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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POST POINT SELF SERVICE FACILITYOpen during normal shop hoursMailing service for the UK and World WidePostal 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
Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm
Saturday: 9.30am - 1pm
(For seasonal opening hours please click here)
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 shop committee would like to thank Kington St Michael Parish Council
for a £450 grant towards the cost of the postal collection.
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
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
The winner of the shop's May raffle, for a Sunday lunch for two at The Jolly Huntsman, was new village resident, Bob
Graham. June's raffle is for a voucher to hire the
large barbecue on the QE2 Field, together with a pack of 6 sausages and 6
chicken drumsticks. July's raffle is for a meal at Folly Row Cafe. Tickets only £1 each from the shop.
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.
New In Stock
New 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
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
Are you a positive, proactive individual? Do you have some time on your hands? Would you like to contribute to the running of the shop? We currently have a vacancy on our shop committee and YOU could be our ideal member
If you are interested in joining us please contact any member of the committee to find out what's involved.
You need to be aged 18 or over and own a share (available to purchase at only £5), and preferably have ready access to email. Please note that we generally hold our meetings on a Wednesday evening and meet, on average, 10 times a year.
Become a "Regular"
Why not resolve to buy certain items from us throughout 2019? 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.
A big "thank you" to Kington Langley Scarecrow Committee, for its kind donation of £150 towards the annual cost of the postal collection for 2018.
KSM Souvenir/GiftThank 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.
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?
Volunteers' Summer Party
The sun shone for our volunteers' summer party on July 1st - given as a "thank you" to all those who volunteer their time for the running of the shop.
Wiltshire Air Ambulance
Have you tried Hobbs House Bakery's Delicious Bread Yet?
Place your order by Thursday morning for a Friday or Monday delivery.
New in next week are Box Steam Brewery's two new beers - Steam Town and Pony Truck. Why not try them out at only £2.50 a bottle?
Please drink responsibly
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mrs Darlington'sIf 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.
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
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.Become a Shareholder
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!
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.
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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Prices from £4.50.
We're in the Press!
In January 2018 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 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!
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.
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!
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.
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.