October/November 2018

Seasonal tasting morning

In the October Parish Magazine article from the shop we announced our November tasting morning.  Unfortunately we (or should I say I) got the date wrong!  Sorry.  Rather than 10 November as stated previously, it is going to be on Saturday 17 November from 10.00am to 1,00pm.  It is an opportunity to look at our Christmas stock and taste (and, of course to buy) a range of the local produce we stock.  You’ll be very welcome to come and have a drink and a chat as well.

Hampshire Fare

Hampshire Fare exists to support local food, drink and craft producers. It was set up in 1991 by a small group of Hampshire Farmers and with support from Hampshire CC has grown to the present “not for profit” organisation working with 400 Hampshire businesses.  Hampshire Fare works to raise awareness in the county and beyond of the range of food, drink and craft made in Hampshire. It aims to inform, educate and inspire the public to look locally when buying produce and to establish Hampshire as a destination for food lovers.  Produce ranges from cheese, charcuterie and meats to jams, juices, wines, spirits, beers, ciders and more.

Your village shop has been a member since moving to the Old Baptist Chapel and this has enabled us to proudly offer a range of produce not easily available elsewhere and at competitive prices, in line with our belief of keeping things local. Further information is available in the shop including an annual free guide from Hampshire Fare describing all the relevant producers, retail outlets and where to eat plus other features. Pick up your free copy of this guide when next in the shop.

Bread in the shop

Until the beginning of October we were selling bread and croissants on Fridays and weekends from Honesty the local bakers.  Since the organisation was founded a few years ago, Honesty has grown significantly and as a result will no longer supply us with the small order we need in the shop.  Honesty bread has been popular with a small number of our customers and so we apologise to those who have regularly bought this bread.  Instead we are increasing our in-store baking of loaves on a daily basis and we hope you will enjoy this fresh supply.

Book exchange

A number of you regularly use the book exchange system we have in the shop.  We welcome books you have read and are happy to pass on to others, and if you want to take a book to read from the shelves we ask for a 50p donation.  On occasions we have so many books we have to refuse further book supplies.  But currently we would welcome more books.  If you have paperback fiction books in good condition that you do not have space for, please bring them along to the shop. Thank you.