At the end of August we learnt from the Post Office that they are no longer giving contracts similar to the one held by our Postmistress. As Pam, our Postmistress, is planning to leave this news came as a shock as we were under the illusion that the PO had been advertising the post. We have been working hard getting all the information we can from the PO about possible options. This process is still ongoing and no final decision has yet been made on the shop’s part. We have prepared a file of the paper trail to date showing the correspondence between us and the PO following a meeting at the beginning of September. Do please come and read the file so you can get a clear picture of the situation and urge other interested customers to do the same. Some crucial information only came in on Wednesday evening. No-one wants to lose the PO if we can help 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.
OUR WONDERFUL NEW ROAD SIGNS!
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!
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!!
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!
Fabulous very local honey now in stock!
As always, we loved seeing the Forces March last weekend – and thank them very much for their kind donation.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!
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.
NEW IN BY REQUEST!
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!
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OUR CUSTOMERS!
We look forward to seeing you all in 2017.
Our New Year resolution –
to make the shop an even more successful community hub.
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!
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!
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……….
Christmas Book Raffle!
11 fabulous new books to be won – some signed copies.
Tickets available from the shop.
Draw 6th December
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!
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!!
Freshly cooked pasties, bacon rolls and very delicious hot chocolate! What more could you want ???
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, email@example.com.
We proudly present – our new mini cafe!
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!
COFFEE NOW AVAILABLE !!!
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!
MEAT! DELICIOUS NEW RANGE OF COLD MEATS, QUICHES, PIES AND SCOTCH EGGS NOW IN STOCK. ALL FROM OUR ‘REAL’ BUTCHER ANDREW BARCLAY. ALSO SOME NEW FRESH MEATS FOR YOU TO TRY – LAMB CHOPS, DUCK LEGS, TO NAME A FEW.
AND ….. WAIT FOR THE NEXT BIG SURPRISE ANNOUNCEMENT….
ALL HAPPENING AT THE SHOP!
CONGRATULATIONS TO PAM!
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
– ANDREW BARCLAY –
-TRADITIONAL FAMILY BUTCHERS –
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.
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.
A BEGGING POST!
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……. 😡
A MASSIVE THANK YOU TO THE VETERANS CHARITY!
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!
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!
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!
Bacon and sausages from our new supplier, Sausage Shed. Cream teas.
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!
NEW CIDER RANGE!
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!
FRESH ASPARAGUS IN TODAY!
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 🙂
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
UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT!
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!
April 22 2016
HERE IT IS! Now this is what a shop should look like!
Looking 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!
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO MADE A DONATION.
Charles 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.
AND HE SUPPLIES MAIDEN BRADLEY SHOP! WE ALL LOVE HIS DELICIOUS EGGS! WELL DONE CHARLES
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.
Coming soon…. are you getting ready?
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