Home delivery and local shopping (avoid the supermarkets!)

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Bridford shop (in the Bridford Inn) open Weds – Sat mornings 10 – 12.

Christow Stores christowstores@hotmail.co.uk is well stocked and is asking for and supplying frozen meals for those who need them. Also offering free home delivery of groceries by volunteers to those self-isolating. Easter Opening Times:
Good Friday 10-3
Saturday 10-3
Easter Sunday closed
Bank Holiday Monday 10-3

Dunsford Village Shop  01647 252330 remains open but from Monday 23rd March will open 9am to 1pm 7 days a week until further notice due to staff shortages. Still accepting post at the counter. Self-isolating? Call between 9 and 12 to book deliveries.

Trusham groceries now available in the Cridford Inn.

Chudleigh Post Office new opening hours from 30 March: Mon-Fri 10-3pm; Sat 9-12pm.  Also offering a new Card writing and Gift wrapping service. Call 01626 852149

Teign Valley Nursery can supply animal/pet food and horticultural essentials via phone ordering  01647 252654 or email teignvalleynursery@gmail.com and leave your contact details. You will have a 15 minute window to collect your order from the car park (one at a time).

On the Hill Fresh veg grown on the farm.  The veg boxes are available weekly on Tuesday afternoons, for collection from the farm, or can be delivered to vulnerable people who are self-isolating. More details on our Facebook page or this pdf. Now have potatoes in 1kg bags, salad mix and chard.  Located between Lower and Higher Ashton. To enquire about other produce, or to go on a waiting list for a weekly veg box each Tuesday, email info@onthehill.camp

Fairy Codmother fish and chip van update: Service resumed from the start of June 2020.  Visit their Facebook page for details of when and where, and to pre-order.

Bridford Inn Take-away Sunday Roast 12 – 2.00pm on Sun 22nd March. No need to pre-order, pay on collection. Menu and prices on their Facebook page.

The Nobody Inn Doddiscombsleigh 01647 252394 takeaway menu Update 20 April  no longer operating takeaway food until further notice

The Cridford Inn Trusham 01626 853694 takeaway menu (collect from car park or home delivery)

The Manor Inn Lower Ashton now closed.

Teign House Inn now closed

Westcountry Fruit Sales 01626 830881 home delivery service minimum order £25 (not just fruit!)

M Welsh Catering Services 07745688787 or info@mwelshcatering.co.uk for home delivery of chilled ready meals. Order by noon for next day delivery.

Whites Greengrocers, Bovey & Moretonhampstead are delivering daily in the Teign Valley. To place an order email ajwhitesfoods@gmail.com

Valley Farm Shop at Teign Valley Golf Course is fully stocked with all the essentials Update: drive to the golf club is coned off so shop presumably now closed.

Sweet Sensations home delivery of cakes, quiches etc 01647 252727

Beardon Dexters Beef, pork, lamb, chicken, free range eggs, diver picked scallops. For the foreseeable  will not be doing their regular stops, only a home delivery service on Wednesdays to the Teign Valley. Payment by card or bacs. Call 01647 252271 or message via Facebook for your order.

Teign News Providing any newspaper or magazines delivered to your home. Call 01626 210134

Contact us to add a service to this list

A: They are not social distancing! Remember to keep a safe distance of 2m apart, wash hands etc.

The following contacts are free, impartial and confidential support available for farmers and rural communities

Farming Help  phone 03000 111999 https://www.farminghelp.co.uk/

The Farming Community Network (FCN)  www.fcn.org.uk

You Are Not Alone (YANA) www.yanahelp.org

National Directory of Rural Support Groups Phone: 0300 323 0400

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI)  www.rabi.org.uk
Phone: 0808 281 9490

Samaritans www.samaritans.org
Phone: 116 123

Mind  www.mind.org.uk
Phone: 0300 123 3393

From Christow Surgery 

Published here March 15, 2020

Quick summary: 

• Anyone with any kind of breathing problem DO NOT attend surgery. Call us for triage, or use the 111 website. 

• If you have a new cough or temperature over 37.8C, assume you have the virus.

• If you have it, self-isolate for 7 days. Do NOT attend the surgery. 

• If you feel it’s deteriorating, call 111.

Coronavirus: Covid-19

As you will be aware, this is a rapidly changing problem and we will try to keep all our information as up to date as possible.

Useful links will be at the bottom of this page.

However this is a good starting point: Practice advice for Corona Virus

Please read the whole page as there will be information regarding appointments and medications as well


Appointments and being seen at the practice 

As a result of, and with restrictions on people gathering in a confined space, we are going to be triaging the walk-in clinics at Cheriton Bishop. We will ask people to wait in their car and call the surgery number whereupon a member of staff will take details and give instruction. People if possible will wait in their car and will be asked to enter the building as time goes on. We can see no other way of avoiding a room full of people at the same time. WE WOULD ASK PEOPLE, ADULTS AND CHILDREN WITH ANY UPPER OR LOWER RESPIRATORY TRACT INFECTION TO NOT ATTEND THE SURGERY, PLEASE EITHER CALL FOR US TO TRIAGE OR USE THE 111 WEBSITE AS BELOW.

Regarding routine appointments we are being asked in the way of maintaining safety to keep face to face contacts to a minimum. We are still able to see people, and the full practice team will be available (health permitting). All patients needing contact will be offered a telephone consultation, or the opportunity to consult via the econsult system (easily found on the home page). Otherwise the appointments will be triaged by the GP’s (and nurses) and taken from there.

For the next few months we will be suspending routine reviews but will make sure that these are dealt with at a later date.

We do appreciate the change in practice will be challenging but will endeavour to keep our service as complete as possible. Your understanding and help is very much appreciated.


We will be carrying on as usual or dispensing service as it happens at the moment. We understand very much the worry regarding the coming months, however we strongly ask you not to request more than the usual monthly amounts. The reason for this is not to be obstructive but to ensure that the manufacture and supply chains remain open and robust. If stockpiling happens then this can very quickly fall down, potentially disadvantaging everyone, including those who are vulnerable. Your consideration would be very much appreciated.

General Corona Virus Advice

Please see the link below for the latest government advice. 

Stay at home guidance:   Government advice regarding self isolation  

For general information about corona virus:  General advice regarding corona virus

If you feel you are at risk of contact or of having corona virus please use: Use if you feel you may have corona virus 

Community help

With isolation of vulnerable groups likely any help that can be offered will only be a good thing. We have been contacted by many people kindly offering their help. 

We are aware that village parish councils are setting up systems within their own communities, along with Acorn. We very much support this and are part of this overall campaign. Please speak to the relevant Parish Council in your village if you are able to help in any way. Please also watch this page for information. 

A message from Rev. Ruth Frampton

In these days of uncertainty Teign Valley & Haldon Hill Mission Community are consulting with local groups and are offering this initial plan:


Updated midday 20 March 2020

This guidance contains important advice for those offering and those receiving help with the delivery of shopping and medication in the six parishes of the Teign Valley and Haldon Hill Mission Community (Ashton, Bridford, Christow, Doddiscombsleigh, Dunchideock and Dunsford) during the present Coronavirus crisis.

• Both those offering support and those receiving it should maintain the highest level of hygiene by washing hands or using hand sanitiser both before and after contact
• If possible, items should be left at the front door or another pre-arranged place, after confirming that the recipient is able to pick up the items
• Do not shake hands or make other personal contact
• Maintain a safe distance of at least 2 metres

• If you need support, please contact your local co-ordinator (details below) by telephone or email, with a list of shopping required, and/or details of medication (e.g. number of items, address of pharmacy)
• State clearly if alternatives are acceptable if the requested shop items are not available

• Shopping should be collected in shop-supplied weather-proof bags or the shopper’s own bags – do not use bags from the person needing support
• After shopping or collecting medication, volunteer helpers will contact the local co-ordinator to confirm the cost and proposed delivery time. The local co-ordinator will then contact the person receiving help with details of the cost and will liaise about the delivery time.
• Items should be left at the front door or another pre-arranged covered place, in a weather-proof bag. The receipt will be left with the shopping.

• No charge should be accepted for the collection and delivery of items – it is a free and voluntary service
• Payment for shopping or prescription charges can be made by
– BACS transfer (where this is possible/available)
– cheque or cash (both parties should wash/sanitise hands before handling cash or a cheque)

Local Co-ordinators:
Ashton: John May – T: 01647 252212 or E: johnmay1926@gmail.com
Bridford: Kathy Fitzjohn – T: 01647 252515 or E: tessaderby@gmail.com
Christow: Phil Trotter – T: 01647 252874 or E: phil.trotter1@btopenworld.com
Dunchideock: Steve Cook – T: 01392 832332 or E:tvhchurches@gmail.com
Dunsford: Karen Morris at The Shop – T: 01647 252330 or E: dunsfordshop@gmail.com

Trusham is not within the TV & Haldon Mission Community but we’re told that community supportfor Trusham  is being co-ordinated by the The Cridford Inn 01626 853694

Until further details are available, please contact the Churches’ Administrator (Steve Cook) on 01392 832332 or tvhchurches@gmail.com if you live in Doddiscombsleigh and either need assistance, or are willing to help with shopping.