COVID-19: Dorchester Support and Resources

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

The intention of this page is to provide a list of useful resources and links for local residents of Dorchester during the Coronavirus Pandemic. Help give our town’s businesses a fighting chance of surviving this unprecedented period of uncertainty.

The list below is all Dorchester businesses who are in a position to take card orders over the phone and arrange for delivery of goods to local addresses for those who cannot get out of their houses. We hope as the word gets around, more businesses will join in with this initiative. It’s also a list of  Facebook Coronavirus support groups in our local community.

This page will undoubtedly change & evolve as new guidelines are issued – we’ll do our best to keep it updated with the latest information regarding business in the town centre. We are stronger together and will get through this difficult time by supporting each other.

The Dorchester BID Team.

Dorchester Town Centre Businesses offering Home Delivery Services

Alis Attic – 07917763769 – 01305 757066

Books Beyond Words – 01305 261186

Our bookshop is closed until the Government advises we may open again. However, we are selling by post (including our popular greetings cards 5 for £11 or 10 for £20) – free post. Look through our windows on your once a day walk to choose. Then just email or ring us to say what you would like. See some of our books on our website where you can click on a link to our listings on Abe. We also have many books and some cards on eBay.

Campbellwicks Interiors – 01305 268808

We are independent stockists of Farrow & Ball paints and wallpapers, Osmo oils and fabrics. Purchases can either be made through our website or over the phone with local delivery available.

County Cleaners – 01305 260100 / 01305 772573

County Cleaners in Nappers Mite are still open and are offering a collection and delivery for laundry and dry cleaning.

Dodgsons of Dorchester – 01305 262918

A note from Glenn … After some very careful consideration, I can announce that I am now in a position to re-open my shop for business. Although browsing won’t be permitted due to social distancing restrictions, I can fetch stock for you; or you can phone me on 01305 262918 from 10am to 2pm, pay with a card over the phone, and either collect the goods from the front of the shop (bearing in mind the pedestrianisation of South Street), or I could possibly deliver to you in the Weymouth or Dorchester area. However, I must put a daily limit on deliveries, due to staff shortage.

Dorchester Aesthetics Centre – 01305 568646

Taking orders for all products and offering free delivery. Products include: Environ Skin Care, Advanced Nutrition Programme, Jane Iredale mineral makeup, Poppy Sloan mascara and LiLash serum.

Every Cloud Boutique – 01305 269731

Fusion Lighting – 01305 251533

We have diverted our shop phone number to mobile and our website is manned from 8am til 8pm Monday to Saturday.

Goulds Department Stores – 01305 217800

Harmony Music – 01305 260360

Hot & Sweet – 07526214074

Jordans Jewellers – 01305 250413

Kao San Thai Restaurant – 01305757188

Mobile Phone Solutions UK – 01305 261611

Myras Kasieki – 01305751859

A note from Myra … A big thank you to everyone who is continuing to support our business at this time! Our collection/delivery menu seems to have been well received by all; we’re so pleased we can continue to share our love of Japanese cuisine, even in these challenging times.

We’re open every day, 17:00 – 21:00. Simply call us to place your order, and we’ll sort out the rest!

Paul The Cleaner – 01305 230297

Open to customers for essential cleaning only. Such as those incapacitated by care needs, or businesses involved directly or indirectly with essential services such as medical. Some form of evidence would be useful to avoid issues with police such as G.P note, or that you provide an essential service. Hours may be subject to change as I am being drafted into the NHS as a Mental Health Support Worker. Happy to help with the delivery of foods and other essential supplies to people who need it during this period.

Poppins Café Restaurant – 07460242732

Rajpoot Indian Restaurant – 01305 257492

Open for home deliveries – just call 01305 257492

The Loft Café – 01305 261382

The Old Tea House – 01305 263719

The Potting Shed Garden Centre – 01305 257843

Walnut Grove – 01305 268882

Wise Owl Toys – 01305 266311

Brewery Square Businesses Offering Home Delivery Services

Avenue Interiors – 01305 269070

Copper Street Brewery – 07970766622

Dorchester ART Gallery – 01305267061

Gallery on the Square – 01305 260437

Hendover Café – 07970766622

Joules of Dorchester – 01305 267993

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Morrish and Banham – 01305 261480

Stems Florist – 01305 262460

Vinyl Van – 07703388500

Woods Furniture – 01305 262666

See Brewery Square’s list of businesses offering home delivery for the very latest updates.

Businesses Outside Dorchester Town Centre

Dorset Water Centre – 01305 265548

Dorset Water Centre have removed the minimum amount for delivery within our usual Delivery areas (which cover all of rural Dorset and South Somerset).

Kiwi Butcher – 01305 250800

Manna Kitchen – 01305 851551

We make handmade frozen ready meals and have plenty of stock. We are happy to provide delivery to the elderly and vulnerable with a minimum order of £20.

The Drawing Office – 07831850479

Working from home to offer any architectural services.

Taxi Companies Providing Delivery Services

A-Line Taxis – 01305 264747

We can help support local businesses and local people with delivery services as well as taxi trips. We deliver your goods locally.

Flat charge of £5 per delivery in the Dorchester area, with an additional charge outside of that. More info.

Tom’s Taxis – 01305818388

If you need any shopping picked up or prescriptions collected we’ll deliver. Also if you’re a business that needs products delivered to customers we’re happy to be of service. We are also offering half price taxi fares to all NHS workers and key workers to and from work within 15 miles of Dorchester Hospital.

Dorchester Support Groups on Social Media

Several Facebook groups have recently been set up…

Dorchester Community Kitchen

Poundbury Community Coronavirus Help Group

Need a buddy? Now you see me

Crossways & Moreton Volunteer Group

Volunteer scheme in Crossways & Moreton. Currently has over 40 volunteers signed up to assist with shopping, prescription collection/delivery, a phone call to check in. Even has a paper boy set up to do a paper round to save people walking to the local shop. Also has set up a list of local businesses that offer home deliveries.

Dorchester Community Help

Many of the Dorchester volunteer clubs have come together to offer you assistance during this difficult time. if you are feeling lonely and would like to someone to speak to there is a team of volunteers who you can chat with. Contact details below:

dorchester community help

Useful Links

Government COVID-19: Support for businesses 

NHS Coronavirus (COVID-19) health information and advice


If you are a business in Dorchester or a community support group and would like us to add you to this page, please get in touch.

Please note: Whilst this page is monitored on a daily basis, as circumstances rapidly evolve all information is subject to change.