We have now celebrated our 15th Birthday. Many thanks to Gwen Scott, who made the delicious Birthday cake and to all those who turned up for the Oxford Mail photographer. By the time you read this the birthday celebrations will have been reported on "That's Oxford TV". Newspaper cuttings, photos and Doris's poems are in the shop for you to see how the shop has developed over the years. What a transformation! It would be fantastic to have all these in a scrapbook for the future. Is this is a job you would enjoy doing at home? Let me know - we would be so grateful. The last 15 years have been a steep learning curve for us, which all involved have found very rewarding.

As usual we will be open until 7.00 on Bonfire Night. This year we will be able to enjoy looking at the Bonfire from inside the shop!
Do you have any photos of the village that you think would make a good Christmas card? We would love to produce a new one in addition to the old.

Not to be missed is our Christmas Food Fair on 21st November from 2.00 - 4.00 in the Terrace Room. This will be an ideal time to do your Christmas shopping at leisure, with all our local products available, and to think about and collect order forms for Christmas food and presents. Some of our local suppliers will be there and there will be tastings of local products. We will be using our usual suppliers for meat and poultry, fruit and vegetables, smoked fish and meat, bread, eggs, cakes, cheese, conserves etc.

As many of you know it makes Christmas very easy when you are able to come and collect everything on 23rd, with no queues and no parking problems. Christmas stamps and last posting dates will be available as soon as they are released. Avoid queues at The Post Office, especially for overseas mail. We can do it for you as long as it will go in the Post Box.
Viv's home-made ice cream is selling well, as are her Nutella cake, salted caramel brownies and caramel shortbread squares. She has come up with a list of ice creams for Christmas and is trialling these. There will also be other delicacies, gift wrapped and ideal for presents.

Details of our donations to the community are separate in the Newsletter. Note how you benefit the wider community by patronising the shop and contributing to its funds.

With thanks to everyone for their help.
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Very many thanks to our Committee and small band of volunteers who did so much extra in keeping the shop running while I was on holiday.

British Food Fortnight began on 19th September and ends on 4th October, so it is not too late to celebrate this by buying British, especially local foods of which we now have a good number. Try some of our recipes, available at the shop, which use local
I have been approached by someone in Beckley about stocking her home-made ice cream, ten kinds in all. They sound very tempting and include Butterscotch Pecan, Amaretto Biscotti, Tiramisu and Chocolate Chilli. A full list is available online or at the shop. Do let me know if you are interested and place an order.

Rectory Farm 12.5 and 25kg sacks of potatoes are now available, so do order. Varieties are Saxon, Wilja, both whites, and Desiree or Mozart, which are red. It is great that we have been able to have strawberries at the end of September. We really appreciate the excess local produce that people keep bringing to the shop. It quickly disappears, showing how popular it is.
This year it will be the Shop's 15th Birthday on 14th October. I cannot believe we have been open that long and achieved what we have. We are still working on plans to improve the entrance and outside of the shop. Our main aim is to meet your needs and offer you the best service we can.

Please do come to our A G M on Tuesday 6th October at 6.30 in the Terrace Room

Our Christmas Food Fair this year is on Saturday 21st November from 2.00 - 4.00 in the Terrace Room. Do put this important date in your diary. It is a time to start and plan for Christmas, sample some of our local products and meet some of the suppliers, collect Christmas order forms and see what is available. So many of our local products make ideal Christmas presents and are available gift wrapped. We hope to have Islip Honeycomb again in a presentation box. It is so much easier to collect from us in one go rather than park and queue elsewhere.

As usual we will have Christmas stamps and can weigh and stamp your overseas cards.
Thanking you for your service. Please email me with orders or enquiries

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