As we approach the beginning of summer this month and hopefully a continuation of the fine weather we continue to work hard to keep the shop stocked with all the summer essentials. We have disposable BBQ’s, coal and firelighters. We also continue to stock some gardening items including compost.

Becky our purchasing lead is still managing to source all types of flour including; plain, self-raising, strong bread, gluten-free, french bread, wholemeal and scone mix.

Our local free-range egg suppliers have done a brilliant job of keeping the egg supply flowing, there is however a shortage of egg boxes, and we ask that if anyone has any spare clean egg boxes to please drop them off at the shop for re-use. I doesn’t matter if the boxes aren’t from our shop, we will accept any egg boxes as long as they’re clean.

We are proud to have become a supplier for ‘Auntie Val’s’, which is a local charitable organisation employing disabled people to produce award-winning jams and chutneys. They provide work experience and training to people with difficulties therefore providing opportunities to improve their lives. The organisation are struggling during the pandemic as much of their custom was local hotels and restaurants. We are very happy to be able to help them in some small way and we hope you enjoy some of the lovely jam!

The shop continues to provide both a hand-washing station and alcohol gel for customers to use on entry to the shop in addition we are still limiting the numbers of customers allowed in the shop at any one time. We will continue to monitor the situation and review any change in government advice.
Many villagers have thanked us for keeping the shop so well stocked and staffed, we also had a letter from Andrew Griffith, the MP for Arundel and the south downs, thanking the whole shop team for providing such a vital community service.

Jo O’Dell-committee vice chair.