 21 dined in February but this month's meal was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Now the council has said that after it appealed for volunteers, five people immediately came forward.
The latest council newsletter said: “If there is anybody in our parish who is self-isolating due to having underlying health issues, being elderly or vulnerable, and can't get out, please let us know through clerk Julie Mason at jmasonparishclerk@gmail.com / 01260 641854 and we will be there to assist you.
“We are here to talk if you are feeling lonely or to assist with shopping etc. If there are any volunteers across the parish please can you contact the parish council to make them aware.”
The newsletter said there were “significant” numbers of residents aged over 70 or with underlying health issues who needed help with food supplies if they chose to self-isolate.
It said: “The parish council could potentially act as a portal for communication and help within the community during this difficult time.”
Parish council chair Coun Richard Hockenhull said: “It's a continually changing situation and what we've done so far is publish an appeal from help for volunteers in our newsletter. We are endeavouring to do what we can.”
Due to the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic and following Government advice, all parish council meetings have been cancelled until further notice.
The first two Sunday lunch events at Cranage Hall Hotel were a “great success” when guests enjoyed an “excellent meal” in the company of others from the neighbourhood and it proved to be a welcome opportunity to make new friends and acquaintances. People of all age groups were welcome to attend and enjoy a two-course meal with tea/coffee. The cost was £5. The parish council gave a £10 subsidy while the hotel set the cost at a reduced rate.
At the time, Coun Anne Nicol said: “This event gives people a chance to mix with others and interact with people they may not have had chance to before. We hope the event continues to grow and is rewarding for the people it is intended for.”