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Welcome to our parish website's Coronavirus - Coldridge Community Support page - a 'one stop shop' aimed at signposting relevant local and national on-line resources and news, with the aim of helping residents of Coldridge navigate their way through the current emergency.

Posted IK, 21st March 2020; updated 26th March


Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Key On-Line Resources

This section provides links to key on-line resources and trusted sources within the UK which are providing Government & Health guidance, advice or providing notification of local providers/service impacts arising from the developing Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic:-

Central Resources

UK Central Government:     GOV.UK - Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do

Public Health England:   Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance

NHS 111 On-Line:  Coronavirus (COVID-19)   and   NHS 111 Symptom Checker 


Local Service Information

Local Authority MDDC:   Mid-Devon District Council Coronavirus (COVID-19):  Council Service Update

Local Authority Devon County Council:    Coronavirus advice in Devon 

GP Services (Bow/North Tawton):  Bow and North Tawton Medical Practice

GP Services (Chumleigh/Winkleigh):  Wallingbrook Health Group


Additional Information & Guidance

Social distancing:

Advice on staying at home:

Requesting an Isolation Note:


Government Help and Support Contacts

HMRC Coronavirus Helpline:       0800 015 9559
HMRC Self-Assessment Payment Helpline:      0300 200 3822


This list will be extended and/or amended in line with future developments.

Posted  IK, 15:15hrs 21st March 2020; Updated 10:02 26th March



31st March

UPDATE:  Coronavirus information from Devon County Council

Click here to read the DCC's latest article on their website


Stagecoach - Temporary Changes to Local Bus Service Timetables

"Our services are changing due to Covid-19, as of Monday 30th March 2020 we will be running a Sunday service with additional morning trips across our whole South West network with a few minor exceptions".  Click here for further information.


RSPB - #BreakfastBirdwatch Invitation to Birdwatch Together Social Media

The RSPB have set-up a daily hour long breakfast birdwatch opportunity (between 8 and 9am) for people to come together and share live birdwatching and bird stories. Click here for details of how to join and take part.

Posted 31st March 2020


29th March

GOV.UK News - First food parcels delivered to clinically vulnerable people

The first free food boxes containing essential supplies have been delivered in England to those at highest risk from coronavirus.  Click here to read the full article.


Get GOV.UK Coronavirus news releases directly to your inbox

You can sign-up for GOV.UK Coronavirus (COVID-19) email alerts by going to the Coronavirus email alert page and follow the instructions to get set-up.  Once active you can change the frequency of email alerts or unsubscribe as you wish.


Posted 29th March 2020


28th March

*** A Message for you from Allerbridge Chapel and St Matthew’s Church ***

Our country is now in partial lockdown and the doors of the Chapel and Church are locked too, so we want to let you know where you and your family can find Christian words and music, should you wish.  

There are lots of programmes both online and on TV and radio you will already know about, such as ‘Thought for the Day’ on radio and ‘Songs of Praise’ on TV. Here are some other ideas:

Church of England  for daily prayers, links to ideas of faith and virtual services.  More options are available day by day, including a series of studies led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, and information about taking care of mental wellbeing.

Exeter Cathedral   for keeping in touch locally and Sunday sermons, also a nice tour of the Cathedral.

Crediton Parish Church  for a regular Sunday Service.

If you have visited a chapel or church whilst on holiday, you could check out their website too. You may like to sing along to a favourite hymn sometimes, and these can be found on Youtube, by searching at the top of the page.      

A couple of other things ... Did you know that it takes the same time to say The Lord’s Prayer as it does to wash your hands?  Also you may have already seen that some people are lighting a candle in their window during the evening to remind them of Jesus, the Light of the World.

Here is a simple prayer that you may wish to make:  Lord Jesus, please forgive the wrong things I have done, and the good I have not done;   come into my life to be my Saviour and help me make a new start.  Amen

Thank you for taking time to read this.  If there is any help you need from either the Chapel or the Church, please contact John Smith on the SPOC in confidence and he will put you in touch with us.

28th March 2020


Latest Coronavirus information from Devon County Council

Click here to read the DCC's latest article on their website

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GOV.UK - Get Coronavirus support as an extremely vulnerable person

If you have a medical condition that makes you vulnerable to coronavirus you can register for support -> click here.  It is also possible to register for support for someone else in need.

Posted 28th March 2020


27th March

Local Authority 'Shielding' Community Hubs Created to Support Most Vunerable

MDDC Published 26th March

A network of ‘shielding hubs’ coordinated by local authorities is rapidly being set up across Devon to immediately help those most at risk from coronavirus (COVID-19) with urgent food, medicine and care supplies.

Click here to read the full and latest article on the MDDC website.

Posted 27th March 2020


26th March

Mid Devon District Council - Community support across Mid Devon

People and businesses across Mid Devon are responding with amazing energy, and community spirit to the challenges we face. While we must look after our own health and that of our families and friends, among our community there will be those vulnerable and in real need of material and psychological support, particularly during isolation at home.

Community contacts list

The latest list of community support groups across Mid Devon can be found on our Community support across Mid Devon page. For all other parishes, please contact Age UK Mid Devon on 01884 255369 in the first instance.

We'll update this list regularly as more information becomes available. The links provided may re-direct to a third party website. We cannot guarantee the information contained within them, so please exercise your own due-diligence and best judgement when using the help on offer.

How can I get my community group added to this list?

If you're involved in a group and want to add it to the list below, please email

I want to setup a new group. What guidance is there?

Covid Mutual Aid UK  If you're setting up a group, information about good practice, particularly around data protection and safeguarding can be found at Covid Mutual Aid UK

For more advice on setting up a group, speak to Karen Nolan at INVOLVE Voluntary Action in Mid Devon, by emailing

Posted 26th March 2020


25th March

Government launches Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp

UK Government launched a GOV.UK Coronavirus Information service on WhatsApp today. The new free to use service aims to provide official, trustworthy and timely information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19), and will further reduce the burden on NHS services.

Full details are posted on the GOV.UK website - click here.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) information from Devon County Council

6:41pm Weds 25th March:   A useful update from Devon County Council's Coronavirus Response Team available on the web - click here to view.

You can easily sign-up for an email copy direct to your inbox. I will post future web-view updates when published.

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Mid Devon District Council

Various Updates - 25 March 2020


From tomorrow, Thursday, 26 March, reusable textiles such as clothes, sheets, blankets, curtains, towels, shoes, handbags and belts will no longer be collected as part of your fortnightly kerbside recycling collection service, or any of the clothing banks in Devon until further notice. This is due to the area of this service provided by our contractor (the Salvation Army who processes the textiles collected by all Devon authorities), now being classified as 'non-essential'.

In the meantime, if you have any textiles that are reusable, please keep hold of them until these restrictions can be lifted, at which point we anticipate that charities will be in urgent need of clean and wearable donations.

Property Services

1. Play areas

In line with the government's instruction concerning social distancing and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we've now closed all Mid Devon District Council operated play areas in Mid Devon.

2. Public toilets

Due to the impracticability of ensuring our public conveniences can continuously meet the required hygiene standards and to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), in partnership with our Town and Parish Council's, we've taken the decision to close all public conveniences within Mid Devon until further notice.

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Posted 25th March 2020


24th March

Government Announcements Monday 23rd March - 'Stay at Home' & 'Businesses & Premises to Close'

Following yesterday evening's announcement by the PM I'm sharing GOV.UK document link that details the latest list of businesses and premises that must now close & associated exclusions:-…/further-businesses-and-premises-to-clo…

This link is presently "embedded" within another further new guidance document from yesterday covering the rules for Staying at Home:-…/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-a…

Hope this helps get you to the the key information fast.

Have a good day.

Posted 25th March 2020


23rd March


Earlier today, Mid-Devon Waste Services announced changes in local waste collection as they need to re-prioritise activities to match staffing challenges.

Effective 23rd March, the most immediate changes affecting local households are those of (a) moving to fortnightly collection for food waste AND (b) the suspension of Garden Waste collections for the forseeable future.  Other services are also affected.

Go to this MDDC link…/guidance-for-people-with-con…/ to find out how this affects you.

Posted 23rd March 2020


April edition of the Coldridge Calendar is now available

Click here to view or download.

Posted 23rd March 2020


21st March

Coldridge Parish Council: Coronavirus (Covid-19) Community Support Plan and "Single Point of Contact" Helpline

On 20th March, Coldridge Parish Council published their community support/action plan and a new help-line number for Coldridge Parishoners to use.

A copy of that launch announcement is now available - click here to view or download details.

Coldridge Community Support Helpline poster - 07731 894819


Further updates can be expected in the coming days and weeks by email to subscribers of the Coldridge Calendar, then updated here.  If you do not the receive Coldridge Calendar electronically and would like to be added to the distribution list then please contact the 'Single Point of Contact' number 07731 894819.

Posted  IK, 21st March 2020



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