AS communities come together to help each other out during the lockdown, a woman in a town in Oxfordshire feels some goodwill gestures are not necessary.

Residents in Kennington have been asking for unusual items from their neighbours.

A woman who lives in the village, who has asked not to be named is concerned that people are not taking the lockdown seriously and going out for non-essential items.

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She said her neighbours posted on the town’s Facebook page at the weekend asking if anyone had apple sauce.

The post by Alan Cobb said: “Is anyone going shopping who could get some apple sauce please. We are having chops tomorrow and have no apple sauce. Sacrilege!!”

Another resident, Victoria Elliott has offered free spider plants.

But a Kennington resident feels that this is inappropriate given the circumstances.

The woman said: “People need to be aware that the death toll from this virus is going to be huge. Popping out for apple sauce and spider plants is not essential.

“Yes, we have to stay inside but people need to man up - they just don’t want to know the reality of the situation.”

One essential item however that is in huge demand at the moment are eggs.

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Witney-based Mayfield Eggs usually delivers to 30 Oxford University colleges as well as shops and fine-dining restaurants in Oxfordshire such as Le Manoir.

But as these places have now closed, the farm has received hundreds of enquiries from customers who would like the free-range eggs delivered to their homes.

Owner of the family-run business, James Lyall, came up with the idea to set up ‘egg hubs’ in towns and villages in West Oxfordshire which has so far proved a success.

This is where eggs are delivered to someone in the community who is then responsible for distributing them out to residents.

These people are all volunteers and their main objective is that they want to help their community, particularly those who are unable to leave their home.

Mr Lyall confirmed with Trading Standards that this way of operating is safe and allowed.

He added: “We’re contacting the hubs to make sure they are doing everything correct and obeying the safety measures such as social distancing.

“We’re trying to adapt as quickly as possible as things change. We’ve been told that we’re safe and we’re doing the right thing. I think it’s a need that we’re fulfilling and it’s a good help.”

Many small businesses in the county are staying open and adapting to the new government guidelines by operating as takeaway/delivery only.

Mr Lyall, who has run Mayfield Eggs for almost 10 years, said: “Everyday is a rollercoaster at the moment. We’ve lost 90 per cent of business but setting up these egg hubs is the right thing to do and we’re trying to do things the best we can.”

Mr Lyall has had to reiterate that volunteers at egg hubs must deliver the eggs to people’s doors as opposed to being collected by individual customers.