Do I have any Bath based readers?

I know there is at least one formerly Bath based reader. Bloke in Bilbao grew up 50 yards away from me even if it was several hundred by the road. But that’s not quite what I mean. Is there anyone actually in Bath at present?

I think, maybe, Flatcap Army might be? But anyone else?

The point here. Mother is in lockdown which at her rate of maturity is a good idea. She’s also running out of wine. At which point, a scheme to try and get her a case.

She’s 100 yards from a Majestic but they’re so busy that delivery dates are out to next century some time. They’re also not doing click and collect. The one vintner I can find (Novel, in Weston) that is offering deliveries doesn’t stock the wine she prefers. Sainsbury’s won’t let me register for delivery or click and collect because I’m not the “vulnerable” person. But the aim of getting me to try to organise a case is that – laughable though it may seem – my computer skills are greater than those of my mother. Lidl doesn’t do click and collect so it’s not even possible to send Abbey Taxis around to collect some.

Yes, obviously, this is being picky, picky.

But what is the potential solution here? The aim being to get a case of the preferred wine to mother. I’ll pay, obviously. There are stores open that stock it but the interaction between delivery options and sometime in the next 14 days seems to be lacking.

Which leads to the question up at the top. Anyone actually in Bath and bored enough to help out?


This is now solved.

The local Co Op, would we believe. They stock the particular wine. And they don’t have any online system, delivery drivers or whatever. They do however have helpful people who will trot down the road that 100 yards with some.

Adaptability see, not systems!

16 thoughts on “Do I have any Bath based readers?”

  1. Bloke in North Dorset

    Other options if you’re stuck:

    I don’t know if they deliver in Bath but the Dorset Wine Company were very prompt when I used them a couple of weeks ago, ordered Friday evening, delivery Tuesday:

    The Wine Society has just started deliveries again (I’ve one coming today, Yipppee), they’re only doing full cases, no mixtures. I’m not sure if the’re accepting new members, but they usually deliver within days:

    Finally, at a push my son and his fiancee were at university there and still have some friends in the area. I’m sure they’d be able to help if it came to it.

  2. Aldi do wine deliveries from wharehouse .As with all choice is limited and max 6 bottles by type and 12 in all.They take just over a week .Only other problem in accord with most others it is knock and drop.

  3. Laithwaites are open and delivering within 3 days, according to their website. They got my order to me a couple of weeks ago with no problems.

  4. There’s Great Western Wine in Bath (

    What wine does she like? I know some people on Wine Twitter who might help.

  5. To use a boxing analogy, spirits punch harder pound for pound than wine. Why not Gin (with or without tonic), which would last longer by weight? Amazon delivers all sorts of Gin quickly with an Amazon Prime Sub?

  6. BiND. The Wine Society are not taking in new members at the moment so that option is out. My two cases ordered from them before the clamp-down arrived last week despite it having been cancelled!

    Aldi are still doing wine deliveries and today they seem to have re-stocked and there are quite a few bottles under £10. Max.order at the moment is 12 bottles.

  7. Bloke in North Dorset

    Thanks I
    didn’t bother reading the website.

    I too ordered before the clampdown,same experience except one delivered last week one today.

    They also sent me a notification that my Wine Without Fuss order will be delivered, but as that’s a mixed case I don’t see how they’ll do it, maybe it was an automatic email.

  8. It’s a good idea to prep your elders’ PC to enable remote desktop so you can run it from wherever you’re locked down…

  9. Gareth too,

    Is there any way of doing that when the elder has an I-thing but the younger is a PC user?

  10. @Tim Worstall

    Gov supplied supermarkets with name & address of vulnerable. Tesco emailed all matches they had (eg bank, clubcard, etc) that they were eligible for a next day 8 hour slot

    Don’t know what rest did as Tesco only one who had my mother’s email

    Try registering using your mum’s name and address

    Many Premier stores always do local deliveries for vulnerable, Aldi & Icelad deliver too

  11. @Gareth Too

    I use RealVNC for direct remote along with remote login to router to enable the ports most routers block

    iirc a lot of the web based remotes are offering free use now


    Supported operating systems
    -95**, 98**, Me**, NT4** (only supported with the old v1.0.2)
    -2000 (need the w2k exe)
    -XP, 2003, Vista , Win7, win 8, win 8.1, win 10, Windows Server 2003, Server 2003 R2, Server 2008, Server 2008 R2, Server 2012, Server 2012 R2
    Its embedded Java Viewer allows you to connect (and make File transfers) from a simple Web Browser on any system supporting Java (Linux, Mac OS…) to an Ultra VNC server.

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