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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.
“……TIS THE SEASON TO BE JOLLY AND JOYOUS”
And this is our promise to all our customers as you ponder the arrival of Christmas and all the preparation that it entails. We hope we can help you as you get ready for the big day. At the same time we would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your loyalty .in supporting the HUB. throughout the year.
As mentioned in the last newsletter our Christmas celebrations begin with the HUB & PUB – Christmas Tree “lighting up” evening on Friday 7th December. The evening starts at 5.45 pm when everyone gathers outside the HUB where the Broad Chalke School Choir will lead us in singing a selection of popular carols. At about 6.15 everyone moves over to the Queen’s Head Pub where Trevor and his team will greet us with mulled wine and mince pies. You are then invited to stay on in the festive atmosphere in the pub to eat, drink and make merry!. This is a really fun family evening and the perfect occasion to get together at the start of the Christmas season. There is no need to book, just wrap up warm for what promises to be a most enjoyable occasion involving the whole Chalke Valley community.
A very local lamb supplier from Manor Farm in Broadchalke
Katie Jowett will be in the shop on Thursday 13th December from 10.00 in a “meet-your-supplier event”.
To quote Katie “ we are a small family run business, passionate about producing high quality, high welfare, healthy food in harmony with nature” All Manor Farm lamb and hogget are 100% organic, pasture fed and grow slowly on the downs producing tender meat and a wonderful depth of flavour.
Jenny Trueluck’s yummy mince pies are now on sale in the Coffee Shop .These have proved a great success in previous years. In theory there is an unlimited supply but maybe best not to risk it!
Scrabble is proving very popular. Games take place on the first and third Monday of each month in the Coffee Shop between 2.30 and 4.30.
Media coverage – the Valley News, published in Wilton, carried a splendid full page article featuring the HUB. It was headed: Chalke Valley Stores celebrates 5 years. Circulation is throughout South West Wiltshire and North Dorset so some very useful publicity. The article itself is on display in the Coffee Shop
Celebrating our Volunteers
No addition of this newsletter is complete without some mention of our wonderful volunteers and as December brings to a close another year, it is an appropriate time to say a big thank you to you all for your dedication and commitment to the HUB and in turn, to the wider Chalke Valley community. As we all know the HUB could not operate without you so your contribution is greatly appreciated by us all
Some quick Christmas reminders
• The PO will be open on all Fridays in December.
• The shop sells everything you could need for your Christmas wrapping: postage boxes (new this year), bubble wrap, envelopes, paper, lables ….the lot.
• Turkey orders deadlines; Manor Farm – Burcombe 7th December. Harry Street – no fixed date but while stocks last. Order forms are in the shop on the rack opposite the till.
CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR OPENING TIMES
Quotes from the Visitors Book
“We delight in revisiting this great place!”
“Best use of a church I have seen in decades”
“May the Lord Jesus be seen in all you do here”
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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 and Thursday
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).