As you would expect, this month’s shop talk is all about Christmas. Barham Village Store has plenty to tempt you. We will be stocking a variety of goodies, for example Cartmel Christmas Puddings, Simply Christmas Cakes, locally made chocolates, seasonal tins of biscuits, sparkling wines from Simpsons and Manor Wines, Harvey’s sherry, Baileys, festive ales from Canterbury  Ales, Christmas cards and tree decorations to name but a few

Of course, there is the meat. White or Bronze free range turkeys can be ordered in various sizes as can turkey crowns. Chandler and Dunn are also offering meat hampers which consist of turkey, chipolatas and bacon, with either topside of beef or a gammon joint. That should see most families through to the New Year. There will also be goose and duck, so there is plenty of choice. All the meat can be ordered in advance – please ask at the counter for an order form.

The opening hours over the holiday period will be:
Christmas Eve
Shop 08.00 – 15.00, post office 09.00 – 12.00.

Christmas Day and Boxing Day – closed

New Year’s Eve
shop 08.00 – 18.00 (normal hours) post office 09.00 – 12.00

New Year’s Day – closed.

There is good news for newspaper aficionados. Geoff Grabham will be selling newspapers from his home (Merioneth, Old Valley Road) between 8am and 10.30am on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

The post office has One4All gift cards available in a variety of Christmas designs, they cover a wide range of shops and restaurants so are a great idea if you are stuck for present ideas.

We are also thanking you in advance for being patient at the post office this month. There is room for only one counter and there will be a lot of people wanting to get their Christmas post off in good time. Breathe deeply and relax!

The shop staff and committee would like to thank the customers who are buying the milk in glass bottles. People seem to really like the idea. There is a crate outside the entrance for the return of empty bottles so please don’t throw them away, they get thoroughly washed by Plurenden Manor Farm Dairy and are then reused, just like they used to be in times gone by.

The staff, the committee and all the volunteers at the shop would like to wish readers and customers a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.