‘It’s just the right thing to do’ – Heroic farmers battle dangerous conditions to deliver essential supplies to isolated villages

The team from Old Hall Farm braved treacherous conditions to deliver essentials to those in need. Ph

The team from Old Hall Farm braved treacherous conditions to deliver essentials to those in need. Photo: Rebecca Mayhew. - Credit: Archant

A team of fearless farmers are braving treacherous roads to deliver essential supplies to villages left isolated by unrelenting snowdrifts.

The team from Old Hall Farm braved treacherous conditions to deliver essentials to those in need. Ph

The team from Old Hall Farm braved treacherous conditions to deliver essentials to those in need. Photo: Rebecca Mayhew. - Credit: Archant

Staff from Old Hall Farm, in Woodton near Bungay, have been delivering items from its farm shop such as milk, sausages and bacon, to those in need.

Rebecca Mayhew, who owns the farm along with her husband Stuart, said: “We are trying to get what we have to as many people as possible.

“People are really beginning to feel the pinch and are starting to run low on food.”

The team from Old Hall Farm braved treacherous conditions to deliver essentials to those in need. Ph

The team from Old Hall Farm braved treacherous conditions to deliver essentials to those in need. Photo: Rebecca Mayhew. - Credit: Archant

The couple, along with staff members Tom Livermore and Tilly Easthauge, are using a 4x4 to traverse the snow covered roads and deliver supplies.


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Yesterday (March 1) the team delivered food to more than 30 people in Brooke, Hempnall, Saxlingham, Newton Flotman, Kirstead, Topcroft, and Woodton.

Mrs Mayhew said: “The roads are okay if you have an appropriate vehicle and are careful.

The team from Old Hall Farm braved treacherous conditions to deliver essentials to those in need. Ph

The team from Old Hall Farm braved treacherous conditions to deliver essentials to those in need. Photo: Rebecca Mayhew. - Credit: Archant

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“However a lot of people are still making unnecessary journeys and some of the snow drifts have been awful.”

The 39-year-old branded the work of the local farming community as “amazing”.

She said: “A friend of ours was out for 12-hours yesterday ploughing the road and helping people who were stuck.”

With word of the farm’s good deeds spreading fast and more people placing orders it has been forced to ration each person to one litre of milk.

Mrs Mayhew estimates the farm will deliver to around 100 people today.

She said: “People have been lovely; we have had to turn down so many cups of tea to keep on with deliveries.

“We have even had a few tears from people who had run out of basics.

“It’s hard, especially with young children who don’t understand why you can’t get food.

“We just want to make sure people are ok – it’s just the right thing to do.

“I think it’s just what the British do – we help people.”

The team plan to continue the service across the weekend for all those still isolated.

Mrs Mayhew added: “We just ask you be patient – we will get there.”

To contact the farm visit: www.oldhallfarm.co.uk or call 07900 814252

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