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Could you or someone you know spare 2-4 hours per week to volunteer in our friendly community shop & cafe? Full training provided, and you’re welcome to do a trial shift to see if you like it. If you are interested, please pop by and let us know, or email Tanya at:

The old village shop, Chiddingly

Chiddingly had a wonderful old-fashioned village shop for over 100 years located a stone’s throw from the Six Bells pub and the church. It closed down in 1998 when the owners eventually retired and no-one could be found to take it on. About 10 years later, a campaign was mounted to set up a new shop, this time to be community-owned and run. Thanks to contributions from many locals in exchange for shares, as well as grants from several organisations, a new shop was created in a new location (Farleys Yard, Muddles Green – opposite Farleys Gallery) yet still within the environs of Chiddingly.

It opened in August 2012 so in 2017 we celebrated a big milestone – its fifth anniversary!

The grand opening in August 2012


The village’s oldest and youngest residents cut the 5th anniversary cake, 2017






However, after over five years, the shop’s original sign was getting shabby, so in 2018 it was replaced with a shiny new version.

Chiddingly Village Shop & Cafe is staffed by a paid part-time manager, paid Saturday staff (providing first employment opportunities for younger people in the village), and a team of volunteers who work behind the counter, behind the scenes and as part of a management committee.

Meet Our New Manager
In April 2019, we gained a wonderful new Manager: Tanya Laporte, pictured below holding her newest grandson, 7-week-old Orien.
Tanya Laporte with her 7-week-old baby grandson Orien



Tanya brings with her a wealth of knowledge, as she previously founded and ran the renowned Laporte’s Café in Lewes for eleven years, and her extensive experience is matched by her love of local produce, people and community. As Tanya says, “I’m passionate about local and organic produce, art, antiques and community events. I’m so happy to see many of the producers who supplied Laporte’s Café and Produce Store already in stock at Chiddingly Village Shop & Café, and I hope to increase supply of other local producers over time.”


Our opening hours are: Monday to Friday, 8am-5pm; Saturday 9am-12.30pm
Closed: Saturday afternoons and Sundays

Saturday Supervisor Kia (above left) with assistant Izzy

Our volunteers come from all walks of life and span a wide age range, but they all share an enthusiastic commitment to the shop and derive great satisfaction from volunteering. And without them, our lovely community shop & cafe would not exist!

Volunteers Keith, Tina and Barbara


Our newest volunteer Clare (right) with Amanda & “Basil La Plante”

Working in the shop is an excellent way to get to know new people, both within the village and from some distance away.

Our team of volunteers at the annual Vollies BBQ, Summer 2018

You’re never too old to learn new things and everyone who works behind the counter has mastered our coffee machine and our till, and has also taken a basic food hygiene course. Those who are busy during shop hours, or prefer to help in other ways, offer their services for free in ways such as marketing, keeping our window boxes and café vases freshly maintained, organising fundraising activities, taking a role on the shop committee, or even cooking winter soups for the café.

One of our valued regular volunteers Sophie (above right, with helper Laura)

If you live in the area and would like to become involved, just mention your interest next time you’re in the shop, or send an email to shop manager Tanya by email at:

We are always looking for more volunteers, can adapt to suit your availability and look forward to welcoming you on board!

Tina with Nathaniel, a young D of E volunteer


2019 is our third year producing a Chiddingly Calendar, featuring stunning photos taken in and around the village and environs by local photographers, both amateur and professional, with all proceeds helping our community shop & cafe stay afloat.


JULY 2019: Calling all local photographers! Submissions for possible inclusion in our 2020 Chiddingly Calendar are now being accepted – please send your high resolution photos (as .pdf or .png file formats only please) and be sure to include your name, age if under 18, and contact info, as well as where and when you took the photo. No limit to the number of entries. The judges decision will be final and those chosen will be notified sometime in October. Email them (by Sept 20th) to:

Last year we also produced a set of four Chiddingly Christmas cards:


You can view our latest newsletter via MailChimp (July 2019) HERE

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Five Star Rating

Following our recent Food Safety & Hygiene inspection, we were very pleased to be awarded another 5-star rating (the highest possible) from the Food Standards Agency. A big thank you to all our volunteers for maintaining the high standards at all times, and to local Food Safety expert Suzanne Goss for training all our volunteers and keeping us up to date with the ever-changing health & safety regulations.


Please find below links to PDFs – Chiddingly Village Shop accounts year ending 31.03.19 and Plunkett Foundation Model Rules for New Registration November 2010

Please click on the links below to view and download the PDF files:

Chiddingly Shop EOY Accounts March 31 2019


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