Silton Village - Dorset


November 2020

Dear Neighbour,

As we go into lockdown once again, hopefully for just a month, I am writing to extend an offer of support to Silton villagers as we did back in the Spring.  If you are confined to your home and perhaps struggling to get essential supplies and medicines or if you would be glad of someone locally to keep in touch with, do contact me by emailing or you can call me on 01747 840087.

I thought it also might be useful to give you an update on opening times and services being offered by local shops and other businesses – details are below.  If you are aware of any other businesses who are doing something different or extra, please let me know.

Best wishes to everyone and do get in touch if we can be of any help.

Jackie Dyer

Links to latest news on Covid-19 from Dorset Council

Latest updates on Covid-19


La Chasse, Zeals

Predominantly supplying food to the hospitality trade, La Chasse started delivering to private customers during the last lockdown and this service has continued. You can check out their range on the website and call to place your order.

Tel 01747 840996

Forge Garage and Post Office, Bourton

Both the garage, shop and post office will be operating their normal opening hours.

Tel 01747 840552

Stourhead Farm Shop, Stourton
The farm shop will be open at the following times: Monday to Saturday: 10am to 4pm (according to an Instagram post I’ve just seen)
They can put your order together for you to collect if you ring in advance.

Tel 01747 841164

Sprout and Flower, Mere

They will be open for their normal range of fresh foods and takeaway coffee at the following times: Monday to Saturday: 8.30am to 5pm
Deliveries also available – please call well in advance to place your order. Regular updates available on their Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Tel 01747 860300

The Udder Farm Shop, East Stour

The shop is open for shopping Monday – Saturday 8am-6pm and Sunday 10am-4pm or you can also order online for click and collect. Takeaways also available for breakfast and for meals until 7.00pm.

Tel 01747 838899

Yapp Brothers Wine Merchant, Mere

The shop is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday or you can order online or by phone for home delivery.

Tel 01747 860423

The White Lion Inn, Bourton

Closed for November but check their Facebook page for updates.

Tel 01747 840866

The Bell and Crown, Zeals

A takeaway service is planned – details to be confirmed. Check the Instagram and Facebook pages and their signs outside the pub for more information.

Tel 01747 840404


Help and Support: The document in the link below has been kindly compiled by David Desborough. It lists many of the organisations and support schemes we might need to access in the weeks ahead.: Help and Support Silton


XX March 2020

Dear Neighbour,

With the uncertain times we find ourselves in, it would be good if we can help any villagers of Silton who are confined to their homes and perhaps struggling to get essential supplies and medicines or who would be glad of someone locally to keep in touch with. I would like to try to build up a group of residents who might be available to assist with any requests for help and I am happy to coordinate things.

If you feel you would benefit from such an offer of help, please do get in touch with me at the following email address – – and I will do my best to help. If you could let me have the following information, that would be great:

  • Your name
  • Your address
  • Your telephone number
  • A brief idea of how we might be able to help you
  • Confirmation that you would be happy for this information to be passed on to a group of village helpers.

If you are able to help with any requests we may have from residents for such a service and would like to volunteer, could you also email me at and let me know the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your mobile number
  • A brief idea of how you might be able to help
  • Whether you would be happy for your mobile number to be shared with other helpers – I may set up a Whatsapp group for coordinating any requests depending on the demand.

I will also be delivering this information by hand to residents who do not have access to email.

I look forward to hearing from you and hope that we can get something off the ground soon to keep people in touch and as safe and comfortable as possible.

Best wishes,


Jackie Dyer, Foxford Cottage