How Cranbrook coped with its first heavy snow

PUBLISHED: 11:12 09 March 2018 | UPDATED: 11:12 09 March 2018

During the heavy snow, Alison Hayes - pharmacist at Cranbrook Pharmacy - was able to get into town to dispense emergency medicines, thanks to E.On engineer Martin Rowse and his 4x4. Picture: Contributed.

During the heavy snow, Alison Hayes - pharmacist at Cranbrook Pharmacy - was able to get into town to dispense emergency medicines, thanks to E.On engineer Martin Rowse and his 4x4. Picture: Contributed.

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Cranbrook’s community spirit was well to the fore as the town experienced its heaviest snowfall to date at the beginning of March.

Neighbours helped neighbours and social media went into overdrive as Storm Emma and the Beast from the East swept into East Devon on Thursday, March 1, and Friday, March 2.

Roads and pavements became treacherous. Some residents found that they were snowed in – unable to get their cars off their drives – and there were numerous requests on social media for neighbours who had 4x4s to help them out.

With the snow piling up, both Cranbrook schools shut, many events were cancelled and some local businesses were closed.

Not the pharmacy, though.

Pharmacist Alison Hayes was able to get in to dispense emergency medicines on the Friday afternoon, thanks to heroic efforts from E.On engineers, who picked her up from her home outside the area, and brought her in to Cranbrook in a 4x4.

Cranbrook Town Council (CTC) made the arrangements.

Cllr Kim Bloxham said: “Credit to the E.On engineers, who were not only on site in Cranbrook 24-hours-a-day throughout the spell of bad weather – sleeping in the energy centre to be on hand to respond to any heating issues – they have also made themselves available, working with the town council to provide emergency transport for anyone in need.

“Having ensured that we had GP availability by telephone, we then arranged for the E.On engineers to transport the pharmacist from home to the Cranbrook pharmacy so that Alison could open to dispense emergency medicines.

“It was a challenging spell of weather but by everyone working together the town managed very well.”

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