Hawkesbury Stores’ first year (and a bit) has been a huge success, and the shop is busier than ever. To secure the Stores’ continued success and development, our two paid members of staff, Kath and Kate, are expanding their responsibilities and increasing their hours. To support them, and our volunteers, we are delighted to announce that […]
Find us at The Fox!
We have moved! On Sunday 14 May around two dozen volunteers came together to pack, stack, lift, carry and lug all the stock and shelving to a temporary ‘pop-up Stores’ over the road. While the refurbishment takes over the shop floor, Aggie and Giuseppe at The Fox have kindly agreed to host Hawkesbury Stores in a room at the back of the restaurant. We’ll be open […]
Refurbishment plans for the Stores
Today was the first day of Phase 1 of Hawkesbury Stores’ exciting refurbishment. The work will last for about two months, and it seems a good time to publish the plans in case you couldn’t attend the open morning earlier this month. You’ll remember that in December we heard that we’d been successful in applying for two grants that […]
Winning hare designer announced!
The votes have been counted and verified and this afternoon, in a packed assembly at Hawkesbury Upton Primary School, the winning young designer for the Hawkesbury Stores Hare was announced! We received 18 fabulous entries to our design challenge, which was launched to find a great design for the 18″ hare statue due to sit in the […]
The Hawkesbury Stores Hare Design Challenge!
Hawkesbury Stores will be taking part in the 2017 Cotswold Hare Trail, by displaying an 18inch/46cm tall ‘leveret’ (baby hare) statue in the shop window from 25 March. But our leveret is completely white at the moment, so we’re inviting local children to show us how they’d like him/her to be decorated. Budding artists can let their […]
A big announcement to end 2016!
This afternoon we held a festive get-together to say thank you to our wonderful volunteers. We’ve calculated that around 100 local people have given their time, energy and skills freely to get Hawkesbury Stores up and running (and to keep it there!). It’s been an amazing community effort, and one that we celebrated with mulled […]
How do our prices compare? Part 2
We’re back with the second instalment of our price comparison baskets! In September we reported the comparison of Hawkesbury Stores and supermarket prices for a big basket of essential groceries. Now, we reveal our prices for a basket of our higher-end groceries – those delicious luxuries you might treat yourself to at the weekend, or […]
How do our prices compare? Part 1
Most people expect their local village shop to be a tad pricey. It’s not surprising – small independent stores don’t have the buying power to drive hard bargains with suppliers, and they can’t afford to run loss-leaders. Since Hawkesbury Stores opened as a community-owned business in June, we’ve been trying hard to suit the range […]
Hawkesbury Stores Newsletter – August 2016
Excitement is mounting for Hawkesbury Horticultural Show this weekend! The numerous shiny trophies are now on display in the Stores, and the ‘big red box’ of entries was pretty full by Wednesday. Show Day and the bank holiday bring with them altered – and reduced – opening hours on Saturday and Monday, but there’s also […]
Supplier profile: Emma Roberts, international wine expert
Did you know that Hawkesbury Stores’ new wine selection is curated by an internationally renowned wine judge who lives in the village? Emma Roberts talks to Stores’ volunteer Jane Shepley about her career as a global wine merchant, the multi-million pound deal she closed over a pint of lager, and the exciting wines she’s bringing […]