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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Bistro boss seeks crowd funding to help those kept in by virus

A Llangollen restaurant boss is aiming to crowd fund a service to provide food and drink to people confined at home by the coronavirus infection threat.

Fern Evans, who runs the Phoenix Bistro in the town, has set out her idea on Facebook this morning (Tuesday) and expands on it on the gofundme page she has set up.

She says: “The recent coronavirus update has advised members of the public to basically avoid any businesses within the hospitality industry.

“However, no order has been issued for owners of these businesses to shut down, meaning that the government is under no obligation to provide them with any kind of financial support. 

“I‘m not going to get into the problems that self-employed people like me are about to face, because that’s not what this is about.

“As much as I am worried about the future of my business, it’s nothing compared to the complete feeling of despair that I have for the vulnerable members of our community that have been told to quarantine themselves for 12 weeks. I want to be able to help those people, in whatever way I can.

“At the moment, I can barely pay my bills, let alone afford to provide food, or anything else to those in need, but I really would not feel comfortable asking those people for any money towards such a service when they’ve been left in such a situation through  no fault of their own. So I’m left in a bit of a quandary. 
“I’ve never done this kind of thing before, so it’s a massive long shot, and it may not work, but I figure it’s worth a go. Therefore I’m asking for donations to help me fill my cupboards (and my fuel tank) so that I can provide food, drink, and little treats to those people in my community that can’t get out of the house for the foreseeable future. 
“I’ve got loads of ideas, but I’m not going to rabbit on anymore. however if you want to know any more about what I intend to do with the donations or how this will work, then please feel free to email me and I will be more than happy to answer your questions.”

Her gofundme page is at:

There’s also a positive message from another of Llangollen’s eateries.

On its Facebook page, Pretty Village Teamroom says: “Amelia and I ARE STAYING OPEN until further notice from Mr BoJo that we may HAVE to close!

“ Our complimentary sanitizer is still in force!”
And it’s a similar story with Sam’s Coffee at Gales Wine Bar.

On its Facebook site it has the message: “O P E N. We will keep open as long as we can and as long as it’s safe.  We have space here and a warm, clean and positive welcoming environment. 

“You all know the drill with being clean by now. We’re having a meeting today to plan the next stage, how we can keep going and help people in the community that need it.  Please support us and your local businesses in the coming days and weeks if you can too.

“In the meantime I’m compiling a serious FUNK playlist to get us through this and keep our heads up.

“Open until 3pm, free squirt of alcohol Gel at the till. Card payments only if at all possible, please.”

Organisers of LlanBikeFest says in its Facebook update on coronavirus: “Well, 2020 doesn't seem to be going according to plan so far: MotoGP season start delayed; Manchester Bike Show cancelled until next year; TT cancelled ...

“We take the safety of our visitors, exhibitors, traders and helpers very seriously and are monitoring the situation carefully. Our event is not for another 4½ months, by which time we are hoping that the situation will have stabilised at the very least.

“As things stand at the time of writing we are planning and preparing for a bumper festival with more guests than ever, a host of attractions and activities and fantastic entertainment.

“We will keep an eye on the situation but we look forward to seeing you all in Llangollen in August.”

There’s a less positive message from Venue Cymru and Theatr Colwn, where many Llangollen go for entertainment.

They say on Facebook: “In response to the Prime Minister’s statement this evening, advising the UK public to avoid unnecessary social contact, we regret to inform you that Venue Cymru and Theatr Colwyn will not be staging shows or screening films at this time. We will continue to follow guidance as to when we should recommence our programme. 

“We kindly ask that you do not contact the box office as our teams will be contacting you soon with further details regarding cancelled and postponed events.

“We understand that this decision will come as a disappointment and inconvenience, but ultimately we all want the same thing: the health and safety of our communities, and we believe this is the correct decision to make.

“Thank you for your patience, understanding and cooperation. We appreciate you support and look forward to welcoming you back to Venue Cymru and Theatr Colwyn again very soon.”

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