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Carr’s Flour and Magnox supporting the Maldon Community Coronavirus Response

Published on Tuesday, 21st April 2020

Businesses like Carr’s Flour and Magnox are supporting the Maldon Community Coronavirus Response.

Cllr Adrian Fluker, Leader of Maldon District Council said, “The COVID-19 outbreak has brought disruption, financial hardship and heartache to everyone. But it is in such times that we often see the very best from people and the true spirit of our residents, communities and businesses. I am heartened to hear the wonderful stories of local people and especially the efforts of volunteers in protecting the most vulnerable in our community. We have also seen many local businesses contributing to the response.”

Local food business, like Carr’s Flour Mills Ltd, are working hard to keep food on peoples’ tables. The Maldon Mill has been located on the banks of the River Chelmer since 1896, Carr’s source 70% of their wheat within 30 miles and supply to many artisan bakers. Carr’s have also made a donation to the Community Coronavirus Response being coordinated by the Maldon and District Community Voluntary Service.

Rob Munro, MD Carr’s Flour Mills said “We wanted to do what we can to help local people during this difficult time. Our staff have been milling at a frantic rate supplying customers and keeping the nation fed. The staff at Maldon have been making heroic efforts to get product out.”

Magnox, who are responsible for decommissioning Bradwell nuclear power station, have also provided their support to the local community response to fund critical work and provisions.

Gwen Parry Jones, Magnox Chief Executive, said: “Many community groups are carrying out positive work, supporting the most vulnerable in their areas. This work is vital and a key part of Magnox’s response to COVID-19 is to help other organisations deal with the pandemic wherever we can.

“In this time of national crisis, Magnox has agreed with the NDA that we should make available up to £25,000 at each site from the Magnox Socioeconomic Scheme for use by local community groups on COVID-19 related activities. Magnox is committed to assisting the communities surrounding our sites, as our communities have supported us for over 50 years, and we hope this funding will go some way to supporting the essential work being delivered.”

Sarah Troop, Director Maldon and District Community Voluntary Service said “We are very grateful for the support of local businesses and individuals.  Maldon and District CVS in collaboration with a range of community partners, have set up a service supporting residents who are self-isolating or restricting their activities, regarding getting food and other supplies (including children's needs), prescriptions, pet care, local information or social contact. If you are in need please call 01621 851997 or visit our website.”

Maldon District Council is also working with Maldon and District CVS, The Essex Alliance and Sense of Place to support local businesses via The Essex Map.

Businesses still operating and able to safely deliver (contact free) products and services to people’s homes can register at www.essexmap.co.uk/register/ to list their services using the tag ‘Coronavirus Deliveries’. (or other relevant tags as listed at www.essexmap.co.uk/coronavirus)

The Essex Map is owned by The Essex Alliance and being supported by Maldon and District CVS and Maldon District Council, to support residents and businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak.