Christmas and January Newsletter

A New Year’s Message from the Chairman:

I am pleased to report that 2016 was an excellent year for the Hub with sales in both the shop and the coffee shop ahead of the previous year.

My thanks are due to all of our wonderful volunteers and staff for all their hard work in making this happen, and to all of our customers for supporting us. I wish all of you and your families a very happy, healthy, peaceful and prosperous New Year.

Thank you also to all those who have completed the survey. Your replies and comments will be very helpful to us in improving our service to the local community. We will be analysing the results and will give you an update in the next Broadsheet on any changes which may be planned as a result.

Will Hillary


Shop News:

The pub and hub carol singing event in December was a great success. Special thanks go to Broad Chalke School and their wonderful choir who sang so beautifully. Also to Jack and Emma at the Queen’s Arms, Andy Wilson and Simon Hiscock for the lovely tree and lights, Keith Hitchings for the sound system and Janet Roe and Jenny Truluck for the mince pies and biscuits.

The Christmas table, hampers and other Christmas produce were all a success, so thank you to those who bought and those who supplied.

This is a good moment to remind ourselves of why the Hub is so good for our community. Stocking local suppliers supports local businesses, which is good for all of us. It also benefits the wider community because these suppliers use fresh, local products wherever possible, reducing ‘food miles’ and creating less impact on the environment.

Many of us wish we could do more about the devastation caused by producing some of the most common foods and household products – did you know that 50% of supermarket products use palm oil, and that palm oil plantations are devastating the rainforest in places like Borneo, destroying the habitat of animals such as orangutans, which are now facing extinction?

So by buying local goods you are doing your bit for the wider world too, as well as keeping our shop, coffee shop and Post Office thriving.