Coronavirus information for Priston

DAY of Lock-down

Cumulative total of confirmed cases in B&NES as of 1230am 09/05/2021: 8269 (previous day - 8268
New cases per 100,000 population for last week (7 days ending 06 May): 10 (previous day - 12)

See interactive UK map.

Cumulative Covid-19 cases in B&NES
Chart of Covid-19 cases in B&NES
  • last 2-3 days Case data will be incomplete, awaiting test results;
  • for the same reason, the most recent Infection Rate provided is for the week ending 3 days before the last case reporting date.
  • on 16 Nov PHE changed the basis of geographic allocation from using the address held on the NHS Patient Summary Record to using the address provided at the point of testing. This change was backdated to 1 Sep.

Government restrictions/advice

Restrictions from 12 April 2021

  • Gatherings outdoors/in private gardens remain limited to 6 people/two households.
  • No indoor mixing between households.
  • Outdoor hospitaility can reopen, with table service only.
  • Non-essential retail/personal care services can reopen.
  • Public buildings can reopen.
  • Indoor leisure/sports can reopen, but for individual/household use only. Organised outdoor sport permitted.
  • Care and supervised activities for children are permitted indoors or outdoors for up to 15 children (children <5yrs excluded from count).
  • Overnight stays in self-contained accommodation can open for overnight stays in England for single households/support bubbles.
  • You should continue to minimise travel.
  • Care home residents will be able to nominate two named individuals for regular indoor visits (following rapid lateral flow tests).

Government guidance

You can access all Government guidance on

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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.

  1. For up-to-date medical advice go to: (or google: NHS coronavirus) or phone 111.

  2. 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.
    Name Tel. No.
    Bruce Clarke 01761 470999
    Robert Davies 01761 479330
    Fiona Hassard  07776 280253
    Peter Hopwood 07540 889630
    John Lippiatt 01761 471080
    Vicky pai 07788 647946
    Jocelyn Nichols 07734 069751
  3. 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:

With thanks,

Doug Pattison
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 why!

Doug Pattison   07742 455478 Email:

Local Food Take-Away/Delivery Options

Ring O' Bells

See Ring O' Bells take-away options.

Newton Farm Foods

Our Farm shop will be open 7 days, Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm, and Sunday 9am to 4pm and will operate in a socially distanced, one way system through the shop.

Our Café will be offering a takeaway service for food and drinks daily. Monday to Thursday 10am to 3pm, Friday to Sunday 9am to 4pm. From 12 April it is also available for outside seating - no bookings required.

Orders for the café can be placed by downloading the Newton Farm Café app, and selecting a time slot for collection. Alternatively you can place your order on arrival and shop while you wait for your food to be prepared.

Our online shop is now fully operational on our website, and has a minimum order for collection of £25, and a minimum order of £40 for delivery, with a £5 home delivery charge. Christmas items are also now available on the website and Christmas order forms are available in the shop to pick up.

We have had to evaluate the costs involved in our home delivery service and in order to be able to provide the service unfortunately there does need to be a charge.

Perhaps Priston villagers picking up collections could do so for other Priston residents?

I hope this helps and that we are able to support people living in the Priston area during this Lockdown.

Celia Gay – Newton Farm shop

Tunley Farm Butchers

Tunley Farm Butchers provide a range of milk, meat and deli foods.  They deliver free to Priston (minimum order £30). They aim to deliver within 3 working days.  For details visit

Mitchard the Butchers

G Mitchard & Sons of Radstock are already delivering meat to a few people in Priston. They are now offering to extend this service if more villagers are interested. It would work like this:

  • they deliver fortnightly, on a Saturday afternoon;
  • you order what meat you want from them on the Thursday by phone (01761 412109); or, if you are on Facebook you can visit their page (G Mitchard & Sons) and message through your order. They take most orders this way as it provides an instant record and makes it easier to reply;
  • Mitchards ring you when they have assembled your order. You can pay by card over the phone at that point, online by BACS, or by card on collection at the Village Hall (see below). They prefer not to take cash as the van won’t be carrying any change
  • on the Saturday afternoon Mitchards will park outside Priston Village Hall from 3.30PM TO 3.50PM so you can collect your order;
  • if you fail to collect the meat and haven’t arranged for a friend to do so for you, your order goes back to the shop. You’d then have to collect it from there (the shop is at 22 Lime Terrace, Radstock - on the A367 in Westfield).


Farmhouse Dairy Somerset have agreed to deliver to Priston.

  • There will be 2 deliveries per week – Mondays and Thursdays.
  • Please now register with them if you haven’t already done so. You can reach them on: or on 07783 385189.
  • Have a look at their price list. They carry a lot of other items besides milk (their eggs are Class A free range Large).
  • Angie Fowle and Aylet Anderson have set up an Farmhouse Dairy Somerset group just to start the ball rolling and to facilitate any messages the dairy might want to get out to you all. But for normal orders and transactions you need to contact the dairy, not them.


Maggie Rideout and Howard Jones, having taken over from Steve Grant. They offer 15/30 eggs for £2/£4) and have a fresh supply every 2 weeks. Please place your order by phone, message or email.

Address: Church Farm House, Priston BA2 9EF (opposite the church)
Tel No: 01761 471308 or 07871 484268
Quantity (Price): Trays of 15 (£2) or 30 eggs (£4) only.
Payment: Cash – and preferably the correct amount please

If you have a problem collecting let us know and we will drop them off.

Additional food options

Click on the links below for additional food options:

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:

Shop Somerset provides links to over 170 local businesses (food & more) to encourage users to shop local and help small independent businesses to weather the impact of Covid-19.

St Luke & St Andrew's Church

Church services restart from 28 March.

In light of the improving situation with regard to the Covid pandemic and the extensive uptake of vaccine inoculations, the Rector and Church Council have decided to open St Luke & St Andrew’s Church for regular Sunday worship once again, as from Palm Sunday (28th March) at the usual time of 9.30 am.

We will of course keep a close watch on the data and take into account national medical advice ongoing. Any updates will be shared on Priston Loop and Webpage and social media.

Online Church Services

You can now view Priston Church Services online.


Latest updates

See latest messages and updates on the B&NES coronavirus web page.

Some suggestions for coping with pandemic life

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 solutions:
  • 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);
    • HouseParty - max 8 participants;
    • Skype (max 50 participants);
    • WhatsApp (4 participants;
    • Zoom - max 100 participants, 40 mins duration.
    • Google 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!


Read the update from First West of England Buses (21 May).

Miscellaneous items

Footpath hygiene

Handles on footpath and bridleway gates are possible sources of infection. 
  • 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:…/1FAIpQLScnsScxyI5Y30foF9…/viewform

Useful Links

Coronavirus - key information from the NHS
Coronavirus -how to stay safe - info from the BBC