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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.
“Live in each season as it passes: breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit”. (H D Thoreau)
This month we have two news items about skincare.
Firstly, introducing a new supplier to the HUB namely;
Chalke Valley Skincare. – https://chalkevalleyskincare.co.uk/
Based in Broad Chalke, Jennifer Catlin hand makes nourishing skincare products for adult and infants using only natural ingredients with no artificial additives, preservatives, scents. Only organic ingredients are used whenever possible.
The products Jennifer makes have been designed to provide reparative, anti-inflammatory anti-oxidative support and they can be used on all skin types. Jennifer will be showcasing her products at the HUB on 10th July so do pop in if you can and see for yourself what she has to offer.
Secondly; My Trusty Skincare – https://mytrustyskincare.co.uk/ which we stock and have featured before but do so again because its Body Butter, made by the NHS Salisbury District Hospital, has been named as the No.1 Body Butter when compared against well known brands such as Clinque, ESPA, The Body Shop and Omaorovic to name but a few. The most expensive Body Butter was a huge £62, the HUB sells My Trusty Body Butter at £9 for a 200m bottle so not only is it officially the best but also by far the cheapest! There is an opportunity to learn more about the science behind this innovative NHS formula when the Sunflower Skincare Team will be at the HUB on Monday 23rd July between 9.15 and 12.15 when there will be free samples for our customers to take away and try for themselves.
This is now available in both the Shop and Coffee Shop up to a maximum of £30. It has taken a while to have the technology installed but it is now up and running and already being used. We have even had our first contactless payment using a mobile phone app so we are now firmly established in the 21st century. Well done Ellen for persevering with this particularly as introducing technology of this kind is never straightforward.
Since introducing Gin, Whisky and Vodka to our range we are pleased to report that the bottles are “flying off the shelves”!
CHALKE VALLEY HISTORY FESTIVAL
By the time this newsletter goes to press the History Festival will be over for another year but as it is being written it won’t have actually started! However, the HUB will again have played a part in supporting the Festival by supplying many of the stall holders with milk and a daily service of croissants to the campsite.
CHALKE VALLEY NORDIC WALKING
Run by Lou Stuart this well-established group meets once a month in Broad Chalke and “turns a walk into a workout”. After each walk they meet for a debrief and refreshments in the HUB. Nordic Walking is easy to learn and as well as good exercise, its sociable and fun. If you would like more information ring Lou Stuart on 07557952682 or email her at email@example.com. You can also book online at www.chalkevalleynordicwalking.co.uk
Special recognition this month to May Glover who is “retiring” from working at the HUB having been a regular volunteer ever since the HUB first opened five years ago. This is a wonderful example of an exceptional contribution to the community and we thank her for her loyal service and dedication. We are delighted that new volunteers continue to step forward which is most welcome as the HUB could not operate without the many people who make themselves available to help. Everyone who does volunteer says how much they enjoy it so if you’re interested please doesn’t hesitate to contact Ellen or visit the website for more details.
QUOTES FROM THE VISITORS BOOK
“A perfect afternoon stopover (The Tadworth Fat Boys Cycle Club)
“The pea and mint soup was exceptional”
“Fantastic place, warm welcome and great cake”
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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).