Please note that the shop will be moving to winter hours from Saturday November 5th. There is no change to weekday hours (8:30am to 5:00pm) but at weekends the shop will be opening at 8:30am and closing at 2:00pm.
Earlier this year the Shop got an internet upgrade and many of the customers and volunteers are taking advantage of the fast (38mbps) internet access now available. No password or login is required to use the internet service at the shop, just connect your device to the shop wi-fi when you’re in the vicinity and you’re up and running. The wi-fi extends to all the outside seating, including the new Queen’s bench.
In July the card terminal in the shop was upgraded to contactless. The more customers who use this the better, as it speeds up queue movement when the shop gets busy. Most cards now allow for contactless payment, just tap your card on the terminal when the amount has been entered into it, you’ll hear a beep confirming the payment has been made. Apple Pay is also supported so you can use your iPhone or Apple Watch to make a payment. The maximum allowed for a contactless payment is £30.
The Shop also now has it’s own web application. If you go to http://hambledonvillageshop.co.uk/hvs1 you can monitor in real time how the shop is performing via a screen of widgets. Click or tap on any of the widgets to dig deeper. The app does not work correctly on some versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer, but is fine on other browsers and mobile devices.
And, just one more thing… The Shop is active on Social Media in various ways:
- Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/hambledonvillageshop/
- Google at https://goo.gl/maps/RzNDLYeVzSx
- TripAdvisor at https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hambledon_Village_Shop_Post_Office
- Twitter at https://twitter.com/hambledonshop
- Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/hambledon_village_shop/
Facebook, Google and TripAdvisor all allow you to write reviews of the shop, hint, hint….
Around 40 members attended the Annual Members Meeting of The Hambledon Village Shop Limited on Thursday 7th July 2016 in Hambledon Village Hall.
As well as presentations of the annual and year to date accounts, there were reports from Tim Parker (Chairmen of the Shop Management Committee) and from Gill Darbyshire (Shop Manager). These reports are provided below for those with an interest in the shop who were unable to attend the meeting.
THE HAMBLEDON VILLAGE SHOP LIMITED
NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEMBERS MEETING
The Annual Members Meeting of THE HAMBLEDON VILLAGE SHOP LIMITED will be held on Thursday 7th July 2016 at 7.30pm in Hambledon Village Hall.
All Members (being persons whose names are listed on the Register of Members as holding shares) are invited to attend and vote at the meeting.
The business to be dealt with is as follows:
- To receive the Annual Accounts for the financial year ending 31 January 2016
- To receive a report on the performance of the shop during the financial year ending 31 January 2016 and the Management Committee’s plans for the current and next financial years
- To elect members of the Management Committee
21 June 2016
HAMBLEDON VILLAGE SHOP LIMITED is a Community Benefit Society registered under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014
The annual Parish Assembly, held on Thursday evening at the village hall, was well attended and produced a number of ideas to be included in the proposed new Parish Plan.
The Parish Plan is a formal document taken into account by public authorities such as Waverley Borough Council when considering issues that involve Hambledon, especially planning and highways. It is also a point of reference for Hambledon Parish Council in its work to help fulfill the aims and ambitions of village residents.
Following a report of the parish council’s activities over the past year as well as those of various village organisations, the assembly heard ideas from residents on what they would like to be included in the new Parish Plan.
High on the list was a request, led by Hambletots, for a small play area for children, ideally somewhere close to the village shop. This idea had a lot of support. It was pointed out that play equipment need not be made of intrusive coloured plastics and could be made of wood to suit the rural environment of the shop, pond and cricket green.
Other suggestions included improved drainage for the cricket pitch, a public toilet for the use of visitors to the shop and its cafe and provision of a bike rack, as the shop is regularly used by cyclists. On the issue of cycling, it was pointed out that the village was on the route of many organised cycle events. The poor state of road edges presented a danger. It was suggested that, given the number of events, maybe external funding could be found to carry out improvements.
There was also support for the retention of the 503 bus service, currently under threat (see earlier news items) and concern that car parks at the two nearest railway stations, Witley and Milford, were now at capacity. It was recognised that any new development at the Dunsfold Aerodrome site would only add to the problem, along with associated traffic problems on the narrow, rural village roads.
The Parish Council is currently gathering ideas for the new Parish Plan. It is likely that a steering group made up of councillors and villagers will be established to take the plan forward.
Tomorrow (Saturday) is the annual village clean-up, this year tied in with Clean For The Queen in recognition of Her Majesty’s 90th birthday. Villagers are asked to gather any litter and bring it to a collection point at the shop where, starting at around midday, a free barbecue will be held for volunteer litter pickers.
In the afternoon a jumble sale will be held at the Village Hall to raise funds for its maintenance.
The Shop Management Committee is pleased to announce that Gill Darbyshire has accepted their offer of appointment as Shop Manager of Hambledon Village Shop.
Many thanks to all the volunteers who pulled together to help the shop through the recent transition period and to all the shop customers for their continued patronage.
The Management Committee of the Hambledon Village Shop Ltd is looking for a dynamic Manager to lead the team of staff and volunteers. The Shop, Café and Post Office have grown in popularity under the previous manager, and turnover has increased by 70% in 2 years. However, this now needs to be translated to profit on the bottom line by careful management of stock, costs and, in particular, the recruitment, training and motivating of volunteers.
The successful candidate will need to demonstrate the following qualifications:
- A belief in the community shop ethos and the role it plays in the surrounding area;
- Responsiveness to customer needs with a strong focus on service quality;
- Commercial skills and financial awareness;
- The management skills to develop and manage a large team of volunteers;
- The ability to delegate roles among staff and volunteers;
- A ‘can-do’ attitude and friendly manner;
- Computer literacy with experience of Microsoft Office and EPOS systems;
- Some experience in catering, including barista skills;
- A minimum of Level 2 Certificate in food and hygiene.
We are offering a basic salary of £19,000 for a 40hr a week with a performance related bonus tied to key targets.
Closing date: 2 April 2016.
Wi-fi speeds of up to 37mbps are available in the shop and the wi-fi extends to all of the outside cafe tables and the picnic tables, though your mileage may vary.
So grab a coffee, take a seat and pretend you’re doing really important work.
Shop hours: Post Office hours: Monday 8:30am-5:00pm 9:30am-12:30pm & 1:30pm-4:30pm Tuesday 8:30am-5:00pm 9:30am-12:30pm Wednesday 8:30am-5:00pm 9:30am-12:30pm Thursday 8:30am-5:00pm 9:30am-12:30pm & 1:30pm-4:30pm Friday 8:30am-5:00pm 9:30am-12:30pm & 1:30pm-4:30pm Saturday 8:30am-4:00pm 9:30am-12:30pm Sunday 8:30am-4:00pm CLOSED
Hambledon Village Shop is a not-for-profit organisation providing the village with a shop, post office and cafe, run by the community for the community.
The shop opens 7 days a week with a fine selection of foods, local produce, wine, spirits and newspapers, as well as a range of stationery and your local Post Office. Overlooking the cricket green and within walking distance of most of the village, the shop and its surroundings provide and idyllic environment in which to do your shopping, sit back and relax with a coffee and catch up with the Hambledon gossip.
The cafe offers great coffee along with a wide range of pastries, baked goods and freshly made sandwiches for eating in or taking away.
On a balmy evening in December around 40 guests – all involved in Hambledon Village Shop in some way – gathered at the village hall wearing Christmas decorations and looking very festive. It was lovely to get together to meet old friends, make some new ones and to thank everyone for contributing so much to the shop.
The team who’d organised the village party the previous weekend had beautifully decorated the village hall with ivy garlands and fairy lights all round the walls and an enormous Christmas tree twinkling away in the corner. In true Blue Peter fashion, the table decorations were made from recycled bottles and jam jars with a little hand-decorated ‘thank you’ token and raffle ticket on each place setting.
The evening kicked off with drinks and chat before tucking into beef and vegetable Malaysian-style curries with rice and breads made by our Chef du Jour, Jon Petersen, followed by chocolate torte and lemon cheesecake desserts from Cook (worth noting that if you’re running a community event they offer a discount of 30%, click here to find out more). Thanks go to the commis chefs who helped chop all that veg!
Between Monday 1st February and Monday 22nd February, some new shelving will be installed, the shop counter and Post Office counters will be relocated and new flooring will be installed. All work is planned to be completed by Monday 22nd February.
Throughout this period Newspapers will be available as normal as will bread and milk and some dried goods. The farm shop will operate as normal. The delicatessen and cafe will be operating from a catering van in the shop driveway.
During the week Monday 8th February to Sunday 14th February the Post Office will be closed for a period of 3 days while the new flooring is installed, exact days of the Post Office closure will be provided at a later date.
Jo, the shop staff and the shop volunteers will be doing everything they can to keep the shop running as close to normal as possible during this period, please reward them with your custom.
A major cut of trees close to power lines was completed this year by Scottish and Southern Energy in an effort to reduce the frequency of electricity supply disruption to Hambledon.
SSE has also upgraded and refurbished power lines into the village and promised better communications in the event of outages.
Nevertheless, it is wise to take precautions in a rural area that has suffered from extensive power failures in recent years, usually caused by trees and branches falling onto cables during high winds.
SSE has provided the Parish Council with a quantity of telephones that do not require a power supply to work, wind-up radios, battery-operated magnetic lamps, safety lightsticks, compact foil blankets and heat packs for warming cold hands.
If you, or someone you know, would benefit from any of these items they are available free for collection from the village shop.
It is important to remember that many modern phones require power to operate so a stand-by phone that simply requires a connection to the telephone line is an essential.
Stock up on batteries for torches and radios.
In extreme weather electricity and telephone lines may fail as may mobile phone networks. Snow or fallen trees can isolate the village. Although such an outcome is rare it has happened. The Parish Council has an emergency plan in place to help cope with such an event.
It is worth remembering that the phone kiosk at the village shop will continue to work in a power failure. The pay phone no longer accepts coins but you can dial 999 for free. You can also dial 100 for the operator to make reverse charge calls.
If you, or someone you know, may be considered vulnerable during a power cut, you can register with SSE’s Priority Services Register on 0800 294 3259. There is a leaflet in the shop explaining this service.
The following telephone numbers and addresses should be kept handy.
SSE – Scottish and Southern Energy (power cuts and emergencies): 0800 072 7282.
Surrey County Council (for on-line updates and advice): www.surreycc.gov.uk/winter.
Latest travel information: https://twitter.com/SurreyTravel
Waverley Borough Council: For general information, refuse collections etc, go to www.waverley.gov.uk adding the word weather to the search bar if your inquiry relates to this issue. Also, for latest news and emergency updates from the borough go to www.twitter.com/waverleybc
Radio updates will be broadcast on BBC Surrey on 104.6FM and on Eagle on 96.4FM
Hambledon village website will also carry updates: www.hambledonsurrey.co.uk
In the village, the Hambledon Emergency Team is:
Stewart Payne – 07831 393561, Tim Coleman – 07838 763767, and Nick Watson – 07770 553686
In the event of severe disruption and communication failure the emergency team will be on hand around the village, centred at the village shop.
The Coffee Morning held last Saturday (26th September) at Hambledon Village Shop in aid of MacMillan raised £630, a substantial increase on last years total of £410. Congratulations to the organisers Christie McIntyre, Eliza Weller and Ellie Kitt and thanks to all who gave and purchased cake.
So far MacMillan have raised just over £4.5m from the various Coffee Mornings held around the country and are aiming to beat last years total of £25m.
The annual MacMillian Coffee morning held at the Village Shop by Christie McIntyre and her friends will take place tomorrow (Saturday 26th) morning from 9am. The girls have been baking up a storm and would love you to come and support this worthy cause. Last year they raised over £400 for MacMillian and they are keen to beat that this year.
A few more details can be found here: http://coffee.macmillan.org.uk/events/6drnw03j
Cynthia Miller, who has volunteered at Hambledon Village Shop since it reopened as a community-run venture in 1992, was presented with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service at a ceremony on Saturday morning (Sept 19th).
She received the award on behalf of all the volunteers whose efforts have kept the shop at the heart of village life. The presentation was made by Gordon Lee-Steere DL, chairman of the county’s Queen’s Award panel who is pictured (left) with Tim Parker, chairman of the shop management committee. (Photo courtesy of the Surrey Advertiser)
Tim thanked the many volunteers who have helped over the years for their “magnificent community effort” and in particular Cynthia and John and Annie Tidmarsh, who volunteered when the shop was reopened and continue to this day.
For further details please see the earlier news item.
Photos from Stewart Payne:
This Saturday (September 19th), at a ceremony beginning at 11.30am, volunteers who have helped run Hambledon Village Shop and Post Office for the past 23 years will be presented with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
Cynthia Miller, who has been a stalwart helper throughout this period, will receive the award on behalf of all volunteers from Gordon Lee-Steere DL, chairman of the county’s Queen’s Award panel. Other guests include the chairman of Surrey County Council, the Mayor of Waverley Borough Council, the High Sheriff of Surrey and the chairman of Hambledon Parish Council.
The shop was rescued from closure by villagers in 1992 and is now one of the longest-running community stores in the country, vital to the wellbeing of Hambledon.
In recognition of this achievement, and of the hard work put in by volunteers over the years, the Queen’s award, which has an equivalent status for groups as the MBE has for individuals, was announced earlier this year. It is the highest honour given to volunteer groups.
For security reasons attendance at the ceremony is by invite but villagers are welcome to gather outside to help celebrate an important occasion.