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Tenbury Wells is Open for Business Local Businesses respond to Challenge
Businesses in Tenbury have responded to the bridge closure with a range of initiatives, generally aimed at helping people who previously came into the town over the bridge. Here are just some examples. Banfields (01584 810403) are offering to transport purchases from their shop over the bridge to the new car park on the Burford side. Bowketts (01584 810351) has a similar scheme; they've offered a 'carry to car' service to the Royal Oak car park for some time and this has now been extended to the Burford car park, so you can still fill your trolley without worrying about how you'll get it all back to the car!
Den's Launderette (01584 810557) is taking a different approach: drive to the new car park with your washing and ring them from the car park. They'll come over to collect it from you and once the laundry is ready, you can again drive down to the car park, ring them, and they'll bring it back. Just give them a ring first to check their opening times!
Books Books Books has gone one better: if you can't get into the shop to buy the book, give them a ring (01584 810060) and they'll deliver the book to local areas such as Burford. Tenbury Library has a similar scheme for Library books - if you're in Burford and can't get to the Library, email TenburyLib@worcestershire.gov.uk
or ring 01905 822722.
Market Street's Barn Farm Shop is going a step further and is prepared to deliver across an area potentially stretching as far as Ludlow and Bewdley, hopefully without having to add a delivery charge in the local area, at least for reasonably large orders.
Femina Hairstyles is taking a different approach, with a mobile hairdressing service. The salon will be open as usual while the bridge is closed, but they'll also have a hairdresser visiting people at home - ring the salon on 01584 810107 for details or to make an appointment.
Malvern Hills District Council has cut the cost of parking for up to two hours on Tenbury's pay-and- display car park to just 10p while the bridge is closed. Charges for longer stays are unchanged.
Cliff Slade, who runs a cab business based in Tenbury
Wells said "We have made a commitment to our existing customers. We will not charge any extra for the additional mileage and time the bridge closure will attract over the closure period. This is a time for people to pull and work together, not an opportunist time to make a quick buck from the people of Tenbury."
Tenbury's businesses are clearly committed to doing what they can to make the best of the situation. And anyone doubting local shopkeepers' willingness to make an effort might reflect on how nice the shops looked at Christmas!
A shuttle bus is operating in Tenbury Wells. Running right up to the bridge, it allows people living on Bromyard Road to shop in Tenbury without using the car. It also means that people living or parking in Burford can walk over the bridge and take the bus to shops at the other end of town, such as Bowketts and the Round Market.
For details of when the bus runs, visit www.yarrantons.co.uk
or ask at the library.
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