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YOUR HUB NEEDS YOU
THE HUB IS OWNED BY THE LOCAL COMMUNITY. IT WAS CREATED FOR THE BENEFIT OF EVERYONE LIVING IN THE CHALKE VALLEY.
IT IS A HIGHLY VALUED FACILITY BUT IT CANNOT BE TAKEN FOR GRANTED. IT WILL NOT SURVIVE WITHOUT THE INVOLVEMENT AND COMMITMENT OF VOLUNTEERS.
PLEASE CONSIDER BECOMING A VOLUNTEER. EVEN A COUPLE OF HOURS A WEEK WOULD HELP.
TO FIND OUT MORE CONTACT TONY PATEL ON 01722 780 998 AND DO SOMETHING REALLY WORTHWHILE FOR YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY.
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.
Tony Patel, the HUB’s manager is supported by Judith, Sarah, our Team Leaders and our 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.
Newsletter – March 2020
Despite some of the dreary, wet and windy weather of late, Tony and his team at the HUB, continue to provide a warm and welcoming refuge and so we look forward to being of service to our existing and loyal customers and of course to those visiting us for the first time.
Unfortunately due to a technical hitch, our February newsletter did not get published in the Broadsheet so some of what follows is a repetition and a little overdue. The current newsletter is of course, always available on our website under news.
STARTING WITH SOME IMPORTANT THANK YOUs
Firstly, to Simon Hiscox from Prescombe Farm for so kindly donating the 2019 Christmas tree. This has become something of an annual gift but one we do not take for granted, so a special thanks to Simon for continuing to support us in this way.
And also to Andy Wilson who so kindly erected the tree and decorated it for us, and then took it all down again! Thank you Andy, your help was very much appreciated.
The coffee shop has long held a reputation for supplying delicious home-made soups to our customers. This is largely thanks to Jenny Truluck, who has overseen home-made soup production for many years as well as so much more in the overall development of the coffee shop since it first opened. Jenny is stepping aside, we hope temporarily, to support her husband, Ashley, who will shortly take over as High Sheriff of Wiltshire. We thank her most sincerely for her contribution over the years but of course hope to see plenty of her in the HUB when she is not involved in her new commitments.
CYCLISTS JUST LOVE THE HUB
As proof of this we have recently been presented with an award certificate by the Christchurch Cycling Club recognising the HUB for the second year running, as “the best lunch stop in 2019”, an accolade we are extremely proud of.
INTRODUCING OUR NEW MAIN SUPPLIER
We think we have at last found the ideal supplier for the HUB and so we are pleased to announce that a contract has been agreed with Bestway (Wholesale). Bestway is the UK’s largest independent supplier to retailers such as ourselves. In addition to Bestway’s own brand products, being independent, they have no restriction in supplying an almost limitless amount of other brands. We feel confident that this is going to prove a positive development for our customers who will start to notice a much wider choice of products than we have been able to offer before.
WE ARE ABOUT TO BECOME AN ECO REFILL STATION
In an effort to reduce our carbon footprint and to make our own contribution to the environment, we will in March, become an Eco Refill Station. This will mean that customers will be able to refill Eco products using existing containers or ones of their own choosing. To start with, products able to be refilled at the HUB shop will include materials such as washing powder, liquids and other items from the Eco cleaning range. Similar initiatives are being rolled out in many forms throughout the country and we are very pleased to be participating. albeit in a small way to start with. Tony is already looking to include a much wider range of new products in future.
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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 1:30pm
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).