Ok, so you don't need us to tell you that we're facing hard times at the moment. Now is the time to come together and support each other. We've loved seeing how Deal businesses have been adapting and wanted to tell you all about it. We've compiled as many local services as we could find. If you would like us to promote you then tag us on Instagram and we'll do our best to share with our followers.
Disclaimer: This is not practical advice of how to deal with symptoms etc. If you are feeling unwell, please follow the most recent government advice. However there may be something in here that you could find useful. To those who are well, support local businesses where you can, because they need you more than ever. Keep looking after yourselves and take precautions to protect others.
Time to break out the art supplies, Tanya from Little Artists has come up with an ingenious idea to keep kids busy and creative while they're at home. Each week you can create art at home with your children and display it in your window. The idea is that when people are out for a walk, they'll admire the children's artwork and it will make people smile. There are weekly prompts to follow and a hashtag for everyone to keep up with the fun #dealwindowwalk20.
Squidoodle Colouring Page
For kids and adults alike, Squidoodle has released a free colouring sheet. It's got built-in ideas to make you own at home entertainment and an uplifting slogan. Fire up the printer and download by heading to his website, where there are lots of free colouring sheets you can get your felt tips round!
Free Bike Riding at Betteshanger until April 3rd
For those in need of some fresh air, Betteshanger Park is offering everyone 1 hour of Free Bike Hire. Everyone can benefit from a bit of stress-busting exercise in these uncertain times.
With the Village Market temporarily closed, Pedaal Duwer is taking his bike auction online. He's also offering free bike hire to Deal residents who need them. message on Instagram to enquire
Age Concern Deal are extending some vital services to the community of elderly and vulnerable. Including meal delivery, shopping services, and prescription collections as well as a befriending service. They are asking for volunteers to help deliver meals and answer the phone. They are also asking all vulnerable people to register their details with them. Age Concern Deal 3 Park Street01304 372608 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
The Deal Bookshop
With those at a loss without a good book, Deal Bookshop's announcement will bring some comfort. They are offering a local delivery service to those in isolation or who are high risk. Call the shop to place your order over the phone, or pop into the shop and staff will help you chose a book for a loved one. 01304 249857
For concerned parents, we'd recommend following Tea and Biscuits on Instagram. Laura is a local teacher and popular blogger. She is offering tips and reassuring advice to parents who are teaching their children at home.
If self isolating has lead to you having a good sort out, you can now drop off any unused toiletries to Tamarisk. Emma has set up a beauty bank you can donate to, with all products being donated to those in need.
Come out and support Deal Town Market this weekend. This Saturday's market (21st March) will be the last market for the foreseeable future, so it's a great opportunity to pick up some treats and support our local traders.
Pop up cafe are selling sourdough bread to order. 1.2 kg Sourdough loaf for £6.50. Home delivery is also available. Message to order.
The Lane Bakery is kindly offering 10% off for NHS staff. Simply show your NHS work ID to receive your discount.
Solley's Ice Cream offering deliveries
The Blue Pigeons are offering a take away menu
Walmer Fish and Chips is offering free home delivery from 5-8pm on any sized order in CT14. Call 381712
Jenkins free home delivery to Deal, Dover and Sandwich with a minimum order of £30. Call to arrange 01304 364613
Your Little Green Shop are delivering dried groceries to the Deal area. They are taking email orders for delivery or collection in store
Having just opened up for the season, Hut 55 are staying open for take away only so you can enjoy your food and coffee on the beach (while being socially distant). For those in need of a caffeinated break or some delicious beach hut treats, the hut has got you covered.
Peckish are delivering their rotisserie chicken and hot meals all day every day with cash and contactless options available
If you can't find what you need in the supermarket, make sure to check your local corner shop/newsagent or use greengrocers and butchers. We've got a great selection in town and they seem to be well stocked and are offering a vital service to the community right now and the hoarders seem to have forgotten about them.
Get in touch with Sholden Village Store if you are over 70 or in isolation. They have lots of essentials on hand 01304 363732
MK catering offering meal delivery service from Monday 23rd March. order as many meals as you like. All meals will last 3 days in the fridge and 1 month in the freezer. £6 for 1 meal and £50 for 10 meals delivered fresh to your door. To order please text 07835 784595