Amanda Wright

Amanda Wright, a familiar face behind the till at Hambledon Village Shop and a friend to many, has died.

Amanda, from Chiddingfold, was a volunteer at Hambledon’s community-run shop before becoming its manager as part of the Three A’s team, working alongside Alison Wilson and Alan Brien. With the appointment of a single manager in February 2014 Amanda stood down but continued to volunteer. She was also very active in village life in Chiddingfold.

Her death, on August 9th, has come as a great shock to her many friends and shop colleagues. Her funeral will take place at St Mary’s Church, Chiddingfold, on September 6th at 2pm.

Amanda had been suffering from complications following a fall last year. Her unexpected death has left Hambledon villagers deeply saddened and our sympathy goes out to her family.

 

Hambledon Village Shop – Update May 2017

This is an amended version of the shop article in May’s Parish Magazine

Let Me Take You Down

There’s something very satisfying about sourcing produce form within a few miles of the shop. Berries from local Tuesley Farm’s strawberry fields  are now available at the shop at weekends. Hambledon based Crumby Bakery continue to delight with their creations (current personal favourites are the Lemon Drizzle Bakewell and the Cheese Scones). And you can’t get more local than the homemade sausage rolls, made in the shop and which have developed something of a local cult following (if you want one get to the shop before mid-day, they always sell out).

We also now stock wine made just six miles from the shop at Blackdown Ridge Winery. The winery’s first vines were planted in 2010 and the first wines were made in 2013. Their still white wine, “Chiaro”, is made from the Bacchus grape variety, ideally suited to the cool English climate, and won a bronze award in the 2015 International Decanter Awards. The red wine, “Carmine”, is made from the Triomphe grape variety, it has a bright, mid-cherry colour, with ripe cherry aromas and hints of spice and roasted red peppers.

Trading Update

A combination of good weather, bank holidays, cricket, film crews and blood sweat and tears resulted in a busy April with net sales of just over £26,000, this took the sales for the shop’s first quarter to £71,000 an increase of 40% over the same quarter last year (during which the shop refurb took place). At time of writing, it looks like net sales in May will be the highest monthly sales in the shops history and might just hit the £30,000 mark. Many thanks to all who provide blood, sweat, tears and custom.

 New Investments
The Shop’s healthy coffers have allowed for a few equipment upgrades. A new microwave and a commercial grade toastie maker are in place and a new commercial dishwasher is on the way. All will help to improve productivity in the cafe/deli, which now makes up 40% of the shop turnover. Hopefully there will also be a few less chafed hands in the village.

Good progress continues on the shop toilet, watch this space for news on the grand christening. Suggestions on a postcard please for which local personality should be the first to make their mark. Also, this month has seen the construction of an eco friendly child’s play area and a rustic bike rack.

Wines of the Month

June’s wines of the month will be a white and once again a rosé (in May the rosé wine of the month sold out halfway through the month, so we’re going to keep riding that pony).

The white is the Chateau Saint Cyrgues Blanc (£7.60), recently said by Forbes magazine to be one of the best white wines under $20. This Costieres de Nimes Blanc is a blend of Roussanne, Viognier and Grenache Blanc and is unoaked. A lemon-yellow in colour. Scents of rose petals, honeycomb, candied lemon and white pepper. Medium-bodied on the palate with notes of honey and sweet spice leading to a lingering and spicy finish.

The rosé this month is the De Martino Estate Cinsault Rosé (£9.80). The grapes are from vines grown in the cool climate area of Itata in the south of Chile and this dry and refreshing Provence style pink is packed with fresh summer red-berry flavours and makes for a great aperitif or accompaniment to fish and seafood. A delicate salmon pink in colour. Aromas of plums and strawberries. The palate is dry and intense with notes of cherry and raspberry leading to a refreshing finish. Make sure you have a spare in the fridge as the first one won’t last long.

Jane Woolley Completes Walk for Loo

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Despite almost meeting her Waterloo after a poorly timed encounter with a hornet, Jane Woolley completed her half marathon walk last Sunday. As a result she’s raised over £2000 which will go towards building a new customer toilet for the Village Shop.

Congratulations to Jane and many thanks to all who generously supported her.

Hambledon Village Shop Gets More Tech

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.
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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, Google and TripAdvisor all allow you to write reviews of the shop, hint, hint….

 

Hambledon Village Shop – Reports from the Annual Members Meeting

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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.

 

Report from Tim Parker

Report from Gill Darbyshire

 

Hambledon Village Shop Annual Meeting 7th July 2016

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:

  1. To receive the Annual Accounts for the financial year ending 31 January 2016
  2. 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
  3. To elect members of the Management Committee

21 June 2016

Management Committee

 HAMBLEDON VILLAGE SHOP LIMITED is a Community Benefit Society registered under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014

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Hambledon Village Shop Manager

hvs_square_frontThe 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.

An application form can be downloaded here. Email your completed form to tim@feathercombe.com or write to us at: Hambledon Village Shop Ltd, The Cricket Green, Hambledon, Surrey GU8 4HF.

Closing date: 2 April 2016.

Planning for Hambledon’s future – Latest

In 2003 Hambledon produced a Parish Plan to help shape its future.  Since then the Parish Council has examined various other formal frameworks to ensure the village’s ambitions for the years ahead are taken into account by Waverley Borough Council and other authorities.

These have included producing a Village Design Statement and Neighbourhood Plan, a route which some villagers had asked the council to consider.

After seeking professional advice – and taking into account the cost and resources necessary for such measures – it was decided that there were insufficient benefits to justify the time and money involved.

Instead it considered producing a Community Plan, which is smaller in scope that a Neighbourhood Plan and arguably more relevant to a little rural village.

Whichever method the parish council adopted for drawing up a blueprint for the future, it would require financial assistance and community volunteers. In the event neither was forthcoming.

It was hoped that funding for a Community Plan would be awarded by the Big Lottery Fund and that sufficient villagers would volunteer to participate in its preparation.

However, The Big Lottery, which distributes National Lottery money for community causes, turned down the request. The application had been carefully prepared with professional help. But Big Lottery experts could not see why a Community Plan was required to address the needs and issues set out in the application.  (This point had also been raised in previous advice given to the Parish Council, including from Waverley Borough Council.)

The second set back was that one month after an appeal for volunteers appeared in the Parish Magazine and on the village website only six responses had been received.

So it’s back to the drawing board.

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Although there have been changes since Hambledon produced its Parish Plan in 2003, it would be difficult to improve on its objectives.  The Parish Council has therefore decided to continue using it as a base document but to up-date it and re-issue it, either in its existing form or in a new format and perhaps with a more appropriate title.

Village organisations and individuals are therefore being asked what would make Hambledon a better place for them and their activities.

The responses will be incorporated in a discussion paper which will be made widely available early in April.  The paper will then be discussed and questions arising from it addressed at the Parish Assembly on 16 April.  Funds for printing the completed plan have been included in the 2016-17 budget. It will also be available on the village web site.

So, in thanking those who did volunteer to help with a Community Plan, the Parish Council  now asks them and as many other villagers as possible to give some thought as to what they think would make Hambledon an even better place in which to live.

Examining the 2003 Parish Plan and its most recent up-date might be a good point from which to start. This can be found on this web site here: Parish Plan documents . Or you can ask the Clerk ( via email, or telephone 01428 684213) for a hard copy

Please make sure that comments are either posted by leaving a comment on this article, or sent to the Clerk by 15 March so that they can be included in the discussion document.

 

 

Hambledon Village Shop Refurbishment

shop_boardThe next stage of refurbishing the Village Shop will take place in February. There will be some disruption but most services will continue to be avaliable.

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.

 

Village Shop MacMillan Coffee Morning raises £630


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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.

http://coffee.macmillan.org.uk

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About the Shop (old version)

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The shop is open 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.  Hambledon Village Shop overlooks the cricket green, within walking distance of most of the village, but with plenty of parking for customers who come from further afield and providing a really friendly service from Jo and her team of staff and village volunteers.

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There are all the usual Post Office services including insurance, giro and phone cards, as well as paying your bills.  Plus get your currency here – commission free.

We offer a wonderful range of products in our store.  We pride ourselves in sourcing as many good quality local as we can.  We have honey made in Hambledon and Wormley.  We havejams, curds and salad dressings made in Chiddingfold.  We use our local butcher for our meat and our fresh bread is made for us daily by a bakers in Haslemere, Home made cakes and traybakes are made in Hambledon, Witley and Ifold and our free range eggs are from a farm in Petworth.

Earlier this year we cleared out and made good the garage at the side of the shop.  We now use this area as a Farm Shop.  Again sourcing as much as we can locally first then from Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire, then Kent.  Before going further afield and keeping our food miles to a minimum.

Screen Shot 2015-01-20 at 22.06.14We also invested in a barista coffee machine and are now able to offer delicious Latte, Cappacino, Americano and Mocha’s as well as Hot Chocolate and various selections of Tea.  We bake baguettes, pasties and sausage rolls each morning and on Saturday and Sunday mornings we bake croissants, pan au chocolate and various other danish pastries.  We also have a great selection of filled baguettes, baps and sandwiches made fresh every day.

 

Screen Shot 2015-03-21 at 17.22.43From our deli counter you can get ham sliced, a selection of cheeses from Surrey, Sussex and Kent, award winning made to order pork pies, olives and antipasta.