New! PSRA Community Food Donation Distribution Point

15 May: Raj has kindly donated 12 packs of toilet rolls and 12 packs of kitchen roll. Also a gentleman from Penn road brought in a box full of items and a person spent £20 on items.

Chair Joy is working with Park Street and How Wood schools, and is in contact with the Baptist Church as well, to make sure the food goes to those who need it most.

Secretary Chris has been staying quite busy delivering the boxes to Joy’s, but of course, there’s always room for more!
Please donate what you can. We’re not through this yet.

Update: As you can see from the photos our secretary Chris took, the donations are piling in at Twinsco, but there’s always need for more. Please visit Raj and do what you can.

Raj at Twinsco has generously allocated space in his shop for donations of food for families in need due to Covid-19 lockdown and implication of it.
All donations of food and toiletries will be distributed to local Park Street families, via the relevant organisations.

Please give generously, and what you can afford if you’re in a position to do so. The food is going to neighbours and members of our local community, whose needs have been recognised by our local primary schools.

In addition, PSRA will be launching a fundraiser page for vulnerable families, where you can see what your donations buy. To date, we’ve allocated £250 for food purchases, some of which has already been used to purchase food for How Wood residents. Our chair Joy was busy today buying the goods, and How Wood Primary School delivered parcels to 12 local families this time. We’ll continue to work with them until our funds run out.

Our first round. Thanks to Joy and the How Wood Primary School for their hard work!
69-71 Park St, Park Street, St Albans AL2 2PH

Twinsco has been a valuable member of our community for many years, and especially now during this pandemic. Please support our local shops now and after the pandemic ends.

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The Little Book of Phone Scams

The national organisation Take Five “…is a national campaign that offers straight-forward and impartial advice to help everyone protect themselves from preventable financial fraud. This includes email deception and phone-based scams as well as online fraud – particularly where criminals impersonate trusted organisations”.

In these times of isolation and anxiety, scammers will use this mood to their advantage by increasing fraudulent phone calls, emails, texts, and in-person visits targeting members of the community. Some of these attempts are very sophisticated, and are much more difficult to identify as scams. Phone calls are particularly effective, because it’s more difficult to take a breath and react in your own time.

Download this booklet which aims to make people savvier about identifying scams, and importantly offers advice on how to say no. It’s easy to print out too, in case you want to share this info with friends and relatives who may not go online.

Volunteers Needed: Shield NHS

Shield NHS site

Are you looking for a way to help our NHS staff? This organisation is looking for volunteers to assemble shields. The materials are delivered to your home with full instructions.

This is a good way to assist in a worthy cause if you’re unable to donate resources!

Full details and application form here:

Local Deliveries


29 April: I saw this page which lists more gardening services who are delivering, in case you can’t wait for full service to resume locally.

Nurseries and plant shops with mail order available

17 April Update: Burstons are delivering again, as is Sparshotts.

31 March: Yummy!

Twinsco, 69-71 Park Street (corner of Burydell Lane) opp Falcon pub. Raj and his children are offering to make home deliveries to elderly and vulnerable people who are self-isolating.
His shop number is 01727 874 455
His mobile is 07843 330174
If you phone he will let you know if what’s available.

Sparshotts: Please Order here or follow us on Facebook for regular updates.

Update 21 March: Received my first order from Sparshotts and it’s lovely. The quality of the veg is close to restaurateur quality I would say. Do try them out, especially if you want to add something fresh to your emergency larders.

The excellent page, Shop St Albans, is updating continually on St Albans businesses who deliver. Thought it best to embed the page, for those of you not au fait on Facebook.

4 April Note: some of the businesses listed in this post are no longer delivering.

Stickleback Fish is doing home deliveries now as well. Menu

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