Covid-19 Community Help and information for Bere Regis


You may find these numbers and links useful


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) -



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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23rd March





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.


Vehicle owners to be granted MOT exemption in battle against coronavirus




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.

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.