Our home delivery service is now operating on Tuesdays and Saturdays. The shop is closed between 2.00 and 4.00 on those days to facilitate this.
Call the shop during these times to make an order.
HALSTOCK VILLAGE SHOP Phone: 01935 891 781
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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
At present closed from 2pm to 4pm.
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.
March 2021 Update
Welcome to March, and to what used to be the first month of the year – at least according to the early Roman calendar! Indeed, the first Roman calendar had only ten months, beginning in March, which was named for the Roman god Mars. Of course, with all ten months being either 30 or 31 days in length, they ran out of them by December (decem being the Latin for ten) and simply filled in the rest of the year with fifty or so days of general ‘Winter’.
This March, in theory at least, we too can bid farewell to winter, as 20th March sees the Vernal (or Spring) Equinox – the date on which both day and night are of equal length. But before that comes Mothers Day, aka Mothering Sunday, on 14thMarch and, as ever, we’ll have a wide choice of cards to say ‘thank you’ to Mum for all she means to you – plus chocolates and other treats – or maybe a plant? And while we’re speaking of plants, always keep an eye on the wheelbarrow display outside the shop in March, with its enviable reputation for quality bedding plants, all at hard-to-beat prices.
We all know how capricious March can be weatherwise and this March may turn out to be no exception. But weather permitting, many of us will be keen to enjoy coast and countryside, and we certainly have the best of both here in Dorset. So be ready with snacks to take with you on any kind of outing, including our ‘Eat Natural’ bars, our yoghurt bars, peanut and raisin packs, drinks and lots more to sustain you. On the other hand, should March turn out to be a month to stay warm and dry indoors, our magazine shelves will be filled with plenty to keep you occupied, covering a wide range of interests, including craft and puzzle books, special interests magazines and more. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, Barry will be happy to order it specially – just ask.
March 17th honours, St Patrick the patron saint of the Emerald Isle. They do say everyone is a little Irish on St Patrick’s Day and, to be sure, we’ll have Paddy’s Whisky and plenty of Guinness on our shelves should you wish to join in the celebration.
Our shop windows have always been a feature in the village and from time to time, we are able make one available to local groups who have a non-profit-making service to promote. If that’s you, speak to Rachel in the shop and maybe we can help you bring what you do for our community to people’s attention.
To end with, here are some trivial (and not so trivial) facts about March. Firstly, the Spring Equinox is said to be the only day of the year when you can balance an egg on its end (it’s no yoke!). If you’re born in March, you will probably know your birth flower is the daffodil. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the clocks go forward on Sunday 28th March. A timely note to finish on.
A happy March to you all from Halstock Shop. Tony Hill (Member of the Shop Committee)
February 2021 Update
We at the shop, hope that your Christmas and New Year was enjoyable even if rather different than usual. Your support of the shop has been tremendous and we have had some very busy days indeed. Thanks to all staff and volunteers who did extra/longer shifts enabling us to serve all of our customers.
Writing this in the first week of January and yet again we are in lockdown. By the time you are reading it I hope fervently that the situation with Covid 19 in the country will have has significantly improved.
At the time of writing the shop is still well stocked. Any shortages are currently due too us gearing up for boosted sales and not the suppliers running short. In fact the suppliers are reacting well and started limiting sales immediately the lockdown was announced.
The few remaining Christmas items are gone the shelves and again we are stocked with our usual range of goods. Everyone is talking about the fruit and vegetables since we got a new supplier. Given a day or two we can order almost any veg or fruit. For example at the time of writing we will be getting in small punnets of non-ground turmeric.
The shop is bright and cheerful; the plants outside to tempt you if you have to wait to enter, the shelves well-filled, coffee and books in the community room. If you are stuck at home and in need of hearing voices then you can still tuck yourself away in a corner of the community room. Please just adhere to social distancing. You could use the coffee machine and maybe just read a paper.
Post Office and Royal Mail
It is worth noting that at the time of going press that the Post office is not accepting any parcels for parcels outside of UK (apart from Southern Ireland). It is always worth checking before trying to send parcels abroad.
New stamps are National Parks 14th January (presentation pack and stamps) and UK a Celebration 26th Jan (just presentation packs)
Blossom Chambers has given us many beautiful Shop Window Displays during 2020. Autumn and Christmas/mid-winter displays have been particularly gorgeous, and she kindly designed and put up our ‘Thank- you window’ for the volunteers. How many of you there are! BUT there is still a call out for more to get involved; it is safe, and fun! If you only have two hours a week to spare you will be welcome. Talk to Barry.
Bardy Griffiths on behalf of the Community Shop Committee January 7h 2020
January 2021 Update
The staff, volunteers and committee at Halstock Village Shop wish all our customers the very best for 2021. May it be healthier and happier than 2020! We would never have dreamt in January 2020 that we would have a year like this last one, but we are proud that we have been able to play our part in keeping our communities supplied and safe. Thank you to all our customers for your support.
So – January is here with the worst Dorset can offer in winter weather floods, gales, snow and ice, making it difficult to get out of the village. But don’t despair. We have logs and kindling, torches, batteries and candles, de-icer and salt, bread-making flour and all the ingredients for home cooking, and three large, well-stocked freezers.
To keep out the cold, we have a large selection of woolly hats, gloves and socks, or to keep the inner woman warm, we have lots of calorie packed bakery products and a wide range of wines and spirits. I am reminded that the birds need extra food to keep up their energy in cold weather and we stock fat balls, peanuts and mixed seeds for them.
We have recently taken on a new fruit and vegetable supplier, and so far we are pleased with what they can offer. The produce is fresh and well presented, with some new ideas as well as the staples. Let us know what you think.
Regarding Covid restrictions, a vaccine is being rolled out as I write, but it will be some time before it reaches the community. We would like please to appeal to all our customers to continue to observe requirements – wear a mask, follow hand hygiene and keep to a social distance within the shop. This is to keep everyone safe, especially our many elderly customers.
However we still try to make the shop welcoming and to greet everyone with a few words and a smile (behind the mask!) You don’t need to groan at the thought of driving into town, come and see if Halstock Village Shop has what you want.
(On behalf of the shop committee. December 9 2020)
December 2020 Update
As I write we are a week in to another lockdown, and whether we will be out of it by the time you read this is a mystery. Christmas this year will different for many of us. We are lucky here in Halstock and other nearby villages that life day to day is not so very different. That is unless you are being denied hospital treatment, or you cannot visit elderly loved ones, or see your grand-children. Maybe things will be relaxed by Christmas; a vaccine is looking closer. Though the virus magically disappearing in the next month seems unlikely.
The shop continues to serve us, and many from the surrounding area. Barry, Penny and Graham giving much more than just counter service. Advice, jokes, chat, as well as arranging deliveries, and keeping the shelves full. Nothing ever seems a bother to them, or be too much trouble, so we thank them, and our customers for being so supportive.
So whatever Christmas is for you this year there is plenty of good cheer in the shop. Today I noticed original tins of biscuits, seasonal cider, mince pies and individual sized stolen, individual size vodka, (just right for a grown-up Xmas stocking.) Lots more seasonal eats, as well as that present you’d forgotten, cards and wrapping, and the post office service.
Shopping recently in Yeovil my husband called in the shop as there had been three items he could not find in Tesco’s, Barry had two of them on the shelves, and ordered the third, and wondered why he didn’t do all his shopping there!
So a big shop, or just a pasty for lunch, all are welcome.
Keep safe and happy Christmas
(On behalf of the shop committee. November 9 2020)
November 2020 Update
There may a lack of fireworks parties this year, but why not light a sparkler or two and have the hot dogs, and beef burgers anyway. A small pumpkin may be available at your shop to help the ambiance.
Do you have special dietary requirements? Gluten Free? We stock some items you may be interested in such as spaghetti; Pattersons lemon,marmalade and fruit cakes; Lovemore biscuits along with rice cakes and some Mrs Crimble items.
Christmas of some sorts is on the horizon and your international parcels may need to be packed and ready to go before the next issue of this great publication!
Keep an eye in store for our Christmas postage leaflets which will appear this month and indeed not long after, our Christmas stamps ....will they be old fashioned or maybe a totally modern design?
Check if Barry has got any specials for Christmas that might need pre-ordering? Or if you want something discuss it with him.
International Standard & International tracking and signature services
Wednesday 9 December Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Central
and South America. Far and Middle East
Thursday 10 December Cyprus, Malta
Friday 11 December Australia, Greece, Eastern Europe
(except Czech Republic, Poland and
Saturday 12 December Canada, Czech Republic, Finland,
Italy, Poland, Sweden, USA
Wednesday 16 December Austria, Denmark, Germany,
Iceland, Netherlands, Norway,
Portugal, Slovakia, Spain,
Friday 18 December Belgium, France, Ireland,
On behalf of the Community Shop Committee. Dec 9 2020
October 2020 Update
Well here we are near the end of an unprecedented summer. How many times has that word been uttered in the last six months by news-casters and politicians, I once counted 23 times on the six o’clock news. Why not extraordinary, uncommon, unusual, exceptional, abnormal, remarkable, unique, untypical, freakish, and more.
Maybe you are like me and want to scream every time you hear that word. I guess it’s a symptom that we are all a bit fed up with the situation, and long for positive change.
How lovely it was to see the colourful Chimes land on our doormats last month, a signal of a bit of normality in these unpre . . .oops in these extraordinary times.
Now we have indications of colder days to come . ‘All is safely gathered in’ and we tickle our fancies thinking of Pumpkin soup, Pickled Beetroot , Apple Crumble, Roast Butternut Squash – with cranberry relish and feta? Ginger Rum and Pumpkin Pie, Roast Squash – with mushrooms, leeks and stilton? Lamb and Quince Tagine. Aren’t we lucky to have seasons? And so many of the ingredients for your recipes are in our shop and more to inspire your cooking. Of course the basics are always there but Barry and Graham are always sourcing new products to tempt us.
Before the cold really bites treat yourself to new woolly gloves or a hat, you’ll need them for that Halloween party at the end of the month, talking of which, get your fuel for the Barbie and choose from our range of sausages and burgers, we have the baps too, and plenty of whatever takes your fancy to wash it down.
If you haven't perused our cards recently you will have missed our slowly growing selection.
We have a brand new shed for storage at the back of the shop which means the Community Room is open and available for coffee, to buy or exchange books, or to check the notice boards. Still best to avoid Tuesdays though as a big order comes into the shop so the space is needed until it can all be put on the shelves.
We are grateful to our customers who respect the guidelines of social distance and masks to keep us all safe. And we wish everyone a healthy autumn.
On behalf of the Community Shop Committee. Sept 8 2020
HALSTOCK VILLAGE SHOP LIMITED
REPORT FOR HALSTOCK VILLAGE MEETING onMAY 15TH2019
The Shop and Post Office are both flourishing. Graham Bryan has been with us for a year as assistant manager and has brought terrific enthusiasm and commitment to the role. Barry Dennis, Graham and Penny Whittingham make a superb team, but the volunteers also make a positive difference. We are always ready to welcome new volunteers, any amount of time you can give is appreciated, and it can be fun.
We are hoping to run a trial of Liberty farms fresh milk machine when one becomes available.
You will have seen the new shop logo which was deigned for us by Blossom Chambers. And hopefully you have bought one of the new shopping bags, jute or cotton, that display it.
Last Autumn Tony Woodroffe decided he wished to take a lesser role in the running of the shop. To this end Bardy Griffiths has taken over the chairing of the shop committee meetings and liaising with staff on issues as and when they arise. David Warner deals with all financial matters and has become a director of HVSL. Robert Wilkinson has taken on the alcohol licence. It is hard to think of the shop without Tony, and hopefully he doesn’t intend us to. He was the positive force behind the shop we have today, we owe him huge gratitude for the tireless work he put in. Luckily we haven’t seen too much evidence of his giving up.
A Management Committee consisting of the Chairman, Directors and other committee members meets twice a year to review performance and make key decisions. Richard Fry and John Bright continue to serve as Chairman and Director.
One of the flats has been let for the whole of the year and the other for 11 months, the tenants of that flat having recently moved out. We hope to have a new tenant shortly and are taking the opportunity of the flat being empty to re-decorate.
We are pleased to announce that the Company’s made a donation to the HVT of £15,000 for the year ended 31 May 2018. There is currently an outstanding loan from the Trust of £59,500 which was used to repay entirely the mortgage from Triodos Bank. A commercial rate of interest is paid on this loan, providing further income for the Trust.
Turnover in shop remains buoyant. Based on the figures for the first 11 months of the Company’s current financial year, it is expected that shop sales will be about £280,000 for the year ending 31 May 2019, which is an increase of over 5% on the previous year’s turnover. Post Office income remains static at about £6,000. For the current year ending 31 May 2019 the Company will make a reasonable profit and therefore the Management Committee has agreed to make a donation to the HVT of £10,000. This represents nearly all the profit and therefore reduces the Company’s Corporation Tax liability to a negligible amount.
We would like to remind everyone that Halstock Village Shop Ltd is a not-for-profit company with surpluses covenanted to the HVT. Including interest paid on the loan, the Company will have paid a total of just over £27,500 to the Trust in the last two years alone. We hope this trend will continue with the help and support of the village and surrounding community
15 May 2019