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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Please take a look at our shop video to see the type of things that we stock - we are so excited to have this, which was very kindly produced by Wiltshire College students, Aidan Hill and Jordan Hood, as part of a work experience project.
The community shop rents its premises from the Village Hall Management Committee, and the tiles on the roof above the shop need to be replaced as soon as possible. Whilst there is plasterboard covering, that forms the ceiling of the shop, it will be necessary to fit plastic sheeting in the interior roof area of the shop to catch any dust that may fall whilst the work is being undertaken.
Ooh, it's not long until Easter, so all you chocolate lovers might like to see what we have here at the shop - plenty for you to choose from.
Bored of cooking or baking the same old things? Well, why not try out these new recipes - we have a lovely range of Mrs Darlington's jams, curd, chutneys and marmalades to use, along with free recipe cards just for you
The lucky winner of February’s raffle for a home-made cake was Jenny Hayne.
Delicious Bread to Order
FIRST DELIVERY ON MONDAY 26th FEBRUARY.
H.F.STILES & SON LTD
Fresh Pre-Packed Meat
“Fourth generation family butchers established over a century, in Bromham, Wiltshire. We supply beef, pork and lamb, sourced from local farms ensuring that you know exactly where your meat comes from.”
- QUALITY FRESH BEEF, PORK, AND LAMB
- HOME COOKED MEATS
- ORDERS TAKEN
LOOK OUT FOR MONTHLY SPECIAL OFFERS ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE AND THE VILLAGE WEBSITE.Gin!
For those gin lovers amongst you, we now have Bombay Sapphire - just the tonic for the weekend
. (Please drink responsibly😊
)February Fling a Fiver Fortnight
It's back, and we like a bit of alliteration.... so it's February Fling A Fiver Fortnight!
Pop to the shop for any two weeks in February and "Fling A Fiver" each week.
Spend it on something Fishy .....
Fried breakfast ingredients ........
or anything that you want - it doesn't have to begin with F!!
If you have any questions please contact the Shop manager Avril Balmforth on (01249) 750671, or Rick Squires the Chairman of the Shop Committee on (01249) 750335. To check if the shop is open please ring (01249) 750181. Become a Shareholder
If you would like to become a shareholder, please print off the application form here - shares are only £5 each and you must be aged 16 years old or over.
Village Shop AGM
Wednesday 25th April, 7pm in Kington Club - all shareholders are invited to attend.
Celebrate The Little ThingsSo what are the little things that we should celebrate?!
Well, apart from the obvious things that your village shop provides (groceries, gifts, postal facilities, etc) there is so much more that we do that you may not realise.
For example, we often get enquiries from people delivering parcels who can't find the house they're looking for - one quick phone call and we've usually got them headed in the right direction, and you get your parcel!
You may come in for something for your home and if we don't stock it, one of the volunteers may have some spare at home and will get it to you - we helped one gentleman with some cord for his blind, rather than him having to use string!
We keep an eye out for the elderly or unwell - the "village grapevine".
We reunite people with lost items and we advertise missing pets....... and there is so much more that we do that benefits you.
We are a local information point if you need to know who can do what.
So, celebrate the little things that go on at the village shop - it's great being a hub in the community; what would you do without us?! Make your New Year's resolution to "Pop to the Shop"
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!
Bartlett's Bacon is Back!
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.New In
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.
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.