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!
However, after over five years, the shop’s original sign was getting shabby, so in 2018 it was replaced with a shiny new version. More recently we have added an all weather umbrella making the patio useable all year around, come rain or shine.
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.
Our Current Opening Hours:
Closed: Saturday afternoons and Sundays
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!
Working in the shop is an excellent way to get to know new people, both within the village and from some distance away.
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.
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. We can adapt to suit your availability and look forward to welcoming you on board! If you’re interested, please pop by and let us know, or email Sue at: firstname.lastname@example.org
2023 will be our seventh 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 wonderful community shop & cafe stay afloat.
2023 CALENDAR SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN!
Submissions for our 2023 Chiddingly Calendar are now being accepted. Please makes sure when you submit your photos that they are:
- High Resolution (preferably 300 dpi)
- A minimum size of 20cm x 12cm.
Please send your submissions to email@example.com with the following details:
- Your name
- What month the photo was taken
- Photo title
The deadline is August 31st. Thank you to all who submit their wonderful photos!
Previous years we have also produced Chiddingly Christmas cards:
Hopefully we will restart our newsletters soon!
In the mean time here is a small extract of what has been going on here at the shop for the last few months:
Five Star Rating
Following our 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 31.03.21 and Plunkett Foundation Model Rules for New Registration November 2010
Please click on the links below to view and download the PDF files: