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……


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…..


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.

Easter Sunday, Services and Hymm for the Day

From the Rev’d Ben Rundell-Evans, Priest in Charge, Parish of Upper Stour 

For those of you who wish to share in this Easter period of worship, the Rev’d Ben has shared with us the latest e-newsletters and videos.

Easter Day Service from Salisbury Cathedral

In this special additional Easter Day e-newsletter you will find an opportunity to share in the Salisbury Cathedral Easter morning service.

Joyous Easter Blessings to you all! 

Easter Sunday

The Easter Sunday e-newsletter contains blessings for all this Easter. Some lovely images, a link to the church bells and some wonderful examples of community spitit in the Parish, plus one of the most humourous cartoons I have seen, shared below. As ever, please look through the link and take this opportunity to share Easter in a most unique way.

The Lenten journey which started on Ash Wednesday 26th Feb, ends here with joy! Alleluia Christ is Risen!

While it has been quite easy to get in the mind set of Holy Week and Lent this year, Easter Day seems that bit harder. At this time of suffering in the world, where do we see signs of new life? While we can see the very real suffering that has been caused by the Covid19 outbreak, the love and compassion of so many in our communities, and in particular the loving sacrifices made by NHS workers at this time is where we find the love and life of God this Easter.

Rev’d Ben, Easter Sunday, Parish of Upper Stour, e- Newlstter

Holy Saturday

The wait…

Holy Saturday‘s e-newsletter is a simple reminder about the gap that is left between Good Friday and Easter morning. Jesus is taken down from the cross, and we enter into what Pierre Abelard described as “the night of tears, the three days’ space, sorrow abiding of the eventide”.

Olivia and Felicity Gillett’s Easter Garden , taken from Holy Saturday Parish of Upper Stour e-Newsletter

Good Friday

The Isolation of the Cross
This Good Friday, we have a very real understanding of the isolation of the cross. As people are forced to mourn and suffer in private, we can see the isolation of the cross in a different and very painful way.

The Good Friday newletter also reminds us of the importtance of staying safe and being compassinalte.

One of the sereral excellent videos help us mark the events of Good Friday. It features the Chaplain Reverend Richard Horner of Rugby School leading a very moving service with hymns, readings from some of the school’s students, and an anthem while the altar is reverently stripped of its finery. It is definitely worth a watch.

The Maundy Thursday newsletter helps to mark a new beginning, the beginning of the end. From this point on, our Christian worship is a continuum through to Easter morning,

We hope you enjoy these communications and are pleased to be able to share these with you this Easter.

If you missed previous newsletters, then they are available to access, including Holy Saturday, Good Friday’s and Maunday Thursdays, through this link to the achives.

Future ones will also appear there in due course.

Hymm For The Day

Royal School of Church Music; A Hymn for the Day 

As part of the Parish of Upper Stour’s offering in the current situation, the RSCM are encouraging everyone to join us in singing the chosen Hymn for the Day, found here (click here), updated daily Monday to Saturday usually in the early afternoon. The words will appear on screen as the music plays. The full playlist can be found here.

For Sundays, you can access the Sunday Self-Service: a short service including hymns, readings, and prayers, which you can find updated each week at the bottom. Via the bnewsletter, you will be able to follow using the order of service which accompanies the recording.