YOUR COMMUNITY SHOP PAGE
Normal opening hours
Monday to Friday
8:00am ‘til 5:00pm
9:00am ‘til 1:00pm
December 2023 / January 2024
**CHRISTMAS REDUCED OPENING TIMES**
Mon 25th & Tues 26th Dec: CLOSED
Wed 27th to Sat 30th Dec incl. : 9:00am ‘til 1:00pm
Mon 1st January 2024 : CLOSED
Improvements to Your Community Shop
We are making some improvements to Your Shop! Our volunteers who do such a great job of keeping our stocks flowing requested a bit more space to do their work. So we are making changes to the back of the shop by replacing the cupboard units with extra storage and worktop facilities. Not only will it make life easier for our workers but will also look smarter. As part of the work, we will also be installing a larger ice cream freezer to hold more stocks for when the warmer weather is here again! We are hoping to carry out much of this work over weekends when the shop is closed to minimise disruption to our customers, and we thank Pickard’s for their cooperation with this.
We were delighted to host the latest meeting of the Devon Shopshare Group on 24th October, which was very well attended by representatives of some of the county’s other community shops. It was a very productive meeting, which was followed by a tour of Your Shop for which we received pleasing complimentary feedback. The main theme of the meeting was attracting volunteers & recognising their importance – which of course we all do. So if you always hankered to be a VIP here’s your chance & we’d love to hear from you!
A reminder that the Annual General Meeting of Your Shop is on Monday 20th November 2023 at 7pm in the Parish Hall.
Attendance is open to all residents, with those holding Your Shop shares having the opportunity to vote on matters arising.
Last year’s AGM welcomed more residents than ever before & this year we would be delighted if we needed to provide extra seating beyond the Hall Committee Room! It’s also an opportunity to become involved in this valuable shop resource by becoming a member of Your Committee or joining the ranks of our volunteers.
As regular customers are undoubtedly aware, we have been experiencing technical difficulties with one of the Shop's freezer units. Unavoidably this has led to a reduction in available freezer space & therefore the stock that we have been able to carry. We regret any inconvenience caused to customers if your frozen items have been unavailable. At time of writing an engineer has fitted a new part (which had to be ordered from Europe!) & we are at the testing stage prior to re-stocking. So fingers crossed we are back to full frozen strength by the time you read this.
As you may have already seen on the village email, there was a family bereavement at Chulmleigh Bakery and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.
The bakery shop has now reopened.
Shopshare gathering - Tuesday 24th October 2023.
Your Committee is delighted to have been given the opportunity to host the second meeting of the Devon Shopshare Group. Representatives of some of the county’s other community shops are invited, giving an ideal opportunity to share ideas & discuss some of the challenges which we all often encounter.
Shop AGM - Monday 20th November 2023 at 7pm in the Parish Hall.
Attendance is open to all, with shareholders having the opportunity to vote on such matters as arise.
Contrary to some wider news, we continue to experience some price increases from our suppliers. The latest announcement is from Wessex Pantry (pasties, pies etc.) who have advised us of an increase of 5% effective 25th September. At least we have advance notice on this occasion, elsewhere sometimes we only become aware when ordering!
Jump for Joy!
Congratulations to Joy Abbot whose name was drawn from the many completed questionnaires submitted on the future of Your Community Shop. Joy receives a voucher to spend in the shop & pictured is Elaine receiving it on Joy’s behalf from Phil, chair of the shop committee.
A big thank you to everyone who took the time to return questionnaires, as these represent important feedback which the committee will include in future planning on your behalf.
Which leads rather nicely to ask if you’d like to be involved in this planning process by joining your committee? Us committee crowd meet once a quarter & volunteering for other tasks is optional for you only if time permits.
Thank you Jack
After being involved with Your Shop from the beginning almost a decade ago, Jack Earnshaw has decided to step down as a committee member. Jack was instrumental in forming the Steering Group back in 2014 which directly led to Your Shop opening its doors the following year & becoming the valuable community resource it now is. A big thank you Jack on behalf of the whole committee for all your efforts & leadership as the previous Chair.
We are pleased to announce that we have hopefully secured a short term egg supplier whilst our usual supplier carries out their periodical changeover of stock.
Your chance to win a £20 voucher
Your Shop’s Questionnaire should have dropped onto your mat with the annual parish mailing. Returning it completed to the box provided in the Shop will lead to one lucky person receiving a £20 shopping voucher to spend in Your Shop (draw takes place on 31 July). If you’ve not received the questionnaire please ask in the shop.
…and the time is right for dancing in the street.
Or you could settle for a more sedate walk to Your Community Shop.
We’ve got a Feast of ices after your walk ‘round the Block or you can have #Just one Cornetto# or a Sol-ero or you can Twist(er) again like you did last summer.
Or if a summer afternoon tea is your bag & for a special treat one of our new products this month is Waterhouse Fayre Victoria Plum Jam at £4.13 (RRP £4.75) - we have scones & cream too (jam or cream first?).
Free range eggs are a popular feature with customers in Your Shop. So we felt it eggsential to let you know that our regular supplier will shortly be carrying out their periodical changeover of stock.
They will be unable to supply eggs from July 7 to around the end of August. We are currently researching a short term interim supplier for this period but there may be availability issues during this time. We’ll do our best to help as always.
May Bank Holidays
There is one further bank holiday in May when Your Community Shop will be closed:
Monday 29th May 2023 : Closed
Are You A Chocoholic?
Imagine if you will go to the cupboard and there’s no chocolate. You turn the house upside down and there’s none to be found, not even a crumb down the sofa – panic! Then you remember Your Community Shop – “they’ll have some” you sigh with relief; you hurry there but the chocolate shelves are empty. Then you wake up – “wow what a nightmare”.
Help prevent a nightmare becoming a reality – volunteer for a couple of hours a week to keep the chocolate shelf Bounty-full at Your Community Shop.
May Bank Holidays
There are two upcoming bank holidays in May when Your Community Shop will be closed. They are:
Monday 1st May 2023 : Closed
Monday 8th May 2023 : Closed
Update On Prices
Supplier price increases continue to be a challenge for us, as indeed they are to shoppers in the wider world. Rest assured that we continue to monitor changes to the best of our ability as a volunteer committee, with a view to minimising the impact on you the customer as much as possible.
The major price increase this month in terms of the number of items involved has been with fresh bakery products. Molly was faced with the mammoth task of adjusting them all, which she did in her usual unstressed way - thank you Molly .
Unfortunately we are restricted in managing these increases as the items come from a local supplier with their own shop. However, we have simply passed on the increase to our prices as listed on the Supplier’s own price list, a copy of which is available in Your Shop.
Devon Community Shops Network
We’re pleased to announce that YOUR SHOP has become a member of a new Community Shops Network together with other similar shops in our region with a view to sharing ideas.
Representatives from Your Committee attended an inaugural gathering & we are grateful to the Berrynarbor shop for hosting it.
Attendees found this event very useful & issues covered included pricing, suppliers, customer orders & (the old chestnut) difficulty getting volunteers!
We believe the network will be of benefit to our customers through the sharing of current & new thoughts & ideas.
The next gathering is planned later in the year & Burrington is delighted to be named as the next hosts. Our thanks go to Sue & Paul Bailey who attended on our behalf.
We’re pleased to have officially welcomed our new committee members at our recent meeting & now we’re on a roll!
We have some interesting developments in mind but need a couple more new faces on the committee to go forward.
We only meet 4 times a year so it’s not too onerous, with perhaps a small input in shop day to day if you wanted to.
Trading levels show the shop continues to be a vital resource for customers & it would be wonderful to see a couple of shoppers as new committee members to help influence future developments & ensure we continue to serve the community.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU
There’s been a few delivery problems with suppliers in recent months, particularly with milk deliveries. We apologise for any inconvenience to customers which unfortunately was outside of our control, but hopefully after discussions with suppliers these are now being resolved.
As well as stocking essentials, we do try to introduce new products for you to try. Among these recently trialled are a range of curry paste from Curry Shack & some additions to our dairy range.
2022 AGM Update
Your Shop’s AGM was held on 21 November & it was encouraging to see some new faces present at the meeting. We now have another new member on Your Committee, the third to be added in 2022 & we welcome the fresh ideas this will undoubtedly bring. But never ones for resting on laurels, we’re always looking for volunteers as well as new committee members – particularly anyone who might lower the average age of your current committee!
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