Due to the Coronavirus and the current Government-advised restrictions designed to limit its spread, we took the decision to close the coffee shop.
All coffee shop staff and non-vulnerable volunteers are in the shop, which will continue to be open on the same days and for the same times as at present. All vulnerable volunteers, those over 70 and those with health issues, have been asked not to come to work. The shop is expected to be busier than usual as more people decide to shop locally in preference to visiting crowded supermarkets, many with depleted shelves.
Additional stock has been ordered and regularly deliver- ed with virtually all items available, and home deliveries to vulnerable and isolated people. The coffee shop staff and volunteers will be handling the increased workload, and new volunteers signed up to help.
“We hope some of the volunteers will sign up to work in the Hub for the long term. The Hub is proving its value to the local community at this time of temporary crisis, and it is vital it can continue to thrive long into the future.
“The Annual Members’ Meeting and the Special Members’ Meeting due on March 24 has been postponed indefinitely. A Broad Chalke and Bowerchalke Covid-19 Support Network notice is on www.chalkevalleystores.co.uk. This has valuable information on the help available including local deliveries, updated as necessary, so please refer to it for up-to-date information. Keep safe and well and thank you.
Will HillaryChalke Valley HUB manager Tony Patel said: “We are doing everything possible to keep the shop fully stocked and staffed.
“So far, things are working well thanks to the heroic efforts of our suppliers and of course our staff and volunteers.
We will keep things under review but in the meantime, thank you all sincerely for your contribution.
“The home delivery service is now an essential service for the HUB to provide to the local community Several people have offered their time and transport so the delivery service is in full swing.
I thank them for stepping forward to help in this way.
To arrange a delivery with your order and contact details at the ready, ring the HUB shop on 01722-780998. You are likely to speak to one of our team leaders but anyone on duty at the shop can take your order or email your order to:
We will prepare your order and ring when it’s ready, with cost, and to arrange delivery at a convenient time and to a specific drop-off location at your house.
Leave either a cheque, (payable to Chalke Valley Stores), or cash, in an envelope for the delivery driver to collect. Unfortunately we do not yet have the facility to pay by card over the phone.
Those not living in the Chalke Valley, place a minimum order of £25 to take account of the extra distances and time involved. Do not hesitate to take advantage of this service.
Shop: Open weekdays 8.30am – 6pm (4pm on Saturdays).
Coffee Shop: Open weekdays 9am to 4.30pm. and until 4pm on Saturdays for breakfast, lunch, tea and meetings.
Post Office: Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9.30am –1.30pm.