Good afternoon, This is a little practise post in which, if all works well, will inform you that I am very slowly getting to grips with updating the website and as my confidence grows, it will become a more frequent activity 🙂 watch this space for more shop news 🙂 I will be back soon
How it works…
All approved books are marked with a red sticker, books must be in a fit state to be read and brought back
Choose your book from the selection and take it to the counter along with any books you have to swap.
A member of staff will check that the book to be swapped is acceptable and mark it with a red sticker.
If you do not have a book to swap the price of each book is £1.
If you do have a book to swap the price is 50p.
You may swap more than one book at a time but the minimum price is 50p per book taken away, regardless of how many books you bring in.
Read, enjoy and return.
We couldn’t have been luckier with the weather, Saturday was dry, sunny and very, very hot. Much hotter of course behind the three huge BBQs needed to provide food on that sort of scale. Thank you to David, Carol and Patrick for suffering that on our behalf.
Remember, you can get many products featured at the fete in your local village store:
Tuesday afternoon saw our first unsheduled shop closure of the project. Disappointing I know but unfortunately it was unavoidable, as the cold temperature meant that the latex, put down on the floor the previous day, had not hardened sufficiently to lay the tiles.
It was deemed hard enough however, to open in the morning with protective cardboard for people to walk on. I then had a pensive hour or two waiting to see if the traffic would damage the latex… it was fine!
So at 12.30pm we shut for the final time and Aztec Flooring of Andover spent the next seven and a half hours laying our new tiles. The final piece of the jigsaw!
and judge for yourselves? We hope to organise a reopening event in a few weeks but you don’t have to wait until then, we’d love to see you now!
We’ve made it… I have been tardy at updating the site this week, mainly because I haven’t left the shop until 10pm most nights. So a quick recap…
Friday – We’re almost there, most people can see how it will look eventually. Just the floor to go down, a bit more tidying and organising and moving things about and we’re there.
Yesterday, was a very long day! The shopfitters (GDP from Norwich) arrived around 7am and got straight down to work. My day, along with my glamorous assistants Gaynor and Jackie, was spent mainly moving stock from point A, to point B, to point C, and back again… also making tea, washing shelves, sweeping floors etc. I know my place.
Today the main work started and Aztec Flooring arrived at 1pm sharp to remove the old lino and carpet flooring in preparation for the first team of shop fitters and builders who arrive on Thursday.
Unsurprisingly the tiles came off extremely easily and in just over an hour everything had been removed and we were left with a bare floor. Having been extremely nervous about the state of the floor, but we were pleased to find that it was actually in good condition.
We’re all ready now for Thursday, which will see GDP our shop fitters arrive to fit the new counter and reorganise the shelving behind.
On Friday you’ll see a different perspective of Jo, Gaynor, Gill and Jackie and look out for the next major changes next week!
We appreciate everyone’s support over these days and look forward to seeing you all.
Jo, David & Staff
After months of planning the long awaited refit of Chilbolton Stores is about to start. Scheduled to take place over the last two weeks of January, the refit supported with funding from Hampshire County Council and SEEDA will see the shop transformed into a more open airy environment with more modern facilities and ease of access for all.
The first stage started on Sunday 17th January with the removal of the aging gondola shelving units, which have probably been in the shop since the 1970s.
The ensuing space is amazing and you begin to get an idea of how much space will be created with post office fortress being removed as well.
Yes the floor does look a bit of a mess, but on Wednesday Aztec Flooring from Andover will be arriving to remove all the old tiles and the real work begins. Once the old tiles have been taken up, the new counter will be the first bit to be installed,followed quickly by the new Post Office counter. Once these are set up the Post Office systems will be moved and the old Fortress will be removed.