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Welcome to the Chideock and Seatown Community Website. This website belongs to ‘the community’ and is all about Chideock, North Chideock and Seatown. We hope these pages will be of interest to both local residents and visitors to our village.

Chideock is an amazingly busy village with lots of groups that anyone can join and lots of entertainment and events that are happening so please take your time to look through our website – not forgetting our stunning Photo Galleries.

If you are a visitor to this beautiful part of West Dorset please check out our Accommodation Guide.


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    As many of you are aware Tony Fuller writes some wonderful poetry.  In memory of his late wife Pam Fuller, Tony has set up a Poetry session in order to raise funds for the Weldmar Hospice who gave great comfort and support to Pam during her illness. Please click on the link below for more information.

    Tony has set up a Just Giving page:

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    Audrey and family would like to say a very big ‘thank you’ to Chideock for the wonderful ‘send off’ when the cortege passed through the village last Friday.  This meant so much to the family.  Audrey & family. 

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    Chideock WI

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    Household recycling centres will re-open for waste that poses a risk of injury, health or harm

    Please read the above carefully before going to the recycling centre.  I understand it is open Monday, Tues and Wednesdays ONLY from 9am to 6pm.

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    Firstly, can I thank you for everything you’ve been doing to help with the COVID-19 community response efforts in Dorset.

    Many vulnerable people of all ages may have been self-isolating for some weeks by now.

    We have written to around 15,000 ‘shielded’ people today to let them know we’re thinking of them, and to check they have everything they need to keep them healthy and happy during this time.

    Click here to download a copy of that letter.

    We know there are probably more people across the county who are not necessarily shielding but do not have the help and support they need.

    We’re asking you to please help us spread the word among your residents and anyone who may use your services of the various ways they can get in touch if they need help and support during these times.

    Dorset COVID-19 Response Helpline: 01305 221000
    Referral into the Dorset Council COVID-19 response will reduce the likelihood of vulnerable people going without support.

    Guidance for referring into responses:

    1. Care and safeguarding concerns, urgent food/meds requests – no other support network available
      Dorset COVID-19 Response Hub. Call 01305 221000, 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week
      or email
    2. Ongoing food/meds/befriending help – no other or limited support available
      Voluntary and community support for vulnerable and shielded people in Dorset area (including East Dorset).Age UK (North, South and West Dorset) are co-ordinating requests for help with issues relating to loneliness and isolation, or support in accessing items such as food, cash or medication. Call 01305 269444 or email
    3. Carer concerns not fitting into above categories
      Support for carers across the Dorset Council area linking into local groups – online resource and advice centre.
      Carers Support Dorset: Call 0800 368 8349, email or visit

    Our clear message is don’t be afraid to ask for help and support during this time. No-one should go without essential food or medicines or feel lonely or frightened. We’re working with community organisations, town and parish councils, and registered care and housing providers across the county to make sure support is available to anyone who needs it. If you know anyone who needs help, please encourage them to get in contact.

    I look forward to continuing to work with you.

    With best wishes,

    Theresa Leavy
    Executive Director – Dorset COVID-19 community response
    On behalf of Dorset Council, Dorset NHS partners and voluntary community sector


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  • A new way to read the Marshwood Vale Magazine.
    It’s the start of a new month in a new world and here is access to a new Marshwood Vale Magazine.
    A lot of people have pulled together to make this issue possible and we know It isn’t ‘normality’ but it’s an attempt at ‘continuity’.
    So please share with as many people as you can.
    You can access it via the following link or through our website.
    Keep well and let us know your news.
    Marshwood Vale Magazine
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    Delivery Service to Chideock


    Local contactless delivery to the Chideock area Please check terms of delivery when ordering, as these may be subject to change

    Fresh food / basic supplies Balson’s Butchers (Bridport) 01308 422638 Minimum spend £10 for free delivery within 5 miles (meat, dairy, vegetables)

    Frampton’s Butchers (Bridport) 01308 422995 Ring 8am – 3pm to book delivery, no minimum spend.

    Rawles Butchers (Bridport) 01308 427590 Minimum spend £25 for free delivery within 3 miles.

    Punch & Judy Bakery (Bridport) 01308 423384 Deliveries (bread, pasties, meals in boxes) are grouped together, so no charge within 5 miles.

    Leakers Bakery (Bridport) 01308 423296. Free delivery – 3 mile radius of Bridport Monday to Friday.

    . The Two Chideock Bakers 07836 661409 Cakes, desserts, quiches. Delivery within 5 miles. (Chideock) 07717 238067

    Bridget’s greengrocers (Bridport)01308 427096 £5 minimum spend for free delivery.

    Naturalife Wholefoods (Bridport) 01308 459690 Minimum spend £20 for free delivery within 5 miles. Ring to order. Spar Shop (Chideock)

    Ring Jamie at The George (01297 489419) for free delivery if needed of papers, milk and other essentials from the shop.

    Hangers Dairy (Bridport) 01308 423308 Milkman deliveries of milk, other dairy, eggs, bread. No new customers being taken on in the immediate future.

    Takeaways/prepared food Ilchester Arms (Symondsbury) 01308 422600 Free delivery within 5 miles (Fri and Sat 6pm – 9pm, ring from 5pm for menu and time slot).

    Taj Mahal (Bridport) 01308 424956 Free delivery within 3 mile radius. Takeaway. 01308 421000 Coriander (Bridport) 01308 428262 Minimum spend £15 for free delivery within 3 miles.

    Takeaway. Sundorbon (Bridport) 01308 425266 Minimum spend £15 for free delivery

    . Takeaway. Chicken Land & Pizza (Bridport) 01308 458800 Free delivery on orders over £13.

    Takeaway. Dominos Pizzas (Bridport) 01308 458885 Delivery only, no collection.

    Somtum (Bridport) 01308 420004 Minimum spend £30 for free delivery within 3 miles (under £30 charged on taxi meter).

    Takeaway. Red Brick Café (Bridport) 07868 752329 Takeaway Fri 6.30pm – 8pm, Sat 11am -2pm: menu on Facebook. Min spend £10 for free Fri delivery within 3 miles (order by 6.30pm)

    Tanya (Chideock) 07736 516266 Free soup if needed – Tanya will deliver to your door, or if she can’t someone from the volunteers list will

    . Wine Furleigh Estate (Salway Ash) 01308 488991 Free delivery, order online. Drive through collections on request.

    Pet supplies Animal House (Bridport) 01308 424349 Order by phone. Free deliveries. Open Mon – Sat 10am – 4pm. Pets Direct & Aquatics (Bridport) 01308 420747 Car park collection and delivery service only: hours on Facebook.

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    Chideock Chatters Rice & SpiceI am sure everyone in the village would like to thank our wonderful Covid 19 Support Group or Community Group as it was more commonly called.  I know they have helped so many in the village especially the elderly and the vulnerable from collecting their newspapers to delivering their medical prescriptions.  Recently Dorset County funded a Grant to help all these community groups and I am happy to say that our group has had a grant of £600 approved.  Up until now this community website has helped in the funding of printing posters, soup cartons, etc., but this new grant will allow the volunteers to purchase face masks which we feel would give their clients a little more confidence.  Below are many other activities the group and others, i.e. The Chideock W.I are involved in but everyone is working together to make sure all are as safe as can be in our village.

    • Over 450 flyers were printed and delivered, before the lockdown, so that the elderly residents who do not have contacts within the village, would not be worried about prescriptions/food
    • Many journeys have been made to and from Lloyd’s pharmacy, due to the queuing times. This incurs additional petrol costs to a solo trip. We had 3 volunteers standing in the queue for up to 6 hours per day, for a week. This is likely to start again now that they are no longer delivering and are only accepting 3 prescriptions at a time. We have a lot more than 3 villagers to help!
    • Tanya has been making and delivering soup to a number of local residents – cost of ingredients and containers to transport the soup to the person in need.
    • Phone bills to and from the residents, for company, with phone calls sometimes lasting up to an hour at a time
    • All of the efforts that the WI are putting in sewing laundry bags and other PPE equipment. ……Stay safe
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    Dorset Digital Hotline – Can we help you?

     Telephone:  01305 221000 (Select Option 2).

     Monday to Friday 10.00 am to 12 noon (except Bank Holidays) or leave a message. 

    Many people in your local community are likely to be relying on digital online services and applications more than ever before.  For some this will be a first and they need to learn from scratch and for others there are new digital hurdles to overcome almost on a daily basis just to get every day jobs done such as shopping or ordering prescriptions.

    We wanted everyone in your local community to know that there is a new free telephone hotline set up in response to the COVID-19 lockdown, to provide support for people with IT and digital problems of all kinds.  The hotline has received more than 50 calls in the first three weeks.

    Here is a selection of some of the support the digital advisers can provide – no problem too small!


    • helping families with digital applications for home schooling
    • providing help to get online for home shopping
    • support for all digital NHS services and e-Consult
    • setting up video calls such as Skype and Facetime to keep in contact with friends and family
    • support to use all digital appliances and solve problems
    • using digital to exercise at home and keep fit

    An example of how the Dorset Digital Hotline can make a difference to people’s lives is expressed by one of our digital advisers.

    Andy Hargreaves a digital adviser said: “One lady I helped this week uses her iPad to keep in touch with her family via Facetime. She told me that she couldn’t hear her family speaking to her clearly on her calls because the sound on the iPad was distorted. I helped her to correct the problem over the phone and soon it was working properly. She said to me that if she wasn’t in isolation she would come over and give me a hug because the iPad was her lifeline now to the outside world.”

    The Dorset Digital Hotline is run by a group of volunteers mostly made up of retired IT professionals and some Dorset Council staff. The team are extremely versatile and experienced and can offer a wide range of support to anyone including assistance to vulnerable people in your community.

    Please pass this information on through your own channels to community groups, friends and family.

    We look forward to hearing from you! 

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    Dorset Council’s Tourism Team, Visit Dorset, works with business partners and trade organisations across the south west to support and represent tourism businesses, especially now, during the current COVID-19 crisis.

    Visit Dorset have been asked to urgently provide data to the Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee on the impact COVID-19 is having on Dorset’s tourism industry.

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