We now stock Polden Wines from Somerset – could not be more local!
Delicious RED – Pinot Noir. Refreshing WHITE – 100% Chardonnay (unoaked): A tasty – BLUSH – real Summer /Autumn delight
SHOP: 8 am – 5.30 pm Monday to Friday
8 am – 4 pm Saturday
POST OFFICE: 9 am – 1 pm then 2 pm – 5 pm Monday to Friday
9 am – 1 pm Saturday
On Saturday 13th June, our much-loved Manager Jillian Fawcett will retire, having run the shop for 6½ years. During her time at the helm, she has turned it into a destination for food-lovers as well as providing a wonderful service to the village and increasing the shop sales from around £170,000 a year when she took over to its current level of approaching £250,000. During the current coronavirus crisis, she has worked extraordinarily long hours and managed to source supplies that were unavailable in supermarkets and we have wanted for little over the last three months. Well done Jillian and a big thank-you from the whole village.
On Monday 15th June, Mary Brown will become our new Manager. Mary lives in Merriott with husband Martin and her beloved border terrier Moss – she should fit in well here with all the border terriers and other small dogs in the village! Mary comes to us with a wealth of experience in retail, having work for the last 21 years for Beales until their collapse into administration and before that for 7 years in a cash and carry. Says Mary: ” Following Jillian is going to be a great challenge but I’m already loving the job and getting to know all the customers”.
“The Phantom Banner-Erectors strike again!
We woke up the other morning to find that the phantom banner phantom banner-erectors had struck again, with a lovely star-spangled banner! It’s such a lovely idea and we can’t wait for the next one.
A big thank-you again to our team of super-stars who are keeping the village well-supplied through Our SHOP.”
When we all woke up this morning, there was a lovely big banner across the front of the shop – see the attached picture!
All of us working to keep the shop running would like to say our big “thank-you” to those people who took the trouble to make and erect the banner – it was much appreciated..
Well, if anybody had any doubts about the value of the shop to the community, those doubts should now have been blown away! The efforts of our reduced team of staff and volunteers led by the inexhaustible and endlessly inventive Jillian have ensured that we have been able to keep the village supplied with almost all its daily needs. One of the heartening things has been to see the effort put in by some of our village teenagers – William Lawson, Poppy and Barney Lankester, Matilda Bloomfield and Daisy Burrows – who have brightened up the shop with their cheerfulness and willingness to undertake any task. We have also see a number of new adult volunteers who have come forward to fill the gaps left by some of our older volunteers who are (rightly) self-isolating.
Let’s hope it’s all over soon and we can all return to normal.
The last Annual Members’ Meeting saw the departure from the Committee of Salle Wroblewski, Mike Shaw, Judy Craig and Les Farris and we are very grateful to all of them for their varied contributions to the work of the Committee. We were delighted to see Pippa Reynolds elected to the Committee at the AMM but this still left us with rather depleted numbers. However, we are delighted to report that at our last meeting, we co-opted Sheila Hayler, who has offered to alternate with Jean Roberts as Minutes Secretary and also Poppy Kennedy, whose appointment at a stroke reduced the average age of the Committee by several years…. We are delighted to have someone on the Committee to represent the particular interests of younger families.
Thank you Sheila and Poppy and we look forward to working with you!
56 members of the HRCS Ltd attended the 8th Annual Members Meeting in St. George’s Hall on 14th February 2020. The Chairman of the Management Committee, David Clements, was able to report another satisfactory year, with profit before tax of £7,189 well ahead of the budget figure of £5,307, although slightly down from last year’s figure of £8,027. Shareholders’ funds increased from £254,836 to £260,574. Shop sales rose significantly from £220,417 to £233,671 but the operating profit was eroded by lower gross margin and also higher salary costs which reflect the increase in the National Living Wage. Total turnover of the business exceeded a quarter of a million pounds for the first time.
Looking to the year ahead, it has started well with sales and gross margin significantly up on last year but the main challenge we face is to find a replacement for our much-loved Jillian, who will start a well-earned retirement later this year. Nonetheless, we face the future with confidence.
In the run-up to Christmas, Our SHOP has held a number of tasting events, including for Longman’s Cheese, Baboo Gelato ice cream and our very own wine collection. At late night opening on 29th November 2019, David Adams and Caroline Vandenberg presented some lovely wines, leading to healthy Christmas orders.
Once again, Our SHOP was Runner-up in the Better Business section of the 2019 Plunkett Foundation Awards. Manager Jillian Fawcett went up to London on 28th November 2019 for the prize-giving, held in the impressive surroundings of Burlington House. Congratulations to Jillian and her team and all our volunteers who make the shop such a success.
We have just heard that we have once again been shortlisted for an award in the 2019 Plunkett Foundation’s Rural Community Business Awards.
We are one of three shortlisted in the Horace Plunkett “Better Business” category, which recognises communities that find solutions to their needs through cooperation and enterprise.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on 27th November 2019. Wish us luck!
To help get things in swing for the festive season Our SHOP are running a series of taster sessions over the coming weeks:
Saturday 16th November 10am – noon Baboo Gelato
Come and try the sensational flavours of Baboo Gelato locally made ice cream.
Saturday 23rd November 10am – noon Longman’s Cheese
We will be offering samples from the range of Longman’s delicious cheeses.
Friday 29th November 6pm – 7:30pm Wine Tasting
Join us for an evening of excellent wines plus Late Night Shopping!
Saturday 30th November 10am – noon Wine Tasting
Another chance to sample our excellent choice of wines and stock up before Christmas.