It is realised that there may well be residents who self-isolate either if they are feeling unwell, tested positive for coronavirus or are sensibly placing themselves out of harm’s way if more elderly or if they have any other ongoing health problems which may increase the risk of adverse effects of the virus. In these cases, procedures are being put in place at the shop to enable orders to be placed for essential items by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and for those items to be dropped off by volunteers from the Yarpole Parish Good Neighbour Scheme (YPGNS). To avoid the need for use of cash for payments and for simplicity, it will be essential for those who may need to request this service to have a credit account in place in the shop. It may be wise if anybody envisages that this may be necessary in the future to ask at the shop for the relevant application forms if they do not already have an account. The Shop will endeavour to fulfil orders as best as it can.

If there are any other areas of support needed or you do not have access to emails and wish to request an order of goods from the Shop, please contact the YPGNS on 07885525776 and leave a message at which point a volunteer will contact you within 24 hours to confirm receipt of the message.


Doing small things, making a big difference

The Good Neighbour Scheme is a free service supporting the community with a team of volunteers to help people who are having difficulty with the ordinary things of everyday life.

The Scheme is for anyone of any age and circumstances living in the Yarpole Parish, which includes Bicton, Bircher, Bircher Common, Cock Gate and Lucton.

The Scheme helps by doing the small things that make a big difference – the things that good neighbours do for each other. Here are a few examples: 

Fetching prescriptions or library books                                              

 Running errands and shopping

Practical tasks at home, such as changing a light bulb or hanging a picture

Filling in forms or writing letters

Walking and / or feeding pets

Finding out about other sources of help

Occasional light gardening or sweeping

Lifts for medical appointments

Occasional family back-up

Calling in for a chat

Coaching in using your computer


Call us anytime on 07885 525776. If you have to leave a message one of our volunteer co-ordinators will ring you back as soon as they can. 

Whatever your need, just ask; we will do our best to help.


The volunteers are local people who have offered their time and skills. If you are thinking about becoming a volunteer please contact us on 07885 525776.

Volunteers say what they can offer and when they would be available.

Volunteers are asked to fill in complete a simple registration form and give information for references and for DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service, formerly CRB) checks. There will then be a very informal selection process. Volunteers are security checked for adults and children and carry identity cards. They receive expenses for some activities.


Membership is free and is open to anyone regardless of where they live or whether they use or volunteer for the Scheme. Contact us on 07885 525776 for an application form.


Scheme Co-ordinator – Barbara Nurse

Co-ordinators - David Edwards, Jane Praill

Treasurer – Linda Mckinley

Managing Committee –Val Ainsworth, Sebastian Bowen, Linda Mckinley, David Edwards, Barbara Nurse, Jane Praill.