THROUGHOUT all the recent bad weather there was one bright spot for Wilstone and its neighbouring villages, the Wilstone Shop. No matter how thick the snow and tricky the ice, our newspapers were delivered and supplies of milk, bread, eggs and many other essentials were maintained. When it was very difficult for many of us to get out and about having that facility was a real bonus and, along with the great range of fresh fruit, veg and frozen goods at the Farm Shop, meant that we were in a better position than a great many others in the UK. Liz Faulkner, who runs the Wilstone shop said: “Whilst it has been difficult at times we’ve managed to keep everything going. I want to say an enormous thank you to Dave Henshaw, who delivers the papers, to all my suppliers who managed to get through even on the toughest days, and of course to all my customers for their continued support.”
Not only did it have supplies but the shop also provided a great place to meet, chat and keep up to date on how everyone was faring, the road conditions and other vital information. It truly is proving its worth as a key centre for our community. Its great to know that Christmas proved highly successful, with strong sales of locally produced turkeys, hams, Christmas puddings and mincemeat amongst the varied produce on offer. Let’s hope our continued support will ensure it continues to be at the heart of our community for a great many years to come.
Would you like to help the shop? Liz and her husband Ron currently operate the shop 7 days a week; could you offer a few hours on a voluntary basis to help give them the occasional break? A few of us already do and it really is great fun, you get to chat to everyone and ‘play’ shop – what could be better! A few more volunteers would enable us to draw up a rota and ensure Liz and Ron get a regular day off. If you’d like to help, please let Liz know when you next call in.