UP AND RUNNING: Linda Pitchers, right, and Gail MacDonald at This ‘n’ That, in Barnard Castle
UP AND RUNNING: Linda Pitchers, right, and Gail MacDonald at This ‘n’ That, in Barnard Castle

IT’S the shop where you can usually find that bit of something you need – and after initially closing when the lockdown restrictions were introduced This ‘n’ That is open again.
The shop occupies the former Clark’s shoe shop in Barnard Castle Town Centre, after moving from the smaller unit next door which had been its home for three years.
Operator Linda Pitchers said the decision to reopen was taken when she realised she had a number of items people needed.
“I had stuff like toilet rolls and anti-bacterial hand wash, masks and sanitisers – even compost as the garden centres were closed,” she said.
The shop is currently operating reduced hours, opening Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturday 9am to 1pm as Ms Pitchers continues to work hard sourcing stock.
“I am finding it quite difficult to get stock. You are on the phone all the time fighting for your share – but I am a good fighter.”

Business update
Capri Pizzeria, in Barnard Castle, began offering a full takeaway menu last week.
The service is available on Friday and Saturday evenings from 4pm. A home delivery option is available with minimum order of £20, which will cost £3 around the town and £5 for up to five miles. Collection will be from Paradise restaurant, in Galgate. Orders will be taken on the telephone. Call 01833 638870 or 01833 637926.
Barnard Castle Golf Club is offering a Sunday Roast dinner takeaway service from the clubhouse on Harmire Road.
Contact 01833 637237 to place orders and arrange pick up or delivery times.
Star Flowers, in Barnard Castle, is offering free delivery on purchases from her business, in and around the town every Wednesday.
Owner Fresca Waring has organised a contactless payment system for customers.
She added: “I am probably going to order some buxus topiary balls which can be kept in the ground or in a pot, hydrangeas and some lavender and rosemary.”
Star Flowers can be contacted on 01833 637639.
Builders merchant S&A has reopened. Customers are warned not to arrive on site if purchase has not been pre-ordered. Deliveries and collections by be organised by calling 01833 690696.
JT Atkinson’s builders merchants, also in Barnard Castle, is also operating a limited service. Customers will be permitted to enter only to collect pre-ordered materials at an agreed time. Call 01833 638056.
Maxwells hardware in Galgate, Barnard Castle is open 10am until 4pm. social distancing must be observed within the premises.