As you may already know Annabel Walters has just stepped down from the management committee having helped with PR and marketing, including editing this newsletter, for the last four years. She leaves with sincere thanks from us all and although no longer officially involved we hope to see her and her family in the shop and HUB on a regular basis from now on. She hands over her role with the shop and HUB in very good health and whilst we do not want to become too obsessed with targets it is still good to know that the business is successful as the the chairman reported recently at the AGM. This is very motivating for Ellen and her team who, along with all the wonderful volunteers make a visit to the shop and HUB such an enjoyable and relaxing experience. It just shows if the product is right the customers will follow, so well done and thank you to everyone for their loyalty and support. Talking of volunteers a number of people have recently joined the team so expect to see some new and no doubt familiar faces behind the counter when you next come in. However, we are always looking for more regular as well as occasional volunteers as there are often times when Ellen is in need of extra help sometimes at short notice. There’s a great team spirit so the more local people involved the better.
Now that we are enjoying longer days and some lovely Spring weather, the shop is gearing up to welcome more summer visitors, particularly with the Chalke Valley History Festival having moved to Broad Chalke. Extra stocks of drinks and ice cream are beginning to fill the shelves!
Laura Loncan, who runs Chalke Valley Produce and who is already a regular supplier to the shop, is now supplying lovely fresh salad and kale. There is always something extra special about knowing that produce is locally grown which sets it apart from a supermarket and how much more satisfying to support a local grower.
Don’t forget that fresh fish is delivered to the shop each Thursday, straight from Penzance in Cornwall. This is proving very popular so if you would like to order in advance you can do this on the website or by filling in a form in the shop. The deadline for advance orders is Tuesday lunchtime.
Fjordling Smoke House held a taster session in April at which a variety of their products were available to try. These included smoked trout, chicken breast as well as duck, trout and salmon pate. Judging by the enthusiasm of those who were there, these products are likely to become very popular. If you haven’t done so already, why not give them a try in salads, starters or just as a light meal.
The HUB has become part of a scheme called Safe Places. A designated Safe Place is somewhere where anyone can go if anything goes wrong or they feel unwell or upset when they are out and about. A Safe Place provides a secure and sympathetic environment where these setbacks can be sorted out. We feel this is very much in keeping with our ethos as a supportive community centre . There are leaflets available in the coffee shop with more details.
The Post Office remains popular and busy. If you have plans to go abroad at any time in the future remember that Euros are always available whenever the Post Office is open (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 0900- 1300). Other currencies only need twenty four hours notice. A number of people are already finding the Post Office useful for a variety of banking services not forgetting mobile phone top ups, passport applications and as the season opens on our local rivers, fishing licences as well.
Whatever your reason for popping in, Ellen and her team look forward to seeing you.