We’re so proud of our village community shop. Plans for a shop started in early 2010 when a small group of villagers were determined to keep a shop open in the village, after the post office had closed. They called a village meeting in the March and were amazed at the number of people who came and the passion to keep a shop in the village, so the shop reopened in November that year, supported by financial contributions from over 200 shareholders.
The shop plays a key role in the community of Marchington and Marchington Woodlands by providing a local convenience store for villagers and visitors to buy essentials, cards, wine, tickets for local events, the parish magazine and fresh local produce. Ten years on, we’re open seven days a week and it’s all run by volunteers and two part-time shop managers - Tracy Young and Penny Braithwaite.
What we sell and our services
We have gained a reputation for selling superb quality produce at great prices and we take great pride in offering a wide range of locally sourced goods as well as convenience grocery, newspapers, greeting cards, confectionery and drinks. We have fresh bread from local suppliers, pastries and cakes every day and we have twice-weekly delivery of quality, locally sourced meats from our local butchers JS Quality Meats.
If you’re after good quality wine, we’re specialists in wine. We have a great range which is managed by a dedicated Wine Committee! The team have the job of tasting lots of wine to ensure only the best wines come into the shop and they barter to get the best prices for us. If you’d like to join in on some tasting opportunities, the team host monthly wine tasting sessions in the shop and you may like to join the committee. Pop into the shop to find out the latest special offers and collect your loyalty card.
We offer also a 364-day a year newspaper delivery service and we also take parcels for people who are out all day. We also offer a twice weekly dry cleaning and repair service and cash back.
If there is something we don’t have in store and that you would like us to stock – it might be your favourite magazine or chocolate bar, please just let us know and we’ll see if we can stock it for you.
We’ve stayed open throughout the pandemic at reduced opening times and we’re working hard to be fully open.
Currently we’re open:
Monday to Thursday: 08:00 – 17:00
Friday: 08:00 – 17:30
Saturday: 09:00 – 12:00
Sunday: 09:00 – 11.15
Win cash prizes
We have a ‘50/50’ Prize Club for people who want to support the shop and have an opportunity of winning cash prizes throughout the year. There are now more than 150 players and we would like to invite you to join the fun!
For each entry it is £5.00 a month via standing order and there is no limit to the number of entries per person or household. The draws are quarterly and drawn at the end of February, May, August and November. 50% of the funds goes to the running of the shop and the other 50% is prize money. The prize money is currently over £1,100 and is shared into three prizes with the ratio 60:30:10.
If you would like to join let us know in person or via email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can provide you with the relevant forms. Alternatively click HERE for much more information and form download options.
Volunteer with us
We rely on volunteers to keep the shop open, so we’re are always looking for people to join our volunteer team. Volunteering can be on a regular basis or ad hock and we’re often after help behind the till, stocking the shelves, finance, stock control and marketing. If you feel you can add to the team in any way we’d be delighted to hear from you. It’s probably the best way to get to know people in the village and find out what’s happening! Click HERE for all the details.
Become a shareholder
We offer our supporters the option of purchasing shares in the community business. Each share costs £20 and they are limited to one share per person. Households can have more than one share (one per person) and you don’t need to live in the village to buy a share and show your support! There are many shareholder benefits including voting at shop meetings and helping us with much needed funds to improve the shop. Click HERE for all the details.
We always have offers and new products, stay up to date by joining our e-newsletter. Sign up HERE to get added to the circulation list. Re-visit our website occasionally, check out our Facebook, Instagram & Twitter feed. We also have a regular column in the Parish Magazine. The magazine can be purchased from the shop or delivered to your door on a subscription basis.
You will find us on Church Lane next to our beautiful Parish Church. If you’re driving, we have parking spaces at the back of the shop which you’re more than welcome to use.