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
Opening HoursPlease check below for any change of opening hours due to the Corona virus situation.
Monday - Friday: 9.30am - 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.
Easter Opening Hours
Please note that we will remain open on both Good Friday and Easter Monday, 9.30am to 12 noon.
Update 25th March:
Here at the shop we cherish our volunteers, and to look after our now-reduced team, we will be limiting our opening hours. As from Monday 30th March, these will be 9.30am – 12 noon from Monday to Saturday.
Our PostPoint will be closed, but customers will still be able to buy stamps and then post items in the post-box on the main street (parcels may be taken to a Post Office or Chippenham sorting office).
Please note that, for now, customers will be restricted to two of any item regardless of the brand, e.g. two bottles of wine (not 2 of white, 2 of red) or two jars of coffee (not two of Nescafé and two of Kenco).
Thank you for your continued understanding at this difficult time – we will continue to assess the situation as it develops, to provide the best service that we are able.
Update 23rd March:
Please note that we are allowing only 2 customers in the shop at any one time. There is now a one way system in the shop and customers will need to observe the 2 metre social distancing (we have markers on the floor!).
Currently we are restricting customers to 2 of any item to help maintain stock levels and stop bulk buying.
We will also be setting up payments by card, with customers not needing to be present. Please bear with us while this is being enabled.
Stay safe folks, and help us to stay safe too.
~ We have been advised by a medical professional to only take payments by card, so as not to handle cash. There will be no minimum spend for using a card at the current time.
We would encourage customers to please wash their hands when they come in to the shop, before shopping. Hand washing facilities are available.
Thank you for your continued understanding.
Order Your Fresh Bread From Us
Good news! Due to popular demand, the shop is placing twice-weekly
orders for Taylors of Bruton breads, pastries, etc, to be delivered on
Mondays and Thursdays.
WANTED - SHOP SUPERVISOR
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.
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. This position can mainly be done from home. No previous experience
necessary, training available for the first 3 months and ongoing support
We welcome anyone interested;
for further details or any questions regarding this role, please
contact Linda Durno on (01249) 750514 or email email@example.com.
Thank you to everyone who popped their change in to the Dorothy House
collection box last year - this raised £15.05 for the charity.
Shop Raffle Winner
of the village shop's February raffle is Esther Shape, who can choose
a home-made cake in her choice of flavour. March’s raffle (not carried over to April) is for
joint of lamb; tickets are only £1 each from the shop.
Spring in the Shop
Come along and admire our lovely display, created by our talented volunteer, Jane - we have gifts for Mothers' Day or perhaps as a thank you.
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. Please note that a few items have now been discontinued - just ask!
Here's the January newsletter from us - do take a look and see what's happening.
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.
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
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!
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.
Winter Opening Hours
Please note that, as from Monday 30th September, we shall be operating under our Winter Opening Hours, as follows:
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'!
Carrier BagsKSM Bees Are Busy!
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!
Get it while you can - from our new village honey supplier.
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.
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
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.
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
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/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?
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.
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
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 2017
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!
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.
In the Press!
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
Take the "Swap Shop" challenge!
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.
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
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.
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.