Coronavirus information for Priston

DAY of Lock-down

Cumulative total of confirmed cases in B&NES as of 1230am 18/09/2020: 474 (+6)
Source: Public Health England

Chart of Covid-19 cases in B&NES
Chart of Covid-19 cases in B&NES

Government restrictions/advice

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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   07742455478 Email:

A message from the Saturday Café

(1 Sep)

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!

(posted on behalf of Sue Copperman)

Local Food Take-Away/Delivery Options

Ring O' Bells

See Ring O' Bells take-away options.

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.

Eveleighs' Café

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 supply chains.

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

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;
  • 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 version;
  • email your orders to 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


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: 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:

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

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.

Yours in the peace of Christ,

Tel. 01761 472448.  Mobile. 07854 273489. Email:

Ugent Financial Assistance for St Luke & Andrew’s Parish Church

Please read our Request for Urgent Financial Assistance.

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.

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.

For full eligibility criteria and further info on how to apply see the B&NES press release

Garden Waste Collections - Update 23 April

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.


Keynsham recycling centre will reopen from Wednesday 27 May 2020 - there will be restrictions on when you can use the site so please read the Keynsham Recycling Centre web-page.

Midsomer Norton Recycling Centre will be reopening 9 July - appointments required.

Further updates

Pavement widening/road closures in Bath

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