Tim Lyon has set-up a website for the Ascott shop.
Tim Lyon has set-up a blog for the Ascott shop.
Welcome to our award-winning Community Shop!
Opened in 2003, the shop was acquired as a bare shell in a new housing development. In a hectic six months, villagers raised funds to take the enterprise from bare brick to fully stocked shelves. Willing volunteers plastered the walls, installed all the services, laid flooring and obtained shelving, chillers and freezers. The delightful result is a tribute to all those who contributed in any way.
Now hugely successful, the shop crowned 2007 with three awards. In the Countryside Alliance’s Best Rural Retailer Awards, we won Best Village Shop in the South and in the National Finals, came runner-up in the same category. We were also Oxfordshire Regional Community Council’s Best Village Shop for 2007.
Our ethos is local shopping, local sourcing, to be at the heart of the community. The majority of our suppliers lie within 30 miles and we are members of the Local Food project. Trying to eliminate plastic bags, we sell jute shopping bags in green complete with the shop logo.
Our wide-ranging stock includes:
- Fresh Huffkins Bread and Rolls from Burford
- Free-range and organic meat and eggs
- Fresh fruit and vegetables
- Wines and spirits from Oxford Wine, beer from Hook Norton and Wychwood Breweries
- Baguettes, croissants, pastries and hot snacks baked daily on the premises
- Fresh sandwiches and filled rolls
- A wide selection of luxury goods and greetings cards
- And much, much more, all at competitive prices
Monday – Friday 7.30am – 6.30pm
Saturday 8am – 4pm
Sunday 9am -12 noon
New to the Village? You can order groceries from us when you’re moving in and the shop is a great place to meet people. Ascott is a lovely, friendly village.
Like to Volunteer? The shop is run by a small number of paid staff and over 40 volunteers. You’ll be given full training and find working in the shop is most enjoyable. So why not join us?
Come and see us, you’ll find a very warm welcome
Telephone: 01993 831240
Last week, the shop announced that it had been voted Best Rural Retailer for the South Region in the Countryside Alliance’s annual competition.
This new award is from the Oxfordshire Rural Community Council, one of 38 rural community councils in England, whose aim is to promote thriving, sustainable rural communities and to alleviate the disadvantage experienced by many people who live in them.
Village Shop of the Year is an annual competition, with a certificate and a cheque for £250 to the winner. In 2005, the Ascott shop was runner-up.
Opened in November 2003 by Radio Oxford’s Bill Heine, the shop recently starred in BBC’s Countryfile and ITV’s Heart of the Country programme on the nationwide revival in sourcing and buying locally.
The Ascott enterprise has always promoted a strong policy of purchasing goods from businesses in the area and encouraging local shopping. It is a member of the Local Food project, purchasing from outlets such as the Foxbury Farm Shop and Callow’s Farm at Stonesfield and buying Huffkins bread and cakes from Burford and rape-seed oil from Gloucestershire. The knowledgeable staff are eager to discuss sources and qualities of food with the customers. This ethos led to the introduction of jute shopping bags to replace plastic. Prices are continuously monitored to compare favourably with local supermarkets.
The shop is run by a group of over 40 volunteers who are passionate about serving and uniting the local community and devote countless hours to supporting the business. When parts of the village were overwhelmed by floods in July, the shop acted as a lifeline, donating emergency packs to the needy and serving a never-ending stream of customers with staples, ready meals and some wine to calm shattered nerves. Not only that, the store became a centre for help and information.
The judge for Best Village Shop commented that he was particularly taken by the passion and commitment shown by so many people.
Alan Chubb, Chairman of the shop’s management committee said: “Wow! – two awards in one week! We’re all so thrilled and excited. This is a tribute to all those involved in the shop and to our loyal customers, too. Ascott under Wychwood is just a super community.”
First conceived in 2005, the competition was established by the Countryside Alliance to support and promote rural communities and the efforts of thousands in keeping those communities alive. It is run in conjunction with the Daily Telegraph and Farmers Weekly.
Awards are divided into four categories and the UK into 12 regions. Categories are Best Local Food, Best Village Shop/Post Office, Best Diversification and the Daily Telegraph Best Traditional Business.
Ascott Shop won Best Village Shop for the South region, which covers Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire.
Opened in November 2003 by Radio Oxford’s Bill Heine, the shop recently starred in BBC’s Countryfile and ITV’s Heart of the Country programme on the nationwide revival in sourcing and buying locally; in 2005, it was runner-up in the Oxfordshire Village Shop of the Year Competition.
Sara Rutherford, Regional Director for the South and leader of the local judging panel said: ‘The loss of the village shop some years ago on the owners’ retirement was keenly felt by the whole community. Grasping the opportunity to have a brand-new one as part of a property development, a volunteer group worked miracles, raising funds from the residents, completely fitting out the bare shell and stocking the shelves. The result is stunning and has become pivotal to the community. The group of over 40 volunteers who run the enterprise are passionate about serving and uniting the local community and devote countless hours both on and off stage to that end. In July, the village was overwhelmed by floods for the first time in 150 years, forcing many from their homes. Barely escaping the waters, the shop was manned by a rota of volunteers, donating emergency packs to the needy and serving a never-ending stream of customers with staples, ready meals and some wine to ease the pain. Not only that, the store became a nerve-centre for help and information. Everyone involved was pleased and proud to have acted as a lifeline in the crisis.’
Along with the other regional winners, Ascott Shop will be invited to a reception at the House of Lords on 6 February 2008 to celebrate their win and learn who the Alliance’s national judging panel has chosen as the UK Best Rural Retailers of 2007.
Alan Chubb, Chairman of the shop’s management committee said: “This is a wonderful Christmas present, an accolade to the shop, to the enormous team effort that has brought the shop where it is today and to the great community of Ascott under Wychwood village.”