The Pantry

OUR COMMUNITY SHOP OPENING TIMES

Monday to Friday 8:00am to 5:30pm in the summer
Saturday 9:00am to 12 noon
Sunday 9:00am to 11:00am

The Pantry is operated almost entirely by volunteers. Steve Dexter is the shop manager.

The Pantry stocks fresh bread, cakes, fruit and vegetables (delivered on Wednesdays and Fridays), fresh and frozen meat, pies, newspapers, milk and other groceries including wines and spirits. Local suppliers are used and local produce stocked where possible.

  • Milk from Worcestershire and Gloucestershire
  • Bread from Tewkesbury
  • Eggs from Dormston
  • Meat, sausages, bacon and chicken from Ragley (fresh on Wednesdays)
  • Vegetables from the Pershore area (subject to availability)
  • Cordials from Gloucestershire
  • Soft drinks from Little Comberton
  • Pickles from Egdon
  • Jams and preserves from Crowle
  • Honey from Bishampton
  • Cakes from Rous Lench
  • Greetings Cards from Peopleton, Evesham and Beckford
  • Pies from Jumbo’s Cuts

As well as local food, the shop stocks stationery, a range of household goods and gifts. There is also an ordering service for cakes, bread and meat.

The Pantry is an agent for dry cleaning. In addition to clothes, you can get your curtains, duvets etc. cleaned. A shoe repair service is also available.

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BE A VOLUNTEER

Volunteers do a range of jobs. Most serve in the shop, usually for 2 or 3 hour s a week. This is a great opportunity both to help the community shop as well as to meet many of your neighbours. It can be a very socialable few hours.

Other volunteers go to the cash and carry to buy stock or collect the meat order from Ragley. Some take cardboard and other waste to the tip. Several work hard behind the scenes banking our takings and keeping accounts.

If you are interested in helping in The Pantry, please have a word with Steve. Any help is appreciated.

HISTORY OF THE VILLAGE SHOP

Peopleton Pantry is a community owned and run village shop. Following the retirement of the previous shop owner in 2010, the property was bought and retained locally and from there a Community Enterprise was formed which raised money in the new venture through the selling of shares to local people. Villagers and those from the surrounding parish have wholeheartedly bought into the idea and now, following its opening in 2010, it is a thriving business serving the community, run by volunteers, and supporting local producers and suppliers – these things are at the heart of what the shop is all about.

Peopleton Pantry is made up of three entities:

• The shop itself
The Post Office
The Tea Room

The shop is a proud supporter of the “Making Local Food Work” programme. Part of the programme is the “Look for Local Food” project which aims to help community-run and traditional independent shops to stock and sell more locally produced food, thereby also creating valuable retail outlets for small-scale producers. This means that a lot of the staple foods we stock are sourced from within 30 miles or from within the county.