The Alfred Update

Updated: 21st May 2020

Below is up-to-date information for Shaftesbury and the surrounding area. We rely on local organisations and businesses to keep us informed of any changes. Please contact us on to add or amend any information on this page. Thank you.

Quick Links:

  1. Here’s Where To Find Community Support
  2. Online or Phone Food Ordering and Delivery
  3. Food Buying Options
  4. Hot Food Takeaways
  5. NHS and Medical
  6. What’s Still On
  7. What’s Off
  8. What’s Open or Closed


Here’s Where To Find Community Support…

Help is available for those who are self-isolating or vulnerable. There are very well organised groups of helpers covering our area. Please contact them. Tell them about the person who needs help and they will then make arrangements to support them.

It’s really important that we point people to the ‘official’ volunteer support groups so that nobody who needs help gets left behind. Please ask for help through the agreed channels, someone will see your request and help should be given.

Groups members can deliver shopping and offer additional support. We wrote about the community support groups here: Details

If you need help or can volunteer, call your local rep:

Shaftesbury: Call Jackie Upton King of Shaftesbury Civic Society on 01747 229325 or Shaftesbury Town Hall on 01747 852420.

Motcombe: Call Barney Mauleverer on 07730 496947.

Extra numbers and contacts for Motcombe and Shaftesbury are on our article: Details 

Ludwell, Donhead St Mary, Charlton and Birdbush: Call Richard Ecclestone on 07713 686368.

Sedgehill: Call David Curless on 07719 655036

Semley: Call Rosalind Condon on 07799 895501

Tisbury: Call 01747 684010.

Semley Stores (01747 830 832), Fontmell Magna Shop (01747 811201) and Ludwell Stores (01747 828227) can tell you about arrangements for local volunteers to deliver their goods within their respective parishes. 

IT problems with your laptop, tablet or mobile phone? Dorset Digital Champion volunteers are offering free help and advice every weekday, Monday to Friday, between 10am and 12noon. Call 01305 221000.

If you have set up a formal COVID-19 response group for your village, please email us at with your contact details and we will point any enquiries your way.


Online or Phone Food Ordering and Delivery…

Abbotts Greengrocers – Bell Street, Shaftesbury. Veg boxes available for delivery. 01747 853424.

Church Farm Semley – Milk station. Open. Please keep 2 metres apart and if possible one person in the milk room at any time.

Fontmell Magna Shop – Open. Temporary opening time changes – Monday to Friday, 9am to 12pm then 1pm to 5.30pm. Weekends remain unchanged. They will deliver to your door and you can order on the phone using a prepaid account with cash or card in the shop. A neighbour can set this on your behalf. They can also collect newspapers and prescriptions from Lloyds Chemist in Shaftesbury. 01747 811201.

Green and Grainy, East Orchard – Vegan cakes delivered to Shaftesbury and area. Delivering cake straight to your door! Order and pay online

High Street Bakery –  High Street, Shaftesbury. Orders and deliveries only. 01747 228370.

La Fleur de Lys – Bleke Street, Shaftesbury. Offering a take away and home delivery service from Wednesday to Saturday. Pick up and delivery between 4pm and 7pm each day. Orders must be placed with 24 hours prior notice. 01747 853717.

Madjeston Milk Station – Delivering fresh milk in plastic bottles, cream, butter, cheese and eggs to Shaftesbury, Motcombe, Twyford, East Stour, West Stour, Tisbury and other areas. Fresh bread, croissants can be ordered for pickup on Thursday at the Milk Station. 01747 822700.

Semley Shop – Open. They have volunteers to deliver food but are looking for additional drivers as some of their helpers will be self-isolating because they are over 70 years of age. You can open an account and order on 01747 830832.

Semley’s 918 Coffee Company – Open for customers who are still able to place orders. Email or call on 01747 228260.

Motcombe Community Shop – Open Monday to Friday, 9am until 1pm then 2pm until 4pm, Saturday, 9am until 1pm, Sunday 9am until 12pm. The post office is closed all day Wednesday and Saturday.

Ludwell Stores – Open and offering deliveries within the parish. 01747 828227.

Prime Cuts Butchers – Home delivery. 01747 852053.

Pythouse Kitchen Garden, West Hatch – Home delivery. 01747 870444.

Shaftesbury Deli – Closed to walk in customers but offering a pack and pickup service if you want to ring and place an order, and they can deliver. 01747 685063.

The Baguette Bar, Bell Street Car Park – Takeaway only. Mon to Sat, 9.30am to 1.30pm. Sunday 12pm to 1pm for Sunday lunch – pre-order before 2pm Saturday. Phone your order 01747 854628.

The Truckle Truck – Delivery only. Orders to be placed by 11am the day before delivery – currently delivery days are Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

The Udder Farm Shop –  Open. Taking orders for collection or delivery on 01747 838899.


Food Buying Options…

Co-op – Beaufoy Close. Open 7am to 9pm daily.

Central Ivy Cross – Open 6am to 8pm, 7 days-a-week. 01747 852846.

Grosvenor Arms Hotel – Closed.

Gusto Cafe – Closed.

The Half Moon – Closed.

Holland and Barrett – Open every day except Sunday.

John Peel Cafe – Closed.

The Mitre Inn – Closed.

Reeve The Baker – Open Monday to Friday, 9am to 2pm.

Shaftesbury Country Market – Thursdays in the Town Hall. Closed.

Shaftesbury Street Market – Thursdays. Closed.

Spar Mampitts Square – Open.

Spar Riverside Garage West Stour – Open Monday to Sunday, 8am to 6pm. Free delivery and no minimum spend for all items delivered to West Stour, East Stour, Stour Provost, Kington Magna and surrounding villages. If you are self-isolating and require any goods please give Riverside a call on 01747 838487, email to place an order for free delivery. Orders will need to be placed by 4pm for next day delivery.

Tesco – Open. 6am to 10pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 4pm Sunday. Note – shopping for vulnerable and elderly customers only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9am to 10am.


Hot Food Takeaways…

Aroma – Indian Takeaway, Shaftesbury. 5.30pm to 10.30pm. Free delivery up to 3 miles. They deliver further with charges. 01747 855560.

Chutneys – Indian takeaway delivered between 5.30pm and 11pm, 7 days-a-week. Delivery is included within 5 miles radius of Shaftesbury. 01747 852585.

Coffee #1 – Closed.

Costa Coffee – Closed.

Family Kebab, Ivy Cross5 miles free delivery. £12 minimum order. From 3pm. 01747 853978.

The Fontmell – Fontmell Magna. Starting Friday 15th May, will offer takeaways every Friday and Saturday between 5pm and 7pm. Order and pay online and collect from the pub You can see the menu on their social media. Order online before 4pm every Thursday.

Grove Arms – Ludwell. Takeaways from 5pm until 8pm. 01747 828811.

Golden Fish Chip Shop – Coppice Street – 5pm to 9pm Tuesday to Saturday, as well as Friday and Saturday lunchtimes, 12noon to 1.30pm. You can phone your order ahead on 01747 852138.

Marmaris Kebabs and Pizzas – Open 4pm until late. 01747 855577

Oriental Express – Beaufoy Close – Open.

Thai Kitchen – Wincombe Lane. Tuesday to Saturday 10.30am to 2pm then 5pm to 10pm. 01747 855813.

The Salt Cellar – Closed.

The Two Brewers – St James. Closed.


NHS and Medical…

Health Centres:

Abbey View Medical Centre, Shaftesbury – Essential nursing services will continue at Abbey View Medical Centre, Shaftesbury. They are cancelling some routine blood test appointments. You will receive a call or a text advising if your appointment is going ahead. Contact with doctors and clinicians will be by telephone or video consultation. If you need to be seen they will arrange that with you. All doors are locked.

Fontmell Magna Surgery – Closed

Westminster Memorial Hospital – no longer performing any X-rays for GP referred patients other than chest and abdomen requests. They will continue to X-ray minor injury patients as normal.


Pharmacy and Chemists:

Boots is open Monday to Saturday. New opening hours 10am to 1.15pm then 2.15pm to 4.30pm and is operating a restricted entry system. That’s why you may see a queue outside.

Lloyds at Abbey View is open from 9.30am to 5.30pm. They are closed for an hour at lunchtime between 1pm and 2pm.


Other Health and Medical:

Carnall Dental Practice – Open for emergencies only. 01747 852651.

BUPA Dental Care – Open for emergencies only. 01747 852055.

Ivy Cross Dental Practice – Open. 01747 898303.

Shaftesbury Chiropractic Bimport – Now able to see patients in the clinic. Safety measures will be in place and staff are wearing PPE. Patients can book online, by email at or phone 01747 851455. 



Eyestyle Centre Optician – Call 01747 851006.

Robert Frith Optometrists – Closed for non essential optical care.

S H Harrold Optician – Call 01747 853553.


Veterinary Surgeries:

Longmead Vets – Emergencies only. 01747 852064.

Friars Moor Veterinary ClinicEmergencies only. 01747 850500.


What’s Still On…


Samantha’s Sounds Like The 60s Dusty, Cilla, Lulu and Pet At Shaftesbury Arts CentreThis show has been re-scheduled for 19th September 2020.If you have booked for the original date of 30th May then you will be offered the chance to move your booking to the new date


What’s Off…

The following events have been cancelled…

Shaftesbury Food Festival due to take place on 3rd May has been cancelled. Organisers are hoping to arrange an alternative later in the year. Details

The North Dorset Cycle Ride due to take place on 17th May has been cancelled.

Shaftesbury Fringe 2020 due to take place on 3rd to 5th July has been cancelled. Organisers say they will return in 2021. Details

Gold Hill Fair due to take place on 5th July has been cancelled. Details

Shaftesbury Art Group Town Hall Art Fairs – cancelled for 10th April, 1st May, 5th June, 10th July.

Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show – due to take place 19th August has been cancelled

Walking For Health – All walks are cancelled.


What’s Open or Closed…

Arts and Leisure:

Gold Hill Museum – Closeduntil further notice.

Abbey Museum – Closed until further notice.

Shaftesbury Arts Centre  Closed until further noticeDetails

TLW Dance School – Wincombe Business Park. Closed until further notice.


Faith Services: 

There will be no CofE church services in Shaftesbury and the surrounding villages as well as The Donheads, Semley, Sedgehill and East Knoyle. You can follow live streamed and recorded services every week. Details

There will be no services at the Bell Street Church in Shaftesbury, or any Methodist or United Reformed Church, until government advice changes. Shaftesbury’s Catholic Church of the Most Holy Name and St Edward King and Martyr will not hold public services, but it will be possible to watch mass streamed online from elsewhere. Details


Charity Shops: 

British Heart Foundation – Closed. They cannot accept any donations so please do not leave them outside.

Cancer Research UK – Closed.

Julia’s House – Closed.

Naomi House Children’s Hospice Shop – Closed.

Oxfam Bookshop – Closed.

Weldmar Hospice Care High Street and Longmead – Closed.


Hair and Beauty:

The Barbershop Parsons Pool. Closed.

GG’s Barbers – Closed.

Hidden Depths – Closed

Kalypso’s Hair Salon – Closed.

Right Over The Top Hairdressers – Closed.

Sloane’s Bespoke Hair – Closed.

Twarbers – Closed.


Non-Retail Businesses and Professional Services:

Shaftesbury Post Office – Open. Monday and Tuesday 8.30am to 5.30pm and Wednesday to Friday 9am to 5.30pm. Will close at 1.30pm every Saturday, two hours earlier than normal. 

Royal Mail Sorting Office Longmead – Open 7am to 9am only. Closed Wednesday and Sunday.

Royal Chase Hotel – Closed.

Adamant IT – Closed.

ASL Engraving and  Key Cutters – Salisbury Street. Open again for shoe repairs and key cutting. 9am to 1pm, Monday to Saturday.

Canvas Dry Cleaners – Closed.

Cougar Computers – Wincombe Business Park. Not open to the public yet but still operating and sending out shipments/post with free shipping. 01747 850501.

Boatwrights Estate Agents – Offices closed but working from home. Call 01747 213106.

Chaffers Estate Agents – Access to the offices prohibited to members of the public. 01747 852301.

Connells Estate Agents – Offices closed.

Dorset Property – Offices closed. Call 01747 853590.

Jackson Stops Estate Agent – Offices closed. Call 01747 850858.

Woolley and Wallis – Offices closed. Call 01747 852242.

Freedom Mobility – Ludwell. Closed but will take orders over the phone and leave the items outside shop for collection. 01747 829549.

Hambledons – Offices closed. Call 01747 851151.

Farnfields Solicitors – Offices closed but working from home. Call 01747 854244.

Hays Travel – Closed. For enquiries please contact via email, Facebook or call 01747 854331.

Imprint Graphics – Longmead. Open on reduced hours with one-person entry from 10.30am to 3pm Monday to Friday. Can do safety signage for walls and floors as well as many other printing requirements. Call 07879 280998 or email

Peter Harding Wealth Management – Closed but working from home. Call 01747 855554.

MacLachlan Solicitors – Office closed but working remotely and available by phone, video call or email.

Rutter’s Solicitors – Office closed but staff are dealing with calls.



HSBC – Open

Lloyds – Open Monday to Wednesday but closed on Thursday and Friday until further notice

NatWest – Open 10am until 1pm.

Santander Bank – Open.


Town Centre Retailers:

Acanthus – Closed.

Allum and Sidaway – Closed.

Automotive Car and Motorcycle Accessories – Closed.

A & R Tiles, Salisbury Road –  Open Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm and Saturday by appointment only. Please call 01747 855 733 or email

Bargains – Open. Mon to Sat, 9am to 4.30pm.

Barlow’s  Framing – Closed.

Bright Blooms Florist – Closed but you can complete orders over the phone or through the website. 01747 854483

The Botanical Candle Company – Closed. Order on their website using the discount code ‘collect’ to remove postage costs.

Cards, Gifts, Balloons and Saxon Photographic – Closed.

Coconut And Cotton – Shop closed. Order online for local home delivery including refill products. There is a £10 minimum spend for local deliveries.

Cranbornes – Closed.

Crystal Clear –Closed.

Cygnet Gallery – Closed.

The Dorset Store – Closed.

Hine and Parsons – Closed.

JOT Carpets –Closed.

M&Co – Closed.

Mine – Closed.

Mistral– Closed.

Moon and Back Childrenswear – Closed.

Nature’s Treasures – Closed.

Nutmeg – Closed.

Pamplemousse Florist – Closed.

The Potting Shed – Open from Wednesday 13th May. Nick says he will probably open the back garden rather than the shop, which is a more confined space. Also taking telephone orders for seeds/plant/gardening needs. Free delivery in Shaftesbury. 01747 853642.

Paws and Claws – Open for pet products. Offering home delivery and phone orders. 01747 854909.

Salisbury Street Launderette – now offering drop off and collect from the door service. Call to arrange 01747 851298.

Serendipity – Closed.

Shaftesbury Wines – Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am until 2pm, with ‘shop doorstep’ purchases available. They will continue to deliver as well.

Shirley Allum – Closed.

Superdrug – Mon to Sat, 10am to 4pm.

Teddybear Corner – Closed. 

Kit and Kaboodle – Closed.

Underground Music – Shop is closed but sales and support offered online and by phone, including free local delivery. 

WHSmith – Closed.

Willow – Closed but online ordering is available. 20% discount with the code ‘SHASTON’.

Wincombe Kitchens – Showroom is open by appointment only for the time being. Contact 01747850990 or email and they will arrange a convenient time. Hand sanitiser available in the showroom along with 2m guidelines throughout. Staff are happy to wear masks if preferred.

Blackmore Vale Filling Station – Closed.

Shaftesbury Tyres and Batteries – Open via appointment, with priority for key workers. You’ll need to call in advance on 01747 850558.



Alison Harding is selling plants to raise money for the Weldmar Hospice, including tulips at £2.50, forget-me-nots and roses at £3. Honesty box at 17 Pound Lane.

Annabel at the Abbey says there are home grown vegetable plants for sale on Park Walk. Broad beans at £2 per pot, sweet peas and tomato plants £1.50. Phone through orders for delivery 01747 229773.


Public Services:

Shaftesbury Town Council – Town Hall closed and all democratic meetings suspended. 01747 852420 or

All playgrounds, playparks and outdoor gyms are closed.

Bell Street toilets – Closed.

Wincombe Household Recycling Centre – Open 7 days a week, 9am to 6pm. Spaces are reduced to allow social distancing. Only one person allowed out of the car.

Shaftesbury Library – Closed. All loans will be renewed until 2nd of July. The public can continue to access digital resources, e-books, audiobooks and magazines online at

Tourist Information Centre – Closed.