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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.
LONGER DAYS ARE HERE AT LAST……
(perhaps a chance to use our outside tables again soon)
A new supplier
It’s always good news when a new supplier is appointed. Ellen and her team go to a lot of trouble to seek out local companies that meet our exacting requirements and who understand our ethos. One such has recently been found so as from the end of March,
The Famous Hedgehog Bakery, based in Long Crichel, Dorset (www.famoushedgehogbakery.co.uk),will be supplying us with their organic bread and cakes.
FHB describe themselves as: “a family business that is passionate about bread …there are very few things in life more pleasurable than great food and fresh, hand-made, tasty bread is one of the best!
Deliveries to the HUB will be made on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Around and About near Broad Chalke – a guide to local walks
We have recently taken delivery of a nifty little map produced by a company called Yellow Walk Maps which shows very clearly some of the best walks between Bishopstone and Ebbesbourne Wake. Locals may well be familiar with some of these but there may be a few hidden gems that you have not discovered yet. The maps are now on sale in the shop at £3.99.
The Annual Members Meeting
This was held successfully in the HUB Coffee Shop on Wednesday 7th March. In addition to updating Members on last year’s performance it was an opportunity for the chairman to thank Henry Flint, our recently retired Treasurer, for his long and loyal service in so expertly overseeing our financial affairs. At the same time Linda Walton was welcomed as our new Treasurer and joins the Management Committee. Linda, who has recently moved to Broad Chalke, was previously the Assistant Bursar at Sandroyd School. From there she went on to qualify as a Chartered Management Accountant. Linda has since held senior finance positions at QinetiQ for 10 years before deciding to work in the 3rd Sector at Help for Heroes in 2010 where she was responsible for setting up their grant giving programme. We are most grateful to Linda for making her valuable time and experience available to the HUB and in turn to the local community. We are fortunate indeed that someone so well qualified has come to live in the Chalke Valley
An apology is also due to all those who would have liked to attend the AMM but were unable to because it clashed with Film Night in the village hall. We’ll make sure this doesn’t happen in the future. The chairman will shortly be writing to all Members/shareholders with a summary of last year’s report and accounts.
The Post Office
We regret that from the beginning of April, our Post Office will no longer be open on Friday mornings. It will continue to be open on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings between 9.00 and 1.00 only. This is due to circumstances beyond our control, at least for the foreseeable future. We are urgently looking at whether there are feasible alternatives which will enable the PO to be open more often.
The Toddlers’ Story Time
A quick reminder about this popular event, organized by Janet Roe, which takes place every Monday morning starting at 9.30. It is open to all accompanied children and lasts about an hour after which it often becomes an enjoyable social occasion for the adults to enjoy over a cup of coffee.
Quotes from the visitors book
“We have enjoyed a cream tea here several times recently. The scones are the best we have tasted in a while…..”
“Thank you, a lovely place to rest weary legs and enjoy some excellent refreshments”
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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, Thursday, Friday
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).