Run by the village for the village 



Tewin Stores is a community shop, run by the village for the village. In 2007 we were in the forefront of a new trend which has seen the number of community shops in the country expand considerably.  Our shop has a paid manager and is run by a volunteer workforce of local people.

General Groceries at Tewin Stores

We are open seven days a week and aim to give a good welcome to regular customers and visitors to the village.  We sell most items that people might need, including newspapers, bread, milk, general groceries, cleaning equiment and birthday cards.  Sausages, bacon and eggs are sourced locally. Cakes, quiches and pies, including gluten free, are baked in the area and delivered to the shop each week.  Fruit and vegetables are also local and sometimes include produce from our allotments, orchards and gardens.  We also sell plants for your garden.   In the cafe we serve full English breakfast, light lunches and afternoon teas.  Fridays are special Fry Up days when we serve the Full English and also Eggs Florentine and scrambled eggs with smoked salmon.  We are rated 4 stars by our local Environmental Health inspector. Look out for notices of our special monthly Saturday lunches.

Bread, rolls, croissants, sausage rolls and many other savouries are baked in house.  All these items can be pre-ordered, especially for the weekend.  Tewin stores was once a bakery - see the History of Tewin book available also in the shop at £20.

Cafe in the shop

Don’t forget we do lovely morning coffee, breakfasts, lunches and teas most days but especially every Friday morning with our Friday Fry ups. So come along and give yourself a break occasionally and let someone else cook your breakfast.

Our next Saturday lunch on Saturday 16th September will be our annual BBQ. Lots of fresh chicken, burgers, and sausages, cooked in the courtyard, with salad, for £5.00. If you don’t want to sit and eat there, why not pop in and buy a take-away.

In the new freezer we have meals for one – Stroganoffs, lasagnes, cottage pies, while our chiller units have gluten free pies and quiches, Digswell pate, sausages, and ham. all perfect for a quick summer supper. Salad and other vegetables are also in the chiller, so please ask if you can’t find what you want.

Thank you to all our volunteers who keep the shop open for us all, seven days a week.

August and September are often difficult months for the shop as, inevitably, our volunteers and our manager are taking holiday breaks. This time, however, we have been fortunate to have had help during the week from our Saturday helpers – Tom, Thomas, Oli and Louis. Thank you so much to them for their support. But Please - We need more help still during normal periods. Many of our loyal volunteers have given up over the years, having the demands of grandparent duties, their own ill health, or the need to care for relations and friends.   You don’t have to do a full shift of four hours; many people do two hours only. The new till is very easy to use and full training is given. We cannot always rely on the same few folk to take the lion share here. If you want your village shop to keep going into its next decade, more of you need to step up please.

Fruit and vegetables outside the shop

How wonderful to find fresh runner beans, leeks, cucumbers, marrows and beautiful beetroots, not to mention soft fruit, all donated from peoples’ gardens and allotments! Thank you for all your contributions to the shop. We have extended our in-house bakery range this month to include delicious almond croissants and other Danish pastries, which visitors hare snapping up to have with a morning coffee or tea.

Our stall at the Classic Car day, promoting the shop, was extremely popular and during the afternoon extra pasties, sausage rolls and croissants, etc., were cooked in the Shop and transported to Upper Green to be sold on our stall


Our 100 Club prize winners in July were:

1st Mary Gregg £48.00; 2nd Oli Morrisroe £24.00; 3rd Ann Lee £14.40

We shall be having an extra shareholders’ and supporters’ gathering at the Tewin Pavilion at 8pm on Monday 2nd October. Please come along to hear how the shop has been doing during this last financial year, at a time when we are negotiating a new lease and rental agreement.

 If you would like to become a shareholder, at a cost of only £25, or a volunteer, or a member of the 100 club, please get in touch with me (01438 717385) or our Secretary Eleanor Lohr (01438 717709), or speak to Bev at the shop (01438 717929)

Linda Gilley

After three years in the role, I shall be giving up as Chairman of the shop committee in October.   We are looking for someone to take this on. I had not served on the committee before becoming Chairman though I had served behind the counter since the Community shop began in February 2008. If you think you could help in this way, please get in touch with me or speak to any other member of the committee.

If you would like to become a shareholder, at a cost of only £25, or a volunteer, or a member of the 100 club, please get in touch with me (01438 717385) or our Secretary Eleanor Lohr (01438 717709), or speak to Bev at the shop (01438 717929)

Tewin Post Office 

Normal shop opening hours

Monday –Friday 8.30 -4.30pm   Saturdays 8.30 – 12 noon   Sundays 9.00 – 12 noon

Post office opening hours Monday 13.30 -15.30, Wednesday and Friday 9.30 – 11.30am

NB Postal collection times are Mon – Fri 4.30pm and Saturdays 10.30am

Linda Gilley