A Message From Babette
17th April 2021
I haven’t been feeling up to much lately, and I have struggled to sit at my computer and write. I know that half of me wants to describe what I am going through, but the other half is apprehensive, as well as actually being very tired. Yes I think that if I am to write truly, which I do want to do, then there is a great risk that I am making some of you suffer, and I don’t want to make anyone suffer, … let me try to explain, and maybe I will understand with more clarity myself as the words hit the screen...
So, I have received many and indeed some brilliantly worded feedback emails. I see that on the one hand my describing of my situation it has been helpful because I am making you think about stuff that is uncomfortable and seldom talked about, and as we will all die one day then talking about it is a good preparation. On the other hand though, and initially I was struggling to understand it or why, some of you want to help me, and the tough reality is that you can’t do anything for me. So it is a very difficult place to be in, for any human being I believe, but even more so if you are a “fixer”, (or if you are a mother/parent or in any profession where you are used to looking after others). And I could feel how difficult it is to listen to me describe the brutal facts of my reality -with my fears, or sadness, or any negative emotions or doubts- without being able to DO anything for me. So then I was stuck, I couldn’t write anymore brutal fact if I wanted to protect all, and as I was really feeling c..p in the last 10 days then I had writer’s block.
So, yes, to recap, here I am telling you that I hope my continued rawness will not be too unbearable, but if it is then this is to pre-warn you and or give you permission to “never open an update in the future”. Yes… I needed to acknowledge this before continuing. And maybe all this is just me talking to myself. So thank you for reading, and to finish for today, I want to thank you for when you have been touched by my experience, or saddened and moved and even sometimes angered and that you have shared what it does to you. My, isn’t it both so difficult and so rewarding to create and nurture human relationships. Alleluhia!
P.S. I really do appreciate all of your thoughts and support. Please feel free to comment below.
Director, Art of Living cookshop
Disclaimer: this information is correct at the time of publishing 06/07/2020, our situation will be under continuous review.
- Art of Living's Reigate and Cobham shops are now open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 3.00pm.
At the entrance of the shops, we have a unit that I built with sanitiser and we are encouraging you to use it, especially if you want to touch things in the shop. This also applies to people wearing gloves.
We are all wearing visors, which is a great find (thank you Em) because they are far more pleasant to wear than masks, and enable us to be facing you without the 2 metre distance, and above all they allow us to be understood by customers and colleagues alike. I have built a screen in front of the tills and these are working well. We also have more sanitiser there.
We are still allowing only 3 customers in the shop at any one time. If you come in as a couple, we would ask you to stay together if there are other people in the shop.
We’ll be asking you to pay by card if possible and the floor is marked out to give you a guide on distancing.
Our website shop remains open, alive and kicking.
We are pleased to say that we are operational, our website is open for you to place orders and we are dispatching at an unprecedented rate. Our incredible warehouse team have been working non stop to make sure we can still pick, pack and dispatch your orders as quickly as possible. As with most companies, we are operating with fewer staff than we normally would be, so we hope you understand that it may take a little longer than usual to answer your phone calls and respond to your emails.
Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.
To make sure we can answer all customer queries as quickly as possible, please consider the following Frequently Asked Questions before contacting us:
When should I expect my order?
We are currently asking customer to refrain from calling us to chase up delivery dates for orders. This allows us to prioritise actually getting your goods out for delivery. Unfortunately we are not able to answer telephone queries at this time, though you can leave a voicemail message for us. This may, at times, mean that our response times are a little slower than usual but we would ask that you bear with us. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience, but please rest assured that all customer enquiries will be dealt with.
Our warehouse team is working hard to make sure that most products are dispatched within our standard lead time and many items are going out much quicker. Some items do have longer lead times due to our suppliers also working with fewer staff and taking longer to deliver to us.
Depending on whether you gave us your email address or mobile number when you placed your order, we will email or text you once items are dispatched and on the way. Your order confirmation will give you a 'worst case scenario' delivery date.
Why have we suspended taking telephone orders?
We are currently unable to take orders over the phone and so we ask all customers to visit https://aolcookshop.co.uk/ to place orders.
I received my order, but it was incomplete.
We do sometimes part ship orders to ensure the products arrive as quickly as possible. So if you receive a delivery and think something is missing, please check the delivery note as this will let you know what should be in the parcel and if there is anything to follow in future deliveries.
My delivery tracking shows my items have been delivered but I haven’t got them.
Our carriers are currently operating “Contact free” deliveries. If you receive confirmation that something has been delivered but haven’t received it, it’s worth checking around your property or in your designated safe place before contacting us.
Do you have plenty of stock?
In short, yes we do! We are constantly ordering more stock so that we can not only continue to fulfil orders as they are placed, but also reduce the amount of time you have to wait. However, a number of our suppliers have gone from delivering to us in 24 – 48 hours to 10 - 14 days and this, along with a spike in demand means that some items may be delayed, or temporarily unavailable.
I have another question or problem
We would like to assure you that we continue to be here if you need us. Like most of our customers, many of our staff are spending the vast majority of their time at home and we realise that cooking and baking are becoming a sanctuary. We are committed to making sure we do everything we can to continue to supply you with the best quality products at great value.
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Thank you for your continued custom and for your support and patience at this challenging time.
We really appreciate it and wish you all health and best wishes.
The Art of Living Team