COVID-19: Dorchester Support and Resources

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

Last updated on 20th May 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 Coronavirus guidelines are issued – we’ll do our best to keep it updated with the latest information regarding business in Dorchester 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

Offering postage or free local delivery options. View our shop and stock online on Facebook Ali’s Attic. Payment can be made by PayPal. Email enquiries: alis.attic@btconnect.com

Basili.co – 01305 757066

We know that there are some of you who are reluctant to leave the house and go to the supermarket. If so, call us and we will deliver dinner to your house. There will be no charge for the food or the delivery. Call before 12noon with your order and we will deliver it before 6pm. We’re all in this together!

Belle Vere Beauty Salon – 01305 268500

We are not currently open we are taking product orders via email & Facebook/Instagram pages.

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.

Convivial Rabbit Micropub – 07717158853

Dorchester draught ale doorstep deliveries. Enjoy real ales at home with twice weekly deliveries. Different ales every time.

Cook – 01305 756571

Cook in Dorchester is open. 9:30-4:30 Monday – Saturday. We are doing contactless click & collects & home deliveries. Website www.cookfood.net or phone 01305 756571.

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

Fix-it Phones – 01305 251537

Open on Mon, Wed & Fri from 11am to 2pm. I want to assure you that I am doing everything I can to make sure you my customers are safe during this challenging time. Presently we are working, our suppliers are and able to supply part’s for repairs. We are practising safe social distancing between ourselves and our customers and of course use of gloves and sanitiser for your devices. We understand that many of our customers will be already be in self-isolation or preparing to.

The shop is open but with restrictions:

One customer in the shop at one time please.
The device will be fully cleaned with our sanitizer.
We will also be doing a collection and drop off service in a 10mile radius of Dorchester for people who are self-isolating. No additional cost.
Please contact us to make a booking or advice?
Call us on 01305 251 537
WhatsApp: 07946 138 395
Email: fixitphonesaa@gmail.com

All emergency services will be given priority and an express service (pick up or drop off) with no additional cost.

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

Freshly made hot meals – Open until 3pm every day.

Full menu available for takeaway – Lunch, breakfast, cakes, and coffee. Collect from the shop or have it delivered (Dorchester town only but further with A-line taxis at customer cost if needed). All main meals cost £6.00.

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 subject to certain restrictions. Due to entering NHS as Mental Health HCA on 2nd May, should be subject to regular testing for COVID-19 meaning can identify whether infected and self-isolate very quickly. Ask for further information. 1. No over 65’s or those with underlying medical conditions unless essential such as those with cares need i.e social services, mental health, private or public homecare etc.
2. Businesses or individuals involved directly or indirectly with essential services such as medical, schools, public transport.
3. Window cleaning – As normal – customers to stay inside and pay by internet bank transfer.
4.Other businesses/individuals where measures are in place to reduce the risk of cross-infection, for example cleaning offices when unoccupied. Call to discuss what we might be able to arrange.
5. Customers that can be flexible with cleaning times as will also be working as a Mental Health, Health Care Assistant and hours may change on a weekly basis.

Poppins Café Restaurant – 07460242732

Rajpoot Indian Restaurant – 01305 257492

Open for home deliveries – just call 01305 257492

Shoetrees – 01305 757474

Shoetrees are opening 3 days a week starting from Tuesday 19th May. The days and hours are as follows:
Tuesdays 10.00 to 3.00pm
Thursdays 10.00 to 3.00pm
Saturdays 10.00 to 3,00pm
Social distancing rules will apply allowing only 2 customers into the shop at any one time. We will be operating our services for shoe repairs, key cutting, watch Straps and batteries, and engraving.
We look forward to seeing you.

Steve Bane Fabrics – 01305 250990

We are closed but we are in the shop most midweek days. You can order anything that is In Stock and we can then arrange delivery. We also have been delivering to Frome once a week. Just Phone, Email or visit the website! Keep Sewing, Keep Smiling & most of all Keep Safe!

The Loft Café – 01305 261382

The Old Tea House – 01305 263719

The Potting Shed Garden Centre – 01305 257843

Walnut Grove – 01305 268882

Wessex Photo – 01258 458811

Wessex photo are open for deliveries only via website www.wessexphoto.com
Call 01258 458811 / email stur@wessexphoto.com
The Dorchester branch is closed but we are running from our central Blandford location for anyone that needs anything.

Wise Owl Toys – 01305 266311

Woods Furniture – 01305 262666

Our phone lines are open Monday to Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm. We are selling online at www.woods-furniture.co.uk

We are taking orders over the phone and online for larger items that will be delivered as soon as the lockdown is lifted and have measures in place to ensure the safety of our colleagues and customers. We are delivering nationwide all smaller items that are one man delivery service – to customer door step.

We are also offer a click and collect service – customer can collect from the showroom at High East Street. Nice and Safe to do so – as we place goods outside – we are lucky as we have a Victorian entrance which means the entrance is fully covered.

Brewery Square Businesses Offering Home Delivery Services

Avenue Interiors – 01305 269070

Copper Street Brewery – 07970766622

Our full list range of beers can be found on Facebook. We sell cask beer (36 pint, 18 pint and 4 pint), our own bottles as well as a wide range from other breweries. We deliver in and around Dorchester Monday to Saturday and we deliver to Weymouth on Wednesday.

Orders can be placed via Facebook, email (copperstreetbrewery@outlook.com or call 07970766622 (between 10am  -1pm is the best time to catch us). Payment is taken by card over the phone. No charge for delivery.

Dorchester ART Gallery – 01305267061

Gallery on the Square – 01305 260437

Hendover Café – 07970766622

Hobbs – Shop Online at https://www.hobbs.com/

Joules of Dorchester – Shop online at https://www.joules.com/

Loco LovesFacebook page

Morrish and Banham – 01305 261480

We have over 300 wines and spirits in stock for safe contactless home delivery, local and national. We can doorstep deliver any of these for you, order online www.morrishandbanham.com or call 01305 261480, email, sales@morrishandbanham.com. We’d love to help you enjoy a glass of wine at this time.

Phase Eight – Shope online at https://www.phase-eight.com/

Seventh Seal – See Facebook page for details.

Stems Florist – 01305 262460

Vinyl Van – 07703388500

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

Businesses Outside Dorchester Town Centre

Cherry Picked Hampers – 01305 307107

Essential packs delivery service across Dorchester.

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 Coronavirus Facebook groups have recently been set up offering valuable assistance in Dorchester…

Dorchester Coronavirus Support Group

Dorchester Food Bank

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.

Friends of Martinstown and the Valley – 01305 889613

Facebook group offering support and collections locally.

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

Counselling support

Colliton Street Psychotherapy Services – 07714 330120

Counselling support available free of charge. DTCP & Colliton Street Psychotherapy Services are able to offer two free specialized services during this time of crisis.

KEY WORKERS in Dorset & Somerset: 6 short-term counselling sessions free of charge to all those of you who are working in hospitals, health care, care homes, shops, in essential service industries and as carers in people’s homes. These sessions cannot be face to face and may be by telephone, Skype or Zoom.
Please contact us in the usual way via our website www.psychotherapydorset.co.uk or by telephoning 07714 330120.
ANYONE AFFECTED BY COVID-19: If you or someone you know could benefit from a one-off talk to someone who does not know you and who has had a professional training, we have introduced a listening service.
If you contact us, we will arrange for someone to call you back. He/she will be able to listen and speak with you for 50 minutes. The service aims to help you share some of the impact on you and to regain some sense of control. It is not an advice service and cannot be an alternative to regular counselling or therapy.

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Useful Links

Help and Kindness – Listings for Coronavirus in Dorset

Government COVID-19: Support for businesses 

NHS Coronavirus (COVID-19) health information and advice

Contact

If you are a business in Dorchester or a Coronavirus 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.