Who are we?


The Budleigh COV-19 Support Group was set up on 12 March 2020 specifically to provide a coordinated response to the Covid-19 crisis, bringing together all of the following: 


The Medical Centre, 

  • Dr Mejzner, Kathryn Blurton (Practice Manager)

  • Providing up to date information about the current state of play locally.


St Peter’s C of E Primary School 

  • Steve Hitchcock

  • Initiator of the Response Group, Chairs and minutes meetings.

All the local churches, represented by

  • Rev James Henley, the Baptist Church

  • Helping to identify local needs, prepared for the reality of loss of life.


Town Council 

  • Cllr Penny Lewis  

  • Jo Vanstone, Town Clerk

  • To assist the group by looking at the response to needs across the whole town; working towards effective food bank provision; and providing information for residents on how to contact local businesses.


The Lions 

  • Richard Allen

  • Providing support with leaflet deliveries and volunteer manpower at the hub. Assisting with social media, managing Twitter account.



  • Steve Hitchcock

  • Catherine Fitzgerald

  • Richard Allen

  • Ensuring that constructive, timely and positive messaging is being delivered to our local population, in a variety of media.


The Hub

  • Marc Jobson

  • The Hub have taken the lead at triaging all support requests that have come about as a result of Covid19.  They actively manage:

·         Coordination and vetting of volunteers

·         Distribution of meals to those who are self isolating

·         Shopping for those who are self isolating

·         Prescription pick ups for those that are self isolating

·         Telephone befriending service for those that are self isolating

·         Referral of financial support requests to BSRIN


Budleigh Salterton Relief In Need Charity (BSRIN), 

  • Lorraine Ralph

  • BSRIN have taken the lead to represent all local charities.  They have adopted a couple of new Trustees to give a greater representation across the community (including representatives from some of the other groups above).



The Budleigh Support group is not constituted and does not have a mechanism to receive funds and at this time we do not want it to have one.


BSRIN and the Hub are the two parts that are able to directly support people, are constituted and thus have been seeking funding and managing safer working practices for volunteers. 

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