Chris is our Treasurer and was part of the original team who set up the shop, very much involved in the formation, fund-raising and setting of the financial parameters. After thirty-five years in business (and living in the village for the same length of time) Chris felt that the village would be very much worse off without a replacement to its predecessor and wanted to offer some of his experience to the set-up and management of the shop. His ongoing role is to oversee all financial matters and keep the shop on a sound business footing.
Regular tasks include reviewing monthly figures to ensure that the shop trades to meet its financial objectives, monitoring all the margins and the expenses, such as wages, utilities, insurance and credit card charges, all of which require contracted supply and regular review.
Random tasks come up often, this month a change to our insurance policy was needed and of course it was the annual stock take which provides the opportunity to check that things are on track. So maybe a less visible volunteer, but a necessary one nevertheless! So, when you next see a man reading the electricity meter or removing rubbish from the shop garden, it’s probably Chris!
Dawn worked at Nationwide for 30 years, starting her career as a bookbinder and ending up managing the printing section. When she left Nationwide, she trained as a carer and worked in various care settings for 10 years. Dawn has also done a lot of volunteering for the hospice and in charity shops.
Dawn wanted to work in the community shop because she enjoyed volunteering here and she wanted to get more involved. Dawn also enjoys working with her sister Lynda who is one of the shop managers.
Her favourite products are Sumbler’s pasties and Paxcroft farm eggs.
In her spare time Dawn likes cycling, walking and pilates. She is also likes to spend as much time as possible with her family.
Jane is one of our newest volunteers and started volunteering in November. She wanted to volunteer because she has lived in Winterbourne Bassett for over 20 years but she was working full time. Now that she has retired she liked the idea of being involved in the community and meeting people.
Her favourite products are Vicarage Lane cakes (especially lemon drizzle cake), local milk, Barber’s cheese and Sumbler’s meats.
Since starting in the shop Jane has enjoyed meeting a range of people including tourists and villagers. She has been impressed with the amount and range of goods in the shop and that you could get all your weekly groceries in the shop.
Through December Jane has noticed that people are taking advantage of the local artisan beers and wines to celebrate Christmas and the New Year.
We wish all our customers and supporters a very Happy Christmas and good wishes for 2021. Thank you for all your support this year.
From early December we will be taking orders for Christmas fruit and vegetables, milk and cream and Sumbler’s sausages etc. Please ask for an order form in the shop. Thanks to volunteers Maggie and Jane who have agreed to assemble the Christmas orders and to the managers Lyn, Lynda and Dawn for their support with all the orders we receive.
Andy has been volunteering in the shop for 4 months. He recently moved her from New Romney in Kent. He moved here because in lockdown he met up with his partner on Facebook after 35 years. Andy wanted to work in the shop to help out the village in these difficult times.
Previously Andy was in the Metropolitan Police for 25 years and has also worked as a motor vehicle engineer running his own business. Andy is also a musician and plays the guitar, banjo, mandolin and Celtic bouzouki.
His favourite products are Ramsbury beer and Sumbler’s products.
Andy is very pleased to have moved to Avebury, and has no intention of moving away!