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Coronavirus Update - March 24th 2020

In light of the Prime Ministers announcement yesterday stopping all non essential travel I will be stopping our online service.  I live 45 minutes from the shop and then would have to make regular visits to the Post Office. That is not the correct thing to do in this current situation of trying to suppress the virus.  

Stuart

Coronavirus Update - March 22nd 2020

Even though our Prime Minister has NOT closed shops yet, I feel it is time to do so.  The Woolpatch bricks and mortar shop will be closed until further notice.  When your stash runs out and you want to replenish, you can order your yarns and fabric from our online shop at www.thewoolpatch.com and I can go into the shop and prepare your orders on my own. If there are specifics you require then please email me and I'll see what I can arrange. If you live locally (within 8 miles or so) of Long Melford I can deliver it straight to your doorstep for free (make sure you choose local delivery in the checkout if so.)

Want to see a friendly face?
I'll be making lots of YouTube videos to entertain you through these coming months.  I've got lots of time! Check out our Youtube channel at YouTube: The Woolpatch for a little light relief during the day.

Please keep me updated with what you make and create over this social distancing period via email or instagram.  I'd love to feature a little gallery on our Youtube channel of all your makes.  If you post on instagram be sure to use the hashtag #thewoolpatch so it notifies me.  I won't be seeing Áine for sometime so we'll have to do a Wooly Wednesday video via Zoom/Skype!

Please stay safe and cosy at home and I can't wait to see you for a big cuppa and catch up when it is all finally safe to come out.

Stuart

Coronavirus Update - March 15th 2020

I thought you may like to know what the shop is planning in relation to the Coronavirus outbreak for the next few months.

As you know from the news media the situation is changing daily, so I'll keep you up to date via this page.

Current situation
The shop will remain open for as long as I am virus free or until advice from the government says that the shop has to be closed. In the meantime I am following guidelines released by the government and the NHS with regard to dealing with this current situation in the shop. Knit and natter social sessions will continue as normal. If you don't want to come into the shop then remember we can take orders over the phone, via email or on our website online shop.

If you are self isolating
You can ring the shop and I can take your order over the phone. Someone can bring your order into the shop and I'll sort your order. You can buy supplies from our online shop at www.thewoolpatch.com and I'll post it to you.

If I have to self isolate
Both the shop and the online shop will have to close for 7 to 14 days.

Future situations
This is constantly changing but at this time these are the plans:
1. If, like Italy, all shops have to close (except supermarkets and chemists), you will still be able to order online and the orders can be sent out in the post. Unless the government says otherwise, I will still be allowed to go to the shop to sort orders out.

2. There are reports in the news media that the government are contemplating that every Briton over the age of 70 is to stay at home for an extended period to shield them from Coronavirus. If that happens then I will help out as much as possible with getting your fabric and yarn supplies to you to keep you crafting during your isolation. The local community is so important to me and to the life of the shop. Therefore if you are over the age of 70 and forced to stay at home please ring me to place your order or to have a chat over the phone if you're feeling isolated. If you live within 5 miles of the shop, I'll drop it off at your house or leave it in a safe place so you don't have to pay for postage!

Don't forget you can also place orders on our online shop or by phone or by emailing me, therefore there are lots of ways you can still get your crafting supplies so you will have something to do whilst isolated at home.

Hopefully all of this will help you to keep going with your projects.

Stuart