We now stock picture cards by Ben Meek, local young photographer. Ben's pictures capture the natural beauty that surrounds us with a unique artistic perspective. Why not browse our cards during your next visit to the shop? We particularly like to encourage local talent and we really like Ben's photos of the beautiful area we have the privilege to live in.
The shopwindow shows of some of our local makers to enhance our commitment to local. If we purchase items locally it is helping money to circulate and be spent locally investing in the talents amongst us . As you are no doubt aware Christmas is around the corner and local gifts are around the corner: knitted items, aprons, bags, chess set, boxes, wooden toys......
Two events coming our way in October for which tickets are available in the shop. First is the Titfield Thunderbolt on the 8th October in the village hall at 7.30pm which is going to be a fabulous evenings entertainment. Details can be found here.
And the second event is Ange Hardy's stop on her ' Along the Coleridge Way' tour on the 10th October at 7.30pm,not to be missed.
After the summer we longed for, after it appeared briefly, and swiftly went we face the mellow autumnal days with mists, and the odd sunny day that prompts walks in the surrounding countryside.
Our shop leaflet has now been delivered to 4000 households in the area and we look forward to welcoming new faces in the shop.
the accordion sounds waft in the air that the Stogumber Festival is about to start. the buzz is beginning to take hold. Its palpable. If you are coming to take part, welcome.
Then watch out for our shop leaflet to drop through your letterbox if you are living in the area giving you a flavour of everything we can provide locally. It even has a gift inside.
As the Stogumber Festival will take place at the end of this week, the shop window reflects what is happening. Come and see. Photo courtesy of B.Walker
We will be open mornings only from Friday 21st August to Friday 28th August 2015 inclusive but back to normal on Saturday 29th August 2015.
A month to go when Stogumber Festival happens in the village. Tickets can be bought via the box office at Central Stores or via the website.
The festival truly brings music from classical to folk come alive in our part of the country celebrating young talent as well as classical music usually only seen in London. Details of this year's programme can be found here and we would heartily recommend planning your visit around this event which brings a truly great way of enjoying music and dance (plus good food) in our village setting. We look forward to seeing you.
Change of opening hours
from Friday 21st August to Friday 28th August your village shop will be open from 8 am to 1 pm only.
Open on sundays from 8 am to 11 am
What possessed you buying the shop is a question that often gets asked so what follows is a reasoning behind that.
Both of us are compromised healthwise and we wanted to work and model to our children that no matter what life deals you as a card you can do something.We are unable to work in a conventional way but this way of life suited us and we bought the shop in 2007. We love living in this community and although our previous occupations were people focussed it has been a good fit so far.
Over the last 4 years health has again been an issue and we have felt very supported by the people around us. Roger very much loves the human interaction in the shop and acts as a 5th emergency service keeping an eye out and working with people to live as independently as they can.
Each day is different and we invest time and effort to support life in the community. Currently we act as box office for the Stogumber Festival http://www.stogumberfestival.com and it is a way we can support the village.
Blogposts will be published weekly to give you a flavour of life in this village or have an article that illustrates life in Stogumber for those who want to visit the village.