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Covid-19 current information 24th April 2020

Recent information regarding help, support, guidance, local shops and services

Covid-19 crisis

Community groups in Milborne Port, along with St John's Church, are working together to support vulnerable residents during the Covid-19 emergency.  If you are self-isolating and need help with shopping, picking up your prescription medication, dog walking, posting letters, or would just like someone to speak to on the phone, we will try to find a volunteer to help you.  You can contact us by leaving a message on 07721 360523, or e-mail,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You can also contact Sherborne Viral Kindness:  Bob Walden on 01963 251081

News from South Somerset District Council:  South Somerset District Council is continuing to ensure that our communities receive all the help they need during the Covid-19 pandemic. This includes offering extra support in areas where our residents need it most.  A big addition to this extra support is the brand new pop up SSDC Wellbeing Hub which has been set up to supply food parcels and other supplies to South Somerset residents in most urgent need. The Hub is already up and running and more than 30 deliveries have already been made to residents who are shielding or who fit the criteria where they are recognised as vulnerable.

How do I get a food parcel?  Residents who are shielding who have NOT received a food parcel from the Government and residents who are assessed as vulnerable can now call 0300 790 6275 to find out if they are eligible.

How much do they cost?  Shielded people (as identified by the NHS) will get their first food parcel free. Vulnerable people will pay a set fee depending on the size of parcel required.  £26 for a single person, £30 for couples and £52 for families of 4-5 people. This service is non-profit and delivery is free.

What is in the food parcel?  All goods are non-perishable and should give a broad choice of food needed to prepare balanced meals. The parcels also include toilet rolls, cleaning and hygiene products.

How long does it take to get a food parcel?  Most food parcels will be delivered the next day between 10am and 4pm.

If this self-isolating goes on for some time, what happens if I need a repeat order?  You can email or phone an order through to the team. Your details will have been saved making ordering and paying quicker.

How often can I order?  Box contents are built around a weeks’ worth of food, re-ordering shouldn’t be required under this time period.

Can I book a time slot?  No, deliveries will usually be next day and between 10am and 4pm.

What if I have not received a shielding letter?  Shielding letters come from the NHS. Your GP or hospital will have provided names of patients that they consider vulnerable & require shielding. If you have not received a letter and feel you should have one, then you should contact them.

Age UK are providing support for vulnerable residents - shopping, picking up prescriptions, etc.   Call 01305 269444 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Milborne Port Surgery 

Please support the staff there by only using only the online services if possible, or phoning.  Please do not expect to be seen by a doctor or nurse practitioner by going directly to the surgery; do not go to the surgery if you have symptoms of coronavirus.  

If you would like to volunteer to support our wonderful NHS, please follow this link (note that you must hold a DBS certificate issued in the last 12 months to register):

As a result of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, South Somerset District Council is working with Spark Somerset to co-ordinate local groups and to ensure that they get vital support and information they may need.  For more information, follow these links:

Please follow these links for further information:

Milborne Port Pharmacy: Understandably extremely busy at the moment and working very hard to make up prescriptions and deliver them when and where they can.  

If you cannot come to the pharmacy to collect a prescription, please do ask family and friends for help first.  The pharmacists have had many offers from people volunteering to make deliveries but there are legal and safeguarding reasons that prevent them from being able to take advantage of people's kindness.  

Also, please allow for more time than usual when requesting a repeat prescription as the extra demand at this time means that the pharmacists might not be able to make up your prescription in the usual 3-4 days.  

Something Else Fishy:  Shop open 5-8.30pm Thursdays & Fridays for takeaways, strict social distancing rules apply, limited menu.  Call Martin on 07790 592145 for fish deliveries. 

Pop-up market on Saturdays at Weighbridge from 10.30am: fish, fruit & veg, dairy.

Wayne Pullen, Butcher:  Currently open until 8am-noon on Monday and 7am-1pm Tuesday-Saturday, also offering a delivery service.  Call 01963 250222/07724 534123 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Steve's Milk:  Fresh milk and more delivered to your doorstep, 01963 250266.

Milborne Port Newsagent:  Business as usual, including newspaper deliveries.

Milborne Port Computers:  Monday-Friday, 9am-1pm, 01963 250788

Co-op, Gainsborough: There is a lot of information on their website about what they are currently offering and signposting us to ways to help their community.  Donation basket for the Yeatman Hospital.

Crackmore Shop/Petrol/Post Office:  Currently open 6am-8pm, with the Post Office open at the same hours.  

Crackmore Garage: Open.

The Gainsborough Arms: Currently delivering meals, 01963 250330

Bakerman Dan: pizza delivery on Friday and Saturday nights, 07484 236977

The Tippling Philosopher:  Takeaway service from 24th April, Tuesday-Saturday, 5-8pm, 01963 250999

Egg Shed, Silverthorne Farm - open.

Sherborne/Wincanton food/catering businesses currently delivering within a 5-mile radius of Sherborne:

The Pear Tree Deli:  01935 812828 The Cross Keys: 01935 508130 Vineyards:  01935 815005 Oliver's:  01935 815544 The Bakeout:  01935 507373 Sherborne Fruit & Veg Market:  07515 554549 The Three Wishes:  01935 817777 The Corner Shop:  01935 815615 Kafe Fontana: 01935 812180 Ecco Gelato: delivery service, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Little Goose Hospitality delivery service:  01935 706701, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,; Milk & More are delivering only to existing customers; The Udder Farm Shop in Stalbridge is offering a delivery service:  01747 838899; Dike & Son in Stalbridge is continuing with its delivery service:  01963 362204; Kimbers' Farm Shop in Charlton Musgrove will deliver to Milborne Port but expect to wait up to 5 days:  01963 33177/07813 989839; Victoria O'Brien - ready meals, pies, cakes, desserts, will deliver to Milborne Port:  07815 551586; Number Sixteen (wine, beer, local cheeses, deli) will deliver within a 10 mile radius: 01963 3331; Thyme after Thyme Cafe and Catering, Sturminster Newton: 01963 362202; 5 a Day Box: 01380 860968,; Nick's Fruit and Veg: will deliver, 07553 018989; Wincanton Fruit & Veg: 07515 554549; Lovington's Bakery: 01963 824871; Bootmakers pizza: collection only, 07757 490896; Pizza Palace: delivering, 01963 34600

Wheathill Close Residents

We have been in touch with the hub supervisor at Yarlington Housing Group to ask her what we can do to support residents and she has supported our idea to put together a flier of useful information which has been hand-delivered to every address.

Update for allotment holders

A number of you have been in touch to ask whether you should be visiting the allotments at the moment.  The answer is 'yes', this is a permitted activity as long as you follow government instructions on social distancing and hygiene.  Please see the information in this link for further information.  It is regularly updated so if the coronavirus situation changes, so might this information.

The impact of the coronavirus on council activities

The council office is currently closed to the public until further notice and Simon Pritchard (Clerk to the Parish Council - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Nathalie Hetherington (Deputy Clerk - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) are working from home and sometimes in the office.  We apologise for not being as accessible to the public as normal and are as hopeful as everyone else that business can return to normal as soon as possible.  The members of the council and the clerks are in regular discussion about how best continue to provide important council services under these difficult circumstances.

For important information, advice and guidance on the current coronavirus situation, please follow these links:

NHS information – the first port of call for the public:

Government response to Coronavirus (Covid-19):

Guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people:

Stay-at-home guidance:

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

Please note this particularly important link regarding the disposal of contaminated waste:

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