Lybury North Community Shop and Post Office has been going for 15 years. I have been a member of the management committee since it started, first as secretary and latterly as chair person.
A lot of people still expect a village shop to be expensive, but if I tell you that apart from a paid book keeper, every aspect of the running of the shop is carried out by volunteers, and that even so we make just over £1,000 profit per year, you’ll realise that prices must be quite reasonable! To give you an example, how much would you normally expect to pay for half a dozen free range eggs? In our shop, they cost £1.10p! On some of the things we sell there is very little profit. Newspapers are an example, especially after we have paid the cost of carriage. Nevertheless, it is a service that is very much appreciated and one that we wish to continue to offer.
We run the shop for the community, but in order for it to remain viable we do need to turn over enough stock and treat it as a real business. Sometimes it is difficult to reach the minimum volume that we need to order from our suppliers. The more rapidly we turn over the goods, the less we waste. For this we need yourcustom.
You’d think that after so many years association with the shop I would be familiar with all the products on sale, but as I am not a counter volunteer, I was amazed when I took part in the end of year stocktake on the 30 December to discover just what an amazing range we cover. For your interest, I’ve listed many of the items below. And remember, most of them are very competitively priced. Tiny as it is, Lydbury North Community Shop is a real Tardis.
Rita Baker (Chair Person)
General Groceries range of breakfast cereals salt pepper herbs spices mustard oxo cubes (chicken & beef) tomato purée marmite pickles pasta (spaghetti, lasagne, fusilli etc.) pot noodles chinese noodles rice (including easy-cook)dried fruits (currants, raisins, sultanas, mixed) flour sugar (white and brown) jelly sunflower oil olive oil suet malt vinegar balsamic vinegar bisto pesto
Soft Drinks lemonade soda water tonic water coca cola water (still) water (sparkling) energy drinks (e.g. iron brew) lucozade ginger beer orange squash lemon squash Ribena sparkling orange & lemon Miscellaneous candles batteries basic pharmaceuticals(e.g.aspirin, paracetamol, ibuprofen, cough medicine, lemsip) ladies’tights
Tobacco Products selection of cigarettes, tobacco, cigarette papers, lighters, matches etc. Alcoholic drinks a varying range of wines(from every day to special occasion prices) ginger wine beers & lagers(canned & bottled) choice of cider