Published: April 26, 2020 | Updated: April 26, 2020

Brewery Square retailers pull together and show true community spirit in lockdown

By Andrew Diprose, editor

Retailers in Dorchester’s Brewery Square are pulling together and showing true community spirit in the lockdown.

From donating food to supplying personal protective clothing and gloves, many have found a way to do good deeds in a time of uncertainty.

Several retailers, who have closed their doors temporarily, are offering a home delivery service to the local community.

They include Belle Modelle, Copper Street Brewery, Vinyl Van, The Highbrow Clinic and Aesthetics, Stems Florist, Woods Furniture, Seventh Seal and Loco Loves.

Delivery information is available on the retailers’ own websites and social media channels for shopper information.

The team at soft furnishings and interiors retailer Margo and Mya have been utilising their skills to manufacture protective scrubs for the area’s care sector, including the local hospital and care homes.

To date, they have helped to raise more than £900 which will be used to purchase further materials to make the scrubs.

The Highbrow Clinic, a specialist clinic providing non-surgical aesthetic procedures, has donated its stock of blue vinyl gloves to local GP surgeries and is also raising funds for Dorchester’s local food bank.

Several of the food outlets at Brewery Square including Nando’s, Pizza Express and Wagamama’s donated food stock to staff at NHS Dorset County Hospital as lockdown measures began.

Costa Coffee also delivered unused food to Signature House nursing home for its staff.

The team from Hygge Wellness and The Breathing Space are helping key workers in the local area and offering free online videos to help those in isolation stay well and healthy from home.

Anytime Fitness has released free ‘at home’ work-out videos on its social media channels.

Charlotte Spracklen, Brewery Square’s Centre Manager, said: “With non-essential outlets temporarily closed, many of the Brewery Square retailers have stepped up to help key workers and the community by using their skills and stock in new and creative ways.

“Despite the closures, it is wonderful to hear about the efforts being made by many retailers to support the local community, and in particular our NHS and care home heroes.

“This is a very difficult time for all businesses, however we would like to thank our retailers who are all working extremely hard in these unprecedented circumstances to ensure visitors are able to purchase goods and services online.”

Touts Pharmacy, the Atrium Health Centre and Moorland Express convenience store based at Brewery Square currently remain open.