We are looking into the logistics of setting up a home delivery service for those people self-isolating.
If you are self-isolating or know of someone who is and need this facility would you please call Tony Woodroffe on 01935 891312 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address and phone number.
We will keep you advised of our progress in setting up this service. If you would be able to volunteer to help with packing or delivering the groceries, please let Tony know.
Because the shop is very busy at this time, please do not call the shop to register for this service.
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
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.
When daisies pied, and violets blue,
And lady-smocks all silver-white,
And cuckoo-buds of yellow hue
Do paint the meadows with delight,
The cuckoo then, on every tree,
Mocks married men, for thus sings he:
Cuckoo, cuckoo!' O word of fear,
Unpleasing to a married ear
Said dear WS, and its his birthday this month on the 23rd. Sadly we seem to have lost the cuckoo in our area. I heard a call once last year but I feel he must just have lost his way and be just passing through. However I believe that on another migration route there were no lack of visitors.
No lack of visitors to our shop either as sales are holding up well in our uncertain times. We have put in place precautions against the virus that is around us, and hope that you will join willingly with any suggestions that will help keep us safe and healthy. There are notices around the shop and more information in the community room.
We have hot cross buns for Good Friday, or any day of the week. Eggs and cards and bunnies for Easter. Fancy egg rolling on Eggardon?
The post office are restricting overseas post to some parts of the world, if in doubt please check. And while you are there curb your disappointment in the new Bond film being postponed by buying an edition of the new James Bond stamps.
As I reminded you last time there is only a few months now to get rid of all your old £20 notes before we and other shops will not accept them as they will no longer be valid tender beyond the end of June.
We have plenty of mushrooms for sale in the fruit and veg section, but if you are out for a wander in the countryside you may come across St Georges mushrooms, named because they appear on St Georges day, which as we know is also Shakespeare’s birthday. They are the only mushrooms to appear at this time of year. Delicious!
On behalf of the Community Shop Committee March 6 2020
March 2020 Update
Following our award from the Plunkett Foundation we are now in the news again. As I write this we are expecting a crew from ITV to come along and see how we, as an example of a community shop, are faring in the present, not so good, retail market on the high street. Well we hope they will find us alive and kicking. You may have already seen their article as you read this.
So what has March in store for us to celebrate? St Patricks day on 17th, according to my research St. Patrick's revellers thought wearing green made one invisible to leprechauns, fairy creatures who would pinch anyone they could see – which was anyone not wearing green. Then people began pinching those who didn't wear green as a reminder that leprechauns would sneak up and pinch abstainers. Daft or what? However it’s not daft to keep up your green credentials as you shop. We are trying to sell less pre-packaged fruit and veg. We have for a long while given up on plastic bags, and we have a great range of eco cleaning products. (Think Spring Cleaning)
Apart from the cleaning the best thing about March must be Spring. The first day of which is on March 20 this year according to the National Weather Service.
Following fast on that is Mother’s day on 22nd. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world. Popular signs of affection include giving cards, sending flowers and making breakfast in bed for the lucky mother. Cards and flowers available in the shop. Myself I’ve never fancied balancing fried egg, bacon, beans and hash browns on the duvet – but for those that do the shop can provide.
With Easter arriving at a pace you may wish to check out our new display in the shop which will often be themed, and if you have a holiday cottage or run B and B there are some new leaflets about us available for your customers, just ask any of us for a few.
You will have seen the new £20 notes by the time this issue is released. There is a few months now to get rid of all your old £20 notes before we and other shops will not accept them as they will no longer be valid tender beyond the end of June.
The funniest celebration in March that I’ve come across is National Blame Someone Else Day. (Yes really) – on the first Friday the 13th of the Year. This year it falls in March. But of course that will be of no interest to us in the shop.
On behalf of the Community Shop Committee February 10 2020
February 2020 Update
We hope that you had a very enjoyable Christmas and New Year. Your support of the shop was tremendous and we 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
The draw for the raffle prizes took place on Christmas Eve. The proceeds came to £112.70, which has been sent to Julia’s House Hospice for Children. The donation to Julia’s House was 75% more than last year so thank you to everyone who entered. The winners were:
Cuddly Lion – Barry!! He named it Balder, a Norse God, who was apparently the epitome of radiance, beauty, kindness and fairness (just like Barry). He was thought to be immortal but was killed with mistletoe! Be careful not to go near any mistletoe Barry!
Cuddly Bear for 8 year olds and under – Phoebe aged 3 ½.
Other prize winners included Tish Costello, Peter Powis, Alex Miller, Graham Bryan, Sue Ayling and Al Clapp.
It is “back to normal” in the shop with the few remaining Christmas items gone the shelves will again be stocked with our usual range of goods. Those dark, dreary, dank days of January and February when the TV is maybe the main source of light and joy for some... when you reach across for a tasty nibble... where from YES your local shop. We have a large range of tasty nibbles for example; honeycomb in yoghurt; salted caramel in chocolate; wasabi flavoured peanuts and many more. All guaranteed to provide the ideal viewing companions.
Post Office News.
New Special Stamps - Do you remember those early video games from the dim & distant past? We have new stamps for sale from 22nd Jan commemorating some of those games. Nostalgia is not what it used to be!
Post Office Travel Money Services - Thinking of planning holidays? Here is something that can help you and will help your local Post Office. Pick up one of our leaflets detailing travel money ideas; travel cards and travel money. If it is Euros that you may need don't forget that we do stock some so that you may not even have to order them.
Shop Window Displays.
Jenie Woodroffe, who has very much enjoyed working on the shop window displays for the last 18+ months, would like to thank everyone who helped with props and information. Blossom Chambers (tel. no. 891794) has taken over this role and we are sure that she will bring a new perspective & professional expertise to the displays.
Tony Woodroffe on behalf of the Community Shop Committee January 7h 2020
January 2020 Update
Hopefully the word is out! We are AN AWARD WINNING SHOP: We did it together.
This is what they wrote about us.
‘Halstock Village Shop Ltd is not just an original, it is the original – the original community-owned and run shop that helped create a template for others to follow.
The community business started in 1991 when the village faced the loss of local facilities and had no one else from whom to draw inspiration. A group of local residents decided the solution to their problem was to provide a community-owned shop which could also offer community facilities. Through pure inspiration and determination they made it happen.
Along the way Halstock Village Shop moved from having tenants to volunteers and in 2000 built a new shop and community hub. The new building features two flats which now help to fund the Halstock Village Trust – another forward-thinking and original idea which has changed life for residents of the village. The trust gives grants to local people such as sports teams, youth clubs, the village hall and elderly support groups. Original and forward-thinking are the hallmarks of Halstock.
Halstock Village Shop changed the way people think about rural services and showed us all what was possible and how it could be done. For all these reasons Plunkett are proud to award Halstock Village Shop the Plunkett Foundation’s Centenary Partnership.’
Are we proud? I’m afraid we are! Whether you are staff, a volunteer, a committee member or a shopper, or a combination, we did it together! I hope a great many of you will have joined us for a celebration in the Community Room on morning of Dec 21. There will be pictures on the Website
Bardy Griffiths. On behalf of the Community Shop Committee.
Volunteers Mexican Skittles night :
October 25 2019:
Halstock Village Hall
A great evening, graham surpassed himself with a magnificent Mexican spread.
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 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