Cockburnspath and Cove Community Foodstore

Address: Church Hall: Hoprig Road, Cockburnspath

Opening Hours: Tuesday and Friday 2pm till 3.30pm although if anyone needs anything they can contact the details below.

Contact: Suzie at secretarycccc@live.co.uk or by phoning 07562 523 904. We will do our best to respond out with these hours. This phone number is also the emergency helpline.

Description of Community Food store and additional useful information

People can visit the shop during the hours above (masks and social distancing is required and hand sanitiser is available) however if they are unable to for reasons of weather or disability, we can deliver a food box each week. This service is however reserved for those who need it, and we’d encourage most people to come along and see what we’ve got. It’s a chance for a socially distanced meet up and to have a chat too, which we encourage wherever possible.

We have lots of tinned goods and some fresh veg as well, although we rely on Fareshare deliveries for our stock. We also buy in a limited amount of milk from our local farm shop. Mr Neep (local farm shop) will deliver to people in their own home (email mrneep@outlook.com or call 07557 483 698,) We also have some hygiene and cleaning products and usually have eggs donated from local hens!

We ask for small donations, based on ability to pay, for items you take, but please don’t let this put you off coming along. We are happy to supply you with what you need free of charge and there is a discreet bowl for donations which you can easily bypass if you wish to. Nobody monitors what people put in the bowl, if anything and some people pay in for others who are in more need. Please don’t be embarrassed to use our store – we want you to come along whatever your situation is.

We don’t have any referral system – it’s based-on trust. If you need us, we are there, and even if you just forget something from your shopping list, we will try to provide it and you can donate if able.

The Community has a Facebook page, which can be used if necessary, to place any specific orders by messages. We primarily serve Cockburnspath and Cove, but as the parish boundary includes Oldhamstocks and Innerwick and surrounding areas, we welcome users from these areas to the foodbank. In real need, food parcels can be delivered throughout the parish – please contact the phone number above to let us know.

The Foodbank is run by our Minister, Rev Suzie Fletcher, with help from volunteers, so everything is in total confidence. We also have an “emergency fund” which if you find yourself in financial need, Suzie will assess this and try to help you with cash donations. These don’t have to be repaid but can if able. This is entirely in confidence and your situation will be respected and kept confidential at all times. Examples which people may face include getting behind on electricity payments, a sudden boiler or utilities failure etc.

We can also order in bread and butcher meat if required, but these require to be paid for. Orders can be taken on a Tuesday for pick up on a Friday, but as we have no storage facilities, there needs to be a strict pick-up agreement.

Anderson’s Quality Butcher of North Berwick also delivers to the village and Cove on a Tues and Friday, so orders can be placed directly with them and delivered to your door. We also have a fish van on a Tuesday (Ross Dougal fishmongers – 01890 751 911) and they can deliver fresh fish and seafood to your door.

Cards were put through every door with the emergency contact numbers and email on them last year, and we additionally have a monthly newsletter with updated information again, put through every door in the community.

Prescriptions – Dunbar Medical Centre prescriptions can be delivered by our local postie (Scott) who will drop your meds off with your mail. If you need this service, please advise the medical centre on ordering your prescription. Patients of the Eyemouth/Coldingham practice can have their medication delivered to them on a Friday afternoon, by a volunteer. To help our volunteers and posties, please order in advance and try to get medication for a month if possible, rather than every week. We’ll do our best to help.

We occasionally work with the primary school to have a school uniform swap shop – please let us know of your needs and we’ll try to help.

We also have a gardening freebies pick up at the Church Hall during the times mentioned above. This is where people can swap plants, seeds, garden equipment and items free of charge. There are also some excellent gardening books – all free, to encourage people to grow their own veg if possible.

We occasionally, through our monthly FareShare deliveries, get some children’s clothes eg jeans, tee shirts etc. Again, come and see if we’ve anything you need. There are some nice white polo shirts suitable for school at the moment.

We look forward to seeing anyone at the Church Hall – it’s always good craic and we’ll welcome you and do what we can to help!