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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.
Tony Patel, the HUB’s manager, is supported by Judith, Sarah and 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.
THANK YOU AND A HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OUR CUSTOMERS
As we rapidly approach Christmas and with 2020 just round the corner, it is an appropriate moment to pause and reflect on another good year for the HUB. Nothing would be possible without the loyal support of you our customers so we thank you most sincerely for your custom and your commitment to this community enterprise which we are pleased to say goes from strength to strength. We hope that this will continue in 2020 when Tony and his team will be doing all they can to meet your needs and seek to improve our products and service wherever we can.
Please note that orders for turkeys, meat, fish, fruit and vegetables should be made by Saturday 7th December at the latest. You can either ring us or fill in the forms that are now available in the shop. The cut off for collection is Monday 23rd December and as we do not have long-term cold storage facilities, so it is important not to miss this deadline. And talking of Christmas we are now stocking wrapping paper, decorations, and a variety of novelty items which we suspect will be of interest to Father Christmas as he makes his plans to fill stockings in the Chalke Valley.
NEW TEAM LEADERS STARTING SHORTLY
We are delighted to welcome both Dawn Henderson and Rebecca Twig as our new team leaders in the coffee shop. They join Kate Woollen and Nicky Matthews who have both settled in to their new roles very well. With this strengthened team we are much better placed to continue providing the quality of service we strive to achieve, BUT…..
WE DO STILL NEED VOLUNTEERS
This is a constant message but an important one as without our wonderful volunteers the HUB could not function. Inevitably some volunteers feel they have done it for long enough, some move elsewhere or family commitments pull them in other directions. This is perfectly understandable and we thank those moving on most sincerely for their involvement. From time to time this leaves us with a few gaps which have been ably filled by our permanent staff but this is not a long-term solution so if you or anyone you know, would like volunteer, then please contact Tony who will talk you through what is involved. If you know a volunteer already please talk to them and hear their first hand experience. We are confident they will tell you it is rewarding, fun and a worthwhile way of contributing to the local community.
THE KNIT AND NATTER GROUP….
….meet in the HUB mostly on Thursdays and sometimes Tuesday as well. The clue is in the name! Recently this splendid group had a sale in the coffee shop of the items they had made in 2019 and in the process. raised a magnificent £540 for the Salisbury branch of Parkinson’s UK. We are always delighted to provide a venue for such occasions especially when the merchandise on sale is “home grown”.
The group also knitted some lovely poppies which were displayed on the railings in front of the shop leading up to Remembrance Sunday.
If you would like to join the group please contact Reina Musselwhite on 01722 781264.
A NEW SUPPLIER OF CAKES
We now stock a variety of cakes supplied to us by the National Trust’s own cake maker. These range from Red Velvet, Dorset Apple, Eccles cake and Muffins. These have proved a huge success so if you haven’t tried one yet, wait no longer…treat yourself!
A SUCCESSFUL YEAR FOR OUR CHEESE SUPPLIER
The Boot and Bucket cheese company, who have been supplying the HUB since shortly after they started their business just over a year ago, were a finalist in the 2019 Dorset, Food and Drink & Farming Awards. Congratulations to them on this achievement. We are delighted to have supported this new company and contributed in some small way to their success. This is a good example of our commitment to local produce and one which we always seek to expand whenever a new supplier of the right quality comes to our attention. Expect to find two of their new cheeses available in the shop as Christmas Specials.
CAROLS AND LIGHTING UP THE CHRISTMAS TREE
This very popular family event will take place, as usual, in front of the HUB on Friday 6th December starting at 5.45. Carol singing will be lead by the wonderful Broad Chalke School choir. So wrap up warm and come along for some hearty singing and meeting local friends. Afterwards you are invited to the Queen’s Head next door where you will be welcomed by Max and Paul with a tempting array of seasonal drinks and eats.
CHRISTMAS OPENING TIMES
December Shop Coffee Shop Post Office
24th 8.30-1pm 8.30-12noon Closed
25th closed closed closed
26th closed closed closed
27th 8.30-1pm 9am-12noon closed
28th 8.30-1pm 9am-12noon closed
29th closed closed closed
30th 8.30-1pm closed closed
31st 8.30-1pm closed closed
1st closed closed closed
2nd 8.30-6pm 9am-4.30pm 9am-1pm
QUOTES FROM THE VISITORS BOOK
“a lovely find, we will be back” (from Tokyo)
“peaceful, delicious food, easy to get into with my frame, comfy chairs and so friendly”
“wonderful atmosphere, food and company. Fantastic in every way”
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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).