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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.
WE’RE ALL GOING ON A SUMMER HOLIDAY…….
Well this applies to some of our hard-working staff who are having a well-earned break and it seems, to many of our not-so-local customers who often visit the HUB while walking in the area or on bicycles, taking a break en route to other destinations. As such we have been welcoming back customers many of whom have made their holiday plans to include a visit to the HUB. We are delighted to see them all particularly a walking group all the way from America who were visiting the HUB for the first time.
The hot weather has seen much demand for ice creams, cold drinks and B-B-Q ingredients. If you’re staying put at home in August there will be plenty of these supplies for locals so don’t hesitate to top up with anything you need.
The holiday period has added to the work load of Ellen and her team and also on those volunteers who have been available to help so a particular thanks to all of them for their extra efforts.
A new dish available in the Coffee Shop
Ellen has introduced a new ham salad on to the menu in the Coffee Shop which has proved very popular. If you haven’t already sampled it may we suggest you do, it comes highly recommended!
Happy holidays to all our customers
With the school’s summer terms now ended no doubt the family buckets and spades will be appearing again. So whatever your choice of holiday is all the staff at the HUB wish you safe travels and lots of fun wherever you’re heading. For those of you staying at home remember the HUB will be operating as normal and we look forward to seeing you all again for whatever reason: shopping, a light meal, a cup of coffee with friends or for some time to yourself just to relax. Whatever the reason you can be sure of our usual warm welcome.
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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).