Charles Chevalier Brut d’Honneur Champagne
A classic blend of Pinot Noir (50%) Chardonnay (30%) and Petit Meunier (20%)
Aged in the cellars in Champagne for at least 18 months before release
Pinot Grigio, La Deliziosa – Italy
A simple, but attractive Pinot Grigio from the North of Italy
Sauvignon Blanc, Pasquiers, Vin de Pays – France
A very clever blended wine from the South of France. 75% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Vermentino which is normally found in North Italy
Chardonnay, Listening Station – Australia
100% Chardonnay, but no oak with wonderful zingy freshness and good length
Picpoul de Pinet, La Viste -France
Made 100% from the Picpoul grape which means “lip stinger” in French, but this wine is far from that. Delicious with grilled fish or white meat
Fiano “Ciaca Bianca”, Mandrarossa, Sicily
A rich balanced wine from South West Sicily with hints of jasmine, basil and grapefruit on the palate
Chablis, Domaine de la Motte – France
Chablis is the most northerly wine growing region in Burgundy. 10% of the wine is aged in oak to give more breadth and structure
Merlot, Les Oliviers – France
80% Merlot and 20% Mouvèdre which gives the wine a bit more depth and balance
Shiraz Listening Station – Australia
A succulent, easy drinking red from the State of Victoria. 100% Shiraz (Syrah in France). Goes well with all red meat dishes
Pinot Noir, Baron de Poce, Loire – France
A light easy drinking Pinot Noir from the Loire Valley
Rioja, Bodegas Artesa – Spain
100% organic Tempranillo from Northern Spain
Il Faggio, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo – Italy
Wine from the Abruzzo region with hints of dark fruits and cherries with soft easy tannins
Château Baron Bellevue, Côtes de Bourg – Bordeaux, France
A classic blend of Cabernet sauvignon and Merlot from the north of the region
Malbec, Amauta Absoluto – Argentina
Malbec is the red grape of Argentina, but it originated from the Cahors region of France. Delicious with a succulent steaChâteau Courac, Côtes du Rhône – France. A Southern Rhône blend of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan – hints of spice and warmth on the nose with balanced structure
Château Courac, Côtes du Rhône – France
A Southern Rhône blend of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan – hints of spice and warmth on the nose with balanced structure
£9,000 donated to school, church and village hall
28rd September, 2020
The Covid-19 lockdown has been boom time for Semley Village Stores, so much so that it has been able to give £9,000 of surplus funds back to community projects this month.
In March, no one wanted to go to a supermarket but the sun was shining and ‘socially distanced’ queueing for the shop meant a chance to catch up with friends. The community shop took on an extra paid manager, expanded its range of fruit and vegetables, managed to stock loo rolls, pasta, flour and yeast when others failed and served its ‘shielding’ community with on-line ordering and deliveries.
Local people responded generously. The shop’s turnover more than trebled in April and May. In July, as restrictions were eased, turnover was still twice as much as last year and this is continuing through August and September.
With the increased turnover, the shop, which was set up to benefit the community, can now say thank you to everyone who has “shopped local” through lockdown and since.
Semley C of E school is installing a new library, the village hall needs more refurbishment and the St Leonard’s church maintenance fund will be boosted.
All three causes have been hit by the difficulty of raising money during lockdown. Covid-19 restrictions also meant the village fete, which usually generates about £5,000 for local causes, had to be cancelled. The donations from the shop will more than compensate for the loss of fete income.
Pene Cairns, Chair, Semley Village Stores committee, said “This is what we always hoped to be able to do when we set the shop up. It is a wonderful way to say thank you to all our customers, new and old. I hope that everyone, especially the volunteers who keep the shop going, enjoys this reward for our efforts. We also hope that all our customers continue to support our shop and our community.”
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Customers, volunteers and Committee Members spent the weekend of 22nd and 23rd April celebrating the shop’s 5th birthday. To mark the occasion balloons and bunting were put out and visitors enjoyed free mini pastries and a delicious elderflower and almond cake with a mascarpone and pistachio topping kindly baked by Annie Meston, local cook “extraordinaire” – until it was gone, which didn’t take long.
People gathered outside and in while the sun shone.
Front row (L to R): Pene Cairns (Chair and volunteer), Lal Poynder (Manager), Elizabeth Bricknell (customer)
Behind: (L to R): Alex Allfrey (Treasurer), Annie Meston (Committee and volunteer) Nell Faulkener (customer), Imogen Bersey (Saturday manager), Julia Rasch (volunteer), Tamsin Cairns (website), Robin Moors (Committee and volunteer), Stuart Cowen (volunteer)
Hiding behind: other customers
Those outside came in and were joined by John Stoller, a recent volunteer who can be seen behind the counter
Annie Meston’s fabulous birthday cake
Everyone enjoyed the cake in the cafe area – to stop the candles blowing out
This couple, Laura and Tom, had just flown in from Vancouver and found us by chance. They were thrilled to be part of our celebrations before setting off for Shaftesbury, the coast and continental Europe for two months.