Ludlow’s Betjeman Lodge says “bring back the milkman” to reduce plastic waste and support local business

Apartment Owners at Churchill Retirement Living’s new Betjeman Lodge development in Ludlow have formed a new initiative to “bring back the milkman” and support their local dairy, while at the same time helping the town’s mission to go “plastic-free”.

The Lodge has joined forces with Dave Havard, the owner of Corve Dairy in Ludlow whose regular round of deliveries supplies the local community with a range of bread, butter, yoghurt, juice and eggs as well as milk. His milk is delivered fresh every day, with the nearby Bartonsham Farm collecting and sterilising all the glass bottles.

Mr Havard is very grateful for the business, and believes it is a win-win solution. He says: “The delivery service helps the Owners at the Lodge, its helps my dairy business, and it also helps the environment. We all know the damage plastic is doing to our oceans, so the more we can get people using glass milk bottles rather than plastic ones, the more it helps make a difference. It costs about 10p to make a plastic container for milk and 20p for a glass bottle, however the glass bottle can be sterilised and reused countless times.”

Lodge Manager Gill Eades adds:

I think by making our Owners aware of what Dave at Corve Dairy can bring to the Lodge, it not only helps the environment but can save people having to go out for essentials in bad weather and could help prevent slips and falls. We have a very active and independent group of Owners here, but it’s always nice to have a helping hand through a service like this.

Churchill Sales Executive Louise Gossage, who helped set up the initiative, says: “Small changes can make a big difference when we all make them together! I heard about the campaign to encourage Ludlow to go plastic free, so this is our way to help reduce the use of plastics and take small steps to get big results. The milkman is an English tradition that is slowly dying out, so I’m proud of our ‘bring back the milkman’ initiative as I believe it’s great for our Owners at Betjeman Lodge, it supports local business, and it helps protect the environment for future generations.”

Betjeman Lodge is a retirement development of 44 one and two bedroom apartments for sale, specially designed for the over 60s.

All of the apartments at Betjeman Lodge have spacious rooms throughout and are an ideal combination of design and functionality. The fully fitted, stylish kitchens include a built in fridge and freezer, hob and an oven, which is located at an easy-reach height. All of the properties also benefit from subtle touches like illuminated light switches and easy-turn lever taps for added convenience. Owners enjoy ultimate peace of mind from a fitted camera entry system and a 24 hour emergency call system. 

With less to worry about, Owners will have more time to do the things they enjoy, like having family or friends to stay in the development’s well-appointed Guest Suite, enjoying a chat with neighbours, or attending one of the regular social events in the Owners’ Lounge.

For more information, visit the show complex open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm, call 01584 778 083 or go to