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Hi everyone - we want to launch a village e-newsletter but we need your help to make this happen.

First thing we need are ideas for content. We thought one for the first article might be a collection of thoughts on "Nice things that have happened to me because of the lockdown.". Could you have a think and send articles through to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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The Bunwell and Carleton Rode Coronavirus Support Group - Update

The group was rapidly formed on 15 March as the novel coronavirus began to establish itself in the UK. Panic-buying had set in in some parts of the country and supermarket websites started to run out of delivery slots or crash completely. On 17 March the Government announced the first social distancing measures and it became clear that elderly and vulnerable people would require support. We put out a call on our Facebook group for volunteers and we were absolutely bowled-over by the number of offers of help from across Bunwell. We rapidly expanded to incorporate Carleton Rode and we initially split the villages into ten areas and appointed a ‘Co-ordinator’ local to each area to act as a contact.

The help our support network has provided most to date is in picking up groceries or prescriptions for people who are defined as ‘At risk’ by the Government, namely the over 70s and/or people with certain health conditions. Our volunteers mainly do this alongside their own grocery shopping or whilst collecting their own prescriptions. We also offer to provide a listening ear to villagers and we now have a dedicated phone number: 0333 050 9604. For the cost of a local call, please leave a message and one of us will call you back.

Following a suggestion that came in the Facebook group we liaised with Bunwell Parish Council with regards to expanding its pre-existing ‘Book Swap’ in Bunwell Hill’s phone box to The Turnpike phone box. Cllr Phil Gledhill built some shelving to house books, DVDs and CDs beneath the defibrillator. Phil also liaised with Rev John Madinda and Bunwell PCC to create another ‘Swap’ in the porch of Bunwell Church.

We continue to liaise with both Bunwell and Carleton Rode Parish Councils to augment our existing support and services as well as to expand them where necessary. We are mindful of not duplicating support which is already available or that is in the pipeline from other providers. To this end we work closely with South Norfolk Council’s ‘Help Hub’. Please keep an eye on the Facebook group or the Bunwell Community Website for up-to-date information. We welcome all offers of support or ideas.

Primarily: we thank you for all that you are doing. Our communities have come together at a time of adversity with unity, strength, resolve and compassion. We are not - unfortunately - out of the woods yet, but we can be justly proud of all that we have achieved together so far.

Thank you again. Stay safe!

Neil Collins, Lee Harper and Michael Crouch



Bunwell Stores Delivery Service

Copied from the Bunwell Stores Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Bunwell-Stores-642540092533930/


Phone 01953 788066 between 9am-11am Monday-Thursday and leave your name and number if no answer

Leave a message if the phone is not answered and we will call you back for your order

We will deliver the next day between 12pm and 4pm

This service is predominately for customers who are house bound and cannot leave their house in order to shop e.g. the elderly, the vulnerable etc



Minimum delivery amount is £25

With a delivery charge of £2.50

Local postcodes only

Community Coronavirus Support

A group has been set up to provide assistance to members of the Bunwell Community during the Coronavirus outbreak. Please see the guidelines below for requesting or providing assistance if you are in the Bunwell area.

Obviously these are unique times and the situation is constantly developing so these guidelines are our best thoughts at the moment and likely to be frequently updated so please re-visit this page whenever possible.

At all times please refer to the government guidelines at https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response for any advice

Can we provide assistance during the lockdown

What can help be provided with

How to offer help

How to request help

How to provide help

How should I handle money

Can we provide assistance during the lockdown

Mutual aid groups will continue to provide an important lifeline to our communities during the UK lockdown, and will pose no additional risk, as long as we act safely and sensibly, within its parameters.

The government has specifically stated that those of us who are leaving the house “to provide care or help to a vulnerable person” will be allowed to carry on. On this basis, we are presuming that Mutual Aid groups will be allowed to carry on providing vital support to people in self-isolation or quarantine. Groups  should continue to follow the guidance to ensure you do not put yourself or others at risk in carrying out this support, but otherwise we would encourage groups to continue as before. 

The new rules on reduced trips means that people should carry out multiple errands at once to avoid excessive trips outside, such as doing your shopping at the same time as you shop for other people, or shopping for more than one person at the same time.

This decision is going to increase the anxiety and isolation being experienced across the UK. So offering phone calls and online support to people requesting help is going to be even more important than before.

We’ve already begun to show the world the incredible impact that something as simple as looking out for your neighbours can have in the face of coronavirus. As the situation develops, we look forward to continuing the work of building this network of local groups, and providing care and compassion in our communities.


What can help be provided with

We suggest the following

• Shopping

• Picking up prescriptions (see NHS guidelines here)

• Posting of mail

• Delivering a take-away meal 

• Having a chat (within social distancing guidelines of course)


How to offer help

In order of preference

• Join the Facebook group ‘Bunwell Coronavirus Support’ at https://www.facebook.com/groups/bunwellvolunteers

• Volunteer to be a named helper by completing this form

• Respond to requests for assistance on the ‘Bunwell Coronavirus Support’ Facebook group

• Planning some shopping? Then let the group know and ask if anybody needs anything

• Collecting your prescriptions? Let the group know and ask if anybody needs theirs picked up

• Drop a leaflet round a neighbours offering help if required. Download here


How to request help

In order of preference

• Use online shopping services wherever possible. Bunwell Stores are offering a delivery service

• If a leaflet has been received contact the person detailed

• Join the Facebook group ‘Bunwell Coronavirus Support’ at https://www.facebook.com/groups/bunwellvolunteers

• Post a request for assistance the ‘Bunwell Coronavirus Support’ Facebook group. If no response is received please contact the e-mail address or phone 0333 050 9604 .

• E-mail a request for assistance to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

• Send a text or phone the Bunwell Coronavirus Support telephone number at 0333 050 9604 


How to Provide help

Ask them to give you a shopping list via phone call or text message before you go to the shop.

Agree whether or not they will accept substitutions.

Ask if they have any allergies or dietary requirements.

If you’re dropping items back: we suggest leaving them on the doorstep and knocking or ringing. A friendly wave and “Thank you” through the door is allowed!


How should I handle money 

We strongly encourage volunteers not to accept credit/debit cards from people asking for help in order to buy resources on their behalf as this is a safeguarding risk.

To reduce the risk of fraud, we recommend that wherever possible you do your shopping and come back with a receipt before asking for money from people in self-isolation.

We also recommend that volunteers not make purchases larger than £30 for any one person or family in self-isolation.

In order of preference money can be received by:


  • By bank transfer or paypal to minimise the risk of passing on the virus
  • Cheques can also be used if you have an banking app which scans and deposits the cheque (I know the LLoyds app can do this)
  • You can disinfect any cash you receive using soapy water.

If you have a problem obtaining a payment contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.