We need several new volunteers for the following shifts:-

Thursday 1 – 3.00 to serve in the shop including shelf stacking etc.

Thursday 9 -11.00 to serve in the shop including accepting deliveries.

Fridays  9 – 11 and 11 – 1.00 every other week

Flexible holiday cover

If you can help in anyway please contact Sally the shop manager in the shop or Gill the volunteer co-ordinator on 01626 873614.

Look forward to seeing you soon


2015 AGM report
There was a very successful Shareholders Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 24th June 2015 in the village hall which was well attended. We are pleased to announce that the following committee members were elected:

David Brown, Gill Drake, Barbara Fearn, Peter Rees, Rosemary Schonfeld, Eddie Spencer-Small, Bernard Stanley & Isolde Sullivan. Stuart Travis remains company secretary
The officers will be elected at the next committee meeting and will be announced in the August magazine.

Our treasurer of many years, Barry Evans stood down at this years AGM and thanks for all his work was given by Dave Brown who presented Barry with a token of our appreciation. Brian Cooke also paid tribute to Barrys’ work especially when the shop was first being set up. It was Barry who persuaded the committee, at that time, of the need for a computerised system EPOS which we still have today!

Wine tasting and other products from the shop were enjoyed by those who attended.
On the 1st July 2014 we heard that out of 310 entrants your village shop was runner up in the Plunketts National Awards. Stuart Travis attended the prize giving ceremony in Oxford on the shops behalf and was able to network with lots of other people in the business!

2014 Management Committee


Dave Brown (chairman), Barbara Fearn, Barry Evans, Gill Drake, Peter Rees, Ann Tune, Rosemary Schonfeld & Sue Small were all re-elected at the AGM

Stuart Travis (company secretary) & Francesca Rolph (shop manager) remain as ex-officio members

A committee list is also displayed in the shop.


OPENING HOURS Monday to Friday 9.00 – 5.30  Saturday 9.00 – 12.00 Sunday 9.00 am – 12.30 pm stokeshop@live.co.uk Contact number for orders etc 01626 872931


Monday-Friday 8.30 am – 5.30 pm stokeshop@live.co.uk

Saturday 9.00 am – 12.00 pm 01626 872931

Sunday 9.00 am – 12.30 pm

Annual General Meeting

The annual general meeting will be held on Weds 25th June in the Church House Inn at 7pm. Do come along and have your say on the next 5 years of your community shop. The targets set for the the first five years were met and we now need to plan the next 5 years. Proposals will be put forward by the committee for approval and new ideas will be welcomed.

Survey Feedback.

One of the sugestions made by a couple of people was that the shop should offer postal services. The history of this for those new to the village is that in 2008 the village post office was shut as part of the national drive to improve the performance of the postal network. When the shop was opened in 2009 the possibility of a re-opening of the post office was researched. This would have involved finding a subpostmaster to run it as well as considerable security measures for the post office which would include a seperate counter. This was not possible in the premises and the costs were prohibitive. Unfortunately the situation has not changed. in March 2012 it was reported there were 11,818 Post Office branches open and trading and the Post Office continued to meet and exceed Government accessibility criteria with currently 93.1% of people in the UK living within a mile of a Post Office, and 99.7% within three miles so sadly there are no grounds for the committee to push to reopen the post office. No more placard waving at the moment!

However we do stock first and second class stamps, regular and large and our scales will weigh post. We have the latest charges by the till so we can work out if the item will go as a large letter or not.

Local produce

The shops policy is to source as much local produce as we can and we do have a lot

eg: Bread made in Paignton

Free range eggs laid in Newton Abbot

Organic eggs also from a local farm

Milk from cows in Cornwall

Meat from Kingsteignton

The list goes on but if you know of a local producer who could supply the shop please let us know


The number of volunteers has dropped slightly and we do need a few more for holiday cover. If you are in a term time occupation and have free time during the school holidays, or any other time, we’d love to hear from you!

Quality, choice and price, with friendly service – doing our best for you!




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