Colston Tennis Club
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Filkins Community Shop
Nick Goodenough, of Broadwell, writes:
Exercise is so important, and sport is predicted to come roaring back when lockdown ends, no more so than at Colston, Broadwell's very own Tennis Club.
Colston had its first meeting in the grounds of Filkins Hall on 4 May 1896. For £15 p.a., the Club rented part of the grounds including a cottage and some outbuildings so that members would have somewhere to stable their horses whilst playing tennis.
The Shop had a very successful Christmas supplying turkeys and other seasonal products. We continue to extend our range of products and since the last update we have introduced a range of frozen foods from locally owned Mustard Foods. HOT OFF THE PRESS – Mustard Foods have just introduced smaller sachets with 2-3 servings. You can see the range if you come to the shop and if you let us know what you would like to try this will help us match our order to your preferences.
We continue to get sourdough delivered from Lynwoods every Monday morning and also proving popular are Lynwood’s ground and bean coffee packs, as well as their range of teas.
Another brand new venture, in response to demand from our customers, is to reintroduce Cook Foods which we sold regularly in the past. Unfortunately they will still not supply a commercial order of less than £800 but we can get an order delivered free of charge. We plan to place a monthly order on the 1st of each month so you need to get an order in by the last day of the previous month. Since we will be passing these orders on at cost we will make a nominal 20p charge per item.
We are currently renting the post office space from the Parish Council with a view to making this a permanent arrangement. This extra space will allow us to further develop our product range and we would be interested to have your input, bearing in mind the need to turnover products fairly quickly to avoid waste.
As well as returning a healthy surplus in 2019-20 we have just passed the £2000 mark for our charity donations in the last 12 months - £1070 for Wear It Pink, £400 for the village playground, £400 for the Poppy Appeal and £135 for Helen & Douglas House. From February we will be raising money to buy a new bench for the Village Centre, but please let us know if there is a local charity which you think is worthy of our support.
The Food Bank continues to operate in the Shop with Don and Moira picking up a box every two/three weeks to take to Witney where it is very gratefully received.
As you can see the Shop Committee has been very pro-active in attempting to continue to develop its role in the community and we would like to thank all our volunteers and customers for their continued and enhanced support.
Some of the great facilities at Colston Tennis Club