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THERE are still many local businesses open during lockdown, all working within the strict government guidelines to keep us all safe whilst continuing to provide us with essential services or to provide postal products.

Yes we are open signSupporting local business has never been so important, so as we head toward yet another week of lockdown, we thought we would take a look at some of the local businesses still operating and find out what challenges the last year has raised.

During lockdown the following business categories are allowed to remain operational: Food shops, off licences, pharmacies, mobility and disability support shops, newsagents, builders merchants, garden centres, vets, dentists, opticians etc, launderettes, taxi companies, bike shops, vehicle repair and MOT services, petrol stations and automatic car washes.

CROSS COUNTRY TYRES - based on Porte Marsh Road. All garages are deemed an essential business and so continue to open throughout all lockdowns.cross country tyres

Business owners, husband and wife team Darren and Kerry told us: "The lockdowns have been extremely difficult to manage, during the first lockdown we furloughed 3 staff members, for the 2nd and 3rd we have not furloughed anyone. As a very small family business we need every member of staff as everyone has different skills. 

"We have done our best and have managed to remain open throughout all 3 lockdowns, we provide an essential service helping to keep other key workers working, as well as local tradesmen and the general public who need their cars to get their essentials. Part of our business involves replacing and repairing agricultural tyres and we have been keeping the local farmers tractors moving too.
"We have had to adapt the way we do things to keep our customers and staff safe, such as closing our reception room and having an outdoor meet and greet and payment system. We have also "borrowed" a room from our neighbour to use as a separate waiting area for customers, for anyone shielding we have mobile tyre units that provide a completely non-contact service.
"We are very thankful that we are able to remain open and are also extremely thankful to the people of Calne and surrounding areas for their support."

THE BEST EVER BROWNIE COMPANY - continue to provide postal deliveries of their delicious brownies.The home of luxurious, truffle like brownies, created as a treat for chocolate and Brownie lovers everywhere. They specialise in gluten free, original and vegan Brownies, posted out next day delivery throughout the brownieUK.


INFUSIONS TEA ROOMS - Are open for daytime take away orders from Thursday to Saturday from 8:30am to 2:30pm. Accepting walk ins and phone in orders.
Infusions say: "We will be doing some of our classic favourites such as are wide variety of loose leaf tea’s, Homemade scones and cake. We will also be doing light meals. So why not pop in from tomorrow 8:30am. We would love to see you!"
They have also adapted their business to provide an evening takeaway service. Served from 5pm to 9pm Monday to Saturday, the tea rooms have an extensive take-away menu offering a range of delicious burgers and gourmet hotdogs with all the sides you would want.


MARIA'S PET SUPPLIES AND FLOWERS - Maria is not only open for business but has helped a fellow independent business by taking a range of cards from Expressions Cards. Maria's has operated throughout all the lockdowns and aside from her flowers, plants, garden supplies and pet supplies, she is currently stocking masks, all made locally by the lovelyAll £4.50 each with £1.00 going to Bulldog Rescue.


fluffy puffin fondantFLUFFY PUFFIN - Remain a shining light in lockdown with a new home delivery menu. The menu offers a range of their delicious ice creams which can be frozen at home and eaten within a month (imagine where we might be in a month!), alternatively there is a lovely range of desserts to reheat at home including: Hot Chocolate Fondant and Sticky Toffee Pudding. You can make your orders here for delivery to your door.


CWA CLEANING - Providing regular and one off commercial cleaning and sanitisation services. Alongside this they are available for end of tenancy cleaning and Covid-19 deep cleaning.


ironingCREASE AWAY - continue to offer professional and insured ironing services with free Covid-19 safe collection and delivery. Ironing Services Manager, Nicola Webb told us: "There are lots of small independent businesses in Calne many of which have been unable to get the financial help from the government throughout the pandemic.  It's more important now that we as a community stick together and help support these excellent businesses and help rebuild our local economy.

 "Many of these local businesses will have supported local good causes in the past by donating a raffle prize to a school fete or donating their time.  Now is the time to repay this favour. Buying local supports families, provides local jobs and the money gets spent locally and Calne will benefit and grow in the long term.
"At Crease Away we have been lucky to remain open throughout two of the three lockdowns.  We provide a 20% discount to NHS staff and also offer a community help scheme where we can collect prescriptions and essential shopping for our customers, as well as offering them an essential ironing service."
CALNE PET SUPPLIES - in Church Street remains open during lockdown. Business owner Julia is offering a free delivery service operating every weekday afternoon. The shop is open Mondays-Fridays 9.30am - 1.30pmSaturdays 9.30am - 4pm.

ANTICAANTICA ROMA - the Italian restaurant at 2 High Street are currently offering a take-away service with free delivery within a 3 mile radius. Any pasta or pizza option on their menu for only £8.50 - Monday to Saturday from 16:00 to 21:00.


1st CHOICE STAIR LIFTS are still able to operate business as usual throughout the pandemic. Coral Affleck-Major, Joint Managing Director said: "As an essential product and service, our showroom is open and our engineers are available to fit, repair and service our products, taking great care to do so in a Covid Secure way."



bear pear bagsTHE BEAR AND PEAR SHOP  in the High Street are currently offering home deliveries of all their bespoke products which include: Movie Night Pick n Mix Bags;  Gift Boxes & Bags  all with  free delivery within a 15m radius of Calne. So there is no reason to neglect your sweet tooth during lockdown,  and it is an ideal way to let someone know you are thinking of them. Alongside this, there is a postal service of Letterbox Sweets and Lollies and Bespoke Gift Boxes. 

Price Range; Gift / Party Bags start at £1.25 each  Gift Boxes start at £7.50 each Movie Night Gift Bags start at £8.75 each  Postal Letterboxes start at £7.50 

(Postage outside 15m radius £3.70) Orders can be made via instagram, email or text Instagram: thebearandpeardrophome Email
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Text/phone 07809183516 
BLACK NOVA DESIGNS - Professional IT Solutions based in Calne, can continue working and all jobs and projects black nova techbooked in can go ahead as planned during lockdown. All repairs are being carried out by pre-booked appointments.
11:11 Yoga Studio are currently offering a variety of classes via Zoom - lockdown seems a perfect time for Yoga. Find out more by visiting their website here - 
COSMIC SLOTH CREATIONS - are open and ready for business. They specialise in gifts and items for any special occasion. Contact free collection service. Visit them here .

WHITE ELEPHANT SERVICES - are a Wiltshire family business, based in Calne and licenced with the Environment Agency who can collect almost anything from almost anywhere. No need for a skip and the majority will be recycled. Other services include cleaning, clearance and removals.  For more information click here.

THE LEMON STATIONERY COMPANY - Calne based local independent small business, still working hard and offering doorstep delivery in Calne. Click here for more details

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