Volunteer’s evening, 21 February – and suggestions for the summer?

37 volunteers, staff and committee members came together on Tuesday 21st February for a great evening, celebrating our lovely shop and café. Thanks to Avril for organising and to Stefon for the delicious food: lamb tagine (or a vegetarian option of filo pastry with feta cheese), couscous or new potatoes, salad – and a chocolate brownie. Much elderflower juice and red wine and white wine was consumed! We are planning another social event sometime in the summer – do please let us know if you have any suggestions. A barbeque outside perhaps? It would be lovely to see even more volunteers at that event.

Volunteer Vacancy

We are currently looking at the volunteer rota with a view to trying to fill gaps on a more permanent basis – if you do not currently volunteer but could offer just a two and a half hour slot once a week, or once a fortnight, or even once a month. please do let us know. We rely on volunteers to keep our shop going but are currently struggling to find enough people.

Barbara’s Seeded Snack Cracker

Barbara’s new large cracker is called SEEDED SNAP CRACKER! It’s delicious, wheat and gluten free, dairy free, egg free, fat free, sugar free. Made with almonds and buckwheat flakes and seeds. Will be in the HNCS sometime this week. Lasts for ages too that’s if you don’t eat it all at once as soon as you snap a bit off!!! “Definitely the best cracker I’ve made so far”!

Garden-to-Plate

Further developing our commitment to low food miles and local food we are asking local people if they would like to be involved in producing home grown fruit, vegetables and flowers to use or sell in the cafe or shop. Please ask for details in the shop or leave your details if you would like to be involved in this scheme in any way.

New Chef

Penny Austin, cook extraordinaire, has decided that she needs to work fewer hours to concentrate more on her gardening business. From next Monday we welcome Renauld Gaillard Hopkins as cook/chef, working five days a week. Renauld has worked in several restaurants in France and England, and we very much look forward to trying his food. Penny, we are pleased to say, will continue with us, albeit on a much reduced basis.

Change in Management

Danielle has recently asked to step down as shop manager to enable her to work fewer hours and pursue other interests, but we are very pleased that she will continue working with us as assistant manager.

We are delighted to announce that Mandy has been appointed as shop manager, from Saturday 20th August. We are lucky to have someone with her experience.

Change to our staffing

It has been a time of great change for our staffing. We said a fond farewell to Kathy Halls and to Lynda Wilson, shop assistants – Kathy is now working at the Key Clinic above the shop so we are pleased to still see her around. Although Mary Dennis is no longer a paid member of staff, we are thrilled that she is now volunteering with us – thank you Mary. Sadly, Jane Houston is also leaving us. Her cheerful approach will be very much missed.

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