WE ARE FIVE YEARS OLD THIS MONTH!

The 3RD June marks our official fifth anniversary. It’s been quite a journey with so many people playing an important part in helping get the whole project off the ground. A time perhaps to thank those whose inspiration it was in the first place, the planning and financial support that followed and from then on the professional team lead by Ellen plus her team of volunteers who, over the years, have given their time so willingly to serve the community. We should not forget those, past and present, who have served on the management committee and whose support in the background, has helped steer the HUB to the secure position we all benefit from today. So this month’s newsletter is mainly a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who has been involved at various stages: our staff; our volunteers; our customers and suppliers. You have all made a significant contribution and have every reason to be proud of having been part of such a success story and one that has been contributed so significantly to the Chalke Valley community.

To mark the 5th Anniversary there will be an air of celebration at the HUB. On the 4th June in particular, (between 10.00 and 4.00), a number of our suppliers will be showcasing their products so pop in if you can and meet representatives from New Forest Chocolates, Burtons Best and Yummy Days and hopefully many more still to be confirmed.

ARCHIVES DISPLAY
As part of our celebrations members of the Broad Chalke Archives team are organising a display to trace the history of previous Broad Chalke shops and the evolution of the HUB itself.

NEW WHOLESALE SUPPLIER
Appleby Westwood, the SPAR Retail Distribution Centre in the West Country, is now confirmed as our new wholesale supplier. So far their support and service has been excellent and Ellen has now signed contracts to confirm their appointment. Expect to see a few specially selected SPAR branded products appearing on our shelves from time to time in future.

GLUTEN FREE PRODUCTS
As promised we are always trying to increase our range of gluten free products. The latest addition is rolls in the coffee shop.

CHALKE VALLEY HISTORY FESTIVAL – www.cvhf.org.uk
This well-established local event starts on Monday25th of June until Sunday 1st July. As in previous years we will be going to the Festival campsite every morning with croissants, pain au chocolat and other general groceries. We expect the HUB will be very busy during this period but don’t let that put you off coming. Our Chalke Valley customers are always going to be our most valued and important!

A JAPANESE INSPIRED QUILT DISPLAY
Look out for a magnificent quilt that will be on display in the HUB on Tuesday 12th June. This has been made by a local group of seven “quilters” who call themselves The Black Adders and who have generously donated this quilt as a fund-raiser for Salisbury Hospice. It is a beautiful piece of work and well worth seeing. There will be a detailed explanation of the techniques used plus an opportunity to buy tickets prior to the quilt being raffled at the West Country Fair on 5th August.

QUOTES FROM THE VISITORS BOOK
“Fantastic place-warm welcoming and great cake”!

“What super place – absolutely loved it. Thank you”