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Melksham News – supporting our local businesses!

THESE are worrying times for local businesses; many have unfortunately had to temporarily close their doors but some are still trading – with many operating differently within the constraints of government guidelines.

Here is our list of local businesses who are still operating during the ongoing Covid-19 crisis:

We will be regularly updating this list.

If you would like your business to be included please email: advertising@wiltshirepublications.co.uk

Autonomy Care Group Limited

Care services are provided by three divisions, Autonomy Life, Autonomy Care and Autonomy Plus. Autonomy Life provides residential care for adults with learning disabilities and complex needs. Autonomy Care provides domiciliary care services within individual’s own homes and in the wider community and Autonomy Plus provides residential care for young people with learning disabilities and complex needs.Everything is running as normal.

For more information please visit: at www.autonomygroup.net or telephone 01225 613020 or email enquiries@autonomygroup.net.

Paul’s Taxi

Currently open for essential shopping collections for the elderly/vulnerable, collection of prescriptions and hospital/doctor appointments. Also Carers/NHS staff/Key workers to/from work. Tel. 07986 517319

Wansbroughs Solicitors

Property sales, purchases and leases; Wills & Probate; Divorce, Separation and Children matters, Business & Corporate; Litigation; Commercial Property; Trusts & Asset Planning; Employment & HR; Farming & Estate Management; Personal Injury; and Private Client. Open for business by telephone or email although offices are currently closed to the public. Can offer meetings by telephone or video conferencing and, where it is necessary to execute documents, have arrangements in place for face to face meetings that meet the Social Distancing requirements. Call 01225 896100 or 01380 733300; visit www.wansbroughs.com  or email: mail@wansbroughs.com

DJ Bewley Funeral Directors

The way funerals are arranged and conducted has changed in line with current government guidelines. “During these testing times we would like to take a moment to reassure all that we remain open and serving our local community 24 hours a day. Extra measures have been put in place to help deal with the impact of Covid-19. We appreciate the impact these restriction may have on families during the coming weeks. Our aim firmly to provide the help, service and support to you.” Funeral services are still being offered to families of no more than 10 people in attendance at local crematorium, churchyards and cemeteries. Still allowing people visit a loved one in the chapel of rest as long as the deceased or visiting family do not have symptoms of Covid-19. Chapel of rest viewings will be by appointment and restricted to 2 persons. Pre paid funeral planning service is also still available. A web-streaming service where anyone can view the service live from their own homes has proven to be very popular during the current conditions. Encouraging people to make funeral arrangements via telephone and video conferencing or visit www.bewleyfunerals.com; call 01225 702521 24 hours a day or email contact@djbewley.com

Angell Motors

Garage repairs & servicing. Key workers prioritised service. Unit 4, Stratton’s Walk (rear of poundstretchers). Tel. 707140

Inhouse Doctor

Still operating; mainly installations and modifications of kitchens and bathrooms and domestic renovations. Tel. 07778 950693

Serenity Wellness and Beauty

Church St Melksham, has unfortunately had to close due to Covid-19 but is keeping clients updated with ways in which to look after themselves via FB page, with healthy lunches, smoothies and posts / videos on self care and different products. Contactable via FB page – https://m.facebook.com/SerenityWellnessandBeauty/?__ or visit http://melkshambeautyandholistic.co.uk or call 07486 648105

Wiltshire Country Fayre

Food delivery service. Supplying local top quality free-range meats, fresh fish, huge selection of cheeses, free-range eggs and variety of deli produce. Free delivery on orders over £10. Tony has been running WCF for 30 years, delivering in the Wiltshire and Avon area. It is business as usual; offering contactless delivery and payment.

Visit www.wiltshirecountryfayre.co.uk to browse products and place orders or call Tony or Jade on 01225 761 705 or 01225 436 300

Whitehall Garden Centre, Lacock

Click & Collect and National Delivery on all products on their website, including plants, garden sundries, seeds, food (this is being set up this week with veg & meat boxes that customers can buy online for collection), garden furniture & BBQs. The Lacock centre is closed but The Lacock Village Shop that Whitehall also runs is open. Have introduced a new Click & Collect service and are now delivering Nationwide on all plants and products on our website. Visit: www.whitehallgardencentre.co.uk or email: customerservices@whitehallgardencentre.co.uk

Cooke Automotive

Still open offering servicing, repairs and MOTs. Local collection and delivery of vehicles and over the phone payment so to limit contact.
Please call 01225 791000.

Nixon and Shaw Opticians

Emergency and urgent eyecare services for patients new and old. Please call so they can triage any enquiry as there are operating a locked door policy. Contact: 01225 703218 or find on Facebook

Wadswick Country Store & Forage at Wadswick

Still open to supply essentials, including animal and pet feed and bedding. Forage is providing fruit, veg and dairy boxes as well as other food & drink essentials, plus homemade ready meals. Also milk vending machine outside the store that is available to provide milk 24 hours a day, using contactless card payment. Temporary change to opening hours and will be closed on Sundays. Opening hours for Monday – Saturday remain the same (9am–5pm). Essential supplies can be bought in one of two ways: orders for click & collect via the phone (01225 810700) or internet (wadswick.co.uk). You can also come into the shop and order at the till. Have put all the necessary precautions in place if you are needing to come to the store but please make use of the hand washing facilities at the entrance and maintain a distance of at least two metres from other people.

The Beeches Veterinary Centre

Emergency and essential veterinary work. Consultations via Telemedicine appointments,  hours have changed – Mon-Friday 9.00-6.00pm, Saturday 9.00-2.00pm and Sunday now closed. Visit www.beechesveterinarycentre.co.uk; email info@beechesvetcentre or call 01225 793335.

Slimming World

Now holding virtual groups to help and support members through the lockdown to achieve their dream weight. Plus still offer access to all online features and Facebook group, support from their consultants plus hold a virtual group every week for those that wish to attend. The only difference is it’s half price at £2.50. For more information contact Claire Wilkinson – 07900 601239 who can direct the member to the day that would suit them the best.

A Harlow & Son

Planning & Building regulation plans. Adhering to government guidance of social distancing. Visit www.aharlowandson.co.uk; emails aharlowandson@talktalk.net or call 01225 938329.

Poolman Patio & Plant

Still open for screened top soil. Old Station Yard, Seend. 01380 828944.

MB Locksmiths Ltd

Lock outs, lock and double glazing repairs. Working with customers to ensure they are safe and secure; this includes ensuring the appropriate PPE is worn, all items are wiped down with antibacterial wipes and social distancing is maintained. Offering 25% discounts for NHS staff during this time. Available 24/7 on 01225 839345

Foot Help

Foot Health Practitioner, using PPE (mask, aprons, latex-free gloves). Clients can email; jennybrown126@gmail.com or call 07725 738034 or 01225 868272

Churchill Hypnotherapy

Clinical Hypnotherapy – currently carrying out sessions as normal but all sessions online. Call 07515 441825 or visit www.churchillhypnotherapy.co.uk

Hale Veterinary Group

Veterinary Surgeon – most services available – check out facebook for most recent updates. Working from our Chippenham surgery. All other surgeries currently closed. Offering telephone consults and medicine delivery service free of charge for NHS staff. Tel. 01249 653561 / enquiries@halevethospital.co.uk. Have donated our all our disposable gowns to Bath RUH.

Blenheim House Care Home

Offering residential, nursing, dementia  and respite care. Blenheim House is part of Majesticare, an award-winning group of luxury care homes, established in 2000. Welcoming enquiries and have introduced exceptional control measures during  lockdown; specialist staff are on hand to offer your relative the utmost care and reassure families that their loved one will be comfortable, cared for and stimulated. For more information please visit https://www.blenheimhousecare.com/ or telephone 01225 896200.

Robinson’s Traditional Fish & Chips

Fish & Chips takeaway. Call & collect only 01225 703644. Tuesday – Saturday 16:30 – 19:30 or look up Facebook page ‘Robinson’s Fish & Chips Melksham’.

AJB Funerals

Open 24/7 for anyone at their time of need or to discuss setting up a funeral plan. Adhering to social distancing rules, so would ask the community to call first on 01225 708736, to discuss the best way forward to help with your requirements. There are some restrictions now on how funerals are conducted e.g. number of mourners that can attend a funerals, so do contact them for more information on this. More information can be found on www.ajbfunerals.co.uk or to ask a specific question call 01225 708736 or email enquiries@ajbfunerals.co.uk.

Melksham Minimix Ltd

Ready-mix concrete & floor screed. Trading but on a skeleton crew. Social distancing measures are in place when going on sites. Contact by telephone on 01225 680720 or email melksham.minimix@outlook.com

Grist Environmental

Waste recycling, skip and wheelie bin hire, scrap cars and metal. Special offers on giant wheelie bins and skips for use by the general public. Free scrap car collection with price match. Web site: gristenvironmental.com; Email: sales@gristenvironmental.com; Tel: 01380 730411 – option 1 for sales

Shaw Pet Centre

Dog and cat boarding.  Shop for food and treats. Flexible opening hours; drop off and collections via appointment (gates opened for the individual) for social distancing measures. Call 01225 702259.

Garston Veterinary Group

Emergency and remote vet consultations. Puppy and kitten vaccinations, plus first adult booster vaccinations. Cat neutering. Repeat prescriptions. Pet food sales and anti-parasiticide treatments. farm and equine service running as normal with 2m social distancing. All staff wearing PPE all of the time. Frome surgery open 8am until 6pm 7 days a week including bank holidays. Either call 01373 452225 or visit www.garstonvets.co.uk or Facebook page Garston vets or Instagram garston_veterinary_group

Audi VW Cars

Servicing, vehicle repairs & MOTs. Closed for car sales but open for vehicle repairs etc. Discounts to key works. Visit audivwsales.co.uk or call (01225) 709090

The Independent Living Centre

Free and impartial advice to older people and people with a disability or long term medical condition about how to remain independent. The building is currently closed and the ILC are unable to offer face-to-face appointments, but the team are all still working from home. An Occupational Therapist is available to discuss practical solutions to problems, and offer comparisons between the different mobility aids and equipment available on the market. Information, brochures and leaflets can be put in the post. The Welfare Benefits Adviser is available to advise what benefits you could claim, and help you complete the paperwork via phone or email, plus can also support you through the process of challenging benefit decisions such as requesting a Mandatory Reconsideration and making an appeal to the Tribunals Service. All advice is free to anyone living in Wiltshire or BaNES. Email welcome.ilc.semington@googlemail.com. Please only phone 01380 871007 if you cannot email, as the answer machine messages are not being checked daily, so there may be a delay in responding.

Woozelbears Hydrotherapy & Boutique Shop

Small animal hydrotherapy and boutique shop selling a wide range of natural, healthy treats & chews, food, beds and toys for canines.

Operating with a reduced staff team and have social distancing measures in place. Hydrotherapy services are very reduced currently and only seeing urgent cases on advice of a vet. Email Melksham@woozelbears.com or call 01225 517020

Payne-Re-Upholstery

Still open and running as normal. With pick up and drop offs done within the regulations needed at this difficult time. Sales of foam and fabric are still available and all quotes are FREE but done either over the phone, email, website or social media until it is safe to return to peoples’ houses. Payne-Re-Upholstery-Melksham.co.uk 07551 080706; @natpayner. Facebook page available

Barnett and Co Accountants Limited

Accounts production (sole trader, partnerships, Limited Company), bookkeeping, VAT returns, payroll and tax advice. Working from home, but it is business as usual. Contact Andrew Barnett – email andrew@barnettandco.com or telephone 01225 790224

Clairesfunfitness 

Running some free fitness sessions Monday to Thursday on business page and online fun fitness page at 10am trying to cater for all ages and ability – dance, strictly come dancing, Fitsteps, silver shakers, Pilates and falls prevention classes normally.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/285465872282823/?ref=share

Running a pilates & flexibility flow, mobility & stretch page with an hour’s live class on a Monday at 11am of Pilates and Friday at 10am of the flexibility flow. £12 for 4 weeks, all videos stay on the page for the participants to use at any time to suit them.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/305065510279025/?ref=share

Dance classes on Zoom, Tuesday 11am – Fitsteps, strictly come dancing, fitness moves. Thursday 11am DanceFit – Fun dance class to the latest chart music. £4 per session or £7 if you do the 2 classes in the same week. Phone or txt 07909 987811 or email clairewebber67@btinyernet.com or on facebook

Kingstons – estate agents

All services are as normal however instead of conducting face to face appointments they are doing virtual appointments. All valuations and viewings are completed by video / face time call. As long as properties are vacant they can complete moves where clients still need to move and cannot delay.

The mortgage team is also still working and assisting with re-mortgages and new mortgages.

The property management continues as normal and contractors are completing works abiding by social distancing measures.

The office is closed but the team is working from home.

Email: info@kingstonspropertymanagement.co.uk

JC – The MOT Centre / Garage on the Hill

Open for MOTs, repairs, services, exhausts, brakes, clutches, diagnostics with improvements made to help with social distancing. Up to now, have been doing a lot of work for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance team and also carrying out MOTs and repairs to quite a few nhs staff. From this week, opening longer hours to help service the general public again with a slightly bigger team. Tel. 01225 702648 / 01225 707373.

The Turnpike Garage, Devizes Road, Melksham. SN12 6RE

The workshop will is open 9am – 5pm, Mon to Fri offering tyres, batteries, air conditioning services and decontamination services.

Open 24/7 for fuel using the pay at pump function only. Tel. 01225 706646 / 702166

Andy York Photography

Still open on-line for viewing and purchasing artwork although the shop is closed, All Andy’s art collections are available to view and order on-line. Prints can then be posted direct to customers. This applies to the Melksham Memories collection as well.  www.andyyorkphotography.co.uk; 01225 707688; enq@andyyorkphotography.co.uk

A & N Accountancy Services Ltd

Accountancy, self assessment tax return forms, limited companies, sub contractors, payroll services and VAT. They are not seeing clients directly but their offices are still open normal hours for clients to drop off paperwork and most correspondence is being dealt with by email. Either call the office on 01225 705758 or look; visit www.anaccountancy.co.uk – or email  info@anaccountancy.com

Classic Motors Ltd

Servicing, MOTs, tyres, batteries, exhausts, air conditioning, all repairs. (Business as normal). The office is currently closed off to customers so payments can be made via phone only on completion of work carried out. New gloves are worn for every vehicle and all vehicles are sanitized before leaving the workshop. Invoices can be emailed upon request. Local collection and delivery can also be arranged. Customers can call 01225702550 or email info@classicmotorsmelksham.co.uk or contact via website -www.classicmotorsmelksham.co.uk

Chilli Kitchens

Still open for business. They can design, price and create estimates and quotes during lockdown. Distributors for Bosch, Neff and Siemens and can order and deliver appliance for delivery or collection. Meetings are being held via facetime/skype. Please contact  Simon on 07500 520140 or e-mail sales@chillikitchens.co.uk or visit https://chillikitchens.co.uk/

Refa Tandoori

Bangladeshi & Indian take-away.  Open 7 days a week from 5pm to 9pm for collection or delivery only. Call 01225 705680 / 358428 or mobile: 07853 263 565.

Tamara Dickson. Independent Celebrant

Still working. “Although wedding and naming ceremonies have been postponed, I am still officiating funeral services,” she says.. “On top of the grief that families are experiencing due to the death of a loved one, they are also having to process the necessary restrictions put in place by the government for funerals.  This includes a maximum of 10 people being able to attend the service.  Many families are having the smaller service but are looking to arrange a gathering of family and friends later in the year, when everything has settled down and the restrictions have been lifted. This is something that I am available to support families in organising. I would under normal circumstances visit a bereaved family, to chat about their loved one, music choices, poems etc but this is all now done via phone calls, video calls and email.  The skill of effective communication, combined with empathy and understanding is paramount. I officiate a number of services at West Wiltshire Crematorium and from very early on, the staff there have implemented protocols to ensure the safety of all concerned, whilst maintaining a respectful and dignified funeral for the deceased.” Tel: 0776 306 8266. Website: www.circleoflifewiltshire.co.uk

Wiltshire Framing

Picture Framing, canvases & Printing all formats. Operating with a collection/delivery service available if need be. Tel. 07921 847486.

Nigel’s Taxi Service

Still operating. Please telephone 07976 165910.

Bell on the Common, The Common, Broughton Gifford

Still offering takeaways to collect and very thankful to the support from the local community. Tel. 01225 782309

PSP Group (formally Heywoods)

Personal & Business Insurance. Office currently closed to the public but telephone 01225 705599 or email enquiries@pspgroup.co

Eric Gill, Funeral celebrant.

Vicars and Celebrants have now been given the go ahead by the Health Secretary to take funeral services should the family request it.

Tel. 01225 704627 | 07770 625378

PDH Roofing

All types of tiling & slating, new builds and repairs, leadwork specialists, soffits, facias, guttering. Also available to do rubber roofing and zinc. 01225 700952  07760 296977; www.pdhroofing.co.uk

Absolute Power Tools

An independent tool shop offering repairs, sales and hire. Open with a skeleton staff and adhering to the 2m distancing rules.  Customers wait by the back door and are served from there.  2 Avro Way, Bowerhill Industrial Estate, Melksham. SN12 6TP

T: 01225 899289 F: 01225 899231

W: www.absolutepowertools.co.uk

E: info@absolutepowertools.co.uk

Neil Stewart: local business and property expert

90 Days to your first property investment deal. Learn how to find investment property that will put money in your pocket for the rest of your life regardless of what happens to the property market.  Email now or check out what others say at the links below:

info@neilstewarttraining.com

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Sell Your House Fast. Confidentiality Guaranteed. No Fees to pay. No Agents Boards. High Mortgage ? No problem.

Call Nick Now T: 01225 436499

Knees – Home & Electrical Store

Still open online and delivering (please let them know if you are self-isolating). Stock of electrical items such as fridge freezers, washing machines, tumble dryers, ovens, range cookers, vacuum cleaners and food processors which can be viewed at www.knees.co.uk (subject to availability).

Some items of furniture and home accessories also available to buy online.

Staff in the office are also taking orders and queries on 01225 774247.

That number can also be used to ask about Masterclass Kitchens – Knees project manage the design and build process from start to finish – www.kitchensatknees.co.uk.

Follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @kneesretail for updates.

Goodwills Legal Services Ltd

Services on offer: Wills, Trusts, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Pre-paid funeral plans  and related services. Offering free telephone consultations and free support and advice regarding making a Will in the current circumstances. Single Will only £98, couples only £88 per person.  Prices include an individual consultation and your Will being drafted by a specialist regulated law firm. Telephone: 01373 593193 or 01225 683062; Email: info@goodwillslocal.co.uk; Website:  www.goodwillslocal.co.uk

New Resource Recruitment

Still open and its business as usual with consultants working full time remotely, and are actively supporting as many of the local businesses as possible, who still require additional staff. Continuing to register new candidates and still putting people out to work, within a number of major companies in Melksham, Trowbridge, Calne, Westbury, and Chippenham areas. People can still register for work by calling us on 01225 708040 or email: info@newresource-group.com.

For any large or small local companies looking for staff, large, a wide collection of good calibre candidates are available who are waiting to step in and help, be it for one day or long term. www.newresource-group.com

Market Lounge, Market Place, Melksham

Open for delivery and takeaway. Mon&Tues closed. Wednesday 12pm-6pm new Takaway menu. Thursday, Friday and Saturday 4pm till 9pm, new Takaway menu. Sunday’s 12-6pm CARVERY only. Order via Facebook messenger or call 01225 707457 or 07938 823855 or go to Facebook page for more details. Free delivery in Melksham (min spend £10).

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