Welcome to Halstock Village Shop and Post Office, run by the community, for the community.
Whatever you want, we probably sell it! If not we'll do our best to get it.
All the basics - newspapers, a wide selection of magazines, milk, locally baked bread from the bakery on the A303, local produce including Liberty Orchards balsamic vinegar and Sam's sausages, produced here in Halstock, and some of the best offers on wine iin the area!
Plus those irritating odds and ends that you run out of, like batteries, clothes pegs, balls of string, bin bags and reading glasses.
And we don't stop at selling you things! Whether it's reading Rachel's poetic contributions, checking the football results, picking up your prescription, having a cup of coffee or just catching up on village gossip, we have it.
Shop opening hours : Post Office :
Monday 8.00am to 6.00pm Open from 9.00am to 1.00pm
Tuesday 8.00am to 6.00 pm Monday to Friday
Wednesday 8.00am to 6.00pm
Thursday 8.00am to 6.00pm
Friday 8.00am to 6.00pm
Saturday 8.00am to 6.00pm
Sunday 8.00am to 12.00 noon
There has been a community owned shop in Halstock in various locations for twenty-five years.
(For a more detailed history of the shop go to ***)
The current building is owned by the commmunity and run by Halstock Village Shop limited, a not-for-profit organisation.
Any profits are ploughed back into the community through Halstock Village Trust.
The shop has been operating in its present format since 1st February 2013.
It is managed on a day to day basis by the manager, Barry Dennis and two assistant managers, Rachel Hamlin and Penny Whittingham, with oversight from the Shop Committee of Halstock Village Shop limited.
Additional help in running the shop comes from a team of volunteers, who generally work between three and eight hours a week.
THE LATEST OFF THE PRESS
As many of you will have seen, our shop is one of the four finalists in the Blackmore Vale Magazine Taste of Dorset Awards in the Local Food Retailer category. The winner will be announced at the awards evening on November 7th at the George Albert Hotel. Congratulations to all the staff, volunteers and customers who have contributed to help make the shop the great place that it is.
Congratulations also to Halstock’s other finalist - Porter’s Perfection Vodka in the Best Vineyard or Distillery category. How good is that to have two finalists from our village?
The shop continues to do brisk business and although we did not beat our best ever month’s sales of August 2016, our total sales for the first three months of this financial year are almost identical to the same period last year! Many thanks to all of our loyal customers.
Barry and the staff continue to introduce new lines of stock. We currently have a special on organic Olive Oil, and we now stock Blueberry White Tea drink? Why not try a bottle when next in the shop? Our recently introduced range of Olive’s Kitchen frozen meals are also proving very popular. We also have a selection of different beers from Adnams – Ghost Ship pale ale, and the Doom Bar range – Sea Fury and Wolf Rock. Why not try a bottle when next selecting your beverage? We are also stocking Goose Island - Honkers Ale - an American brew, not quite as big a seller as Budweiser but certainly a more memorable name!
We also have a good selection of nuts! No “Whole Hazel Nuts” but plenty of Walnuts, Pecans, Cashews, Mixed Nuts, etc. Have you tried a bag of Roasted Pistachios? We also have Pine Nuts for you chefs out there.
Supply and Demand – If you do not see what you want on the shelves, please ask at the counter. We might just have some in the stock room if we have not had time to replenish the shelves or if it is not a regular item of stock that we carry, perhaps we can order some if there is sufficient demand.
Newspapers – As some of you have experienced, we occasionally do not have any/enough inserts for the weekend papers. The Telegraph and Mail seem to be the biggest problems. The cause of this is our supplier W H Smith not sending them to us. We notify them of the short deliveries and although they promise to send them either later that day of the next day they often do not arrive. We apologise for when this happens but sadly there is absolutely nothing that we can do about it. Perhaps a letter to the publishers of the papers might bring some result, or at least a refund!
Volunteers – Sadly my plea for additional help last month seems to have fallen on deaf ears. We still need more volunteers so PLEASE, if you can help come and talk to us!
Advance Notice – The Shop Company AGM will be held in Halstock Village Hall on Monday November 13th at 7.30pm. See official notice for full details. ALL WELCOME – you do not have to be a shareholder to attend.
Tony Woodroffe on behalf of the Community Shop Committee
September 9th 2017