COVID-19 – UPDATE APRIL 8

THIS WEEK’S UPDATE ON LOCAL SERVICES AVAILABLE

There have been a number of additions and changes to the way delivery and collection services for the parish now operate, so here is our weekly round-up with an updated list of those we know of:

Ben’s Farm Shop – ordering for collection

Ordering online for collection the following day is now available to all customers (previously it was just loyalty card holders).

Orders are accepted online only by completing the order form or go to their home page and click on ‘collections’ at the top. Orders need to be made by 5pm for collection the next day between 9am and 12pm. They will call you when your order is ready to collect. A member of staff will bring it to your car. They are resisting setting a minimum order value, but want to discourage small orders (particularly from people doing the bulk of their shopping elsewhere). They tell us: “We have been inundated with orders, so please be patient and wait for us to call you on the day of collection.  Please do not contact us to check the status of your order – we need our telephone lines clear to contact our customers when their orders are ready.”

Challices: wholesale fruit and veg merchant in Totnes

As well as fruit and veg, they are also delivering dairy (milk and cheese) and bread to homes throughout the parish.Now delivering (no delivery charge) to the parish six days a week, Monday – Saturday. Orders need to be phoned in by 12.00 day before to 01803-863553. Pay by BACS– bank details on invoice with delivery www.challices.co.uk.

Halls the Butchers

Halls will deliver to Staverton parish after their shop has shut in the evenings. As well as meats, they offer quiches, pies and pasties, eggs and cold meats. Call: 01803-863178. Pay by cheque, BACS or cash – they can’t accept cards.

Bulk Buy Groceries part of longstanding food distributor Westcountry Fruit Sales.
Delivering to people’s homes Monday to Saturday with next day deliveries.
Provide a full range of fresh produce, fruit boxes, milk & dairy, kitchen groceries, cleaning products, wines and beers to the door. Operating no contact delivery, so no need to worry about contact with the driver.
Orders can be phoned to 01326 331900 Mon to Fri, 9am to 4pm or emailed to hello@bulkbuygroceries.co.uk . www.bulkbuygroceries.co.uk.              Facebook:  @bulkbuygroceries.co.uk

Greenlife in Totnes are now providing an order by phone and collect service for their loyalty card holders over 65. (They will also deliver in Totnes, Bridgetown and Dartington). Phone 07394-072628 between 09.00 – 12.00 for collection between 13.00 – 18.00 same day. Fruit, veg, chilled and frozen foods excluded from this service. Full info at www.greenlife.co.uk

Barnaby’s Brewhouse offers a home delivery service for its beers. Full order details at: https://barnabysbrewhouse.com/local-delivery-service/ 
New Lion Brewery also offers a home delivery service for its beers. Full order details at: www.newlionbrewery.co.uk

Fresh Fish

David Walker & Sons from Brixham deliver fresh fish, vacuum or ice packed if desired. Debbie Thorpe who lives in Southford Lane has very kindly offered to coordinate these fish orders as Walkers need a £150 minimum combined order value to make it worth delivering to the parish. If you would like to place an order, first contact Debbie by email at debbiesthorpe@icloud.com. She will send you a price list and arrange the order. She will place an order once she has £150 worth of individual orders in hand. Delivery will normally be mid-week for collection at the Sea Trout car park – Debbie will give precise times for each delivery. Payment to Debbie by BACS. This week’s order has already been placed, so it may be a while before she gets to another £150 worth.

The Fish Deli Ashburton: pricelist at www.thefishdeli.co.uk 
Email your order to information@thefishdeli.co.uk or phone 01364-65483 between 9am – 2pm. They will prepare your order and vacuum pack it ready for fresh use or to freeze and ring you back when it is ready, to take payment and advise you of any substitutions and arrange a collection time from outside the shop. They say:“Unfortunately, the availability of fish supplies have become increasingly difficult, as there is no export market or restaurant market and for many boats this makes it not viable for them to go to sea. Also there are issues with transporting small quantities around the country. So please bear with us in these difficult times and we will of course do our best for you.”

Wings of St Mawes deliver fish nationwide. See thecornishfishmonger.co.uk for full information.

Useful sources

These two new websites have been set up to list local suppliers offering delivery and order collection services. Being new, they may not come up in a Google search, so you will probably need to enter the full name in the bar at the top of your browser:
www.totnesdelivers.co.uk shows firms in Totnes now doing deliveries and collections. We do not know which ones will come out as far as our parish, so you will have to make that enquiry direct to any suppliers shown on the website.
www.shopsouthdevon.com aims to do much the same.

Darts Farm in Topsham deliver fruit, veg and meat all over Devon. See www.dartsfarm.co.uk for full information.

Cooked Food:

The Tally Ho!: If you want something cooked for you, The Tally Ho! In Littlehempston is offering takeaways on Wednesday and Friday evenings from 5pm. You can pick up from the pub’s garden (and also get beer to takeaway). Food orders need to be placed by 10am same day by calling Kelly and Mike on 01803-862316. Pay by cash or credit card. Full menus can be seen at  https://www.facebook.com/tallyholittlehempston/posts/1266625710193105

Medical Matters

There has been little change from two weeks ago.
We can collect prescriptions for you from Boots at Leatside Surgery, but we need plenty of lead time to be able to collect together as many as possible in one visit – as they are letting only one person at a time into the shop, which means a very long wait each time. All other pharmacies are operating social distancing, so expect a wait.

The following medical centres have updated their websites with covid-19 advice:
Leatside Totnes
Catherine House Totnes 
Ashburton Surgery

They all say that they will triage all requests for a consultation and need a phone call or request entered via their website – in the coronavirus situation most requests will be handled over the phone or via an e-consultation which can be accessed through a link on their websites.

Ashburton Surgery now has its phone lines working again.

Buckfastleigh Surgery website advices on what to do if needing to see a doctor.

If you need any help or support, just contact:
Michael and Cheryl Loverock
Email: loverock@btinternet.com
Tel: 01803-762677

And here is the link for Citizens Advice Coronavirus – they still have advisers taking calls, although not that many.

Postal services

Dartington PO is closed except for bank deposits and cash withdrawals. The shop is open as usual.
Broadhempston PO in the Community Shop is open for normal business 09.00 – 12.00 weekdays. Shopping can be ordered by phone.
Totnes PO is open 09.00 – 12.00 Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday for normal business, but are requesting only essential parcels please.

If you are running out of stamps or need to send a parcel or package without going to a post office, these online services are available:

Royal Mail Online Shop: www.postofficeshop.co.uk – sells books of stamps online.

Royal Mail ‘Click and Drop’ lets you buy postage for packages and parcels online – pay by credit card and print off the postage label. You will still have to take it to a post office if it’s too big for a letterbox, but it does reduce the need for contact as all you need do is hand it over.

Parcel2go is an excellent site for sending parcels via a number of the major carriers at very good rates. Some offer collection from home – with Hermes normally being the cheapest – otherwise you’ll need to take it to a local drop-off point. Just enter your parcel’s details and a variety of options come up.

Internet Scams Alert
Totnes Citizens Advice have issued a warning which you can read here

Do continue to keep a caring eye out for your neighbours, especially if they are in any of the vulnerable groups, and offer help if needed.

And finally, here’s another musical footnote which we hope will bring on a smile: https://vimeo.com/243312820

Keep well.

Staverton Parish Emergencies Coordination Team.

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