Everything you need to know about Wells and coronavirus

  Posted: 22.05.20 at 14:55 by Tim Lethaby

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Despite the recent easing of restrictions, we remain deep into the coronavirus lockdown, and Wells residents are doing their bit to make sure the spread of Covid-19 is kept to a minimum.

Visit Somerset have told tourists to only visit Wells if they are coming for exercise and live within an hour's drive.

Meanwhile, the manager of the Mendip Hills AONB has praised the behaviour of visitors to beauty spots in and around the city.

Building contractor Melhuish and Saunders is offering free installation of health protection equipment to schools preparing to reopen, while Mendip YMCA has praised the support of the city community, as its Spencer House garden makeover is proving its worth for residents.

Keeping spirits up have been the cygnets on the Bishop's Palace moat, and the seven have now been named following suggestions from the public.

The government has announced that Mendip District Council is going to receive £102,000 to boost high streets such as the one in Wells, and district councillor Lois Rogers has expressed surprise that European money is being used for the funding.

Wells residents are showing resilience and continuing to go about their work and look after their families in as safe a way as possible.

To help make sure there is a place where everyone can access information, this article aims to inform residents about everything they need to know regarding the crisis.

It will be constantly updated, so if you would like to add any information, or correct any information that has become out-of-date, please email [email protected]

The aim is to make this article as comprehensive as possible, so please do get in touch with anything you would like to add.

What's Open

Budgens - Budgens are offering home delivery in Wells. Due to growing demand on phone orders, they now have a email address for food delivery which they would like you to use if possible. Email: [email protected] or, if no access to email, call 01749 671506.

Lidl - operating hours: Monday to Saturday 8am to 9pm, Sunday 10am to 4pm. Purchase restrictions in place on a select few product lines to ensure availability for as many customers as possible.

Morrisons - Morrisons have introduced an NHS hour. From 7am to 8am Monday to Saturday all colleagues with an NHS badge will be able to get into the store to stock up on the products they need. On Sundays they will open at 9am for our very hard-working NHS workers to shop. They will open at 9.30am for all other customers to shop normally.

Tesco - vulnerable customers’ “priority hour” on Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning from 9am to 10am for the elderly and vulnerable. Tuesday and Thursday 9am to 10am NHS priority time.

Waitrose - the first opening hour in Waitrose supermarkets (8am to 9am Monday to Saturday and 11am to noon Sunday) will be dedicated to elderly and vulnerable shoppers, as well as those who look after them.

Boots - the pharmacy at the Boots shop on Wells High Street (01749 673138) is open as follows: Monday to Saturday 9am to 4.30pm. The Boots pharmacy at the Priory Health Park (01749 675508) is open as follows: Monday to Friday 8.30am to 6pm, Saturday 9am to noon.

Somerset Hampers - fresh produce from local suppliers delivered to all BA5 postcodes and surrounding areas – new stock daily. £25 minimum order. Call 01749 372007.

Wells SPAR is offering a home delivery service to customers who are most at risk to Covid-19, call on 01749 672014 or 07561 609089 to arrange a delivery.

Andre's Kitchen - Sunday roasts are back by demand - to order phone Sue on 01749 938100.

Arthur David - offering delivery of fresh, frozen, bread and dairy (minimum order £25) to Wells on Tuesday through to Saturday. Order and pay by card over the phone 0330 333 4441.

Bengal Kitchen - providing home cooked Bengal meals (starter, main course and side dish) for £9.95. Free delivery in Wells (minimum order two set meals). See menu and/or place your order on Facebook.

Brown and Daughter - offering delivery by pre-order of fruit and veg to Wells area on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Order by text on 07715 866335 or by email [email protected]

Cake and Slice - cupcakes and cakes, including celebration cakes. Call 07814 648756 or email [email protected] to order. Cupcakes from £6 per box of four, full cakes from £13, celebration cakes from £20. Delivery to Wells £3.50.

Wookey Hub - a small village cafe serving some of the best coffees in the area and also a village shop offering local produce and trying to go plastic free.

Cheese Yard Cafe - still open for takeaways. Wednesday and Friday evenings we are serving fish and chips, burgers, ribs, scampi, steak pie and other themed dishes. Served from 5pm until 8pm. Traditional Sunday lunch is served from noon.

Cook - Click and Collect slots available for up to two days ahead for its frozen meals and prepared cold meals. If these are full, you can try calling 01749 677726.

Daniel's Cafe - open for delivery or takeaway every morning from 8.30am until 1pm.

Dodo’s - wine and cheeseboards to your door. Menu changes weekly but uses local suppliers. To order call 07388 901097.

Fosso Lounge - open for takeaway only. See Facebook for menu.

Goodfellows Sadler Street Cafe - doing a Sunday lunch takeaway at present. It is predominantly a pick up menu but it is doing some home deliveries as well. Pick up is between noon and 2.30pm and delivery between 2.30pm and 4pm. Order by email: [email protected]

Griffiths Butchers - offering free delivery of meat orders (minimum order value £30). See selections available on Facebook. Order by phone on 01749 672319.

Hillside Farm - offering a range of food packs (including dairy products, meat, bread, eggs) at £20 each with free delivery. Also £20 veg boxes consisting of five veg, two salad and five fruit. See Facebook page for full details. Order by messaging on 07947 084326.

Ho Ho House - takeaway, to order phone 01749 674784.

Meal4You - freshly prepared hot meals delivered to your door seven days a week. Costs £7 each day. To order phone 01749 870400.

Orient Express - serving quality, authentic Cantonese, Peking, Szechuan and English dishes. Order online www.orientexpressofwells.co.uk. Available: Tuesday to Sunday from 6pm to 9.30pm.

Pop’s Thai Kitchen - offering home delivery of hot food. Leave a message on Facebook or text on 07714 683115.

Queen Street Deli - will deliver local produce from the finest suppliers of bread, dairy products, groceries, etc, and where possible they can put vegetable orders aside for customers to collect. Please order by 11am for delivery the next day. For larger orders, please email [email protected] or call Dan on 01749 679803.

Rams Kebab - various kebabs served with salad. Prices range from £5.50 to £13, and are available for delivery. There is a minimum order of £10 to £15 for free delivery depending on where you live. Opening hours are Friday and Saturday 4pm to 11pm, Monday to Thursday and Sunday 4pm to 10pm. Order by telephone: 07548 194646.

Santé Wine - offering free delivery of wine, beer and spirits, within 25 miles of Wells. Contact David on 07872 001876 or by email on [email protected]

Thai Dragon Wells - open for takeaway and delivery. Phone 01749 675757 to order.

The Globe Inn - tel: 01749 678998. Offering various traditional pub food dishes for takeaway or delivery.

The Good Earth - offering a local home delivery service free of charge for anyone who is self isolating. The service includes their full restaurant menu and the stocked items in the wholefood shop. Open Monday to Saturday 9am to 5.30pm. Place order by email to [email protected] or call on 01749 678 600 (Option 2).

The Grape and the Good - delivering wine, beer and other drinks – call Andrew on 01749 428685.

The Venue - still operating a food delivery/collection service. This runs from Monday to Saturday, 5pm until 9pm. It is recommended you book in early.

Tincknell Country Store - offering basic food items (bread, eggs, cheese and milk) by click and collect. See website for details www.tincknellcountrystore.co.uk.

Timmy’s Chillies Marmalades and Jellies - taking phone orders for local delivery. If you would like to order via telephone, please call Tim on 07816 815608.

Tuckers Takeaway - pre-arranged takeaway collections. Call 01749 674082 to place your order.

Wells Golf Club - the chef manager is producing meals at £5 each, delivered within a five-mile radius of the clubhouse. The meals are frozen, but ready to put in the microwave or heated oven – desserts are also available. Alan will also deliver bread/milk/fruit and veg with any meal order, but must be ordered the day before delivery. Sunday roasts at £10 are also available but must be ordered by Friday. Call Alan or Nicola between 10am and 2pm at 01749 675005 – option 3 to place an order.

Wells Kebab and Pizza House - fast food takeaways and delivery to your door when you order online. Choose from pizza, kebabs, burgers and much more besides. Opening hours 3pm to 11.45pm daily. Order via www.just-eat.co.uk/restaurants-wellskebab-ba5/menu.

Wrapped Streetfood - fresh, tasty, healthy takeaway food. Local home deliveries, payment by PayPal in advance or contactless card on delivery. Please order before 3pm for same day delivery. Menu and pricing on Facebook, or order by phone. Tel: 07943 842581.

Ye Olde Sweets - will deliver orders of more than £10 free. Call Nicki Baker on 07824 564160 or email: [email protected]

Runway Boutique - offering free local delivery and free postage for all orders placed while the Wells boutique is closed.

Exsel Executive Taxi and Private Hire - driver will be wearing facemask and car will be wiped clean with anti-bacterial wipes after every journey. Facemasks can be provided if necessary.

Sue Matthew's Therapy - if you want change - such as your relationship, your anxious mind, or even your body shape - contact Sue and she can discuss how she can help.

GE Services South West - offering house clearance/garden clearance/garage clearance/probate clearance, and scrap metal collection.

Small Steps Theatre Arts - runs classes in ballet, modern and tap, and musical theatre.

Kestrel Motor Services - open for MOTs, services and mechanical repairs.

Wells Knitting Centre - local delivery and postage options are available (terms apply) depending on stock availability.

Somerset Skills and Learning - offering distance learning courses free to anyone 19+ who has lived in the EU for at least three years.

The Box of Delights - currently open for bespoke cakes, cookies and other baked goods. Able to deliver locally.

What's Closed

The Godney Gathering - the two-day event had already been postponed until September, but it has now been called off for 2020.

Who to contact for help

Somerset County Council - Coronavirus Hotline (open daily 8am-6pm) 0300 790 6275. Adult Social Care, Children's Services, Highways - 0300 123 2224

​Mendip District Council - Council Tax, Benefits, Business Rates and Other Financial Help 0300 303 8588.​ The council has announced extra tax relief for vulnerable residents during the crisis.

Wells City Council - call 01749 673091. Town clerk - [email protected]

Where to join local volunteer efforts

Wells Coronavirus Help Network - recruiting volunteers and helping the local groups that have sprung up across the city. If you would like to volunteer, click here.

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Updated: 26th May 2020

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