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
Summer is definitely trying to show its face and I hope when you read this we will be basking in glorious sunshine. Remember you can always come into the Air Conditioned shop to cool off!!
BBQ’s must be on the agenda so get your Rick Smith Genuine Dorset Charcoal at the shop. For the “non-purist” BBQ-ers among us we also stock Calor gas bottles! We also stock plenty of good food to cook on the BBQ so be sure to check the chillers!
Strawberries are not just for Wimbledon and we try and keep a good stock available together with many other soft fruits and of course CREAM!! Remember your 5 a day and stay healthy! Cherries are now also in stock and don’t forget those doughnut peaches. They might not look pretty but they taste pretty damn good! Where have all you kiwi eaters gone?? You have stopped buying them and I think I am beginning to get a furry face eating them up so we will give them a rest. I will also shave a bit more often!!
Have you seen our new stock items?? Quality, home cooked frozen meals from Olive’s Garden are now available. These are prepared by Charlie and Nikki Allhusen in Sherborne and provide an interesting and appetizing alternative to mass produced meals. Why not look at the selection when you are next in the shop.
We have also recently introduced a new range of Atkins & Potts quality finishing sauces. All you chefs out there, why not impress your guests with something different. Come and see our selection.
Barry, Rachel and Penny are always trying to entice you with their interesting displays and new stock lines in the shop and Rachel’s thoughtful quotations on the blackboard. Browsers are always welcome! You will find that using one of those nice big plastic baskets just inside the door will mean that you can get all of your shopping safely to the cash without dropping any!!
We were again stuck with a problem with one of our chillers last month. We seem to have been very unlucky with our new equipment when you consider that we had chillers from the original Village Shop still running before we replaced them with the new ones! So much for progress. Fortunately we managed to get it repaired quickly and without too much loss of stock as we had sold a lot of the contents over the weekend.
Finally an interesting factoid! The shop sells between 30 and 40 dozen eggs EVERY WEEK. That means we sell between 19,000 and 25,000 eggs a year!! That is an awful lot for a shop the size of ours and the price is still the same as when we started over 4 years ago! Give those hens a round of applause!!
Tony Woodroffe - on behalf of the Community Shop Committee.
July 8th 2017