Shop News


If you haven’t yet seen our new refurbished kitchen, do take time to pop in and admire!

With better-organised storage  and a lovely new work surface, we now feel confident that our standards of food preparation and hygiene will comfortably stay at the 5 stars we have been awarded, and the staff and volunteers can work more easily.

We are so grateful for all the donations in aid of the refurbishment, and to Magna  and the National Lottery Commission for their generous contributions.

A Magna representative presenting the cheque to Ann, our Chairperson


You may not know that our shop runs a 100 Club. For just £1 a month you can have the chance to win one of 3 cash prizes. Ask in the shop for a membership form.

   It’s time to enter the 100 Club competition or renew your numbers

  Be a Lucky winner for just £1.00 per month.


  Latest Shop News in the September Parish Magazine

So that’s August been and gone and now we’re in the last third of 2018 – hasn’t this year whizzed past? To mark the change of season, we thought we’d start with an atmospheric poem, ‘September’, from the great John Updike:

“The breezes taste of apple peel.
The air is full of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs, burning brush,
New books, erasers, chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive, well-honeyed hum,
And Mother cuts Chrysanthemums.
Like plates washed clean with suds,

The days are polished with a morning haze.

All is going well with the changes in the shop too, with the upgrade to the kitchen and extension of the café area. We’ve been very lucky in receiving so many generous donations towards this refurbishment so thank you to all those who helped. A big thank you also to all those who pitched in with the kitchen changeover. The kitchen is lovely to work in now and has made Tuesday lunches so much easier as well as handling orders for breakfast baps on Saturdays.  

We had a very good AGM, reporting a £4,000 profit for the year February 2017 to January 2018. Six of the Committee Members were re-elected: Anne Johnson-Rooks, Chairperson; Richard Peacock, Treasurer; Sarah MacKinnon, Secretary; Mary Morris, Volunteer Liaison; as well as Pauline Holt and Melanie Pierce-Butler.   We welcome two new Members, Ian Harrison and Sandra Ballisat. Thank you to all of them and to everyone that gives up their time to help our shop.

We’re hoping to organise one or two events soon so when you come in to check out your shiny, bright new shop, keep your eyes peeled for more details!

We look forward to seeing you soon.


                       Very easy Fund-raising. Use this tip for your online shopping!

The incredible amount of £906 has been raised so far for our shop simply by people using the portal when buying on-line.

             It is very easy to use and surprising how many varied purchases can raise money. It costs the individual nothing at all save the effort of going through that portal. They even have a downloadable Donation Reminder which when installed brings a pop up when visiting say, John Lewis.

So far we have 46 supporters regularly using this method of buying on-line – if you haven’t tried it why not have a look at the site.  When on the site you will be invited to join and can search for Thorncombe Village Shop, it’s very simple.

Why not give it a try!