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



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