Welwyn chip shop couple ‘overwhelmed’ by support after fryer breakdown

PUBLISHED: 07:00 24 October 2018 | UPDATED: 07:10 24 October 2018

Steven Hastings and Jenny Havill outside the Lemon Plaice fish and chip shop in Welwyn village. Picture: NICK JOHNS

Steven Hastings and Jenny Havill outside the Lemon Plaice fish and chip shop in Welwyn village. Picture: NICK JOHNS

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The owners of a Welwyn chip shop have been overwhelmed by the fundraising efforts of villagers after their fryer broke down.

Kind-hearted residents have been rallying round in support of Lemon Plaice, a family-run fish and chip shop in Church Street, Welwyn.

The shop, which occupies one of the oldest buildings in the village, is owned by Jenny Havill and Steven Hastings and has been in the family for more than 19 years.

The couple’s three children try to help around the shop as well, although the oldest is only eight.

Unfortunately the family ran into difficulties after their fryer broke down on Thursday, October 11.

They have borrowed money from parents to fork out for a secondhand replacement fryer.

To add to their struggles, they have also faced costs associated with the upkeep of a listed building.

Hearing of their plight, Welwyn resident Mark Jordan set up a Go Fund Me fundraising page for the business.

Mr Jordan, 52, moved to Welwyn more than 25 years ago and has been a loyal customer of Lemon Plaice.

On the fundraising page, he wrote: “This is a call to arms for anyone that has enjoyed the wonderful food from Lemon Plaice.

“They have had a major setback with a primary piece of hardware finally giving up the ghost.

“Generally, margins are razor thin in this market.

“An expense of this nature can tip a balance.

“I, for one, would be most upset to lose the best fish and chip shop in the area.

“Steve does lots of charity work and provides food to local OAP events etc.

“If you value having a really decent fish and chip outlet in the village, please pledge what you can to help offset the loss of income and the capital outlay.”

On top of donating, residents have also been helping the family paint and decorate the shop.

Lemon Plaice co-owner Jenny, 40, said, “I want to say thank you to everyone in the village.

“I am overwhelmed by their support.

“It is a wonderful feeling that people really want us here, the kindness has been amazing and is so appreciated by us.”

You can find the Go Fund Me page at https://www.gofundme.com and by searching Lemon Plaice

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