Please visit this page to find out the latest advice and news about the impact of Coronavirus on Bourn and the surrounding area.

Government Advice

We know that people are concerned about news reports on the spread of Covid-19 – or Coronavirus. This continues to be a fast moving issue, which is being carefully monitored by Public Health England (PHE) with the current impact and risk to the UK population considered moderate.

However, there are some really simple steps we can all take to get into good habits to protect ourselves and others to stop the spread of viruses and germs including Coronavirus.

These include:

  • Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds, and use soap and hot water.
  • Particularly remember to wash your hands after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas or travelling on public transport.
  • Promote the Catch it, Bin it, Kill it We can all reduce the spread of all germs when we cough or sneeze, by covering mouths and noses with a tissue, or a sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the tissue away immediately in a closed bin
  • Keep up to date with information from trusted sources – like these:

Further Advice

Social distancing – what it means and why we should all follow the rules

British Society for Gastroenterology advice for people with inflammatory bowel disease

Asthma UK guidance on shielding adults and children with asthma

Stay-at-home advice if you have symptoms

Bourn Covid-19 Action Group


If you are self-isolating and need support we are here to help. We have a group of volunteers who are able to provide help to villagers who need support. This might involve picking up prescriptions, collecting shopping, posting mail or just providing support and a friendly voice. If you would like to volunteer or need help, please email us on [email protected] or call/text 07727 462523.

You can place orders for food from Knibbs Meat Safe (01954 713978). For food and other essentials you can place orders from JJ at the Bourn shop (07790 839663). Your order will be delivered to your house by a volunteer.

We can also collect medication from Bourn Surgery and deliver it to you.

Takeaway food can be ordered from The Willow Tree (01954 719775) – the menu can be viewed on their website – and from The Lalbagh (01954 719131 for collection or delivery).

Church Services

Coronavirus update – 24th March 2020

Following the Prime Minister’s broadcast to the nation last night, our Archbishops and Bishops have given us new guidance. This requires us to close and keep closed all our church buildings with immediate effect.

This is a big blow; it removes our capacity to offer use of the buildings as places where, in this time of international crisis, people can go for prayer, quiet reflection and to enjoy the beauty of these places we treasure. Please pass this news on to people in your community who may not access this message and will be affected by this new constraint; where possible, and they have internet access, give them the link to self-register for our regular Papworth Team Ministry bulletins.
Therefore, as soon as possible, the church buildings in the Papworth Team Ministry open and accessible throughout the week will be locked; and those open for set periods during the week will no longer be unlocked. This will be the new norm until we are advised we can relax these restrictions.

Many people from our wider community of friends and contacts are affected by what is happening around us. With immediate effect, also, no weddings or christenings are taking place; and funerals will be conducted under very clear and strict arrangements. We have been in touch with all who are expecting to have weddings and christenings in the near future; we will keep in touch with them as things evolve during this very demanding and worrying time for them.

Later this week we will offer updated suggestions for daily prayer resources, access arrangements for a range of helpful OnLine streaming of church services that will suit a variety of preferred styles, how to access our enlarged weekly Notes based on the regular Sunday readings and a short videolog from me.

Meanwhile, it has been very moving to learn of a whole range of local initiatives in many of our villages whereby people are putting in place arrangements to ensure the most vulnerable are supported and cared for at this time. Thank-you to so many for all you are doing.

Until later in the week.
Nigel di Castiglione
Team Rector