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.
September 2020 Update
Impossible to say all that has happened in the shop since the last time the Chimes reported, we could say we just carried on – but far from – as normal!
At the beginning we moved fast, Barry and his team got to grips with ordering in a market that was scrambling for certain items remember the loo roll scare and no breakfast cereals for weeks! There were peaks and troughs for many items, but Barry at the end of his telephone seemed magically able to source goods that were missing from many of the larger supermarket shelves.
Demand grew and the Community Room was requisitioned for the huge orders that came in and then flew off the shelves. Some volunteers had to drop off the rota due to shielding or other vulnerabilities, but enough were left to help out. Some behind the counter, some driving to the Cash and Carry for fresh goods, and some coming in after hours to stock shelves.
Then we realised that to serve our community we would have to offer to deliver to those who were isolating. Plans were made and after a tentative start we were taking orders and delivering three times a week. The shop is closed for two hours on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in order to take, and pack orders for customers, which are then delivered by volunteers. This may be slightly reduced as demand decreases.
Two customers at a time were/are allowed in the shop and asked to keep social distancing rules, there was/is a hand sanitizer provided and Graham erected a screen on the counter.
The recent mask rule has been included in our notices to customers. Staff behind the counter have a choice of wearing a mask or a visor.
It is strange to think that we have been operating as I’ve written above since the end of March. Things have eased slightly, or have we just got used to it? As the news reminds us so often we are not through yet. We at the shop will respond to events as they roll out and our priority will always be to keep open, and keep supplying our community.
Special thanks should go to Staff: Barry Dennis, Graham Bryan and Rachel Hamlin
And to volunteers:
Rosemary and Dave Clary
Bardy and Bea Griffiths
Jenna Ingles (Who regularly delivered medication to those who were isolating)
Who were all tireless in seeing us through the first 12 weeks of Lockdown
And thanks also to all our customers who took on board our regulations without question and who many times expressed their appreciation of our being there and being open. It all helps!
Bardy Griffiths on behalf of the Community Shop Committee August 3rd 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 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 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