Health and Government Updates

Hands, Face, Space

As winter approaches, we’ll be spending more time indoors. This will increase the risk of coronavirus spreading.
The following reconstructions of everyday environments show why washing hands regularly, wearing a face covering and keeping at least 2m apart is vital in controlling the spread.
Coronavirus can live for more than 24 hours indoors.
You could pick up or pass on the virus by touching a contaminated surface.
Washing your hands with soap and water, or using hand sanitiser, regularly throughout the day will reduce the risk of catching or passing it on.
Coronavirus can be found in tiny droplets coming out of your nose and mouth.
Wearing a face covering over your nose and mouth reduces the spread of droplets carrying the virus. This means if you have it, you’re less likely to pass it on to others.
Larger droplets can land on other people or on surfaces they touch. Spreading the virus through droplets is most likely to happen when you are less than 2m apart.
Smaller droplets called aerosols can stay in the air for some time, especially if there is no ventilation.
So when you are with people not from your household, you must keep at least 2m apart.
The risk of spreading the virus through smaller droplets is much less outdoors, where there is more ventilation.
Wash your hands, cover your face, make space. These are the three most effective ways we can all control the spread of the virus.
Remember if you have any coronavirus symptoms; high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss or change in your sense of taste or smell, get a free test by calling 119 or visiting
Together, we will control the virus and stop the spread.
Don’t forget, Hands, Face, Space.

Bourton Community Support Group Community

School Meals

If you are sufferening hardship as a consequence of the lack of Free School Meals over this half term and future school breaks, please email the Bourton Community Support Group for confidential advice and assistance.

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Health and Government Updates News

Find out about The NHS COVID-19 Phone App

Click here for full details

The new NHS COVID-19 app, now available to download for free in England and Wales, is the fastest way to see if you’re at risk from coronavirus. The faster you know, the quicker you can alert and protect your loved ones and community.

The app has a number of tools to protect you, including contact tracing, local area alerts and venue check-in. It uses proven technology from Apple and Google, designed to protect every user’s privacy. Read more about how we protect your data and privacy.

Health and Government Updates News

Catching Up with the main news stories:

Catching Up with the main news storiestoday as we approach a critical week ahead.

Following the announcement from the Deputy Chief Medical Officer on October 11th the announncements of the week ahead may have an impact on our friends and family.

Keep up to date with these news sites and the News and Communications web pages, which you can access here.

BBC News

Sky News

Community Health and Government Updates

Face Masks

Wearing a face covering will become mandatory in shops and supermarkets in England from 24 July.

Matt Hancock
Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock spoke about plans to make face coverings mandatory in shops and supermarkets from 24 July 2020.

Coronavirus: A user’s guide to wearing a face mask to the shops

The BBC have made a simple guide to how this effects you. Click on the link here:

Coronavirus: What are the rules for face masks or face coverings?

This next BBC article explains how this effects you. Soon there will be almost no excuse for not wearing a face mask while out shopping in England – covering your face will be as essential as remembering your cash or bank card.

Click on the link here to access the complete article from the BBC:

Face coverings: when to wear one and how to make your own

This official link explains what face coverings are, their role in reducing the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19), the settings in which they are recommended, and how they should be safely used and stored. This information is based on current scientific evidence (as at 14 July 2020) and is subject to change.

This information relates to the use of face coverings in public spaces where social distancing is not always possible. It is important to follow all the other government advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) including staying safe outside your home.

The evidence is clear that people should wear masks to reduce virus transmission and protect themselves, with most countries recommending the public to wear them.

Oxford COVID-19 study: face masks and coverings work – act now

Click on the image or link below to access a simple guide to making a face covering.

A cloth face covering should cover your mouth and nose while allowing you to breathe comfortably.

The Big Community Sew

If you would like more detailed information on how to make a face covering and to discover local initiatives which you might like to get involved in then please visit the Big Community Sew website whcih is packed with useful and inpirational information, including instructions, patterns and help, plus detailed videos and help guides.


Church Services in Upper Stour return on 12 July.

This Sunday will see our first Public Sunday service in Upper Stour since the end of March (details can be found here). In lock down we saw through Lent, Easter, Ascension, Pentecost and Trinity and so now we return in Ordinary Time (or perhaps ‘New Ordinary Time’?!).

This Sunday, even though it will be the Fifth Sunday After Trinity, as a partially gathered community, we can light our Paschal Candle and Renew our Baptism Vows, firstly to welcome in our Easter celebration of light, but also to remind ourselves that we are an Easter People. During the Service we will hear two pieces of music and these are linked below, and we will follow the order of service which can be found here.

The Reverend Ben talks of how he is aware that while many of us will be gathering in Church for the foreseeable future, many will not. Sharing very sensible words about ‘not feel pressured to do anything too early, whether you are shielding or whether you simply don’t feel ready yet.’

So, to allow access for all, please feel free to look at the order of service above or use the links at the bottom of the newsletter and join in prayer as you feel most comfortable.


Fantastic Pizzas are back

The Bell and Crown have restarted their fantastic Pizza offering.

Pizza takeaway at The Bell and Crown has returned due to popular demand

The menu is as good as ever. Call The Bell and Crown on 01747 840404

Local Supplier News

Going Out Again?

On July 4th both The Bell and Crown in Zeals and Bourton’s The White Lion will be opening.

Our advice is to check out their websites / social media feeds to confirm their opening times and particular arrangements before you go.

The Bell and Crown, Zeals

The Bell and Crown are now taking online table reservations from 4th July onwards. They’ll start taking reservations over the phone on Wednesday 1st July, when the rest of the gang gets back to work. From this date they will be open for drinks and food. You can get the latest posts from their Facebook page here.

The phone number to use is 01747 840404

They’ll start taking reservations over the phone on Wednesday 1st July, when the rest of the gang gets back to work.

They’re strictly adhering to the government advice issued, and as a result having to limit the number of guests we can welcome. They’re not taking reservations for those of you who’d like to pop in for a drink, but as a result cannot guarantee that there will be a table available. They’re sorry in advance if they can’t squeeze you in.

The team there are super conscious that they get this right, and are also aware that they’re going to be one of the area’s first pubs to open. They promise to do everything they can to welcome you responsibly, and their team will be trained to follow the rules.

They have shared ‘how they are doing things in the new normal’, together with their COVID-19 risk assessment with their customers via their website.

We’re so excited to see you all again. And thank you for your support and understanding so far. Just please bear with us whilst we get to grips with pandemic pub life ❤️

the team at the bell and crown

The White Lion, Bourton

The White Lion are opening from 12.00 noon for drinks only on Saturday July 4th. They hope to recommence food from Monday, but it is best to call before or check out their Facebook page for the latest updates.

They plan to open the pub this weekend July 4th for drinks only, food starting on Monday but with booked tables only(for food).

The phone number to use is 01747 840866

They have followed the guidelines and space in the pub will be limited. but regardless, they hope that their visitors will still be aable to enjoy this unique village pub. They have made a plea to please respect their staff as they move forward

Some new rules.!!!! Sadly for the time being dogs will only be aloud in the garden on leads, and the pub will close at 9.30pm daily for full pub cleaning. Guests will also need to register on each visit at the front door.


Message from Dorset Race Equality Council

Dorset Race Equality Council (DREC) is an independent race equality charity in Dorset that has been operating in Dorset since the 1990s. It is based in Bournemouth but covers the whole of the County. Its aims are as follows:

  • To support people from different ethnic backgrounds who feel they have been discriminated against because of their race or their religion
  • To challenge racism and any kind of prejudice
  • To promote and celebrate the cultural diversity of Dorset
  • To work towards the reduction of the inequalities of access to services encounter by certain groups within the Dorset communities
  • To support statutory, voluntary organisations and local businesses to embed the Equality and Diversity agenda in their activities

Over the years DREC has developed trust and good relationships with settled ethnic minority communities, especially in the conurbation. However, DREC is conscious that there are constant changes in the population make up and that more and more families from a different ethnic background now prefer settling in the more rural parts of Dorset. This makes it difficult for DREC to engage individual families or small group of individuals who are not necessarily closely linked to a established and structured ethnic minority community group.

As a community group, we would like to share information about DREC with you. If you are interested in discovering more about this organisation, you will be able to find more information on the DREC website at


Community Health and Government Updates

An Important Message from the NHS in Dorset

‘The NHS in Dorset would like to thank you for everything you are doing to support our staff during the global coronavirus pandemic. We are incredibly proud of all that our amazing NHS staff have achieved with the help and support of other key workers’

Thank you from your local NHS in Dorset
We’d like to say a huge thank you to them too.

In the letter from NHS in Dorset (which you can download by clicking on the button below). They share with us an update on the way they’re having to deliver local health services, explaining that it will need to continue to be different and that returning services quickly to how they ran before this pandemic is not possible.

It will take time, and as we know coronavirus is likely to be with us for a while.

Download the letter.