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How did the rules change on 29 March in England?

  • People will be allowed to meet outside - including in private gardens - in groups of up to six, or as two households (with social distancing)

  • The stay-at-home rule is ending, although the government is urging people to stay local as much as possible; holidays away from home are still not allowed

  • Outdoor sport facilities will reopen, including golf courses, tennis and basketball courts, and outdoor swimming areas

  • Formally organised outdoor sports can restart

  • Weddings can take place, attended by up to six people

Step 2, rules that changed on 12 April:

  • Non-essential retail, personal care premises, such as hairdressers and nail salons, and public buildings, such as libraries and community centres, will reopen.

  • Most outdoor attractions and settings, including zoos, and theme parks, will also reopen although wider social contact rules will apply in these settings to prevent indoor mixing between different households. Drive-in cinemas and drive-in performances will also be permitted.

  • Indoor leisure facilities, such as gyms and swimming pools, will also reopen - but only for use by people on their own or with their household.

  • Hospitality venues can serve people outdoors only. There will be no need for customers to order a substantial meal with alcohol, and no curfew - although customers must order, eat and drink while seated.

  • Self-contained accommodation, such as holiday lets, where indoor facilities are not shared with other households, can also reopen.

  • Funerals can continue with up to 30 people, and the numbers able to attend weddings, receptions and commemorative events such as wakes will rise to 15 (from 6).

Step 3, no earlier than 17 May:

  • Outdoors, most social contact rules will be lifted - although gatherings of over 30 people will remain illegal.

  • Outdoor performances such as outdoor cinemas, outdoor theatres and outdoor cinemas can reopen.. Indoors, the rule of 6 or 2 households will apply - although we will keep under review whether it is safe to increase this.

  • Indoor hospitality, entertainment venues such as cinemas and soft play areas, the rest of the accommodation sector, and indoor adult group sports and exercise classes will also reopen.

  • Larger performances and sporting events in indoor venues with a capacity of 1,000 people or half-full (whichever is lower) will also be allowed, as will those in outdoor venues with a capacity of 4000 people or half-full (whichever is lower).

  • In the largest outdoor seated venues where crowds can spread out, up to 10,000 people will be able to attend (or a quarter-full, whichever is lower).

  • Up to 30 people will be able to attend weddings, receptions and wakes, as well as funerals. Other life events that will be permitted include bar mitzvahs and christenings.

Step 4, no earlier than 21 June:

  • It is hoped all legal limits on social contact can be removed.

  • We hope to reopen nightclubs, and lift restrictions on large events and performances that apply in Step 3.

  • This will also guide decisions on whether all limits can be removed on weddings and other life events.

Downton Surgery

Click here for the Surgery website.

Downton Pharmacy

Downton Day Lewis Pharmacy are now doing covid vaccinations - you need to book via the NHS system.

Local Shops

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Hearing Aid Batteries

Action on Hearing Loss Hearing aid maintenance drop in service –batteries and information

Our hearing aid maintenance drop in clinics are suspended for the time being due to the corona virus, but I can still post hearing aid batteries to you if you are a Salisbury hospital audiology patient. This is a free service. At this time I’m not posting out tubing but I can help you with information on how to get the best from your hearing aids, including daily cleaning and information on hearing loss. Please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Gill Drayson.
Telephone 01722 580014,
mobile 07570 670 643,
or email

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Order and collect service at Downton Library (Information extracted from the website)

Library members can sign up for Order and Collect by completing an order form or phoning the library (01725 511003) on Fridays between 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm. Staff will choose books for you based on your preferences, and contact you to arrange a convenient time for you to collect them from the library entrance. Requests for specific books or titles cannot be made through this form, as books will only be selected from the stock held within Downton library.

Books are loaned for three weeks and will need to be renewed if you wish to keep them longer. They can be returned through the library letter box at any time. Returned books will be stored for 72 hours before being taken off your account and put back on the shelves. Fines will not be incurred as a result of the short delay. Specific books can be reserved online from libraries across Wiltshire for 95p (free for children's items)using thelibrarycatalogue. Reservations can also be placed by phoning the library.

When the book arrives, you'll be contacted to arrange a convenient time for you to collect it from the library entrance. Computer bookings

Libraries are permitted, by a Government exemption, to offer access to the public computer network for essential use if you can't otherwise access a computer or the internet. Essential needs can include job applications, benefit applications, accessing public services, financial information, online banking, for educational purposes, to keep in touch with family members or to support mental health.

Computers can be used for 45 minutes, to be booked in advance by phoning the library. You'll be asked to provide your contact details as part of COVID-19 NHS test and trace.

Please observe social distancing guidelines, sanitise your hands and wear a face covering when using the computers. If you need help using the computer, please bring someone with you to support you and let staff know when you book, so that they can book you on to a computer with additional space. If you're not already a member, you can Join the library online. For terms and conditions, FAQ’s and more about the library services on offer during the COVID-19 pandemic visit

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Stay Safe On-line

For some good advice, click here

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Downton Green Group

The recycling centre is now open again. See this website for details.

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Downton Tennis Club

Great news! Downton tennis club reopens on the 29th of March. To coincide with this we have new membership packages available now. There is a package to suit everyone, and the club welcomes all players from beginners to experienced, young and old alike. We are excited that we have a new level 3 coach who will be dedicated to Downton. In addition, a great new benefit is that all members will be able to book and use the indoor courts for free in the summer months. We are also seeking to invest in new gate technology which will make booking and accessing the courts even simpler in the months ahead

Please use the link below to access the membership packages, enabling you to review and join the club on-line.
Downton Tennis Club
Downton Tennis Club
Downton Tennis Club SALISBURY Wiltshire

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Downton Leisure Centre

Soon time to get MOOOVING again at Downton Leisure Centre, your (newly refurbished) friendly health and fitness club.

GYM BOOKINGS ARE REQUIRED when we re-open on Monday 12th April at 6:30am. The booking button on FB and our Downton Leisure Centre website is available to use now. (NO phone bookings are available atm - please do it online only).

Unfortunately, studio and spin classes aren't allowed until at least May 17th, but PT can start next week.

See you soon....

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Latest Information from Wiltshire Council

See the website for full details - click here

Post Office

Woodfalls Post Office is open as usual.
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Fire Services Leaflet

Click here for the Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service Safety Leaflet.

Police Contacts

These email addresses are for residents to voice any concerns, report any information they think relevant, or to send photographs or videos. You must still use 101 if it is actually happening at that time or 999 if it is an emergency but the email addresses can be used to pass on any of the above in relation to things happening in the village. The email addresses are:


Please remember that these email addresses are not manned 24/7. The Police are putting lots of resources into the village to ensure that residents are not subject the anti social behaviour of recent months

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