Belstone Coronavirus Response – Latest News – 25/3/20

As the spread of Covid-19 progresses there are more closures/stoppages to report, as well as well as more help being offered, so please read on: –

In line with the government directive, issued on the evening of Monday 23rd March, Belstone Village Hall has had to close down, until further notice.

This also means that the outreach post office at the village hall, normally on Tuesdays from 9.30 to 11am, is closed for the foreseeable future. The post office at South Zeal remains open. The directive from the post office headquarters is that, where it is feasible, keep outreach services going unless they take place in buildings which are now otherwise closed to the public. The postmaster wishes to reassure Belstone that this temporary closure will in no way endanger the service continuing at the Village Hall as soon as this is deemed safe and responsible. Members of the Coronavirus Response Team have already carried out post office related errands for people and are happy to continue, so please do contact them.

Under the same directive, with regret, St Mary’s Church has also had to lock its doors until further notice.

Darren of Kernow Fisheries, who comes to the village fortnightly, is now unable to to continue but, hopefully, will be back when things improve.

The Beacon will not be printed until further notice but, if you would like an electronic copy, email editor.thebeacon@icloud.com

For those who are self-isolating or live alone, Farmer Luxton will be doing deliveries on Thursdays. Orders should be with them by 11.00am on the Wednesday before delivery. Phone 01837 54308 or email stuartluxton@talktalkbusiness.net You can visit the website at https://www.farmerluxtons.co.uk/

Anyone can now order from Country Lanes and pay by card. Phone them on 01837 52489, either from home or even right outside their door! They will put the goods together for you and put them outside the door for you to pick up. This has already successfully been tried out by at least one Belstone resident!

Waitrose are dedicating their first hour of opening – 8-9am – to the elderly and vulnerable and also their carers. Please visit https://www.waitrose.com/ecom/help-information/customer-service/coronavirus for updates.