Head down to the Village Shop from 10:30am this Tuesday and get your fill of freshly made pancakes, with a variety of fillings.
Just £1 each.
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.
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, 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:
21 June 2016
HAMBLEDON VILLAGE SHOP LIMITED is a Community Benefit Society registered under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
We 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.