July Update

Summer opening hours

Monday- Saturday 9am – 5pm, Sundays & Bank Holidays 10am 4pm

 

As the weather gets warmer, why not pop into the shop to get some delicious local ingredients for a picnic.

 

We have award winning cheeses from Brinkworth Dairies, as well as a range of bread and pate.   We also have a range of delicious local pies and pasties, including vegetarian and gluten free options.  We have a good selection of yogurts and other deserts.

 

Solstice

We had very good trade at solstice with lots of appreciative customers.   Thank you so much to our staff and volunteers who worked late nights and early mornings over the solstice.

 

Customer/Community Survey

Thank you so much to everyone who completed a survey.  A total of 32 surveys were returned. The winning surveys which were picked out at the AGM by our guest speaker were first prize (hamper) customer from East Kennett, 2nd Prize (gift token) customer from Avebury, 3rd Prize (gift token) customer from Winterbourne Monkton.

 

Volunteer Appeal

Please consider volunteering at your local community shop as we are in need of people to man the tills.   It is a great way of meeting people and making friends.   We need volunteer shop assistants, but if you don’t want to be in the public eye there are lots of other things you could do to help such as baking, helping with deliveries, collection of supplies and so on.   We don’t expect you to volunteer at the same time every week unless you want to.   If you can only help occasionally we would also be grateful for this.    Any help however small is gratefully received.

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.

 

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.

 

Meet The Team – Lynda

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

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.

 

Meet the Team – Josh

IMG0118AJosh 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.

Shop wins Award

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.

Michele Lomas Avebury Village Shop CF AGM 2015

The cup and certificate are on display in the shop.

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