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Village Shop

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Village Hall, Kington St Michael, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN14 6HX. Tel. 01249 750181
ksmvillageshop@yahoo.co.uk
(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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POST POINT SELF SERVICE FACILITY
Open during normal shop hours
Mailing service for the UK and World Wide
Postal collection 4.45pm Monday to Friday
(Please note that we no longer to accept return parcels or parcels
to Europe, due to changes in postal scanning regulations.
This does not effect letters / large letters to Europe)


Easy access, easy parking - here's a map

Opening Hours
Monday - Friday: 9.30am - 5pm
Saturday: 9.30am - 1pm
Sunday: CLOSED

(For seasonal opening hours please click here)

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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.

SHOP NEWS

Shrove Tuesday
Spring shop display February 2020
Don't forget Shrove Tuesday on February 25th - get those pancakes made!  We have everything you need down in the shop.  Come along and admire the lovely display , created by our talented volunteer, Jane - we have gifts for Mothers' Day or perhaps as a thank you.

Order Your Fresh Bread

Good news!  The shop will be placing orders for Taylors of Bruton breads, pastries, etc, to be delivered on Wednesdays. If you would like to place an order, please let the shop know by 11am on Tuesdays, at the latest. Thank you.

Shop Secretary Wanted

Shop Secretary advert poster
The village shop has a vacancy for a Secretary and interested parties would be most welcome.  The Secretary's duties, in the main, are as follows:


•    Attend monthly meetings, take and type up minutes to circulate to the committee
•    Prepare and circulate the agenda for committee meetings
•    Type correspondence on behalf of the committee (this is generally few and far between)
•    Send out invitations to volunteers for the bi-annual volunteers' parties
•    Give notice of the Annual General Meeting, contacting shop shareholders in advance

The new Secretary won't need shorthand but must have access to a computer and email (most of the above duties are done via email and there is a dedicated Shop Secretary email account).

The previous Secretary has very kindly agreed to help with the handover to ensure that everything run smoothly.
If you are interested in this position, or have any questions, please contact Linda Durno on (01249) 750514 or email ksmvillageshop@yahoo.co.uk.

Fresh Bread
The shop is stocking bread and other goodies from Taylors of Bruton and any of the loaves can be ordered ready sliced.  All items (except the lardy cake and lardy slice) are vegetarian and some are also vegan.  All come wrapped, with ingredients and allergens listed.  Here's a price list of products available to order.

WANTED - SHOP SUPERVISOR

Come and join our vibrant KSM shop community as our new Shop Supervisor. The role is diverse and engaging, with flexible working hours to support the shop’s function, volunteer support and committee commitments.

The role has an honorarium of £250 per month in keeping with the type of organisation our little community shop is. The Shop Supervisor will have the full support of the committee.

We welcome anyone interested; for further details or any questions regarding this role, please contact Linda Durno on (01249) 750514 or email ksmvillageshop@yahoo.co.uk.

Raffle Winner
Shop February's raffle poster

The winner of the village shop's January raffle is Jill Bishop, who takes home a £20 shop gift voucher.  February’s raffle is for a home-made cake in your choice of flavour, (March’s raffle will be for a joint of lamb). Tickets are only £1 each from the shop.


Shop newsletter
Here's the January newsletter from us - do take a look and see what's happening.

Gifts
If you need a gift for any occasion, the new range of Wild Strawberry Designs jewellery is now in stock, together with scented candles, wine, spirits and liqueurs, and
gift packs of mini-Prosecco with chocolates.  Or order a home-made cake. 

In Stock
Snack Stop Mug Shots
Now in stock - Snack Stop Mug shots, on offer at only 60p each. Great for a quick lunch for those who like something different - just add hot water.

We love our volunteers
We love our volunteers - without them the shop wouldn't run, as every single one of us is a volunteer.
Would you like to join us? Why not make it your New Year's resolution?
We really could do with some extra help, either in a regular slot or to cover holiday - to find out more, please give Avril a call on (01249) 750671. Thank you!

Gifts

Now in stock are decorated tins of biscuits, which are ideal for all sorts of occasions, such as birthdays, teacher "thank you" or just because!  We also have some delicious liqueurs and various gins.

Volunteers Wanted
Volunteers Wanted poster

Winter Opening Hours
Please note that, as from Monday 30th September, we shall be operating under our Winter Opening Hours, as follows:
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Parachuting Success
Bunjee the teddy
A victorious Bungee, after parachuting from the church tower, complete with certificate and bandaged arm from injury sustained on landing.  Before the jump he was very nervous and said 'Don't ever ask me to do this again'!

In Stock
Linday McCartney's vegetarian sausages and sausage rolls.  We also have a lovely new selection of greetings cards in stock, together with locally grown plants, and vegetables and flowers from The Old Rectory garden, here in the village.


Carrier Bags

We try to recycle and be eco-friendly wherever possible, and are grateful for donations of plastic carrier bags to re-use, but we would now also like donations of paper carrier bags (with handles) please. Nothing is better than bringing along your own shopping bag where possible, of course!

KSM Bees Are Busy!

KSM honey
Get it while you can - from our new village honey supplier.

Wine!
Wine selection
Cool down after a hot day with one of our beers or bottles of wine....or for non-drinkers we also have an offer on Marshfield Farm ice cream, as well as our new stock of Lovington's ice cream and Toblerone ice cream.

Grant
The shop committee would like to thank Kington St Michael Parish Council for a £450 grant towards the cost of the postal collection.

AGM

Thank you to all those shareholders who attended the Annual General Meeting on June 12th. Rick Squires stepped down from the committee after 12 years, with nine of those as Chairman. Our grateful thanks go to Rick, who was presented with a gift of a theatre ticket voucher by way of thanks.
At the meeting following the AGM, a new committee was formed; Anneliese Hillyer-Thake was welcomed on to the committee and the following officers were appointed:
Chairman: Linda Durno
Vice-Chair: Anneliese Hillyer-Thake
Secretary: Delcia Fussell
Treasurer: Kevin Henderson.
General committee members are Avril Balmforth (Shop Manager), Jane Burdon, Kath Mackie, Pat Squires (Assistant Shop Manager), and Louise Williams.

Plant Sale
Our grateful thanks go to committee member Louise Williams, for all her hard work in organising the plant sale on June 1st. Assisted by shop volunteers Jenny Hayne, Jehanne Le Quesne, and Anneliese Hillier-Thake, £209.60 was raised.

Parish Map

 KSM Parish Map

 KSM Parish Map

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 
a mile)
• Laminated for weatherproofing
• Useful scale ruler for distance and walk time
• Slips easily into your pocket

Only £3.99

Become a "Regular"
Why not resolve to buy certain items from us throughout the year?  For example you could could buy all of your greetings cards, gift wrap, stationery and stamps, or all the ingredients for baking a cake, or eggs, bacon & beans for a fry-up, or all of your staple storecupboard items (rice, tinned items, etc), or all of your breakfast cereals!
The combinations are endless (well almost!), but you get the idea.

Bartlett's Is Back!
Back by popular demand - Bartlett's bacon and ham.

KSM Souvenir/Gift
Kington St Michael teatowel
Looking for a great gift or souvenirr (and low postage item)?  Our Kington St Michael teatowel is ideal.  We also have Kington St Michael coasters and mugs - why not buy the full set?

Wiltshire Air Ambulance

Thank you to all of our lovely customers, who popped their spare change in to the Wiltshire Air Ambulance collection box; this has recently been emptied by WAA and raised £46.16.

Have you tried Hobbs House Bakery's Delicious Bread Yet?

Bread Order poster
Place your order by Thursday morning for a Friday or Monday delivery.

Hobbs House Bakery Products
If you would like to see the full range of products from Hobbs House Bakery that you can order from the shop - such as loaves, rolls, breakfast goods, baguettes, organic bread and speciality bread - please click here for the illustrated list (or alternatively squint very hard at the above photo! ). Pop down and place your order at the shop, or email ksmvillageshop@yahoo.co.uk.


Mrs Darlington's
Mrs Darlington's range

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

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.

Celebrate The Little Things
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So 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
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!

Things To Try ........

Miles coffees
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 2017
10th anniversary celebrations photos 20.05.17

All our lovely volunteers and stall holders at the shop'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!

Gazette & Herald 25.05.17
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.

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!
Spend £10

Volunteers Needed!
Volunteers needed poster
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 .....

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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 ksmvillageshop@yahoo.co.uk, pay by bank transfer, and we will deliver our gift from Monday to Saturday to suit.

Birdbox
Bird box, handmade in Kington St Michael
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.

Win
e
Wine

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?

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 ksmvillageshop@yahoo.co.uk. Prices from £4.50.

In the Press!

Town Crier article February 2017

On The Radio!
BBC Radio Wiltshire visited the shop 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.

Jewellery 
We have a shiny, pretty collection of jewellery on our craft display - ideal gifts for the magpie in your life!

We are a PokeStop!
Pokemon Go Eevee 

Free Tap Water Refilling Station

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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.

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 Accepted

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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!

Community First Visit 2015

Community First visit 13.05.15

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.

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.

Gift Vouchers
Stuck for a gift idea or a "thank you"?  Don't forget that we have gift vouchers in any denomination from £5 upwards.

Gift voucher

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