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Loddon Reach Magazine Articles
Happy New Year to all! As we all continue this year with hope for new and better things, so too does the shop!
But first we must let everyone know about our great and somewhat eventful Christmas Eve!
We should have known things might not be quite as expected when we realised that, at 5.30pm on the 23rd, our turkey delivery had not yet arrived. Following a quick telephone call, we were told our turkeys were on delivery van 3 and that van 2 had still not finished delivering so, unless Jude and I wanted to spend our evening at the church, we would have to accept delivery first thing in the morning. Jude very kindly volunteered to do the early openup and made sure the turkeys were safely tucked away in our new fridge by the time we opened on Christmas Eve. Collections took place throughout the morning and, this year, we had the return of the famous “Bell’s wheelbarrow collection”, which we all love. As 12 noon got nearer, we put out a call to the last customer to remind them to come along soon and finished packing away the shop.
The customer arrived and all that was left was to process their payment along with Jude and I before we could cash up. That’s when the card machine gave up! Following a 30-minute telephone call with the helpdesk, the problem was found to be an overheating internet modem and we were able to process the rest of the payments but not before we heard a shout from the kitchen! Jude had just had a fright! As she entered the kitchen, sitting on the cheeseboard was a robin. He had popped in to wish us a Merry Christmas. I know robins have a lot of spiritual significance as well as being very friendly to man, so this shouldn’t have been unexpected behaviour, but then, the week we reopened, he came into the church again and offered a lot of entertainment, particularly to the group of cyclists whom were trying to lure him back outside with breadcrumbs from their toasties. I was cursing myself for not having taken a photo because he looked very cute on top of the gifts shelf. Then, when I was looking through my photos of what to send with our article, there on the front of a bag in the wheelbarrow was a robin. I think maybe we should incorporate him as our lucky mascot from now on.
Going forward, this year we will continue to find lots of lovely new things for you to try as well as offering the usual favourites. We are hoping also to be selected to work with the Plunkett Foundation to develop new ways of encouraging volunteering, such as online systems and reward packages. This is a lottery-funded project which has come about as a need has been identified to help community projects to recruit and retain volunteers. We will keep you posted on how we get on with this.
We can’t ever thank our volunteer team enough for the fun we have with them and the support they give us. Thank you also to all our customers and to those whom have given us great comments on our facebook page too. It’s what makes it all worthwhile.
Sam and Jude, Shop Managers