Update October 2020

From everyone in the community we would like to thank all our volunteers and staff for keeping the shop open during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thank you to all the new volunteers who have come forward to help the shop recently.   We are still looking for new volunteers.  If you would like to help, please contact the shop on 01672 539200.

 

Keeping Everyone Safe

We have a range of equipment in the shop to protect our volunteers, staff and customers   We have a plastic screen in front of the till.   We have hand gel, disposable gloves, and plastic visors for use by our volunteers.

We are limiting the number of customers in the shop to one customer or small family group/ “bubble”  at a time.

 

Extension of Free Delivery Service

Avebury Community shop will be providing a FREE delivery service of food and other essentials to anyone in our community who is in self isolation due to the Coronavirus.   This is an extension of the service we already provide to the elderly and others in our community who are unable to get to the shop.

Please call 01672 539200 to arrange a delivery.    We would prefer payment by card, but can accept cash on delivery if necessary.

Volunteer Tribute

This month we are paying tribute to Jean Davis who’s funeral was at Avebury on 22nd September.   Jean was one of the original group of volunteers when the shop opened in March 2009.   Here is her photograph of Jean from a WI trip in 2011 (you might notice Lyn Bennett Nutt in the background).   Jean was the first volunteer to be featured in the Kennet News (back in June 2010).   This is what Jean said about what volunteering means to her:

“If you are thinking of becoming a volunteer let me tell you how it changed my life.

Since my brother died and left me on my own, I was so lonely so I thought maybe I could help down the shop.  I love to go and meet different people, locals, tourists, workmen, anyone – it makes my day.

We do 3 hours shifts and there is always someone with you to help, the staff are brilliant and the other volunteers are so nice and all treat you on one level.

So, I do hope that you will join us.    Jean”

Meet the team – September 2020

Tim has been helping at the shop since 2015. He started volunteering in the shop because he wanted to meet people after moving into the area. His favourite products are ginger wine and Sumbler’s pasties. Like many of our volunteers, Tim has had to take a break from serving in the shop during Covid because he is shielding. He is itching to get back to the shop and hopes to return to serving in the shop in October. In the meantime, he has been helping behind the scenes with stocking the shelves and deliveries.

Meet the Team – August 2020

 

Unfortunately, I have not been able to persuade anyone to be featured this month, so have resorted to talking to myself!

Michèle has been involved with the shop since the very beginning and was on the original steering committee.   She trained all the original shop volunteers and then took over as shop chairman from Dave Scattergood shortly after the shop opened.

Michèle believes that the shop is very important to the local community and hopes that it will continue to play an important part in the life of the village for many years to come.

Michèle works as a peripatetic brass music teacher and trombone player, so is only seen helping behind the counter rarely during school holidays, but she does work behind the scenes.   Her favourite products are milk, butter and cream from Berkeley Farm Dairy and products for baking including Wessex Mill flour for bread making.

June Update

Changes to Opening Hours in June – Shop Closed 20th and 21st June.
We are sorry but we are going to close the shop on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st June. We hope that this does not cause inconvenience to anyone.

We are also keeping our opening hours under review during the Pandemic and may be forced to close at short notice.

Thank you
From everyone in the community we would like to thank all our volunteers and staff for keeping the shop open during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thank you to all the new volunteers who have come forward to help the shop recently. We are still looking for new volunteers. If you would like to help, please contact the shop on 01672 539200.
Thanks to Adam Lomas for building a screen in front of our till to protect our volunteers.

Stock availability
Thank you to our managers for doing an amazing job of keeping the shop stocked with essential items. They manage to find items which the supermarkets are often short of such as flour, pasta and eggs.

Extension of Free Delivery Service
Avebury Community shop will be providing a FREE delivery service of food and other essentials to anyone in our
local villages who is in self isolation due to the Coronavirus. This is an extension of the service we already provide to the elderly and others in our community who are unable to get to the shop.
Please call 01672 539200 to arrange a delivery. We would prefer payment by card, but can accept cash on delivery if necessary.

Easter Closures

Easter Closures
Please note that the shop will be closed on
Easter Sunday and Easter Monday
We are sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause.

Please could you pass this information onto anyone you know who uses the shop and may not see this.   Thank you.

Meet the team – Susan

Susan specialises in baking and does the Sunday morning baking shift alternating with her sister Margery. She is also learning to do the till with the help of Gillian, our very capable Sunday morning volunteer. She has been working in the shop for about four years. Susan wanted help in the shop because it is a worthwhile enterprise and her mother uses the shop a lot. She thinks it is important that the shop stays open and this is why she volunteers.
Before she retired, Susan was a university and college lecturer teaching English literature and study skills.
Susan’s favourite products are the local jam and marmalade and Brinkworth yogurt.
Susan runs a book group in her spare time and also enjoys ceramic sculpture and does other voluntary work.

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) ADDITIONAL PRECAUTIONS

Revised Opening hours 10am-4pm every day 

To protect our volunteers, staff and customers we are limiting access to:-

  • One customer in the shop at any one time

 If there is already a customer in the shop, please wait outside until they leave.

We are limiting customers to 2 of any item purchased

Thank you

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