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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KSM Shop's 10th Anniversary Celebration May's Raffle
Everyone is welcome along on Saturday 20th May, when the village shop celebrates its 10th anniversary, from noon to 4pm in the village hall.
Stalls and activities include: barbecue, Pimms & beer, refreshments, raffle, hook-a-duck, children's tattoos, paint a dinosaur, tombola, books, plants cakes and produce, splat the rat, jar tombola, doughnuts, and woodlouse racing.etc.
Village clubs and organisations are joining in the fun.
Volunteers summer party
If you are one of our lovely volunteers then pop this date in your diary now! This year's summer party will be held on Sunday 8th July, 12.30pm to 2.30pm at Home Farm House. This is a big "thank you" to everyone who helps keep the shop running throughout the year.
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.
To celebrate spring and the warmer sunny days, our May raffle is for a beautiful bouquet of flowers from Stocks Cottage Flowers in Kington Langley. Tickets are just £1 and the draw will take place on Wednesday 31st May.
(Photo for illustration purposes only)
Toss a Tenner!Wherever You Are In The World .....
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.
With thanks to the lovely customers who pull out the tickets each month, the winner of April’s raffle for a joint of lamb was Pat Squires.
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.
Whether you are buying for a friend or for yourself, these lovely plants were delivered to the shop. They are beautifully wrapped, and the containers can be re-used after the plants have faded. Put the hyacinths in your garden when the blooms have faded and they will flower again next year.
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?
Flower Power We're really excited about all the lovely plants we have for sale in the shop from Stocks Cottage Flowers, Kington Langley. This a first for us, but we hope it's the beginning of mutually beneficial relationship. We will be stocking, and taking orders for bouquets and potted plants.
Pretty planted pots from £5 to £14. 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.
Congratulations to Jenny Sidaway, who has won a £10 shop voucher by correctly answering the most questions on what the shop stocks.
Bespoke Wiltshire Liqueurs
This year, why not order a bespoke bottle of Wiltshire liqueur. Have it personalised to include your own text (p&p may be applicable). Ideal for birthdays, wedding anniversaries, or any celebration.
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.
A big "thank you" to Kington Langley Scarecrow Committee for giving the shop a lovely £150 grant towards the cost of the annual postal collection - as ever this is much appreciated
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.
A big "thank you" to the Book & DVD Recycling Scheme for its £50 donation to us, which goes towards the annual cost of our postal collection.
The scheme is run from the shop's foyer - pop along and buy yourself some bargain fiction ready for your summer hols!
Molly, The Shop's Scarecrow
This year we entered a scarecrow in to Kington Langley's Scarecrow Festival. The theme was hobbies - can you guess what Molly's hobby is?.
Free Tap Water Refilling Station
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.
The village shop committee would like to thank Kington St Michael Parish Council for its generous grant of £450 towards the annual cost of the postal collection by Royal Mail.
Plant Sale Success
Thank you everyone who supported our May plant sale - we made a profit of £95. Judging by the speed of sales there will be some very busy gardeners this weekend!
It's Here - the Kington St Michael Tea-towel!
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 - new fragrances for May:
- 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
At the shop's Annual General Meeting on April 20th, Hilary Leek resigned from the committee and Roger Sealy retired from the committee - both were thanked for their contributions to the running of the shop. Matt Hocking and Louise Williams are welcomed on board as the two new committee members.
Rick Squires, chairman of our village shop, and Avril Balmforth, shop manager, met with All Angels WI on April 19, when Rick gave a short presentation about the history of the shop and encouraged the WI members to make more use of our excellent facility.
Avril had a small display of crafts, greeting cards and gift wrap which can be found in the shop, alongside the usual top up groceries.
If you were wondering what one of our small fruit boxes looked like, then wonder no more - the box in the photo contains 5 bananas, 8 small oranges, 8 large oranges, 4 pears, 1 pineapple, 4 Pink Lady apples, 2 Braeburn apples, 2 Cox's apples, 1 bag of green grapes and a box of dates. You can also have a bespoke box tailored to your own requirements.
We Don't Have A Window, But .......
Thank you to Hilary at Folly Row Café for offering the use of the café's window to display the shop's wares. What a tasty display!
Fruit & Veg Fresh To You!
Good news! We have a new local fruit and vegetable supplier based in Bromham which means that not only can we stock up on local seasonal, produce but also a whole range of other fruits and vegetables too.
We are now offering a fruit and vegetable box order service. Fill in the attached order form, take it to the shop, or telephone your order through, then collect the box on your designated day. All we need is 48 hours' notice. Even if you don't want to place an order just now, please take a look at this list so that you can see the amazing range of products available.
We are open Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm and Saturdays 9.30am - 1pm. If you have
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
Improvements at the Shop
Here's our lovely new flooring! Our thanks go to the village hall's management committee for providing it. Thanks also go to Kington St Michael Parish Council and Chippenham Area Board Committee for their contributions towards our new and vastly improved CCTV system. A big "thank you" all round for supporting the shop - the hub of the community.
The Shop at the Extravaganza
Here are two of our lovely volunteers manning the shop's stall at the village Extravaganza on July 5th. Thank you Jill and Sue.
Volunteers' Summer Party 2015
Lots of food and laughter at our volunteers' summer party!
If you'd like to join in such revelry then become a volunteer and you'll be invited to the Christmas one! Call the shop on (01249) 750181 and leave your details - Avril, our lovely shop manager, will return your call. You'll be most welcome and full training will be given.
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
On May 13th 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 recently 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.
(Photo courtesy of Niki Willows)
On 13th October our community shop volunteers and members of other community organisations from Kington St Michael came together to learn about dementia and enable us to have a little more understanding of the condition and how we can be more helpful to the growing number of people in society who live with dementia. Chris Moody, a Dementia Friends Champion, gave an insightful talk and interactive session, sharing his knowledge and experience with us. To find out more about dementia you can visit I’m now a Dementia Friend.
Have you tried the D J Miles coffees? We stock the Peabury Beans and the freeze driend instant. Naturally, we have a fantastic selection of biscuits to go with your coffee!
Eggs are egg-cellent for any meal, since they are high in nutrition for youngsters and value for money too. Why not pop down to the shop and buy some of our local, fresh eggs then try the recipes on this website: www.eggrecipes.co.uk? By the end of the week you'll be an eggs-pert!
Kington St Michael Gifts
Most of you will have spotted our lovely Kington St Michael cushions, cushion covers and greetings cards showing the map of the village. We have now added a Kingotn St Michael mug to our range. It's an ideal gift to take when visiting friends and family or a souvenir for visitors staying in the village.
Kington St Michael cushions - goose feather filling, washable cover:
18" covers only = £26.50 each
12" x 12" cushions = £16.50 each
Ideal gifts or why not treat yourself?!
Get a Gift Voucher
Looking for a unique gift for any occasion? Why not choose a village shop gift voucher?