Coronavirus information for Priston

DAY of Lock-down

Cumulative total of confirmed cases (new cases) in B&NES as of 9am 03/07/2020: 336(+0)
Source: Public Health England

Chart of Covid-19 cases in B&NES
Chart of Covid-19 cases in B&NES
NOTE: from 2 July includes cases from drive-in centres & home-swab kits.

Latest Government restrictions

(13 May)

See updated lockdown rules (with effect from 13 May) - see highlights below - they apply only to England.
  • Continue to stay at home except for specified reasons.
  • You can go to any shops permitted to be open eg. for food, medicine, or to collect goods ordered.
  • Exercise permitted more than once a day.
  • Travel for exercise permitted.
  • Some sports allowed within household group, or with one other person 2m away;.
  • Meeting one other person from another household to be allowed (but only outdoors and keep 2m apart). [but see update 29 May below]
  • It is still not permitted to visit friends or family in their home.
  • Return to the workplace if you cannot work from home - employers need to make workplaces safe.
  • Avoid public transport, observe social distancing if you use it.
  • Face coverings should be worn in enclosed spaces where physical distancing is difficult.
  • Schools in England to reopen for some primary pupils at the earliest on 1 June.
  • Restaurants and cafes to remain closed until at least July.
  • Anyone with symptoms to stay at home, members of same household to stay confined for specified periods.
  • Quarantine for arrivals from abroad "soon".
  • Stay Alert.

(Update - 25 May)

  • outdoor markets and car showrooms are expected to reopen from 1 June;
  • other non-essential retail including shops selling clothes, shoes, toys, furniture, books, and electronics, plus tailors, auction houses, photography studios, and indoor markets, will be expected to be able to reopen from 15 June, providing progress continues to be amde, and on the basis that appropriate safety procedures are put in place;
  • hairdressers, nail bars and beauty salons, and the hospitality sector, will remain closed.

(Update - 27 May - Test & Trace)

  • If you develop coronavirus symptoms
  • if you are alerted by NHS Test & Trace
    • Isolate for 14 days
    • If you develop symptoms book a test.

(Update - 29 May)

  • Up to six friends or relatives will be able to gather in parks and gardens from Monday, with separate households two metres apart.
  • Dentists can open from 8 June.

(Update - 31 May)

  • Vulnerable individuals who have been shielding people will now be able to go outside either with members of their household or to meet someone from another household.

(Update - 4 June)

  • From 15 June, wearing of face mask/covering on public transport is compulsory.

(Update - 10 June)

From 13 June, you will be able to:

  • Form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household if you live alone or are a single parent with dependent children - in other words, you are in a household where there is only one adult. All those in a support bubble will be able to act as if they live in the same household - meaning they can spend time together inside each other’s homes and do not need to stay 2 metres apart. Support bubbles should be exclusive - meaning you should not switch the household you are in a bubble with or connect with multiple households;
  • Attend your place of worship for the purposes of individual prayer.

(Update - 23 June)

Read Govt. FAQs on what you can/can't do from 4 July - summarised below.

From 4 July:

  • you can meet in groups of up to two households in any location - your support bubble counts as a household;
  • you can meet outside in groups of up to six people from different households, following social distancing guidelines;
  • you can stay overnight away from your home with your own household or support bubble, or with members of one other household;
  • additional businesses and venues, including restaurants, pubs, cinemas, visitor attractions, hotels, and campsites will be able to open;
  • it will be against the law to gather in groups larger than 30 people, except for a limited set of circumstances to be set out in law and unless all members of the group are exclusively from two households

You should not:

  • gather indoors in groups of more than two households (your support bubble counts as one household) - this includes when dining out or going to the pub;
  • gather outdoors in a group of more than six people from different households; gatherings larger than 6 should only take place if everyone is from just two households;
  • interact socially with anyone outside the group you are attending a place with, even if you see other people you know, for example, in a restaurant, community centre or place of worship;
  • hold or attend celebrations (such as parties) where it is difficult to maintain social distancing;
  • stay overnight away from your home with members of more than one other household (your support bubble counts as one household).

From 4 July the following businesses are permitted to open, subject to them following Covid-19 Secure Guidelines:

  • hotels, hostels, bed and breakfast accommodation, holiday apartments or homes, cottages or bungalows, campsites, caravan parks or boarding houses;
  • places of worship, libraries, community centres;
  • restaurants, cafes, workplace canteens, bars, pubs that are self-contained and can be accessed from the outside;
  • social clubs;
  • hair salons and barbers, including mobile businesses;
  • cinemas, theatres, concert halls, funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities, outdoor gyms and playgrounds;
  • museums and galleries, bingo halls, outdoor skating rinks, amusement arcades and other entertainment centres, model villages;
  • indoor attractions at aquariums, zoos, safari parks, farms, wildlife centres and any place where animals are exhibited to the public as an attraction;
  • indoor and outdoor areas of visitor attractions including, gardens, heritage sites, film studios and landmarks.

Vulnerable individuals (including people 70 and over, those with certain underlying conditions and pregnant women) can meet people outdoors and, from 4 July, indoors, but they and their visitors should be especially careful and be diligent about social distancing and hand hygiene.

From 6 July, the government will be advising the following re extremely vulnerable people who are shielding:

  • you may, if you wish, meet in a group of up to 6 people outdoors, including people from different households, while maintaining strict social distancing;
  • you no longer need to observe social distancing with other members of your household;
  • in line with the wider guidance for single adult households (either an adult living alone or with dependent children under 18) in the general population, you may from this date, if you wish, also form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household. All those in a support bubble will be able to spend time together inside each other’s homes, including overnight, without needing to socially distance

Links to Government information

Read What you can and cannot do (continually updated)

Read NHS Test & Trace - How it works

Read the Government's detailed Covid-19 recovery strategy (50 pages).

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   07742455478 Email:

A message from the Saturday Café

(18 March)

Dear loyal Café customers,

For now, the Priston Saturday Café will be closed until the craziness is over.

We are planning to deliver cake treats on Saturday morning to those of you who may be particularly isolated as a result.

The Cake Angels will be in your neighbourhood!

(posted on behalf of Sue Copperman)

Local Food Take-Away/Delivery Options

Ring O' Bells

See Ring O' Bells take-away options.

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


Steve Grant receives regular consignments of eggs.

If you’re interested please message him on 07900 905556 a.s.a.p.
(Trays of 30 eggs - £4; cash only and the right amount please. Collection from 2 Hill View, Priston)

Milk deliveries

Simple Cow of Chilcompton have agreed to deliver to Priston.

To see details of their offering visit their website at

All those who have expressed interest should place their order on the Simply Cow website at   

Note this is a door step refill service, so for your first order you need to order empty glass bottles in addition to the quantity of milk you require.  You then clean the bottles and put them out to be refilled for the next delivery.
  • Delivery days: Tuesday only.
  • Time Delivered:  Simple Cow are extremely busy, as you can imagine, so delivery time is likely to be around lunchtime.
    (In normal times they would aim to deliver by 8am).
  • Hygiene: They are taking great care, with sanitised wipes etc

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:  Life Goes On!

(19 March)

Dear Priston Church Friends ,

Sorry to contact you by email, but for many this is the easiest way of meeting in our present emergency. As you will have heard on the news or read, The Archbishops and our own Bishops Peter and Ruth have made the difficult decision to curtail public worship until further notice, so there will be no Sunday services at St Luke & St Andrew's Church until that time. This is obviously very saddening. But although we cannot meet together in the usual way, the Church goes on and it presents us with the opportunity to use different resources and to seek to serve our communities with the love of God.

Some practical points:

  • I am available 24/7 on the phone or email if you are self-isolating and want to talk or pray.
  • If you are needing help, please contact the village scheme for the self-isolating. See above..
  • There will be news, prayers, online sermons and other helpful material on the Priston Facebook page for you to access. If you have not used this before, this could be the time.
The celebration of Easter this year will be very different, but I am hoping there are some ways we can share and celebrate together if not 'together.'
Priston Church and village are a strong community and historically our church has been through difficult days before. In all of this we know that Christ is with us in his promise 'I am with you always' and that where even only two or three are gathered together, he is there in our midst.

Yours in the love and service of Christ,

Revd Martin Blewett.

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

(note - some references to the church being open have been deleted from the original message)

Update 24 March

Sadly, due to govt. and church restrictions Priston Church will not be open until further notice. Information, prayers and meditations will appear from time to time on the village Facebook pages. If you would like prayer please ring Martin on 472448 or Simon on 479817. Peace be with you.

Update 28 March

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.

Recycling - Update 21 May

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 for more information.

Bath and Midsomer Norton Centres will remain closed until further notice.

see Keynsham Recycling Centre web-page.

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