Run by the village for the village 

 

 UPDATE ON EVENTS IN TEWIN SHOP 

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.

Life in the shop is often unpredictable and unexpected. We are delighted to welcome folk to enjoy gossiping over a coffee, or a pot of tea and a toasted teacake. Recently two ladies told us that the café and shop were a secret gem, which they had only just discovered. Two cyclists sitting nearby agreed, and said it was their secret, and they were keeping it to themselves. I rather hope they don’t as the custom is always welcome!

A small select group attended the extra shareholders’ meeting on 2 October, from which notes were taken and distributed to supporters.

During October we have had problems with delivery times of the newspapers. Smiths News created massive disruption when they reduced their distribution depots from three to two. Our papers, normally here about 5am, have been getting to the shop around 8am. Absolutely infuriating and entirely not in the interests of their customers. Our poor Newspaper delivery people, Alan and Julie Day, have been left hanging about waiting for the papers to arrive. Apologies to all our customers for the late delivery of their papers.

The shop also wishes to thank Julie Day, who with her son and Bev, has been carrying on the newspaper delivery whilst Alan, her husband, has been undergoing surgery. We wish Alan a speedy recovery. Linda Crawford is making a good recovery from her hip operation and hopes to be serving Saturday lunches again on Saturday 18 November from 12 noon to 2pm. We shall be offering Soup and a Sandwich.

We are planning a special event in the run up to Christmas – please put the date in your diary – Friday 8th December from 5pm to 9pm in the shop. We shall be selling Christmas goodies, fruit cakes, and crafts. There will be raffles, and a complimentary mince pie and sherry/martinis for all who attend.

And a plea - We shall be grateful for any fruit cakes that our village cake makers like to contribute for this event. With many thanks….

At other times why not seek out the secret gem in your own village and come along for tea and cake and a friendly welcome at your shop.

 

Linda Gilley has now resigned as our Shop Chairman.  She has been instrumental over the last three years to makng the Village Shop the success it is today, and all the members of the committee will miss her innovative ideas and her good sense of humour - both of which have kept us all going for the last three years. 

As a committee we do realise that hers will be very big shoes to fill, but if you think you have what it takes to carry the shop forward into 2018 then please contact a member of the committee.  We are sure that there is someone within the Village who would like to take this worthwhile and very rewarding job on.  Please contact us either via Bev our Manageress in the Shop (01438717929), our Vice Chairman Linda Crawford (01438717538) or any of the committee members.

 

The October winners in the 100 Club draw were:

1st Deborah Newton £43.00; 2nd Diana Bradley   £21.50; 3rd Jacquie Mercer £12.90.

 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

 

 

 

 

 

Fruit and vegetables outside the shop

 

 

 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 our Secretary Eleanor Lohr (01438 717709), or speak to Bev at the shop (01438 717929)

 

Tewin Post Office