CHRISTMAS IS COMING AND THE GEESE ARE GETTING FAT……..
In fact Christmas has been coming for several months at the HUB as, like all retailers, we have had to start planning as far back as July so you can now be sure that everything is ready to meet the extra demands that come with such a busy period. We may be a relatively small operation, but it is no less complicated to make sure everything is ordered and organised, so well done Ellen and her team for being so well prepared.
Here are a few highlights, hints and suggestions for our customers that hopefully will encourage you to do some of your Christmas shopping at the HUB over the next few weeks.
AWARD WINNING CHRISTMAS CAKES – by Alix Fauvel Cakesmith
Preparation for these delicious cakes starts in July when vine fruit, dates, figs, apricots, cranberries and pears are bathed in sherry to become “drunkenly plump” Using only local free range eggs, British butter and flour, nuts, spices, black treacle and orange zest, the cake mix is prepared before being baked slowly and gently. Over the following few months the cakes are regularly fed with a tipple of brandy as they mature ready for Christmas. Each iced cake is hand painted and no two are the same. A mouth-watering recipe and if you’re not planning to make you own Christmas cake this year there will surely never be a better alternative.
New Forest Chocolates are a small family business designing and making chocolates, the artisan way, by hand. Made using only the finest ingredients and wherever possible all sourced locally, one exception being the cacao beans which can only be grown near the Equator!
No Christmas table is complete without chocolates so here’s a chance to include something extra special and different this year.
This is a young farm enterprise founded by Harry Street which we have mentioned in previous newsletters but given the time of year it is worth highlighting their products again. Harry initially developed the farm to raise calves for veal and beef but has expanded rapidly and now includes Christmas turkeys as a speciality.
Order forms are available in the HUB, but don’t wait too long as there is only a limited supply.
Each year Simon Hiscock kindly donates the Christmas tree that stands outside the HUB. We are always most grateful for his generosity.
Simon sells Christmas trees directly from his farm in Ebbesbourne Wake. Look out for an illuminated tree at the entrance to the farm where you will find a large selection of quality home grown trees of different varieties, shapes and sizes. Each one is carefully wrapped for easy transportation. There is also holly and mistletoe available.
As before the Salisbury and District Scout Group will be providing a local delivery service for your Christmas mail. There is a post box in the HUB and stamps are available at 25p per item which compares very favourably with the Royal Mail whose stamps now cost 56p (2nd class) and 65p (1st class); no wonder this fund raising initiative has proved to be a very popular service in previous years. As well as the considerable cost saving, it also supports the Scouts which everyone agrees is an excellent organisation as it encourages young people to develop a sense of community service, a mission entirely consistent with our own at the HUB.
There is a post box in the HUB and the contents will be collected for sorting on FRIDAY 8th DECEMBER AT 4.00pm.
We are now back to normal opening times ie Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays – 9am -1pm, thank you for your understanding during the recent disruption to the service.
Latest recommended posting days for Christmas delivery – there is a leaflet available at the Post Office setting out all these details
THE CHRISTMAS TABLE
This has now been set up in the Coffee Shop and displays a wide range of local products that make ideal Christmas presents. Father Christmas might be well advised to cast an eye over the table just in case he is in need of a few new ideas!
HUB OPENING TIMES OVER THE CHRISTMAS PERIOD
(these will also be displayed in the HUB and there is also a small printed version for you to take home)
|Shop||Coffee shop||Post Office|
|Saturday||23rd||8.30am – 4pm||9am – 4pm||Closed|
|Wednesday||27th||8.30am – 1pm||9am – 12noon||Closed|
|Thursday||28th||8.30am – 1pm||9am – 12noon||Closed|
|Friday||29th||8.30am – 1pm||9am – 12noon||Closed|
|Saturday||30th||8.30am – 1pm||9am – 12noon||Closed|
|Tuesday||2nd Jan||8.30am – 6pm||9am – 4.30pm||9am – 1pm|
THANK YOU AND A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS
It goes without saying how much we have appreciated your support over the past year. We particularly value the wonderful contribution made by our volunteers who do such sterling work, indeed we could not operate without them. So we can look back on another successful year where, in addition to all the products and services available at the HUB, above all a sense of community has been able to flourish.