An update from the MD of Olivewoodturning 

Updated 24th March 2020

After the recent announcements in the UK of a "lockdown" Coronavirus (COVID-19), I thought I’d update you on the current business situation. 

Firstly, I managed to get back to the UK on Saturday night on the last flight out of Lanzarote, albeit to Stanstead, and got back to Manchester and then home on Sunday. We (myself and my wife) managed to get into the unit on Monday 23rd and pack up all the orders received during the holidays and get them to the carrier, so they should be being received from today.

I live 12 miles from the unit and my plan is to cycle to the unit, to keep traffic off the road and get exercise at the same time. However, I will not be going into the unit every day. The carriers I use (UPS mostly and ParcelForce for a few larger parcels) are still operating, so I should be able to ship orders out.  Due to being on my bike, I will have to rely on the carrier pick-up services rather than me delivering the parcels to them. The combination of me not going to the unit each day and waiting for a pick-up means that orders may take longer than normal to arrive, but I will get them to you as soon as is reasonably practical. I will "batch" orders for collection to avoid unnecessary transport and limit interaction. I will also have to impose a £1 per order surcharge for the carrier pick up until further notice. 

As per the last email, I hope that I'll be able to continue to provide a service to those of you selflessly self-isolating in your sheds in these difficult times. 

I will NOT be accepting visitors to the unit any longer. This includes future training courses, which will be re-instated as soon as is practical. I have been on an aircraft with 200 other people - I may have the virus and you don't want it.


Keep safe, keep woodworking and keep sane. 



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