Exmouth shop shows community spirit helping the vulnerable during heavy snowfall

PUBLISHED: 12:42 07 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:42 07 March 2018

Callands Budgens of Queen’s Drive on Exmouth seafront.

Callands Budgens of Queen’s Drive on Exmouth seafront.

Archant

Callands Budgens of Queen’s Drive on Exmouth seafront went the extra mile for its customers during the recent snowfall.

The local business, run by Exmouth’s Lucy Calland, her husband David and their family, offered a free delivery service to their regular customers during the heavy snowfall – many of whom are elderly and struggle to travel.

With no vehicle, the family went out on foot, ensuring their customers got the provisions they needed – and this was despite having been through their own recent struggle.

In February, the Journal reported how emergency services were called to the store on February 15, at 12.40am, after reports a van had collided with the shop front.

The vehicle had crashed into one of the stone clad piers causing it to crack and some of the stone cladding to crumble, while oil leaked from the vehicle and broken windows had to be boarded over.

A man was also taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital for treatment of non life-threatening injuries following the incident.

But despite this, when the ‘Beast from the East’ brought weather which stranded many vulnerable people in their homes, Lucy and her team sprang into action for the community.

She said: “We have been doing deliveries for elderly or infirm customers for nearly 10 years in Exmouth. It was clear people were struggling and, as a community store, we felt we needed to help.”

Although the store is on the seafront, Lucy was keen to point out the family weren’t just there for tourists on our seafront.

She continued: “We managed to make a few trips to our suppliers before it got too bad and we kept a certain amount of stock back to ensure anyone with small children got the milk they needed.

“We all mucked in and pulled together just like the majority of the Exmouth community, so it’s nice to help.

“But it wasn’t just us – there were people everywhere in Exmouth helping in their own way. There are still supply issues but I’m sure Exmouth will get back on track soon.”

Other News Stories

54 minutes ago

A former Exmouth mayor has described the ‘emotional’ and ‘amazing’ moment she recently met her long, lost brother for the first time.

Read more

Big crowds are expected to descend on The Strand, Exmouth, on Saturday, June 30, as the town remembers those who have fought for our country.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:00

More than 200 people attended an annual garden fete hosted by an Otterton care home.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:00

Exmouth in Bloom’s latest flower-filled boat has been named after one of the town’s former mayors.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:00

An annual charity strongman competition has raised vital funds for a charity that supports those with disabilities or life-affecting conditions.

Read more
Thu, 16:16

An application to build 350 new homes on the edge of Exmouth looks set for approval.

Read more
Thu, 15:51

A collision involving a cyclist has happened on a busy Exmouth road, according to reports.

Read more
Thu, 14:45

A Romanian vagrant has admitted raiding 11 churches to finance a three month summer holiday in Devon and Dorset.

Read more
Thu, 14:16

Armed officers have been seen at a property in Topsham today (Thursday).

Read more
Thu, 12:00

Heavy winds, broken oars and a lack of teabags have not stopped one blind Exmouth veteran from rowing his way into the third week of the Great Pacific Race.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 21°C

min temp: 11°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel


Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Exmouth Journal twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications