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.
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We are also selling their Luxury Guernsey whole milk in 1 litre bottles for £1.05.
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 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.
Josh is one of our youngest volunteers. He started volunteering at the shop two years ago before he went to university. He enjoyed working in the shop so much that he has come back again this summer to help in his holidays.
Josh is studying Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire and has just finished his first year. His ambition is to be a programmer as he loves solving problems.
Josh’s favourite product is Olive bread which he likes as it is difficult to find in other shops.
Josh enjoys volunteering because of the fantastic managers we have in the shop. He also loves talking to the customers and especially all our visitors from far and wide.
At Avebury Community Shop we start them young. Here are some pictures of our youngest volunteer.
In October 2015, our shop was presented with the Village Retail Award at the Community First annual awards ceremony in Devizes. Here is a picture of Michele Lomas, our Chairman, being presented with the award by Community First’s Vice President, William Wyldbore-Smith.
The cup and certificate are on display in the shop.