The Brockweir and Hewelsfield Village Shop celebrates ten years serving its community

 

Opened in 2004 by HRH Prince Charles and now an established award winning community project

News and Notices

Tutored Wine Tasting with Tom Innes

9th November

£5 per ticket


Curry Night £10 per person

10th October

Booking Form (Please circle choices)

Name                                                             Contact number/email

Eat in  / Takeaway

Time 6.45 7.15 7.45 8.15 8.45

Lentil and Spinach

Chicken Makhani

Served with rice

The demo will take place at 5.30 when Rayeesa will be demonstrating how to make Lamb Kebabs, and Dhal Chapatti please could let me know if you wish to attend or just turn up.

Please inform us of any allergies

alisoninbrockweir@yahoo.co.uk 01291 689995

 

New Volunteers Welcome

Once a week

Once a fortnight

Once a month

Once every blue moon

 

All welcome

Huge variety of roles

Pop in to see Alison or email her alisoninbrockweir@yahoo.co.uk

 


Coming Up Soon

Curry Night

Pet Day

Icecream Sundae Afternoons

Dementia Awareness Course

Food Hygeine Course


 

PICNIC BLANKETS AVAIALBLE TO BORROW TO USE ON THE FIELD


 

Follow us on Facebook please.  Brockweir and Hewelsfield Village Shop or review us on trip advisor.


 

New Suppliers

Hobbs House Bakery

Mallow and Marsh

James Chocolates


 

 

Beer Tasting

28th May 6.30 Beer Tasting at the shop with Kingstone Brewery. Tickets £5.


 

Come to the AGM and have your say

9th May 10.30am All welcome however only members can vote.

If you would like to become a member please pick up a form from the shop. £15 individual and £20 household


Bank Holiday BBQ

Come along and have a BBQ lunch over the may bank holiday


 

Happy Easter

Our opening hours are

Good Friday 10-4

Easter Saturday 8.30-6

Easter Sunday 10-4

Easter Monday 10-4

the cafe closes half an hour before this.

 

 


Hot Cross Buns

Wigmores Hot Cross Buns avaialbe all week. Feel free to reserve some to avoid disappointment.


 

Happy New Year

 

Who knows what the year ahead will bring. In January we traditionally think of resolutions that will improve us or that are well intentioned but unlikely to be sustained. Many of us decide it’s a good time to be a bit thrifty with the thought of credit cards or waistlines to incentivise this zeal. Unfortunately you know what they say about good intentions.

 

However there are a couple of resolutions that are easy to keep to and are well intentioned.

 

Why not aim to shop locally once a week

 

Or

 

Volunteer at the shop in one of the many roles even if it’s just a couple of hours a month, “every little helps” to coin a rivals phrase. You will meet new people, learn new skills and contribute to your community.

 

Or

 

Buy seasonal produce – it tastes great, supports the local economy and is often cheaper.

 

 

 

In January why not go back to basics and come and see what basic lines we have at competitive prices. We mix specialist products with storeroom basics.

 

Take for example Beans

 

We have – Heinz Baked Beans, Kidney Beans, French Beans, Borlotti Beans and Mixed Beans.

 

Another Example Soup

 

We have –Classic Tins including Tomato, Leek and Potato, Fresh Soup, Speciality Soups including Lobster Bisque or you could buy a portion of one of our freshly make soups in the café as a takeaway.

 

Or what about Cereal

 

We have – Kelloggs cornflakes and Weetabix, Organic Porridge Oats and Museli sold loose, and Locally made Granola.

 

So please make your resolution to at least come in and see what we have in stock- we might surprise you.

 

 

Village Shop at Christmas

Talking Turkey

What’s the difference between white free range turkeys and bronze free range turkeys? Bronze and white free range turkeys are distinguishable by their plumage (feathers) but from an eating perspective, the difference is simply a matter of taste. Bronze free range turkeys are so called because of the bronze-like sheen to their plumage. Bronze free range turkey meat is a shade darker than white free range turkey meat and has a subtle ‘gamey’ taste, bursting with natural juices.

Madgetts Farm are our local Free Range Supplier call to see how their prices compare favourably with Marks and Spenser and Waitrose.

Hams and other meats

A great thing to have is a ham ready to be carved when you want a change from turkey, have it hot Christmas eve and then slice as required we can get hams from Cowshill Farm and Huntley Butcher along with streaky bacon, chipolatas, sausagemeat, beef joints, steaks just tell us how many you are feeding.

Say Cheese

Often a highlight at this time of year a cheese selection is a great addition to the festive board especially for those who do not have a sweet tooth

An ideal cheese board should have a hard cheese like a Cheddar or Caerphilly, a blue like Stilton or Perl Las a Soft Cheese like Brie or Perl Wen and another cheese perhaps a specialty cheese like Tintern or Yfenni

We have a full range of local cheese that can be cut to your requirements we also have some Waxed Truckles from Blaenafon and some mini rounds of Perl Wen or Perl Las, ideal to keep for yourself or to give as gifts.

Festive Tipples

Whether you prefer a light white or a hearty red, whether you like a gin and tonic before the meal or a glass of champagne we have a great selection of wines with local award winning wine from Parva Vineyard, Organic Wines form Vintage roots or specially selected wines from Tom Innes of Fingal Rock Wine Merchants.

Watch out for tasting of organic wine on 19th December with discounts on bottle bought that afternoon.

Remember the drivers and those who prefer a soft drink, it’s well worth getting in some interesting bottles with Juice from Ragmans including their new flavour Apple and Blackberry, festive non-alcoholic winter punch and sparkling elderflower as well as a selection of lemonade, tonic water and if you are having a party we also sell bags of ice cubes.

Party Nibbles

You’re are having a few people around why not get a few nibble we have Tyrrells crisp and their very moreish chilli rice crackers and veg crisps we also sell Bombay ix loose, reindeer dropping otherwise known as carob coated raisons and selection of nuts and nibbles.

 

An easy life

For those who are dedicated domestic gods and goddesses you have probably already make your mincemeat and pies and pudding but for those who like an easy life, we have locally made mincemeat, and ready-made frozen puff, short crust and filo, we will also have mince pies from Wigmores and Stolen as well as Christmas cakes, and chocolate logs. Hampers

You have probably seen hampers in the big stores, and they look like a lovely gift as it is a gift that does not get shelved in a drawer and then forgotten about, we offer cheaper and more flexible hampers, we have a few made up but we can also make up a hamper/basket of whatever products you want at whatever your budget. Price range from £5 upwards, pop into the shop to discuss your requirement and if you order soon the wrapping is free.

Raffle

Spend £15 in the shop in December in one transaction and get a raffle ticket to win a basket of local produce, just remind the volunteer at the till to give you your ticket, the raffle will be drawn just before Christmas, and if not claimed before Christmas the number will be put in village news.

Vegetables

We are going to have some boxes of seasonal vegetables made up, pop in to see examples of £5  veg box and £10 veg box, make like simple and support local suppliers at the same time.

Tastings

The best way to be inspired is to try watch out for our Wine Tastings, Beer Tastings, Cheese Tastings, Cinderhill Pie Tastings.

Ordering

Order by phone, email alisoninbrockweir@yahoo.co.uk or fill in the order form. You can order anything from Turkeys to Cheese, Cream to Celeriac, Mince pies to Sausages, Croissants to Smoked Salmon. Look at the diary to check last order dates but if you miss them don’t panic give me a call on 01291 689995 as we can probably help.

Storeroom Basics

Buy these in advance and although they are not strictly Christmas items I can say they can make for a less stressful and happier Christmas. Check have you got in the following essential items?

Foil – to cover the turkey                            

Dishwashing Tablets – so you can watch the queen’s speech                                     

Clingfilm – put on leftovers                        

Kitchen Towel - to mop up tears, spills and much more

Cello tape – wrapping presents it always gets lost                            

Firelighters – you don’t want the stress of trying to light the fire

Spare Batteries – making presents work                                              

Matches – lighting brandy on Christmas pudding

Nurofen – In case it isn’t a silent night                                   

Bin Bags – rubbish is always generated at Christmas

Rennies                - if you over indulge                                      

De Icer – keep it in the car

String – Brown paper packages… for hanging cards on

Lemons                - for drinks, salmon and much more                                      

Butter – Brandy Butter

Icing Sugar – for making shop bought look homemade                                  

Cornflour – Thickening gravy

Cinnamon – many Christmassy recipes use spices                                            

Eggs – scrambled eggs,

Tonic Water – obviously gin                        

Stock Cubes/Bouillion – because giblets can be overrated           

Frozen Pastry – quick mince pies, onion tartlets,

Onions  - to go inside the turkey, or most savoury recipes start with ”chop an onion”                                      

Satsuma’s – for necessary vitamin c and to go in bottom of your Christmas stockings

Packet of Smoked Salmon – for easy canapés, posh breakfast with scrambled eggs         

Spare Carrots     - for Rudolph

 

 

Tutored Wine tasting

Tom Innes of Fingal Rock Wine Shop of Monmouth will be running a wine tasting on 6th November. Tickets £5 Book Now for this great evening.

Special Offer

Spend £25 or more in a single transaction and get a voucher for a free hot drink in the cafe.


 

The Village Shop has won a bronze in the Taste of the West Awards. Thank you all for helping make the shop so very special.


 

Advanced notice Tom Innes of Fingal Rock Wine will be giving a tutored tasting here at the shop on 6th November. Price and times will be posted soon.


Hedonist Bakery will be here with some great breads to try on 3rd October including Raisin and Cobnut, Walnut, Roast Onion and Purple Olive Bread. Come along and try these great breads which you can keep in your freezer at home and then just bake them when you need them.


 

 

 

We have now had more than 20 volunteers trained in Dementia Awareness. There will be another session in October. 


 

Our new apprentices have started as it's the summer holiday.


 

 

New Suppliers

Mere Fish Farm selling Trout Products

Organic Fruit and vegetables on Tuesday and Friday grown on Ragmans Land


 

News

Community-owned enterprises celebrate winning top UK awards

 
Five community shops and one co-operative pub have won prestigious awards from the Plunkett Foundation.
 
The Plunkett Foundation has announced the six winners of their first ever UK Rural Community Ownership Awards to celebrate the committed teams of people who come together to deliver vital services to their community whether a community land trust or wood, community shop or bookshop, café or co-operative pub. The winners were announced at a national ceremony on 2 July.
Peter Couchman, Chief Executive at Plunkett, said: “Congratulations to the six winners of the first ever Rural Community Ownership Awards.  The awards recognise the wide range of rural social and community enterprises that help rural communities through community-ownership to take control of the issues affecting them. It has been a difficult task to pick winners from the enterprises shortlisted as each and everyone one of them is fantastic in their own right.”
Winners of the awards are:
Category 1 – Better Finance sponsored by Triodos Bank Brockweir and Hewelsfield Village Shop, Gloucestershire
Category 2 – Better Co-operation sponsored by Co-operative and Community Finance Bentley Community Pub, Suffolk
Category 3 - Better Environment sponsored by Ecology Building Society Tackley Community Shop, Oxfordshire
Category 4 – Better Communities sponsored by Hastoe Housing Association Siop Gymunedol Pwllglas, Denbighshire
Category 5 – Better Display sponsored by Wine Box Company Hampstead Norreys Community Shop, Berkshire
Category 6 - Better Services sponsored by Suma Rowde Village Shop, Wiltshire
The efforts of these six communities have been recognised by the Plunkett Foundation who had shortlisted eighteen community-owned enterprises for the six national awards, designed to recognise what makes community-owned enterprises great – their co-operative ethos, their community engagement and their approach to overcoming the problems they face together.
Community-owned enterprises are sustainable, democratic forms of businesses that succeed where commercial ventures have failed. In a climate that sees around 400 commercial village shops close each year and in the region of  28 pub closures a week, community-owned shops and co-operative pubs not only represent a better form of business, they directly respond to some of the key challenges facing rural communities today such as lack of services and isolation.

Rural Community Ownership Awards winners: Category 1 – Better Finance sponsored by Triodos Bank Winner - Brockweir and Hewelsfield Village Shop, Gloucestershire Brockweir and Hewelsfield Village Shop has had a consistent increase in turnover for the past ten years, from £74,000 when they started out in 2004 to £295,855 ten years on. The team are very aware of profit margins and carry out good financial planning and monitoring.  They have a five-year operational plan with budget forecasts which provide the shop committee with information on sales, purchases and overheads. They have a business group who look at departmental sales data monthly and keep an eye on their gross profit margin which is 28%. Local food is their unique selling point and their local suppliers hold regular tastings to stimulate demand for local food that increases their profit margin.
Category 2 – Better Co-operation sponsored by Co-operative and Community Finance Winner - Bentley Community Pub, Suffolk Bentley Community Pub has won this award as they have shown that they are dedicated to working co-operatively.  Their structure consists of 6 committee members, 33 bar plus 12 cleaning volunteers, and 184 shareholders. They have no staff and most of the committee and volunteers work; only one committee member has experience of the pub trade. They have 75 legislations to abide by and to make absolutely sure that people understand the key issues people are given two training sessions where the legal points and how to comply with them are reinforced. There is a “Don’t Panic!” booklet behind the bar and volunteers are encouraged to add to it. The team also actively seek to engage the local community and they now have a volunteer waiting list.

 

 

Would you like to gain some practical information and understanding about Dementia?

These sessions are for everyone- individuals, community groups, businesses, carers, family members, friends.

 

 

FREE Informal Dementia

Awareness Sessions

 

 

Forest of Dean Dementia Alliance Working together to build Dementia Friendly Communities

 

 

Sessions to be held at Brockweir and Hewelsfield Village Shop

July 15th 9.30-11.30

August 18th 3-5

 

To book onto a session contact:

Alison Macklin 01291 689995 or email alisoninbrockweir@yahoo.co.uk

Or Lena Maller Forest of Dean District Council 01594 812609

 

Watch out for information regarding Bee Creative running Sewing and Knitting Workshops for 8-11 year olds in the loft during August.

For more information contact Suzie Baynes


 

We are a finalist in the Plunkett Awards for Community Enterprises, winners will be announced on 1st July.


 

 

 

The shop will be taking part in the river fesitval on 17th May, we will be running an old fashioned village shop with sweets by the quarter, and pasties, drinks like ginger ale and much more, why not pop down and see us.


 

 

 

 

The shop AGM will take place on Saturday April 26th  10.30 in The Loft.

All are welcome to attend however only members are entitled to vote or stand as committee members. If you would like to become a member please pop into the shop and fill in a membership form or email alisonbrockweir@gmail.com and your query will be passed to the membership secretary. 

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

SATURDAY THE 26th April  2014 at 10:30 am

 

 

 

  1. Apologies received
  2. Minutes of the 2014 AGM
  3. Matters arising
  4. Chairman’s report
  5. Financial report
  6. Approval of accounts
  7. Independent accountant- membership to authorise the committee to appoint an independent accountant.
  8. Fixing of Annual subscription – committee propose no change this year
  9. Company Secretary’s report
  10.  Election of Management Committee

       a) Retirement of Committee members

             b) Appointment of Committee members

 

Standing for re-election- Mike Mackey

                                        Jenny Jones?

                                        Stephen Morgan?

                                        Philip Bradney ?

 

Nominations received (none as yet but can be made up to April 19th)

 

      

11. Vote of thanks to retiring committee                         

12. Time and date of next AGM


Ten years ago we opened our doors to our first customers.This month the shop celebrates its tenth birthday with a party for volunteers past and present. There will be a display showing how the shop came about and a community event in the summer as well as several special offers in the shop.

 


 

 

Twas The Month After Christmas
A Christmas Poem by Author Unknown


T'was the month after Christmas and all through the house
Nothing would fit me, not even a blouse.
The cookies I'd nibbled, the whisky I'd taste.
All the holiday parties had gone to my waist.
When I got on the scales there arose such a number!
When I walked to the store (less a walk than a lumber).
I'd remember the marvellous meals I'd prepared;
The gravies and sauces and beef nicely rared,
The wine and the rum balls, the bread and the cheese
And the way I'd never said, "No thank you, please."
As I dressed myself in my husband's old shirt
And prepared once again to do battle with dirt---
I said to myself, as I only can
"You can't spend a winter disguised as a man!"
So--away with the last of the sour cream dip,
Get rid of the fruit cake, every cracker and chip
Every last bit of food that I like must be banished
Till all the additional ounces have vanished.
I won't have a brownie--not even a lick.
I'll want only to chew on a long celery stick.
I won't have biscuits, or buttered bread, or pie,
I'll munch on a carrot and quietly cry.
I'm hungry, I'm lonesome, and life is a bore---
But isn't that what January is for?
Unable to giggle, no longer a riot.
Happy New Year to all and to all a good diet!

 

It may not be as bad as this poem makes out but certainly in January when we are full of New Years Resolutions changing our diet is normally on the list, therefore check out our range of pulses, grains, fish and low fat recipes suggestions.

 

 


 

 

As you probably know our Christmas spirit was put to the test mid December when we suffered with a flood in the shop but thanks to volunteers, local tradesmen, the shop committee, Sandra and all our customers the shop and cafe carried on regardless. The shop was looking stunning thanks to the craft club and apart from the floor everything is fine and we will keep you posted as to what is happening with repairs. 

 


 

 

Did you know that this coming year the shop will celebrate its tenth anniversary, the years seem to have sped past and the shop is now seen as an example to other community shops. Although there have been highs and lows the one constant has been the wonderful voluntary community spirit that makes it so special. This is your shop and you should be so proud of it whether you volunteer in the shop or help out in any number of small but vital ways and of course most importantly use the shop. This coming year we plan to mark the anniversary in a number of ways including a special offer every month the January special offer is a free croissant Monday -Friday 9-11am with every hot drink sold, and for those who are trying to loose weight a proper breakfast is essential and therefore loose porridge oats will be half price making them £1.75kg


 

 

Happy New Year

Village Shop at Christmas

Talking Turkey

What’s the difference between white free range turkeys and bronze free range turkeys? Bronze and white free range turkeys are distinguishable by their plumage (feathers) but from an eating perspective, the difference is simply a matter of taste. Bronze free range turkeys are so called because of the bronze-like sheen to their plumage. Bronze free range turkey meat is a shade darker than white free range turkey meat and has a subtle ‘gamey’ taste, bursting with natural juices.

Madgetts Farm are our local Free Range Supplier call to see how their prices compare favourably with Marks and Spenser and Waitrose.

Hams and other meats

A great thing to have is a ham ready to be carved when you want a change from turkey, have it hot Christmas eve and then slice as required we can get hams from Cowshill Farm and Huntley Butcher along with streaky bacon, chipolatas, sausagemeat, beef joints, steaks just tell us how many you are feeding.

Say Cheese

Often a highlight at this time of year a cheese selection is a great addition to the festive board especially for those who do not have a sweet tooth

An ideal cheese board should have a hard cheese like a Cheddar or Caerphilly, a blue like Stilton or Perl Las a Soft Cheese like Brie or Perl Wen and another cheese perhaps a specialty cheese like Tintern or Yfenni

We have a full range of local cheese that can be cut to your requirements we also have some Waxed Truckles from Blaenafon and some mini rounds of Perl Wen or Perl Las, ideal to keep for yourself or to give as gifts.

Festive Tipples

Whether you prefer a light white or a hearty red, whether you like a gin and tonic before the meal or a glass of champagne we have a great selection of wines with local award winning wine from Parva Vineyard, Organic Wines form Vintage roots or specially selected wines from Tom Innes of Fingal Rock Wine Merchants.

Watch out for tasting of organic wine on 19th December with discounts on bottle bought that afternoon.

Remember the drivers and those who prefer a soft drink, it’s well worth getting in some interesting bottles with Juice from Ragmans including their new flavour Apple and Blackberry, festive non-alcoholic winter punch and sparkling elderflower as well as a selection of lemonade, tonic water and if you are having a party we also sell bags of ice cubes.

Party Nibbles

You’re are having a few people around why not get a few nibble we have Tyrrells crisp and their very moreish chilli rice crackers and veg crisps we also sell Bombay ix loose, reindeer dropping otherwise known as carob coated raisons and selection of nuts and nibbles.

 

An easy life

For those who are dedicated domestic gods and goddesses you have probably already make your mincemeat and pies and pudding but for those who like an easy life, we have locally made mincemeat, and ready-made frozen puff, short crust and filo, we will also have mince pies from Wigmores and Stolen as well as Christmas cakes, and chocolate logs. Hampers

You have probably seen hampers in the big stores, and they look like a lovely gift as it is a gift that does not get shelved in a drawer and then forgotten about, we offer cheaper and more flexible hampers, we have a few made up but we can also make up a hamper/basket of whatever products you want at whatever your budget. Price range from £5 upwards, pop into the shop to discuss your requirement and if you order soon the wrapping is free.

Raffle

Spend £15 in the shop in December in one transaction and get a raffle ticket to win a basket of local produce, just remind the volunteer at the till to give you your ticket, the raffle will be drawn just before Christmas, and if not claimed before Christmas the number will be put in village news.

Vegetables

We are going to have some boxes of seasonal vegetables made up, pop in to see examples of £5  veg box and £10 veg box, make like simple and support local suppliers at the same time.

Tastings

The best way to be inspired is to try watch out for our Wine Tastings, Beer Tastings, Cheese Tastings, Cinderhill Pie Tastings.

Ordering

Order by phone, email alisoninbrockweir@yahoo.co.uk or fill in the order form. You can order anything from Turkeys to Cheese, Cream to Celeriac, Mince pies to Sausages, Croissants to Smoked Salmon. Look at the diary to check last order dates but if you miss them don’t panic give me a call on 01291 689995 as we can probably help.

Storeroom Basics

Buy these in advance and although they are not strictly Christmas items I can say they can make for a less stressful and happier Christmas. Check have you got in the following essential items?

Foil – to cover the turkey                            

Dishwashing Tablets – so you can watch the queen’s speech                                     

Clingfilm – put on leftovers                        

Kitchen Towel - to mop up tears, spills and much more

Cello tape – wrapping presents it always gets lost                            

Firelighters – you don’t want the stress of trying to light the fire

Spare Batteries – making presents work                                              

Matches – lighting brandy on Christmas pudding

Nurofen – In case it isn’t a silent night                                   

Bin Bags – rubbish is always generated at Christmas

Rennies                - if you over indulge                                      

De Icer – keep it in the car

String – Brown paper packages… for hanging cards on

Lemons                - for drinks, salmon and much more                                      

Butter – Brandy Butter

Icing Sugar – for making shop bought look homemade                                  

Cornflour – Thickening gravy

Cinnamon – many Christmassy recipes use spices                                            

Eggs – scrambled eggs,

Tonic Water – obviously gin                        

Stock Cubes/Bouillion – because giblets can be overrated           

Frozen Pastry – quick mince pies, onion tartlets,

Onions  - to go inside the turkey, or most savoury recipes start with ”chop an onion”                                      

Satsuma’s – for necessary vitamin c and to go in bottom of your Christmas stockings

Packet of Smoked Salmon – for easy canapés, posh breakfast with scrambled eggs         

Spare Carrots     - for Rudolph

 


 

Event Cancelled 4 courgettes and a cabbage

1/2 October

Sorry this event is cancelled


 

Special Offers fromOctober in Cafe

Large Coffee/Hot Chocolate and Croissant with Jam

Monday to Thursday 9-11 £3

Large Coffee and Cake

Monday to Thursday 2-4 £3

Your loyalty card will still be valid for these offers.


 

 

Community Shop Event

We will be hosting a community shop event here on 10th October, all community shops invited for more info call me on 01291 689995 or contact Plunkett.


 

Flowers finished

Sorry to tell you that at the end of September we will no longer have the flowers from Howes Horticulture, however they will be back next year and at Christmas Bill will be providing us with wreaths.


 

 

New Supplier

We now get fresh organic veg at the weekends from Lydney each bag is £1. In season at present are beans, courgettes, potatoes, salad, chard, beetroot, cherry tomatoes and various squash.


 

Brockweir and Hewelsfield Village Shop 2012 Review and 2013 Operational Plan

Here are the latest versions of the 2012 Review and 2013 Operational Plan


Shop Membership

If you are interested in getting involved in the project why not become a member which gives you voting rights and and 5% discount on meat fish and cafe items. For more information please pick up a form from the shop.


New Loyalty Card

Please pick up a new cafe loyalty card and get a stamp every time you buy a hot drink in the cafe.


Flowers

We have fresh cut flowers delivered every thursday whilst in season from Howes Horticulture of Tutshill.


 

Car Parking
Unfortunately we only have a limited number of spaces in the car park and the demand can be high. Those who come to use the playing field can find additional parking further down the hill. Please avoid parking on the white lines outside the shop and Monk Optics as these are there as a safety measure.
Please park sensibly and if you experience a problem please come in and talk to Alison



Price increases in the cafe

Unfortunately we have to put the prices up in the cafe to reflect the rising costs of the ingrediants. This will take place with immediate effect. For regular users of the cafe please pick up a loyalty card.




The AGM will take place on Saturday 21st April at 11am at the shop. All are welcome to attend but only members having voting rights. There will be a report on the project over the last year and the accounts will be presented. The existing committee will stand down and a new committee will be voted in.

 

The latest accounts are published in PDF format here

 

pdf here


 

The Village Shop has won the award for Best Local Food Retailer in the BBC Food and Farming Awards 2011!

 

The award ceremony will be broadcast on Radio 4 on 25 November at 12 noon and will be repeated on Christmas Day, early in the morning, on Farming Today. It can also be heard on the BBC iPlayer.


The Village Shop appeared in the Saturday Times in the number one slot under best farm shops in the country. Congratultions to all concerned.


If you have a brilliant original soup recipe, we want it. The volunteers make fabulous soup but they like to be inspired. If you have a wonderful soup that we can add to our recipe book, please either email it to me or drop it in. The recipe that is not the soup!
Fresh Fish on a Friday


We are looking for the best photograph that represents the village shop, it may be a scenic shot of the shop in the evening light, a close up of local produce or a candid shot of the volunteers. Get your camera out.
New Shop Noticeboard


We have placed a community noticeboard to the outside of the shop, if you are advertising a local event or a charity event it is free to put a poster on this board. Please pop into the shop and we will be happy to help. Private adverts offering courses or services can be displayed inside the shop sized less than A5 for 50p per week or £3 for two months.
Spare time?


Why not volunteer? New volunteers are always needed. Come in and talk to Alison and find out how you can help your community shop. Volunteer are not paid because they are priceless
Shop appears inThe Saturday Times.


Dates for Your Diary

Soap Box Derby

Saturday 17th September

Come along for the day, the shop will be open although the road will be closed between Mackenzie Hall and the Bridge. There will be a pop up shop a tthe Malt House and an Ice Cream Stand.

For more inofrmation check out face book or the website.


 

 

Pet Day on Saturday 19th September 11-2

Dog Warden Offering free micro chipping

Charity Stand

Raffle

10% discount on all pet food ordered


 

 

Would you like to gain some practical information and understanding about Dementia?

These sessions are for everyone- individuals, community groups, businesses, carers, family members and friends.

FREE Informal Dementia ... Awareness Sessions Basic Introduction 28th October 10-12 For those who already have experience of dealing with Dementia or who have already been to a basic course there will be a session on 5th November 2-4

Forest of Dean Dementia Alliance Working together to build Dementia Friendly Communities

Sessions to be held at Brockweir and Hewelsfield Village Shop

To book onto a session contact: Alison Macklin 01291 689995 or email alisoninbrockweir@yahoo.co.uk Or Lena Maller Forest of Dean District Council 01594 812609


 

 

Food Safety in Catering training course
7th October 2015
The Loft, Brockweir and Hewelsfield Village Shop, Brockweir
Food Safety in Catering
The aim of the HABC Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering qualification is to provide candidates with knowledge of the basic food safety practices that is essential in the catering industry....
This includes the hazards and risks to food safety presented by food operations and personnel together with cost-effective, practical control measures.
Who Should Attend?
Content:
• How individuals can take personal responsibility for food safety
• The importance of keeping him/herself clean and hygienic
• The importance of keeping the work areas clean and hygienic
• The importance of keeping food safe
Assessment:
This qualification is assessed through a 30-question multiple-choice question examination. The duration of the examination is 1 hour.
Cost:
£60 to include Food Safety in Catering Manual.
Accreditation:
HABC Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering
Duration:
1 day: 9.00 - 17.00
To book call Alison on 01291 689995 or email alisoninbrockweir@yahoo.co.uk


 

Emergency First Aid at Work Course
Location  The Brockweir and \Hewelsfield Village Shop
Date 9-5 on Wednesday 10th November
A HSE Approved 1 day course that complies with the Health & Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 and the Approved Code of Practice L74 guidelines for qualifications of workplace First Aiders. This course provides delegates with a basic training in first aid. All successful students will be issued with an Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate which last...s for a period of 3 years, along with a wallet-sized plastic card detailing their qualifications.
Content:
• The Role and Responsibility of an Emergency First Aider
• Assessing an Incident
• Managing an Unresponsive Casualty who is Breathing Normally
• Managing an Unresponsive Casualty who is not Breathing Normally
• Recognise and Assist a Casualty who is Choking
• Managing a Casualty who is Wounded and Bleeding
• Managing a Casualty who is in Shock
• Managing a Casualty with a Minor Injury
• Basic Life Support (CPR)
• Burns and Scalds
• Anaphylactic Shock and allergies
• Seizures and Epilepsy
Cost:
£69.95 to include First Aid book and starter pack.
Contact Alison for more details on 01291 689995 or email alisoninbrockweir@yahoo.co.uk


 

Curry Night £5 per person

Saturday 26th September

Booking Form (Please circle choices)

Name                                                             Contact number/email

Eat in  / Takeaway

Time 6.45 7.15 7.45 8.15 8.45

Lentil and Spinach

Chicken Makhani

Served with rice

The demo will take place at 5.30 when Rayeesa will be demonstrating how to make Lamb Kebabs, and Dhal Chapatti please could let me know if you wish to attend or just turn up.

Please inform us of any allergies

alisoninbrockweir@yahoo.co.uk 01291 689995

Pet Day

Sat 19th September 11-2

Dog Wardens offering free micro chipping

Charity Stands

10% Discount on all Pet Food Ordered by the case or sack

Raffle


 

 

On Saturday September 5th, grab a map and join us on a HUGE day long celebration exploring the local food treasures in and around the Forest of Dean.

The day will see local food opened up. Visit village shops, markets, farms, producers, makers, bakers and groups that work to provide affordable accessible local produce in the Forest of Dean.

Workshops, demonstrations, family activities and LOTS of free food!

Here at the shop we are planning a talk on Beekeeping, and one on the History of the Shop, in the afternoon there will be a demo on using seasonal gluts.

Hope to see you there!


 

Volunteers social

Thursday 4th June

All volunteers and potential volunteers welcome. Food and drink provided.


Shop AGM 9th May 10.30

All welcome. If you wish to put a resolution in please write to the Company Secretary not later than Sunday April19th. Nominations for the managment committee should be delivered to the Company Secretary at the shop by Sat May 2nd.

Next Pizza Night


 

Wednesday 15thApril

Order Now


Late night shopping for Volunteers and Members Thursday 4th December

5th December last Turkey ordering date

 6th December Christmas Trees for Sale and Charitiy Christmas cards


 

Hedonist Bakery

Tastings

At the shop 10-1 on 3rd October


 

22nd October Food Safety Course

Contact Alison for more information and prices.


 

No Pizza night in August

Sorry for any dispointment, we will be back in August

 


 

PIzza Night

Wednesday 9th July. Book your pizza now! alisoninbrockweir@yahoo.co.uk.

Bases by Wigmores, Toppings by Lho and Baked by Alison.

There will be no pizza night in August so remember to order your July one!


 

On the 5th July there will be a party on the field to celcebrate our tenth anniversary, all those in the parish are welcome to come, in order to get free food please pop into the shop to pick up a ticket.


 

The next pizza night is on wednesday 11th June form 5.30-7.30, order now email alisoninbrockweir@yahoo.co.uk or call the shop


Ye Olde Village Shoppe open 10.30-3.30 on the Quayside 17th May


 

 

Pizza night in May cancelled, sorry for any inconvenience caused


 

 

 

The shop AGM will take place on 26th April at 10.30am. All are welcome to attend however only members may vote or stand for election. 


 

 

The next Pizza night is on wednesday 9th April, order now by emailing alisoninbrockweir@yahoo.co.uk

 

 


 

The shop will be closed for flood repairfrom3rd March and reopen on 10th March.

 


Opening Hours

Our opening hours have returned to normal apart from the cafe will close at 5pm Monday to Saturday throughout the winer months.


Pizza Night

Wednesday 15th January, pop in for a form or email your requirements to me at alisoninbrockweir@yahoo.co.uk


 

 

CHRISTMAS OPENING HOURS

Christmas Eve 8.30-3pm

Christmas Day Closed

Boxing Day Closed

Friday 27th 8.30-3.30

Saturday 28th 8.30-6

Sunday 29th 10-4

Monday 30th 8.30-6

Tuesday 31st 8.30-3.30

Wednesday 1st January 10-4

 


 

Volunteers Social

Thursday 17th October

All volunteers and partners welcome for the social, food and drink provided 6.30pm


 

Pizza Night

Wednesday October 9th 5.30-7.30

Bases by wigmores, with  range of fresh toppings made to order.

 

 Click here to download a Pizza order form


Shop AGM

Saturday 20th April 2013