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41. Membury

Membury Parish Council / Membury Support Group

Information delivered to all households by Membury Support Group:

This has been prepared for all of us who live here, by a group of volunteers with the help of the Parish Council, Membury Merrymakers and the Village Hall Trustees with one clear objective: To help us to support each other during the difficult weeks and months to come. Many of us will have to stay at home for an extended period. Some of us will probably be infected with coronavirus. We have arranged a telephone and email helpline as well as a network of residents in our village, to provide assistance and moral support if you are stuck at home and need help or advice. We will arrange for one of our volunteers to help you – probably someone you already know.

Please keep this leaflet handy and use the helpline, even if you have neighbours, friends and family who can help you, because it is possible that they may be also affected by the virus at some stage and have to isolate.

The type of help and support that we hope to provide includes but is not limited to:

  • Shopping and running errands, such as collecting prescriptions.
  • Posting and collecting mail.
  • A friendly phone call.
  • Helping care for animals.
  • Virtual group activities….depending on demand but ideas such as a book club, chess club and knitting squares to make a charity blanket have already been suggested.

If and when you are stuck in your home and need such help, please call the helpline on:

01404 819145  or email:

If you are willing and able to help, that will be much appreciated. Please email or call 01404 819145 and our volunteer co-ordinator will be in touch.

Community Waffle House

The Community Waffle House in Axminster are helping co-ordinate a 'Phone Waffling Service' for local residents that are lonely or isolated to make sure that no-one goes without regular human interaction at this time. They are also running a community online Zoom meeting for those that they normally work with at Waffle and could potentially offer this out to more if needed. They're also working with tech professionals and volunteers to help provide digital support to people. They can offer this phone / online service to residents of: All Saints, Axminster, Axmouth, Beer, Branscombe, Colyford, Colyton, Dalwood, Hawkchurch, Kilmington, Membury, Nether Exe, Shute, Southleigh, Stockland and Uplyme.

For more information email: or call 07380 668228.

Project Food

Project Food (previously known as HALFF), are offering:

  • Free homemade ready meals to people in need, made and kindly donated by River Cottage and Monmouth Kitchen. Free fruit or veg boxes to go along with the free meals, paid for by a grant they’ve received.
  • Dietary and nutritional advice.
  • Delivery service of fresh fruit, veg, eggs, milk and fruit juice from their Project Food shop.  People can phone and place the order over the phone for delivery to their door. Payment by card or cash.

Call them on 01297 631782. They can currently offer this support in; All Saints, Awliscombe, Axminster, Axmouth, Beer, Branscombe, Budleigh Salterton, Chardstock, Colyford, Colyton, Combpyne Rousdon, Cotleigh, Dalwood, Dunkeswell, Exmouth, Farway, Feniton, Gittisham, Hawkchurch, Honiton, Kilmington, Membury, Musbury, Newton Poppleford and Harpford, Northleigh, Offwell, Ottery St Mary, Seaton, Shute, Sidbury, Sidford, Sidmouth, Southleigh, Stockland, Uplyme, West Hill, Yarcombe


Disclaimer: Please note we have not carried out safeguarding checks on any of these community / voluntary groups. 

This information is a work in progress and is going to be updated as it changes or new information is received. If you’re aware of anything that needs updating, adding or changing please email