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HALSTOCK VILLAGE SHOP Phone: 01935 891 781
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 looking at the latest topical window displays, 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 6.00pm 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 12.00noon
The current building which was built in 2001is owned by Halstock Village Shop Ltd a community owned not for profit organisation. On February 1 the company also took over the running of the shop as a community enterprise
Any surplus 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, Graham Bryan 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 between 12 and 20 volunteers, who generally work between three and eight hours a week.
There has been a community owned shop in Halstock in various locations since 1991.
June 2019 Update
June; midsummer madness; the most daylight hours in the year – the shame is that it lasts for only 30 days. So what do we look forward to in this month? Fathers day? Plenty of cards in the shop for dad, and its the queen’s official birthday this month. I know we stock cards by an artist who was commissioned to paint the queen’s Corgis. And talking of Corgis, June 21stis National Take Your Dog To Work Day. So pooch will need a supply of treats to keep him/her well behaved in the office, or wherever. June also has National Goat Awareness week, I kidyou not, check youtube. Mid- Summers day is National Pixie day at Ottery St. Mary. Not too far away. We are a curious nation.
It is still cold as I write but the long evenings in June, with BBQ’s and evening cocktails on the patio will be here soon. So check out our selection of wines and beers and ciders? Sales have been brisk so we are keeping good stocks in reserve. Hopefully your favourites will be among them. Then you will need to choose from our enhanced range of crackers and biscuits, and maybe the cheeses to go with; goats cheese perhaps?
We have also recently enhanced our gluten free selection with items such as Marmalade cake and stem ginger cookies.
In the Post Office the ‘British Engineering’ stamps have recently been put on sale. These commemorate great feats of British Engineering such as the Falkirk wheel, the Raspberry microcomputer and the superconducting magnet. For more information the presentation pack in the shop is the place to find it. These stamps will be followed soon by the Queen Victoria Bicentenary ones.
Whatever madness you are getting up to this month – enjoy!
On behalf of the Community Shop Committee. May 8 2019
May 2019 Update
‘Ne’er cast a clout till may be out’
As the old saying goes, arguably this means means either you keep your clouts on until the end of the month, or only until the may tree blossoms. Whichever is correct, I expect Barry has a few thermal clouts for sale in case the weather takes a turn and ‘rough winds do shake the darling buds of may.’
The shop has been looking sparkling of late, with new display shelves and constant surprises in the stock or the offers. Consequently we have satisfied customers some who say they don’t go into town now for their shopping as we can supply all they want. A visitor I had recently said did we do ‘click and collect’? Better than that, just tell Barry if there is any item you would like him to stock.
With the sun comes the picnics ...we are here to provide those picnic goodies from rolls and fillings to pork pies and cakes. At the end of a hot day you may wish to dive into our ice cream freezer but we would rather you chose a cooling ice cream from our tasty selection. (Guess whose joke?!)
We just have to remind you that when planning your holidays you could consider the Post Office Travel card. This can hold up to 13 currencies, you can download an app to track your spending, top up your card and monitor latest transactions. Along with he travel card a note about travel money currency can be ordered and normally only takes one working day to arrive.
If the card is lost then a phone call will block its use and you can request a replacement card be sent to your holiday address. Pick up a leaflet in store for full details.
If you are strapped for time always remember that the Post office is the place you can draw out, deposit and obtain balances for many of the high street banks.
Another useful thing you may consider is opening a pre-paid account with the shop. Makes transactions so much quicker, and you don’t have to be out with your purse or wallet.
We had a problem with the alarm last month with it going off in the night –apologies to those who were disturbed – the fault has now been rectified. Well done and many thanks to Graham who stayed the all night in the shop to make sure that all remained well and that neighbours were not disturbed again.
Finally, why not and join the friendly like-minded group who volunteer in the shop. With holidays coming up we are always in need of some extra hands.
On behalf of the Community Shop Committee. April 9 2019
Great turn out of volunteers and their partners for great curries made by Graham, and some competative bowls play.
Thank you Graham, much appreciated!