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.

Halstock Community Shop

November 2020 Update



There may a lack of fireworks parties this year, but why not light a sparkler or two and have the hot dogs, and beef burgers anyway. A small pumpkin may be available at your shop to help the ambiance.


Do you have special dietary requirements? Gluten Free? We stock some items you may be interested in such as spaghetti; Pattersons lemon,marmalade and fruit cakes; Lovemore biscuits along with rice cakes and some Mrs Crimble items.


Christmas of some sorts is on the horizon and your international parcels may need to be packed and ready to go before the next issue of this great publication!  

Keep an eye in store for our Christmas postage leaflets which will appear this month and indeed not long after, our Christmas stamps ....will they be old fashioned or maybe a totally modern design?


Check if  Barry has got any specials for Christmas that might need pre-ordering?  Or if you want something discuss it with him.


International Standard & International tracking and signature services

Wednesday 9 December                                                       Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Central

and South America. Far and Middle East


Thursday 10 December                                                        Cyprus, Malta


Friday 11 December                                                             Australia, Greece, Eastern Europe

                                                                                                (except Czech Republic, Poland and



Saturday 12 December                                                        Canada, Czech Republic, Finland,

                                                                                                Italy, Poland, Sweden, USA

Wednesday 16 December                                                     Austria, Denmark, Germany,

                                                                                                Iceland, Netherlands, Norway,

                                                                                                Portugal, Slovakia, Spain,



Friday 18 December                                                             Belgium, France, Ireland, 



Bardy Griffiths

On behalf of the Community Shop Committee. Dec 9 2020



Halstock Community Shop

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 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.



Bardy Griffiths

On behalf of the Community Shop Committee. Sept 8 2020




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 of 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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