Update January 5th 2021

The Prime Minister has confirmed a return to a national lockdown. A stay at home order is now in place enforced by law, alongside a return to restrictions that are similar to the March lockdown, including the closure of all schools (excluding early years and nurseries) until at least February half term.

Further details of the restrictions are here. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/949536/NationalLockdownGuidance.pdf

Chicory Crops Community Shop

The Chicory Crops community shop is open for winter vegetables including cabbage, leeks, red cabbage and sprouts not to mention various fruit juices, honey, cakes and of course apples, pears, eggs and potatoes.

Payment is via the honesty box

Looking after each other

Several people in the village have asked about volunteering to check on elderly neighbours, ensure they have enough food etc. This is a really positive thing to do and we should all try to be more neighbourly and to look out for those who may be in need, particularly if, as seems likely, anyone over 70 (and those who live with them) will be asked to self-quarantine for up to four months).

The sort of help that may be needed could include grocery shopping, dog walking, picking up prescriptions etc.

This is a suggested Note which you could give to neighbours if you want to offer to help.

We also have this Poster which people can display in their window to alert visitors that they are in quarantine or self isolation.

We have a whatsapp group for volunteers. If you would like to be part of the group please send your name, email, address and mobile phone details to us via the contact us page on the website.

The Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire has written a Letter to thank everyone for their efforts during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Where to get supplies

These are some suggested suppliers. If you know of others who should be added please contact us

Chicory Crops

Chicory Crops have a selection of basic supplies which have included apples, eggs, onions, flour and potatoes. They are in the Chicory Crops yard and payment can be left in the honesty box.


Moody Cow Essentials Shop

The Moody Cow is running an Essentials Shop.

Every day the Moody Cow’s website http://www.moodycowpub.com/latest-news will list a range of essential items which can be ordered in advance. Orders placed before 11am will be available for contactless collection the following day



Newent doctors practice is providing a prescription delivery service for its self-isolating and shielded patients. Deliveries to Upton Bishop will be made on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. newentdoctors.nhs.uk/practice_news/



The Moody Cow is offering takeaway meals Weds-Sat evenings http://www.moodycowpub.com/food.html#drinks

Alma  Inn
The Alma Inn in Linton is doing Fish & Chips takeaways on a Friday night, 5pm – 8pm! The process is…call the pub number 01989 720355 on a THURSDAY before 5pm to place an order, book a slot for pick up, and pay over the phone. Large £11.50, small £8.50. They offer takeaway burgers and skewers on a Saturday.



The Royal British Legion will help with shopping and deliveries. Please contact Jane on 780385 or jane.a.baseley@btinternet.com.

Gorsley Post office & Community Shop – well stocked with fresh bread and cakes , milk and loads of basic goods   https://www.gorsleycommunityshop.co.uk/


The Forest Bakery, Longhope. You can order online and then collect from the shop. They also sell flour and yeast and offer a refill service for cleaning products and shampoos etc

Contactless payments only please!



Hanks Meat and Game offer a delivery service

Meat     https://www.facebook.com/hanksmeatandgame/   ” If you are self isolating or after a home delivery Please don’t forget we offer free delivery service for all orders over £25 and within a 5 mile radius. Or free delivery on orders over £100 in 10 mile radius



Fresh eggs  – Castrees Garden Plants  Bromsash

Community Box       

Ross Good neighbours

A community scheme has been established in Ross which enables people who are self isolating to buy selected items from Spar which will then be delivered to them by volunteers. There is more information in this leaflet

Important information about the coronavirus (COVID-19)

The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.

The latest information on symptoms of Coronovirus infection and areas where recent travel may have resulted in a high risk of exposure can be found on nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.


The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

new continuous cough and/or
high temperature

Key messages

The government has published guidance for people staying at home with confirmed or possible coronavirus:

  • If you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started.
  • This action will help protect others in your community whilst you are infectious.
  • Plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home.
  • Ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home.
  • Stay at least 2 metres (about 3 steps) away from other people in your home whenever possible.
  • Sleep alone, if that is possible.
  • Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water.
  • Stay away from vulnerable individuals such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions as much as possible.
  • You do not need to call NHS111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999. See link to PHE website for more info
  • Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also catch the virus by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.
  • Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict guidelines. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of GP surgeries, pharmacies and hospitals and returned home also in isolation.
  • Any equipment that come into contact with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others. Patients can be reassured that their safety is a top priority, and are encouraged to attend all appointments as usual.

Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:

  • always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze, then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel
  • wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport and use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • avoid close contact with people who are unwell

You can find the latest information and advice about coronavirus at

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