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 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


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.


There has been a community owned shop in Halstock in various locations for twenty-five years.


Halstock Community Shop





As you may have heard by now, we did not win the Blackmore Vale Magazine Taste of Dorset Award for the Village Shop/Retailing category. The prize was awarded to The Udder Farm Shop from East Stour and our congratulations to them. We have now been nominated for the Countryside Alliance Rural Oscars competition in the Village Shop category so perhaps we will be luckier with that. It is still early days and we do not know if we have made it past the nomination stage. I will let you know if we progress further.


Christmas is approaching and when you read this Santa will be busy preparing his lists of which children (of all ages!!) have been good and deserve a present! Let’s hope Halstock is high on his list.


Barry is beginning to organise his stock for Christmas so look out for the “Specials” he has. There will be a Christmas Wine Offer if you purchase any 6 full priced bottles of wine. Look for details in the shop. We will again be having a Christmas Raffle with all proceeds going to Julia’s House for Children so please support this very deserving charity.


Whilst on the subject of wine, following requests from some customers, we are stocking a new range of premium quality wines. Working in association with the Dorset Wine Company of Poundbury, who ship directly from selected small producers in Europe, we will choose a small, regularly changing range of wines to be featured in the shop. These wines will not be found in national supermarkets and are considered the finest the appellations can produce. We believe each wine will be appreciated by all wine lovers and can be ordered in larger quantities for special occasions. Please come and check our current selection and try them in time for your Christmas parties!! Support your Village Shop – Shop Halstock!!


We will of course have our usual supply of Christmas goodies – mince pies, biscuits, chocolates, etc. and our Christmas cards and wrapping paper have already arrived.


Don’t forget the last posting dates for cards. Full details are available in the Post Office but as a guide, last airmail posting dates for International destinations are: Africa and Middle East – December 2nd; Asia and the Far East and some European countries begin on December 6th; Caribbean, Central and South America - December 7th; Australia and NZ - December 9th; North America - December 14th. Don’t be late!!


For UK destinations last posting dates are: Second Class – December 20th; First Class – December 21st.


All that remains for me to do is to thank you all most sincerely for your support throughout 2017 and to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year. We look forward to seeing you all in the shop in 2018!


Tony Woodroffe on behalf of the Community Shop Committee

November 10th 2017



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