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Lover Valentine Post
Valentine’s Day is special around the world but for us, of course, it is an extra special time of year.   The Lover Valentine Post dates back to the 60’s. Every year around 2,000 Valentine cards were sent to the village for the postmistress to stamp the famous Lover postmark on to each envelope before sending on to the lucky recipient. Envelopes from China, America and even Australia would find their way to our tiny village. This year we have introduced a new promotion called “ Send a Little Love” – designed to enable everyone to send a card through our online service to people they have missed during Lockdown. Sales have already exceeded last year’s online sales total and it’s only the beginning of February!  In addition, we have added the opportunity for people to make a voluntary donation to two NHS charities … CLICK TO ORDER

Downton 4 Family : Chocolate in Lockdown
We are launching an online shop to raise funds for Downton 4 Family, a local charity which helps support families in Downton and surrounding areas. The lovely people at New Forest Chocolates have selected us as their chosen charity for 2021….a big thank you to Lizzie and Simon Skinner. So if you are looking at splashing out for Valentine’s Day (February 14th), Mother’s Day (March 14th), Easter (April 4th) or simply wish to add a little chocolate joy over Lockdown please see the tempting offers below. This handmade chocolate lasts for several months so if you wish to place a bulk order we are offering a bonus free bar on orders over £30. Please follow the link: Downton 4 Family Shop. Thank you!

Julie Kaye, The Downton 4 Family Team

Improve Your Cyber Security
Due to coronavirus, more people will be doing their festive shopping online this year. This means more opportunities for hackers to carry out cyber attacks. They often do this by targeting people and businesses using:

* email and website scams
* malware – software that can damage your device or let a hacker in
* If hackers get into your device or accounts, they could access your money, your personal information, or information about your business.

You can improve your cyber security by taking six actions: MORE