March 2018

Firstly many thanks to those of you who came along to the “Call My Bluff” wine tasting event on 3 February. Those of you who did not attend missed a great evening out. We have to thanks Mary Bayly who organised it all and did a terrific job, making sure that it would run as smoothly as it did. It was the perfect combination – a highly enjoyable, sociable evening and a very successful fund-raising event. Mary has asked to say the following.

“Our Call My Bluff wine tasting evening was a great success. Thank you to all those who helped in any way, by cleaning the hall in readiness or clearing up afterwards, by preparing and serving the food and wine and buying raffle tickets. A special thanks to out three “wise wine men”, Graham, Ken and Mark, who kept us in fits of laughter with their banter and “accessories”! But most of all, huge thanks to all of you who supported the event – your amazing generosity enabled us to raise over £1,000, which will be shared between the Community Shop and Headley Village Hall. “

We have a few important volunteer and staff changes to report in this article.

Alyson Cowlishaw has been a key volunteer for many years, as well as being a cover member of staff in the Post Office. She has volunteered as supervisor and provided much needed help in setting up and supporting our IT system. Alyson and her husband Andy are moving to Cornwall. We wish them both well and hope they enjoy life in the south west. Thanks Alyson for all your support in the shop.

In the last magazine we reported that Diane Crook, who has been delivering weekday newspapers for the shop in Headley for 15 years, was retiring. We were a little worried that we would find it difficult to replace her. But I am very pleased to report that on 5 February Andy Bodker joined the staff team as deliverer. You will see Andy driving around in the shop car early each morning. He has quite a complex route to learn (initially in the dark), so for those of you who have weekday papers delivered by us I hope you will understand that initially your paper may have arrived a few minutes later than usual.

Again in the last magazine we reported on Sue Scott’s retirement from the Post Office. We have recently appointed Sheila Crawford to take over most of Sue’s hours and she will be starting on 1 March. She wil be working on Thursdays, Fridays and alternate Saturday mornings. You may have met Sheila in Baughurst PO before coming to us. We welcome both Andy and Sheila as new members of staff.

Having mentioned the appointment of a new paper deliverer, remember that we deliver to a large area including Headley, Ashford Hill, Plastow Green, Bishops Green, Eccinhinswell and Burghclere, We provide the only paper delivery service to some parts of this area. If you would like your papers to be delivered please enquire in the shop. If you have friends in the area who may not receive this magazine, please mention this service to them and encourage them to make use of the shop.