We have been exceptionally busy in April and working hard to implement our new working practices so that we may offer an environment for customers, staff and volunteers reflecting the hygiene and social distancing disciplines needed during the current environment. 

Our local suppliers have worked hard to increase their support to us and in some areas we have reached a more settled period in terms of stock availability but for many basic grocery items, it is still very challenging. Customers appreciate we put a huge amount of effort to keep supplies flowing into the shop and we have seen many new visitors as a result. As our Post Office counter is available more frequently than others in our vicinity, we are also seeing increased demand for these services.

We are very appreciative of the efforts of the team of paid staff and an army of volunteers, some of which are new to the role, that have enabled us to stay open and continue to provide essential services to the community. As part of that commitment we are now offering a free delivery service to those who are self-isolating or unable to get to the store. We are currently accommodating those living within a radius of approximately 3 miles of Findon Village. Becky Fagan is taking the lead on providing this service and will be delighted to hear from those who would like to use it.

This ordering and delivery facility can be accessed by either email; findonvillagestore.orders@gmail.com or via our facebook page or by telephone 01903 877110 . Our phone line can be busy, so please bear with us.Since we launched the delivery service we have steadily grown our customer base and are serving in excess of 30 customers in this way with new enquiries coming in daily.

Moving forward we shall continue to monitor and implement changes to our operation based on government guidelines or instructions and do our very best to keep the shop and Post Office open and well provisioned.We are also supporting other local business where possible and have recently joined forces with the Findon Garden Centre to offer some lovely spring plants which we are selling on their behalf.

Jo O’Dell Volunteer/Committee Member