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The Shop at Bromsberrow – Newsletter for March 2018 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jan Long   
Thursday, 15 March 2018 22:10

Spring has sprung we have the arrival of many species of birds that need feeding, especially as we are still experiencing some hard frosts.  I've seen lambs and other young creatures heralding the new seasons.  Flowers blooming, trees sprouting, new green shoots of growth everywhere and nature shows her ability to recover after the harsh winter.

Advance Notice:  The Shop will hold the Annual General Meeting in May 2018 to which everyone is cordially invited.  The date is to be confirmed.

Date for your diary.  The annual Bromsberrow Big Brunch to be held on Saturday 28th April from 10am to12 midday: Delicious Brunch Menu items available.

From Marie the Manager: Hot off the press: Homemade Easter and Mothering Sunday cards; a variety of pretty gifts from Shabby Chic shack, ranging from jugs to jewellery to furniture and all manner of gorgeous things!

Easter opening hours:  Friday 30th March: 9 - 12.30.  Closed pm.
Saturday 31st March:  9 - 12.30.  Closed pm
Easter Sunday 1st April: 9 - 12noon  Closed pm.
Easter Monday: 9 - 12.30  closed pm.
, we are opening for half days every day over Easter so please come in and make it worth our while!  We have a range of Easter cards, chocolate eggs especially for that Easter egg hunt AND large double yolk eggs that are so popular.

A new addition:  Delicious locally made soup now available, mushroom, butternut squash, or celeriac, generous portions to eat in or take away hot or frozen.  A new range of "home made" style cakes to have with your coffee or afternoon tea!   

Judith Britton:  Bromsberrow Gardening and Social Club:  David Myers acting as chair welcomed a good turn out of members to our February meeting.  Our guest speaker for the evening was Andy Shirley-Priest from Abbey Forestry who gave a fascinating presentation on the Evolution of Forestry over the last thirty years. The presentation covered planting of forest whips or semi mature trees, felling of trees by huge machines and the importance of forest rides. The rides, separating various areas of planting, need to be kept well cleared making them suitable for quickly removing felled well stacked timber. Also the maintenance of the tree; keeping the surrounding area around the tree weed free, ensuring tree guards are properly fitted protecting trees from damage from deer, grey squirrels, rabbits and weevils; a fascinating insight for those of us living in close proximity to the Bromsberrow Estate.  Our next meeting is on Thursday 8th March at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall when Mr Cramp will speak about the natural history of the Falkland Islands.  Our monthly competition theme will be "A bowl of bulbs".  New Members and Visitors are warmly welcomed.

We've noticed an increase in litter on our roads and lanes. A suggested 'Litterpick' weekend, working in conjunction with the Parish Council - what do members of the community think?

After The HEALTH CHECK!  The management committee have now worked through the recommendations we received.  A starting point was to develop a picture (often called a "vision, but you might think we are hallucinating!) of what the shop could become.  We have to base it on where we are located since various initiatives regarding new premises/locations have yielded nothing and we can procrastinate no longer.  The next aspect is warmth, or lack of it.  Currently the only cosy place within the shop, that can be heated adequately, is the office where the Post Office operates.  We would like to "enclose" the shop in a similar manner by means of a stud partition and a suspended ceiling.  The partition would have double doors and be part glazed so that there is visual and physical access to Shabby Chic.  In the warmer weather all would be opened up.  We are developing these ideas and getting estimates.  We then need to make better use of the created space.  Much of the office area and storage area is wasted  – at least in the sense of providing a service or generating funds.  We should be able to put this space to better use; one priority being a more comprehensive and cosy café.  We will need people to help us develop the café (this would not necessitate you using the till if the fear of that puts you off volunteering).  We would like to implement the scheme we have seen in some community shop.  They return a percentage of their profit back into the community to aid local initiatives that would appreciate a bit of financial support.  But first we need to make a profit! We would welcome your views now and as we develop a costed picture we will feed back to our shareholders and the wider community.  As previously requested we do need volunteers to deliver the plan.  We particularly need those who have IT, financial, practical and managerial skills or a desire to develop them.

Your Village Community Shop Needs You!  Can you spare time to support your Shop? Perhaps for an hour or two a week? We are desperately seeking someone to help with behind the scenes with office work and book keeping. So do consider any ways you could help us so that we can build on the success so far and develop it further to enhance our Community.

A reminder that our working hours are: 09.00am until 5.00pm Monday to Friday and 09.00am until 12.30pm Saturday and Sunday.  You can contact us on 01531 650744. 

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Edited by Jan long for The Shop at Bromsberrow, 01531 650744

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 March 2018 22:21