Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Christmas is coming...

Grow A Tenner Appeal

When the Village Stores opened in 2010, building costs were higher than expected and a loan had to be taken out to cover running costs. Although the shop is a real success, we are still struggling to repay this loan and have set up an appeal with Local Giving, a not-for-profit organisation that helps local charities and community groups to raise funds. Our target is £10,000 by the end of 2013. The first £10 of every donation made will be matched by Local Giving, and with tax relief this becomes £22. £500,000 of government money has been set aside for the scheme – but it is running out fast! If you would like to help the Village Stores to secure a healthy future please visit: 
Any donation would be hugely appreciated. Thank you. Please note that the option to donate monthly will become available from Friday 7th December.

Extra Loyalty Card Points 

Our new Loyalty Card scheme is proving very popular. If you don't yet have a card, please ask for one in store. Throughout December we are giving 5 extra points for every bottle of wine sold and 10 extra points for every bottle of spirit. A great reason to stock up!

Christmas Morning Breakfast Pack

This year we're taking care of Christmas Day breakfast with a special limited-edition Breakfast Pack. The packs can be collected in store on 24th December or delivered within the village in a gift bag (at a time of your choice, up to 4pm). Each pack will contain:

6 Croissants
6 Local Eggs
6 Local Ray Park Sausages
Packet of Local Ray Park Bacon
Jar of Brightwell Honey
Loaf of Local Granary Bread
Carton of Princes Orange Juice (1 litre)
Box of Kellogg's Cornflakes (500 g)
1 Pint of Semi-Skimmed Milk

Just 30 packs will be available at a cost of £18 each, a saving of £4.50 on the regular cost of the items. To order please email (your order will be acknowledged) or pop into the Stores and speak to Steph or Margot. Payment will be due by 16th December.

 Village Stores Newsletter

Was your newsletter delivered through your letter box, rather than by email? To save printing costs and volunteer time (there are still around 250 houses we deliver to by hand), please send your email address, if you have one, to and we will add you to our list.

Christmas Opening Times

Monday 24th December: 8.30am - 1pm
Tuesday 25th December: Closed
Wednesday 26th December: Closed
Thursday 27th December: 8.30 - 4pm
Friday 28th December: 8.30 - 4pm
Saturday 29th December: Normal Hours
Sunday 30th December: Normal Hours
Monday 31st December: 9am - 1pm
Tuesday 1st January: Closed
Wednesday 2nd January: Normal Hours Resume

All the staff and volunteers at the Village Stores would like to wish you a very Happy Christmas!

Friday, 26 October 2012

November News

Yes, it may seem early, but Christmas is on our minds as we prepare for our Christmas Late Night Opening on Friday 23rd November from 6 - 8 pm. We'll have free mulled wine and mince pies and we'll be launching our wonderful Christmas stock. We're delighted that Stephanie will be with us for the evening before she returns officially at the beginning of December. Save the date and join us!

A new Loyalty Card for regular customers is being launched on 1st November. Points will be awarded on all purchases over £5. Between 1st and 14th November there will be a Prize Draw with a 1st prize of 3000 points to spend in store (£30), a 2nd prize of 2000 points (£20) and a 3rd prize of 1000 points (£10). Please see terms and conditions below. 

We're excited that Taylors of Harrogate coffee beans will soon be in stock. This is superb quality coffee and we'll be selling it at competitive prices per 100g. We'll have Fairtrade Organic, Lazy Sunday, Cafe Imperial and Decaffeinated to choose from. New local chutneys and jams made by Well Preserved in Hanney, near Wantage will soon be on the shelves and we'll also be stocking a new range of greetings cards.

Quiz Night

On Monday 26th November at 7.00 pm, the shop will be hosting a Quiz Night at the Red Lion, Brightwell. Teams of up to 8 people can book a table by ringing 01491 837373. Smaller teams are welcome. The cost is £2 per person and £5 each for food. The quiz starts at 8.00 pm.

Use of Loyalty Cards constitutes acceptance of the Terms and Conditions 
1)   Cards may be used only at the Village Stores, Brightwell–cum-Sotwell, OX10 0RY.
2)   Cards must be presented at time of purchase to earn points. No points will be issued retrospectively.
3)   Cardholders will earn 1 point for every pound spent above the minimum spend of £5.00.
4)   Points will not be issued for previous transactions.
5)   Points will be printed on your receipt, but presentation of a receipt is not required to redeem all or any of the points earned.
6)   Points are non-transferable and not redeemable for cash.
7)   The Management Committee (in being from time to time) of the Brightwell-cum-Sotwell Community Stores Ltd reserves the right to modify or substitute the programme of points without notice and to cancel, withdraw or alter the Loyalty Card Scheme, including these rules and regulations at any time.
8)   The Management Committee (in being from time to time) of the Brightwell-cum-Sotwell Community Village Stores Ltd reserves the right to discontinue or void a member’s privileges or point balance if any unauthorised points are redeemed or for any unauthorised use of the programme.
9)   A card cannot have a negative value.  Any additional amount of money needed to complete a transaction requires another form of payment.
10)  Any returns or voids for items paid with Loyalty Card points will have the amount returned directly to the card.  No cash will be given.
11)  Points cannot be transferred between cards.  The only exception to this rule is if the card-holder’s Loyalty Card is lost or damaged and the card-holder hereby undertakes to pay for a replacement  Loyalty Card.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Fruit & Veg!

Fresh fruit and veg are bursting into the shop every Wednesday and Friday. Carrots, cauliflowers, broccoli, broad beans, green cabbage, beetroot, potatoes and leeks fill the displays together with bananas, oranges, and seasonal fruits like strawberries, blackcurrants and raspberries. The more you shop, the more variety we can stock. It’s a great way of getting your 5 a day without leaving the village! Look out too for some excellent local plants.

While you're here don't forget you can refill your olive oil bottles (£4.00 for 500ml) and also refill Ecover washing and laundry liquid bottles.

Thursday, 9 August 2012

The Blog is Back!

While the sun battles with the rain, the Village Stores are going from strength to strength. Did you know that our local products now include meat, soup, pizza, yoghurt, eggs, vegetables, bread, honey and wine?

New in stock are delicious Union hand-roasted coffees and wonderful Ramsbury Teas, with Darjeeling and Earl Grey blends alongside herbal flavours Jasmine, Camomile and Berry Mix. Look out too for our bright new range of wrapping papers.

We have speciality breads every day and a wider selection on Saturdays with croissants and pastries. Come early - they’re popular!