Summer has arrived! Well the weather may not be so summery but that hasn’t stopped the cherries who made their entrance to the shop on 12th June and a week earlier than expected. We are delighted to have local grower W&D Riccini supplying us once again and their wonderful fruit is already proving to be popular. At just £6 a kilo, good value too, a benefit of sourcing direct from the farm. Along with cherries, you will also find other summer fruits including local strawberries and raspberries. A lovely bowl of fresh, seasonal berries with local double cream from our local dairy – scrumptious. Seasonal fruits also make a great addition to a glass of Pimms and lemonade, we have everything you need in store for this refreshing summer delight!

Richard Borthwick is once again growing and supplying bunches of beautiful sweet smelling Sweet Peas. The bunches can be obtained with a minimum donation of £2.50 per bunch. They are located on the flower stand outside the shop entrance and all funds raised go to the Fifth Trust. Please support this worthwhile cause and fill your home with their glorious scent.

Despite the weather, have you noticed all the honey bees in the village gardens and fields busy collecting nectar to make our Product of the Month – Honey!  We stock a wonderful range of local honey including jars of Barham Village, Hearts Delight and North Downs, fresh deliveries through the summer. If you favour something of the everyday, we also have squeezy bottles of Rowse honey. There is scientific evidence that honey exerts a number of health benefits, a spoonful a day just may keep the doctor away!

On that note, hay fever season is very much here and we have a number of medicines behind the till to help relieve this debilitating allergy. Please do ask at the counter and we’ll do our best to help.


If you are considering purchasing a gift or card by way of a ‘Thank You’ to a special Teacher, we have a range of suitable gifts and cards available including gift cards. Chocolate is often a favourite and new in store we have bars of Galaxy Mint and Cadbury’s Daim for you to try. For an extra special gift, in the Shop Local section we have local hand made fudge in presentation boxes supplied by the Fudge Kitchen, Canterbury including the Classic range, the Title range, Clotted Cream flavour and Maple and Pecan flavour. It’s simply delicious!