A village near Ledbury is fighting back in these trying times, with the formation of the Wellington Heath Coronavirus Battle Group.

The aim of the new group is to provide neighbourly support within the village "in a way that will hopefully ensure that no one is overlooked during the present crisis".

Wellington Heath correspondent, Peter Constantine said: "So far they have had just two requests for help, probably as, already, individual support groups have developed; neighbours in the village look out for each other, but the Battle Group has been formed so that we can cover any gaps left by self-isolation or illness."

The group has volunteers who are "happy to shop, and collect also prescription medicines".

Mr Constantine added: "Do you need materials for crafting? Do want someone to talk to other than on the phone? Do you want to share prayer and conversation? What about a gossip?"

In this case, the folks to ring are co-ordinators; Sue Barnes, on 01531 248472, and Pat Beaumont on 01531 579347.

Mr Constantine added: " Look after yourselves in these uncertain times, and feel free to give them a call if the need arises. If you are able to volunteer to help, please call Pat or Sue."

Meanwhile, the village pub, The Farmers Arms, is currently offering a take-away service.

Mr Constantine said: "The Farmers Arms had instigated a cleaning regime that would have been the envy of many hospitals, but finally had to close after a Friday evening.They are now offering a takeaway menu for those of us who are housebound. It is available Tuesday to Saturday 6pm to 8.30pm, orders from 5pm, and Sunday lunch, orders from 11.30am. It is an excellent menu and great value. You will need to ask what wines and beers which are on offer when you phone.

"All orders should be made over the phone, and payment made at the time of ordering. Delivery is free within a two mile radius of the pub. The number is 01531 634776.

Mr Constantine added: " Do please use the service. Whether you are a pub regular, or only use it occasionally, we need all our community centres to be here when the current crisis is over."

Wellington Heath's Memorial Village Hall is closed until further notice. The village church is also shut; but the plan is to soon offer services on the internet.

Latest government guidance on Coronavirus

Coronavirus symptoms to watch out for

- A high temperature

- A new, continuous cough

If you have these symptoms (no matter how mild)

- Stay at home for 7 days (self-isolation)

- Everyone else in your household should not leave the house for 14 days

- Stay away from any ‘at risk’ people

Extremely vulnerable people

- Check if you are on the list of ‘extremely’ vulnerable people. It includes those with cancer or who have had transplants and other conditions

- If you are, you should not leave home for the next 12 weeks (shielding). Food packages will be provided for you


- Stay at home as much as possible

- Avoid gatherings with family and friends

- Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds

- If you have to leave your home, stay 2 metres away from others at all times (social distancing)

Check www.gov.uk/coronavirus for more information and updates