November 2017 – Newsletter

Suddenly there is much evidence that Christmas is not so far away and the HUB is no exception in  preparing itself for the festive season. Here are a few things that are happening that will be of particular interest:

HUB & PUB – “lighting up” evening.

Now in its fourth year, this very popular event will take place on Friday 1st December when the HUB and the Queen’s Head once again join forces to celebrate the switching on of the Christmas tree lights. The evening starts at 5.45 pm when everyone gathers outside the HUB where the Broad Chalke School Choir will lead us in singing a selection of popular carols. At about 6.15 everyone moves over to the Queen’s Head pub where Dee and her team will greet us with a choice of mulled wine, hot chocolate and mince pies. You are then invited to stay on in the festive atmosphere at the pub for hot soup (@50p) served with delicious fresh warm bread. This is a really fun family evening and the perfect occasion to get together at the start of the Christmas season. There is no need to book, just wrap up warm for what promises to be a most enjoyable occasion involving the whole community.



There will shortly be a large Christmas display in the coffee shop to include a wide range of locally produced products all of which make ideal presents.

Also there will be ample supplies of Christmas wrapping paper and present tags plus a good selection of Christmas cards many of which support local charities.

Ken Leslie’s 2018 calendars are now in stock and if you have ordered one in advance these are now ready to collect.  Stocks are limited and whilst there are still plenty available, if you do want one, don’t delay as in previous years these have sold very quickly.

Turkeys and meats

Harry Street Meats will again be providing their locally reared free range turkeys. Or alternatively you may prefer beef for your Christmas meal and Cools Farm, a regular supplier of mince and steaks, is ready to meet your requirements. And again Manor Farm Butchers continues to supply a full range of meat and poultry not only at Christmas but throughout the year.

 Special Christmas order forms covering all these options are now available in the HUB.



Our volunteers continue to do a wonderful job and their contribution is, as always, much appreciated.  At the “thank you” party recently Will Hillary, our chairman, in thanking everyone attending, also mentioned that we are always on the lookout for more volunteers and asked if the word could be spread. There is no one better than existing volunteers to act as ambassadors in recruiting on behalf of the HUB. The chairman also mentioned that it was not necessary to commit to four hour shifts which seems to have become established as the minimum time commitment required.  In fact two hour shifts are more than its important that we get this message across in case it may possibly have put some people off from volunteering in the past.



 Burtons Best Chutney is made by David Burton in Salisbury and his full range is now in stock.  These include: apricot and ginger; spiced rhubarb; beetroot and horseradish and apple, raison and sultana. At £2.65 each they make an ideal addition for example, to curry and cold meats.



Many people have asked that we expand our “free from” range and so in response, Ellen is planning to do just that by setting up a special area in the shop exclusively dedicated to, for example, gluten free bread and pasta together with certain dairy products that fall into this category. Expect to see more choice in the coming weeks.



Now that the nights are drawing in, its nice to sit in front of a cosy fire.  To help with this the shop now has a good supply of kindling wood in stock, available at £5 per bag.



“Thoroughly delightful cuisine and staff – thank you” (visitors from Adelaide, Australia)

October 2017 Newsletter


As a professionally run business, one of the things we have to do each year is a stocktake ie accurately checking our inventory, which happens at this time of year as part of finalising our year end accounts.  Under Ellen’s supervision this is happening on 1st October, when a number of volunteers have agreed to help with what is a detailed and painstaking task.  We are most grateful to all those who have agreed to help particularly as it is over a weekend..  One of the possible consequences of a stocktake is that there may be a slight shortage of one or two items but fear not, this will to be put right very quickly.


Talking about stocktaking, a recent survey has revealed that thirty five of our volunteers have been with us since the HUB first opened. This is yet another demonstration of the commitment from our local community without whom we would not have enjoyed so much success.  We are always keen to show our appreciation for the work of the volunteers and one way of doing this is by holding an annual  “thank you” party which this year will be taking place in the middle of October in a hostelry not a million miles from the HUB


Each month we like to highlight one or two of our local suppliers who have been with us for some time.  This month we are featuring, firstly, Chalke Valley Produce, run by Laura Loncar, ,and which has been supplying the shop since we opened. Her seasonal vegetables are grown on a hill between Bowerchalke and Woodyates  Now that it is officially Autumn, Laura’s supply of vegetables is changing to reflect the new season. Expect to see on display: kale, (peppery flavoured Catell Nero variety); cabbage; winter salad bags containing mizuna leaves (from the Brassica species), mibuna leaves (peppery flavoured) and red mustard frills (deep red shoots with a mild mustard flavour).. Apparently some people are a bit weary of red onion squash which is also available but Laura says it is delicious particularly when roasted or made into a soup.

Secondly, we are introducing a new beer to our range from the Sixpenny Brewery, another regular supplier.. This small local brewery was originally based in Sixpenny Handley but has recently moved to new premises near Cranborne.  Their Rushmore Gold beer is now available in the shop and is described as a “refreshing golden real ale beer, clean and smooth tasting with a distinctive citrus hop aroma and flavour”  Irresistible if you’re are a beer drinker!



A quick reminder to start thinking about what meat you may need over the coming couple of months. Our meat suppliers are all small local businesses and so need as much notice as possible as they get busy in the build up to Christmas.  Order forms will be available in the HUB towards the end of October.


The Post Office will be closed on 13th and 27th October



“ a wonderful find at the end of a long walk. Five stars in every way”

September Newsletter

With so much damp and drizzly weather recently it’s hard to believe that we are still in the summer season. The school term starts shortly so life for many returns to a more normal routine. Hopefully this will give some of you more time to visit the HUB where the many delights on offer plus the companionship and the warm welcome, are all in plentiful supply!

Here are a few things we would like to highlight this month:

Ken Leslie’s 2018 calendar.
Like last year there will be an order sheet in the HUB during September and we anticipate the calendar itself being available later in the month. There will be plenty available but supplies are not unlimited so it is as well to put your order in without delay to avoid any disappointment. Samples of the photographs that Ken is using for the 2018 calendar will be on display in the HUB so you can see in advance what you would be buying.

BBC’s Farming Today programme
Jackie Lowe, the United Reform Church’s representative on the HUB’s management committee, arranged for Emily Hughes, a journalist working on the Farming Today programme, to visit the HUB on Tuesday 22nd August. The programme is doing a special feature on how rural churches have adapted the use of their space to serve the wider community including of course farmers. During the course of the day Emily interviewed Jackie, Will Hillary, our chairman, and Ellen plus a number of customers and volunteers. The recording ended with the singing of a hymn; the choir on this occasion consisted mainly of the Knit and Natter group who were meeting in the HUB that day and who without warning, were in fine voice! By all accounts Emily was very impressed with what she saw and heard and left a very supportive message in the Visitor’s Book. The HUB and its close connection with the URC, will be featured in a Farming Today programme on BBC Radio 4 one morning of the week commencing 28th August. As you may know, Farming Today starts at 5.45 on weekday mornings and at 6.30 on Saturdays. If you are not up at this early hour, fear not as there will be a link to the programme posted on the website so you can listen at your leisure. This was quite a coup for the HUB particularly as on average, around one million people listen to the Farming Today programme each morning. Well done Jackie for spotting the opportunity and thanks to all those who contributed on the day.

Thanks to all those who responded to Ellen’s recent communication with you all. In order to plan for the future she needed to gauge the level of commitment from volunteers to either work in the shop on a regular or occasional basis. She was very heartened to find that there remains tremendous support and commitment from volunteers generally. If anything those who work on an occasional basis is where we sometimes fall a bit short of volunteers so if anyone could spare an hour or two to help it would be enormously appreciated. We of course recognise that everyone has busy lives but it is worth reminding ourselves what a popular local facility the HUB has proved to be but that it could not function without the help of our brilliant volunteers.

The Five Valley Cordial
These are selling well and in case you didn’t already know there are four flavours to chose from: peach and lychee; pomegranate and rose; sloe and raspberry and lemon and mint, all available at the bargain price of £2.50 per bottle (Waitrose charge £3.25). We have plentiful supplies for the moment but once they are gone the special price we are able to offer will no longer apply as they are shortly relaunching under a new brand name and no doubt a new price.

Apple crumble is back on the menu!
Now that the English strawberry season is nearly over, Jenny Truluck’s Apple Crumble is available again in the Coffee Shop and already proving as popular as it was before. Surely at £3.50 to include cream, it must be a (delicious) bargain!

Utter Nutta extra crunch peanut butter
This has been available on our shelves since we first opened but we thought it was worth highlighting this month particularly as it’s made by Katie Sargent who lives locally in Bishopstone. Apparently it is now selling nationally so we have once again helped a local business to expand.
As Katie writes on the bottle:
Utta Nutta was inspired by a delicious, palm oil free, peanut butter recipe I created in my kitchen. Every batch is freshly made in small quantities, achieving its unique & nutty flavour by taking the oven roasted peanuts to their ultimate high, then milling whist still warm.
Resist that if you can!

The new HUB website
Thanks to all those who made useful contributions telling us what they felt should be included. We are now in the process of finalising the brief which will be put out to two website design firms who have been recommended to us. All being well we are aiming to have the new website up and running by the end of the year. There is still plenty of time to put forward ideas so please have a word with Ellen or email Andrew Boys at who is overseeing the project.

And finally a couple of notices:

The Post Office will be closed on Friday 8th September due to holidays.

Ellen is taking a well-deserved holiday and will be away from 26th August until 5th September.

A quote from the Visitors Book
“Well, what a friendly cafe and shop with delicious drinks and excellent bread among other delights”.

August Newsletter

A few rather interesting developments have occurred in the past few weeks amongst our group of volunteers. Firstly, three youngsters have stepped forward to help from time to time during their summer holidays AND separately three grannies have been accompanied by their grandchildren who were keen to help AND one of our regular volunteers recently turned 90! How splendid to see the younger generation beginning to follow the example set by the older volunteers. Congratulations and thanks to you all.

We have welcomed quite a number of bikers and walkers recently and expect many more to come during the rest of the summer holidays. Increasingly these group are planning their activities to include a return visit to the HUB which reflects well on the quality of the welcome and the refreshments they receive when they drop in.

News of the HUB has spread around the world and in the last month we have had visitors from as far afield as Australia, Denmark, California and from Ghent in Belgium which Ellen was particularly pleased about as this is her home City! OLIVE’S KITCHEN READY -MADE MEAL PRODUCTS As you know we recently introduced these healthy ready- made meals. They have proved popular and the feedback from those who have tried them, has been very positive so Ellen has decided to increase the range available to include their fish, and steak and ale pies.

It may not be widely known that we stock a range of My Trusty Skin Care products ( These have been developed by The Salisbury District NHS Hospital and the shop was one of the very first places to stock and sell them. Apparently they are now going to be marketed more widely and the word is that the prices will be coming down – a rare event these days! My Trusty products have always sold well at the shop and as a reminder there is also a gift box available which makes a nice present. A SPECIAL VISITOR On Wednesday 19th July we were delighted to welcome Lord Gardiner of Kimble who, as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Rural Affairs, was keen to see the HUB in action. He was accompanied by a director of AONB having earlier in the day addressed a group of local farmers. He was very supportive about the concept of the HUB where he took the opportunity to talk to a number of our volunteers as well as to some of our customers. Such was his enthusiasm that he bought two bottles of beer and even though he had had lunch locally at Stoke Farm, he couldn’t resist Jean’s sales skills who persuaded him to buy one of the coffee shop’s flapjacks which he consumed on the spot! He said he was:” fully aware of all the benefits that a facility like this brings to the local community, especially the lonely”.

It is a while since we launched our first website and it is now felt that the time is right to look at it again. We would be most grateful if you could help us with this project by telling us what you would most like to see included in the new website. There will be a simple form headed website suggestions at the counter of the shop and on the coffee shop tables for a few weeks so if you could spare a moment to make your suggestions that would be much appreciated. Our aim is to make it as informative as possible, simple to use and fully representative of the community it serves.

Please note that the Post Office will be closed on Friday 18th August.




“Such friendly staff and lovely homemade cakes”

July Newsletter

July 2017

It certainly has been a blazing June so far and the relative cool of the HUB has been providing a welcome respite from the hot weather outside. Despite the high temperatures the staff and volunteers have continued to provide the wonderfully friendly service which we have become used to and as always we are most grateful to them all especially when the heat can be so physically exhausting.

News this month:

Announcing a new supplier. Recently Charlie and Nikki Allhusen, who started Olive’s Kitchen in 2013 and who are based in Sherborne, offered Ellen the opportunity to sample some of their ready meals. She was suitably impressed so much so that we are now going to stock a limited supply of their dishes starting with lasagne and fish pie, both less than £5. The dishes are all made from family recipes using the finest local ingredients wherever possible. So whether you’re having a quiet night in or entertaining family and friends you can now buy proper home-cooked food at the HUB shop with minimum fuss and maximum convenience. There are brochures available in the shop with full details about Olive’s Kitchen.

A reminder about our (modest) library that is situated on the mezzanine floor above the Shop. Have a browse and see if there is a book that interests you. If so the procedure for signing a book out and returning it is very simple. At this point the shelves are full and so, tempting thought it may be to offload some of our unwanted books, there really is no more room for the moment.

The Post Office is often mentioned in this newsletter and we know how popular it is becoming for the range of services it offers, including personal banking and foreign exchange. However, its opening hours are not entirely within our control as it is a franchise operation from its HQ in Fordingbridge. Extending opening hours is dependent on how much the service is used. At the moment the Post Office is open four mornings a week, (9.00 and 1.00 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday). The cost of opening for three days is covered under the franchise arrangement and the cost of the fourth day is covered by the HUB so we are doing all we can to increase the opening times. Over time it is our aim to have the service operating five morning a week. The more it is used the quicker this can happen. As you may know Richard James plans to retire in March next year and he is currently busy training up Tracey Burge who is aiming to take over from him then.

The Chalke Valley History Festival. By the time you read this newsletter the History Festival will be in full swing. The Shop and Coffee Shop are fully stocked ready for what is expected to be a considerable increase in visitors to the area.

The Survey
We are most grateful to those of you who participated in the survey. It is always useful to have feedback in order to make sure we are providing what our customers want and at a price that is acceptable. We have studied the findings carefully and where feasible and affordable we will be making the necessary changes either immediately or over a period of time. Briefly these are the main points that emerged and where relevant, the action that has either been taken already or is being planned.
Quality of Fruit and veg – there will now be more frequent deliveries to make sure that the produce is always as fresh as possible and in plentiful supply:
Encouraging Shop customers to use the Coffee Shop – we have dedicated a space on the blackboard to advertise the Coffee Shop. In addition we will highlight take-away hot drinks and panini’s in the Shop behind the till. We are investigating buying new table cloths as well as looking at ways of improving the lighting to enhance the ambience.
Price review – Ellen is undertaking a major price review, comparing ours to Waitrose. As food prices are generally going up it is a good time to be doing this. Inevitably we will not always be able to compete but when you take travel costs, convenience and less hassle into account plus what a difference supporting the community through the HUB makes, then a little extra cost on certain items can easily be justified.
Shop opening hours – We have looked carefully at the possibility of extending the shop opening hours, and have concluded that it would not be economically justified at the present time. The costs of doing so are thought likely to outweigh the benefits and our staff and volunteers are already fully stretched to cover the existing opening hours. We realise that this may disappoint some of you, particularly those travelling to and from work. We will of course keep this under review for the future

The Coffee Shop – now that the summer is really upon us we have moved the emphasis towards cold food on the menus. For example Burcombe Manor Farm are supplying their ham which is being made into delicious summer salads.

Also the Ansty Farm Shop is supplying us with freshly picked strawberries. So a summer meal awaits!
Whilst in the Coffee Shop notice the changing Chalke Valley seasons as displayed on the big screen courtesy of Ken Leslie whose photographs we use. These are also available in post card form in the Shop.

On that note this is an early reminder that Ken will be producing a calendar again for 2018. We will remind you about this again in September when it will be possible to put in your order.

Welcome to Elizabetta who is over from Italy working part time as an Au Pair for a local family. In order to improve her English she has gallantly volunteered to work at the HUB.

Notes for your diary.

The next Valley Coffee Morning will be held on Thursday 6th July i.e. the first Thursday of the month, from 10.00 to 12.00. This is very much a community event and in June it proved extremely popular and so do think about coming along again or for the first time, perhaps with a friend, and taking advantage of the special offer of £1 on all hot drinks.
Story time for Toddlers is held every Monday at 9.30 and is a really fun occasion for young children. We are very grateful to Janet Roe who organises the event and to her rota of readers.

June Newsletter


June 3rd 2017 marks the fourth anniversary of the opening of the Chalke Valley Stores, another significant milestone in its continuing success. As each year passes this is an appropriate moment to record our thanks to those who worked so hard at the outset to put the project together and of course now to Ellen, Judith, Sarah and Sharon and all the volunteers who have contributed so much to make the HUB the place it is today. Behind the scenes it is a complex and demanding business to run and it is a credit to all those involved that, for customers, there always seems such a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Huge congratulations and thanks to you all.

A few things to highlight this month:

Father’s Day – Sunday 18th June
In advance of this date there will be a special display of suitable cards and gifts particularly, but not exclusively, for children to show their appreciation for all the things that their fathers do for them.

The Chalke Valley History Festival
This starts on Monday 26th June and in its new location, it is obviously going to be a big local event with an increase in visitors to the Store and the Coffee Shop. Ellen will be stocking up accordingly. Despite this most welcome additional business from those visiting from outside the area, she is keen to emphasise that normal service for locals will be always be a priority!

Meet-Your-Supplier Day on Friday 16th June

Yummy Days, run by Andrea Escherhaus will be showcasing some of her products such as: watercress and tomato pesto as well as her delicious granola (including a gluten-free version). Andrea is very particular about her ingredients all of which are organically grown and locally produced whenever possible.

 Valley Coffee Morning
Ellen is keen to revitalise this event which takes place on the first Thursday of each month between 10.00am and 12.00. The next one therefore will be held on Thursday 1st June.  So, why not pop in and take advantage of the special offer on all hot drinks at £1.00 – a bargain if ever there was one! Better still bring a neighbour or someone less inclined to go out alone and who would value a change of scene and a chance to meet or reconnect with other locals. This is a wonderful way for the HUB to fulfil its purpose of providing a community centre and was designed with just this sort of social occasion in mind.

Duke of Edinburgh Award
Another wonderful way in which the HUB is being used is to provide an opportunity for young people to complete the volunteering section of their DoE award programme. Look out for Megan Wilson (14) who is currently working towards her Bronze Award and for Fizz White who is looking to achieve her Silver Award.  Well done to both of them and thanks for all your hard work!

Best sellers in May
Semi-skimmed milk, Local eggs and Croissants.

May Newsletter

MAY 2017

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.

Post Office LogoThe 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.

April Newsletter


This was held on Thursday 16th March in the village hall. It was very well attended, with delicious refreshments on offer. Will Hillary, the Hub chairman, Michael Roe, the Secretary, and Henry Flint, the Treasurer all gave presentations.

John Lace was re-elected to the Management Committee and has kindly agreed to continue in his HR role. Andrew Boys, from Alvediston, was elected to the Management Committee and has kindly agreed to take on the PR and marketing following the retirement of Annabel Walters from the committee. Andrew brings a wealth of PR experience to the role.

Both the shop and coffee shop are doing extremely well, thanks to the support given by our customers and to the growing army of wonderful volunteers without whom we could not survive, never mind thrive. A huge thank you to you all. And if anyone else can spare a few hours a week – it doesn’t have to be every week – please do get in touch as we still need more helpers, especially in the coffee shop.


We have had a fresh delivery of EBBESBOURNE HERD meat including steaks. It’s local, it’s organic, it’s delicious.


FJORDLING SMOKEHOUSES are coming to the coffee shop for a taster session on Friday 7th April from about 10am. They do cold and hot smoked trout, smoked chicken breast and duck, trout and salmon pate. Perfect for starters, light lunches or any occasion.

One of our young workers, Sebastian Body, is leaving to continue his studies. He has been a huge asset to the Hub so a big thank you and good wishes to him. And a big welcome to Ben Barrett who is replacing him.

Our promotions are back so keep an eye out for brilliant deals that compete with supermarket prices.


Finally, we have recently become a ‘Safe Place’. This is an initiative set up by Wiltshire council to encourage vulnerable people to get out, by identifying places where they and their carers can go in the knowledge that if something was to happen, we are here to help. To find out more:

March Newsletter


Many thanks to the hundred or so people who took the time to complete our Customer Survey. And special thanks to Roger Boon, a retail marketing specialist who moved to Broad Chalke last year, for volunteering to analyse all the completed surveys and to prepare a detailed report for the Management Committee.
The good news is that the overwhelming majority of those who completed the survey were extremely positive towards the Hub and seem to have a warm affection for its staff and the contribution which they make to the local community.
A number of constructive comments and suggestions were made as to how the Hub might improve the service it provides. These are currently being considered by Ellen and her team, and by the Management Committee. Any significant changes resulting from this will be reported in future newsletters.
Will Hillary, Chairman of Management Committee


This Annual Members’ Meeting will be held at Broad Chalke Village Hall. Refreshments will be served, so do come along – volunteers, customers, members of the community. This is your chance to hear about how the Hub has been faring, our plans, and to ask questions and give your feedback.


Michael Roe is standing down as the Hub’s Secretary and so the search for someone to take over the role is underway.
The Secretary is appointed by the Management Committee, not elected, although can be a member of it.
Duties include the administration of the Management Committee, some formal company obligations towards the Financial Services Authority, maintaining the Rules of the Society and assisting the other Society Officeholders.
Whilst a knowledge of company procedures and law may be helpful, it is certainly not essential not least because of the depth of professional and commercial experience existing within the Management Committee.
Help is always on hand from those colleagues and Michael is happy to mentor his successor, until he or she is established in the role. Please contact Michael, Will Hillary, or any other member of the Management Committee if you are interested.
We all owe an enormous debt of gratitude to Michael for all his hard work over the last five years and ensuring that everything has run so smoothly.


If anyone with Public Relations or social media experience would like to undertake this role, which involves communicating news about the shop via social media and this monthly newsletter, then please get in touch with Will Hillary or Annabel Walters ( It’s a great opportunity to put your toes back in the water if you’ve taken a break from work for a few years, or just want to contribute something to the community.


The Hub is always interested in new projects and ways of bringing people together and as part of this we will shortly start a book swap and borrow scheme. We have had a wonderful collection of books donated to us by Penelope and Michael Millburn. They belonged to Penelope’s late sister, Jessica de Lannoy and Penelope says she would have been thrilled to know they were going to form the basis of a lending/ swapping scheme in the Hub:
‘When she was a little girl, Jessica made a lending library out of all the family books, so, to this day, many of the much-thumbed books of childhood have her home-made library pouches for tickets inside their front covers, as well as the stern instruction, in her eight-year-old script, to “Please return to Jessica Home” regardless of which member of the family they actually belonged to. These books were indisputably hers, collected and enjoyed by her from the mid-1980s, when she first went to live in Brussels, until her death here in Alvediston in 2015. They are not precious volumes, but all very readable and reflecting the interests of a vivid personality. Enjoy!’

Many thanks to Penelope and Michael for this kind donation and fantastic idea.


A post has become vacant for a young person, aged 16 or over, to work at the Hub every other Saturday from 11am-5pm. This is a paid position and a great opportunity to gain work experience. Please contact Ellen:

February Newsletter



Don’t forget our fantastic FRESH FISH from Seafresh. If you’ve made a new year’s resolution to eat more healthily, fish will definitely feature heavily in your diet: just one serving of fish a week boosts your brain health. So do come and buy it from the hub.

We get a weekly delivery of a variety of fish, every Thursday. If you want any specific type of fish you can order it by Tuesday 12noon for delivery on Thursday. Order forms can be found in the shop opposite the counter.

The EBBESBOURNE HERD meat has proved very popular – not surprisingly as it is so delicious and fits the Hub’s ethos of buying local, buying organic. If on occasions we don’t have any of their fresh meat in, we always have some in the freezer so it’s worth asking one of the managers.

We are going to start selling fresh herbs and if they prove popular over the next few months then we will continue to sell them. If there are any other products the customers would like to see in the shop or coffee shop, please talk to Ellen or mention it to a volunteer. We are constantly trying to serve the community and to stock what our customers want.

We will also start up the promotions, every month some items will be reduced so keep an eye out for the colourful stars again.


In this cold weather, Jenny’s lovely fresh soups and our freshly made paninis are proven even more popular. Next to our yummy cakes, we have now introduced an apple crumble, served with cream: who can resist a little bit of sweetness after a lovely lunch?




This Annual Members’ Meeting will be held at Broad Chalke Village Hall. Do come along – volunteers, customers, members of the community. This is your chance to hear about how the Hub has been faring, our plans, and to ask questions and give your feedback.


POsqWe are seeking a part-time Post Office assistant – please see the advert.