Successful run!

So Arthur and I ran the London Marathon on Sunday! It was a mud bath in places on the Marriotts way, which made it very hard. There were several Marathon Runners and walkers out and about which was great. We did stop for coffee at Whitwell, and we did put warmer clothes and and Arthur had a shoe change around Reepham. But a successful finishes was achieved and currently we are up to £460 raised for our chosen Charity – Aylsham First Responders!!

Very impatiently waiting for the London Marathon Medal to arrive now!!

Contactless Payments


Contactless payments are fabulous things- especially now. but can customers please check their transaction has been approved before leaving the shop. Banks tend to (once you have used your contactless on various payments up to the amount of £150) want to check it is you making these payments by asking you to put your card in and enter your pin. That is great anti theft process- but we have had customers who are surprised to be called back when they are at the door, and if you do not get back in time to pop the card in, the sale is cancelled. The transaction has got to be done again. We are sorry if this is the case for you- but it is a bank security thing to ensure you are spending on your card, so please hover once you flap your card just till the card machine says approved. Thank you

Red Lion runs 40th London Marathon

The London Marathon this year is like everything this year- a bit different. The Elite runners will run the Marathon in London as per normal, but the other runners will run a Virtual race, tracked by the London Marathon app. Alison and Arthur signed up and are running the Marathon on behalf of Aylsham community First responders, who support Aylsham and the surrounding areas with emergency care. So on 4th October Arthur and Ali will be running the Marathon on a route between Sea Palling and Sherringham. Please sponsor us either by popping into the shop and sponsoring us on paper, or by going to Go Fund me and use our link.

Please use hand sanitiser

Hi, please help us to follow the guidlines- we have lots of hand sanitiser- please use it. If our hands are as sanitised as possible we help prevent the spread of the virus. We ask everyone to hand sanitise before going up to the instrument section, even if you if have before entering the shop- sorry staff need to see that you have, to enable we keep our instruments as clean as possible. Thanks for helping us.

We will be open Monday 15th June

Hi- we will be open on Monday, but just to let you know, our opening hours will be 9.30-17.00 Monday to Friday and 9.30-13.00 on Sat. This is to allow us the extra cleaning time Covid 19 requires.

Also to let you know Red Lion Street is going one way, driving from our end into town. Buses will not be stopping at the Market anymore but at Tescos. The pavements in Red Lion Street are going to have barriers? (we will see on Monday) to make the pavements wider- but at our end and at the top end if you make the pavements wider- there is no room for the cars.. we will see on Monday how it works.

Hope to see you soon

Opening on the 15th June

Well the government has given the shops an opening date, so we are hoping to open on the 15th June. Looking forward to seeing customers again. The shop has felt strange without you. Mind you , a major dusting is required. We have not dusted during lock down, and the dust gets everywhere. We have spent what feels like a huge sum on hand sanitiser, as the Government guidelines state we must have it for customers. So please come to the shop and use it. Lots of rules for us to follow. I am sad that I cannot start teaching in the shop yet. Teaching on line has been great, and really works well. But I do miss the human interaction. But hopefully teaching will resume at some point. Look forward to seeing you in the shop soon. Rest assured we will be cleaning/wiping/sanatising etc as much as we can for all our sakes. Stay safe.

Week 6 of lockdown

Well week 6 of lockdown!! wow. like everyone- did not see this year going like this. New skills I have learnt are using skype/zoom/facetime for lessons (you can teach an old dog new tricks!). People are still buying things by ringing us up and we are delivering or they are popping into the shop to pick up their items. So we are still here. Hoping all of you are well and coping ok.

Week 3 of Lock down

Well slowly sorting my music room and getting paperwork sorted. People still ringing orders in, or contacting us via the facebook page. Bank holiday weekend was great- home is starting to be licked into shape too! 14 pupils are now having lessons on line, and that is going well. Lovely to see pupils, even if it is just on line.

One of my long time piano pupils passed away, first weekend of the lock down- but because of lock down – I only found out on Saturday. Not a Covid 19 related passing. I wish to pass all of our thoughts to his partner and family. He will be missed by all of us, and after 6 years of lessons on a Wednesday, Wednesday will never been the same. A truly lovely individual.

Take care of yourselves out there

Being here whilst shut.

Well we are in the shop every day – very strange being here whilst being shut. But people are ringing with orders, and so far we have been delivering locally in a very responsible way, anti bac hands, packages before delivery.

I have learnt a new skill- how to use facetime and skype!!! And am now teaching many of my pupils via the online medium- something I never expected to do. But it is working very well.

And for those who walk past the shop on their allotted walk about- I have changed the joke, and will endevour to change it more often to help bring smiles to peoples faces. Keep safe everyone.