Maiden Bradley Community Shop has now ceased trading.

January 10th 2018 


December 16th

1 week to go and we are ready with some delicious things to make your entertaining go well. Bottles of bubbly waiting for you!
Christmas hours are on a board at the shop and might be amended so keep checking.
CAROL SINGING The Maiden Bradley carol singers will be singing at the shop on Wednesday (December 20) at 5 pm. They will be collecting for Dorothy House Hospice. Please come along and join in … or just listen. Mulled wine and hot chocolate on offer so no need to feel cold … but we have our new open space inside if you want to sit inside and listen!

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December 12th

Come and see our new counter layout! Much more space to browse and a much better area to have that well deserved coffee after the Christmas shop.

Well done Sue and Richard – great work!

ORDERS! Time marches on….

# Turkey, chicken, ham, beef
# Sausages and bacon
# Cream, milk, butter, cheese
# Sprouts, parsnips, carrots, red cabbage , etc.
# Cranberries
# Satsumas
# Croissants, etc
# Ice cream

ALL TICKED? Don’t leave it to the last minute rush and run out of what you want. We can source your requirements.

December 1st

And so we are entering the Merry Month of December! The shop will have Christmas stock coming in all the time and don’t forget to give us your orders! Look out now for the Christmas Hamper which we will be raffling. It has lots of lovely goodies in it to help your entertaining… or just to eat and drink by yourself!

Chris, our market man, is now back to work and we have his lovely fresh vegetables back on the shelves today!


November 25th – One month to go!

It’s that time of year again! Time to think about making the Christmas cakes, puddings and mincemeat. Everything you need is in the Shop so no excuses for not being ready for Stir Up Sunday (26 November). The delicious fresh marzipan from Taylors also now in.

Sue is starting to take orders for the Christmas season. Just tell her what you want!


November 11th

POSITIVE THINKING! Richard working hard to redecorate, rewire and refit the ex Post Office space. (Thank you to his employer BT for giving him some ‘charity days’ to do this.

And we’re really promoting our local suppliers and always looking for new ones to add to our range.

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November 3rd

DID YOU KNOW THAT THE SHOP HAS A LENDING LIBRARY? It has an interesting range of novels to suit all tastes. The books are all in good condition and new titles come in regularly.

We also have a good range of greeting cards.

Just go round the corner in the shop to find them!

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October 31st – Starting the shop improvements………

WORK HAS BEGUN. Richard and Sue took down the fortress over the weekend and can now start on the next plans for utilising the extra space. This space has opened up the shop considerably and Sue has lots of ideas for improving our merchandising and services. Do go into the shop and talk to Sue about it all – she really wants customer feedback. The shop REALLY NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT through this transition stage.
We are still waiting to hear from the Post Office about when the Outreach will start. We are keeping up the pressure as it is vital to the village.

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August 31st 2017

POST OFFICE CLOSURE. We are really sad to say that on 5 October the Post Office branch will close and the Post Office will offer an Outreach service to the village. We will keep you posted with information on this as soon as we get news – so keep checking for new posts.

In the meantime the shop is looking at ways we can take over some of the services to make life easier for the village. We are actively working on it …...

August 22nd 2017

Can you spare some time? We really do need to recruit some more volunteers. They are the life line of our Community Shop. As the shop gets busier Sue needs a volunteer for an hour or so each morning so that she can get on with the ordering, sandwich making, baking and a host of other tasks. We have a dedicated team but there are times due to holiday/sickness when she is on her own. The till is not difficult to manage (honest!) but there are other jobs where volunteers could help out, e.g. sandwich making. You don’t have to commit to a weekly slot but be a ‘floating’ volunteer who can be called upon when necessary. Please give it some thought and speak to Sue if you think you can help out.It can be fun!

The shop has been a Community Shop for 16 years and where others have closed we have kept our doors open and this is due to volunteer support.

Liz Nixon



Our second sign on the approach from Frome is now up! The first sign from Mere has already had an impact so we are geared up and ready for our new customers!

Thank you to Downlands Tree Surgery for the very generous grant for these signs (and more about to come outside the shop!). Also thank you to our Maiden Bradley farmers – Robert Higgins and Richard and Geoffery Stevens who have helped erect these signs on their fields.

It is wonderful to see village members helping out their Community Shop. Long may it continue!

July 7th

Next week our Manager will be on holiday so the Volunteers will be in sole charge!! Please be nice to them if little muddles happen and do come and support them! They are a fantastic bunch and the Shop wouldn’t survive without them.

Come and give them a big SMILE.

We are now open from 7.30 am 

Early Birds! For those of you who jump out of bed with the dawn chorus the Shop is now open from 7.30 am.

We are planning to keep the Shop open on a Saturday afternoon – should start in 2 weeks. Watch out for a notice!

And honey stocks have been replenished!!

June 6th

Look at all this gorgeous fruit and veg on offer in your local village shop.

Wish away this winter weather with a beautiful fruit salad and gorgeous English berries!

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June 1st


Fabulous very local honey now in stock!

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As always, we loved seeing the Forces March last weekend – and thank them very much for their kind donation.

May 22nd

Thank you to the helpers who braved wind, rain and the challenges provided by a very complicated gazebo erection in order to serve BBQ sausages to the folks in the Homebase car park on Saturday.  About £130 was raised in 3 hours – so not bad considering the weather!

A return visit in the sunshine may be on the cards……..


More good news – we have just exceeded £1000  through easy fundraising. A much simpler way of raising money than BBQing sausages in the rain! Please continue to support us through this brilliant scheme. Of if you are not yet signed up, see the easyfundraising page for details.


May 17th 

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NEW! We were asked for some quality frozen meals…. here they are!


Delicious meals freshly made on a farm near Sherborne. We have a small selection in stock now but ask to see the brochure so you can place your orders!


April 15th

Fabulous fresh fruits and vegetables in stock for your Easter feasting! A freezer now filled up with lots of goodies including Marshfield ice-cream! Normal opening times on Saturday and Sunday.

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April 9th

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Thanks to all who supported us at Homebase over the weekend – we raised a fantastic £365!


See us at Homebase next Saturday and Sunday  (April 8 & 9)! We are the chosen charity for the weekend and will be selling raffle tickets at the exit!

Come and support us – even tell everyone what a great little shop we are!!! Great prizes to be won!

Volunteers! Thank you to our lovely new volunteer, Louise, who is now our volunteer gardener who will make the little garden area welcoming and attractive. She would love donations of plants for all the pots and gardens so do help her.


…..and talking of volunteers! Sue needs more help as the shop gets busier during the coming months. Can you spare an hour a week? Lots of different jobs can be done. Please talk to Sue if you can help.


Thank you to everyone who turned out for Tuesday night’s meeting about the future of the  shop. It was so  reassuring to know that so many people really care about it.

Lots of positive outcomes!

Sue, the Committee and our great Volunteers are all feeling happy!


Don’t forget Mothering Sunday is next Sunday!


AGM and Village Meeting on Tuesday 21st March 6.30pm

Maiden Bradley Village Hall

all welcome!

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We are very sad to make this announcement. For all of you who are our loyal customers this is bad news indeed. But we have had a very bad winter season and the shop cannot survive without people coming to buy. We are all working hard to keep it going so please urge everyone to come and use it. There must surely be some items which people can regularly buy from us? We use high quality local producers of meat and dairy in particular. We are now getting our fruit and vegetables in straight from the market stall on a Thursday. A packet of biscuits? A tin of baked beans? If you value our community shop and post office please persuade people to support it. The passing trade will help us during the summer but we need our villagers to use it too. We are having a village meeting on 21 March after our AGM – come along and give us your views and ideas.

Thursday is veg day!!!

Fresh from the market at really competitive prices. Stock up  for the weekend !


A truly spectacular fundraiser for our Village Shop! Photos of chef, Lesley Waters, chatting to the wine expert and being welcomed by the Duke of Somerset. An amazing set up by Derek James’ company, Chefs on Stage, based in Maiden Bradley. Big thank you to all who came to support the event and make it such a success.


New In!

new inThis is Mr Andrew Barclay! Our lovely butcher working in his Wincanton shop! Just to prove that our fresh meats, bacon, ham and pork pies come from a REAL butcher!!


We are re-instating our ‘lending library’ and have a selection of books on the shelf. We will accept for the library good condition fiction books only. Happy browsing! Maybe over a cup of coffee.

We are stocking pitta bread in the Bake at Home Freezer.


IT’S JANUARY!! So what do we do? We make marmalade of course! Early (the best) Seville oranges now in the shop and there is no excuse not to get going!

We look forward to seeing you all in 2017.

Our New Year resolution –

to make the shop an even more successful community hub.

Opening times for 1 and 2 January. 9 – 10.30.


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The Shop welcomes everyone to support the Maiden Bradley Carol Singers who are singing in aid of Dorothy House Hospice. A wonderful cause close to the hearts of many in our village. Mulled wine and mince pies on offer to all who come along…. joining in the singing or listening!

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CHRISTMAS! 2 weeks to go and are you ready? Don’t forget to get your orders in for your meat, dairy products, bread, cakes and vegetables. The sooner the better!

Our new cake supplier has some delicious little fruit cakes and puddings which would make ideal gifts. We also have small canapé cases – just right for when having friends around for a drink.

And to spoil yourself try a marshmallow dipping stick in your hot chocolate!

December 1st

Cake cake cake! Just in time for the weekend. Come on down and treat yourself to a cake from the gorgeous selection by Lavender Blue. The shortbread is particularly delicious!


November 15th – Revving up for Christmas……….

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October 30th 

Christmas Book Raffle!


11 fabulous new books to be won – some signed copies.

Tickets available from the shop.

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October 8th

Our fabulous new cafe was officially opened by our local MP, Dr Andrew Murrison. It was a great occasion attended by many  of our loyal locals who enjoyed the free coffee on offer and had a first look at the completed new shop layout.  Four  local artists so far have their work on show – and for sale – and this brings a special dimension to the café area.

Come and have a look!



September 28th

Autumn days call out for a dish of delicious apple crumble! Head down to us and pick up your local bramleys. No crumble is complete without lashings of cream so come and take your pick from our three local creams. Yummmm!!

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September 22

Freshly cooked pasties, bacon rolls and very delicious hot chocolate! What more could you want ???

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Remember, if you want something, let us know! We have lovely local suppliers and can get almost anything you want in.
Or any suggestions? We want to supply what YOU want!
Drop us an email, 

September 14

We proudly present – our new mini cafe! 

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September 12th

On a lovely morning like this grab your friends and come and have one of our gorgeous coffees. Or bring the kids after school, get them an ice cream and enjoy five minutes peace and a hot drink while they eat.
You could stock up on some of our Sausage Shed sausages for dinner too. Perfect on the bbq… If this English weather holds out!



Come and sample our superb Rijo coffee! Latte, Cappuccino, Americano – whichever you prefer.

Outside seating – thanks to Nick Morgan of Lakeside Garden Centre – for those remaining sumny days – and some inside seating too!

August 23rd



August 14th



Our wonderful Postmistress has just completed 10 years in Maiden Bradley Post Office – with outreach to Horningsham. Amazing to think it was 10 years ago that she took over from Les Mayne. Thank you from all of us in the shop. Don’t leave us!

Tasting Day – Saturday August 13th



We stock and take orders for his quality locally sourced meat, poultry and game. Why join the queues at Wincanton when you can buy in Maiden Bradley?

Our TASTING DAY this coming Saturday will be promoting his meats. Try for yourself the excellent quality and learn about his full range.

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August 1st

ANOTHER THANK YOU TO OUR AMAZING AND GENEROUS CUSTOMERS! Our chiller crises (note the plural!!) has been made a lot easier due to our begging bowl! So. …. we are up and running again with new lines coming into the shop all the time. Fresh pasta, snack salad bowls and really interesting sandwiches and rolls.

Saturday is another TASTING DAY. Cheeses, pickles and cakes are on offer this time.

And when you come along you might like to buy a ticket (or more) for our SUMMER RAFFLE. The prize is a hamper filled with delicious goodies.

Finally, why not take up the ‘Support Local Challenge’? Challenge yourself and others to come to your ‘local’ shop to buy something local? We have plenty on offer … milk, cream, cheese, bread, sausages, cider and a lot more …. All local businesses need to be supported.

July 19th

Summer arrives with a vengeance … Yippee ….. Then catastrophe! One of the chillers has a touch of sunstroke … Not yippee. Everything is working again but an expensive repair bill awaits us. Please kind community …… perhaps you could put something in a donation pot when next passing by. We are working hard to keep this valuable village amenity going but we don’t need these hiccups.

UPDATE  11am 20th – AAARGH!!!! chiller number 2 has just followed suit……. 😡 

Since my first post they have donated £100 to the shop! The charity organises the Forces March which passes through Maiden Bradley each year. They stay overnight on the recreation ground and the shop has always been happy to help them with their supplies. The organiser says that they love coming to us as they get a warm welcome and know that there are many veterans in the village.
What a lovely world on a sunny day!

The Veterans Charity

July 16th

Customers enjoying our Tasting Day of the Sausage Shed sausages and bacon.
We’re trying out a lot of new products to find out what YOU want!

Look out for the next Tasting Day!

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July 13th


Try before you buy….
We are having tastings of new products on Saturdays. This coming Saturday will be our new sausage and bacon supplier.


Also Sue will be offering her mini cream teas!

July 16th

Bacon and sausages from our new supplier, Sausage Shed.  Cream teas.

July 30th

Cheese, pickles, chutney, cakes and pastries.

Watch out for regular notices!

May 30 2016

Have you seen our new ‘Free From’ range? If there is something in particular that you would like us to stock then you just have to ask! We are keen to keep the shelves stocked with what YOU want!

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Refreshing ciders for our summer days to come!

WEEKEND OPENING HOURS. We will be keeping the shop open on Saturday until 6 pm to welcome THE FORCES MARCH as they come through Maiden Bradley again.          (Good luck everyone).
The shop will also keep normal hours (8 – 5.30) on Bank Holiday Monday.
Give Sue your order for Bank Holiday meat …. It could be barbecue time again!

May 12


Delicious English asparagus, so good with melted butter or olive oil! Asparagus and eggs are a match made in heaven – boiled, scrambled or poached. The choice is yours! And to complement this perfect dish try a glass of chilled Sauvignon…… mmmmmm …. can’t wait.


Fresh fruit and vegetables now coming in on a regular basis during the week  🙂 

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Let Sue know what you want and she will order it for you.
In fact – let her know what you would like for other products too!

May 6th 2016

Warm weekend coming so what better than a glass of chilled white wine – a Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio? New stocks just arrived in the shop! These are the top sellers so don’t delay.


May 2nd 2016

Today is Sue’s first day as Manager in the shop. Please give her a big welcome as she gets to know you all and find her away around our great shop!


 Good bye, thank you and good luck to our outgoing team, Amanda and Melanie – posing under our new awning. Amanda is handing over today to our new manager, Sue, seen here with Amanda in the shop.
Lots of luck to you all!

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April 22 2016

HERE IT IS! Now this is what a shop should look like!

awning picLooking forward to seeing lots of customers pass under it! As the weather is now warming up we will be putting some plants in the pots and tubs to continue with the beautification!


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charles spencerCharles Spencer, a National Trust tenant at Stourhead, is the new supplier of free range eggs for around 150 of the National Trust’s cafes and tearooms across England. The Trust has been reviewing its suppliers over the last two years and, was looking for a tenant supplier who could provide 1.5 million high-quality free range eggs to its cafes, restaurants and tea rooms each year.



Suddenly found you have run out of something to read? We offer a second hand book service – just a small donation for some excellent novels. We will also take good quality books which you have – if there is room on the shelves!

Easyfundraising update….March 2016

The fantastic total of £456 has been raised in just one year. This has really surpassed our expectations and we would like to say a huge ‘Thank You’ to all those who have registered for the scheme. We would like to more than double this total during the next year and encourage everyone to help us. Click on the  fundraising tab and go to the easyfundraising page for details.

Mothering Sunday – 6 March!
Thinking of spoiling your mother with breakfast in bed? (Or dropping hints??). Everything you need for that breakfast treat – local eggs, bacon, toast made from local bakery bread.(Even throw in a sausage if she likes them). Or you can go continental with croissants and pain au chocolat and delicious Greek yoghourt. Or if none of that suits her there is always porridge! We have it all – so no excuse for our Maiden Bradley mothers not to be spoilt!
PS And why not go the whole hog and add a glass of Prosecco?

Valentine’s Day Raffle…….
2 bottles of champagne and chocolates to be won!
Tickets on sale from Tuesday 2nd February.
Good Luck!

Coming soon…. are you getting ready?
Check list:
Milk (from Maiden Bradley’s own cows), eggs (from our local supplier in Zeals), butter (from our local supplier), flour and sugar (from our shelves), lemons (from our fresh fruit and veg supplier).

But the frying pan – has to be supplied by you!

Target date….. 9 February

January 10th 2016

MARMALADE TIME AGAIN! The first Seville Oranges are now in stock! Buy them now as the first oranges of the season always make the best marmalade! Recipes available at the shop If you are not too sure what to do!!


Amanda’s Retail Ramblings…November 24th 2015

By the time this hits your doormat someone, somewhere, will have reminded you of just how few shopping days remain before Christmas arrives like a runaway train…Since we are open every day of the week here at The Shop, we can now rank ourselves alongside every other major retailer, just on a rather more intimate scale.

At some point very soon the order forms for Christmas meats etc., should be available, and we’ll make sure that the final order and collection dates are loud and clear. This year we have the added bonus of some extra help from Bruton Dairy, who will have their awesomely good organic cream available in half-litre and one litre tubs, for those of us who feel an overwhelming need to swamp the occasional mince pie…

Speaking of which, Taylor’s are now ready for us to order their fabulous mince pies, and we shall be selling the individual ones very soon. Closely followed by their boxes of six, packs of four, and handfuls of two. If you’d like to buy in larger quantities please ask, and we can sort out a price.

Our latest new venture is a trial run of late night openings ! Beginning on 4th December the shop will be open until 7.30pm on Fridays, so please take advantage of this, and let us know what you think.

With regards to shop opening times over the Christmas and New Year period, please keep an eye out for a notice on the shop door, and full details on the shop website and Facebook page. We’d be loath to have you miss anything !

If there’s anything that you’d like us to get in for you, whatever it may be, please ask and we’ll do our best to come up with the goods if we can. Or suggest an alternative perhaps ?

We’re making some small changes to some ordering procedures at the moment, and generally tweaking things here and there, so along the lines of the spirit of Peace & Goodwill to all, please gently let us know if we’ve made any mistakes… We try not to, but it happens once in a while !

Our Big Christmas Raffle will be launched at the Christmas Fair on Friday 27 November, so you can start to buy your tickets early this year. Lots of marvellous prizes up for grabs, including a luxury hamper donated by Derek and Eve James from Chefs on Stage, and several other special items. All the sorts of things you never knew you needed, until you have them in your hands..

Let us help make this Christmas very special ; you make the shop, we just run it for you.



Amanda’s Retail Ramblings – October 26th 2015

Ne’er cast a clout, till May is out…

Having finally been able to cast our clouts rather later than May this year, it’s now definitively time to rummage around in the clout drawer and put them back on again. Or alternatively you can simply turn up the heating, light the fire, and bank up with some coal. We now have a small supply of coal available, along with our usual nets of firewood and kindling.

So, game on! It’s time to enjoy all the seasonal foods that herald the autumn mists. The first oven ready pheasants arrived this morning, with venison faggots and some exquisitely lean venison steaks in close pursuit. Roasted, casseroled, sautéed or fried and accompanied by the earthy tones of fresh beetroot and roasted squash… Fabulous.  If you’re tempted by the prospect then ask us to order in especially, or take your chances on a Friday when they come in.

We have the first of our raffles running at the moment, a signed copy of Mary Berry’s new book, with a £15 voucher to spend on ingredients in the shop. Tickets are 50p each, or 5 for £2.00, a mere trifle for such a great prize, generously donated by Derek James from Chefs On Stage.  We have several other marvellous prizes gathering for our big Christmas raffle, so you can limber up for the Big One by having a go at this one ?!  The shop will also be running a stall at the Christmas Bazaar, so keep an eye out for us amongst the stars and tinsel too. You never know what you might find.

Meanwhile we have Halloween and Bonfire Night to look forward to, and there are some beautiful small and exotic squashes in stock now. So you can cut them up, carve some curly bits, and then roast them with meat, or make some wonderfully warming soup.

A sort of squashy recycling, if you like.

Waitrose have Halloween, Bonfire Night, and Christmas all lined up along one aisle, so it’s definitely happening…


PS… For ‘clout’ read ‘vest’. Obviously.


Friday September 18th

3 days to the 9 week B3092 road closure!

We will be open as usual and may be an easier journey for you than getting to the Frome or Warminster shops.


Friday June 26th

Keep popping in to check out new stock. Recently spotted – an ice cream making kit from Granny Gothards of Taunton. Perfect for this lovely summer weather – or for cheering yourself up if it rains!

Last weekend’s open garden event was a great success – see the fundraising page.

£95.79 raised by easyfundraising…………..lets get it to £100 by the end of the month!

Wednesday June 10th

Have you received one of flyers through your letterbox? We are already getting a good response from existing customers and seeing lots of new faces too.

More good news – we are just nudging £80 raised through easyfundraising. This is from just 24 supporters.  Sign up today and lets get to £100 before the end of the month!

See the easyfundraising page for details.


Monday May 18th

Come and visit the new revamped shop! We have had a bit of a move around making it easier for you to find things and showing off our great ranges  to their best advantage.111