January Newaletter

ELLEN AND HER TEAM

 WISH ALL OUR CUSTOMERS, VOLUNTEERS AND SUPPLIERS

 A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR

 AND TO SAY THANK YOU  FOR YOUR SUPPORT IN 2017.

 WE MUCH LOOK FORWARD TO BEING OF SERVICE AND

 WORKING WITH YOU ALL IN THE COMING YEAR.

Message from the HUB chairman, Will Hillary

Changing of the guard

I am very pleased to welcome Terry Jolly as Secretary to the Hub, following the retirement of Michael Roe.

Terry moved to Broad Chalke in 2012 from East London, where his business background was in corporate banking and advice to small businesses – ideal experience for the Hub. He also bakes fresh bread for sale in the Hub four days a week.

We are sad to lose Michael after 6 years of dedicated service. He was involved in the establishment of the Hub from the very start, and his knowledge, wisdom and dry sense of humour have been invaluable ever since. All of us who are involved with the Hub, whether as staff, volunteers, members or customers, all owe him an enormous debt of gratitude. Thank you, Michael.’’

December Newsletter

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

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.

 HARRY STREET MEATS

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.

CHRISTMAS TREES

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.

 

SCOUT STAMPS

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.

 

THE POST OFFICE

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
Monday 25th Closed Closed Closed
Tuesday 26th Closed Closed 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
Monday 1st Jan Closed Closed 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.

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.

 

CHRISTMAS PRODUCE AND PRODUCTS AT THE HUB

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.

 

VOLUNTEERS

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 welcome.so its important that we get this message across in case it may possibly have put some people off from volunteering in the past.

 

LOCAL SUPPLIER OF CHUTNEY

 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.

 

“FREE FROM” RANGE

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.

 

KINDLING WOOD

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.

 

QUOTE FROM THE VISITORS BOOK

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

October 2017 Newsletter

STOCKTAKING

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.

VOLUNTEERS

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

LOCAL SUPPLIERS.

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!

 

ORDERING MEAT

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.

NOTICES

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

 

QUOTE FROM THE VISITORS BOOK

“ 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.

Volunteers
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 afrboys@gmail.com 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

OUR VOLUNTEERS
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.

BIKERS AND WALKERS
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.

CUSTOMERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
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.

MY TRUSTY SKINCARE PRODUCTS
It may not be widely known that we stock a range of My Trusty Skin Care products (www.mytrustyskincare.co.uk). 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”.

IMPROVEMENTS TO OUR WEBSITE
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.

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

 

 

 

QUOTE FROM THE VISITORS BOOK
“Such friendly staff and lovely homemade cakes”

July Newsletter

July 2017
Newsletter

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

206,776 TRANSACTIONS SINCE WE FIRST OPENED!

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

ANNUAL MEMBERS MEETING

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.

SHOP NEWS

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

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FJORDLING SMOKEHOUSES www.fjordling.co.uk 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.

SAFE PLACE

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: http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/community-safety-safe-places