The Alfred Update 2

Please note: This information is valid from Thursday 5th November to Wednesday 2nd December. Last updated 16th November.

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. Food Shopping
  3. Restaurants, Cafes and Takeaways
  4. NHS and Medical
  5. What’s Still On
  6. What’s Off
  7. 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.

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

Shaftesbury: Awaiting further information.

Motcombe: Call Barney Mauleverer on 07730 496947.

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

Semley: Call David Curless on 07719 655036.

Sedgehill: Call Rosalind Condon on 07799 895501.

Shaftesbury’s Hope Charity is offering a mental wellbeing telephone counselling service from their Longmead HQ. You can call on Tuesdays 1pm to 4pm, Wednesdays 6pm to 8pm and Thursdays 12pm to 3pm. The number is (07714) 550969.


Food Shopping…

Abbotts Greengrocers – Bell Street, Shaftesbury – open as normal. 01747 853424.

Blackmore Vale Filling Station – A30 Sherborne Causeway. Open each Thursday for fresh fish from the Well Dressed Crab Company.

Co-op – Beaufoy Close. Open 7am to 10pm daily. 

Central Ivy Cross – Open 6am to 10pm Sunday to Thursday, 6am to 11pm Friday and Saturday. 01747 852846.

Compton McRae – Semley. Open Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm, Saturday 10am-3pm. Offering a home delivery service or collection from the deli. Can also supply fresh fruit, vegetables and kitchen staples.

Fontmell Magna Shop – 8.30am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday, Saturday 9am -1pm, Sunday 9am – 11am. 01747 811201.

Holland and Barrett – Open 9.00am – 5.30pm Monday to Saturday.

La Fleur De Lys – Home delivery groceries. Call 01747 853717.

Ludwell Stores – 8am – 5pm Monday to Friday, 8am – 1pm Saturday. You can order and collect. No deliveries. 01747 828227.

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. 01747 852225.

Prime Cuts Butchers – Open as normal and offering home delivery. 01747 852053.

Reeve The BakerMonday – Friday 8am – 3pm and Saturday 8am – 4pm, Sunday closed.

Semley Stores – Phone and collect or shop in store 8.30am – 4pm weekdays, 9am – 4pm Saturday, 9am – 12pm Sunday. 01747 830832.

Semley’s 918 Coffee Company – Open for customers who are still able to place orders. Email or call on 01747 228260. 8.30am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday.

Shaftesbury Deli – High Street – Open 9am – 4pm, Monday to Saturday. Local deliveries minimum £10 order. 01747 685063.

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

Shaftesbury Street Market – Thursdays. Uncertain. Waiting for guidance

Spar Mampitts Square – Open 7am – 10pm Monday to Sunday. 01747 228514.

Tesco – Open 6am to 12pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 4pm Sunday.

The Truckle Truck – waiting for information on markets. Likely to offer delivery.


Restaurants, Cafes and Takeaways.

Amy’s Kitchen – Ivy Cross – Takeaway to 10pm, then delivery only after 10pm. Open 12noon-midnight Monday to Thursday, 12noon-12.30am Friday and Saturday, and 3pm-11pm on Sunday. 01747 854333

Aroma – Indian restaurant. Takeaways available 7-days-a-week, 5.30pm to 10.00pm. Free delivery up to 3 miles. Deliver further with charges. 01747 855560.

The Baguette Bar – Bell Street Car Park – Open Monday to Saturday, 9.30am to 2pm. Pre-ordered Sunday takeaways. Phone your order 01747 854628.

Black Cat Catering West Orchard. Takeaway meals – home cooked dinner deliveries Wednesday to Saturday. Call 07944 790514.

Chutneys – Indian takeaway delivered between 5.30pm and 10pm, 7 days-a-week. Delivery is included within 5 miles radius of Shaftesbury. 01747 852585.

Coffee #1 – unsure takeaways to Sunday.

Costa Coffee – Open for takeaways.

Dominoes – Ivy Cross. Open 7 days, 11am-11pm. Takeaways up to 10pm, deliveries only after 10pm. 01747 858598

Family Kebab – Ivy Cross – 5 miles free delivery. £12 minimum order. Open 7 days a week, 3-11pm. Takeaway up to 10pm, delivery only after 10pm. 01747 853978.

King Alfred’s Kitchen – Open for takeaway drinks, bacon rolls etc during the day. Takeaway tapas Thursday, Friday and Saturday night in lockdown. 

La Fleur de Lys – Bleke Street. Offering takeaway meals and, in December, Christmas at home meals. 01747 853717

The Fontmell Fontmell Magna. Friday and Saturday takeaways 5pm to 7.30pm.

Grosvenor Arms Hotel – Closed.

Cafe Gusto – Closed but takeaways 8am – 4pm. 01747 858245.

Grove Arms – Ludwell. Uncertain 

Golden Fish – Coppice Street. Open as usual. 01747 852138.

The Half Moon – Closed.

John Peel Cafe – Closed.

Marmaris Kebabs and Pizzas – Open 4pm until 10pm for takeaways. 01747 855577.

The Mitre Inn – Closed.

Oriental Express Beaufoy Close – Open for takeaways.

The Rising Sun A30 Salisbury Rd, Donhead St Mary – Takeaway afternoon teas by arrangement. 01747 828514.

San Tonino – Mustons Lane. Serving takeaways on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Skevy’s Cafe – Wincombe Business Park – 07717 153671 – Takeaway food and drinks, Monday to Friday 10am – 1.3 pm.

The Smoking Jalapeño – Mexican soul food and ice-cold cocktail pitchers, beers, wines and soft drinks delivered to your door. 07835 955820.

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

The Salt Cellar – Closed 

Ye Olde Two Brewers Inn – Closed.


NHS and Medical…

Health Centres:

Abbey View Medical Centre, Shaftesbury – 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.


Pharmacy and Chemists:

Boots – High Street open 9 am until 1.30 and 2pm until 5.30pm on Monday to Saturday. 8 people max at one time.

Lloyds – Abbey View Medical Centre. Open from 6.30am to 6.30pm Monday – Friday. Saturday 9am to 12noon.


Other Health and Medical:

Abbey View Physiotherapy – above Abbey View Medical centre. Open

Bluestone Medical – PPE deliveries. Melbury Business Park, West Melbury. 01747 859205.

BUPA Dental Care – Open as normal. 01747 852055.

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

Ivy Cross Dental Practice – Grosvenor Rd. Open. 01747 898303.

Shaftesbury Chiropractic Bimport – Open, details on the website or phone 01747 851455. 

Trinity Practice Osteopath – Bell Street – Open.



Eyestyle Centre Optician – Call 01747 851006 – hoping to stay open.

S H Harrold Optician – Open as normal. 01747 853553.


Veterinary Surgeries:

Longmead Vets – Open. 01747 852064.

Friars Moor Veterinary Clinic – Open. 01747 850500.


What’s Still On…


What’s Off…

Walking For Health – All walks are cancelled.

Shaftesbury FC football – Postponed until further notice.


What’s Open or Closed…

Arts and Leisure:

Gold Hill Museum – Closed until further notice.

Abbey Museum – Closed until further notice.

Shaftesbury Arts Centre – Closed until further notice.

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

Grosvenor Arms Hotel – Closed.

Royal Chase Hotel – Open for key workers only.

BMV Health and Fitness – Sherborne Causeway. Closed until 2nd December. Staff will be writing home exercise programmes for members to stay healthy.


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.


Charity Shops: 

Charity shops are unable to process donations while they are closed. Please do not leave articles outside the shops during this period. They will be grateful for your donations once they have reopened.

British Heart Foundation – Closed. 

Cancer Research UK – Closed.

Julia’s House – Closed.

Naomi House Children’s Hospice Shop – Closed.

Oxfam Bookshop – Closed.


Hair and Beauty:

The Barbershop – Parsons Pool. Closed.

GG’s Barbers – Bell St. Closed.

Hidden Depths – Closed

Kalypso’s Hair Salon – Closed.

Right Over The Top Hairdressers – Closed.

Sloane’s Bespoke Hair – Closed.

Twarbers – Bell St – Closed.


Business, Professional and Maintenance Services:

Shaftesbury Post Office – Open. Monday and Tuesday 8.30am to 5.30pm and Wednesday to Friday 9am to 5.30pm. Will close at 3.30pm every Saturday, two hours earlier than normal. 

Royal Mail Sorting Office Longmead – Open. Monday to Wednesday, 8am-11am, Thursday to Saturday, 8am-12pm. Closed Sunday.

Adamant IT – repairs only. Collections or drop off – 01747 228223.

ASL Engraving and Key Cutters – Salisbury Street. Open again for shoe repairs and key cutting. 8.30am – 5pm Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 1pm Saturday.

Barlows Framing – High Street – Working in workshop Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday limited hours during lockdown. New work by appointment only.

Bloomfield & Associated Ltd – Office shut to the public but working and open for new enquiries via phone, email or website.

BMV Tyres, Exhausts and MOTs – Open Monday Friday at Sherborne Causeway.

Boatwrights Estate Agents – Open. Call 01747 213106.

Chaffers Estate Agents – Open. 01747 852301.

Connells Estate Agents – Open. 01747 854001.

Canvas Dry Cleaning – Bell Street. Open for cleaning, repairs and alterations. Monday to Friday, 9.30am – 2.00pm. Saturday, 9.30am – 1.00pm.

Dorset Property – Open. Call 01747 853590.

EG Coles – Agricultural and horticultural dealership. Semley. Open.

Farnfields Solicitors – Open and operating normal business hours. However, reception doors closed from Thursday, 5th November 2020 until Wednesday, 2nd December 2020. Where meetings are needed, these need to be pre-arranged and will be restricted in length with appropriate hygiene and social distancing measures applying. 01747 854244.

Jackson Stops Estate Agent – Open by appointment. 01747 850858.

John’s Caravans – Between Shaftesbury and Gillingham just off the B3081. Open for essential servicing and repairs during lockdown. Covid procedures in place. 07546 548017 or 01747 853114.

Hambledons – Open. Call 01747 851151.

Hilltop Airport Cars – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Airports and long distance. Hospital appointments. 0800 0855583.

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

Lodestone Property Lettings and Sales – Open by appointment only. 9am – 5:30pm. 01747 442577.

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

Proctor Watts Cole Rutter Architects – Bleke St – 01747 851881

MacLachlan Solicitors – Salisbury Street. Open and accessible by phone, video call or for pre-arranged appointments. 01747 440448.

Melbury Motor Company – Open for service, repairs and MOT tests. The showroom and forecourt are not allowed to operate but can sell cars on a click-and-collect or delivery basis.

Motcombe Garage – Open – 8.30am – 5.30pm Monday – Friday.

Ian Hull – Vehicle maintenance. Open Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 5.30pm. Closed Saturday and Sunday. 01747 855955.

DCM Tyres – open Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5.30pm, Saturday 8.30am – 1pm. 01747 851654.

Rapid Fit – Open Monday to Friday 8.30am-5.30pm, Saturday 8.30-1pm. 01747 851851.

Service-U-Right Tyres – Wincombe. Open Monday to Friday, 8.30am-5.30pm, Saturday 8am-12 noon. 01747 858880.

Shaftesbury Tyres and Batteries – Open Monday to Friday, 9am-6pm. 01747 850558.

Wincombe MOT and Repair – Open Monday to Friday 8.30am-6pm, Saturday 9am-1pm. 01747 858612.

Shaftesbury Dry Cleaners – Salisbury Street. 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday. 9am to 1pm Saturday.

Scalerule Gardening – Offering gardening services during lockdown – 07515 417076.

Wincombe Business Centre – Operating as normal with the majority of our businesses doing the same thing. A couple of vacant units are available if people are not allowed to travel or access their offices and prefer not to work from home. Reception is open 9am – 1pm. 01747 850404.

Woolley & Wallis – Open as usual. 



HSBC – Open 10am until 2pm Monday to Friday.

Lloyds – Open. Call for hours.

NatWest – Open 10am until 3pm Monday to Friday.

Santander Bank – Open. Call for hours.



Acanthus – High Street. Shop shut. Click and collect and local delivery – 01747 850058.

Automotive Car and Motorcycle Accessories – Bell St car park. Open 9.30am – 5.30pm Monday to Saturday, 10.00am to 1.00pm Sundays.

A & R Tiles – Salisbury Road. Open Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm, Saturday 8.30am to 5pm. 01747 855733.

Bargains – Open. 9am to 5.00pm.

The Beadster – Gold Hill. Closed but online orders processed as usual.

Böschen Lingerie – Salisbury Street. Closed but ‘click & collect’ available. By appointment only, open for nursing and mastectomy fittings. 01747 858758.

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

The Botanical Candle Company – Closed. Order on their website.

Cards, Gifts, Balloons and Saxon Photographic – Shut shop but click and collect.

Coconut And Cotton – Open 9:30am – 5pm Monday to Saturday. Pre order any non-essential items online (where possible) but customers can come in and shop. Also selling and shipping online. Essentials: toilet rolls, hand sanitiser, soaps, sanitary products, nappies, homewares, face masks, dishwasher tablets, bin liners. There is a £10 minimum spend for local deliveries.

Cole and Cole Boutique – Salisbury Street. Closed. Click and collect service available. 01747 858958.

Compton Smith Interiors – Wincombe Business Park. Showroom closed until the lockdown is lifted but business will continue to operate. It may be possible to open by appointment upon request. Also will fulfil orders (including paint) and can agree on set times for doorstep collections from the showroom. Contact on 01747 850150.

Cranbornes – Closed but offering a click & collect service on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10am -2pm. Text 07789 005630 or email Their website is being updated daily with new products.

Crystal Clear Closed.

Cygnet Gallery – Gallery is closed but the artists can be contacted through the gallery’s website site at

The Dorset Store – Closed.

Golden Snowdrop Jewellers – High Street. Existing commissions and valuations will continue behind the scenes. Also offering virtual and telephone appointments combined with a phone-and-collect option for these services. Online sales at and these can be ordered for postal delivery and limited contactless local delivery service.

Hine and Parsons – Closed.

Homemaker Open Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm. Phone and online only at the moment. Can deliver. 01747 851476.

JOT Carpets  Shop closed. 01747 228360

Kit and Kaboodle Closed. Offering online and click and collect service for all customers. 07889 819410.

Mine – High Street. Shop shut but offering click and collect and deliveries. 01747 850256.

Mistral – Closed.

Moon and Back Childrenswear – High Street – Click and collect. 01747 855788.

Myrtle & Marigold – Eco refills – antibacterial soaps, shampoos and cleaning products. Operating from the car park of The Shaston Club, Bleke Street, during lockdown. Every Thursday and Saturday, 9am to 5pm.

Nature’s Treasures – Closed.

Pamplemousse Florist and Cafe – local and national deliveries and online Christmas shop for click and collect. Takeaway coffee and cake and pre-ordered bread. 01747 228439.

The Potting Shed – Swan’s Yard. Open Thursday to Sunday, 10am-2pm. Other times by appointment. Free delivery in Shaftesbury. Delivery available outside Shaftesbury for a small charge. 01747 853642.

Paws and Claws – Open for pet products. 01747 854909.

Pennyworth’s Sweet Shop – Salisbury Street. Closed but operating a local click and collect. 

Serendipity – High Street. Shop closed. Can deliver. 01747 853341.

Shaftesbury Wines – High Street. Open Monday to Saturday, 10am until 4pm, deliveries too. 01747 850059.

Shirley Allum – High Street. Closed. Email for orders which can be posted.

Superdrug – Open. 01747 854209.

Squires – High Street. Closed. Phone and collect service – 01747 852455.

Teddybear Corner – Closed but online sales continue.

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

WHSmith – Open usual hours of 8.30am-5.30pm, Monday to Saturday and 10am-4pm, Sunday.

Willow – Shop closed, but staff in every day offering click and collect and deliveries.

Wincombe Kitchens – Showroom closed. Contact 01747850990 or email


Public Services:

Shaftesbury Town Council – Town Hall closed. Call 01747 852420 or

All playgrounds, playparks and outdoor gyms are closed.

Shaftesbury Library – Closed for browsing and computer use until further notice. Order and Collect service available – reservations using online catalogue or by phoning 01305 228400. Also access to digital resources, e-books, audiobooks and magazines online at For those without internet access you can ring Shaftesbury Library direct on 01747 852256.

Tourist Information Centre – Closed.