Community Health and Government Updates

Face Masks

Wearing a face covering will become mandatory in shops and supermarkets in England from 24 July.

Matt Hancock
Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock spoke about plans to make face coverings mandatory in shops and supermarkets from 24 July 2020.

Coronavirus: A user’s guide to wearing a face mask to the shops

The BBC have made a simple guide to how this effects you. Click on the link here:

Coronavirus: What are the rules for face masks or face coverings?

This next BBC article explains how this effects you. Soon there will be almost no excuse for not wearing a face mask while out shopping in England – covering your face will be as essential as remembering your cash or bank card.

Click on the link here to access the complete article from the BBC:

Face coverings: when to wear one and how to make your own

This official link explains what face coverings are, their role in reducing the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19), the settings in which they are recommended, and how they should be safely used and stored. This information is based on current scientific evidence (as at 14 July 2020) and is subject to change.

This information relates to the use of face coverings in public spaces where social distancing is not always possible. It is important to follow all the other government advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) including staying safe outside your home.

The evidence is clear that people should wear masks to reduce virus transmission and protect themselves, with most countries recommending the public to wear them.

Oxford COVID-19 study: face masks and coverings work – act now

Click on the image or link below to access a simple guide to making a face covering.

A cloth face covering should cover your mouth and nose while allowing you to breathe comfortably.

The Big Community Sew

If you would like more detailed information on how to make a face covering and to discover local initiatives which you might like to get involved in then please visit the Big Community Sew website whcih is packed with useful and inpirational information, including instructions, patterns and help, plus detailed videos and help guides.


Church Services in Upper Stour return on 12 July.

This Sunday will see our first Public Sunday service in Upper Stour since the end of March (details can be found here). In lock down we saw through Lent, Easter, Ascension, Pentecost and Trinity and so now we return in Ordinary Time (or perhaps ‘New Ordinary Time’?!).

This Sunday, even though it will be the Fifth Sunday After Trinity, as a partially gathered community, we can light our Paschal Candle and Renew our Baptism Vows, firstly to welcome in our Easter celebration of light, but also to remind ourselves that we are an Easter People. During the Service we will hear two pieces of music and these are linked below, and we will follow the order of service which can be found here.

The Reverend Ben talks of how he is aware that while many of us will be gathering in Church for the foreseeable future, many will not. Sharing very sensible words about ‘not feel pressured to do anything too early, whether you are shielding or whether you simply don’t feel ready yet.’

So, to allow access for all, please feel free to look at the order of service above or use the links at the bottom of the newsletter and join in prayer as you feel most comfortable.


Fantastic Pizzas are back

The Bell and Crown have restarted their fantastic Pizza offering.

Pizza takeaway at The Bell and Crown has returned due to popular demand

The menu is as good as ever. Call The Bell and Crown on 01747 840404

Local Supplier News

Going Out Again?

On July 4th both The Bell and Crown in Zeals and Bourton’s The White Lion will be opening.

Our advice is to check out their websites / social media feeds to confirm their opening times and particular arrangements before you go.

The Bell and Crown, Zeals

The Bell and Crown are now taking online table reservations from 4th July onwards. They’ll start taking reservations over the phone on Wednesday 1st July, when the rest of the gang gets back to work. From this date they will be open for drinks and food. You can get the latest posts from their Facebook page here.

The phone number to use is 01747 840404

They’ll start taking reservations over the phone on Wednesday 1st July, when the rest of the gang gets back to work.

They’re strictly adhering to the government advice issued, and as a result having to limit the number of guests we can welcome. They’re not taking reservations for those of you who’d like to pop in for a drink, but as a result cannot guarantee that there will be a table available. They’re sorry in advance if they can’t squeeze you in.

The team there are super conscious that they get this right, and are also aware that they’re going to be one of the area’s first pubs to open. They promise to do everything they can to welcome you responsibly, and their team will be trained to follow the rules.

They have shared ‘how they are doing things in the new normal’, together with their COVID-19 risk assessment with their customers via their website.

We’re so excited to see you all again. And thank you for your support and understanding so far. Just please bear with us whilst we get to grips with pandemic pub life ❤️

the team at the bell and crown

The White Lion, Bourton

The White Lion are opening from 12.00 noon for drinks only on Saturday July 4th. They hope to recommence food from Monday, but it is best to call before or check out their Facebook page for the latest updates.

They plan to open the pub this weekend July 4th for drinks only, food starting on Monday but with booked tables only(for food).

The phone number to use is 01747 840866

They have followed the guidelines and space in the pub will be limited. but regardless, they hope that their visitors will still be aable to enjoy this unique village pub. They have made a plea to please respect their staff as they move forward

Some new rules.!!!! Sadly for the time being dogs will only be aloud in the garden on leads, and the pub will close at 9.30pm daily for full pub cleaning. Guests will also need to register on each visit at the front door.


Message from Dorset Race Equality Council

Dorset Race Equality Council (DREC) is an independent race equality charity in Dorset that has been operating in Dorset since the 1990s. It is based in Bournemouth but covers the whole of the County. Its aims are as follows:

  • To support people from different ethnic backgrounds who feel they have been discriminated against because of their race or their religion
  • To challenge racism and any kind of prejudice
  • To promote and celebrate the cultural diversity of Dorset
  • To work towards the reduction of the inequalities of access to services encounter by certain groups within the Dorset communities
  • To support statutory, voluntary organisations and local businesses to embed the Equality and Diversity agenda in their activities

Over the years DREC has developed trust and good relationships with settled ethnic minority communities, especially in the conurbation. However, DREC is conscious that there are constant changes in the population make up and that more and more families from a different ethnic background now prefer settling in the more rural parts of Dorset. This makes it difficult for DREC to engage individual families or small group of individuals who are not necessarily closely linked to a established and structured ethnic minority community group.

As a community group, we would like to share information about DREC with you. If you are interested in discovering more about this organisation, you will be able to find more information on the DREC website at


Community Health and Government Updates

An Important Message from the NHS in Dorset

‘The NHS in Dorset would like to thank you for everything you are doing to support our staff during the global coronavirus pandemic. We are incredibly proud of all that our amazing NHS staff have achieved with the help and support of other key workers’

Thank you from your local NHS in Dorset
We’d like to say a huge thank you to them too.

In the letter from NHS in Dorset (which you can download by clicking on the button below). They share with us an update on the way they’re having to deliver local health services, explaining that it will need to continue to be different and that returning services quickly to how they ran before this pandemic is not possible.

It will take time, and as we know coronavirus is likely to be with us for a while.

Download the letter.


LiveWell Dorset


Live Well Dorset are a public health service funded by Dorset Council.

They are here to support the health and wellbeing of residents in Dorset.

LiveWell Dorset supports you on your journey to a happier, healthier you through FREE advice and coaching. Want to become more active, lose weight, quit smoking or drink less alcohol? Click here….

Making a lifestyle change is tough. Seven in ten of us have two or more unhealthy habits. Two-thirds of us are trying to lose weight most of the time. You are not alone! Live Well Dorset are here for you. Daily, they will hear stories of their clients overcoming mountains to achieve a goal of a healthy lifestyle.

Making a lifestyle change is possible. Live Well Dorset are here for you. Take your next step to LiveWell by registering today.

Every adult in Dorset can receive free healthy living advice and coaching.

Gillingham Foodbank

Gillingham Foodbank, Helping Local People in Crisis

As we move towards a new normal, the economimc and social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will still be effecting many individuals. Should you wish to find out more please visit their website. Click here to access.


Parish Virtual Garden Competition

During lockdown many of us have spent such a long time in our gardens without being able to show them off!

Now is the time to grab your camera and share your hard work.

All entries will be available to view on the Parish of Upper Stour website and people will have the chance to vote for the garden they would most like to enjoy this bottle in!

The winning prize is the very same bottle of ‘bolly’

This competition is open to absolutely anyone so please do encourage people to send in their virtual gardens!
To Enter

Please email with the following:
– Your full name
– A contact telephone number
– Four good quality photos of your garden
– Up to 50 words description if you would like
– A donation of £10 for Church Funds per garden (cash in a sealed and named envelope to The Rectory, Portnells Lane, Zeals, BA12 6PG or Zeals’ Garage – Please make sure you put your name on the envelop so that we can cross reference it with your entry)

Entries received up until 24th July to give you enough time to keep sprucing!
To Vote

All entries will be available to view on our website between 27th July – 7th August with the winner announced on the website 9th August.

The four pictures and short description will be available to view on the Parish website with the gardener’s name and which village the garden is from, along with a simple online voting form.
If you would like to distribute posters, a copy can be found here.

People Without Computers 
If you know someone who has a fabulous garden or just fancies having a go at winning a bottle of ‘bolly’, but ‘doesn’t do that wizzy computer stuff’, please do volunteer to take photos and send them in on their behalf.
Spread the word and GOOD LUCK!

Sky Update

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