Sir Terry Pratchett cuts the ribbon with his sword

Sir Terry Pratchett cuts the ribbon with his sword

Terence David John Pratchett, novelist, born 28 April 1948; died 12 March 2015.

Sir Terry Pratchett will be missed by his millions of fans for the joy he brought through his books, but he will be especially missed here in the Chalke Valley where he was a familiar figure, eating at the Queen’s Head, officiating at the village duck race to raise funds for the pre-school, or walking in the landscape he loved and which he did so much to protect, without fanfare but with great generosity.

In June 2013 he opened the Chalke Valley Stores, one of the many projects that he generously supported,  cutting the ribbon with a sword.  Here is a link to one of his obituaries.

Farewell Sir Terry, a genius and a gentleman.



April: Easter is Coming, New local photographic web site

March Newsletter: Rural Oscars – Highly Praised, Volunteers’ Evening, Meet the suppliers and Oil Buying Group

February Newsletter: An incredible 100 Volunteers! Supporting OWL Town Farm Workshops in Sixpenny Handley, Year on Year Increase and finally – how do you sell 22,775  pints of milk?

A little bit about us

Chalke Valley Stores opened in  2013 in the United Reform Church in Broad Chalke, and in less than two years has become the hub of the valley.

countryside-alliance-awardsIn May 2014, less than a year after opening we won the Daily Telegraph / Countryside Alliance award for Best Village Shop / Post Office in the UK

Read what the Daily Telegraph said about the Best Village Shop in Britian and our local paper, the Salisbury Journal about us winning, firstly the South West Regional final and then the UK finals..

A wide range of produce

We stock a wide range of fresh produce, household staples and gifts, all very reasonably priced and sourced, wherever possible, from local suppliers.

There is fresh bread from Henderson’s bakery, milk from nearby Martin, vegetables grown in the valley, delicious chocolates from New Forest Chocolates, homemade cakes and puddings, ice cream from Buttercup and Daisy near Tisbury, wine supplied by Nick Barker of Enotria  to name just a few of our 74 suppliers, as well as essentials from cornflakes to post-it notes, medicine and confectionery.

 Coffee Shop and Post Office

Post-office-logoGet stamps, send parcels, buy foreign currcoffeeency and more at the Post Office and then have a cup of coffee and delicious slice of home made cake in our coffee shop.

Village Archives

Curious about the past? – on the first Saturday of every month visit the village archives.



The shop and coffee shop are run by more than 100 volunteers who give up their time for free, including teenagers on work experience




It a busy, bustling place!!

In 2014 there were 51,287 transactions in the shop. Among the big selling products were mayonnaise – we sold 136 jars and 22,775 pints of milk.


Open 6 days a week from 0830am

We open six days a week (see opening times top right) and welcome passing coach parties, walkers and cyclists, as well as our loyal local customers.


We look forward to seeing you!