May brings longer daylight hours and with it the potential for warmer sunnier days. 1st to 7th May is Sun Awareness Week, reminding us of the importance of protecting our skin from the harmful rays of the sun every day. To ensure you have access to sun screen nearby, we stock a range of Altruist products providing high quality sunscreen at the lowest possible price. These products have been developed by dermatologist and Barham resident Dr Andrew Birnie and we are pleased to offer them in store. You can find more about sun awareness on line by searching ‘sun awareness 2023’

The Easter Colouring Competition proved to be a hit with the children with 28 colourful entries that made a wonderful display in store over the Easter holidays. Congratulations to winners Nora, Lyra Wilkins and Bonnie Calderwood who were each presented a chocolate easter egg for their creative work.

April had been cool and wet and the English Asparagus crop was consequently delayed. Our former supplier has now retired his plot but we are thrilled to have found another source of local asparagus from a farm in Ash. We aim to have a regular supply (weather permitting) through the short season when it’s available. This year we will sell loose only so that you can purchase as much or as little as you like. Served with butter or hollandaise sauce it is the most delicious taste of summer!

We have invested in a new flower and plant display stand making it easier to see what’s on offer and with the potential to expand our range. We plan to bring back a range of potted plants as well as the cut flowers that have become so popular. Look out for what’s available as you approach the front door, you can’t miss it!

There are a number of bank holiday Mondays in May including an extra one for the coronation of King Charles III. Opening hours on the 1st, 8th and 29th May will be adjusted accordingly with the shop open from 09:00 until 10:30 only and the Post Office closed. This enables our staff and volunteers who give up their time to enjoy the holiday Mondays and celebrations too. Happy Holidays to One and All!