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March in Basingstoke

31 March 2020

As the world reacts to an unprecedented event and relentless news cycles we want to take the opportunity to look at some of the positive stories and acts from around our Town Centre.

The Team at local charity Spotlight have been busy supplying food packages for vulnerable and elderly people, they have so far provided food to over 500 locals in need. They are also encouraging kids and young adults to stay creative by creating thank you cards for Key Workers.


Citrine’ Spa
When Citrine Spa close their doors on Winchester Street owner Tim Ha, decided to donate their supply of hand sanitizer, face masks, surgical masks, hand & medical gloves to various hospitals in the local area.


Proteus are sharing live art class, fun downloads and more for those both young and old looking to take their mind off current events. They are also making several of their past productions available to stream during lockdown for theatre fans to get their fix.


Festival Place
To show their appreciation for the work everyone at the NHS is doing, Festival Place lite their iconic tower blue. They are also releasing boredom-busting activities such as colouring, drawing tutorials and eye-spy worksheets for kids to keep them entertained.


That Gallery
The local artists at That Gallery, the independent art gallery in Festival Place, are creating free colouring sheets to keep kids entertained and creative.They are also taking requests if your child has something they really want to colour!


Spicy Tadka
The Spicy Tadka in Festival Place has dropped off some free delicious meals to the front line staff working at Basingstoke Hospital.


Basingstoke Discovery Centre
To keep the mind (and ears!) sharp The Discovery Centre has released a number of e-books and audiobooks for people to access for free on the app Borrowbox. They have also suspended all fines whilst the library is temporarily closed!


Basingstoke Sports Centre
Basingstoke Sports Centre have been busy sharing workout classes for their members and a collection of online puzzles to keep everyone entertained via social media. They have also released an online and an easy to follow home workout plan for members to follow on their website.


The Pink Place
Not wanting to let social distancing get in the way of supporting their members, local cancer charity, The Pink Place have organised virtual support events including a coffee and a chat session three time a week and workshops for dealing with stress and anxiety.


Waxworks Skin Care Centre
Before the stricter restrictions came in, the team at Waxworks Skin Care Centre were eager to help the vulnerable in our community who were needing to self isolate. They did this by delivering shopping, essentials and goodies to those who were self-isolating at home.


Anytime Fitness Centre
Kean to keep their members as active as possible the team from Anytime Fitness have been streaming workouts and fitness tips daily. They also have a number of workouts available for members on their app to keep their fitness up.


Las Iguanas
Las Iguanas is still able to offer takeaway service and as a token of thanks, to those working so hard in these times, has offered a 50% discount to those working in the NHS or in the supermarkets.


Special Hours for The Elderly & Vulnerable
The teams at the town centre’s food suppliers, such as Tesco, Iceland, Sainsbury’s, Mark and Spencer and Holland and Barrett, have been working extremely hard to keep the shelves stocked in the face of an unprecedented demand. They have also introduced special hours dedicated to the elderly, vulnerable and NHS workers to get the supplies they need. Check the individual store’s websites for more information on when these hours occur.


The Salt Lounge
Before temporarily closing The Salt Lounge had been showing their appreciation by offering free sessions to NHS workers.

Let us know your tales of positive stories and good deeds from around the Town Centre with the hashtags #inbasingstoke #basingstoketogether or tagging @inbasingstoke