Petrockstowe Coronavirus Community Support

This information may be useful for you or somebody else in the village as we face a second period of ‘lock-down’ or self isolation as Coronavirus - COVID-19 continues to spread again within our country.

To help our community support each other we have set up a system where we can bring together those who need help and those who are prepared to help. This could be :

                                 Picking up shopping                         A Friendly one off or regular phone call

                                 Posting mail                                       Urgent supplies

 We appreciate that many of you will already have a support mechanism, provided by a neighbour, friend or family in place which we highly commend. This system is intended for those that do not have this level of support locally or those where their existing support network fails for whatever reason.

 To request assistance please contact: 

  by email: or by clicking HERE

  by telephone:

                    Ann Luxton  - 01837 810728

                         David French  - 07502 115303                                      

                         Ann Fox - 01837 810501

                         Malcolm Busby  - 01837 810902   

These should not be used as an emergency service please continue to dial 111 or 999 as appropriate.

We will need village help to make this work so that we can match any requests against a list of volunteers. If you would like to volunteer to assist in any way—big or small, please let us know by contacting us on the email above or by clicking HERE or on the telephone numbers above.

This scheme is administered by St Petroc’s Church members in conjunction with :

        Petrockstowe Parish Council                         St Petroc's Church                     Petrockstowe Methodist Chapel.

New Government Test and Trace Support Payment scheme launched in Torridge

Government grants to help support low income workers who need to self-isolate can be applied for through Torridge District Council from Monday 12th October. Payments can be backdated to 28th September if you were eligible for that period. The payments of £500 are being made available through the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme and will apply to people who are instructed by the NHS to self-isolate and who also match the following requirements of the scheme:

You can apply for a self-isolation payment if you are aged 16 or over and you:

• live in the Torridge District
• you have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace - either because you have tested positive or you have been in close contact with someone who has
• have a job or are self-employed
• are unable to work from home and will lose income as a result

For the Standard Scheme you also need to be currently receiving one of the following benefits

• Universal Credit
• Working Tax Credit
• income-based Employment and Support Allowance
• income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
• income support
• housing benefit
• pension credit

There is also a discretionary scheme for people not receiving any of the above benefits but who satisfy all of the other criteria and also the following:

• A maximum gross earnings threshold of £372 per week. (This equates to 40 hours x £9.30 Real Living Wage).This means that if someone has earnings above this level then they would not normally be eligible unless there was an exceptional circumstance.
• A minimum number of hours that an individual will need to be working is 16 hours per week. Anyone normally working less than that would not be eligible.
• Maximum capital threshold of £6,000. Anyone with capital above that level would not be eligible.
• University students or those in higher education would normally be excluded from applying.
• Individuals who have applied for a qualifying benefit but have not yet received a decision or have appealed against a decision not to award a qualifying benefit and are awaiting the outcome of the appeal will be eligible to claim.

Further information and an online application form can be accessed via this link from 8am on Monday 12th October

Please make sure you have all the necessary information to hand to complete your application before starting the process.

Posted on-line

09 October 2020

November 2020


Xanadu are making home deliveries of fruit & veg, spices, dried fruit, flour, milk, eggs etc, in fact anything they sell in the shop. Orders have to be phoned in on Saturday by 12 noon the latest! for Monday delivery. The bill for your order will be in the bag/box which will be left with Ann Luxton. She will contact you to let you know your bag/box is ready for collection or it can be delivered to you.  You then phone and pay Xanadu by card. The number to phone is 01805 622709.

R and S Ware the butchers in Torrington are offering to deliver to Petrockstowe once a week on Thursdays. Place your order by midday on Wednesday but preferably give as much notice as you can. Pay by cash on delivery or card over the phone.  Telephone: 01805 622191

John Patts the fruit and veg in Torrington are also offering to deliver to Petrockstowe once a week if there are enough people to make it worthwhile Minimum order of £10.00 for delivery. Telephone: 01805 622 807

The Laurels Pub - is closed- complying with the latest Government guidelines

However they are able to continue with Take away food  and will order supplies of eggs, cheese, bacon bread etc. from his suppliers which he will pass on to you at cost price.

Please telephone them on : 01837 810578

Thank you Paul for this service to the community.