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April has arrived and the summer won’t be far behind but, for now, all we can think about at the shop is eggs!
At last, the chickens can roam free again and provide us with their yummy eggs. Unfortunately though, one morning, Jude became closer to an egg than she expected!
We often get orders in advance from companies hiring the hall, wishing to place an order for sandwiches at lunchtime. So, Jude and I try to be organised by cooking the boiled eggs the night before, which is what I thought I had done. Unfortunately, I had put the eggs in the egg cooker with the required amount of water but didn’t realise I had failed to switch it on. So, when I came to the cooker later in the day, I just removed the eggs thinking they had cooked and labelled them with the date cooked! Poor Jude, not realising my error, came on duty the next day and proceeded to roll the egg in order to take the shell off and promptly got a bit more egg than she bargained for!
This time of year, eggs symbolise new life and new beginnings and, for us at the shop, April is definitely going to be the start of new beginnings. Some people may know that I am a neonatal nurse and, at times, work at Frimley Park Hospital when the neonatal unit is short of staff. One week, when I was working on the unit, I was taken by surprise by being offered the neonatal community nurse job. This caused me a great dilemma because this is a role I have always wanted since having to give up the same job in London when I had my children and commuting was just too much. Following a lot of discussion with my husband, my family and of course Jude, I decided that now was the time to accept the role. The shop is well enough established with a great manager in Jude to carry on being the success it has been so far without my direct involvement. I, of course, could not give it up completely so will still be found volunteering in the shop once a week and I will become Vice-chair of the committee but I will no longer be the Manager.
We will also be saying goodbye to Ann, our lovely Assistant Manager, who works on a Thursday to allow Jude and I to go to the wholesalers. Ann travels a long distance to work with us and, as her family are now moving up north, she will have no reason to make the journey all the way south and so will be moving to pastures new. We can’t thank Ann enough for the great job she has done supporting Jude and I, and we wish her all the best for the future.
Once this article goes to press, we should hopefully have our new Assistant Manager in place. She has not yet started so it would be unfair to introduce her just yet but we think she will be a great asset to our team. At interview, when she told us volunteering is “soul food” we knew she was the one!
Following the theme of all things new and eggs, of course, is Easter. So, have a look on our website (www.bhvshop.co.uk) to see what we have planned for the Easter holidays. We are planning an Easter shopping evening on Thursday 6th April so keep an eye on our facebook page and the website for an update and more details!
I will continue to write our blog so you won’t be rid of me for now but I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has been such a huge support to me personally when struggling to get the shop up and running and those who continued to support Jude and I throughout the past four years. I am not leaving the shop, just changing my role! Please continue to shop with us and feedback what you would like us to stock because the success of the shop is dependant on its customers and volunteers most importantly.
Sam Moore, Shop Manager