This page contains information regarding
coronavirus/Covid-19 for the benefit of Priston
This page will be updated as and when there is further
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Number of confirmed cases* in B&NES as
of 1230am 25/05/2020: 232
* Not all those with the virus will have been
tested/confirmed. Cases include those who have
Public Health England
LATEST GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS
See updated lockdown rules (with effect from13
May) - see highlights below - they
apply only to England.
- Continue to stay at home except for specified reasons.
- You can go to any shops permitted to be open eg. for food,
medicine, or to collect goods ordered.
- Exercise permitted more than once a day.
- Travel for exercise permitted.
- Some sports allowed within household group, or with one
other person 2m away;.
- Meeting one other person from another household to be
allowed (but only outdoors and keep 2m apart).
- It is still not permitted to visit friends or family in
- Return to the workplace if you cannot work from home -
employers need to make workplaces safe.
- Avoid public transport, observe social distancing if you
- Face coverings should be worn in enclosed spaces where
physical distancing is difficult.
- Schools in England to reopen for some primary pupils at
the earliest on 1 June.
- Restaurants and cafes to remain closed until at least
- Anyone with symptoms to stay at home, members of same
household to stay confined for specified periods.
- Quarantine for arrivals from abroad "soon".
- Stay Alert.
(Update - 25 May)
- outdoor markets and car showrooms are expected to reopen
from 1 June;
- other non-essential retail including shops selling
clothes, shoes, toys, furniture, books, and electronics,
plus tailors, auction houses, photography studios, and
indoor markets, will be expected to be able to reopen from
15 June, providing progress continues to be amde, and on the
basis that appropriate safety procedures are put in place;
- hairdressers, nail bars and beauty salons, and the
hospitality sector, will remain closed.
Read the Government's detailed Covid-19 recovery
strategy (50 pages)
You can access all Government guidance on https://gov.uk/coronavirus.
You can sign up for email alerts of changes and
additions to Govt. guidance/instructions.
A message from Priston Parish Council
17 March 2020
CORONAVIRUS / COVID-19
As your parish council, we wish to offer support to anyone who
is affected by this virus.
- For up-to-date medical advice go to: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
(or google: NHS coronavirus) or phone 111.
- For those who need to self-isolate, we would like to offer
practical help such as getting supplies for you. To
use this service please telephone Doug on 470609 and he will
endeavour to allocate a helper to you. In the
unlikely event he is unavailable please contact another
councillor or the clerk on the numbers below.
|| 01761 470999
|| 07776 280253
- In order to run this service, we need those who are not
self-isolating to come forward with the services they are
able to provide. This might be shopping, or, if you already
have groceries delivered, adding someone else’s orders to
yours. Any offers of help can be emailed to Doug on: email@example.com.
Chairman, Priston Parish Council
Update 24 March
Report from Priston Parish Council (Doug Pattison)
To make sure that no-one "falls through the cracks" the
Parish Council has formed a small "Coronavirus Action Team -
Priston", or CAT-P, to direct help where it is needed. We have
called for volunteers who would be willing to help others in the
village, and received over 20 offers to help with shopping,
delivering, dog walking, and "almost anything". We also have
lists of those we believe may be in need of help. Where
appropriate, volunteers have been asked to keep in touch with
our vulnerable people.
Think of all those willing helpers! If you are classed as
vulnerable for any reason, DO ask for help for shopping,
whatever - just give me a call.
Keep healthy - here's
Doug Pattison 07742455478 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A message from the Saturday Café
Dear loyal Café customers,
For now, the Priston Saturday Café will be closed until the
craziness is over.
We are planning to deliver cake treats on Saturday morning to
those of you who may be particularly isolated as a result.
The Cake Angels will be in your neighbourhood!
(posted on behalf of Sue Copperman)
Local Food Take-Away/Delivery Options
(last updated 24 March)
WATCH THIS SPACE FOR UPDATES
Ring O' Bells
See Ring O'
Bells take-away options.
In order for us to be the most use to you in the current
situation we are moving to a ready-meals delivery service.
Hopefully this will help while mitigating risks for everyone.
Please visit this page for full details and to register
your interest or order - this is really important as we manage
Newton Farm Foods
Newton Farm Shop is open Monday-Saturday 9.30am – 2.30pm.
They are taking precautions (limiting numbers in the shop, all
non-essential items removed so more space, strict distancing
rules, sanitising etc.). An Order & Collect service
has been introduced - email email@example.com.
Newton Farm Foods has introduced a local delivery service for
food items and frozen ready-meals initially for the
over 70's and the vulnerable:
- to minimise van journeys to Priston, the Parish Council
has agreed with Newton that Priston villagers should all
order on Saturdays, for delivery on Tuesday, and/or order on
Wednesdays for delivery on Friday;
NOTE: From 18 May order before 2pm on a Monday for
delivery on Wednesday. So no delivery on Tuesdays.
- details of how to order can be found on the Newton Farm Foods website;
- if your browser won’t allow the order form from the
Newton website to be filled in, then you can complete and
email this Word
- email your orders to firstname.lastname@example.org
or ring 01225 873707 Ext 3.
Tunley Farm Butchers
Tunley Farm Butchers provide a range of milk, meat and deli
foods. They deliver free to Priston (minimum order £30).
They hope to shortly extend the range to include
vegetables. They aim to deliver within 3 working
days. For details visit http://www.tunleyfarmbutchers.co.uk/
Steve Grant has a new consignment of eggs in. He has some
pre-orders but will have about 1 dozen trays left to sell.
If you’re interested please message him on 07900 905556
(Trays of 30 eggs - £4; cash only and the right amount please.
Collection from 2 Hill View, Priston)
Simple Cow of Chilcompton have agreed to deliver to Priston.
To see details of their offering visit their website at www.simplecow.co.uk/shop
All those who have expressed interest should place their order
on the Simply Cow website at www.simplecow.co.uk/shop
Note this a door step refill service, so for your first order
you need to order empty glass bottles in addition to the
quantity of milk you require. You then clean the bottles
and put them out to be refilled for the next delivery. See Simply Cow FA for details..
- Delivery days: Tuesday only.
- Time Delivered: Simple Cow are extremely
busy, as you can imagine, so delivery time is likely to be
(In normal times they would aim to deliver by 8am).
- Hygiene: They are taking great care, with
sanitised wipes etc
Additional food options
Click on the links below for additional food options:
Community Shop - only one person in the shop at any
time (but I have never had to wait more than a few minutes);
- Like the Cam Valley Foods facebook page for
news of pop-up shops at the King William, Tunley and at
Farmborough Tyres. Selling meats, cheese, eggs, butter, veg
boxes and more;
- Roger Champion at Bloomfield Nurseries, Timsbury - sells
vegetables, fruit, compost and more - open every day, all
day - cash only;
- Pop-up shop at the King William, Tunley selling meat,
vegetables, fruitt and more - visit the King William facebook page for latest
Fresh Produce are offering to do next day deliveries
to Priston of meat, vegetables, milk, bread and other
staples. free delivery for orders over £50.
Visit the website for contact/ordering info;
- Arthur David Food with Service deliver
a range of backery, frozen, household, food cupboard, fresh
foods and meats and pies. Visit the website for
List of local businesses offering local delivery
For anyone in need of food & looking for an alternative to
going into the shops during the pandemic, you may wish to have a
look at the 3SG Sustainable Food Partnership which has a list of
local businesses offering food delivery:
St Luke & St Andrew's Church:
Life Goes On!
Dear Priston Church Friends ,
Sorry to contact you by email, but for many this is the easiest
way of meeting in our present emergency. As you will have heard
on the news or read, The Archbishops and our own Bishops Peter
and Ruth have made the difficult decision to curtail public
worship until further notice, so there will be no Sunday
services at St Luke & St Andrew's Church until that time.
This is obviously very saddening. But although we cannot meet
together in the usual way, the Church goes on and it presents us
with the opportunity to use different resources and to seek to
serve our communities with the love of God.
Some practical points:
The celebration of Easter this year will be very different, but
I am hoping there are some ways we can share and celebrate
together if not 'together.'
- I am available 24/7 on the phone or email if you are
self-isolating and want to talk or pray.
- If you are needing help, please contact the village scheme
for the self-isolating. See above..
- There will be news, prayers, online sermons and other
helpful material on the Priston Facebook page for you to
access. If you have not used this before, this could be the
Priston Church and village are a strong community and
historically our church has been through difficult days before.
In all of this we know that Christ is with us in his promise 'I
am with you always' and that where even only two or three are
gathered together, he is there in our midst.
Yours in the love and service of Christ,
Revd Martin Blewett.
Tel. 01761 472448. Mobile. 07854 273489. Email: email@example.com
(note - some references to the church being open have been
deleted from the original message)
Update 24 March
Sadly, due to govt. and church restrictions Priston Church
will not be open until further notice. Information, prayers and
meditations will appear from time to time on the village
Facebook pages. If you would like prayer please ring Martin on
472448 or Simon on 479817. Peace be with you.
Update 28 March
You can now view
Church Services online.
See latest messages and updates on the B&NES coronavirus web page.
Message from Neil Butters, Ward Councillor 25 Match
Please note that as of 25 March all Council car parking charges
- on and off street - have been suspended.
This is essentially to help key workers, given especially the
withdrawal of the Odd Down and Newbridge park and ride services.
Garden waste collections have been suspended. Refuse and
recycling service is under pressure and collections could be
missed. If so, it is unlikely that special trips will be made
and we will all have to wait until the next scheduled
collection. Nonetheless, I will try to keep you informed of
problems. Please do however let me know of any issues directly
if you wish to.
Update 6 April
URGENT Info re Cash grants for businesses
We have received £46m grant for the cash grants to small
businesses. We are inviting applications to the fund and
received 1000 in the first 48 hours. However there are 4000
eligible businesses in B&NES so 75% have not yet applied.
The Government created some confusion initially because they
said it was not necessary to apply and that local councils would
contact the businesses. This proved impossible because contact
details such as phone and email addresses were not held for all
businesses. Please use your networks to encourage businesses to
contact the council using the online form at https://beta.bathnes.gov.uk/register-business-grant-due-covid-19.
Any underspend will be returned to the Treasury. Any overspend
can be claimed so no-one eligible should lose out. All
businesses trading on the 11th March are eligible.
Update 23 April
GARDEN WASTE COLLECTIONS
Garden waste collections are to resume 27 April. This
means the first collection for Priston will be Fri 8 May,
See the press release for more info.
Some suggestions for coping with
Keeping in touch
Social distancing is depriving many of us of that all-important
social contact. Although by no means fully compensating for
this, you might want to think about some partial technical
- those of you who installed WhatsApp in order to join PEG
may not realise how easy it is to hold video calls with
friends and family;
- If you have a Facebook account, do join the Priston Chat Facebook Group,
to get local updates.
- free video-conferencing means you can communicate as a
family or with a group of friends even though you are at a
distance - you could even try out a virtual pub or coffee
morning! Popular services include:
- Google Hangouts - max 10
participants, Google account required (this doesn't mean
you need to use Google email);
- max 8 participants;
- Skype (max 50 participants);
- WhatsApp (4 participants;
- Zoom - max 100 participants, 40 mins
Duo (max. 12 participants);
(details for all services are based on free options only).
- free live-streaming from YouTube and Facebook Live enables you to easily
reach a wide audience.
It's easy to feel overwhelmed, listening to the non-stop news
about coronavirus. Here are some suggestions for
activities that will hopefully help you relax a little:
More suggestions welcome - email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Handles on footpath and bridleway gates are possible sources of
- wash your hands on leaving and returning to your home;
- please use elbow or any other appropriate part of your
anatomy to open gates where possible.
Volunteering as a "local connector"
To sign up to volunteer with 3SG's Compassionate Community as
a local 'connector', helping to deliver supplies to those who
are self-isolating or being shielded follow this link:
- key information from the NHS
-how to stay safe - info from the BBC