Wednesday, 11 December 2013

The 12 Village Stores Days of Christmas

From now until Christmas Eve we’ll have a different Christmas product on special promotion each day. Drop in to see us for a festive bargain!

We'd like to wish all our customers a very happy Christmas and New Year. Thank you for your support in 2013. 

Christmas Opening Times
Tuesday 24th December 8.30am - 1pm
Wednesday 25th, Thursday 26th December - Closed
Friday 27th December 8.30am - 4pm
Saturday 28th/Sunday 29th/Monday 30th December - Normal Hours
Tuesday 31st December 8.30am - 12pm
Wednesday 1st January - Closed

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Late Night Opening

After a successful run of late night openings on Thursdays, we have decided to pause this scheme as the nights get darker and the weather colder. We'll be thinking of repeating it when summer returns!

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Two dates for your diary...

Our special Christmas Late Night Opening is on Friday 22nd November from 6.00 - 8.00pm. Join us for the launch of our wonderful Christmas stock - with free mince pies and mulled wine. We'll also be introducing the new producers of Little Wittenham Lamb who will be offering delicious shredded lamb baps at £3.50 each. There will be double Loyalty Card points during the evening (with points to be redeemed at an alternative time).

The Village Stores Quiz Night is on Monday 25th November at 7.30 in The Red Lion. This is always a great evening, raising funds for the Village Stores. Why not book a team table on 01491 837373?

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Fantastic New Frozen Foods

We’re delighted to say that our two big new freezers have just been filled with a wonderful range of self-serve frozen goods. Savoury tarts, fish cakes, chicken goujons and Salmon en Croute are joined by Tuscan vegetables, roast potatoes, fruits, waffles, Yorkshire puddings, garlic bread, steakhouse fries and many more. Just take a bag and help yourself to as little or as much as you need.

We’re hoping this new range will be a really popular addition to the shop and look forward to hearing what you think. Tell us if there’s something extra you’d like to see as we’re starting with a trial selection and many other options are available. Come and have a look!

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Free Coffee!

To celebrate the arrival of our brand new coffee machine, and not to be outdone by Waitrose who are currently offering complimentary hot drinks to their store card holders, we're offering a week of free, freshly brewed coffee and tea

between Monday 7th and Sunday 13th October. Just make any purchase and the drinks are on us!

Friday, 23 August 2013

August Bank Holiday Weekend

The Village Stores will be open as usual until 1.00pm this Saturday (24th August) and on Sunday until noon. We will be closed on Bank Holiday Monday, with newspaper orders available again on Tuesday. We hope you have a great Bank Holiday weekend!

Friday, 2 August 2013

Hello Summer!

We hope you're enjoying the incredible sunshine, interrupted by the odd deluge. All designed to remind us that we're living in Great Britain...

Just arrived in store is a great new range of Fosters jams and chutneys. Seville Orange, Morello Cherry, Lime, Strawberry, Gooseberry & Elderflower and Raspberry jams are just £2.65 each and Piccalilli, Ploughmans and Veg Patch chutneys are £2.55. The special new season Brightwell summer honey is also here.

We have a new area dedicated to gifts and treats. Here you'll find nougat, toffee, chocolates, meringues, special confectionery and some rather lovely traditional hand baked biscuits in sacking bags for only £1.85. Perfect when you're dropping in for a cup of tea.

Our Dry Cleaning service has become really popular, with collections on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Don't forget, too, that we're open every Thursday evening through the summer from 6.00pm to 8.00pm. See you soon!

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Late Night Thursdays

This Thursday13th June - and for all Thursdays over the summer - we'll be open in the evening from 6.00pm to 8.00pm. Why not call in after work?

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Father's Day and More!


With Father’s Day coming up on June 16th we have a special range of cards in store. And for a Father’s Day treat, why not try our Ray Parks breakfast packs with delicious local sausages, bacon and black pudding?

Jessica, Nathan, Hannah… Have you found your name yet? The new, individually named Coke bottles are in stock. Come and see if we have yours!

Join us for a glass of wine on June 19th for our Annual General Meeting in the Village Hall at 8pm - a chance to hear about the shop’s progress and discuss the future. Everyone is welcome and we’d love to see you.

We’re delighted to have a growing number of likes on our new Facebook page. It’s a great way to get quick updates about the shop.

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Bank Holiday Monday

Just a reminder that we're open on Bank Holiday Monday, 27th May, from 9:00am to 12 noon. Come and see us!

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Great News and Special Offers!

By now you may have heard the wonderful news that thanks to fundraising, the kindness of so many of our friends and a very generous legacy, we should be able to pay off the Village Stores’ outstanding set-up loan by the end of 2013. We should also have funds in hand to replace or add extra cold storage units. This means the shop can face a very positive future and we’re hugely grateful to everyone who has supported us.

With supporters in mind, our Annual General Meeting is in the Village Hall at 8pm on Wednesday 19th June. The meeting is open to everyone. Please come and join us - we’d love to see you there.

While you’re in the shop, look out for our newly arrived ‘Special Offer’ signs. Ramsbury Teas are currently reduced to £3.00 a packet and our very popular Navajas Rioja wine is down from £8.49 to £7.00 a bottle. After a short break in production (the lambs needed the milk!) Spenwood cheese is now back in store.

Have you tried our brilliant new Dry Cleaners? They’re better value and quicker than before - with drop-off and pick-up times on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. Sample prices: Trousers £6.50, Two-Piece Suit £11.00. 
Another reason to go no further than the Village Stores! 

Sunday, 14 April 2013

New Sign!

A new sign has just been put up outside the Village Hall to make it clear where the hall, Village Stores and Post Office are. Now it's even easier to find us!

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Nearly New Success

Thank you to everyone who came to our Nearly New Sale on 30th March. We raised over £350 for the shop and sold a lot of wonderful things! Thank you, too, to everyone who helped run the event and to all of you who donated clothes.

Did you know that The Independent has recently chosen Wigmore cheese as one of their 10 Best British Cheeses? This soft, brie-style cheese was described as 'smooth as a kiss and very subtle.' Surely worth dropping in for a slice!

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Nearly New Sale, Saturday 30th March
Village Hall, Brightwell cum Sotwell
10am - 2pm

We'd love to see you at our first ever Nearly New Sale, to raise funds towards paying off the shop's outstanding loan. Stalls will include women's clothing, men's clothing, children's clothing, handbags, shoes and accessories. Come for some bargains and join us for a Hot Cross bun and a hot drink - just £1.00!

If you'd like to sell...
Our sales team will sell up to 10 items per person.
Please bring any clothes for sale into the shop between 20th March and 29th March. The Village Stores will take 30% of the profits of sold items and will give you 70% in cash, to be collected in store within one week of the sale. Or you can choose to donate all profits to the Village Stores. Clothes must be in good, clean condition. Unsold items are to be collected by 2.30pm on the day of the sale. Please call the Village Stores on 01491 835551 with any questions.

Looking forward to seeing you there!


Friday, 22 February 2013

February News

As the spring bulbs bravely show their heads, we’re thinking about Mother’s Day on 10th March and we'll have a special selection of gifts in store. On 30th March we’ll be hosting a Nearly New Sale for the first time - with lots of exciting stalls. More details soon

Our new local cheeses are a huge success and we’ve increased our range of biscuits and crackers to accompany them. The cheeses are freshly-cut in store and, by popular request, we’re now making larger-size portions available. You can also order whole and half cheeses. Spenwood, Barkham Blue, Waterloo, Rosethorne Blue and Wigmore – eccentrically named, but delicious!

Don’t forget that you can order newspapers and magazines from the shop and have them waiting for you when you call in. It isn't necessary to order a full week’s papers - you can choose any combination of days you like! Look out, too, for our bright new range of greetings cards.

Brightwell cum Sotwell’s new Community Led Parish Plan is setting out a vision of how the parish will evolve over the next ten years. If you’d like to find out more and join the Plan’s email list, please click here:

Looking forward to seeing you in the Stores soon!

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Snow is Good!

Despite the recent freezing conditions, snow has been great for the Village Stores. We did more business than usual during the heavy snowfall and over a couple of days our takings increased by around 20%. Thank you for supporting us!

New Local Cheeses

Our new range of cheeses has just gone on sale. Try the delicious soft cheeses Wigmore, Waterloo and Rosethorne Blue and the wonderful hard cheeses Barkham Blue and Spenwood, all locally sourced.

 Open Meeting Success

Thanks very much to everyone who came to our Open Meeting in the Village Hall on 22nd January. We had some very positive news about the shop, including the fact that £2,000 has been raised towards paying off our loan. 

Friday, 11 January 2013

Happy New Year!

Village Stores Open Meeting 

On Tuesday 22nd January there will be a Village Stores Open Meeting in Brightwell Village Hall at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start. This informal event, without decisions or voting, is a chance to find out about the shop’s progress and plans for the future and to discuss any ideas you may have. There will be cheese and wine, with tasters of new cheese planned for the store. Tea and coffee will also be available. Everyone is welcome. Send us an email if you’d like to come: or just let someone know in the shop. We look forward to seeing you.

Put Some Music On Your Food!

Do you remember Levi Roots appearing on Dragon’s Den and successfully pitching his Reggae Reggae Sauce? Just arrived in store are two flavours of his newly-launched Reggae Reggae Crisps. They're guaranteed to brighten up a winter's evening!