We have over 50 volunteers. Most help in the shop and café – others do tasks such as facebook, Instagram, organising the summer and winter markets and banking money. We even have a newly formed group who are looking at how to reduce plastic and other detrimental packaging.


From left to right, Pamela, Mandy and Avril . . . Mandy is our lovely shop manager. Pamela and Avril are founding members of the shop and are active volunteers.



From left to right, Nathaniel, Olivia, Bryony and Toby, just some of our young volunteers . . . 

If you have a couple of hours to spare each week and if you are feeling the need for a little company and fun, why not consider helping out at your community shop? Volunteer sessions only last for two-and-a-half hours and can be flexible enough to suit your personal needs.

You need not even commit to once a week. Some volunteers work a fortnightly shift. Volunteering offers the opportunity to meet a wide range of people from all walks of life and to experience something a bit different and out of the ordinary for most of us. Our youngest volunteer is 14 years old: our oldest is over 80! And we have volunteers from many of the surrounding villages including Hermitage, Cold Ash and Compton.

Both the shop and the café are here for our community and that, of course, means you. Please think about it, and for further information please ring:

The Shop – 01635 202642
Avril Mason –  01635 201307

Or you could pop into the shop for a chat. There is always someone there to help and we would love to see you.

Recent News

The Plunkett People’s Choice Award

Thanks to everyone who supported Mary Dennis by voting for her in the Plunkett Foundation’s People’s Choice Award, celebrating outstanding volunteers. Mary was one of just three finalists chosen from the nationwide competition. Mary, Avril and Pamela attended the presentation ceremony on 6 December at the St Bride Foundation, Fleet Street in London, hosted by the television journalist Helen Fospero.  An amazing achievement, congratulations Mary. The winner was Ronald Thorne (Chittlehamholt Village Shop) and the other finalist was Mark Godfrey (Maybush Inn). There is now a certificate showing Mary’s achievement, proudly displayed in the shop. The full details are hereThere are also two new videos produced by the Plunkett Foundation featuring Hampstead Norreys Community Shop. This one features Avril talking about how the shop was established and how it has evolved, and this one, telling the story of the “Walkie Talkies” social group, featuring Natalie.

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