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.
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.
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)