The Bowerchalke and Broad Chalke COVID Support Network leads and co-ordinate the villages efforts to support and the vulnerable and self-isolating during the COVID 19 pandemic. There is a network of area co-ordinators across the two villages. If you have any questions or queries please contact John Nicholas for Bowerchalke or Nicki and Nigel Tinkler

Face masks and coverings to be compulsory in England’s shops

Wearing a face covering in shops and supermarkets in England will become mandatory tomorrow (24 July).
Shops and supermarkets will be expected to encourage compliance with the law and can refuse entry. Those who fail to comply with the new rules could face a fine of up to £100.
The move will bring England into line with Scotland and other major European nations like Spain, Italy and Germany.
Since mid-May, the public have been advised to wear coverings in enclosed public spaces, where they may encounter people they would not usually meet.
It has also been compulsory on public transport in England since 15 June.
Children under 11 and those with certain disabilities will be exempt.

What you can do from 4 July

The changes include:

  • Where it’s not possible to stay two metres apart, guidance will allow people to keep a social distance of ‘one metre plus’. This means staying one metre apart, plus mitigations that reduce the risk of transmission e.g. face coverings.
  • Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers will be open, providing they adhere to COVID Secure guidelines.
  • Two households will be able to meet up in any setting with social distancing measures.
  • People can now enjoy holidays in England with the reopening of accommodation sites including caravan parks, B&Bs and hotels.

Full government guidence can be found here.

Guidance eased for people shielding and vulnerable groups

From Monday 6 July, the advice to people who are shielding will change. Clinically extremely vulnerable people will be able to meet outdoors in groups of up to six people they do not live with, while maintaining social distancing.
They can also form a ‘support bubble’ with another household of any size, following the same rules as the rest of the population.
Full guidence can be found here.

In these tabs you will find information about ‘local’ issues.

Please Read ‘Local Support’ before contacting support coordinators.

 Photographic Competition ‘Your Life in Lockdown’

The gallery is open here

Visit the gallery here


  1. Garden in a grow bag
  2. Garden in the most unusual container
  3. Garden in a bucket (children under 10 years only)
  4. Best herbaceous boarder (photos must be from 2020 only!)
  5. If you cannot make it to a garden centre or you don’t have green fingers decorate your wheelie bin instead!

Classes 1 to 3 can be flowers, herbs, vegetables or all three


Grow a GIANT Sunflower!


To see the full poster click here.

At 15th May the tallest sunflower was 52 cm !



Build a Scarecrow.

Your amazing Scarecrows can still be found in the galleries below.

Visit Original Gallery.

The Fry Gallery

NHS test and trace: how it works

The NHS test and trace service:
  • ensures that anyone who develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can quickly be tested to find out if they have the virus, and also includes targeted asymptomatic testing of NHS and social care staff and care home residents
  • helps trace close recent contacts of anyone who tests positive for coronavirus and, if necessary, notifies them that they must self-isolate at home to help stop the spread of the virus

This service has been introduced to help return life more to normal, in a way that is safe and protects our NHS and social care. It will allow us to trace the spread of the virus and isolate new infections and play a vital role giving us early warning if the virus is increasing again, locally or nationally.

Get more information here

Coronavirus regional testing site opening in Salisbury

A drive-through coronavirus testing facility is to open at the Beehive Park and Ride in Salisbury, as part of the government’s UK-wide drive to increase testing.
Anyone experiencing a new, continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss of or change in their normal sense of smell or taste, can book an appointment on the NHS website or by calling 119 to be tested for whether they currently have coronavirus.
The testing centre is being operated in partnership with Mitie and staff from Boots in Salisbury who have volunteered to run this COVID-19 testing station, which will start testing essential workers and people with symptoms of coronavirus on Saturday, 30 May.

Household Recycling Centers

Click to visit

SP5 post codes can only access the recycling centres on:

Thurs 4 June 5:30pm to 7:30 pm
Sat 6 June 9:30am to 7:30 pm

Expect queues and take proof of address with you.


Please read these new guidelines about how to use the CVS:

To ensure we comply with social distancing Government Guidelines, only 2 customers will be allowed in the shop at any one time.  A volunteer will manage the entrance, please respect their directions.
At payment, you will be asked to keep 2 metres away from the till by standing within the marked area.
We will continue to operate a delivery service for those who are Vulnerable, Self Isolating or Shielding.
Please help us to help others and respect the above.

Collection and delivery of prescription medication for those self-isolating.

This is being run by the well-established Chalke Valley LINK Service. If you have prescription medication which you need collected and delivered to you, please contact the LINK on 01722 780800 and they will explain the procedure to you. If you are vulnerable you do not need to make unnecessary journeys to the surgery. Please ask the Link to collect your medication for you.  Consider whether using the Link rather than a friend, family member or neighbour may help to reduce queues at Sixpenny Handley Surgery and minimise journeys.

If you have made an arrangement for the Link to collect your medication and then you don’t need them to do it, please remember to cancel.

Deliveries from Chalke Valley Stores.

If you require groceries delivered, please contact 01722 780998 with your order they will explain how payment can be made and arrange delivery.

The Queens Head is providing a takeaway delivery service for the vulnerable and self-isolating.

This will operate in Broad Chalke, Bowerchalke, Fifield Bavant. The delivery service will operate between Wed to Sun Please check the Queens Head website for details about the menu and how and when to order.

Do you have a NHS hearing aid?

Due to the Coronavirus and in line with current Government advice, our regular hearing aid maintenance drop in clinics for patients of Salisbury hospital are suspended for the time being.

However, we are continuing to provide support by:

  • posting out batteries
  • giving information on how to clean, maintain and get the best from your hearing aids
  • giving information on managing hearing loss

If you need help with your hearing aid, please contact our Community Support Officer:
Telephone: 01722 580014    Mobile 07570 670 643
Or contact our free Information Line:
Telephone: 0808 808 0123 Textphone 0808 808 9000

FACE COVERINGS – the new modern etiquette

The latest Government advice says that people should aim to wear a face covering in enclosed spaces where social distancing is not always possible and you come into contact with people you don’t normally meet. For example, in shops and on public transport.

Cloth face coverings can help to reduce the risk of transmission and are intended to prevent the wearer inadvertently transmitting the disease to others. They do not protect the wearer.
There is a thought that wearing a cloth face covering in shops or when collecting food from the pub might be the new modern etiquette. It is about you trying to protect those providing you with a service.
When using face coverings wearer should wash their hands thoroughly before putting the covering on and wash their hands again when taking it off. Face coverings should not be worn by children under 2 years of age.
Chalke Valley Stores has a stock of gorgeous cloth face coverings for sale at £7.50 with £1.50 from each sale going to the NHS. They are available in 3 sizes.

Domestic Abuse Advice:

New domestic abuse out of hours helpline
Victims of domestic abuse or those worried that someone may be suffering in silence can now access to an out of hours helpline.
This joint initiative with Swindon Domestic Abuse Support Service will ensure people can get access to help and support at any time day or night.
The helpline number is 01793 610 610

If you would like more information, or need help now, please visit  this link where you will find good advice and help line numbers. Additional information can also be found   here

Mental Health and Wellbeing: Information can be found here

Here are a few local and national initiatives and organisations that can help:

Action for Happiness monthly coping calendar to help you through the current crisis.


People living in Wiltshire are being advised not to let worries about coronavirus stop them asking for medical help for themselves or their children if they become ill, have a serious accident or have a concern about their health.
They are also being warned that not seeking medical help for symptoms that could be the early warning signs of serious conditions such as cancer could be putting lives at risk.
The warning comes as new data shows a considerable drop in the number of people coming forward to ask their GP for help and advice during the coronavirus outbreak.
Dr Ruth Grabham, Medical Director at BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire CCG, said the statistics made for worrying reading because the drop in numbers  “is not because people are not experiencing symptoms.”
“While it may seem that coronavirus has put a stop to most aspects of everyday life, the one thing it hasn’t stopped is what’s going on inside our bodies,” she says. “Now more than ever, we need to pay attention to anything that isn’t normal and seek help early on.
“For example, if you notice blood when going to the toilet, or if you’ve found a lump that wasn’t there previously, or if you’ve just noticed something odd that is causing you to worry, you need to speak to your GP.
“Should the symptom be the early warning sign of something serious like cancer, that delay in seeking help could have serious implications for how successful possible treatments may be.”
Although GP practices across the region have adopted new ways of working, such as establishing isolated clinics for potential coronavirus patients, the practices themselves are still open to offer care, treatment, advice and peace-of-mind.
The same also goes for emergency departments at the three hospitals in Bath, Swindon and Salisbury, all of which continue to be open 24 hours a day for people with a genuine and life-threatening health concern.
Additionally, all healthcare facilities in the region, as well as those elsewhere in the country, have put in place stringent infection control measures to ensure that the risk of contracting coronavirus while visiting a hospital or GP surgery remains low.

Emergency Dental Clinic in Salisbury

This service can now be accessed via 111

Children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing

For parents and carers supporting a child or young person, there’s updated guidance on ways to help look after children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19. This also includes supporting those with additional needs and disabilities.
The guidance is also available in an easy read version for people with learning disabilities.
Please follow this link.

Booklet to help families prepare for return to school

We have created a short guide with some tips to help families prepare as early years settings and schools welcome more children back through their doors.
The government has said early years settings, primary school reception, Year 1, 2 and 6 can return from 1 June. Secondary school years 10 and 12 will have some face-to-face contact from 15 June.

The booklet has some helpful tips for families including:

  • Talk about the positives of going back to school
  • Talk about all the things you have done during the lockdown period
  • Think about ways for them to connect with their friends before going back
  • For younger children explain when this is going to happen i.e. there are so many sleeps before going back
  • Encourage open discussion
  • Start to encourage the number of times your children wash their hands and practise maintaining social distancing
  • Share school information with them to help them prepare for the changes
  • Put a routine in place in the run up to going back get your child to talk to you about what the routine will look like

You can visit the government page here
The booklet can be downloaded directly in .pdf format here
You can view the booklet on this site here.

Age UK advice on spotting scams and fraudsters

Unfortunately, scammers often prey on people in difficult situations.
Age UK have produced a valuable web page full of information for older people on how to spot scams and fraudsters who target them during this outbreak. Please do share it with anyone helping older people.
The information on this page covers how to keep money and information safe from scams, as well as guidance on what to do if you are worried that someone you know is being scammed. Click here.

Staying safe and #CyberAware online

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has impacted everyone’s daily lives. More people are working from home, looking after children and spending time online. Now more than ever, it is important for everyone to know how to stay connected, stay safe online, check the facts and remember to take a break.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has shared guidance for staying safe online. This includes advice for parents and carers.

The National Cyber Security Centre has also launched a #CyberAware campaign to share the UK government’s advice on how to stay secure online during coronavirus. There’s some great advice on how to keep yourself, families and communities safe online.

Keeping Fit For Everyone

Wiltshire Council have produced an exercise guide for everyone! A collection of nationally recognized organisations have provided links to exercise regimes suitable for the older person and those with disabilities as well as younger adults and children. You can find the guide here.

Wiltshire Library Service

ebooks  and magazines are available via this service

A graphical display showing the distribution of infection rates and deaths by Health Authority and County .Get your reality check here

Money Matters


In these tabs you will find help with financial  issues.

There is now no face to face service to assist people with benefits

People needing assistance with Benefits can call 0300 456 0110 or email Who will accept documents by email.

Vulnerable people and those Requesting Housing Assistance:

call 01722 434233, Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm; or email

Advice for Businesses

View or download Here

Those businesses with a rateable value of under £15,000 will receive a grant of £10,000

Those businesses with a rateable value of between £15,001 and £51,000 will receive a grant of £25,000

You will have received a letter from us asking you to complete an online grant form. Please provide all the information requested as soon as possible so we can assess and verify the information. We issued our first grants on 2 April 2020 and are working as quickly as possible to issue this funding as we recognise how stressful this time is for businesses.

If your business is currently closed and you cannot collect your letter, you can complete the grant form if you think you are eligible for support.

A dedicated contact centre for COVID-19 business support has been set up and businesses who have queries on the grant process or require further information and advice can email us.

Hopper Williams & Bell Limited have collated business information as well as information for individuates and the self employed.You do not need to be a hwb client to make use of this resauce. Their website can be found here.


Martin Lewis at Money Saving Expert

Excellent advice if you are looking for financial help or advice on your rights during these extraordinary times. Start looking here

Citizens Advice Salisbury are offering a financial service. Call them on 0344 411 1444


The Money Advice Service will continue to offer free impartial money advice on:

  • Debt and Lending
  • Housing and mortgages
  • budgeting and money management
  • work and benefits and more

They have included additional information related to COVID-19:

  • Rights to sick pay
  • what benefits you can claim if you are self-employed or not entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)
  • your bills
  • housing costs
  • moving home
  • information to help you find out what help is available to you based on your circumstances

You can find the information here.