During the fi rst lockdown of 2020, Belinda and Victoria Timson-Ayears had the opportunity to reassess their goals for the future and to fi nd a way to best combine their joint experiences from farming, the wedding and hospitality sector, customer service and artisan food production.

While refl ecting on how, through major players in the food and retail sector, so many of the village amenities that were so vital to our local community have been lost over the years, Belinda and Victoria decided to go ‘back to basics’ and bring a traditional service to local villages with their mobile village shop, thus merging their passion for food with their loathing of excessive use of packaging.

They can’t compete against the low-cost supermarkets, but what they can do is provide quality products at affordable prices without all the plastic packaging, sourcing local produce wherever possible. Most things you would need for a weekly shop are available from their mobile village shop, including eggs, cheese, bread, roasted coffee beans plus a vast variety of fresh fruit and vegetables. Lots of loose dried goods are stocked as well; you can come along and buy only what you need, helping to combat food waste and, if you bring your own containers to fi ll, helping to cut down on unnecessary plastic packaging.

Belinda makes delicious food and preserves at the commercial kitchen near Desborough, so it is usually her sister, Sherryl, who joins Victoria to bring the environmentally friendly, convenient shop to your doorstep. A click and collect service is also available.

Currently, their weekly routes are:

MONDAY: Arthingworth - Village Hall, 11am to 12noon Sibbertoft - Reading rooms, 1-2pm

TUESDAY: Loddington - The Hare, 11am to 1pm Sudborough - The Vane Arms, 2-3.30pm

WEDNESDAY: Clipston - Village Hall, 8.30am to 12.30pm

THURSDAY: Kibworth Harcourt - The Railway Arms, 8am to 1.30pm

Back to Basics also has a stand at Rothwell Food Fair on the third Saturday of the month, 9am to 4pm 

Back to Basics