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.
THE LATEST OFF THE PRESS February 2018
March is a busy month this year!!
First, some important news! The “old” £10 note is being withdrawn from circulation from March 1st and will no longer be legal tender, although they can be exchanged at Banks and the Bank of England after this date. Post Offices will also accept them for a short time. Look through all of your piggy banks, teapots and other hiding places and use them before the deadline. Be sure not to accept any old notes after March 1st, or even a short time before if possible!
Mothering Sunday is March 11th and the shop will have plenty of whatever you need to keep in “Mum’s” good books – cards, boxes of chocolates, potted plants, etc. No need to go to town!!
Then on March 17th we can all join the Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Don’t forget to pick up your Guinness, Baileys Irish Cream or your other favourite tipple.
Spring is supposed to be arriving soon (March 21st) and snowdrops, crocus and daffodils are already showing their colours. It is a pity that, as I write, we are still facing cold winds and rain but let’s hope the weather improves - in which case you will see a 2nd wheelbarrow appear outside the shop. No it is not for construction but will be full of bedding plants ready for you green fingered wizards to transform your gardens into oases of colour!
Easter is at the end of March and we already have our Moore’s Easter Biscuits and chocolate eggs. Hot Cross buns will arrive soon but it is never too early to start preparing. Also watch for the Easter Raffle and Betty Armour’s Easter Window display.
The village has seen a lot of new residents in the last few years, many of whom are regular customers of the shop for which we thank them. For those new residents (and possibly some who have been here longer) it is probably appropriate to explain about the Community Shop.
The shop is owned and operated by Halstock Village Shop Ltd. (HVSL), a not-for-profit company whose shareholders consist of local residents and Halstock Village Trust (HVT), a registered charity. Any profits made by HVSL which are not required to run the business, are covenanted to the HVT for the benefit of Halstock and the surrounding community. Applications for grants can be submitted to HVT by local groups or organisations.
Tony Woodroffe on behalf of the Community Shop Committee
February 10th 2018