Coronavirus Update





This is a temporary webpage providing information for local residents during the COVID-19 outbreak.

It will 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.

Long, 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 national websites:  WHO NHS , BBC, and these local websites:  DCC, EDDC, SCC.

THE INTERNET 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 unverified reports.   Here is a useful page on the WHO (World Health Organisation) website.   Others are 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 safe, stay happy with this lighthearted video clip on social distancing   (virus checked)




It is very much appreciated what you are doing for yourselves and your community in staying safe, helping neighbours and respecting the safety of others.

With the continuing daily announcements and news about COVID 19, which with the recent upsurge in Exeter, seems to draw ever closer to our community and may indeed already be present, you are all advised and encouraged to follow Government guidelines and adhere to all social distancing regulations and be on a heightened state of alert.

Please stay safe and comfortable in your circumstances and surroundings.

Clive Stone

5th October 2020



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 –

-          over the telephone on a 'call me back' service – 01395 265 070 or 01404 42 227

-          text ADVICE to 82727 and we will call you back

-          through Facebook Messenger via our FB page



Waitrose Food boxes are now available from . 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 least £50.



The Post Office will be open from this coming Tuesday 19th May at 10a.m. to 12 noon., then each Tuesday as usual.



The latest Govt FAQs with more about the effect of the changes in policy are available:





(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 see    Applications for the fund can be made on-line at

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 2020.
. 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 furlough.
. 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 disposable income.

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 help.



Marshwood Vale magazine has been unable to publish and distribute but it’s available to read free of charge via this link:



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.


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 decision.

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. 

3. Westbank
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 email:    They can help with things like best practice, filling in grants applications, guidance related to volunteers, DBS and safeguarding.

4. Useful links on our website
Ø We have a Community Coronavirus Hub on our website, providing all sorts of useful information:
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.

Yours sincerely,

Mark Williams


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 13th June.



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.


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 Sam on  or  phone 07746-709451.


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 Office door.


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.


Fresh seasonal fruit, vegetables and meat. Order online before Thursday evening. Collections available on Fridays after 3p.m.   Telephone 07477-937916.



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.


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 tribute.



(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 single-use voucher.   Click here for details.



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 your understanding.



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.


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.



A big 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.



Collection and Delivery.   The Portuguese Café in Holyrood Street offers burgers, hot dogs, breaded chicken and soft drinks.   Contact Paulo on 07990-659264.


Ready Meals for home delivery.   Call Zoe on 07469-705615.


(Thanks 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.   01460-929831



Friday 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.


(Thanks 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 d’Orsay, Paris  and you can find the others listed at



Daily 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:



A Campaign by HM Govt.   Simple, fun activities for children, from newborn to five. Packed full of ideas:



One of 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 guide:



There 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 updating:



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 Mike's website:



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 collection.



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,    Lin Box



Some of 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



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 you.



Thinking of ordering a takeaway during the Coronavirus Lockdown period?   Check the hygiene ratings of many local food outlets here.   If what you are looking for isn't there you can name it in the Search box.



Dave 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!



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



Devon 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 resilience:   

Funding and Grants Available | Devon Communities Together



Got 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.



We 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 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.



Thanks 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 or Ottery.



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 email

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 community.



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 telephone.

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 difficult time.



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 online at



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 & garden”
• 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 > Yarcombe Voices.   Please don’t hesitate to email if you have any queries.

Kind regards from Sandra Bristol


After much thought it has been decided to cancel the Terrier Races for this year.   We will hopefully be back in 2021.

Lin Box


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 needed.

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 public record.

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.   Admin footnote:   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 difficult times.

Stay safe and well.

Clive Stone, Chairman, Yarcombe Parish Council


Prescriptions are now only being dispensed from Hemyock.   Please order well in advance and Kayleigh Johns will collect on Tuesdays.



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 with daily videos added of songs/breathing exercises etc




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.





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.   Thanks.

Kayleigh Johns:



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 medication any earlier, but it will allow us to dispense your prescription and deliver it in plenty of time.



There 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.



Are you 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 many years.



If you 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 Judith.



Life 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 is closed of course but they can deliver or they take your order over the phone and put it outside for you to collect.  Call 01460-238600.



In 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.



Now doing home deliveries and come to Yarcombe each week or so.   Go to their website for details.   Email 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.



The 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.



Pick up 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 household.



"In 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 County Council:


The Skittles Finals Night and all league and cup competitions are suspended until further notice.


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.   Telephone 01404-43225.

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.



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 or click here to go there directly.



Combe Garden Centre in Honiton is now closed, though all orders already placed will be delivered.

Otter Nurseries is closed.



Closed until further notice.



All 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 we can”.



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.



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.



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.

Admin footnote:   These are believed to be hoaxes.   Check on the fact checking websites, links at the top of the webpage.



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....

Over the 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.

You can read their latest news here.    email     Tel: 01884-824546



You can 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.    


Pete and 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.  



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 this together.      Together #WeAreDevon



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.



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 assist you.



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 in Honiton closed on 25th March, so the offer below is no longer available.

Combe 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: 01404-515600.


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 which has 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.

John Middleton
3 Marsh Cottages
EX14 9AJ

* Footnote:  Awaiting details of Facebook page (@marshtogether not found)


Please note that Short Mat Bowls has been cancelled until further notice. 



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 businesses.



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.

Thelma Clarke



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 following –

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 it.

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.



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 provide!   Hopefully, classes will resume soon! (I have emailed all the attendees too).   Stay healthy and many blessings to you.   Annabel


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 ourselves in.



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.



Most 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, Miranda.



Please 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.



Below is an email which the Parish Council has received from Neighbourhood Watch, encouraging communities to protect the isolated and vulnerable during the coronavirus outbreak:

Dear Neighbourhood Watch supporters,

You will all be aware of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.   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:

1. Meet 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 will be.

2. If 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.

3. 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.

4. Plan ways to care for those who might be at greater risk for serious complications.

5. Choose a room in your home that can be used to separate sick household members from those who are healthy.

6. Learn how to self-isolate. Guidance can be found on the NHS website:

7. 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 supplies.

8. Create an emergency contact list of family, friends, neighbours, healthcare providers, teachers, employers, the local public health department, and other community resources.

9. Learn about the emergency operations plan at your child’s school or childcare facility, and your employer’s emergency operations plan.

10. Practice everyday preventive actions including regular hand washing.

   1. The NHS provides guidance on how to wash hands:

   2. The World Health Organisation provides guidance on basic protective measures:

   3. The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention provides guidance on handwashing for families

Please 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,

Central Support Team at Neighbourhood Watch

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK      Building Safer and Stronger Communities     Email:

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It seems 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.  

1) Do 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 .

2) Would 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' Scheme.

Further 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.

Keep calm, carry on - and keep well.   Warmest good wishes,   Miranda