Category Archives: Village Shop

Hughenden Village Shop 14th July 2020

Latest news from the shop.

“We have now progressed to ‘Transition 2’ as part of a measured easing of the lockdown restrictions. This means that your new ‘outside café’ is now fully open, Monday to Saturday 9.00am – 5pm (Hot food from 10am).

There are lots of extra (socially distanced) tables and new chairs along with some areas of shelter from the sun and rain.”

The full message is here:  Letter from the Shop Manager.

The Hughenden Valley Bag Project

20200417_232533_0000My name is Emilie Kraft and I am one of the volunteers at the Hughenden Valley Community Shop. The village shop, as you know are working hard to supply the community. I have been hand decorating the bags we send out in order to give people a bit to smile about in these strange times.

I am now asking people to decorate the other side of these bags and hand them back in to our collection point. They can be decorated with anything to documents peoples experience of this new normal…
– painting
– drawing
– photographs
– poetry
– journal entries
– math homework
– shopping lists
– little doodles

I hope to create a form of archive of our community at this time.  Please help me to spread the word and encourage our community to unite through our paper bags!

As someone who has grown up in the same house in the village and then moved to London for my studies, returning in this troubling time has been eye opening. Taking orders at the shop from residents I hadn’t met before and hearing about how they are coping has been inspirational. People in this community are so giving and I think it is something that ought to be documented.

I hope you are well and safe,
Thank you very much,
Emilie Kraft
Facebook: The Hughenden Valley Bag Project
Instagram: @thehvbagproject

Village Shop – Email orders & stock list

Email Ordering Now available – We are pleased to advise that we can now take email orders to our  NEW email address:
We still also welcome phone orders on 01494 568653.
( You will continue to receive news and communication emails from the address)
When emailing, please ensure that you include your full postal address and contact telephone number. When your email or phone order is ready, a member of the team will call you for payment and arrange a delivery (or for you to collect later).
Please remember that we might not always have everything on your list, but we will do our best to fulfil as much of the order as possible and we are having deliveries daily, so you can always try again the next day. If our phone lines are busy, please bear with us and keep trying!
(Our packers and delivery drivers wear gloves. Our delivery team will knock/ring and leave your shopping on your doorstep).
Thank you.

Village shop – update 30th March 2020

Dear all,

We hope you are all staying safe and well. The shop has settled into a little more of a routine in its new format over the last week and we have a dedicated team of staff and volunteers working to maintain the running of the shop and to fulfil orders. Please see the information below regarding a reminder of the service and opening hours.

Our website should be up and running shortly and so we will post regular news regarding products and deliveries.

Hughenden Valley Community Shop – Home Delivery Hub
We are open for service between 11am and 3pm – 01494 568653. See below for details:

Main Service – home deliveries
Simply phone between 11am and 3pm – we will take your shopping list and when it is packed and ready, we will call you to take card payment over the phone. Your shopping will then be delivered a short while later when the next team of delivery volunteers arrive. (Delivery volunteers will knock/ring to make you aware of the delivery and leave your shopping on the doorstep).

Phone orders for collection later
Phone between 11am and 3pm – we will take your shopping list and when packed and ready we will call you back to take card payment. You will then be able to collect your shopping anytime up until 4pm that day. Please just knock at the door, step back and wait for your bag to be placed outside the door.

Emergency/Impromptu visits to the shop
Whilst, we can accept urgent/impromptu visits to the shop between 11am and 3pm, we would like to keep these to a minimum if possible. (This is for the safety of our staff and volunteers in the shop, as it is easier to manage the flow and social distancing between the staff and the non-sharing of payment equipment).

For key workers such as teachers still teaching in schools, emergency service and healthcare workers, we understand that you will probably not be able to make phone calls during your day, so we are happy for you to drop off shopping lists in a designated box outside the shop. We will then pack the order and deliver it for you. (Please leave your name, address and telephone number, and the time when we can call you for payment).

(For the safety of our volunteers and staff, all shop activities are being broken down into specific, separate time frames to ensure that staff are able to safely social distance from each other. Therefore, you may see staff in the shop between from 8 until 11 am but they will be receiving early bread and newspaper deliveries, receiving cash and carry and other deliveries, sorting stock and carrying out essential hygiene and housekeeping tasks only).

We will continue to send out regular communication by email so if you know anyone who would like to be added to the email list, please ask them to email me (Louise) at

Please also tell any of your family, about the home delivery service.

Take care and hope you all stay safe.
Best regards,

Your village store and coffee shop has been nominated for the 2020 Countryside Alliance Award in the Village Shop/Post Office category.

From: “Louise Jones” <>
Subject: Help us win the Rural Oscars 2020!
Date: 24 November 2019 at 18:21:22 GMT
To: “Shop Manager” <>, “Louise Jones” <>

Dear all Members and supporters,

We are delighted to advise that your village store and coffee shop has been nominated for the 2020 Countryside Alliance Award in the Village Shop/Post Office category.  The process now needs supporters and customers to add to the nomination process by going on-line to nominate and describe the benefits of the village shop.

It would be fantastic if we could get through to the next round and hope that you are able to support our nomination.  You can find out all about the awards and nominate by clicking on deadline for nominations is 8th December 2019.

As well as the section on your reason for nomination, there is also some factual information that you will need to complete which is as below: 

Name of business to be nominated: ‘Hughenden Village Store and Coffee Shop (Hughenden Valley Community Shop)’

Address:  Hughenden Village Store and Coffee Shop, Village Hall Car Park, Coombe Lane, Hughenden Valley, Bucks, HP14 4NX
(In case you need any reminders about how your community shop helps the community – It:

  • Is a hub of the community providing a 7 day service and meeting place for customers,
  • Sells many local products helping 16 local small businesses,
  • Provides free home deliveries to the elderly and housebound,
  • Provides donations such as Hampers and Cream Tea for Two vouchers to other local groups and schools for their fundraising events,
  • Often reunites owners with lost property and lost dogs (!),
  • Hosts and provides a venue for small parties such as baby showers, anniversaries and birthday celebrations,
  • Hosts evening charitable support groups,
  • Offers valuable work experience for approximately 25 Duke of Edinburgh students every year,
  • Provides a welcoming, safe and cosy place to meet for local residents and the surrounding community and for children to wait for parents after school ,
  • Serves an all-day hot food menu in the coffee shop,
  • Provides free wifi for business working
  • Provides employment for 7 staff and a great working environment and friendship group for a team of volunteers, promoting confidence, experience and companionship,
  • Has a shop choir made up of staff and volunteers,
  • Aims to be environmentally aware and use paper straws and eco-friendly takeaway cups and lids wherever we can.

We thank you very much for your support and will keep you posted on our progress.

Best regards,

Louise Jones, Hughenden Village Store and Coffee Shop