COVID-19 Support Team Update

9th January 2021

Dear Neighbour,

As we enter ‘Lockdown 3’ I thought it would be timely to remind you all that the Bulkington Covid-19 Support Group remains active. As a reminder, we can help with essential shopping, collecting prescriptions/medication and even dog walking. This is not a definitive list and you should not hesitate to ask if you need support in any other areas. If we cannot assist you directly, we will signpost you to other professional agencies who are more qualified to lend support. Reverend Maureen continues to offer pastoral support and residents should contact her if they would like to talk about something specific or simply want a chat.

Your main points of contact within the village are:

Ian Pendlebery Tel 828859 mob 07903163013

Sally Oliphant Tel 828987 mob 07912301661

Paul Bennett Tel 828374 mob 07802675156

Maureen Allchin Tel 828931


These four continue to be supported by a number of willing volunteers.


A summary of the current restrictions imposed during the National Lockdown include:

People must not leave their home except where they have a ‘reasonable excuse’ which includes work (if you cannot work from home), volunteering, visiting shops, childcare, visiting people in support and childcare bubble, exercise (once a day), medical reason, harm and compassionate visit, animal welfare reasons and communal worship. Details of worship and church openings for our area can be found at Church of England Benefice| Wellsprings Benefice | Church | Potterne. The Church in Bulkington is open for private prayer every Sunday.

It is against the law to meet socially with family or friends unless they are part of a household bubble.

Weddings can only take place in exceptional circumstances and only for six people. Funerals can take place for a maximum of 30 people. Wakes and other linked ceremonial events can continue in a group of up to six people.

Schools and colleges are to close to the majority of children and the education services will provide remote learning until at least February half-term.

Nurseries can remain open

Non-essential retail must close

Hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs must close; with the exception of providing food and non-alcoholic drinks for takeaway (until 11pm), click-and-collect and drive-through

Accommodation venues must close

Leisure centres will temporarily close (a range of resources can be found at

Market stalls selling essential retail may stay open.

Household recycling centres remain open. People can book a slot at

Those identified as clinically extremely vulnerable must shield.

The full guidance can be found at



On behalf of the Bulkington Covid-19 Support Group, we hope you are all as well as can be expected and continue to encourage you to get in touch should the need arise.


Ian Pendlebery
Bulkington Covid-19 Support Group Coordinator 9 January 2021