December Update

Christmas Opening Hours:

Christmas Eve 24th December – 9:00 – 12:00

25th-26th December – Closed

27th-30th December – 10:00-4:00

31st December: 9:00-12:00

1st January Closed

From 2nd January – normal hours

 

 

Season’s greetings from all the staff, volunteers and committee at Avebury Community Shop.

 

Christmas Orders

Order forms for Christmas fruit and vegetables meat etc. will be available by 1st December. Please place your orders early, and by 12th December.

 

Christmas Produce

We have lots of lovely Christmas food such as mince pies (including gluten free), Individual Christmas puddings and Brandy Snaps.

Don’t forget our lovely boxed clotted cream fudge and shortbread which makes a great gift.

To drink we have lots of Christmas mead, mulled wine, Christmas pudding wine and mulled cider, Ramsbury gin, Ramsbury vodka and beers.

 

From HFT (local charity based in Devizes) we have Blackberry Sloe Gin Jelly, Quince Jelly, Christmas Chutney, Spiced Cranberry Chutney, Christmas cakes and Gingerbread men.

 

Volunteer Appeal

Please consider volunteering at your local community shop as we are in need of people to man the tills.   On a few occasions recently we have nearly had to close the shop due to lack of volunteers.   Being a shop volunteer is a great way of meeting people and making friends.   We need volunteer shop assistants, but if you don’t want to be in the public eye we would also like help with baking.   We don’t expect you to volunteer at the same time every week unless you want to.   If you can only help occasionally we would also be grateful for this.    Any help however small is gratefully received.

If you think you would like to volunteer, even for an hour or two, just to help out, just call Lyn, Lynda or Holly at the shop on 01672 539200. We promise tea, biscuits and friendship.

 

Local Deliveries

Please don’t forget that we can deliver to you if you are unable to come into the shop.   Just give us a ring on the number at the top of this article.

 

Tickets for Pantomime – Dick Whittington 12th, 13th and 14th December

Tickets for the Avebury Players production of Dick Whittington are available in the shop and are selling fast. You might even see some shop volunteers involved in the production.

 

July Update

Summer opening hours

Monday- Saturday 9am – 5pm, Sundays & Bank Holidays 10am 4pm

 

As the weather gets warmer, why not pop into the shop to get some delicious local ingredients for a picnic.

 

We have award winning cheeses from Brinkworth Dairies, as well as a range of bread and pate.   We also have a range of delicious local pies and pasties, including vegetarian and gluten free options.  We have a good selection of yogurts and other deserts.

 

Solstice

We had very good trade at solstice with lots of appreciative customers.   Thank you so much to our staff and volunteers who worked late nights and early mornings over the solstice.

 

Customer/Community Survey

Thank you so much to everyone who completed a survey.  A total of 32 surveys were returned. The winning surveys which were picked out at the AGM by our guest speaker were first prize (hamper) customer from East Kennett, 2nd Prize (gift token) customer from Avebury, 3rd Prize (gift token) customer from Winterbourne Monkton.

 

Volunteer Appeal

Please consider volunteering at your local community shop as we are in need of people to man the tills.   It is a great way of meeting people and making friends.   We need volunteer shop assistants, but if you don’t want to be in the public eye there are lots of other things you could do to help such as baking, helping with deliveries, collection of supplies and so on.   We don’t expect you to volunteer at the same time every week unless you want to.   If you can only help occasionally we would also be grateful for this.    Any help however small is gratefully received.

If you think you would like to volunteer, even for an hour or two, just to help out, just call Lyn, Lynda or Holly at the shop on 01672 539200. We promise tea, biscuits and friendship.

 

Local Deliveries

Please don’t forget that we can deliver to you if you are unable to come into the shop.   Just give us a ring on the number at the top of this article.

 

Avebury Pantomime Friday 2nd March 2018

We are very sorry but we have had to cancel the pantomime again tonight (Friday) because Avebury is currently cut off due to the snow, and more snow is forecast for later on today.   Please could you let anyone you think might be coming know.

We are still planning to go ahead tomorrow when the weather is forecast to be better.   Tickets for Thursday and Friday will be valid for tomorrow.

Avebury Players Pantomime

Very regretfully, we have taken the decision to cancel the performance of the Avebury Players Pantomime TONIGHT (Thursday 1st March 2018). It just isn’t safe to be on the road, and could get worse by late evening when we would be finishing. Please assume the rest of the performances will go ahead and we will assess conditions at the time. Tickets sold for today will be valid for Friday or Saturday. Stay warm and safe.

End of January Update

 New Milk Supplier

We are very excited to have found a new milk supplier, Berkeley Farm Organic Dairy.   This is great news as they are very local, based just up the road in Wroughton and the milk is organic.   Berkeley Farm Dairy is owned and run by the Gosling family who have been producing and supplying milk since 1908.  They use traditional methods of milk processing which focus on taste rather than convenience.  They pasteurise the milk but do not homogenise like most dairies. Homogenising breaks down the milk fats which they think affects the taste. Berkley Farm milk has a traditional ‘cream line’ which is only seen in milk that has not been homogenised. Our customers have told us that they love the taste.  Why don’t you come down to the shop to buy some milk and see if you can taste the difference?

We have been able to keep the prices down and the 500ml and 1 litre products are a bit cheaper than our old supplier.

 

Milk quantity Previous Price New Supplier Price
500ml 63p 58p
1 litre £1.00 99p

We are also selling their Luxury Guernsey whole milk in 1 litre bottles for £1.05.

Volunteer News

Lots of our volunteers enjoyed a New Year party at the beginning of January which was a lovely social event.   Why not join our team?   It is a great way to meet people and make new friends.  We need volunteer shop assistants, but if you don’t want to be in the public eye there are lots of other things you could do to help such as baking, cleaning or helping with deliveries or  collection of supplies.   We don’t expect you to volunteer at the same time every week unless you want to.   If you can only help occasionally we would also be grateful for this.    Any help however small is gratefully received.   Full training will be given.

If you think you would like to volunteer, please call Lyn, Lynda or Holly at the shop on 01672 539200.

Charity Donations

Thank you to everyone who has put money in our collection boxes on the counter.   This year we are collecting for Prospect Hospice.  The money raised from sales of carrier bags last year was £78.20 and has been passed onto The Harbour Project, our nominated charity for last year.

We also collect tins and packets of food for the Devizes Food Bank.

Local Deliveries

Please don’t forget that we can deliver to you if you are unable to come into the shop.   Just give us a ring on the number at the top of this article.

 

Meet The Team – Lynda

Meet the Team – Lynda

Lynda Saunders is one of our shop managers.   She shares the job with Lyn Bennett-Nutt.   Lynda was brought up in Swindon and now lives in Winterbourne Monkton.   She started volunteering in the shop shortly after she moved here and then became relief manager before being appointed manager about 3 years ago.   Lynda enjoys meeting the customers and getting to know locals.   Her favourite products are Vicarage Lane Cakes and flapjacks; her husband likes the Ramsbury Beers.   Lynda spends a lot of her spare time with her 3 grandchildren (she looks far too young to be a granny!).   She also enjoys travelling, going to the theatre and all Winterbourne Monkton’s social activities such as the Wine Club and the Village club.

 

Thank You to The National Trust

Thank you to the National Trust for providing us with Hope Cottage and for maintaining the property for us so well.   The National Trust provides us with the building at a very low rent in recognition of the valuable service we provide to the local community.   We are very grateful for this support, because without such a lovely building in the heart of the village we would not be able to function.

 

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