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The Chalke Valley Stores, known locally as the HUB, is situated in the United Reformed Church in the centre of the village of Broad Chalke in the heart of the beautiful Chalke Valley, officially designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It comprises a Shop, a Post Office and a Coffee Shop.
In addition to providing a service to the local villages, we also welcome visitors from all over the country – indeed increasingly from all over the world. Many come to the Chalke Valley to explore the area which is rich in history and has many places of great interest to visit as well as events to attend.
Ellen Smets, the HUB’s manager, is supported by Judith, Sharon and Sarah plus a large team of volunteers whose involvement adds to a strong sense of community and helps make the experience of visiting the HUB extremely relaxed, and the welcome genuinely warm and friendly. Wherever possible our products are sourced from small local growers and suppliers who are dedicated to the use of fresh ingredients and very often to traditional methods of production.
Residents of the Chalke Valley use the HUB for their essential shopping as we sell a wide variety of household goods, stationery, fresh meats and vegetables as well as drinks and take-away snacks. Others use it for a coffee in the morning, a light meal of homemade soup at lunch time or tea with fresh cakes and scones in the afternoon. In addition the Post Office provides a full range of postal, banking and foreign exchange services.
SPRING IS IN THE AIR…….at last.
Looking ahead two important events that take place at this time of year:
Firstly, Mothering Sunday on March 11th, an opportunity to recognise and give thanks for the special role that mothers play in the heart of a family. Of course it’s not all about presents but a little gesture is a way of showing appreciation for all the many kindnesses and love that mothers give to their children. With that in mind the HUB will be stocking extra flowers which come from our regular supplier Pod and Pip. These can be ordered in advance or while stocks last, can also be bought over the counter in the shop. Also our range of greetings cards will include a selection suitable for the occasion and of course there are plenty of other gifts that would be appreciated by any hard-working Mum.
Secondly, Easter Sunday on 1st April, not to be confused this year with April Fool Day! First and foremost Easter Sunday is an important day in the Church’s calendar and over the centuries the egg has become a symbol of new life which for many, is why it has it is so much part of the Easter celebration. Not surprisingly there will be a good choice of Easter Chocolate available in the shop provided by New Forest Chocolates, another regular supplier to the HUB plus some beautifully designed cards.
A quick reminder about the fresh fish we source from SeaFresh in Cornwall. Our regular supply of fresh fish is delivered every Thursday and special orders including lobsters, can be taken up until lunchtime on Tuesdays. Our regular stock consists of a fish pie mix plus (depending on the catch), haddock, plaice, lemon sole and sea bass, all vacuum packed. We hear much about how good fish is in our diet these days and it is interesting to see how popular it has become with our customers not just for health reasons but also for its delicious taste!
Environmental Health Check. From time to time we are paid an unscheduled visit by the Wiltshire Council Environmental Health Officer. Their purpose is to inspect, amongst other things, hygiene standards, food storage facilities, lighting and pest control. After the inspection each establishment is given an overall rating from one to five. Congratulations to Ellen and her team for achieving a five – ie top marks!
A new website. By the time you read this newsletter we will have launched our new website which has been completely re-designed and modernised. There are lot of new photographs so you might even recognise yourself in one of them! The address is the same as before but as a reminder it is:
We are most grateful to Lindsey Burden of LBB Business Solutions (www.brownburden.com) and her colleague Liz, for all their hard work and the advice they have given us in the development of the new website.
The HUB was closed for a funeral in the United Reform Church on Monday 12th March. Perhaps this is a timely reminder that we are occupying a place of worship and that it is still used regularly for religious services. Being closed for one day is a small price to pay for the excellent cooperation we enjoy with the URC in having jointly created a community facility. Thank you to all our customers for their understanding.
A couple of dates to note please:
The coffee shop will closed from about midday on Friday 2nd March when there will be a service in the church celebrating the World Day of Prayer starting at 3.00pm to which everyone is invited to attend.
The Members AGM will be held on Wednesday 7th March at 7.30pm in the Coffee Shop in the HUB.
Quote from the visitors book
“So good to see our chapel so full of life”
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Chalke Valley Stores
URC Chapel, High Road,
Broad Chalke, Wiltshire SP5 5EH
01722 780 998
FREE parking available outside
Monday to Friday 8.30am to 6pm
Saturday 8.30am to 4pm
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
9am to 1pm
Monday to Saturday 9am to 4.30pm
Shop, Post Office & Coffee Shop are all closed on Bank and Public Holidays
Many of the photographs used on this website have been kindly contributed by Russell Emm and Andrew Wiltshire (www.countrysidephotography.org).