Village Hall, Kington St Michael, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN14 6HX. Tel. 01249 750181
(Industrial & Provident Society Registration Number 30226R)
WELCOME TO KINGTON ST MICHAEL COMMUNITY SHOP
Owned by the village and run by a dedicated and friendly team of volunteers,
this award winning Community Shop was established in May 2007.
Credit Cards and Debit Cards accepted.
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We have Christmas 1st and 2nd Class stamps in stock, so pop in and get them now - and don't forget the last posting dates (see below)!!
Stop at the Shop
Stop at the shop .... on your way to town, on your way to Autumn Club, on your way to Pre-school, on your way to Thursday church service, on your way to the village hall, on your way to the café, on your way to the pub, on your way to the Club, on your way home, ..... in fact anytime that you're on your way past just pop in to see us - you'll be surprised at what we stock!
The winner of November's raffle for a turkey, is Louise Grant.
December's raffle is for a Christmas hamper and will be drawn on
December 22nd. Tickets are only £1 each from the shop.
Last UK Posting Dates for Christmas
Late Night Shopping
We're staying open until 7pm every Thursday from 30th November to 21st December to help you with your Christmas shopping and preparations.
Christmas & New Year Opening Hours
Saturday 23rd December - 9.30am – 1pm
Sunday 24th December - Closed
Monday 25th December - Closed
Tuesday 26th December - Closed
Wednesday 27th December - Open as usual
Monday 1st January - Closed
Now is the traditional time for making cakes and puddings for Christmas. The shop has all the ingredients you need, including marzipan, to start baking your favourite recipes.
As usual the shop will be taking orders for free range turkeys, turkey crowns, baked hams and Nicola’s secret recipe mince pies
Orders for fresh local turkey can be placed from Saturday 4th November - Saturday 2nd December. Fresh turkey crowns, and baked ham orders can be placed from Saturday 4th November - Saturday 18th December.
Tickets for our raffles are £1 each and can be bought from the shop. Our up-coming raffles are as follows:
Bartlett's Bacon is Back!
December raffle: Christmas hamper – the draw will be made on Friday 22nd December.
Pop to the shop for some of this delicious bacon and treat yourself to a bacon sandwich, a full English breakfast, spaghetti carbonara ..... or whichever bacony treat takes your fancy.
We now stock gluten-free self-raising flour.
Things To Try ........
Why not take it easy with a cup of our new Miles coffees - complete the set with a piece of tiffin to nibble, and keep it local with one of our Kington St Michael mugs and coasters (great presents and ideal for teacher "thank yous"!).
10th Anniversary Celebrations
All our lovely volunteers and stall holders at last week's 10th anniversary celebrations (photos courtesy of Sarah Harriman). Thank you to everyone who supported this event - we made over £400 for shop funds.
In The News!
Here's a selection of our lovely volunteers, featured in May 25th's edition of the Gazette & Herald, with a write-up about the shop's 10th anniversary celebrations.
Volunteers' Christmas party
The volunteers' Christmas party will be held on Friday 1st December - save the date, oh lovely volunteers!
The village shop committee would like to thank Kington Langley parish council for its kind donation of £100 and Kington St Michael parish council for its kind donation of £450, both of which go towards the annual cost of the postal collections.
Toss a Tenner!
Back last year some of our lovely customers rose to our Fling a Fiver challenge, so this year we're doubling up and asking you to Toss a Tenner!
All volunteers are invited to a summer party and a Christmas party to say "thank you" for their help throughout the year.
Wherever You Are In The World .....Wherever in the world you are you can still buy something lovely from our friendly shop and we will deliver it to your family and friends in Kington St Michael. Simply contact us via email@example.com, pay by bank transfer, and we will deliver our gift from Monday to Saturday to suit.
If you are fond of our little feathered friends why not order a wooden birdbox to encourage them to settle in your garden? Handmade in Kington St Michael, they cost only £12.50.
The shop has a variety of wonderful wine, which is sourced from Stewart Fine Wines, a true wine specialist. Managing Director Andrew Stewart is a ‘Master of Wine’, one of only 350 Masters of Wine throughout the world.
Stewart Fine Wines is an independent family-owned business in Bristol, and imports direct from source - from the winemakers and the vineyards. All of their wines are exclusive to the independent trade and will not be found in supermarket outlets.
So, why not try something different from "the norm" and pop down for a bottle today?
Posy bouquets start from £17. Aqua packed bouquets come in their own reservoir of water to keep them fresh and blooming while you travel; prices from £26. Boxed bouquet safely packed in it's own hidden water reserve, beautifully presented and finished with luxury ribbon from £42.
Telephone (01249) 750181 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cakes Baked to Order
We can provide delicious homemade cakes to order, with only 48 hours' notice required. For a freshly baked cake of your choice please email email@example.com. Prices from £4.50.
We're in the Press!
In January we were on Wiltshire Radio and in February month we're in both the Malmesbury Town Crier and teh Chippenham Town Crier - where next?!!
On The Radio!
BBC Radio Wiltshire visited the shop on January 20th to interview our manager, Avril Balmforth, and the shop was featured on Marie Lennon's 'This Morning' programme.
Logs & Kindling
Did you know there are sacks of hardwood logs and kindling available from the shop throughout the year. Orders can be placed for up to 5 sacks of logs; 48 hours’ notice required please.
We have a shiny, pretty collection of jewellery on our craft display - ideal gifts for the magpie in your life!
We are a PokeStop!
Do you like to roam and ramble around and about the parish? Well, we have the ideal thing for you - our new Kington St Michael laminated walking map. It's double sided and measures 47 x 32cms.
• Easy to read mapping at a scale of 1:16 000 (approx 4 inches to
• Laminated for weatherproofing
• Useful scale ruler for distance and walk time
• Slips easily into your pocket
We're So Sweet!
If chocolate is your thing, we have a nice selection of Beech's Rose, Violet and Mint chocolates. What a great "thank you gift", especially for teachers at the end of term.
Also new in is our pick 'n' mix selection, for all our young and not so young customers! Pick a cup, choose your mix and take it to our friendly volunteer at the counter.
Free Tap Water Refilling Station
It's Here - the Kington St Michael Tea-towel!
Kington St Michael Community Shop is offering to refill water bottles with free tap water to thirsty passers-by who pop in to the shop.
Only £4.95 each - pop to the shop and get yours now!.
Just Spend £5!
Really, it is that simple! Just switch £5 of your weekly shopping from chain-stores, supermarkets or online to an independent business in your village. Change where you buy your milk, lunch time sandwich,where you buy your coffee; shop with the village shop, enjoy a drink at the village club and pub - it is that simple. You may ask how this makes a difference?
Take a town with a population of 10,000 adults. If every adult took this simple £5 action that would be £2.6 million pounds more being spent with independent businesses in the town.
That makes a big difference, the shops are more sustainable, they create new jobs, new businesses start up and supply the local shops and your village/town keeps its character with good quality shops and businesses.
From the Box Candle Company (well, OK, more than four!!)
- Mint & Tomato Leaf
- White Lily
- White Rose
- Rosemary & Bay Leaf
These will be available in the small votive size to start with, but we are always happy to take orders for larger sizes.
The sizes available are:
Small votive candle 20 hour burn
Small cube candle 16 hour burn
Tumbler candle 40 hour burn
Large cube candle 40 hour burn
Small 3 wick 50 hour burn
Large 3 wick 60 hour burn
Column candle 70 hour burn
Take the "Swap Shop" challenge!
Come down to the shop and choose one item that you would normally buy in the supermarket, then resolve to get it in the shop every week and help to support your local shop - simples!
Hot favourites for this amongst our customers are eggs, bacon, the Gazette & Herald and toothpaste (random!). What will you choose?
Plenty to see here....
We have an amazing selection of stock in our relatively small shop - next time you visit why not take a moment to stop and look closely at what we have?
To quote one of our lovely customers "I would never have expected to find Arborio rice in a village shop"!
Contactless Payments Now Accepted
Home-grown Fruit and Vegetable Surplus?
Do you have a surplus of garden produce that you don't know what to do with? Here at the shop we love to take donations of any spare home-grown fruit and veg for our customers to enjoy. Simply pop down to the shop with what you have to spare and we'll do the rest - in the past we've had raspberries, courgettes, apples, marrows and more!
Why Not Become A Shareholder?
Would you like to become a shareholder? Our shares are only £5 each and you would be entitled to attend and vote at our Annual General Meeting each May (one vote per member; over 16s only). For an application form please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org
Community First Visit 2015
On May 13th 2015, Kington St Michael Shop and the village hall were visited by Community First's Chief Executive, Philippa Read, who was on a 50 mile walk in five days, to mark the organisation's 50th anniversary. Both the shop and the village hall have benefited from grants from Community First, as has the recreation field and other village organisations.
New Parcel Collection Facility
Hate waiting in for a parcel delivery? You can now have small parcels and packages delivered to the village shop, to keep for you to collect at your convenience during shop opening hours. All you have to do is register with Cornerdrop at http://www.cornerdrop.com/ and the rest is easy.
Wiltshire Air Ambulance Collection
Thank you to all those who pop their loose change in to the Wiltshire Air Ambulance collection box; this was emptied and has raised £27.33
WiFi Available For Village Hall Users
Village hall hirers can now access WiFi via Kington St Michael Community Shop. The code and password is on display in the village hall.
Stuck for a gift idea or a "thank you"? Don't forget that we have gift vouchers in any denomination from £5 upwards.