Debbie runs the Volunteer rota for the local community shop. The shop is open from 07.3- 13.00 all week with extra hours on Thursdays until 7pm. Full training is given to all volunteers and more volunteers are welcome, if you want to volunteer contact Debbie on Cllr.firstname.lastname@example.org
Debbie said " Each slot is a 2 hour session and full training is given. those who can commit to a regular slot are as welcome as those who fill in on an ad hoc basis. Please contact me if you can help out and extend our hours"
Debbie has always been a supporter of the Community Stores. For the last 6 months last support has been very practical as she has taken on organising the volunteers rota. with the shop currently open from 7-30 to 1pm Monday to Saturday and 7.30 to 10.00 on Sunday, that means that 22 volunteer slots need to be filled.
When the shop moves this number will at least double, so there is a concerted attempt to recruit and train more volunteers. The date for this is looming as it is hoped to complete on the purchase on the 23rd May with then some time for refurbishment. It is also hoped to be able to offer volunteering opportunities for people with learning difficulties and Debbie is liaising with County Council Officers to make this happen.
Debbie said " You take it quite personally to ensure that the shop stays open, we have some fantastic volunteers, some of whom do regular slots and others who brilliantly fill in the gaps. I am really enjoying doing the rota, it can be stressful but everyone is so good at filling in. It is onward and upward"
Anyone wanting to volunteer for a couple of hours each week can contact Debbie.
So now you can order by a Wednesday and pick up your bag from the shop after 11am on a Thursday. Wonderful tasty local veg, all just perfect for the weekend.
Here’s how it works
You tell us what you want each week by 1pm Wednesday by either putting your name on the order form in the shop or emailing email@example.com. Please make sure you leave a contact number or email address so we know how to get hold of you. Amanda will then collect the veg from Stancombe Beech Farm Shop on Thursday morning and Sara will prepare your bags ready for collection after 11am. Cash or cheques only please.
Each Monday we will let you know what will be in the bag and you can substitute an item or order extra. We’re just doing one size for now but will increase our offerings once we find our feet.
Any questions please leave a message in store for Sara Owen or Amanda Strover or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This week’s bag will contain:-
Thursday 16th January
Standard Veg Bag £8.00 (Please note that we may need to make a swap in your bag to make the most of what is at its seasonal best).
Potatoes, Onions, Bunch of Carrots, Bag of greens (cavolo nero or kale), Leeks,
If you would like to substitute an item in your bag,
please let us know or if you wish to add to your bag, please select from the list below.
Additional Items Available:-
Peppers: Red, Green, Yellow
The vegetables are from Stancombe Beech Farm Shop. The seasonal produce is mainly grown on their own farm or sourced locally.
Debbie said "This is a very exciting opportunity for the village and I am proud to be part of it, there is huge potential for us to be able to own our premises and develop the shop"
Debbie pictured here with Gavin Bastyan, Head of Gloucester Services, has been a keen supporter of local produce, having organised the opportunity for people to sample local producers at Frampton Country Fair with Neil Carmichael, and again with Neil organise Gloucestershire goes to Westminster.
Producers who want the opportunity to have their products stocked on the Farm Shop or used in the cafes should contact Gavin on
email@example.com and let him know what they can offer.
Debbie said "I am really pleased to be able to help our local producers in this way. It is a fantastic opportunity for people to promote themselves and our fabulous produce"