Metheringham

Local family butchers Odling’s have launched a new mobile shop, operated from a van to deliver goods to people across Lincolnshire.

Odling’s Butchers of Navenby’s mobile shop will launch on Monday, March 15, after the successes of trials during the coronavirus pandemic.

The butchers have been running for over 100 years, and have described this move as an opportunity to expand further.

“More than home delivery, it’s a mobile butchery experience.” | Photo: Odling’s

It is part of a partnership with Welbourne’s Bakery, all under the ownership of Wild Jacks, which means that more than just butchery can be offered.

A wide range of bakery and confectionary products will be stocked by the mobile shop, designed to make buying local produce easier.

It is being coined as “much more than home delivery” with promises of bringing the butchers experience to your door.

A spokesperson for Odling’s said: “We offer an important community service, which we’re extremely proud of and keen to expand.

“Many clients are time starved with family and professional commitments or simply don’t wish to travel to shop.”

A young boy from Metheringham has asked Father Christmas for the monument in his village to be fixed after it was damaged in a crash.

Nicholas Ellul, 4, was devastated after the Metheringham Market Cross on Cross Hill was toppled by a van on Wednesday, December 2.

The monument fell off its podium after the van collided with it, and smashed to pieces, with loose parts being kept at Metheringham Parish Council’s offices until it can be repaired.

Nicholas decided to ask the most charitable man of them all for help with the monument this year, by sending Santa Claus a letter.

The ancient Market Cross has been knocked down. | Photo: Metheringham Parish Council

His letter reads: “To Santa, Please can I have a cardboard Metheringham Cross, from Nicholas.”

Nicholas wrote the letter at his school, having walked past it every day on his way there and being beside himself when he saw it damaged.

The letter that 4-year-old Nicholas sent to Santa. | Photo: Leanne Ellul

His mum Leanne was given the letter by his school, and she said the cross damage has had a real impact on both her sons.

Nicholas and his brother Marcus, 8, told their mum they were both sad about the cross and wanted “to make everyone happy again.”

When asked why he wrote the letter, Nicholas said: “The parts all fell down, I asked Santa because I wanted the cross to be fixed because I couldn’t remember what it looked like.

“It looks nice and makes the village look pretty.”

His brother Marcus said: “I just want it back. It’s all smashed on the floor and it makes people feel sad, it’s been there a long time. Losing the Metheringham Cross has made me Metheringham cross.”

Leanne said it warmed her heart to see her two boys care so much about this monument.

She told The Lincolnite: “I always try to educate the boys that their words and actions matter, and if you find the right way to use your voice it can be heard for miles.

“He could have asked for anything for himself and he just wants the cross for the village.”

A monument that has stood in Metheringham for 700 years was toppled after a van crashed into it.

The Metheringham Market Cross on Cross Hill, near the Star & Garter pub on Prince’s Street, was hit by a car on Wednesday evening.

Police were called to the scene at 5.12pm on Wednesday after reports of a single vehicle crash.

A silver van had collided with the statue, but the driver was not injured as a result.

It caused the monument to fall off its podium and break into multiple pieces, as well as moving the base from its spot.

The base plate was shifted from its usual position on impact. | Photo: Metheringham Parish Council

The area has been cordoned off with cones and tape by police to ensure the damage is away from the road.

Police have put a cordon up to avoid the rubble. | Photo: Metheringham Parish Council

A cross has stood on Cross Hill in the village since the 14th century, but has been replaced with a more modern design as the hundreds of years went by.

It also isn’t the first time a vehicle has damaged the market cross, with it being badly broken by a United States Army lorry in 1945.

The broken smaller pieces of the most recent cross are being stored safely inside the Metheringham Parish Council offices awaiting repair.

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