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.
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.
Now the village hall is open, we are re-starting the Saturday Cafe again, from this Saturday, 5th September. All government guidelines will be adhered to, and our usual fare will be on offer. So, come and enjoy bacon butties, home-made cakes, fair trade coffee and tea, from 10.30am to 12 this Saturday. Please bring correct money if poss. There will be an honesty box for payments. Table service will be the order of the day!
We will be open from Wed 15 July, opening times are 6-10 Wednesday to Saturday and 12-5 Sunday.
We will be open for advanced table bookings only, with limited places.
Our take-away service will continue to operate from Wednesdays to Sunday. Yes take-away Roasts too!
We will do our best to make things feel normal and appreciate all the support We have received over the last 3 months.
Thanks from The Ring O' Bells team.
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 the Eveleighs' website 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
order by 2.30pm on a Wednesday, for delivery on a Friday;
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/
Farmhouse Dairy Somerset have agreed to deliver to Priston.
There will be 2 deliveries per week – Mondays and Thursdays.
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: Trays of 30 eggs only (If a tray is more than you need why not buy one to share with a friend after wards?)
Price: £4 per tray
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:
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: https://www.3sg.org.uk/pages/sustainable-food-partnership
St Luke & St Andrew's Church
Church re-opening for Services 12 July
St Luke & St Andrew's will continue to be open for private prayer during the week, and I am very grateful for those whose help has made this possible.
You will be glad to know that following H.M Govt. and Church of England direction, we are able to open St Luke & St Mary's Church for regular worship again as from Sunday 12th July for one service a week at the usual time of 9.30 am.
It is important to state that although we can meet again for worship, no one should feel compelled or obliged to come to church at this present time. Those who are vulnerable, self-isolating or isolating to protect a family member should in no way feel pressured to make an appearance! We have discussed the measures and procedures necessary for a safe re-opening with the Churchwardens and PCC and church on Sunday will be different in the following ways:
A safe distance of 2 metres will apply to those from differing households.
Seating will be marked so you will know where to sit and not sit. Please follow directions of sidesperson; you may not be able to sit in your 'normal' seat!
Hand sanitisers will be available as you enter and as you leave by the Sanctuary door.
There will be no singing, but we will be able to listen to music together.
There will be a simple Holy Communion, but this will be 'priest-only' for the time being. We hope guidance on this will change in the near future.
Consequently, the service will be shorter than previously.
I hope that as many as wish and are able will attend. You will have the opportunity to meet our new 'curate to be' Julian and his family, who will be assisting me with the service.
Please do not hesitate to contact me or Peter Hopwood with any questions, and please remember that it is fully understood that some may not feel they are able to attend as yet.
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. [Note - now resumed.]
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. [Note -
now resumed.] 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
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.
B&NES Discretionary Fund - 2nd Round
Charities and small or micro businesses across Bath & North East Somerset affected by COVID-19 but which were outside the scope of the first round of Government funding can now apply for a discretionary grant.
Registration opens on June 29 for applications, which must be received by 13 July.
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