Health and Government Updates


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Bourton Community Support Group

Computing Help For All

Dorset Digital Hotline can provide basic advice and help if you are having digital issues.

See below for details……


Virtual Get Together

– A New, Innovative and Fun Way of Being with Others –
Zoom Coffee Morning! 11am Every Monday Morning

In a wonderful development, the Rev’d Ben has started a virtual get together. He has issued an open inviatation to join him and St.Arbucks * for a cup of tea or coffee over Zoom.

He’s offereing the chance for us to have some time to check in and to chat with people if you are feeling the need!

You will need a device with a camera and microphone whether that is your phone or computer. When the time comes, just click the link below. You may be asked for the pass code which is below. 

To Join the Zoom Coffee Morning at 11.00am any Monday, see the link in the Newletter which you can access by clicking here.
Or, if you prefer, the meeting details are:
Meeting ID: 926 0725 7588
Passcode: 992199

Alternatively, you can ring in by phone on this number : 0208 080 6592 and then use the meeting ID from the paragraph above.  

Thank You Rev’d Ben !

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* St. Arbucks or Starbucks as some like to say 🙂

Health and Government Updates Uncategorized

National Lockdown Guidance

National lockdown: Stay at Home
Coronavirus cases are rising rapidly across the country.
Find out what you can and cannot do below:

The Latest Guidance and Advice, announced Monday 4th January 2021.
Health and Government Updates

UK Government’s Covid-19 Winter Plan

Announced on November 23rd, the UK Government’s COVID-19 Winter Plan presents a programme for suppressing the virus, protecting the NHS and the vulnerable, keeping education and the economy going and providing a route back to normality. The plan sets out the Government’s approach to ending the national restrictions on 2 December.

Full details are availble here…..

On 2 December, across all of England, regardless of tier:

  • The stay at home requirement will end, with travel being permitted again subject to guidance in each tier.
  • Shops, personal care, gyms and the wider leisure sector will reopen.
  • Collective worship, weddings and outdoor sports can resume.
  • People will no longer be limited to seeing only one other person in outdoor public spaces –  the rule of 6 will now apply outdoors as it did in the previous set of tiers.

However, the virus is still present and if we aren’t careful it could quickly get out of control again before vaccines and community testing can have an effect. That would put in jeopardy the progress the country has made and once again risk intolerable pressure on the NHS and squeezing out non-Covid patients from vital operations.

This is why, on 2 December, England will move back into a regional, tiered approach see here for details…


Neighbourhood Watch

If you didn’t already know, there are local Neighbourhood Watch groups active in Zeals and Bourton.

To see the Niovember Newsletter click here

Neighbourhood Watch believe in and help promote a caring society that is focused on trust and respect, in which people are safe from crime and enjoy a good quality of life.

Neighbourhood Watch supports individuals and groups to create safer, stronger and active communities. 

If you would like to register and become a member please click on this link . If you need help becoming a member, follow these instructions here.
Once registered as a member, you have the option to join a scheme in your area. See this document for help on how to sign up to an existing scheme
You can also opt in to receive local community alert messages. If you have any issues signing up or joining a scheme, please contact support .

To explore the national Neighbourhood Watch website click here and to access November’s ‘Our Newse-newsletter please click here.

Local Supplier News

Lockdown II: Return of the Bell and Crown takeaway

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With the second national lockdown now in full swing, the crew at The Bell & Crown’s fear of boredom and their relentless desire to feed people has led them to open as a takeaway.  

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They’re open Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, from 5.30pm – 8.30pm, serving from the little takeaway hatch that Tommy finds such pleasure standing behind – as you can see in the picture.  

As well as food, you can also indulge in draught beer and ale from a milk bottle! They’re emptying the cellars, conditioning the remaining ale and tactfully dispensing the cask-conditioned ‘pub juice’ in four pint takeaway milk bottles. 
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Together with a few new dishes, the legendary sourdough pizza returns.
Call 01747 840404 to order and they’ll start cooking. If you’d like to pre-order, that’s fine too. There’s a friendly voice at the end of the phone waiting to take your order and if, for whatever reason, the voice happens to be elsewhere, please leave a message.
It couldn’t be easier. Call 01747 840404
Things are clearly different this time around but as ever The Bell & Crown truly appreciate the support.
In the words of The Bell and Crown team … ‘We’re always very humbled’. 

To explore the new Takeaway Menu, click here…..


Sovereign Housing Association

Help and support for Sovereign Housing Residents.
Sovereign is one of the largest housing providers in our area and as such they are reaching out to their customers who may require their support and advice during these difficult times.  If you need to contact Sovereign for any reason the Customer Care Number is: 0300 5000 926

Message from Sovereign’s Chief Executive about services from 5 November

“As you’ll all know, from Thursday the country is going back into lockdown for at least four weeks. Restrictions on our normal lives will probably be in place for some time and it may prove to be a tough winter.

“I want to reassure you that at Sovereign our primary focus is on delivering for you, our customers over the next four weeks and beyond.

“As far as possible it will be business as usual for most of our employees and for our services. We’ll be sharing more detailed guidance soon around any changes in services you might expect, including the closure of communal areas in our housing for older people schemes and a pause on some planned refurbishments where we’d need to be in your home for an extended period. But we’ll do everything we can to continue providing services – including mutual exchanges and lettings.

 “Keeping you safe and protecting our employees remains our highest priority and I’m very grateful to you for following the guidelines on social distancing as well as the basics of regular handwashing and face coverings when needed.

“I’d remind you as well of the importance of getting a coronavirus test if you have symptoms and of following the government’s guidance around self-isolating if you or someone in your household’s tested positive or has symptoms and is waiting for a test. It’s especially important that you keep us informed if we might be visiting you, so that we’re not putting our employees or other customers at risk.

“As I hope you found in March, we’ve proved able to adapt fast to very challenging times in 2020. We’re doing all that we can to continue to deliver services and to meet your needs over the coming weeks and months. If you have concerns, please get in touch. In the meantime, I hope that you and your families stay safe.”

Mark Washer

For details about how Sovereign can help you, together with details of the support and advice they have available for you to access now, please refer to the Sovereign Housing Association section in this website. Click here…..



Advice From Dorset Police

This year Dorset Police are asking everyone, whatever they are doing for Halloween, to take extra care. There are some alternatives suggested below. In Bourton a number of houses are having spooky window displays for you to see. More information is available via the village facebook group. If you decide to stay in there are several things you can do to enjoy All Hallow’s Eve, but however you celebrate Halloween, be safe and take care.

You can click on the poster below or the link here for more information.

Police and partner agencies ask trick-or-treaters to follow Tier 1 guidelines or to consider alternative ways to enjoy Halloween at home.

Halloween at home – alternatives to trick or treating for families and young children

  • Organise a Halloween themed scavenger hunt around your house or garden.
  • Arrange a virtual fancy dress party online and invite your friends and family.
  • Out-boo your neighbours and have a window decorating competition.
  • Get creative in the kitchen. Go online to find the recipes for spooky snacks.
  • Decorate your living room and create your own scary cinema.
  • Play Halloween inspired games with your friends and family.
  • Try safely carving a pumpkin and share images with your friends.
Community Health and Government Updates

Taking care of your Mental Health & Wellbeing

It is so important to look after your mental and physical health and overall wellbeing during these difficult times.

This guide, produced by Public Health England (PHE) for Her Majesty’s Government, provides advice on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak1.

For other guidance on how to protect yourself and others, and actions to take if you think you may have contracted the virus, see the guidance here.

This guidance will be updated in line with the changing situation.

We are fortunate here in our commuinity because spending time in ‘green spaces’ can benefit both our mental and physical wellbeing, however it is not always accessible to us all. Below is a list of activities you can consider to help mental health and wellbeing.

What can help your mental health and wellbeing

Think about your new daily routine. Life is changing for us all for a while and you will have experienced some disruption to your normal routine. Think about how you can adapt and create positive new routines – try to engage in useful activities (such as cleaning, cooking or exercise) or meaningful activities (such as reading or being in touch with friends). You might find it helpful to write a plan for your day or week.

Consider how to connect with others. Maintaining relationships with people you trust is important for your mental wellbeing. If you can’t meet in person, think about how you can stay in touch with friends and family via telephone, video calls or social media instead – whether it’s people you normally see often or connecting with old friends.

The NHS Volunteers Service can also provide a telephone ‘check in and chat’ for if you have mental health issues and are feeling isolated. Call 0808 196 3646 (8am to 8pm) or visit the website.

Help and support others. Think about how you could help those around you – it could make a big difference to them and can make you feel better too. It is important to listen to and accept other people’s concerns, worries or behaviours. Could you message a friend or family member nearby? Are there community groups that you could join to support others locally? Remember it’s important to do this in line with guidance on COVID-19 to keep yourself and everyone safe.

Talk about your worries. It is quite common to feel worried, scared or helpless about the current situation. Remember that this is a difficult time for everyone and sharing with family and friends how you are feeling and the things you are doing to cope can help them too. If you don’t feel able to do that, there are people you can speak to via NHS recommended helplines.

Look after your physical wellbeing. Your physical health has a big impact on how you are feeling emotionally and mentally. At times like these, it can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour which, in turn, can make you feel worse. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals and drink enough water. One You has a lot of advice and ideas for healthy meals you can cook at home.

Where possible, exercise at home and/or outside as often as you wish. If you can’t exercise outside, you can find free, easy 10-minute workouts from Public Health England (PHE) or other exercise videos to try at home on the NHS Fitness Studio. Sport England also has good tips for keeping active at home.

If you are able to go outside, there are lots of easy ways to get moving like walking or gardening. You can also exercise and use outdoor sports courts or facilities, such as a tennis or basketball court or golf course.

Seek advice and support if you smoke or use drugs or alcohol. Smoking or using drugs or alcohol to cope in times of stress and disruption can make things worse, including your mental health. NHS Smokefree provides information and advice on quitting smoking and One You has resources to help with cutting back on alcohol. You can also call Drinkline for free on 0300 123 1110 for advice and support and Down Your Drink provides interactive web-based support to help people to drink more safely. If you are concerned about drugs use, FRANK offers information and advice, including where to get help, and has a free advice line – 0300 123 6600. You can also reach Marijuana Anonymous and participate in their weekly online meetings to receive support from other peers.

Look after your sleep. Feeling anxious or worried can make it harder to get a good night’s sleep. Good-quality sleep makes a big difference to how you feel mentally and physically, so it’s important to get enough.

Try to maintain regular sleeping patterns and keep good sleep hygiene practices, including avoiding screens before bed, cutting back on caffeine and creating a restful environment. The Every Mind Matters sleep page provides practical advice on how to improve your sleep.

Try to manage difficult feelings. Many people find the news about COVID-19 concerning. However, some people may experience such intense anxiety that it becomes a problem. Try to focus on the things you can control, such as managing your media and information intake – 24-hour news and constant social media updates can make you more worried. If it is affecting you, try to limit the time you spend watching, reading, or listening to media coverage of the outbreak. It may help to only check the news at set times or limiting yourself to checking a couple of times a day.

It is okay to acknowledge some things that are outside of your control right now. The Every Mind Matters page on anxiety and NHS mental wellbeing audio guides provide further information on how to manage anxiety.

Get the facts. Gather high-quality information that will help you to accurately determine your own or other people’s risk of contracting COVID-19 so that you can take reasonable precautions. Find a credible source you can trust such as GOV.UK, or the NHS website, and fact-check information you get from newsfeeds, social media or other people.

Think about how inaccurate information could affect others too. Try not to share information without fact-checking with credible sources.

Do things you enjoy. When you are anxious, lonely or low, you may do things that you usually enjoy less often or not at all. Focusing on your favourite hobby, learning something new or simply taking time to relax indoors or outdoors (in line with the guidance) should give you some relief from anxious thoughts and feelings and can boost your mood.

If you can’t do the things you normally enjoy because you are staying at home, try to think about how you could adapt them, or try something new. There are lots of free tutorials and courses online and people are coming up with innovative online solutions, such as online pub quizzes and streamed live music concerts.

Set goals. Setting goals and achieving them gives a sense of control and purpose. Think about things you want or need to do that you can still do at home, such as watching a film, reading a book or learning something online.

Keep your mind active. This can help you feel in control and less low or worried. Read, write, play games, do crossword puzzles, sudokus, jigsaws or drawing and painting, whatever works best for you.

Take time to relax and focus on the present. This can help with difficult emotions, worries about the future and generally make you feel better. Relaxation techniques can also help some people to deal with feelings of anxiety. For useful resources, see Every Mind Matters and the NHS mindfulness page.

If you can, get outside. If you can’t, bring nature in. Spending time in green spaces can benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing. You can spend time outside for recreation or travel to outdoor publicly accessible open spaces, irrespective of distance. You can also sit and rest outside if you want to. If you can’t go outside, you can try to still get these positive effects by spending time with the windows open to let in fresh air, arranging space to sit and see a nice view (if possible) and get some natural sunlight, or get out into the garden if you can.