ISLIP VILLAGE SHOP REPORT - November & December 2014

What a relief when I returned from holiday to find October's report had been written by Kate Venables & Chris Cook. A huge thank you to both & for their kind remarks and also to the small band of volunteers who ran the shop, as normal, during my much needed holiday.

By the time you read this our AGM will have taken place and we will have donated money to organisations who have submitted bids. Monday 13th November was our 14th Birthday, how time flies.

Everyone will now be preparing for Christmas, not least your village shop. As many of you know, it makes Christmas so easy to be able to come and collect everything on 23rd December, with no queues and problems of parking. Christmas order forms are available at the shop or by emailing us. Our main collection for Christmas orders will be Tuesday 23rd December but other dates are possible. Do fill in the Require-By date on each form.

We are delighted that Bartlett's Butchers of Kidlington have agreed to supply us regularly & for Christmas. You can now buy their products, from us, at the same price as in their shop. They deliver, as and when we need, so place orders & take advantage of their special offers as well. In addition to their usual sausages they make two "specials" each week, details of these will be in the shop. Please ask if you need information on anything. There are 3 kinds of turkeys available for Christmas to suit your budget and exciting Santa, Xmas cracker & Three Kings sausages, chipolatas and sausagemeat. Do collect an order form if you didn't do so at our Christmas Food Fair.

Islip Christmas cards and Christmas stamps for all destinations are available. Avoid queues at the Post Office for overseas mail, we can do it for you as long as it will go in the Post Box! Amanda Porter, Islip author, will be signing her new book "The Roots of the Tree, an ideal Christmas present. It is currently on sale at the shop, where you can read reviews.

We have many local cheeses, including the organic small Brie ones from Simon Weaver: Cotswold Brie, Cotswold Blue veined Brie, Smoked Brie, Herb Brie & their Single Gloucester. Ideal for your cheese board or as presents. Do place orders in good time for small cheeses such as Baby Waterloo & Wigmore, Crudge's Revolution & Burford as I need to order well in advance to guarantee availability.

This year Shand's homemade Christmas cakes, including gluten free, slices, mincemeat slices & mince pies. Cakes are available with marzipan & icing or with fruit & nuts. Debbie's mincemeat & Christmas puddings are also available gluten free.

Local honeycomb in a gift box has been selling well and we have managed to obtain more. Only £5.50, cheaper than anywhere I have seen it on sale. Another ideal local present.
Two new Islip lavender products are available: Body Butter & Body Latte. We also have three new infused Stainswick rapeseed oils: Chilli Zing (lemony), Chipotle (smoky) & Fiery Naga. A canvas gift bag with three 250 ml bottles and a drizzle spout makes an ideal gift as does a signed copy of Amanda Roberts's novel. Apologies for the mistake last month!
We will close for Christmas on Wednesday 24th December at 12.30 & re-open on Saturday 27th for a short time. Full details of opening times over Christmas & the New Year will be available at the shop.

Since November, our new weekly, friendly supplier of free range eggs is Beechwood Farm, Hampton Norreys. Read more about them on their website. Their eggs were used in the Great British Bake Off.

The building work for the extension will begin on Monday 5th. The shop will be closed that week while we move to a portacabin, where we will re-open on Friday 9th January
We hope that by enabling you to collect all your Christmas supplies from us, thus avoiding visits to lots of shops & especially the queues to park & pay, we make life easy for you this Christmas. Make this a Village Event.

We are delighted to have another volunteer, Annette Jaggard, already well established in the shop! The Committee are also delighted that Gwen Scott has agreed to come on the Committee.

Wishing you a Very Happy, Healthy & Peaceful Christmas & New Year.

Email orders and enquiries to

Last Posting Dates are:
3rd December - New Zealand, Far East, Asia
4th December - Australia
5th December - Africa, Caribbean, Central & South America, Middle East
8th December - Cyprus, Eastern Europe, Greece
9th December - Canada, Poland
12th December- USA
13th Eastern Europe
18th 2nd Class UK
20th 1st Class UK

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