There was a surprise party for Barbara on 31st August 2017 to thank her for 44 years of village shop service and to wish her well in her retirement. Starting in 1973, she has worked in three incarnations of our shop and post office: Village Stores, Ye Olde Shoppe and the present Community Shop. The good news is that she will be back working as a volunteer for half a day each week!
The Shop hosted a tasting evening in Woodgreen Village Hall on 12th July 2017.
6 wines, 6 local beers and 4 local gins, 16 tastings in all, were on the agenda, as 80 or so inquisitive customers gathered to see what the fuss was about; tasting over 1000 tots between them! Tasty local cheeses and nibbles provided the essential ballast to keep everyone vertical as the night progressed.
Stars of the show, eclipsing even all of these, were the two magnificent and very beautiful Percheron horses, Zena and Quetsche, (owned by Claire Kerswell and her parents), drafted in especially to provide those essential photo opportunities.
We started, of course, with our 3 Percheron wines; White, Red and Rose, all supplied by our very own Vintner, New Forest Wines of Ringwood. The red and white Percherons are already firm favourites with our customers and, with summer in full swing, we thought it a good time to add the pink to our repertoire, and this is now on our shelves at a very good price.
The beers, all locally brewed by Downton Breweries also contained some new offerings, and which seemed to be very well received, Solstice and Slovenian Dream, in particular. On show also were old favourites, New Forest Ale, Dark Delight, Chimera and Honey Blond. All are now on sale in the shop.
Finally our four locally-made gins:
- Myristica, infused with nutmeg, from Lymington
- Lymington, infused with coriander, almonds and orange peel
- Conker, with elderflowers, samphire, New Forest gorse flowers and New Forest spring water
- Twisted Nose, with peppery watercress notes, from Old Alresford.
The evening certainly went with a swing and lots of support was expressed for more such events. Our thanks go to Julie, Sue and the shop team for their sterling efforts, most ably supported by many organisers and volunteers on the night.., and without whom such events would be impossible to stage.
If you want to give some of these delights a try, whatever the rest of the summer has in store, it’s all on the shelves, and at our usual reasonable prices.
Article: David Mussell
Photos: Sarah Weston
Come and sample wines on sale in the shop, including the Percheron range, with the shop’s wine guru, Graham Sims (New Forest Wines). And in keeping with the Percheron theme, we’ll have some real Percheron horses to greet you at the door!
Meet Martin Strawbridge, head brewer at Downton Brewery, and let him introduce you to his wide range of flavoursome beers.
And finally, let Graham lead you astray with the fabulous taste and variety provided by our local craft gins, including Conker (Bournemouth) and Twisted Nose (Winchester). We’ll also be joined by Richard Baker, director and founder of Dancing Cows Distillery & Brewhouse (Lymington) to lead the tasting of his Myristica & Lymington Gins.