Grand Opening

Terry Pratchett wields his sword, local MPs John Glen & Claire Perry, and the valley community look on (©John Fry )

 

Chalke Valley Stores has successfully completed its 3 week trial period and the Shop, Post Office and Coffee Shop are now officially open! During the trial period we have adjusted our stock holdings to reflect customer feedback. Fresh and local produce is proving particularly popular – indeed it’s flying off the shelves!

Our range of goods and services now include, but are by no means limited to:

Daily delivered fresh fruit & vegetables

Fresh bread and hot pasties, sausage rolls etc
All baked on the premises daily

Delicious home-baked cakes, quiches, pies and pastries

Fresh coffee and cakes in the Coffee Shop 10-12 am & 2-4 pm daily

Fresh meat from Manor Farm Meats and other local suppliers
(special orders taken – e.g. for you Sunday roasts!)

 Organic Chicken from Angel Cottage Farm every 3rd Wednesday of the month

Local organic beef from Cools Farm available monthly
days to be announced

Super organic bread from Henderson’s Bakery every Saturday
Proper bread made the old-fashioned way – Wholemeal, sourdough a speciality – and ‘Pain Rustique is excellent!

 Daily Newspapers and free Wi-Fi connection

 Dry cleaning pick up / drop off on Wednesdays

 

Community Hub – Grand Opening

 

Almost 200 people gathered for the grand opening on Sat 22 June.

The Rev Julian Thomas welcomed everyone to the chapel building and General Ashley Truluck, Chairman of the new Chalke Valley Community Hub Ltd (CVCH), paid tribute to Jackie Lowe’s original concept of a community centre and explained that, with Chalke Valley Stores now funding the building’s running expenses, the future of this iconic building – both as a shop and as a place of worship, was assured. Tributes were also paid to the Fry family who had ‘carried the torch’ of the village Shop/PO for the past generation and to all those members of the valley community who had contributed talents, time or treasure to make the new venture such a success. Sir Terry Pratchett then declared Chalke Valley Stores officially open by cutting a string of sausages (what else!) with his sword. Finally local MP John Glen wrapped up a very happy and momentous occasion.

CHALKE VALLEY COMMUNITY HUB Ltd

A huge thank-you!

This has been a true community initiative.

A vast number of people have been involved in setting up the Hub –

and will be involved in running it going forward including:

🙂 DEFRA & EU (Sowing Seeds) – who have provided a substantial Rural Development Grant and Wiltshire Council with a local supporting grant.

🙂 The Plunkett Foundation, Community First & Senator Marketing – who have provided professional advice.

🙂 Over 230 members of the community who have bought shares.

🙂 A further 50 or so members of the community who have made donations.

🙂 Over 40 volunteers who have signed up so far to help in the shop.

*** We could do with a few more volunteers and you will be made most welcome***

 Our Volunteer Coordination Group – who have worked tirelessly to organise and help train our volunteers:  Ray Collins, Jan Fowler, Ann Ferreira, Emma Verdin.

🙂 Our Local Advisors – who have given their professional services absolutely free including, but not limited to:  Martin Altham (IT), Frances Bowen (Retail), David Gilbert (Works), Nicola Goodridge (Personnel), Peter & Chrissy Harris (Health, Safety & Fire), Chris Littlemore (Design & Planning), Andrew Wiltshire (Legal).

🙂 The Management Committee – who will take the company forward:

–    Secretariat: Ashley Truluck (Chairman), Henry Flint (Finance Director), Michael Roe (Company Secretary).

–    Retail Team: Shosh Hobbs & Nick Lowe.

–    Village Reps: Brian Mascall (Bowerchalke), Hugh Pelly (Ebbesbourne Wake), Rachel Sykes (Alvediston).

–    Ex Officio: Rev Julian Thomas (URC), Rob Wilkins.

🙂 The Hub Staff: Ellen Smets (Retail Manager), Nigel Tinkler (Facilities Manager), Richard James (Postmaster), Helen Atkinson (Benefice Administrator), Amber Cotton (Book-Keeper), Stephen & Caroline Mouland (Grounds & Cleaning)

…and a great number of other people up and down the valley who have given us help and advice. To each and every one we say a sincere:   THANK YOU!