July 2017

At this time of year, I have my doubts about working in the retail sector! I love most aspects of my job but what I don’t like is spending the hottest day of the year so far in a hall looking at putting in my main Christmas order! So yes, while some of you were sipping Flare mojitos in your gardens, I was browsing tins of biscuits with Father Christmas on the outside. Absolutely crazy! But at the same time, there is a bit of excitement about being so organised and already, I think I have decided what all my family are getting for Christmas.

To balance this out, I also spent a few days living in the moment! We are part of a community shops network and so I spend some of my time visiting other shops and sharing best practice ideas. (Ok I will admit it is just a chance to sit and have a cuppa with other managers but it does help to show me how lucky I am with what we have in Dunsfold!)

Elsewhere in Dunsfold the Shop had its AGM. It was wonderful to see so many people there and see the support we receive from not only our shareholders but the community. Last year was a great year financially. But with the struggling economy and the costs of an ageing building and road way to maintain, we have a challenge this financial year. I am so proud of our little shop, and I am so glad that we are able to help the community not only with their grocery needs but also as place of employment for locals and enabling a few people to take their first step onto the employment ladder. I am hoping I haven’t been a scary tyrant of a boss and sent them quivering into the shadows!

As you know, the Shop Loves Local. For the month of July, we see an abundance of local produce with strawberries coming from Thursley Farm. Great for when you are watching Wimbledon! We also have our locally produced ice cream from Caroline’s Dairy with special summer flavours of passion fruit and the award-winning mango sorbet. Plus, we have our Rawlings BBQ meat order form, so you can get your BBQ essentials delivered to Dunsfold and even pick up a meat rub from Fruity Foods to impress your dinner guests with! Order forms from the Shop or downloadable from here.

And our summer tastings start Saturday 15 July from 11am til 1pm – come and join us for some BBQ nibbles from Rawlings, our local butcher.

See you soon
Gemma x