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COVID-19 Statement *Updated 30th May*

Firstly, let me say I hope you are all well and keeping safe.

By now everyone will realise that we are living through very unusual and unprecedented times. The effects that the COVID-19 outbreak is having are being felt far and wide so it is no surprise that it is also having an effect on our Hobby.

Currently Anne and I both continue to be well and BlackMike Models continues to operate as normal. We are still dispatching orders once daily (Monday to Saturday). Items dispatched by Royal Mail are collected from us at 10am so for most orders that means dispatching next day but if you order before 8am it will go the same day if at all possible. Parcelforce collect at 3pm so the cut off for larger items is 12noon. Despite the difficulties and extra load on the delivery services we have to say that we have been very lucky and 99% of our orders are still reaching their customers within the normal timeframe despite delivery time guarantees having been suspended by the Royal Mail and Parcelforce so a big 'thank you' to our shipping partners for their great work during this crisis.

Due to the continuing restrictions in place for gatherings of more than 8 people we cannot see a situation where Model Shows will be able to safely go ahead this year. We have taken the sad decision to withdraw from attending the few Model Shows we were due to attend that have not already been cancelled. Let's hope we can look forward to a full Show Season in 2021.

 We will keep you all updated as and when the situation dictates but in the meantime Anne and I hope you all stay healthy and safe during these difficult times.

Duncan B

Updated 30th May 2020


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