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Please note that the coffee shop will be closed from Friday 22 February for refurbishment and will open again on Monday 4th March.
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.
BIG IMPROVEMENTS ARE ABOUT TO START
Work on the kitchen refurbishment is due to start shortly which will mean a few days disruption to the coffee shop and Chapel. Please note therefore that the coffee shop will be closed from Friday 22 February and will open again on Monday 4th March.This will enable the old kitchen to be taken out and electrical and plumbing services to be altered. A new anti-slip flooring will then be installed and the new kitchen fitted. This will include new stainless surfaces and storage, new refrigeration, a hot cupboard food area and an improved overall layout. These improvements will help our hard-working volunteers and staff to better serve the growing number of Coffee Shop customers from the tiny kitchen. It is an old building so fingers crossed we don’t find any horrors that will delay the work!As well as the new kitchen, the opportunity is being taken to carry out some work in the coffee shop and chapel to improve the heating. During cold and windy weather, the large open roof area can give rise to some down drafts. It is important that the ceiling and roof void remain intact as they are a feature ofthe building. The next stage of this will be to stop drafts coming through from the open balcony in first floor archive/office area by using see through panelling to cover the existing balustrade whilst maintaining the open plan above it.
SHOP OPEN AS NORMAL
During the improvement works the shop will be open as normal, although parking is going to be restricted to enable access for contractor materials.
HOW IS THIS WORK BEING FUNDED?
The cost of the improvements is being funded partly from the proceeds of the recent share issue and partly from the HUB’s financial reserve, with the help of a generous contribution from local URC funds.
OTHER NEWS THIS MONTH
We have three volunteers who have recently retired from working in the HUB. May,Jean and Roy have been working with us continuously since we first opened in 2013. This is a wonderful example of dedication to the local community and we are all so grateful to them for their loyal service over the past five years. Thank you May,Jean and Roy.
Major cycling event.
On Saturday 12th January the Audax Bristol Cycling Club arranged an event called the Chalke and Cheese ride which required all 120 participants to call in at the HUB as one of their staging posts along their route. Whilst there each cyclist had to spend some money and retain a receipt as proof that they had checked in. Apparently the event was so popular that it has been suggested by one participant on Facebook that other cycling events should be organised specifically to include a stop at the HUB. It was a busy day and the volunteers did brilliantly in dealing with such large numbers of people on one day.
Recently a count was completed of the coins put in to the various charity boxes in the shop. Lifeboats, the Poppy Appeal, Stars Appeal, Salisbury Hospice and Air Ambulance have all benefited from a share of the nearly £650 that our customers have so generously donated.Thank you all!
There will be a variety of suitable cards on sale in the shop in good time for this annual show of affection.
We are delighted with the response and to date we now have 28 new local shareholders. The opportunity to subscribe for shares is still open. If you would like to buy some shares please contact Terry Jolly at email@example.com or pick up an application form in the HUB.
A note for your diaries The Annual Members’ meeting will be held in the Broadchalke Village Hall on Thursday 21st March starting at 7.30pm. A formal notice will be issued nearer the time
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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).