Barbara Retires

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!

See Barbara’s interview on That’s TV Salisbury.

Tasting Evening

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.

19983376_770666006448989_6272937346773901522_o20045512_770665573115699_5954999939913956589_oStars 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.

19955978_770665213115735_1871476559054660056_o3 more wines, Valancay Sauvignon Blanc, Cotes du Rhone and Adobe Cabernet Sauvignon, the latter also new to our shelves, completed the wine line-up.

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.

19944370_770665756449014_8101771289049948802_oThe 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.

20017435_770665379782385_6061709646930448931_oCongratulations to Suzie and Jack McNulty on winning the free raffle, their chosen prize being a bottle of gin, to no-one’s surprise!

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

Tasting Event

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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.