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……


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.

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.


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.


LiveWell Dorset


Live Well Dorset are a public health service funded by Dorset Council.

They are here to support the health and wellbeing of residents in Dorset.

LiveWell Dorset supports you on your journey to a happier, healthier you through FREE advice and coaching. Want to become more active, lose weight, quit smoking or drink less alcohol? Click here….

Making a lifestyle change is tough. Seven in ten of us have two or more unhealthy habits. Two-thirds of us are trying to lose weight most of the time. You are not alone! Live Well Dorset are here for you. Daily, they will hear stories of their clients overcoming mountains to achieve a goal of a healthy lifestyle.

Making a lifestyle change is possible. Live Well Dorset are here for you. Take your next step to LiveWell by registering today.

Every adult in Dorset can receive free healthy living advice and coaching.
Local Supplier News

The Milkman Delivers !

Newhouse Farm Diary are a family business, delivering milk and fresh produce since 2001.

It is based at Madjeston, Gillingham and delivers fresh milk and associated products to a number of local villages. The milkman already delivers to customers in Zeals, Wolverton, Bourton, Penselwood the the surrounding areas.   They deliver a variety of items, including eggs, butter, cream, yogurts, cheese and a variety of other quality goods. and the latest doorstep delivery stock and price list is available by clicking here.

Due to the present situation they are finding that there are more people looking for a regular doorstep delivery service. Could that be you?

Newhouse Farm Dairy deliver 3 days a week in the early hours of the day so that the products are fresh for use first thing. In most cases they ask for a cool box or similar to be placed on the doorstep or drive, bills are delivered with the product at the end of the month with payment via bacs or cheque. As the products are fresh, and with a short shelf life, customers are encouraged to have a standing order over the week, which enables the milkmen to carry the goods for delivery on a pre-ordered basis. Orders can be changed via phone or email but with 48 hours notice, so that we have the stock in our fridges prior.  

If you need any further information please do not hesitate to contact Richard & Wendy Pike Newhouse Farm Dairy 01747 822700, or visit the website at


Connect and reach out…

Please make sure those without internet access have everything they need at this time – keep in touch : our numbers are here, do call us if you wish.

Local Supplier News

Fruit and veg shops update, how to get in touch.

Sprout and Flower, Mere are delivering to Bourton. They are now open from 8.00 until 14.00 daily (closed Sunday) and have restricted access at the store to help everyone keep safe. After lunch they are collating and delivering ordes and giving the shop a clean. You can email them using or call them on 01747 860300. You can leave a voice message on their answering machine, but email is preferred.

An example of Sprout and Flowers list of products (30 March). This changes daily but this will give you some idea of what provisions are kept.

Wincanton Fruit and Veg have been overwhelmed by calls from customers recently. To deal with these increased levels of contact during this initial period of self- isolating and until things settle down they’ve added extra numbers to help accomodate demand.

It would really help them if you can email your orders to . They will then pick and pack and call you to confirm. The current delivery wait time is about 3 to 4 days. In addition to the existing phone number, 07871 609345 (Claudia); the two additonal numbers are 07515 554549 (Helen) and 07527 727947 (Holly). But wherever possible please use email, plan ahead and be prepared to offer alternatives.

Both Sprout and Flower and Wincanton Fruit and Veg will deliver, however if you have an urgent requirement please contact Bourton Community Support Group ( see contact us ) and we will do everything we can to help you.

Local Supplier News

La Chasse helps local community and reduces minimum order value.

Based on the Wiltshire/Dorset border, La Chasse is a specialty food distribution business with years of experience in the food industry. Normally, La Chasse provides fantastic, locally produced must-haves and high quality ingredients to the wholesale trade; including pubs, hotels and restaurants. However, as a result of Coronavirus, they’re now one of many local businesses that have taken on a new community focussed outlook.

La Chasse now offer an extensive list of products to the public

This refocus from wholesale to providing products directly to the public has enabled
La Chasse not only to help provide a much needed service to the local community during unprecedented times, but it also means that the business can continue to look after their dedicated workforce, whist supporting their own wide range of suppliers.

To make it more accessible to the local community, La Chasse have recently taken the decision to :

  • reduce the minimum order to £40.00, dependent on location,
  • include free delivery to your door, dependent on location,
  • offer 10% off on orders over £80.00

With their distinctive branded fleet of chilled vehicles, which you’ve probably seen around, La Chasse are now offering a wide range of products to the public. The full list of products (currently spanning 18 pages) is available on . However do bear in mind that La Chasse is not a supermarket, and the products may well be more geared to wholesale caterers in terms of packing size, quantity and type, however they will be constantly updating their range as time passes.

We would be grateful if you can share this with your friends who may not have access to the internet. For the current list of other local services we are aware of, please click here.