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Covid-19 Community Help and information for Bere Regis

21 may 2020

Message from Bere Regis Surgery.

We have received a directive today that all patients in Dorset will be asked to wear a face mask (bought or home made) when having a face to face consultation with a clinician. This is already happening in the hospitals and is now extended to Primary Care (GP Surgeries).
We would appreciate patients bringing their own face masks with them. If there is anyone who is able to make and donate some masks for us to be able to give patients who are unable to source their own they would be gratefully received.


As the rules have changed slightly, but lockdown continues for many, here is an update about our local response to the pandemic.

BereConnect Volunteers.
Our volunteers continue to provide a wonderful service, collecting and delivering prescriptions for people in isolation, and undertaking occasional shopping trips for those who can’t get out.
All the volunteers deserve our thanks for being ready and willing to undertake these tasks.
If you need any help from our volunteers, Brenda is the coordinator on 01929 471255.

BereConnect Food Bank.
Our local food bank continues to be run by Pop in Place volunteers led by Alison Bennett.
They have asked me to give a huge thank you to all those who have donated through the boxes in the village shop, and outside the Drax Hall and the Church.
Thanks are also due to residents in Briantspuddle and Affpuddle, whose food gifts are added to ours. About a dozen parcels are being provided every week, so please continue to give if you can.
At present, the food bank has sufficient of the basics such as rice, pasta and UHT milk, but would welcome gifts of baked beans, crisps, cereal bars and other snacks for children, and biscuits and part-baked bread.
Congratulations, too, to Pop in Place for their community initiative this week in handing out about 80 parcels of tea and biscuits to older residents.
If you need the help of the food bank please make contact on 01929 472023 or email

BereConnect Emergency Fund.
The fund has made 4 loans so far, and has contributed over £450 to the food bank.
If you need a loan please don’t hesitate to contact for help and advice.

BereConnect Buddy Scheme.
If you are feeling cut off and need a friendly voice to chat to, call Liz on 01929 471878 or 07956 914075 to join the Buddy Scheme.
I should also mention here, the ‘Give What You Can; Take What You Need’ food exchange box which is outside the school, and was initiated by the school staff, which is very well used and much appreciated.
Finally, outside the scope of BereConnect, but, I know, greatly appreciated by all of us in Bere, I must thank the Moorse families and the village shop team, Amanda and Kevin Crocker at Rye Hill Farm and Janette and the team at the Post Office for all their efforts on our behalf at this difficult time.
Ian Ventham

We are advised that criminals are posing as Council officials or NHS staff to either gain entry to private residences, or to make monetary gain by charging householders for errands, we would therefore like to advise you once again to be vigilant to these attempts and to say NO to cold callers.

BCP and Dorset Councils do not send anyone to your home to offer services such as shopping or running errands to collect medicines etc.
without making a pre-arranged appointment to visit and carry out the service and their volunteers will never enter your home.

Similarly the NHS is not carrying out house to house visits.

Although it is difficult whilst maintaining social distancing, you still need to check the id of anyone calling at your home. 
Ask them to hold it to a window so that you can view it and if you are still unsure, please ring the organisation to check that the caller is legitimate – use the number on a bill or from the phone book, not a number the visitor provides.

Do not allow anyone into your home unless it is an emergency.

Do not give your bank card to anyone offering to do shopping for you; most shops will allow you to make payment directly to them when you place your order. 
Volunteers are advised not to take credit or debit cards from the person they are running errands for.

If you need help with essential services because you are unable to get out you can request assistance from your local council.

BCP Council – Phone 0300 123 7052 or complete the online form

Dorset Council – Phone: 01305 221000 or email

Please remain vigilant and stay safe.

Elaine Ryan
Resilient Community Co-ordinator
Dorset Police

Childline: 0800 1111 -

Samaritans: 116 123 -

Domestic Violence Hotline: 0808 2000 247 -

Mind: 0300 123 3393 -

Age UK: 0800 169 6565 -

La Leche League: 0345 1202918 (for mums struggling to get formula milk) -

9th april 2020
Advice from the surgery

Please take great care with everything you take into your home and remember to wash your hands thoroughly after handling food deliveries, milk bottles, Amazon boxes or books or toys from another home.

If you leave things out for collection, please ensure they have been cleaned down with antiseptic/mild bleach solution before doing so to reduce the potential risk for transmission.

25th March
Dorset Police

MOT's due from the 30th March

Due to the current circumstances vehicle owners will be granted a 6-month exemption from MOT testing, enabling them to continue to travel to work where this absolutely cannot be done from home, or shop for necessities.

All cars, vans and motorcycles which usually would require an MOT test will be exempted from needing a test from 30 March 2020.
Vehicles must be kept in a roadworthy condition, and garages will remain open for essential repair work. Drivers can be prosecuted if driving unsafe vehicles.


12th April



BereConnect Easter Update


This is a summary of where we are with the main elements of BereConnect, the Bere Regis community response mechanisms we managed to put in place three weeks ago, just as the Government announced the restrictions we are all living under.


BereConnect Volunteers
There are now about 50 volunteers in the group, all being coordinated by Brenda House, who are collecting and delivering prescriptions, doing shopping trips for those who are in self-isolation and connecting as Buddies to people in isolation.
Actually, the demand for shopping trips was a bit less than we anticipated, possibly because most people very sensibly enlisted the help of good neighbours and friends.
If you need some shopping done, or some fetching and carrying, don
t hesitate to get in touch.
The volunteers are eager to help.
Call Brenda on 471255


BereConnect Food Bank

is operating out of the Drax Hall.
It has been stocked with purchases made possible by the Emergency Fund.
It is supplying a number of families on a regular basis.
Any food or household or sanitary product donations will be gratefully received in the boxes at the Drax Hall and by the Church porch.
After Easter there will be a box in the Spar shop, with thanks to Mike Moorse.
If you need a food parcel, email
or phone 472023.


BereConnect Emergency Fund
The appeal has raised £5125.
Over £700 has so far been disbursed as loans and to buy food for the food bank.
If you are in financial distress, email
in complete confidence.


BereConnect Buddy Scheme.

If you are feeling isolated and want to connect by telephone with a friendly voice, call Liz on 471878 or 07956 914075


The Give What You Can, Take What You Need box

is in regular use, outside the school.
Please continue to top it up, and take from it.
I noticed a bottle of wine in there a few days ago!


Finally, and most importantly,

If you know of anybody you think might need help, please don
t hesitate to contact any of us so that we can get in touch with them.



9th April 2020


Advice from the surgery


COVID 19 is unlikely to cause a serious illness in children, but please remember children can still become seriously unwell from other causes that are always around.

Please do not let concerns over COVID19 stop you from contacting medical services.

If you are not sure if your child needs to be seen please go to for advice or contact 111 or your GP.

For information about crying babies go to 

If your child is severely unwell call 999 or go to Accident and Emergency

29th March

Coronavirus (COVID-19) changes to waste services


All our household recycling centres (HRCs, or 'the tip') and recycling banks in car parks are now closed until further notice.


Garden waste collections are suspended.

New safety guidance is now in place for kerbside collections.

We will not return to collect missed bins until your next collection day for that waste type.


25th March



Supporting and  Shielding Vulnerable Residents


As part of the  Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been announced that a new Local Support System will be developed to make sure those individuals self-isolating at home and who are without a support network of friends and family can receive basic groceries.


The Government is working with a partnership of the groceries industry, local government, local resilience and emergency partners, and voluntary groups, to ensure that essential items can start to be delivered as soon as possible to those who need it.


All local authorities are awaiting detailed guidance in respect of these arrangements for the Local Support System and Local “Hubs”.

I have been told that anyone who offers themselves as a volunteer from Bere Regis, will probably be referred back to our own BereConnect volunteer network.

We will keep you updated when we know more:


COVID-19: guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable


Dorset Council information website here  (opens in new window)



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31st March



From Wednesday 1st April the cost of a prescription increases to £9.15 per item.

This will mean we will have to use much more change so we have made the decision to accept contactless card payments only for prescription payments.


Cash will still be accepted if you don't have a contactless card.


From Monday 6 April we will be changing the times you can collect your medication.

This is to enable the staff to keep on top of all the requests coming in and should alleviate you having to wait when you come to collect.

These new times are 09.30 - 11.30 and 15.30 - 17.30


Firstly thank you to all our patients for waiting patiently in the car park and keeping their social distance.

It's very much appreciated.


As time ticks by and social distancing and lock down progresses we will be making changes to our dispensary service and the way we communicate with our patients.

We will continue to post messages on this fabulous forum alongside our own Practice website but we are mindful not all patients have access to social media.

If you have a friend or family member who is unable to see our messages we would be grateful if they could be passed on.


We will also be making short announcements by mobile phone.

Please ensure we have your current number.

This can be updated via our website.




Here is an advice note from Dr Jackson at Bere Regis Surgery


The most important thing to remember is that the vast majority of patients who get infected with coronavirus have only mild symptoms and recover within 7 days.


The most effective way to slow the spread of this virus if for individuals to take responsibility for recognising the signs of infection (persistent dry cough and/or a temperature greater than 37.8 degrees) and self-isolate for 7days and not to visit or contact medical services unless your symptoms are worsening and particularly if you have problems breathing.


We will be trying to run the surgery as ‘normally’ as possible however we will expect to do more telephone triage to ensure that we are seeing those most at need and not exposing our more vulnerable patients to the risk of infection.


We are suspending the Wednesday Walk-In surgery and will be doing telephone triage in its place.

We will be closed every day between 13.30 and 14.00 for a staff briefing whilst the situation remains so changeable.


We will be taking guidance from the website and would urge others to use this and the website as a source of information on how to self-isolate, how to avoid cross infection and how to self-manage mild to moderate symptoms associated with the coronavirus infection.



Message from Bere Regis Surgery




Bere Regis Dispensary - We are open as usual but we are now redirecting patients to the Reception window at the rear of the building to collect their medication.

To ease the increasing pressure from patients on our dispensing staff we maintain that patients should collect their medication as usual; we are not dispensing medication before the due date and we will continue to dispense one month at a time;, there is no need to stockpile.

If there are any patients who are unable to collect their medication we have a list of volunteers who are able to help - please let us know.

For anyone who has to sign for their medication we would be grateful if you could bring your own pen!. Thank you.

Stay safe, stay well

23rd March



We now have some staff self isolating which means we are short staffed.

It would help us tremendously if:

You only come to collect your medication IF IT IS DUE.

It will not be ready for you if it isn't and you will be turned away.


Looking for your medication when it isn't ready also holds up the queue.


You could write on a large piece of paper, in large writing who you are collecting medication for.

This will help us to reduced contact and open the reception window less, keeping the staff warmer.


Thank you to all our Patients who in the majority are turning up in good spirits and are being very patient with us in these difficult times

24th March

News from St John the Baptist Church


It is with a heavy heart that we have had to shut the church for the foreseeable future, this is a time like no other and yet there are signs all around of the wonders of community spirit, helping the older members of our village and the vulnerable.

There are also the wonderful signs of spring appearing and the chance to take some time out in our beautiful countryside.

Do not feel alone, do ask for help and know that God is with us in the midst of this strange new world we are living in.

If you would like a chat or someone to pray with please ring me 01929 792235, if you have to leave a message I will get back to you.

Blessings Rev Sandra


23rd March

Pet Welfare


In line with other the Pm’s announcement tonight, most vet practices in the local area are now running as an emergency service only with skeleton staff, call for more advice if you are not sure as to whether you need an appointment for your pet should they become unwell.

A lot have implemented telemedicine and other modern day alternatives to try and still provide a service to you in these troubling times.


28th March

Post Office update:


After considering our options we have decided to reduce the hours down even further for being open to 9am-1pm Monday to Friday.

We will still continue with the one to one appointments as they are being used more and more so please just call to book.

We will also no longer be opening the Post Office but will be serving through the window due to the need for social distancing.

Unfortunately some people do not think this applies to them and because of this they are putting myself, staff and my family at risk and this cannot happen.

Thank you for your understanding

23rd March

Bere Regis Post Office


Following on from the government's announcement tonight I can confirm that the Post Office is classed as a vital service and so we will continue to open 9am-3pm Monday to Friday and 9am-12noon on Saturday.

We will now be doing a one in one out rule so please respect this.

We will keep doors open weather permitting as to minimize contact with surfaces, however we will continue to keep all surfaces cleaned on a regular basis.


If you think you may be sick then please call me and we can devise a plan to assist but for everyone's health please stay away.

If you cannot get to us during the opening times or you are high risk then please call and we can arrange appointments for anyone outside of these hours. 01929 471203


Bere Regis Sports Club


Following the suspension of all grass roots activity in both football and cricket, and the suspension of local pool and darts leagues, the social facilities at Bere Regis Sports Club will remain closed until further notice.

We cannot ask volunteers to operate the bar under current circumstances and acknowledge that other establishments in the village are operated by employed staff.


Stay as fit and healthy as you can!

Here are some useful numbers for older people who are isolated, sometimes it helps to talk and Silver Line is great for this .

As some of the people living alone and older people don't have internet this is something you can pass on to your neighbours.

It can be helpful to know who you can call, especially if someone’s feeling isolated.

For practical information and advice, call Age UK Advice: 0800 169 65 65

For a cheerful chat, day or night, call Silver Line: 0800 470 80 90                              


Bere Regis Chapel


We at Bere Regis Chapel have temporarily suspended all services of all kinds, in order to protect our vulnerable members, and to follow government guidelines regarding social distancing.


We as a church recognise that this is a worrying and distressing time for a lot of people. In acknowledgment of that, we can offer the local community two services.


Firstly, if anybody would like the church to pray for them, they can either contact me confidentially, or write to the church anonymously.

Secondly, if there are people who just need a chat, perhaps who live on their own and are isolated, then please feel free to contact me and I can phone you.


Stay safe!


Phone: 07853620648




Address: Bere Regis Congregational church, Butt Lane, Bere Regis, BH20 7HZ


Lee Ward Electrical (Trusted Trader)



Over the coming weeks and months ahead which will be difficult for everyone, in particular the elderly and vulnerable, I wanted (as an electrician) to offer to do my bit in regards to helping in some small way.


If you, a family member, or neighbour is elderly and/or a vulnerable person with an electrical installation fault, power cut/loss, or require a much needed small electrical job doing I wanted to offer you my support and labour services completely free of charge through these difficult times ahead.


Obviously safety comes first of which this will be subject to the latest Government advice regarding safe isolation and lock down protocols.

I’m offering this without wanting anything in return other than to help those who may need it the most free of charge during these difficult times.


I will do what I can to help where possible.

My 24 hour number is 07773 342665 of which you can phone or text message.

With best wishes, Lee.


Pop In Place


Due to infection Control The Pop In Place have cancelled the following Events….


Easter Bonnet workshop at the Pop In Place Friday 3rd April

Good Friday Easter Fun Morning 10th April

Pop In Place AGM Friday 24th April

Pop In Place Village Quiz Tuesday 19th May 7.30

Pop In Place Summer Show, now to be held in December

Pop In Place Cafe is now closed until the all clear from the Government.


Statement from Dorset Council on Waste Collection Services:


With the current public health measures introduced around the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, there may be challenges in maintaining waste service levels as some of our collection crew employees begin to self-isolate and follow social-distancing advice.


We have a robust business continuity plan to cope with reduced staffing levels and ensure every household still gets their waste collected.


Services have been prioritised according to relative importance.

As staffing levels reduce, employees will be redeployed to cover higher priority work. Broadly speaking, running from highest to lowest priority, the order is: –


Food Waste

Rubbish collections

Business waste collections

Recycling collections

Garden waste collections

Street cleansing

Bin deliveries


In short, employees working on lower priority services will be redeployed to cover absentees who were working in higher priority services. Dorset Council employees working on other non-critical services will also be trained to help with critical waste services if absentee levels become too high across our waste depots.


If, after these measures are introduced, we need to introduce more radical measures we can mix waste types that are currently collected separately (e.g. food with rubbish in a single vehicle, rather than two separate vehicles requiring fewer staff).


If Garden and Business waste collections are disrupted, we will work out how subscribers are compensated for collections they did not receive and contact them directly when services eventually return to normal.


Information will be posted on the Dorset Council coronavirus webpages to provide regular updates on what is happening with bin collections and what residents should do if collections are disrupted.

We will also issue information via our usual communications channels such as local media, e-bulletins and social media.


There are no current plans to close household recycling centres, and we are working with our contractors on business continuity, and any on-site changes that may be required to assist with social distancing.

We are also working with our contractors who treat and dispose of our waste to ensure business continuity arrangements are in place.


We are closely monitoring any nationally imposed requirements, and as soon as we receive further instructions, we will communicate the details to residents.