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Wherever possible, we like to support the local economy and you can enjoy sausages, pies, cakes, eggs, milk, fruit and vegetables obtained from local producers.
Fresh Free Range Eggs from Hollacombe Farm
Trewethen Dairy also deliver (by order only) to us Riverford Organic Milk
Outside View of our shop
Our Community Shop is rather like the Tardis – there is a lot more inside!
Although the premises are small, we endeavour to stock a comprehensive range of essentials, including groceries,stationery, frozen/fresh foods, household products, postage stamps and some seasonal fruit and vegetables. A sample of some items we stock can be seen here.
WEEKEND NEWSPAPERS: Ordering your Saturday newspapers couldn’t be easier. Just give the shop your order and collect before 1pm on the day. No need to go out of the village and drive miles. This service is already enjoyed by many Welcombe and Meddon villagers. Why not spend more time reading than driving? One of the many benefits of having a Community Shop.
Deanna sorts the newspaper deliveries. Sheila and Volunteers manage the shop and ordering
Ring the shop: 01288 331763 (shop hours only) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
As the shop is run entirely by volunteers, you can be sure that our prices will always be very competitive and reasonable.
The Welcombe Community Shop is on the road heading towards Welcombe, Upcott, Darracott, Mead, Linton or any of the other hamlets in the Parish, not far from the Welcombe Cross junction on the A39. Welcombe Cross is the last crossroads in Devon – if you are Cornwall bound, or the first if you are heading north along the A39 Atlantic Highway away from Cornwall.
SAT NAV: EX39 6HE Google Maps Link Here
The Welcombe Community Shop is run by a management committee, details of which are available on request.
The committee is responsible for all matters concerning the everyday running of the shop, managing the finances and recruiting volunteer staff. The committee is answerable to the shareholders. The committee meets approximately once every three months.
The shop is staffed exclusively by volunteers.
We understand that most holiday makers staying in Welcombe are likely to arrive after the shop has shut for the day at 1pm.
We offer holidaymakers staying in accommodation that participates in this scheme, the opportunity to place a Grocery Order at least 7 days in advance for collection by your accommodation provider so it is waiting in your accommodation when you arrive..
You can choose the items you would like by downloading an order form and posting it to us
or phone your order through to the shop Tel: 01288 331 763 (shop hours only)
Download Printable Order-Form
If you would like to place an order, please check that your holiday accommodation provider subscribes to the scheme and would be willing to collect the pack and leave it in your accommodation ready for your arrival. Once you have submitted your order, we will confirm the total cost to you.
You can make payment in advance by cheque, (payable to ‘Welcombe Community Shop’) or at the shop in cash or by card as soon as possible after your arrival.
Orders must be received at least 7 days before the date on which the goods are to be collected please.
For more information please email email@example.com
The Management Committee would like to acknowledge the essential contribution that has been made by our funders. Their financial support has been backed up by invaluable practical help and advice. They are:-
|50% intervention grant towards building construction and refurbishment costs,
Professional Fees, Consents, Licences, equipment, fixtures and fittings.
Big Lottery Fund
|£4995 towards post office equipment, EPOS (the till), refrigeration and scales|
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
|Grant to cover the cost of the part time manager for the first two years|
|50% of building construction and refurbishment costs and of the cost of setting up the Post Office|
|Community Council for Devon||£2,000 interest free loan to pay for opening stock|
|We are grateful to all our donors for a total of almost £1,000 which went towards the cost of setting up the Industrial and Provident Society, the remainder being necessary to make up the matched funding for the intervention grant.|
|£1110 to date; used towards the cost of the opening stock.|
We would like to acknowledge the help and and advice we have received from Village Retail Services Association, – in particular, Dawn Eckhart and David Geeves. Thanks are also due to Frances Hill for her expertise in helping to secure the Esmée Fairbairn Grant.
The Welcombe Community Shop is a not-for profit village shop run by locals for the benefit of residents and visitors to Welcombe and surrounding villages.
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The shop is open half a day a week – generally from 9am to 1pm – Monday to Saturday. The shop stocks a range of everyday groceries and other produce. Much of the fresh food on sale is locally sourced and throughout the week we have fresh deliveries from our various suppliers
Take a look Behind the Scenes
On Monday and Thursday mornings the Welcombe Community Shop hosts a Post Office Counter providing a full range of Post Office services. On Saturdays, you can collect pre-ordered newspapers. We are unable to offer this service on weekdays due to the low demand.
For visitors to the area (and locals too if you wish), we offer the ability to place an advanced order for produce that can then be collected from the shop or, by prior arrangement with their holiday host, left at their accommodation. Coming soon will be an online order form but for now there is a form that you can download and post to us.
Just a sample of the produce we stock …………..
A sub-post office was first opened at Down Cottage in Welcombe on 14th July 1930.
The post mistress was Miss Ada Cornish.
In 1945 the post office moved to Star Cottage where it was run, first by Miss Lucy Jewell until 1956 and then by Mr Grimmett until 1959.
Three applications to take over the post office were received but one applicant withdrew because of the small salary offered. No change there then!
Rose and George Pendry were newcomers to the area. Whilst on holiday in the area, they had seen an advertisement for two new houses for let in Welcombe. They applied and were delighted to be offered No.1 Darracott. George was a carpenter by trade, but an accident at work had seriously damaged his feet and he became a London cabbie instead. George brought his cab to Welcombe, and although he had no license for it’s hire down here, he continued to drive it for the rest of his life.
Rose took over and ran the Post Office from her home from 1959 until 1992. Sadly, two break-ins around Christmas time in 1991, left Rose unwell and hastened her decision to retire, which at age 79 was quite justified.
Meanwhile,in the 1950’s Margaret Cornish decided to open a small shop in her front room at Leddon Farm. The farm’s own unpasturised milk and the home made scones became legendary. In 1994, Margaret’s daughter-in-law, Elaine Cornish, took over the business and opened a splendid new shop in newly converted tailormade premises next door.
She also reopened the Post Office; Welcombe had it’s first shop and Post Office combined. Elaine ran the shop almost single handed for twelve years, opening seven days a week and closing only for a few days at Christmas. It was a real hub of the community and a valuable asset.
By 2005, Elaine was finding that pressure from the supermarkets meant that making a living from running a village shop in such a small community was not easy and felt the time had come for a change. The community were very sad when the shop closed in March 2005 but we all understood Elaine’s difficult decision.
A very well supported village meeting was called in February 2005 to discuss ways in which a shop could be re-opened. The meeting was unanimous that a shop was needed and the idea of using volunteers to run the shop as a not for profit community venture was heavily supported. A steering group was appointed to explore solutions. It took sixteen months of hard work and dedication to raise funding, find premises, formulate the constitution and bring together all the other strands necessary to make the project a reality. It was a long and not always, straightforward process but the new shop finally opened for business on 21st June 2006. There was a grand opening on 1st July.
Welcombe Post Office operates as a satellite of Hartland Post Office.
The Post Office is open on:
Mondays (except public holidays) between 9:00am and 12:00 noon,
Thursdays between 9.30am and 12.30pm.
Banking at the Post Office
When the Post Office is open a range of banking services are available – see the Post Office website for details
Click on the logo below to visit the Post Office website