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The sudden drop in temperature at the beginning of November has been quite a shock, though we have been fortunate to enjoy a bonus in the wonderfully warm and sunny October. There has been the added delight of unusually beautiful Autumn colours which have so enhanced our walks and excursions into the countryside. Winter is now upon us, however, and we hope to have the pleasure of your custom and frequent visits to the Store. We will welcome you with warming drinks and home-made soups, and supply you with kindling for your fire!


Christmas stock is now in and we hope you will browse and buy some of our Christmas goodies. We also hope to see you at our Open Evening on Friday 25th November, between 6 and 7pm, when we shall be serving mulled wine and mince pies.  The Pre-School Fayre is in the Village Hall on the same evening, so do come and enjoy both events.


The usual calendar is now available, with beautiful Ewelme views, at £7.50 with envelope – an attractive and useful present for some of those difficult-to-buy-for relations.


Have you tried our Salar Salmon? – smoked, flaky and delicious on a winter salad or as a starter. And on a warmer note, the Gordon Rhodes sauces for stews and casseroles make it easy to produce the kind of rib-sticking food needed in colder weather. If you still fancy a curry, however, the locally-made Swaadish sauces are very popular.


As this is the last Ewelme News of 2016, we should like to wish all our customers a happy Christmas and all the best for 2017.


Sally Fehr, for Ewelme Village Store


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2015 YE Accounts (for AGM)

EVS – YE 31.12.15 – Accs DRAFT v4 (for AGM)


AGM – Thursday 19th May 7.00pm, Watercress Centre

It’s that time of year when the Ewelme Village Store committee step down to make way for any new aspiring committee members.   Please come along and show your support.  If you are interested in joining the committee and would like to know more, please speak to Sarah Maine or Cara Chapman.  Application forms are available in the shop if you are interested in joining – we would really appreciate new members to help sustain our village store.


Oil Syndicate

The next oil syndicate delivery will be no later than 13th May 2016.  The price will be 29.33 pence per litre exc. VAT.

If you would like to join the syndicate, and share in the benefits of bulk buying, please contact Amber Nash at CERTAS Energy on 01603 885156 or and ask to join the Ewelme Syndicate.


Home-made Cream Teas

On the first Tuesday of every month, from 2 – 4.30pm, we will be offering home-made cream teas, consisting of tea/coffee, a scone, jam and cream, at a price of  £4.50 per head.  We will be setting up additional outdoor tables, so bring a friend and come and join us.


New Elderflower champagne – for those of you who want to treat yourself to a non-alcoholic tipple, try our new elderflower champagne at just £5.25 a bottle.


Have a meeting in the village?  Having friends over for tea?  We can help!    We can provide you with a buffet sandwich lunch or afternoon tea, please just ask us for details.


Now the sun has finally re-appeared, perhaps it’s time for hosting a barbecue?  Try our Black Pig sausages, and purchase your charcoal and disposable barbecues from us, now in store.



AGM Minutes and EVS Accounts YE 31.12.14


Please find below the AGM minutes and the shop accounts for the year ending 31.12.14.


AGM Minutes 6.5.15


EVS – YE 31.12.14 – Accounts v2

Staffing arrangements and opportunities for voluntary and paid work at Ewelme Store

We are open 7 days (44 hours) a week and have a paid ‘Daily Manager’ in the store at all times. The Daily Manager is responsible for the day to day operation of the store, focussing on excellent customer service, ordering from suppliers, health and safety/environmental health issues and staff and cash management. Each Manager works one or two days a week and is recruited to work either as a Weekend manager (26 weeks a year) or a Daily Manager (one or two days a week, Monday to Friday).


From Monday to Friday, the Daily Manager has help from a Volunteer who typically works a 2-3 hour shift. At the weekend, we pay 16-18 year olds to provide general support including till operation, tea room and administrative duties.


We also provide opportunities for those students doing the service element of their Duke of Edinburgh award, and 4 students annually on the Business and Social Enterprise scheme at Reading University.


Volunteering opportunities; We are always interested in hearing from anyone who might like to volunteer in the shop.

Opportunities for Paid work: From July, we have a vacancies

(i) for a 16-18 year old to work approximately 5 hours a week on a Sunday morning

(ii) from September, when our current manager will be off to University,  we are looking for 2 Weekend Managers. Employing two weekend managers means that each of them work approximately 26 weekends a year.

(iii) a Cover manager – to provide ad hoc cover, approximately 15 days a year to cover sickness and holidays


The store offers great employment opportunities for anyone who is customer focussed and needs some flexibility in employment. If you are interested, please contact Sarah Maine, for further details.

AGM Meeting – 6th May, 7.30pm, Ewelme Village Hall

All are welcome!


Please come along to the AGM Ewelme Village Store, at 19.30 6 May in the Village hall.


After a brief summary of past year’s performance, we invite questions from attendees and then elect the management committee for 2015/16. If you would like to join our committee and need to find out more, please speak to an existing committee member and make sure you are nominated in the ‘Nominations’ box in the shop.


Current committee: Sarah Maine, Cara Chapman, Suzanne Clough, Kirstie Scott, Ian Winton, Katie Hall


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AGM – 6th May 7.30pm, Village Hall

It’s that time of year when the Ewelme Village Store committee step down to make way for any new aspiring committee members.   Please come along and show your support.  If you are interested in joining the committee and would like to know more, please speak to Sarah Maine or Cara Chapman.  Application forms are available in the shop if you are interested in joining – we would really appreciate new members to help sustain our important village store.


New Chiller

We are pleased to tell you that we have a brand new chiller in the store, thanks to donations from Agrivert and the Ewelme Parish Council.


Village Store News

What a very cold January and February we have had!  At least the days are lengthening and there is cheer to be found in birdsong and other welcome signs of Spring.  The shop had a very quiet January and, more than ever, we need your support.


Speaking as a relatively new Ewelme resident, I value the shop greatly and I call in almost every day for my newspaper and other necessities.   I also volunteer once a week and really enjoy my time in the shop.   The Quiz in aid of the Watercress Beds was a most enjoyable way to spend a January evening, but I was struck by how few of the faces, in the packed Village Hall, are to be seen in the Ewelme Village Store.   You may be interested to know that, every year, we support 4 students from the Business Enterprise scheme at Reading University. This year they have decided to focus their report on how to increase local footfall through the store. Please do make use of our valuable community amenity.


We are able to sell some items cheaper than the equivalent in either Tesco or Sainsbury’s (for instance, we sell coconut milk for £1.75, which is 10p cheaper than Sainsbury’s, many chocolate bars and gift tins and our paracetamol and ibuprofen are also competitively priced).   We have a range of unusual items – local cheeses, beers and wines; oats, muesli and healthy snacks from Oxford Whole Foods.   We have very good chocolates and other gifts for Mothering Sunday and Easter, and a new range of cards from Alex Clarke:  and, of course, we have delicious filled rolls (the bacon ones are particularly popular), homemade cakes and filter coffee, plus most grocery items and newspapers. We have been told repeatedly that our toasted tea cakes are the best people have ever tasted.


Sandwiches:  would anyone be able to give an hour a week to make sandwiches for a regular buffet order? The shop is a good place to work.


Annual General Meeting:  our AGM is in May, when committee members either stand down or put their names forward for re-election.   New members may be proposed, and forms will be available in the shop in due course.   Does this interest you? We welcome new blood and the only commitment is to attend a monthly committee meeting.


We look forward to seeing you in the shop soon.


Sally Fehr, for Ewelme Village Store




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Happy New Year!


Returning to normal life is hard after the Christmas and New Year break.   The weather remains cold and it would be nice to escape to warmer climes;  but for most of us, things go on in their usual way and, whilst looking forward to the Spring, we think of bracing walks or keeping cosy by a log fire.   We have kindling (£4.99 a bag) and firelighters to help with your fireside evenings.


The shop had a successful Christmas Open Evening and our customers appreciated all the unusual gift and food items we had to offer, many of them quite new to us.   Our sales of these continued right up to Christmas Eve.


We sold over 150 of our calendars.   Thank you to everyone who bought one of these:  it has been a very successful enterprise, which we shall repeat later this year.


Please continue to support the shop during the remaining winter months.   It is often quiet after Christmas and we do so value your custom.   We shall soon have deliveries of new ‘Cook’ food and of greetings cards – come and browse or just visit for our very good filter coffee and, perhaps, a piece of delicious home-made cake.


We said ‘goodbye’ to Nicki Climpson just before Christmas.   Nicki has been one of our very efficient week-end managers and we wish her well on her return to veterinary nursing.


Would anyone have an hour or so to spare on a Thursday morning?  We need some help to prepare sandwiches for a regular buffet lunch order.   Please contact the shop on 01491 834467 or email if you are able to assist us.


Sally Fehr, for Ewelme Village Store.

Ready for Christmas, come and have a look …….

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Looking for a unique gift this Christmas?  The Ewelme Calendar 2015 is on sale now, featuring superb local photography.  Hurry and buy yours while stocks last!


Our Christmas stock is in the shop from today (Monday 10th November).  Get prepared and stock up for Christmas, come and see what we have.


Christmas Opening Times


Christmas Eve – 9am – 4pm


Christmas Day – Closed


Boxing Day – Closed


Saturday 27th December  - 9am – 5pm


Sunday 28th December – 9am – 1pm


Monday 29th December – 9am – 1pm


Tuesday 30th December – 9am – 1pm


Wednesday 31st December – 9am – 1pm


New Years Day – Closed


Friday 2nd January – back to normal opening times


Ewelme Village Store News – 4th November

The recent beautiful Autumn weather has been a real bonus and encouraged visitors to come to Ewelme, keeping us busy in the shop and enjoying seeing new people, as well as welcoming our regular customers.   At the time of writing, however, the temperature has dropped considerably and thoughts lead us towards Christmas plans. Thinking of colder weather, kindling is in stock again at £4.99 a bundle.


Our Christmas stock goes on display on 10th November and we hope you will visit us to see what we have on offer. This prompts a reminder, also, that we have our Christmas Open Evening, in conjunction with the Pre-School, on Friday 28th November: from 6pm in the Shop and 6.30pm in the Village Hall, where many craft stalls will be set up.  Drinks and nibbles will be served in the Shop and we look forward to welcoming you for this opportunity to buy some Christmas presents.


Remember to buy your Christmas stamps from us, and we can also weigh, stamp and post your parcels.


Our first Ewelme Store Calendar is now on sale and we are very pleased with this innovation, which is the result of a photographic competition in the village.  Some fantastic photos were submitted, depicting many different areas of Ewelme, and we are grateful to Debbie Thomson who judged the entries:  her professional experience ensured that the best were selected for the Calendar, and that the reproduction of the photos was of a high standard.   The winning entry, ‘View from Rabbits Hill at sunset’, was by Emma Hodson.   The calendars are on sale in the Store, priced at £5.50.   We also have some very attractive notelets by a local artist – really good as stocking fillers.


Finally, and sadly, we must say ‘goodbye’ to Nicki Climpson, who has been one of our weekend managers since the Store opened and is returning to veterinary nursing;  and to Tracy Fallon who has been one of our managers for 4 years,  but now needs more time to attend to family matters.   They will be much missed but we hope still to see them and, perhaps, to call on their expertise from time to time.


Sally Fehr, for Ewelme Village Store.