Run by local people. Co-ordinating informal support, neighbour to neighbour.
With coronavirus starting to disrupt everyday life, we want to be sure that everybody in Bradninch and Hele can get practical help from a neighbour. There is a network of volunteers across our community (see map and list below for the different zones and roads covered), and the sorts of things we can help with include shopping, collecting medication and dog walking – as well as a friendly phone call.
We are all volunteers, and the health and safety of everyone involved is paramount. Please expect that volunteers will not come inside your home. If you or anybody in your household is self-isolating, please let us know when calling so that shopping etc. can be left outside the house and conversation conducted by telephone rather than at the door. Please also note that we are unable to give health advice; for the latest NHS guidance, see https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
If you have any questions or would like to volunteer or contribute to the community effort in some way, please contact Anthony or Sophie (see below). And do remember that this initiative is for everyone in Bradninch and Hele – regardless of age or perceived vulnerability. We’re all going to need a helping hand over the coming weeks, so let’s pull together as the fantastic community that we are!
Please scroll to the bottom of the page for a map of the different zone and a list of phone numbers and e-mail addresses for the co-ordinator(s) of each zone: please do get in touch with them if you need a helping hand. If you are unable to reach your co-ordinator within a reasonable time frame, feel free to try Anthony (881 042) or Sophie (882 048). Your co-ordinator will arrange for somebody to provide practical help and/or ring for a chat.
Please note that anyone visiting your home as part of Bradninch Together will telephone in advance and let you know who they are and at what time to expect them. They will always carry ID.
There are currently 80 volunteers involved in the initiative, but there is always room for more! There are various ways in which you can get involved, even if you are self-isolating due to being in a higher risk group:
- We have a team of people dedicated to ringing those who would like either a one-off chat or a regular call. Contact Anthony or Sophie to get involved.
- NHS frontline staff will gratefully accept offers of home-baked goods for their departments, provided good hygiene practices are followed and these come from a symptom-free home. Contact Sophie for further info.
- Would you like to get back to the art of letter writing, and perhaps find a pen-pal of a different generation? Contact Sophie if you’re interested.
Latest news and updates
31st March 2020
School supermarket vouchers
We understand that some schools are providing those entitled to free school meals with supermarket e-vouchers which apparently some supermarkets will only accept in printed form. If this applies to you and you don’t have a printer, please get in touch and we will be happy to arrange printing. Any information that you provide will only be shared with those who need to know in order to help.
Do also be aware that there is a scam going around in relation to free school meals. You should not be asked to provide bank details in order to receive support.
20th March 2020
Bradninch Together is now live, with leaflets being delivered by Royal Mail. Please don’t hesitate to call for help, but do bear with us as we work through any teething problems over the next few days.
Other local initiatives
This section of the page contains details of other initiatives that we are aware of in the local area. Please do get in touch if you hear of anything that could be added.
Bradninch Spar is offering a home delivery service to anybody who is self-isolating or in a vulnerable group. To order, telephone Spar on 881 212 and give them your shopping list. They will make up the order and ring you back to take card payment over the phone. Delivery will be made by a Bradninch Together volunteer at an agreed time. Do consider placing your order a little in advance of running out of supplies, to allow a short window for processing.
Fordmore Farm Shop. Offering a call and collect grocery service. www.fordmorefarmshop.co.uk Tel: 01884 839 742.
Halberton Court Farm Shop. Free deliveries for orders over £20. Tel: 01884 829543 or 01884 821 741.
Dart Fresh. Food and supplies, including pasta, milk, eggs, tinned products, fruit and veg, meat, bread, drinks, crisps and snack, available to order. Call the team on 01392 873036 between 8.00am and 3.00pm Monday-Saturday to find out the up-to-date stock list.
Support for parents and young families
Chase the Rainbow. Get your children to paint or draw a rainbow, and display it in a window visible from the street to create a community rainbow trail for anyone taking a walk! Post your road name in the comments of the rainbow post on the Bradninch & Hele Community page.
Free online support for pregnant women and parents of newborn babies in Bradninch. Text Annie Reid on 07860 669 875. www.earlydayssupport.co.uk
Willand Pharmacy. Sourcing baby formula for those struggling to buy in the supermarket, and selling at cost price. 01884 32604.
Information on digital churches from the Church of England, including churches which will be live-streaming Sunday services. https://exeter.anglican.org/resources/coronavirus-guidance/coronavirus-resources/
Take a look also at St Disen’s Altogether Not Together page for further information.
Steering group as of 15th March 2020
He lives on West End Road
Phone: 01392 881042
Sue has significant experience in strategic thinking, through managing previous pandemics.
She lives on Millway.
Sophie has experience in community development and project management.
She lives in Westfield.
Phone: 01392 882048
Revd Fiona Lee
Fore Street, High Street, Beacon Road and roads off, Church Street and Hen Street
Co-ordinators: Cariad/Viv: 07870 553 032
Cullompton Hill, Heggadon Close, Parsonage Street, Hornbeam Gardens, Millway and all roads off, Culver Close
Co-ordinators: Dorothy/John: 01392 881766
Charwell Meadow, Landunvez/Jubilee Road area, Westfield, Barns Close, Passmore Road, West End Road (west from school field)
Co-ordinators: Neala/Andy: 077786 250650
West End Road (White Lion to Passmore Road), Bowley Meadow, Townlands, Hele Road (White Lion to School Field), Dukes Orchard
Co-ordinators: Anthea/Anthony: 01392 881595
All outlying areas
Co-ordinators: Carolyn/Sophie: 01392 882273
Hele (all roads)
Co-ordinators: Elise/Luke: 07951 780760