A few weeks ago, I mentioned that there is a website supported by the Council called eatlocal.info/Eastbourne, which provides the delivery of food from local businesses. I was browsing through this again the other day and could not help but notice how the number of suppliers has grown. In addition to all kinds of hot meals, you can purchase a wide variety of other food including: bread; eggs; meat; fruit and vegetables; fish; jam; milk and alcohol. If you haven’t looked at it yet, please do and support our local businesses who are doing their best to keep us fed during these difficult times.
During the lockdown the Government made grants available to many businesses to help them financially. These grants excluded many small businesses who do not make direct business rate payments. More recently they have made just over £1m available to Eastbourne to make discretionary awards available to these organisations and details of how to apply for this money can be found on the Council website.
A group who should be congratulated are the Hospitality Association. They have used their purchasing power to establish a local PPE hub. This can supply non-NHS grade personal protective equipment to local businesses. Using local suppliers, this gives the additional benefits of lower cost and rapid delivery.
As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, sadly most of the events that normally take place in Eastbourne during the summer have had to be cancelled. If, however the rate of transmission continues to decline I hope that the Walking Festival will still take place. This is scheduled for the 18th to 27th September when organised walks will take place across the town. These walks, which will explore the coast and surrounding countryside, will also provide an opportunity to learn more about nature and our heritage. After a long period of lockdown, this event should be a good opportunity to improve mental health as well as providing physical exercise, so why not put the dates in your diary?