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Loddon Reach Magazine Articles
What an exciting month we have had in the shop; three new volunteers, one new manager (Jude has now taken over) one new assistant manager, one new vice-chairman (me) and an Easter shopping event!
Firstly, we would love to welcome our new volunteers: Rita, Joan and Ginette. It is so great to have new enthusiasm and energy to keep us on our toes and have lots of new and fresh ideas. Secondly, welcome also to Karen, our new assistant manager, who will be working on Tuesdays and Wednesdays – we are so blessed that Karen came along at exactly the right time. Please come and say hello, but be kind to her and don’t buy anything too complicated on the till, at least for the first week or so.
Our Easter event was a great success with lots of orders placed for the meat hamper, as well as Easter cards and chocolates purchased. The Easter week saw lots of children chasing around the church in search of the different coloured chicks hiding in their nests as well as our friends at Thrive coming along to build the beautiful Easter garden again. (Last year’s garden can be seen on April’s cover).
We have had lots of new visitors who have enjoyed their first experience of our little bit of loveliness. In particular, one couple came along to visit the village because the wife had stayed in Beech Hill House when it was a Red Cross nursing home. She had very fond memories and so was delighted to know that, if she returned to the Village Hall on the first Tuesday of the month for the village tea, she may even meet others who had worked there.
As well as new visitors, we have had some new stock in the shop. We couldn’t resist the retro-style drinks – just perfect for the lovely warm weather that we have enjoyed and, if you don’t feel like cooking when you have been busy out in the garden, why not try something from our new frozen food range of home-cooked meals made especially for you to just heat up. Thrive have been delivering lots of plants for our gardens, such as lupins, foxgloves and the Eleanor Udall sweetpeas. I can’t wait to see how they will look in my garden once the summer properly arrives.
The tearoom continues to be busy with lots of toasties and bacon butties ordered; in fact, one day Karen spent almost her whole morning shift continuously making them, so I think we can say she is fully trained where those are concerned. Our new dairy has been delivering some lovely Wiltshire ham and some very tasty cheeses, but more importantly, have begun to deliver the clotted cream, so that we can start making cream teas – no tearoom should be without a cream tea when the sun is shining!
If you haven’t tried one yet, come along and taste for yourself – you will not be disappointed.