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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 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.

Halstock Community Shop

January 2020 Update

(Lottery Funded)


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. 


Halstock Community Shop

December 2019 Update

(Lottery Funded)


Definitely off the starting blocks for the Xmas run. The shop looks amazing and full of delicious treats. See in store for our festive offerings.  We will have our normal great offers on beer and wine. Chocolates galore and we have a good selection of Christmas cards, wrapping paper and labels.  Also have you thought about a Stamp presentation pack as a more unusual and interesting present.  The Post Office has the very popular Gift Cards.  Have a look in store to see the extensive range of shops they can be redeemed in.

We can take orders for milk, cream and bread for the holiday time, and we can order cheese and meat products (sausages, sausage-meat–for the stuffing etc)

We have a ‘cold snap’ thermals to keep hands and feet warm and hot water bottles for other parts. (For the really prepared maybe a big bag of salt for the driveway)


 The Post Office is poised to send  your last minute parcels and have stamps galore for all your good wishes and lovely cards. A reminder of last posting dates:

                                        Second class and second signed for – by 18th

                                        Normal First and First signed for – by 20th                    

    Special deliveries and tracked – by 21st

Pick up a leaflet in the shop


We will be closed on Christmas day; pm Boxing day and pm New Years day.  Apart from these opening times will be as normal.  See in store for normal times and other details or changes to Christmas times.   

Don’t forget the birdies, as winter bites and the hedges are cut leaving no berries for our darlings, help them with seed and fat balls from the shop, they’ll appreciate it by delighting you with their antics on the feeder, and survive the winter to sing for you next spring.

During December we will be having another Raffle in aid of Julia's House. Julia's House is an organisation that cares not only for very ill children but also includes their families. Sign up your name on the sheet in the shop for a chance of a nice prize. Tickets cost 50p each. We will also be having a FREE raffle for children under 8 years. There will be a separate sheet for their names and ages.

Please support this worthwhile good cause.


Bardy Griffiths Nov 7 2019. On behalf of the Village Shop Committee


Volunteers Mexican Skittles night  :

October 25 2019:

Halstock Village Hall 

A great evening, graham surpassed himself with a magnificent Mexican spread.


Halstock Community Shop

November 2019 Update

(Lottery Funded)


‘Remember, remember the fifth of November,’ Probably a bit non PC now. And penny for the guy, certainly off limits. Gunpowder, treason and plot?  Sounds familiar!  If you are celebrating the attempted burning of the houses of parliament then don’t forget sausages and beefburgers for your firework parties. If you are reading this in time for Halloween get your supply of sweets so you don’t get get caught out by the trick and treaters. There’s probably a few pumpkins left as well. 

As I write this I have no idea what happened on October thirty first.  Whatever it was/is I know we will be doing our best at Halstock village shop to keep the shelves full and the service jolly. Hohoho, Christmas is just around the corner and you will certainly know that when you visit the shop this month as the seasonal displays begin, and there will be many sweetmeats to tempt you, or for you to buy for your friends.

After buying your Xmas cards  at the shop remember that you can post them there too. Stamps are available over the counter even if the post office is closed. (Nearer Christmas time there will be extra PO opening hours.) With Rocketman just released, and having been shown in the village hall why not follow up with a presentation pack of Elton John stamps.

We have another request, this time for someone who will look after the gardens at the front of the shop. Many thanks to Michelle Hounsell who has been looking after them this year – the garden area is small and would not take a huge amount of time to keep it in shape.–we are after all a community shop and like to spread the load as much as possible amongst us. If you are the one for the garden please give me a call -891736.


Bardy Griffiths

On behalf of the Community Shop Committee. October 10 2019



Halstock Community Shop

October 2019 Update

(Lottery Funded)



October from the Latin Octo meaning eight is the tenth month of the year! I think we’ve been here before with Sept for the ninth month, I sense a pattern. . .

Well here we are near the end another hot summer.... maybe a few days to go but one can feel the indications of the colder days to come.  Therefore maybe a good time to start thinking about gloves or hats there are a few on display but we do have more so don't be left out in the cold and ask us if you don't see what you want.

Suggested  seasonal recipes for October: Pumpkin soup, Beetroot soup, Apple Crumble, Roast Butternut Squash with cranberry relish and feta. Or perhaps a Hairy Bikers Spiced Pavlova with plumbs and cherries?  Plenty of culinary inspiration in the shop, and anything specific you want just ask Barry. If it’s a particular fruit or veg that we don’t normally stock put a request in before the Friday fruit and veg run.

If you are having a Samhain/Halloween party at the end of the month we have a selection of hot dogs, beef burgers and rolls that will provide fuel to boost the activity.

If you haven't perused our cards recently you will have missed our slowly growing selection. 


            Jenni Woodroffe who has been making such a splendid job of our windows for 12 months now is, sadly for us, preparing to give up the job. So who is there out there, of a creative bent, who is longing to get their hands on our window space. The windows get changed monthly, and we need someone  both be creative in the space and also to find and allocate widows to village events and organisations.  Any one interested who would like to find out more please phone me, (Bardy) on 01935 891 736, or Jenni on 01935 891 312.


Bardy Griffiths

On behalf of the Community Shop Committee. Sept 7 2019




Halstock Community Shop

September 2019 Update

(Lottery Funded)



The name September comes from the old Roman word 'septem', which means seven, which must be why September is the ninth month of the year – er? Anyway September replaced the old English form Hāligmōnað and Hærfestmōnað, which mean “harvest month”, or even Gerst month, which means Barley month, and our village shop has shelves dedicated to various barley brews.

Walking our lanes around Sept 24thyou may hear the call ‘mare mare’ and see a sheaf of corn in the shape of a mare being tossed into the fields, you will of course recognise this as the call to farmers who are late with their harvest to be quick or wild horses may get their crops. The sensible among us will know that wild horses will not stop us getting to the shop to stock up on all the wonderful fruits and veg of late summer for our own celebrations; and a Thorner's pie, one of the wonders of the known world, (which are selling as fast this summer as they do in the colder months) perfect for a family weekend or romantic dinner for two.

My trusty research also tells me that it is the World Society for the Protection of Animals, Bear Necessities Month. And I was thinking how much more we offer on the shelves of our shop than the bare necessities; being a little dyslexic I hadn’t noticed the spelling. So if you come across a collecting box in Yeovil I’m sure you will give generously to prevent the mistreatment of bears. Though I haven’t seen many in Yeovil.

School is back with conkers on strings, and and cats in cradles. We may be thinking of fires (charcoal and kindling and logs available) the Romans thought that September was looked after by Vulcan, so fire was definitely a feature of the month for them.

Enough of my ramblings on bears and mares, what more could we ask for this month other than a night in, with a glowing fire, hot soup, steak pie, warm bread, beer or wine and an old favourite on the hifi, I mean wifi –


But it’s a long, long while from May to December

And the days grow short when you reach September

And the autumn weather turns the leaves to flame

And I haven’t got time for a waiting game

And the wine dwindles down to a precious brew

September, November,

And these vintage years I’d share with you

Those vintage years I’d share with you.

(1938 –Music Kurt Weill, lyrics Maxwell Anderson)

All except the song supplied.



Bardy Griffiths

On behalf of the Community Shop Committee. Aug 7 2019







This is an interim report prepared for the Village Meeting. The Company’s Financial Statements for the year ending 31 May 2019, which will be issued later in the year, will be sent to shareholders and made available on the village web-site.  Copies of the Financial Statements for the year ended 31 May 2018 are available at this meeting for anyone who has not already seen them.   


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

Richard Fry

15 May 2019

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