Mon, Wed, Thurs & Fri: 10am-1pm, Tuesday: 2.30-5.30pm.
Hello again to all readers. What a pleasure to return to a bit of normality!
We were very pleased to be able to provide a service, although much more reduced than usual, to the village and locality during the lockdown period. Our really grateful thanks go to those volunteers who manned the shop during this time, and to the volunteers behind the scenes who did the ordering and other essential work to enable the shop to open.
It was such a pleasure to see our customers and to keep up with the news. We are grateful to have been able to stock things that supermarkets had apparently run out of. Our local producers were able to provide us with eggs, bread, cakes, meat, pies, tomatoes and vegetables as before. Hurray for the local producers!
Flour was difficult to get hold of in the big stores but we came up with the option of having industrial sized bags of different varieties of flour. Customers brought their own containers which we filled and priced by weight – a real hark back to times of yore and very ecologically sound.
We were very proud when the shop received a letter from H.M. the Lord-Lieutenant for Suffolk, Clare, Countess of Euston, writing to us as her Majesty the Queen’s personal representative in Suffolk to say that she had been told of the fantastic job we are doing in Somersham and that without us life could have been unbearable for so many more friends and neighbours. She finished the letter by saying, “Please accept the deepest gratitude to you, your colleagues, and your community for all you are doing to support each other”. I think we can all take heart from that.
Well, things aren’t quite back to normal at the moment and our times of opening are subject to change as events alter and our volunteers are able to come back to work in the shop. The times above may well be subject to change and we soon hope to open again on Saturday mornings.
We are now going into our ninth year of being a community shop and we look forward to seeing all our customers and especially the new people who have discovered the joys of our very own village shop over the lockdown period. We welcome new member Kate Dines to our management team and a very big welcome back to Lucy! See you all soon.
Lucy Barrett – 831890; Stephen Bullard; Kate Dines; Janet Hodge – 832296; Peter Jousiffe; Anne MacFadyen – 831288
A COMMUNITY SHOP FOR THE LOCAL COMMUNITY AND RUN BY THE LOCAL COMMUNITY