The vulnerable and isolating people in the historic cathedral town of Southwell are in good hands with Lisa and Will, business owners of The Hearty Goodfellow pub who are supporting their community even when the doors are closed, with their Two Turtle Doves campaign which offers free soup, delivered to those who need it every day during lockdown.
The couple know how vital it is for communities to feel connected and supported and that’s exactly what The Hearty did when open, day in, day out and so it was vital for Will and Lisa to continue that support in this time of uncertainty.
The Two Turtle Doves campaign started off the back of giving away free Christmas lunches in 2019 as part of an Everards Tiger and Amstel funded campaign. Will and Lisa got such a huge response they figured out a way to continue to offer this support to those who needed it all year round, not just at Christmas and so Two Turtle Doves was born which sees a free meal being offered on the last Tuesday of every month to those in need, within their community and is sponsored by the pub itself and Olivia Harris Hair.
Now with lockdown they are making free deliveries of homemade soup to their turtle doves every single day and ensuring every soup is packed full of goodness to keep them strong and healthy, they are even upping the immune boosting ingredients onion and garlic to keep everyone’s strength up!
“Our contactless doorstep delivery is a nice way to check in each day with the isolated in our community” says business owner Lisa, “we knock, drop and back off 2 metres. One of our volunteers, Joanne Godson, just loves to chat and is cheering up so many with her time and patience and her lovely smile. We are able to do this for free thanks to all our food donations from local people and the loving kindness of our volunteers.”
Deliveries of soup are flying out every lunch time Monday to Saturday 12 noon till 2 pm and Sunday Supper round 5 pm till 6.30 pm.
“We have plenty for everyone and time for you all.” says Will, “We can see the positive effects this is having on keeping spirits up in Southwell and whilst the pub is closed, we are keeping busy trying to keep everyone safe and most importantly connected. Thanks to a brilliant idea by customer and friend Tracy Annable we have also added on a mini book library that we take with deliveries .All books have been Anti Bac wiped before going into the library and will be wiped again on return.”
As well as the turtle dove soups, Will and Lisa are still offering their hearty sole (fish and chip shop menu) from the hatch takeaways. Just the two of them grafting to keep the community fed and safe. It is truly inspirational. All the info can be found on their Facebook, so give them a follow, and show them some well-deserved love!
If you are in Southwell or someone you know would like to join the Turtle Doves Soup Community, please text 07702 212 744 or call 01636 919 176 or message Lisa and Will via their Facebook page.