Posted: 7th April 2020

At a time when supporting our local community is more important than ever we have launched our own Facebook Community Support Group to highlight the range of businesses, farm shops, pop ups and community groups who are still able to trade within the current government restrictions, so we can all in turn shop and support them. We are interested most especially, but not exclusively, in supporting our parent body, but any business qualifies. Please post in the group or email [email protected] if you would like to share something with us. 

The following businesses and individuals are happy to help:

Reads Coffee Roasters, can keep you stocked with speciality coffee during these days of social distancing! The starter pack includes 6 bags for only £17.50. You can choose from arange of single origins & Great Taste award winning blends. Wholebean or ground to order. www.readscoffee.co.uk. Starter Pack orders can be placed on 01935 481 010 – just call & speak to Charlotte for further advice and information.

Sherborne Indies are working together to deliver supplies to your door at this time. A full list of business and numbers are available on the Facebook page. They can combine your orders and get them to you as quickly as possible. Anything from wine to cake to roast dinner to bread and everything in between!

Cerne Abbas and Bradford Abbas Village Shops are working very hard to serve the needs of the local community. They are also offering a free delivery service for those in the village who are having to self-isolate.

Brown Goose Catering offers a ready meal service around Dorchester and Weymouth area. Freshly prepared from local ingredients and ideal for freezing as well. Happy to deliver or pick up from Dorchester. @browngoosecatering on Facebook

Dorset Blue Vinney pop up shop is open at DT10 2BD from 9am until 2pm, Monday-Friday! Pop in to fill up on any foodie essentials you may need! They have plenty of Dorset Blue Vinny, fresh soups, chutneys, fruit, vegetables, eggs and even loo roll to help keep you stocked up and avoiding the queues at the busy supermarkets. They also have fresh pasteurised milk in our new refillable glass bottles.

Lucy Mackintosh is selling half or whole lamb for the deep freeze available from her farm in Milborne Wick 07769202180

Wine Embargo! a ‘Lock-Down Wine Pop-Up’  retailing an evolving selection of wines for every budget. Can deliver nationally or pick-up (contact free!) from local premises if you’re in the area www.wine-embargo.co.uk

Jeanne Mortarotti teaches French and Italian and can tutor any age and any level. Jeanne is delivering one-to-one tuitions through video conferences or tailor-made lessons for those who don’t like to stand in front of a screen. Jeanne’s contact details are [email protected] or 07894470402.

George Litchfield runs website designers and developers www.smallblue.net and would be interested to hear from members of our community looking for web design support.

Mrs Bruller makes beautiful wedding cakes – visit @lydiajaneartisancakes on Instagram. Sadly a lot of weddings are being postponed at the moment but she will be back in action as soon as possible and is happy to help those who might be putting their big day together on a budget.

Milli Hill has launched an online course along with a hypnobirthing expert, especially to support women who are pregnant in the midst of this crisis. It gives tools that will help women stay calm and positive even if their birth plans have to change or they have to be without their chosen support. www.positivebirthmovement.org/courses/about-positive-birth-covid-19-rescue-pack/

Southdown Cider make artisan apple juice and award winning cider from apples collected locally and they can deliver 07796 987281

Squats &Tots is a Ladies fitness class ideal for mum’s who struggle with childcare or time to exercise. Usually they have a range of outdoor classes in Sherborne and Yeovil but are currently online. You can exercise in the comfort of your own home, with little ones by your side. The online workouts are still designed around pre and postnatal needs with advanced options for those that would like to push and challenge themselves. Monday 10am and Wednesday 9am only £4 a session via Zoom. https://www.facebook.com/EBPTSquatsandTots/

The Chocolate Society are delighted to hear from our customers. Please contact us on 01963 824366 or use the contact form on this page.

Moth Prevention if you have been spring cleaning, you may have found moths invading your closet or pantry. Moth Prevention provide high quality, German-made moth traps to help rid your home of these annoying pests. A family run business with over ten years experience, you can find products at www.mothprevention.com

PG Fire & Security designs, installs, services and provide reactive support to fire and security systems including: Fire Alarms, Emergency Lighting, Intruder Alarms, CCTV, Access Control, Extinguishers for business clients www.pgsecurity.co.uk

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