Hero of the Hour – Anonymous Fish & Chip Donor

Good Samaritan paying for villagers of Denchworth, Oxfordshire to have fish and chips once per week during the coronavirus lockdown deserves to be saluted

For the next three months every Friday, the 171 residents of Denchworth, Oxfordshire will get £5 per head fish and chips from their local pub, The Fox, free of charge.


Paid for by an individual whom wishes to remain anonymous, the meals will be cooked by the pub’s landlord, Stephen Davidson, at the behest of the “very wealthy in-betweener” – a man “who splits his time between London and Denchworth,” according to the Mail Online.


Of the “lovely gesture,” Mr Davidson commented:


“He is really concerned about people in the village, so he wants to help in any way he can. It is the local boozer for this man… It will be a good thing for the locals, especially for the elderly who are stuck indoors… He promised a hot plate of fish and chips for everybody.”


Whilst one very negative Mail Online reader inappropriately commented: “The class system appears to be live and well in your country still,” most quite rightly reacted positively. We join those saluting this act of generosity and look forward to hearing of other similar examples across the globe as this crisis sadly deepens.


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  1. I love hearing these kind of stories. In my village someone went round and put chocolates on everyone’s doorsteps. I cried when I saw them.

  2. Mr Anonymous should have done something useful!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why isn’t he giving the yokels Castlemaine??????? They’d much rather that I bet!!!!!!!!!!! Drunken Sheilas would keep the men folk happy!!!!!!!!! Bring on the tinnies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Forget the greasy chips!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Phwoah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. You ran a story about a hero of the hour buying all the villagers in Denchworth fish and chips for 12 weeks, well he is starting another scheme!!
    I run a pub in a village called Denchworth in Oxfordshire and have been in the press alot recently about a ‘mystery man’ buying the whole village a takeaway once a week for 12 weeks to keep community spirit up in the village. He wants to promote a healthier lifestyle and has asked us to push a new initiative and is offering anyone in the village who signs up £100 if they become healthier and lose 10% of their body weight in 2 months!!

    A ‘positive’ to come out of the ‘lockdown’ is the amount of people using it as an opportunity to get out on bikes, go for a walk and generally ‘feeling good’.

    Boris Johnson has written this week that attributes his surviving COVID19 down to his recent weight loss and healthier lifestyle. Tom Watson the ex Deputy Leader of the Labour party has just written a book ‘Downsizing’ in which he leads with ‘I lost 8 stone, reversed my type 2 diabetes and regained my health’

    We at ‘The Fox’ along with the ‘Mystery Man’ would like to push this one step further!
    At The Fox we know people are getting more health conscious and were planning to have a new section on our menu when we re-open with healthier options along with no sugar or low sugar options for drinks as well.
    Our ‘Mystery Man’ who has kindly been buying us all fish and chips each week would like to offer a healthy option as an alternative from next week!

    On from that we would also like to offer you all a challenge!!

    Lose 10% of your body weight between the 1st June and the 1st August and
    We will give you
    You send a picture of you on your scales showing the weight on the 1st June to thefoxinn@tiscali.co.uk in complete confidence (it will go no further), you then have 2 months to lose 10% off in weight, so on the 1st August you send us another picture of you on your scales showing the weight. If you do this we will give you a £50 voucher to be used at ‘The Fox’ on items from our healthier living section on our new menu upon our re-opening.
    If you then keep that weight off for 6 months we will then give you another voucher for £50 to be used at ‘The Fox’

    Realistic goals
    To be realistic and stand a good chance of succeeding, you should aim to lose 10% of your current weight. Research has shown that aiming for smaller weight losses helps people lose weight permanently.
    Most overweight or obese people want to lose more than 10% of their current weight, if this is true for you, Weight Concern recommends that you lose 10% then try and maintain your weight at its new level for a few months, before attempting to lose another 10%. You will eventually lose all the weight you want to, and will have learnt how to avoid putting it all back on again.

    A few tips
    ……. Drop sugar ie white rice, some drinks, white bread, potatoes etc
    …….Weigh yourself when you wake up in the morning at the same time.
    ……..Exercise for at least 30 minutes first thing every morning

    If you don’t have any scales we will give you a set to get you going!!!

    What do you have to lose? Nothing. What do you have to gain? Everything!!


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