Coronavirus information for Priston

New B&NES cases per 100,000 population for last week (7 days ending 5 Dec): 410 (previous day - 409)
RUH Covid admissions for week ending 28 Nov (latest reported): 29

See interactive UK map.

Cumulative Covid-19 cases in B&NES
Chart of Covid-19 infection rate/RUH admissions in B&NES

  • the most recent Infection Rate provided is for the week ending 3 days before the last reporting date.
  • RUH admission data is released on a weekly basis.

Government restrictions/advice

From 19 July 2021

  • you do not need to stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with. There are also no limits on the number of people you can meet;
  • however, in order to minimise risk at a time of high prevalence, you should limit the close contact you have with those you do not usually live with, and increase close contact gradually. This includes minimising the number, proximity and duration of social contacts;
  • you should meet outdoors where possible and let fresh air into homes or other enclosed spaces.
  • the Government is no longer instructing people to work from home if they can. However, the Government expects and recommends a gradual return over the summer;
  • the requirement to wear face coverings in law has been lifted. However, the Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport;
  • there are no longer limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, civil partnerships, funerals and other life events (including receptions and celebrations). There is no requirement for table service at life events, or restrictions on singing or dancing. You should follow guidance for weddings and funerals to reduce risk and protect yourself and others;
  • there are no longer restrictions on group sizes for attending communal worship. COVID-19 has not gone away, so it’s important to remember the actions you can take to keep yourself and others safe. Everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious;
  • all remaining closed businesses and venues such as nightclubs and adult entertainment venues are able to reopen. All capacity limits at sporting, entertainment, or business events have been lifted;
  • hospitality venues such as pubs, restaurants and bars are no longer required to provide table service or follow other social distancing rules.

From 30 Nov 2021

  • From 4am on Tuesday 7 December anyone aged 12 and over must show a negative PCR or lateral flow test result before travelling to England from abroad. You must take the test in the 2 days before you travel to England. From 30 November international arrivals from non-red list countries who are fully vaccinated will need to isolate at home and take a PCR test on or before day 2 following your arrival. You are only permitted to leave isolation if this test result is negative. If your test result is positive, you will need to isolate for 10 days. This is the law.
  • Face coverings are a legal requirement in shops and on public transport. This is the law. See further info for details.
  • Face coverings should be worn in communal areas of universities, colleges and schools by staff, visitors and pupils or students in year 7 and above.
  • If you live in the same household as someone with a suspected or confirmed case of the Omicron variant, or are a close contact of someone with a suspected or confirmed case of the Omicron variant, you will be required to self-isolate for 10 days regardless of your age or vaccination status. NHS Test and Trace will contact you if this is the case. This will apply even if you are fully-vaccinated or aged 18 or under. This is the law.

The NHS is working on plans to offer:

  • a booster dose to everyone aged 18 years old and over
  • a booster dose to people aged 16 years old and over with a severely weakened immune system
  • booster doses from 3 months after the previous dose - currently it's from 6 months after the previous dose
  • a 2nd dose to all children aged 12 to 15 years old who are not already eligible

Please note that this is not yet available.

Requirements for Self-Isolation

  • If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, self-isolate immediately and get a PCR test, even if your symptoms are mild. You should self-isolate at home while you book the test and wait for the results. You must self-isolate if you test positive. Your isolation period includes the day your symptoms started (or the day your test was taken if you do not have symptoms), and the next 10 full days. This is the law.
  • You must also self-isolate if you are told to do so by NHS Test and Trace, for example if you have come into contact with someone who has tested positive. This remains the law, regardless of your vaccination status.
  • From 16 August, if you have been fully vaccinated you will be exempt from the requirement to self-isolate if you are a contact of a positive case. You will instead be advised to take a PCR test as soon as possible.
  • You will also be exempt from self-isolation from 16 August if you are under 18 and a contact of a positive case. As with adults, you will be advised whether a PCR test needs to be taken.
  • If you test positive you will still need to self-isolate regardless of your vaccination status or age.

Booster vaccines

You can book your appointment online if you had your 2nd dose at least 5 months (152 days) ago and you are:

  • a frontline health or social care worker
  • aged 40 and over
  • aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts you at high risk from COVID-19 and the NHS has invited you to book
  • aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts you at high risk from COVID-19 and the NHS has invited you to book
You will be offered an appointment for 6 months (182 days) or later after your 2nd Covid jab.

You can also now get a booster jab without an appointment at a Walk-in Centre if you are eligible, and it has been at least 6 months (182 days) since you had your second jab.
Visit to find your nearest Walk-In Centre.

Government guidance

You can access all Government guidance on

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.

  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 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).


Update (12 August 2021) -Farmhouse Dairy Somerset have now ceased milk delivery to Priston.


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


31 August 2021

From 1 September 2021 Priston Church will be resuming its normal schedule of services, including a Family Service at 10am on the 1st Sunday of each month, and a BCP Service each Sunday evening at 6.30pm.

We will be allowing individuals to make up their own minds on measures to take with respect to Covid-19, and so will not be enforcing the wearing of face-coverings or social distancing.

Revd Martin Blewett.
Rector, Benefice of Timsbury with Camerton, Priston, Dunkerton and Englishcombe.
The Rectory, South Road, Timsbury, Bath. BA2 0EJ.
Tel. (01761) 472448. Mobile. 07854 273489


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