Time to Spare?

Could you help your local community shop?

Have you found that now, for what ever reason, you have a few hours a week to fill. Perhaps you are new to the village and want to find a way to meet people. Do you just want to give something back to the community?

Titchmarsh Village Shop could be just the place for you.

At the moment the shop is run by Jane, our manager, who puts in many more hours than she is contracted for. Her helpers are a dedicated band of volunteers who, with Jane, manage to keep the shop open full days Monday to Friday and until lunchtime at the weekend. But we really do need more help.

It would be wonderful if we did not have to struggle to cover slots when illness hits or the holiday season is upon us. It would be brilliant if we could have two volunteers in the shop at all times and it would be an enormous help to Jane if she could just ‘get on with her paperwork’ without having to keep an eye on the shop as well.

We also need people who do not want a regular slot but are happy to help out on an ad hoc basis, or who will do deliveries in the village or will help with the collection of soft fruits during the summer months. There are many ways in which volunteers can help keep our village shop open.

Our current volunteers are a very friendly bunch who are eager to help new recruits learn the ropes. Everyone understands that there will be times that you can’t help out because of other commitments and that is when everyone else pulls together.

So if you think you could you could help us, pop into the shop and have a chat with whoever is behind the counter or e-mail Jane at titchmarsh.villageshop@googlemail.com – she will all be delighted to hear from you.

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