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 provide a call and collect service people who don’t want to go into the shop. Please call us on 01672 539200 to place your order, we will then contact you for payment and have your shopping ready to collect from the door, or we can load it into your car.
Christmas/New Year Hours
Christmas Eve 24th December – 10am – 1pm
Christmas day 25th, Boxing Day 26th, 27th December and 28th December (Bank Holidays) – Closed
29th – 30th December 10am – 4pm
New Year’s Eve 31st December 10am – 1pm
New Year’s Day – Closed
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!
Meet the Team – November 2020
Andrea has recently been employed as our part time/relief manager. She enjoys working in the shop because she feels it is not like working, and she enjoys meeting locals and visitors. Andrea’s favourite products are mead and Sumbler’s streaky bacon. Andrea also works in the Henge shop. Before she worked in the community shop she worked in a care home in Marlborough. She has lived in Avebury for 2 years and started working as a volunteer in the shop when she first moved to the village so that she could meet people. She got involved with the village pantomime through contacts at the shop. Andrea enjoys lots of local activities and being involved in the celebrations that take place throughout the year. She really enjoys helping to keep the shop open in these difficult times and serving the community and visitors.
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.
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”
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.
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.