THE final licks of paint are being added to a Meon Valley village shop undergoing a £30,000 revamp.
Meonstoke Post Office and Village Stores is set to relaunch on Saturday with a new bakery, more local produce disabled access, cafe seating and more.
Major building works were funded by nearly £30,000 from Hampshire County Council‘s Village Shops Grant and the Post Office Community Fund.
Owner Nell Gibson, a former nurse who took over the Warnford Road business last year, said village shops are “essential” to rural communities and must survive current struggles.
“Being at the heart of the community is very important,” she said. “Going the extra mile for customers is important for them.
“We’re not able to compete with the likes of Tesco and so it’s important to provide something else that people want.
“All the elderly people who come in, it’s the only sociable thing they get to have. They stand around chatting for ages and that’s why we’re putting some tables and chairs out the front, to give it a cafe feel.”
Two resident wheelchair users will cut the ribbon at 10am next Saturday, followed by free samples from local food suppliers.
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LOCAL, LOVE, just LOVE, LOCAL
We are a local business, and we like to support other local business… which means our customers are supporting TWO (sometime THREE… eg Turner Hardy Tomato Juice who use IOW tomatoes to make their juice!) local businesses, and reducing their carbon footprint….AND getting some delicious, exquisite fare at the same time….It’s a no brainer 😉
Here’s a list of some of our current suppliers…. and it keeps on growing!
Exton Park Wines – Within a mile of our shop the grapes are grown on rolling chalk slopes similar to those found in Champagne, so as you can imagine the Award Winning Sparkling Wine is sublime!
Mud Pies – normally only found at Farmers Markets these Award winning pies and squiches (square quiche… genius!) are second to none – people travel from miles to get their hands on these
Judes Icecream – Locally made just a few miles from here with fabulous flavours, even including an ice-cream treat for your doggie!
Lyburn Cheese – come and try the Lyburn Gold, Old Winchester or Garlic and Nettle – quite exquisite!
The Tomato Stall – freshly picked tomatoes delivered every week from the Isle of Wight – classic vine, mini mixed plum and cherry vine along with the most delicious slow and Oak Roasted tomatoes. Just try them – beats any normal sun dried tomato hands down!
Isle of Wight Garlic Farm – Hugely popular Oak Smoked garlic bulbs, garlic and herb infused garlic butter. Black ready to eat Garlic, Garlic stuffed Olives… Creamy Garlic Horseradish..
Happy Toast Bakery – Local Artisan and Sourdough Breads. Tuesday to Saturday daily deliveries of freshly baked breads of all shapes and sizes – Seedy Sourdough being the favourite, closely followed by the Olive Sour and Sun Dried Tomato.
Catch Isle of Wight – Award winning fish cakes made with fresh fish from the South Coast. We currently stock Crabbie Crab, Smokey Bill and Gluten Free. Yum.
New Forest Ice-cream – well established local favourite.
New Forest Aromatics Beautiful, natural products, containing high quality ingredients from natural, organic or sustainable sourced as much as possible from within the New Forest boundary or Hampshire.
Durley Strawberries – unrivalled… simply the best strawberries in the area.
Hill Farm Apple Juice – Just a couple of miles from the shop, ever popular.
Pipers Honey Farm Honey, soap and fudge from Froxfield, a few miles away – ideal for Hayfever sufferers.
Quiches, pies, tarts and cakes – handmade from two local kitchens, Baked By Tammy and Country Delights.
Godshill Cherry Orchard – Cherry Jam, Apricot Jams and Juice from the Isle of Wight.
Locally fired barbeque charcoal
Eggs – Free range eggs from Lycroft Farm just a couple of miles away.
Sunday: 7am-12 midday
Fresh fruit and vegetables
Fresh local Artisan bread (including gluten free) delivered daily
Local fine meat
Dry cleaning and laundry
Stationery, cards and gift-wrap
Fresh coffee and cappuccino
Lottery and Health lottery
Phone top up
Local ice cream
Wide range of gluten free foods
Local real ales, wines and spirits
Handmade frozen ready meals
Logs, coal and kindling
Locally fired BBQ charcoal
Newspapers and magazines
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