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A Muddy call to arms

Well, things are a bit weird right now, aren’t they?! And while I want to ring-fence Muddy as a coronavirus-free haven to distract, cheer up, and entertain you all during the coming weeks, we can’t ignore what’s happening around us.

As you know, we’ve always been massively passionate about championing the best local independent businesses at Muddy. And while we know that we are now being strongly encouraged to hunker down at home, we also know that so many brilliant local businesses are now struggling.

So let’s think laterally about how we can do help them. Don’t fancy sitting in a café? You could always order a takeaway coffee and brownie. Not in the mood to go out for dinner? Buy a voucher now from your favourite restaurant to use at a later date. Theatre trip or arts event cancelled? Consider not seeking a ticket refund so that donation goes towards keeping your local cultural hub in business. Order your flowers over the phone, shop online at your favourite boutique, visit your local farmer’s market (less stockpiling and better quality produce) or get your nails done at your house. These beloved local luminaries are facing unprecedented tough times so let’s make sure we do all we can to help them. Use it or lose it, right?

And let us know if you have any other ideas for supporting your local favourites across Bucks and Oxon, we’re all ears, and will do all we can to help.

Love, Hero

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5 comments on “A Muddy call to arms”

  • Elizabeth Riley March 17, 2020

    Our local pub, The Horse & Groom at Milcombe nr Banbury have started doing takeaway food including Sunday lunch! Brilliant idea!

  • Lottie March 17, 2020

    The amazing Native Feasts guys are setting up an online wine shop and will deliver to your door every Friday. They are also collaborating with other local independents to deliver five star food along with other drink options straight to your door! Genius!!!.. check out their website
    We need to help all small businesses in these difficult times 🙂

  • Janis Goodall March 17, 2020

    Buy from independent online retailers, not amazon. Small businesses were struggling before corona virus. This is only making people more nervous. But buying from small businesses directly and online is the only way we can survive. Amazon will outlive us all!

  • Loraine Daniels March 17, 2020

    Watlington High Street are offering twice a week free deliveries within a five mile radius.
    No Minimum order.
    Call the shop, place your order and pay over the phone and it will be put on the next delivery.
    Deliveries are by the Calnan Brothers Butchers Van.

  • Nina March 17, 2020

    The brilliant Wallingford Bookshop are now offering deliveries in the local area.
    It really is a wonderful bookshop run by fantastic people, please support them
    if you can.

    The Wallingford Bookshop can deliver! You can order by phone on 01491 834383 or email us at and we can order books and offer book advice over the phone. We can deliver books directly too you if you can’t get out! If you need supplies as well we can drop them too. Nobody should be without enough books!


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