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.
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.
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.
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.