Author Archives: Michele Lomas

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.


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


Please could you help?

We need donations of pet food to support people who can’t afford to feed their pets at this time.

The urgent need is for cat food, but we are also collecting dog food.

Would you be able to donate some food to help please?

Please leave any donations in the box and we will make sure that they are distributed to those in need. Thank you.

Response to Coronavirus

Deliveries during Coronavirus
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.
Shop opening hours
We are having to revise our shop opening hours due to a number of our volunteers being unable to help at this time. We will be open every day between 10am and 4pm.
Appeal for help
If you would like to help the shop to remain open, please consider volunteering with us. Please phone 01672 539200 if you are able to volunteer.

Meet the team – Judy

Judy has lived in the village for 40 years.   She has volunteered in the shop since it first opened, and was on the original steering group which was formed to open the shop.

Judy enjoys working in the shop because she gets to hear all the village news and gets to meet lots of people.   She normally likes to work the Monday morning shift.

Judy is also on the Social Centre committee, secretary of the WI and treasurer of Avebury players.

Her favourite products are fruit and vegetables and local Sumbler pies and pasties.

Meet The Team – Sue

Sue moved to the village in October last year.   She started working in the shop in January this year.   Sue had moved to Avebury from West Swindon and saw appeals for volunteers on the internet and in the parish newsletter and wanted the opportunity to meet people in the local area.  She then got her husband, Graham, to volunteer as well.  Sue works full time for the Nationwide and has worked there for 29 years, but she still finds time to volunteer twice a month in the shop.  In her spare time, Sue likes to sing with the Nationwide choir which raises money for charities. Her favourite products are Ramsbury gin, Sumbler’s Marlborough pasties and the freshly baked bread.   Sue likes to work in the shop because “it is a great way to meet people and all the volunteers, staff and customers are lovely.”

Meet the team – Graham

Meet the Team
Graham is one of our newest volunteers. He moved to Avebury Trusloe in October having previously lived in Swindon for 30 years. His wife, Sue, also volunteers in the shop and will feature in a future article. Graham wanted to move to a more rural community and ended up in Avebury by chance because a house came up. He is really glad that he made the move. For the last year Graham has been a full-time homemaker/builder/handyman as well as having a number of part time jobs. Before this Graham has had a varied career, including working in retail banking for 15 years.
Graham wanted to work in the shop because he was keen to contribute to a local community. Graham loves interacting with people. As well as serving in the shop, Graham also bakes the bread regularly.
His favourite products are freshly baked bread, local plum jam and Ramsbury ales and gin.

February Update

Winter opening hours from 1st November
Monday- Friday 9am – 5pm, Saturday Sundays & Bank Holidays 10am – 4pm

Shop News
In the middle of March the shop will be celebrating its 11th birthday. This is a fantastic achievement and we could not have done it without the support of our volunteers, staff, committee and of course our wonderful customers.

Stock Taking
The shop will be closing at 1pm on Saturday 29th February for our annual stock take.

Product Update
Keep your eyes open as we are constantly on the lookout for new products. We have recently started stocking vegan pies in the chiller cabinet and tinned vegan products. Our supplier of homemade jams, HFT, has stopped producing them at the moment so we are now getting jams and preserves from another local business, the Little Bag of Herbs.

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.

Michele Lomas (Chair of Avebury Community Shop)

Meet the team – July 2019

Sandra has been volunteering in the shop for 8 years.   She lives in Winterbourne Monkton and has lived there for 13 years.   She is a full time carer for her mother, but finds time to come and volunteer in the shop as well.    Before this, Sandra was a bio medical scientist and then went on to run her own occupational health business.   She likes to volunteer as it is an opportunity to meet interesting people who are very friendly; it is also a good way to get out and meet locals.

Her favourite products are freshly baked bread, Wiltshire honey, pork scratching and passion fruit curd made by HFT.

Sandra values the shop and says that a lot of people would struggle without it.


Volunteer Profile

Meet the Team
Margery is one of our faithful volunteers who has helped at the shop since it first opened. Initially Margery worked on the till and in the shop. For the last few years she has done the Sunday baking, sharing the role with her sister, Susan. Margery was keen to support the shop because Avebury felt like a “ghost village” once the old shop and post office closed down. She was also eager to ensure that this vital facility was available for residents such as her mum who rely on a shop in the village.
Margery teaches English in a 6th form college in London and comes down to Avebury every other weekend and more frequently in the holidays.
Her favourite products are Vicarage Lane Cakes, HFT biscuits and gingerbread men, Robyn’s Farmhouse vegetarian pasties and Love from the Artist Cards by Chris Dunn.
Working in the shop is a good way of getting to know people in the village, and is an opportunity to meet lots of interesting visitors. The other volunteers are very friendly, helpful and interesting and Margery enjoys working with our young Duke of Edinburgh Scheme Volunteers.

Please help us to stay open for another 10 years. We are always looking for volunteers and it is a great opportunity to get out and meet new people.
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.


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