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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.
SUMMER HOLIDAYS ARE COMING TO AN END BUT FOR THE HUB CHRISTMAS BECKONS!
Welcome back all lucky August holidaymakers, including Ellen who has just returned from a happy week in Cornwall; and many thanks to Judith, Sharon, Sarah, Chloe and our volunteers who have kept everything running smoothly in her absence.
Meet Your Supplier – The Famous Hedgehog Bakery
The Hedgehog Bakery has been supplying us with bread since April. Helen Atkinson (formerly Hub advisor and Chalke Valley Benefice Administrator, but now the Bakery’s General Manager) will be at the Hub on Thursday, 27 September from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm. She will display samples and talk about the Bakery’s products and plans and possible new products to be launched in time for Christmas. For further information see: www.famoushedgehogbakery.co.uk.
New Greetings Card Suppliers
Lalla Hitchings and Felicity Heavenor have recently become suppliers of greetings card to the Hub. We now have the following 10 card suppliers offering great variety:
- Focus in on life http://www.focusinonlife.org.uk/
- Sue Podberry: cards made from her own drawings, farm and country scenes
- Ken Leslie: Chalke Valley landscape photos
- Sheila Collins
- Chloe Coggin
- Isabelle Brent
- Gemma from Zen Cuddles
- Chris Matthews
- Lalographia from Lalla Hitchings who takes her own pictures and manipulates them to make something unique
- Felicity Heavenor: cards of her own paintings. She may be holding some art classes in the Hub: watch this space.
Now that our trading relationship with our new wholesale suppliers has been running for 13 weeks we can start taking advantage of the promotions that they offer and passing them on to our customers. Please keep an eye open for them.
Hilary Brown has very kindly offered to organise Scrabble afternoons in the Hub on the first and third Mondays of each month starting on Monday 1 October. They will run from 2.30pm until 4.30pm and anyone will be welcome to come along for a game, and do please bring your friends.
Blackmore Vale Magazine’s Contribution to the Community Award
The Hub has been shortlisted as one of four finalists in the above award. A reception took place on Tuesday 14 August in Stalbridge for all finalists and sponsors of the BVM Business Awards, which was attended by Andrew Boys and Will Hillary on behalf of the Hub (see photo in the 17 August edition of the BVM). The judges, from BVM and the Award sponsors Peter Harding Wealth Management of Shaftesbury, visited the Hub on Thursday 16 August where they were entertained to tea and home-made cakes, talked to Sharon and some volunteers, and hopefully were favourably impressed. The winners will be announced at a dinner to be held in Dorchester on 20th September.
Now that the summer holidays are drawing to a close, please remember that we always offer a warm welcome to anyone who would like to join us as a volunteer. If you are interested, or know anyone who may be, please tell Ellen, Judith, Sharon or Sarah, and they will be very happy to provide you with further information.
August Quotes from the Visitors Book
|“Wow what a find!! And the cake!!||Worthing|
|“Always love coming here!”||Marlborough, Wilts|
|“What a fantastic village resource. It would have been lovely to have when we lived here!”||Shaftesbury|
|In the village on holiday. Lovely tea and cake and very helpful staff. Doing my family history, and my family lived in Broad Chalke. If you have any connection to Frank & Eliza Penny (my great grandparents), please get in touch with Ellen who has my phone number.|
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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).