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.
Semley Village Stores has just won its first ever award after only 6 months by becoming runners up in the category of Best Community Initiative. We were nominated by the South West Area Board and were in competition with over 300 initiatives across the County, broken down into 7 categories.
Resplendent in country and western garb 2 committee members represented the shop and joined 100-150 others at a full on BAFTA style Western ‘gala’ evening hosted by Wiltshire County Council who held their 2012 Annual Voluntary and Community Awards at Corn Exchange at Devizes on 2nd October 2012. The eventual winners were the Trowbridge Alzheimer’s Hub but as runners up we walked away with a prize of £250.
On a slightly more serious note it is of great credit to Wiltshire Council that they have produced the initial spark to quite so many community initiatives; including £5,000 to our shop. Well done all.