March 2017

We have all settled back into 2017, coping with the variations being thrown at us by the weather. As I write this it’s snowing steadily and the temperature is 1 degree. The forecast tells me it will be 11 degrees in two days from now. But whatever is happening outside we hope that you get a warm welcome in the shop, and of course an opportunity to talk about the weather!

By the time you read this, St Valentine’s Day will have come and gone. Did you spot it? You may have bought something from the shop. We are now preparing for Easter, so please look in to see whether the cards, chocolates, Easter eggs you need are in stock – and don’t forget that Easter isn’t complete without a chocolate bunny!

We continue to offer locally baked high quality bread from Honesty Bakery at Greenham. As a small shop we can only stock a small volume and we receive a delivery every Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning. To make sure you get your fresh bread, and your favourite loaf, remember that you can order and we can reserve your bread regularly or for a specific occasion. We do need advance notice, so please ask a shop supervisor for a list of available Honesty products and an order form.

Newspapers and magazines are quite a significant part of our work. We sell them in the shop and also delivery daily. The area we deliver to is large. In addition to Headly and Ashford Hill we cover Plastow Green, the A339 from Cotttismore to Greenham Business Park, Bishops Green and Ecchinswell, and Thornford Road to Crookham. If you want to arrange a paper delivery for have a paper or magazine reserved for you in the shop, please speak to any shop supervisor. For those who already have newspaper accounts please rmember that when cancelling papers for a period you need to give us 48 hours notice.

You may well see us buzzing around the area in our little blue shop Peugeot delivery papers. During the week all deliveries are done by Diane Cook who turns out early Monday to Friday come rain or shine. At the weekend most deliveries are done by a band of intrepid volunteers in the shop car, with the local Headley papers delivered, in time honoured fashion, by a paperboy (it is boy at the moment) on a bicycle. For the last few years Luke Vetere has been reliable paperboy, by he “retired” from the job in February. In his place is another young local resident, Jack Hygate. We would like to say may thanks to Luke for his hard work, and welcome to Jack.

We hope to see you in the shop soon!