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Meat and Grocery Orders

Why queue at the butchers or supermarket when you can order all your Xmas meat from us and have it delivered to your door?

As part of our commitment to local produce and reducing food miles, we have decided to go to Lymington for our free range Turkeys this year (in previous years, they have come from Appledore in Kent). Geese are also available.

We take delivery on the afternoon of the 23rd and Merryl and Bob will then deliver them to you the same day! The supplier packs them in greaseproof and a polythene bag, but it will cost £2.oo extra for a cardboard box which they feel really isn’t necessary.

We get game and all other meat from Prices the butcher in Fordingbridge at no extra cost to you.

Don’t forget that we have delicious local white park beef from Hale Farm too.

Ordering Dates
Turkey/goose orders to be in the shop by 1st week of Dec latest
Meat orders by Wednesday December 8th

If you would rather collect your meat from the shop then please tell us when you place your order.

Who’s for Wine?

Reg and Ron have been at it again! This time with a bit of help from Jim Madge’s nose. They have sat down with our wine merchant, applied the shop’s yardstick of quality and value and came up with two cracking wines from South America.

First out of the bin and in a shop near you is a 2009 Anakena, Indo Chardonnay from Casablanca Valley in Chile. Poor old Chardonnay, such bad press since Footballers Wives. Give this one a shot and all will be redeemed. Fresh, very ripe, well textured showing generous melon and pineapple fruit? Reg thought he tasted pears, but that could have been his new dentures. Ron had a cold but his ample nose twitched favourably, thought Reg. Make up your own minds. At £7.25 you will not be disappointed.

Now a Chilean red that got Jim Madge all excited. It’s now doing the rounds! Julie our manager still had a smile on her face in the morning and she’d only had two glasses the night before. So she said! Earlier this year our wine merchant was in Chile talking to Luis Felipe Edwards and bemoaning the lack of good value blends at his estate in the Colchagua Valley. Up he comes with a blend from 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Carmenère and 15% Merlot. They called it Blend C. Well it is from Chile! Now we have this very polished wine on our shelves at great value for £6.95. Pick up this 2009 Luis Felipe Edwards, Blend C (unique to Stone Vine and Sun) and try it for yourselves. I will say no more; apart from let us know what you think.

Both the above wines attract a discount of 5% when you purchase 6 bottles or more, as do our tried and tested best sellers, namely:-

  • Principato, Pinot Grigio – find a better one for £5.95 !!
  • Mirror Lake, Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand – Mrs Reg’s favourite -£7.95
  • Borsao, Garnacha, Spain – easy drinking at £5.75
  • Vega del Rayo, Rioja, Spain – the authentic Rioja taste – £7.50

All these wines are turning over rapidly so if you wish to order a case of 6 bottles, or more, leave your details at the shop. Not only will you get a 5% discount but also free local delivery by Reg and Ron. (One has poor eyesight and is slightly hard of hearing, the other has a hernia. Guess who drives?). Only joking! “You wish” says Reg!

Have a good Christmas.
Reg & Ron


At Woodgreen Community Shop, we guarantee a warm welcome and a friendly service. For all your everyday groceries and so much more:

  • Post office
  • Local produce
  • Free home deliveries available
  • Meat orders
  • Dry cleaning
  • Newspapers
  • Homemade cakes, baked daily

Grand Autumn Bazaar, 30th October

Thank goodness for the weather this time! Not quite the same conditions as the bizarre bazaar of last year though.

The plans this time were a little different. I’d been asked for activities for children, so the committee room magically transformed itself into a mini workshop. Alix Downing had arranged various plans to keep the little ones entertained. Julia Wilkie’s niece, May, was a whizz with the face painting, Lindi Harper and Rosie Hunt organized a rota of mask making, Mandy Castle made cakes to be decorated, and Carol Pybus’s granddaughter, Anousha, was a floating fairy throughout, helping everybody. At least Alix had the chance to sit down, albeit on a tiny chair, giving the impression she’d been sent to the “naughty step”……raising almost £46 in the process. That’s a lot of little prizes. Alix did confide that her husband David was an energetic assistant, and she couldn’t have done it without him. It’s nice to be appreciated, so thanks to everyone in the “grotto”

I’d wanted to use the rear store room as a Food Hall to showcase the products that will be available in the new shop, but needed to create a rustic atmosphere. Step forward Bill Pybus. I saw some hessian-style fabric by his tables on the common for the cricket club event, and asked Bill if it could be hung on the walls as a backdrop. “No worries”, said Bill, a frequently used phrase of his, “but what you’re looking at are actually dust sheets. Would you like me to obtain some new ones to hang?” Well, who noticed they were dust sheets? Julie Bettone then offered half the contents of her garage, or so it seemed, which Bill also had to collect….in his spare time!

Local food displayThe day before the bazaar, a team of display artists turned up to wreak havoc. Julie’s corner unit, a set of dresser shelves, and the pine settle were soon part of the scenery, along with some hay bales lent and wheel barrowed in by John Galliford. Julie and Martina Coleman unpacked box after case of goodies, using the card tables draped with cloths donated by Dean and Andy. I still feel guilty that they washed them all afterwards too, so I do apologise, gentlemen. Jenny Galliford and Carol Pybus arrived bearing floral arrangements to be displayed, as Heather Hall and I arranged tables in the main room.

The kitchen, run as a highly efficient refreshment room by Julia Wilkie, was a hive of activity. Her merry band consisted of Barbara Orchard, Heather Hall, Pam Morris, Carol Pybus, Val Poole, Angela Summers and Val Stearne, who all volunteered to fill over a hundred savoury rolls, with Tom Sheldon spotted in his usual position of stirring a cauldron of mulled wine. . I cannot thank highly enough, or indeed name all of the crowd of talented ladies who produced cakes (I don’t know why I wasn’t asked to do any baking…), but thank you all so much. The food was fantastic, and there was certainly very little left at the end of the day.

Before all this was starting, at 8.00 a.m, Jonny Morris and Bob Wanstall turned up to help me assemble a range of gazebos. As I proved to be of neither use nor ornament, I gave my space to the rest of the chaps who thankfully arrived on cue. Pete Young, Bob Wilkie, (who then went on to work in the Post Office), Jeff Harris, Andy Fraser and Brendan Munster all bravely left the comfort of their beds to sort out piles of poles, joints and covers. As if life wasn’t complicated enough, Bob dashed off to locate a couple of vital components still languishing in a garage, while another gazebo remained roofless. All this before breakfast! Norman Henstridge, Andy Fraser and Helena Datta-Pauline saved the day by producing spare gazebos(how did they do that?), Stewart and Heather arrived with the final gazebo to complete the picture and we were done with a sigh of relief.

Jenny and John Galliford produced assorted sets of fairy lights, and left the winding of bulbs and bunting to the chaps. Thank you Brendan, for the industrial extension cable. My girlie effort was deemed unsuitable for the job in hand. It’s definitely a bloke thing….vive la difference!

Home-made in Woodgreen – Pizzas and quichesJulie Bottone provided the wow factor with a wooden box of delightfully decorated pumpkins to set on the centre refreshment tables, plates of tasters and samples were set up, stall holders arrived and we were off! Then our problems started….no I didn’t mean that! The weather stayed fine for the most part, it was calm enough not to tie men to the legs of the gazebos, and it seemed as though the whole village turned up to look and enjoy.

Outside, the stars of the show had to be the alpacas, kindly brought by Nikki of Faraway Alpacas in Godshill. Well, who doesn’t want one for Christmas? Mandy Castle’s mother certainly did, so you’ll just have to make her a cake shaped version instead, Mandy! The inside entertainment was provided by Andrea and visiting musicians, press ganged for the occasion, from several corners of the globe. Thank you, Andrea, for organising the music which was much appreciated.

The entry fees were taken by Howard, Brian, Jim and Kevin Coleman. Thank you gentlemen. Unfortunately, I was naive enough to think that visitors would walk down the path and in through the front door to pay the pound. With regret, some people just wandered in from the car park, despite Pete Skinner providing a fenced barrier, so I ‘m to blame for the entrance takings not being higher. Thanks go to Pete, as usual, for providing his signs around assorted local villages. Every time I went out, more seemed to have multiplied during the night. Which, knowing Pete, they probably had.

Merryl had been commandeered to be a floating helper wherever needed, and had to do a few dashes to the shops to collect such things as carrier bags. There’s always something that’s forgotten. Later, bless her heart, she was wedged between Usborne Books and Mandy Castle, and I mean that in the nicest possible way, controlling the raffle table, and taking £193. Mel Reynolds employed his best sales pitch, and sold almost £300 for Crazy Pete’s Christmas Draw, tickets for which are still available in the shop. Bob Wilkie made a free standing display unit to sell cards from the shop, Bryn Parry, and the delightful mural designs from the Village Hall. His stand was cleverly placed on a small card table, and raised just over £120. It’s amazing what can be achieved in a very small area. Well done Bob and thank you.

The final total for the day raised just over £1550, so a huge thank you to everyone who helped, visited and saved the day. And again to Merryl, who asked Howard for £2, promptly putting it in the electricity meter. Just imagine if the lights had gone out!

Bill’s final words were, “See, I told you not to worry, kiddo”. So I didn’t….

Kate Ratcliffe.