Newsletter – February 2020

Despite the dreary wet and windy weather of late the HUB continues to provide a warm and welcoming refuge and so we look forward to being of service to our existing and loyal customers and of course to those visiting us for the first time.

Firstly to Simon Hiscox from Prescombe Farm for so kindly donating the 2019 Christmas tree. This has become something of an annual gift but one we do not take for granted, so a special thanks to Simon for continuing to support us in this way.

And also to Andy Wilson who so kindly erected the tree and decorated it for us, and then took it all down again! Thank you Andy, your help was very much appreciated.

The coffee shop has long held a reputation for supplying delicious home-made soups to our customers.  This is largely thanks to Jenny Truluck, who has overseen home-made soup production for many years as well as so much more in the overall development of the coffee shop since it first opened.  Jenny is stepping aside, we hope temporarily, to support her husband, Ashley, who will shortly take over as High Sheriff of Wiltshire. We thank her most sincerely for her contribution over the years but of course hope to see plenty of her in the HUB when she is not involved in her new commitments.

So much so that on Saturday 11th January we were again asked to act as a check point for the Bristol to Salisbury ride organised by Audax which is the internationally recognised long distance cycling association in the UK. All 114 cyclists taking part were obliged to call in at the HUB to have their race cards stamped confirming their stop over. Needless to say the delights of the shop and coffee shop proved highly tempting and so in refuelling some tired and hungry men and women in Lycra, we enjoyed a very good days trading  It was a great occasion and we thoroughly enjoyed playing a part in what was obviously a very successful day.  We look forward to welcoming Audax cyclists back again soon.

And on top of that we have recently been presented with an award certificate by the Christchurch Cycling Club recognising the HUB for the second year running, as “the best lunch stop in 2019”, an accolade we are extremely proud of.

In an effort to reduce our carbon footprint and to make our own contribution to the environment we will, in February, become an Eco Refill Station.  This will mean that customers will be able to refill Eco products using existing containers or ones of their own choosing.  To start with products able to be refilled at the HUB shop will include materials such as washing powder, liquids and others items from the Eco cleaning range. Similar initiatives are being rolled out in many forms throughout the country and we are very pleased to be participating albeit in a small way to start with.  Tony is looking to include a range of other products in future so watch this space for more information as this develops.

Over the last couple of months we have introduced you to the new staff at the HUB. They have all settled in well as they have become familiar with the workings of the HUB. We are delighted to have them with us and thank them for their commitment and hard work so far.

A thorough review of the content of the HUB’s website has recently been undertaken and is now complete. We thank those involved particularly Phil Heald on whose shoulders the majority of the work fell.

This will be held on Tuesday 24th March, this year in the Bishopstone Village Hall starting at 7.30.

“What a fantastic place. Lovely people, food and countryside”.

“it’s still as lovely as it always was”.

“My first visit to Broad Chalke was in 1940. I try and visit every year”.