a temporary webpage providing information
for local residents during the COVID-19 outbreak.
include appeals for and offers of help, contacts, a history/summary of bulletins sent via
e-Voices (duplications removed) and other useful articles. In general it is not intended to reproduce
items broadcast on national TV or in the
press (although links may be included) unless they are particularly relevant
to Yarcombe and its residents.
detailed reports from various authorities
sent via e-Voices will not be reproduced
here - instead, you are advised to access
their websites, for example these
and these local websites:
AND SOCIAL MEDIA SITES IN PARTICULAR
are prone to the unregulated
sharing of myths about the virus.
In most instances those sharing are only
trying to be helpful, but if the information
is false the result is anything but that -
so even if it comes from your very best
friend, please don't add to the problem by spreading
a useful page on the WHO
(World Health Organisation) website.
listed here (search for SCAM).
If what you're checking for isn't found,
enter a few relevant words along with
'myth', 'fake' or 'hoax' into your
browser and follow the links to reputable
websites it finds.
stay happy with this lighthearted
clip on social distancing
Citizens' Advice closed their
offices shortly after the beginning of
lockdown and have transitioned quickly to a
full telephone and digital service. They
have developed new ways of working and new
routes for clients to contact then.
Citizens' Advice are offering help via:
- via email – firstname.lastname@example.org
- over the
telephone on a 'call me back' service
– 01395 265 070 or 01404
- text ADVICE to 82727 and we will
call you back
- through Facebook
Messenger via our FB
Waitrose Food boxes are now available from
www.john.lewis.com . Customers can now
purchase a Waitrose food box packed with a
range of essential products directly.
A box will keep a customer stocked up with a
week’s worth of food. Each box
costs £25 and contains 24 products including
pasta sauce, potatoes, rice and treats such
as biscuits and rice pudding.
Each box is constructed and distributed from
the John Lewis Magna Park distribution
centre and has been developed by the
Waitrose Product Innovation Team working
with Waitrose nutritionists and food
technologists to ensure a customer gets
everything they need.
Orders are limited to two boxes per customer
so that vulnerable customers can be
prioritised. Free delivery for orders of at
The Post Office will be open from this
coming Tuesday 19th May at 10a.m. to 12 noon.,
then each Tuesday as usual.
WHAT YOU CAN
& CAN'T DO
The latest Govt FAQs with
more about the effect of the changes in
policy are available:
FUND FOR PEOPLE IN FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES
(Thanks to Neil in Stockland
for this): A Hardship Support
Grant funded by Devon County Council will
address economic vulnerability and financial
hardship and help rebuild financial
resilience. An applicant will
need to meet eligibility criteria, as well
as a telephone interview to discuss their
needs. For details of the grant
Applications for the fund can be made
So far, the following categories have been
identified as being eligible:
Self-employed people who are
not able to trade, in the interim until
their tax-based grants are paid from June
. Self Employed people who started business
recently and are not eligible for a grant.
. Employees whose employment has been
terminated or those still in work but on
short time, and where Universal Credit is
not yet in payment.
. Employees laid off, but not eligible for
. Employees who are sick and either not
eligible for Statutory Sick Pay, or where
Statutory Sick Pay represents a significant
drop in income.
. People who are isolated and unable to
source supplies and are not served by local
voluntary help or by shielding.
. Older people who are struggling because of
increased vulnerability (carers and family
cannot visit etc) and are not served by
local voluntary help.
. People with little or no access to
If you or you know someone
who you feel may benefit from the fund
please ask them to complete an application
on-line. To speak to someone
about this please telephone 01395-516551.
Alternatively please send details including
their phone number and email address to
If you are bored the list compiled by Neil
from Stockland now contains over 140 free
sources of things to watch or do at
The Tytherleigh Arms posted this on Facebook
a couple of days ago:
A dear customer of ours, who sadly lost his
wife last September and has just lost half
his house in a fire, is looking for a
bungalow to rent to house himself and his
small dog. He’s currently
residing in a hotel, but obviously needs
something more permanent for maybe 8-12
months whilst his house is repaired.
He is a local war veteran who has a carer to
keep an eye on him, but needs a fixed
address for the time being.
Please contact the Tytherleigh Arms directly
if you know of anyone that may be able to
The Parishes' Paper is available to read
online: Go to Five Alive
(Churches in East Devon); top item Five
Alive Mission Community East Devon and click
on Parishes' Paper.
WILLIAMS, CEO of EDDC
Dear town and parish councils and all
community support colleagues,
Firstly, my sincere thanks for the support
you are providing to East Devon through this
pandemic. Your collective
efforts are making an enormous difference
and are helping to keep people safe during
this difficult time. I wanted to
take this opportunity to write to you
directly about a few of the Council’s
activities which may help to provide you
with financial and other support.
1. Coronavirus Community Food Fund
New grants from us of between £500 and
£2,500 for any activities or work relating
to the provision of food, shopping or meals
to residents of East Devon who are in food
poverty during Coronavirus. There’s a really
simple application process, and a quick
2. Covid-19 Prompt Action Fund
Grants of up to £499 for Community
Coronavirus projects. This is a grants
scheme being run and distributed by Devon
County Council, but we gave them an extra
£25,000 for East Devon projects.
They have been commissioned to provide
support and advice to all East Devon’s
community Coronavirus efforts including town
and parish councils, community groups and
other not for profit organisations. Call
01395-446896 and ask for Sarah Forde, or
They can help with things like best
practice, filling in grants applications,
guidance related to volunteers, DBS and
4. Useful links on our website
Ø We have a Community Coronavirus Hub on our
website, providing all sorts of useful
Ø We have set up webpages that list all the
community Coronavirus efforts that we’re
aware of, there may be others within your
town or parish:
If there’s anything you think needs adding
on there or changing, please let us know.
Ø This also includes a few pages with useful
links for community Coronavirus efforts:
If there’s anything you think needs adding
on there or changing, please let us know.
Ø Useful information on grants:
5. Weekly coronavirus updates
We’re sending out weekly email updates to
people that have signed up for them, you may
find it useful to sign up to these:
6. Coronavirus Community Support Hub Hotline
The East Devon District Council Coronavirus
Community Support Hub Hotline helps local
residents, communities and organisations
access information and support, or volunteer
their time and resources to help their local
community. Call 01395-571500.
Thank you again and please do get in touch
if you need further information.
CEO of EDDC
From 2nd May Royal Mail will temporarily no
longer deliver letters on a Saturday.
They will continue to provide a letter
delivery service from Monday to Friday as
normal. The majority of parcel
services will be delivered on a Saturday
including 1st and 2nd Class Parcels, Royal
Mail Tracked 24 and 48, Royal Mail Tracked
Returns, Special Delivery Guaranteed and
International tracked services.
Customers should continue to post both
letters and parcels as usual on Saturday.
Royal Mail will continue their Saturday
collections from businesses, post offices
and post boxes as normal.
They will resume the six-day-a-week delivery of letters and parcels from
YARCOMBE-REARED BEEF FOR SALE DIRECT FROM
Boxes of beef reared here in
Yarcombe. Around 13.5kg per box,
containing a variety of joints (1.2kg
approx), mince, diced and steaks.
£135 delivered fresh to your door.
Available week commencing 11th May. For more
information or any special requirements,
please give Julie a call on 07967-965208.
BULK FOOD BUY
- ANYTHING YOU NEED?
Sam Parris is going to bulk
buy some flour, cheese, yeast, coco powder,
and various other items. If
there is anything that you still can’t get
or that you would like, then Sam can add it
to his order. Please email
AVAILABLE FOR YOU
Ann Stockwell has made a few
- note, a few - washable cotton face masks
and printed off copies of the pattern.
They are in a white bag outside the Post
FROM DEVON & CORNWALL POLICE
With the current situation
regarding coronavirus, we are living in
unprecedented times. With this
in mind, the police have pulled together
answers to some of the more commonly asked
questions you might have:
The police are also keen to remind victims
of domestic abuse that you are not alone. If
you need support and advice, please visit
their domestic abuse help page.
ORGANICS - COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE
Fresh seasonal fruit,
vegetables and meat. Order online before
Thursday evening. Collections available on
Fridays after 3p.m. Telephone
SIDMOUTH ARMS, UPOTTERY
The Sidmouth Arms in Upottery
has been running a pop-up shop now for
several weeks selling a good selection of
fresh meat, fruit and veg, dairy, canned and
dry goods, fresh bread and cakes and other
household items. 01404-861252.
TRIBUTE TO ALL THE KEY WORKERS
Angela Clements has suggested
that "it would be nice to make a bit of a
tribute to all the fantastic people who are
keeping us going". Perhaps this
could be around the area of the noticeboard
in the village - Angela has already placed a
couple of decorated stones there. This is a
call to all crafters and artists to be
inspired, join Angela and add to the village
(Thanks to Daniel in Membury
for this.) There’s an important
article from Post Office Services.
Anyone who cannot leave home may now be able
to ask a trusted friend or volunteer to
withdraw cash at any Post Office using a
Click here for details.
PRE-SCHOOL VE DAY CELEBRATIONS POSTPONED
Upottery Pre-school VE Day
Celebration POSTPONED. In light
of the current situation we have made the
decision to postpone this event until later
in the year, date to be confirmed.
We will be contacting all ticket holders
individually. Many thanks for
NURSERIES TAKING ORDERS FOR COLLECTION OR
Claire Pearce, Combe Dingle
Nurseries, who has a stall at Yarcombe
Market, has put in place a collection
service for all her plants, seeds and
compost etc. Local delivery is
also available. Call Claire on
mobile 07817-851419 or by email:
She will take your order, take payment by
credit or debit card and leave the goods in
her yard for collection when you are on your
way to the shops.
TOWARDS MAKING SCRUBS FOR THE NHS
There is a group of ladies in
the Parish making scrubs for the NHS.
The materials and patterns are purchased
with donations from the community.
As we all need the NHS I wondered if anyone
would like to donate to this very worthwhile
cause? I understand times are
difficult, but even a reel of navy or bottle
green thread would be useful.
Monetary donations would be very welcome and
will go towards material. This
is being co-ordinated from Exeter.
Phone me, Lin Box, on 01404-861400 to make
bank transfers; cash can be put through my
letterbox in an envelope labelled NHS, I
will forward it. Any donations
of thread please leave in the container in
the porch. Thank you very much.
The shop has been closed
today for special cleaning as a
precautionary measure because a staff member
has displayed possible symptoms of
coronavirus. The shop should be
open as usual tomorrow (24th) but give the
staff a quick call to check on 01823-601026.
thank you to Angela Clements from the
community. Angela has been
beautifully painting stones with cheery
messages and thank yous to the NHS, to
carers and key workers. These
stones have been placed around the village
and are works of art. Angela is
a volunteer at Ferne Animal Sanctuary and
has painted hundreds of stones which are
sold in the gift shop there to raise funds
for the Sanctuary.
PORTUGUESE CAFE, CHARD
Collection and Delivery. The
Portuguese Café in Holyrood Street offers
burgers, hot dogs, breaded chicken and soft
drinks. Contact Paulo on
Meals for home delivery. Call
Zoe on 07469-705615.
to Daniel in Membury for these details.)
Collection and Delivery. Various meals
including pub food, chargrill menu, kids
menu and daily specials. Menu
can be found on Facebook. Order
by phone or email for collection or
delivery: WED - SAT 6pm - 9pm. SUN 12pm -
3pm Delivery subject to availability.
night takeaway and delivery.
Pizza made from slow raised dough, hand
stretched and wood fired. Vegan,
gluten free and dairy free options
available. Simply order your
food via website and pay online at checkout.
Alternatively pay on collection or upon
delivery to driver via SquareUp tap-to-pay,
chip and pin or cashier payment system.
Phone 01404-44558. Shaugh Farm,
Luppitt. Free delivery within 5
miles of EX14 4TP.
MUSEUMS OFFERING VIDEO TOURS
to Neil in Stockland for this.)
There are 12 famous museums offering video
tours you can watch from the comfort of your
home. Google Arts & Culture’s
collection includes the British Museum in
London, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam,
the Guggenheim in New York City, and
literally hundreds of more places where you
can gain knowledge about art, history, and
science. Here is one: Musée
and you can find the others listed at
lessons start Monday. "No
school? With a new TV channel,
podcasts, videos, and lessons each day
online, we’ve got you covered.
Beginning Monday at 9a.m. Learn
and revise with programmes for Primary,
Secondary and Post-16:
Campaign by HM Govt. Simple, fun
activities for children, from newborn to
five. Packed full of ideas:
the benefits of the current situation is the
quiet - that there are few cars, and even
fewer airplanes. This means that
the beautiful Spring birdsong can be heard
in all its glory. The National
Trust has published a link to a useful
HELP THE NHS
are a number of you with sewing machines who
have volunteered to make extra sets of
lightweight scrubs, tops and trousers for
Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital. Materials and
patterns will be coming soon but you can
always practice by using old sheets and
similar. Margaret Jones will
co-ordinate deliveries. If
anyone else would like to help please
contact Margaret on 07896-296521 or email
(Thanks to Daniel in Membury for this.)
Staying at home can be a real challenge. The
little team at the Archway Bookshop has
therefore decided to do what we can to help
by providing you with a bit of inspiration.
Maybe you could come out of home isolation
with a new skill, a lot fitter, with a
better garden – or just plain happier?
And then there are the kids – what do you do
to keep them busy? We have
looked at the books that are out there to
inspire you and decided that no-one does it
quite like DK. All those shown
on this page can be ordered online or by
phone for postal delivery. We
have also sourced from DK some invaluable
FREE resources that you can use with your
kids. It’s all here in our new
Stay Home … Be Happy department.
Do ‘call in’ now and again as we will be
Just to let you know that Mike Christian (MC
Commercial Cleaning) is doing a discount
price for all window cleaning (outside);
this discount is exclusively for residents
of Yarcombe & Marsh. Visit
APPEAL FROM DEVON COUNTY COUNCIL FOR
If you have any community equipment that you
no longer need, please can you return it?
DCC urgently needs commodes, walking frames,
shower stools, and raised toilet seats, as
increased demand during the coronavirus
(COVID-19) outbreak means these items are in
danger of being in short supply.
Please contact Millbrook Care on
0330-1244491 to arrange a free contactless
FROM CHARD FOOD BANK
A ‘BIG THANK YOU’ to the residents of
Yarcombe for their donation of six very
large bags of food and £232 in cheques and
cash which arrived at the Lord's Larder food
bank this week - they are very, very
appreciative of our efforts. Any
more food donations can be left in my porch
or envelopes posted through the letterbox in
the second door on the drive - Thanks again,
GENERAL ODD JOBS, SHOPPING HELP
you know Stuart Withyman, chimney sweep, who
advertises in Yarcombe Voices.
In these uncertain times Stuart has decided
to 'branch out' and he is now available to
do gardening (general management of lawns
and borders), general odd jobs, and also
shopping should you need it.
Phone Stuart on 07432-118318 or email
CARE PACKAGES - MYSTERY BOXES
Over the weekend two households in the
village discovered large cardboard boxes on
their doorsteps. One of these
boxes had a piece of paper taped to the
outside stating 'Wednesday 8/4/20 Care
Package'. Both boxes contained
an assortment of grocery items.
There was nothing to say where the boxes had
come from or for whom they were intended.
Neither household has vulnerable people
living there, neither package was needed.
We know that the government is starting a
programme of sending care packages to the
most vulnerable people in the country and
those with the highest medical needs but in
this case it is obvious that the correct
people have not received their packages,
which is of concern.
Judith, who runs the Village Helpline, is
trying to find out where the boxes came from
and who they were meant for.
Meanwhile, if you too have received one of
these mystery boxes would you please contact
Judith on 07874-221587. Thank
Thinking of ordering a takeaway during the
Coronavirus Lockdown period?
Check the hygiene ratings of many local food
here. If what you are
looking for isn't there you can name it in
the Search box.
WATCH OUT FOR THIS SCAM
Clarke received a telephone call from a man
named 'James' who said he was from 'the
local help group'. He told Dave
that he knew how difficult things were at
present with shopping and medical
appointments and also paying cheques into
the bank and accessing cash. At
that point Dave smelled a rat and put the
phone down. 1471 revealed
'number withheld'. Please be
aware that this is a scam. Do not touch it
with a bargepole!
WITH SEWING MACHINES NEEDED - CAN YOU HELP?
Margaret Jones has received an email from a
friend in Exeter, a retired doctor now back
working in the NHS. She says
that the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital is
looking for volunteers who have sewing
machines to make extra sets of lightweight
scrubs, tops and trousers.
Materials and patterns are provided.
Margaret will co-ordinate deliveries.
If you would like to help please contact
Margaret on 07896-296521 or email
Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund to
raise funds for local charitable groups but
also, grants for farms and rural businesses
to improve the prospects of viability for
farm and rural businesses, and support aid
delivery in an emergency and build
Funding and Grants Available | Devon
lots of leek seed to spare but you would
like some parsnip seed? Head to
the seed swap station under the porch (where
it is dry) outside the post office in the
village hall car park. The idea
is that people can donate any seeds they
don't require and take any they would like,
with the plan being that in the coming
months any excess produce can also be
swapped in this way.
FARM SHOP, FARRINGDON
offer a local delivery service to customers
living in the EX1 to EX15, EX24 postcode
areas. Fresh produce from our
farm and fishing fleet is packed into our
vans and delivered to your door.
The cost is £4.95 or Free when you spend £75
or more. Choose a 'specified
day' (starting approx one week from
ordering) during checkout:
Available now, direct from the farm, but
selling very fast! Contact Lorna
Burdge on 07966-583896 or
email@example.com and she will
deliver. Lots of plain sausages
in packs of 6 at £3 a pack and a small
number of Old English flavoured sausages.
Also a couple of packs of sausage meat.
to Daniel in Membury for these details.
River Cottage has launched the River Cottage
Produce Box of organic local produce.
Price £25. Please order by Wednesday and
collect it from their HQ on Friday (more
details on the River Cottage website).
“In My Back Yard” has launched this week,
describing itself as the East Devon food hub
offering produce from a number of local
companies. Order by Wednesday
and pick up Friday from Seaton, Branscombe
Kayleigh Johns, NHS Volunteer, will be
collecting pre-ordered shopping from the
Churchinford Community Shop on Tuesdays
regardless of whether she is collecting
prescriptions or not. Contact
Kayleigh by mobile phone 07713 682170 or by
If you need shopping before Tuesday please
contact Judith on the Village Helpline
number and she may be able to source the
items for you. If you need just a few items
of food please phone the Village Helpline
and one of the volunteers will be able to
add the items to their list when next they
go shopping. Usually volunteers
are shopping fairly regularly so there won't
be too long a wait for the requested items.
THANK YOU to all the volunteers who do
shopping for members of this community. We
very greatly appreciate all that you do, and
thank you for giving your time, petrol, and
for putting your lives at risk to help the
PRESCRIPTIONS (BLACKDOWN PRACTICE)
Kayleigh Johns will be collecting
prescriptions for Yarcombe from Hemyock on
Tuesdays and Paula Jeffery will continue to
bring back and deliver any other
prescriptions throughout the week and
anything else that is urgent.
Ellie Woolcott has kindly taken on the
responsibility of back-up for prescription
collecting. THANK YOU Paula,
Kayleigh and Ellie, it is hugely appreciated
by us all.
From the beginning of week commencing
30/03/2020, our aim is to dispense and
deliver to the majority of patients at home.
We are also taking repeat prescription
request slips back in straight away so that
we can plan our workload for your next
supply. You will not receive
your regular medication any earlier, but it
will allow us to dispense your prescription
and deliver it in plenty of time.
We are aiming to dispense repeat medication
within 7 days of the request being received,
and delivering the medication within 10
days. This is so we can manage
the dispensing workload and plan deliveries.
If you are going to run out of medication
within 10 days of putting in your request,
then please let us know on the repeat
request form, via you on-line repeat
request, or if absolutely necessary by
If you have a supply that will last you 10
days, please do not telephone the surgery to
check when your medication is ready/being
delivered as this means a dispenser
answering the telephone rather than
dispensing and this will increase the wait
for dispensed medications. You
can still request your prescriptions in the
same way, even at Churchinford as the repeat
requests forms will still be collected.
We are moving to ordering patients regular
medication in advance so we can plan the
workload and deliveries during this
A lot of people now
have signed up to the Kings College London's
citizen science study set up to help the
UK's Health Services understand as much as
possible about the spread of Covid-19.
To join the study, one installs an App (Covid
Symptom Tracker) on one’s phone and then
(after the initial questionnaire) a once a
day check in is required just to say if you
feel okay (or not). More here:
Those of you who are
customers of The Paper Shop in Honiton will
have received the April issue with your
newspaper - thanks to the wonderful Danny!
The magazine is also available to read
SHOW FUN COMPETITION FOR APRIL 2020
In view of the current
situation, it is with regret that the Flower
Show Committee has decided to postpone this
year’s show. However, as the
schedule has already been prepared, we will
be carrying forward the classes to next
year, so any exhibits that you may have
already prepared can be entered next year.
As we are all locked down at the moment, we
thought we would run a little competition
for those people that might be looking for a
challenge to fill their days.
The classes are as follows:
Adults – Colour photo “Enjoying my home &
• Poem “2020”
Children - Colour photo “Fun times at home”
• An A4 picture “ Happiness & Hope” (any
materials can be used, with a photo used as
the entry, if necessary)
All entries to be emailed to me, I will then
log the entries and forward them to the
judges, with no identification attached.
Please note children’s names and ages in the
email. Entries are restricted to
one per person and there will be no entry
fee. Under the current situation
this competition is open to anyone, so
please feel free to circulate to family and
friends beyond Yarcombe.
The deadline for entries is 30th April 2020.
Also don’t forget that you can continue to
work on exhibits for next year’s show.
We will arrange collection of blankets for
Bracken Birth Unit, Musgrove Hospital, that
you wish to donate in the coming months (not
to be exhibited in the show), once
circumstances return to normal.
This class will also be included in the
Flower Show 2021 and entries can
subsequently be donated, with your
permission. Details of classes,
as publicised in the Voices in recent
months, are available at www.yarcombe.net >
Yarcombe Voices. Please don’t
hesitate to email if you have any queries.
regards from Sandra Bristol
much thought it has been decided to cancel
the Terrier Races for this year.
We will hopefully be back in 2021.
MESSAGE FROM THE PARISH COUNCIL
Whilst the priority is without doubt the
safety and wellbeing of everyone with
Coronavirus communications and
recommendations, I would like to clarify our
curtailed situation as a Parish Council.
Your Parish Council is continuing to serve
the Parish in a limited way as explained
below, but also supporting local people and
organisations and be there should we be
Following the announcement by Boris Johnson
on the 23rd of March, the Parish Council
voted on a proposal to suspend meetings for
a minimum of three weeks. This
was undertaken by email as we were no longer
allowed to have public meetings with more
than two people and we were only allowed to
go to work if we could not undertake
business remotely from home.
This proposal was carried unanimously.
Subsequently the Devon Association of Local
Councils (DALC) clarified that council
meetings were cancelled and the National
Association of Local Councils (NALC) then
further clarified the situation that the
government is working on a Bill to allow
Council meetings to be held remotely and to
make decisions without physically meeting.
Yarcombe Parish Council's proposal was also
that we would conduct only urgent or
important matters and these would be
communicated electronically, with matters
recorded by our Clerk, Sarah-Jane Martin.
The draft agenda for our April meeting had
already been prepared, now amended as a
cancelled meeting and will be carried
forward to the next physical meeting we
hold. Specific administration
matters will continue to be dealt with on a
monthly basis and together with items
actioned during the month will be noted as a
I have had a call from the Leader of EDDC
enquiring about the community organisations
in Yarcombe. Our local authority
were keen to communicate with the organisers
of each one of them and to give support.
I was pleased and proud to be able to tell
him on behalf of all of us, that not we not
only have Voices, e Voices, Good Neighbours
Scheme and Marsh Together, but that these
have been in place quite some time and are
working particularly well in the current
situation, along with the Church, the
Chapel, a village hall, Yarcombe Young
Farmers and a strong community spirit.
And the website, perhaps!?
Contact details for the various community
volunteer organisations and other points of
help have been circulated by Miranda in
recent e Voices. Also being
circulated via e Voices are relevant
information circulars that the Parish
Council receive from various organisations.
These will continue to be updated and
distributed to everyone on the circulation
list and our thanks go to Miranda for all
her work in keeping us well informed.
The Annual Parish Meeting has also been
cancelled, but a report will be sent out by
e-mail in mid May. If there are
urgent or important Parish matters that
should be brought to our attention please
contact Sarah-Jane Martin or myself.
We would like to thank everyone for their
work, community spirit, volunteering and
helping neighbours and others in these
Stay safe and well.
Clive Stone, Chairman, Yarcombe Parish
PRESCRIPTIONS - BLACKDOWN
Prescriptions are now only being dispensed
from Hemyock. Please order well
in advance and Kayleigh Johns will collect
THE FLINTLOCK INN
The Flintlock at Marsh is doing take away
meals. As they don't have staff
to help prepare/deliver they can only offer
the service on Friday and Saturday nights to
those living in Marsh. Menu and
details have been posted to residents.
Thanks to Lorna Burdge for
sending this. Ben runs numerous
choirs in the Bristol/North Somerset/ South
Gloucester areas as well as a couple of
orchestras, Lorna's mother's choir being one
of them. Obviously he is unable
to work so he has set up a YouTube channel
videos added of songs/breathing exercises
Mike Christian of MC Commercial
Cleaning now has the specialist
equipment to do any coronavirus
cleaning. If anyone
knows of any building or home that
needs a Covid-19 clean please don't
hesitate to call Mike.
(Click photo to enlarge)
Daniel Lazar, who
runs the Membury Support Group, had
an email from someone in Membury a
few days ago which he thought was a
joke, but then received a phone call
from someone else in the village who
had been hearing a strange laughing
noise in her garden.
Daniel headed up the road to find …
a Kookaburra. Here is
his photograph of the visitor.
ANY HELP NEEDED? TWO
We are new to Yarcombe, moved here
last summer. My husband
and I are keen to help any of the
residents less able to get about in
these uncertain times.
One of us usually pops to a shop at
least every other day and are happy
to help with shopping or medicines if needed.
Emma Patten 07508-040203
If anyone wants
anything email me. I
will go out for
shopping/prescriptions twice a week,
say Tuesday and Friday.
I am now an
Official NHS volunteer and have been
through DBS checks. I am
getting all the info through slowly,
it appears apps are required.
However if you're in contact with
anyone that needs help please let me
know and I'll send a note through
letter box with my details on.
MESSAGE FROM THE BLACKDOWN
PRACTICE DISPENSARY SERVICES
beginning of week commencing 30/03/2020 our
aim is to dispense and deliver to the
majority of patients at home. We
are also taking repeat prescription request
slips back in straight away so that we can
plan our workload for your next supply.
You will not receive your medication any
earlier, but it will allow us to dispense
your prescription and deliver it in plenty
is a Facebook group called Yarcombe, set up
a month or so ago, where a group of people
on it have set up a seed swap station under
the porch (where it is dry) outside the Post
Office in the village hall car park.
The idea is that people can donate any seeds
they don't require and take any they would
like, with the plan being that in the coming
months any excess produce can also be
swapped in this way.
CRAFTS FOR CHILDREN - AND
tearing your hair out trying to amuse your
children? Well, whether you are
or not, Pat Bright has masses of craft
materials - fabrics, wools, felt, papers,
paints etc. She would be happy
to give them to anyone (even adults who have
time on their hands). Please
telephone Pat on 01404-861460 and ask for
what you would like and then Pat can then
pack it up and leave it outside for you to
collect. Pat could also suggest
things as she taught crafts to children for
should need any help at this time, from
shopping or posting letters to a friendly
chat please contact Judith on 07874 221587.
In addition if you would be willing to help
those who require assistance please contact
CUPPA & CHAT
Support Group, is cancelled until more than
two people are allowed to meet together.
However, if you need some support during
these difficult times there are plenty of
'good neighbours' in the community. Phone
the Village Helpline.
B&Q IN CHARD
closed of course but they can deliver or
they take your order over the phone and put
it outside for you to collect. Call
conjunction with local suppliers The Kings
Arms Inn at Stockland is doing veg boxes at
£11 and £22. Telephone 01404 881686 and give
24 hours notice. They will leave it outside
with your name on it for you to collect.
JOSHUAS HARVEST STORE IN
OTTERY ST MARY
doing home deliveries and come to Yarcombe
each week or so. Go to their
website for details. Email
firstname.lastname@example.org or phone
01404-815473 for more details or to place
your order. You can pay via
Paypal. Note that there is a £40
minimum spend with a £5 delivery charge.
NATIONAL THEATRE AT HOME
National Theatre is streaming some wonderful
performances over the next few weeks free of
charge; each show will be available for a
week. Go to
for more details.
TIME TO WRITE
a pack from Panshayne Farm - box in the barn
by the road. Two colourful
folded cards, blank inside. Two
envelopes. Two stamps.
Then sit down to write to someone who needs
a letter. One pack per
PARKING EXEMPTIONS FOR
CARE AND HEALTH WORKERS
order to respond to the challenges presented
by Covid19 we will work to remove all
barriers to health and care workers
performing their duties, both in the
community and at key locations such as
Hospitals and Doctors Surgeries.
We have relaunched a downloadable permit to
help you. Whilst this does not
permit parking on single or double yellow
lines, it does allow parking within areas of
residents parking, limited waiting, and Pay
& Display for free for as long as you need
whilst on duty." Devon
Finals Night and all league and cup competitions are suspended
until further notice.
SUPPLIERS, HOME DELIVERIES & DIRECT FROM THE
Complete Meats (owned by the Vining family
who live in Yarcombe) have started a home
delivery service - telephone 01297-33282
(see details, left).
Christine Parris (eggs, cheese, cream) can
be contacted on 01404-861207.
Lorna Burdge (pork, sausages etc) can be
contacted on 07966-583896.
Philip Pearce, fishmonger, will be in the
village each Wednesday as usual. If you
would like to be added to his delivery round
please telephone him on 07831-368798.
Ganesha, the health shop in Honiton, has
started a home delivery service and
regularly comes to Yarcombe.
The Churchinford Community Shop -
01823-601026 - will take card payments over
the telephone (they don't hold card details
which are taken and then destroyed after the
transaction has gone through).
Then you can just go to Churchinford and
pick up your shopping.
Barleymows Farm Shop is open
as usual and is well stocked. You can
pre-order, pay over the telephone and then
collect in the car park; give the shop a
phone call when you arrive and someone will
bring your oder out to you so you don't need
to get out of the car. Alternatively if
several orders from Yarcombe/Marsh are made
(phone Barleymows and pay individually) then
perhaps a volunteer could go and collect the
orders and either deliver them to a single
point in the village for people to collect
or deliver them to your home. Telephone
Barleymows on 01460-62130.
Kings Arms Inn, Stockland -
click below (to expand and view in a
separate window) details of takeaways and
food for your freezer. 01404-881686.
are advised to check the
Kings Arms Hygiene Rating on the EDDC
website to check
whether the required improvements have been
made since the zero rating awarded on 25th
VOICES and THE PARISHES' PAPER
There will not be a paper copy of Yarcombe
Voices until further notice. At
present Miranda's plan is to produce a magazine,
possibly a combined April/May issue, and it
will be available to you in PDF format.
An electronic version of the Parishes' Paper
can be found on the Five Alive Mission
Community website. Please either
go to the Home page and click the link there
click here to go there directly.
Combe Garden Centre in Honiton is now
closed, though all orders already placed
will be delivered.
Nurseries is closed.
Closed until further notice.
Church buildings in Devon are now closed for
the foreseeable future, by the direction of
the Bishop of Exeter.
A message from the Diocese
"Further to the Government having to impose
further restrictions on all gatherings and
to discourage all unnecessary travel in
order to try and curtail the virus, the
Church of England has instructed that all
churches and places of worship should be
closed with immediate effect until further
notice in order to help combat the
coronavirus pandemic. Sadly,
this will also apply to private prayer.
There can be no weddings or Baptisms taking
place until further notice.
There will be further information with
regard to funerals. At present
they can only be held at the graveside with
only very close family present who will be
expected to adhere to the distancing
guidelines which are in place.
Crematoriums will need to be consulted
individually as to what their regulations
will be in this instance. We
apologise for these steps having to be taken
but will keep everyone updated as and when
WEBSITE CORONAVIRUS UPDATE PAGE
Peter Tarrant has created a coronavirus page
on the village website, filled with
information relevant to Yarcombe and Marsh.
Go to the home page
and follow the link in the list on the left
or the red text "Click here for local
information on the Coronavirus outbreak".
The Yarcombe and Marsh community is renowned
for its volunteering spirit and that spirit
of public service is needed now.
We ask for volunteers - especially members
of the younger age groups - who would be
willing to help those who might require
assistance during this period, to help out
with things such as collecting
prescriptions, doing shopping, dog walking,
posting letters and so forth. If you would
be willing to help, please would you phone
Judith on 07874-221587 with your name and
contact details. Thank you.
Together is a group of volunteers who will
help those who are self-isolating or who
require assistance in the Marsh community
during the present crisis. They
can help with shopping, prescription
collections, posting mail and other urgent
needs. They are also looking for
volunteers to join the group so if you can
help or if you need assistance please see
the attached poster below, or phone or text
one of the following numbers: 07730-340508 /
07833-141711 / 07702-154500.
Do not open a video called Martinelli as it
will hack your phone. Also BBC Radio has
said do not open a video called The Dance of
the Pope. Thanks, Pam, for
telling me about this.
footnote: These are believed to
be hoaxes. Check on the fact
checking websites, links at the top of the
Libraries & Mobile Library - future
services: "To keep our staff,
volunteers and customers safe and healthy
we’ve taken the decision to close our
physical sites in Devon and Torbay from the
end of Friday 20th March, and suspend our
public events. We will suspend
our Devon mobile library service in line
with our physical building closures....
coming weeks we will continue to offer as
many online services as we possibly can so
that our libraries remain open to everyone,
wherever you are in Devon and Torbay.
We will be working hard to maintain this
access during these unprecedented times and
will be developing new offerings to help
support our local communities.
read their latest news
check the validity of dubious claims and
news items (on most topics, including
Coronavirus) on the websites listed here.
The list may be increased as more are
identified. Avoid offers to
download unwanted or unnecessary software.
HONITON, PET / ANIMAL FOOD AND ACCESSORIES
Sarah at Slades in Honiton would like to
reassure all their loyal customers in the
area that they remain open and well-stocked,
so do continue shopping with them. For
those of you who may not know, Slades is in
Gloucester Crescent, Heathpark Industrial
Estate, Honiton. Phone 01404-45966.
FROM DEVON COUNCILS
MESSAGE FROM DEVON ASSOCIATION OF LOCAL
COUNCILS, DEVON COMMUNITIES TOGETHER, DEVON
COUNTY COUNCIL AND ALL OF DEVON'S DISTRICT,
CITY AND BOROUGH COUNCILS
Devon’s town and parish councils are at the
heart of our communities. Now
more than ever, your role is vital in
helping people through this coronavirus
pandemic. We are committed to
working together to give you the support you
need to ensure that Devon’s communities get
through this outbreak. We have
pledged to doing everything in our power to
help you directly and to support our
communities to find ways to respond quickly
and positively for everyone’s benefit.
We know what makes Devon special – it’s the
people, and many of them have already leapt
into action to offer help and to look out
for elderly and vulnerable neighbours and
those who may be self-isolating.
Towns and parish councils are among those
setting up volunteer schemes to ensure
people receive essential support.
We want to work alongside you to build on
this and support the community response
that’s being established. We are
going to develop a picture of what’s going
on across Devon in order to share good
practice. If you are already
doing something in your local area or are
establishing a community response group, or
if you know of local initiatives, then
please let us know by filling out this form
so that we know where help is being offered.
We have set up COVID-19 helpline, supported
by Devon Communities Together to support
parish and town councils and the Devon
Village Halls Networks in your local
community response and resilience
activities. The helpline will be
open from 9am on Monday 23rd March and will
be staffed 9am to 5pm on weekdays for the
foreseeable future. Please
telephone 01392-248919 or email
Please also visit Devon Communities
Together’s community resilience web page
We are in this together, and by standing
shoulder to shoulder, we will get through
Marsh Together is a group of volunteers who
will help those who are self-isolating or
who require assistance in the Marsh
community during the present crisis.
They can help with shopping, prescription
collections, posting mail and other urgent
needs. They are also looking for
volunteers to join the group so if you can
help or if you need assistance please see
the attached poster below, or phone or text
one of the following numbers: 07730-340508 /
07833-141711 / 07702-154500.
COLLECTION FROM CHURCHINFORD SURGERY
Katie Thomson will be collecting
prescriptions from Churchinford surgery on
Tuesdays. If anyone needs a prescription
collected that day please phone
07927-125508. If you live in Marsh, John
Middleton and the Marsh Together group will be able to
FOOD SOURCES DIRECT FROM THE FARM
Christine Parris (eggs, cheese, cream) can
be contacted on 01404-861207. Lorna Burdge
(pork, sausages etc) can be contacted on
07966-583896. Philip Pearce,
fishmonger, will be in the village on
Wednesday as usual. If you would like
to be added to his delivery round please
phone him on 07831-368798.
COMBE GARDEN CENTRE
Combe Garden Centre in Honiton closed on
25th March, so the offer below is no longer
Garden Centre in Honiton is
Combe Garden Centre in Honiton is offering a
free garden delivery service for orders over
£20. They will deliver as far as
Yarcombe and not charge. However, if anyone
from Marsh would like to place an order,
they can still do so but it will cost them
£12 for delivery. A local
Yarcombe resident on 07874-221587 has kindly offered to have
Marsh orders delivered to her house and they
can be collected from her porch. Combe Garden Centre - telephone:
My name is John Middleton and along
with my wife, son and daughter in
law we live in Marsh. In
the light of the difficult
circumstances we find ourselves in
we have offered to help those
elderly and vulnerable neighbours
who live in the village. Above is a flyer
been posted in the neighbourhood.
In addition we have also set up a
Facebook page*. If you
deem it appropriate please feel
free to publish on the Yarcombe
website and include in the next
edition of Yarcombe Voices.
We would also be grateful if this
flyer could be circulated amongst
the councillors and hopefully they
could circulate to those contacts
that they may have in Marsh.
Should anyone wish to discuss
further please feel free to call me
on 07833 141711. Best
Wishes at this difficult time.
3 Marsh Cottages
* Footnote: Awaiting details
of Facebook page (@marshtogether not
Please note that Short Mat Bowls has
been cancelled until further
In addition, Mike Christian of MC
Commercial Cleaning (see his
advertisement on page 18 of the
March issue of Yarcombe Voices)
has emailed to tell me that he now
does deep cleaning for coronavirus
on residential houses and
YARCOMBE BAPTISTE CHAPEL
Having taken advice from the Baptist
Union and following the broadcast of
the Archbishop of Canterbury the
following will be in place at the
chapel. A short act of
worship will take place on Sunday
22nd at 11am. Everyone
is welcome. There is
plenty of room to allow distancing
for anyone worried about close
contact. From then on,
the chapel will be open from 11am –
12noon on every Sunday morning until
at least June 14th, when
it is hoped that normal services can
resume. Should you wish
to come along on a Sunday morning,
we can share scripture and prayer
with anyone who wishes to or simply
provide a calm place for quiet
thought and reflection.
CORONAVIRUS WASTE MATERIAL
If your household is affected by the
Coronavirus any waste materials that
you come in contact with need to be
handled carefully before they are
collected to help prevent further
spread of the virus.
Please ensure you adhere to the
All contaminated items you produce,
including tissues, cleaning cloths
and wipes and masks, need to be put
into a plastic bag. Tie
the top of the bag to prevent escape
of the material.
Put the bag inside another bin liner
and tie the top of the bag.
Keep the bagged waste for a period
of 72 hours in a place that cannot
be accessed by other people or pets.
Put the bag in your wheeled waste
bin (or gull sack if you use one)
for safe collection by our crew.
The bagged waste must be contained
in your wheeled bin and the bin put
out in your normal collection point.
Do not put the bag on the kerb-side
where people could have contact with
If you have an assisted collection,
bag the waste as described above,
and put it out in your usual
assisted collection point in your
wheeled bin or gull sack.
COMMUNITY LUNCH & FOOD BANK
You will not be surprised to hear
that we have decided to cancel
tomorrow’s Community Lunch because
of the latest Coronavirus advice.
However, the charity we were going
to support, the Lord’s Larder Food
Bank in Chard, are very short of
food with an increased need.
So if you would like to take any
donations of non perishable food to
the Hall from 10am tomorrow morning
there will be boxes to put them in.
Donations of money can be dropped
into Lin Box or into my letterbox at
Glebe Farm. Lin works in
the Food Bank and will take all that
we give into Chard next week.
I do hope the lunches will start
again when the pandemic is over.
Keep well! With best
wishes Mary & Lesley
In light of the coronavirus
concerns, I have decided that for
the time being I am going to suspend
all classes until further notice.
I think this is the wisest way
forwards as we want to keep everyone
safe. Instead, I will be
mainly teaching small groups in
their own homes and continuing with
my 1-1/duets sessions and I believe
I will take this to online workouts
before too long due to this virus
but I will so miss the lovely
atmosphere that the group classes
classes will resume soon! (I have
emailed all the attendees too).
Stay healthy and many blessings to
Jean Rich, Churchwarden: Sunday
Church services will be suspended
until further notice.
The Church of England website gives
more details and includes prayers
for the grave situation we find
We are going to be facing an
extremely challenging time in the
weeks ahead. The Yarcombe
and Marsh community is renowned for
its volunteering spirit and that
spirit of public service is needed
now. We ask for volunteers -
and especially members of the
younger age groups - who would be
willing to help those who might
require assistance during this
period, to help out with things such
as collecting prescriptions, doing
shopping, dog walking and so forth.
If you would be willing to help,
please would you phone 07874-221587
and supply your name and contact details
so that a list can be collated of
people to call on if
necessary. Thank you.
people in the Parish of Yarcombe and Marsh
receive e-Voices. It will be an important
way to communicate in the months ahead. If
you should know of anyone who does not
receive e-Voices but who has access to a
computer, do please ask them if they would
like to be included on my list of
recipients. Warmest good wishes,
be aware that there are already a number of
scams circulating which are attempting to
con people out of money for non-existent
supplies of face masks and hand sanitisers.
an email which the Parish Council has
received from Neighbourhood Watch,
encouraging communities to protect the
isolated and vulnerable during the
Dear Neighbourhood Watch supporters,
You will all be aware of the coronavirus
Neighbourhood Watch exists to look out for
communities across England and Wales and at
a time like this we encourage you to
consider ways to keep yourself, your loved
ones and those in your community safe,
particularly the isolated and vulnerable. We
are following the advice from the government
and encourage you to do the same:
Government Advice here.
10 ways you, as a Neighbourhood Watch
supporter, can protect yourself, your loved
ones and your community:
with household members, other relatives,
friends and neighbours to discuss what to do
if a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in your
community and what the needs of each person
your neighbourhood has a website or social
media page, consider joining it to maintain
access to neighbours, information, and
resources. Alternatively, share phone
numbers and email addresses particularly
with those who are isolated or vulnerable.
Consider establishing a ‘buddy’ system
within your community to ensure everyone
stays connected to COVID-19 related news,
services and can receive support safely,
such as essentials deliveries.
ways to care for those who might be at
greater risk for serious complications.
Choose a room in your home that can be used
to separate sick household members from
those who are healthy.
how to self-isolate. Guidance can be found
on the NHS website:
Create a list of local organisations that
you and your neighbours can contact in the
event that one of you need access to
information, healthcare services, support,
or resources. Consider including
organisations that provide mental health or
counselling services, food, and other
Create an emergency contact list of family,
friends, neighbours, healthcare providers,
teachers, employers, the local public health
department, and other community resources.
about the emergency operations plan at your
child’s school or childcare facility, and
your employer’s emergency operations plan.
Practice everyday preventive actions
including regular hand washing.
1. The NHS provides guidance on how to wash
2. The World Health Organisation provides
guidance on basic protective measures:
3. The Centre for Disease Control and
Prevention provides guidance on handwashing
note: whilst we encourage you to follow
advice from UK Government we are also
sharing links to organisations such as the
Centre for Disease Control and Prevention an
agency which works 24/7 to protect the
safety, health, and security of America from
threats here and around the world. Some of
our key points above have been sourced from:
The Centre for Disease Control and
Prevention also published (14th February
2020) Interim Guidance for Preventing the
Spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019
(COVID-19) in Homes and Residential
Communities which you may find useful:
Regards and keep well,
Support Team at Neighbourhood Watch
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK
Building Safer and Stronger Communities
as though we may be facing a rather
challenging time in the weeks ahead.
A decision has been made to set up a
village helpline for those who might need
assistance during this period, to help out
with things such as collecting a
prescription, doing shopping, dog walking,
posting letters and so forth. To
begin with, we need volunteers from the
wonderful Yarcombe and Marsh community.
The organiser of the Good Neighbours'
Scheme has kindly agreed to collate names.
you make regular journeys on a
daily/weekly/monthly basis, perhaps to go to
work, to surgeries for appointments or to
pick up prescriptions, to visit relatives,
school drop offs etc, or perhaps you shop on
a particular day each week. If you do and
would be willing to help, please would you
phone 07874-221587 and supply your name, telephone
number and details of the journeys you make,
where you go and on which day and times, so
that a list can be collated of willing
people to call on if necessary .
you be willing to help in any other way? If
so, please phone 07874-221587 even if you are
already a volunteer on the Good Neighbours'
updates will follow. Meanwhile, please be
assured that many of the village activities
are continuing as normal and so, unless you
are told otherwise, do attend as usual
unless you feel it safer not to do so.
calm, carry on - and keep well.
Warmest good wishes,