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Minchinhampton Life Newsletter – 2nd April 2020

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Hello everyone,

We are sending you a short update email, as following our newsletter last week, some more changes have occurred which we thought you would be interested to hear about.

Rather than listing again all the local businesses that are open – we have decided to give you access to a chart that we have prepared, which we are regularly changing as the situation arises.  You can view this chart here.

The main changes since last week are as follows:


The Chip Shed is opening from tomorrow, Friday, 3 April – for online pre-order only.  Collection between 5.00 and 8.00 p.m.  Check their website

which states:  We want to give you something to look forward to amid the difficult time we are experiencing… and we want to do this as responsibly and safely as possible.

  • We will currently only be open during restricted times for collections of online pre-orders.
  • No orders can be taken at the shop or by phone.
  • Orders are to be paid for online so as to limit interaction/delays on collection.
  • We ask all customers to please arrive promptly at your collection time.
  • Please come solo, to our front door to collect your order.
  • In the unlikely event that your order is delayed, please ensure you maintain physical distance of not less than 2 metres from other patrons.
  • Limited time slots available and on a first come first serve basis.
  • And apologies in advance for our limited menu…
Blue boys Garage are open for key workers and emergencies. Operating according to Government advice and doing everything they can to protect staff, customers & suppliers. The Government are suspending MOTs for 30 days from the 30 March 2020 and they are happy to advise further on this as details emerge.  Visitors please help to minimise risk by adopting the safety measures listed on their facebook site  . Tel 882668.
Burleigh Court.  Veggie Boxes will be available for safe collection every Friday and Saturday afternoon. You will also be able to purchase eggs and fresh juices from this week onwards. Call 01453 883 804 to order.  If lines are busy or youthrough to them please email your order and phone number to   They will ring back as soon as we can.  Online purchase will be possible come Wednesday.
For more info please visit
The Weighbridge – Now closed.
Woodchester Wines.  Taking orders on 6+ bottles: 07710 605 558 or email
Stroud Farm Services are taking pre-paid telephone orders during office hours for collection and will also deliver pet feed, bird feed and other hardware / gardening essentials free of charge to our local community.  Tel:  01453886189| 07748188460.  Email:
The British Legion group in Minchinhampton have sent us the following:Sources of help and assistance available for all in the community.
If you are a serving member, or ex member of the armed forces, please be advised that you can contact the RBL Helpline for assistance with any welfare issue, including financial worries. The contact phone number is 0808 802 8080, or email
You can also call the Veterans Gateway team on 0808 802 1212. This team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week to give assistance.
The general public can seek help from their local Citizens Advice office which is open for phone or email contact. They can offer assistance on many issues, including benefit entitlements, debt and financial worries. The contact phone number is 0808 800 0510, or email You can also visit the free public website at which gives self-help information on a wide range of subjects.
General phone support is also available from:
Age UK. Contact phone number is 0800 298 0579. Their website can be found at
The Silverline. Contact phone number is 0800 470 8090. Their website can be found at
Latest UK Government advice, information and guidance regarding the Coronavirus situation can be found on the Government website at www.Gov.UK

Finally, we would like to alert you that TONIGHT at 8 pm there is another Clap for our Carers event – concentrating on healthcare workers, emergency services, armed services, delivery drivers, shop workers, teachers, waste collectors, manufacturers, postal workers, cleaners, vets, engineers and all t hose who are out there making an unbelievable difference to our lives in these challenging times.People are asked to come to their front doors or windows – while maintaining social distancing rules – and clap for a full minute.


Please email with any news you would like included in the newsletter – this will also appear on the Facebook page.Finally, look after yourselves and your families.

Janet Chamberlain/Anne Parry