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Meet the team – February 2021


Dawn is our new relief manager.   She has been working in this role since November.   Before that she volunteered in the shop over the last 2 years.

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.

Meet the Team – January 2021

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.

Meet the Team – December 2020

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

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.

Volunteer Tribute

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”

Meet the team – September 2020

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.

Meet the Team – August 2020


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.

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.

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.”

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