Wow where did February go????? We have had a very busy month in the shop. Love was in the air for Valentine’s Day, selling lots of yummy chocolates from the Cotswold Chocolate Company and beautiful bouquets from Stow Flowers.
Spring is definitely in the air, with lighter mornings and evenings and bulbs slowly showing their heads. Daffodils and vibrant rhubarb from Yorkshire are available in the shop bringing some cheerful spring colour.
Thank you to those of you who entered our annual Seville Marmalade Competition. We had 12 entries, compared to 19 in 2022. Our three judges Dave, Vicky and Ben (right), who all volunteer in the shop, had a very tricky and sweet decision to make. The winner after much deliberation was Graeme Ferrero, our shop Chairman. The judges described Graeme’s marmalade as having a lovely flavour, great texture and just the right amount of peel. Congratulations Graeme.
Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day saw us selling lots of lemons, sugar and eggs. We had many different toppings described to us from bananas and chocolate to butter and sugar. What did you put on yours?
I am very excited to announce that we are one of the South West Regional finalists of the “Countryside Alliance” Rural Awards 2022/23 for Village Shop/Post Office. If you would like to vote for us it is very simple. Next time you are shopping please just ask to sign the voting form or alternatively you can show your support by voting online by going onto the Countryside Alliance website. Thank you in advance for your support. Voting is open till Sunday 5 March and the winners will be announced by Mid-March.
Coming up in March we will be celebrating Mother’s Day with a great selection of cards and flowers. If you would like to order a personal flower bouquet in advance please just speak to myself or Maura.
Once again, a big thank you to those of you who volunteer and help in the shop. Our shop and café continues to be a success because of the generous time that you give. If you are new to the village and could give just an hour or two volunteering then please do consider joining our amazing team. We look forward to seeing you all very soon.