As you will now be aware, in the early hours of 14th June a fire broke out in the store.
Arrangements are being made for temporary alternative premises. We are looking to reinstate stock and services incrementally when possible. We can confirm that newspapers will remain unaffected; customers who pick up from the shop can do so from the outside cupboards. The Post Office is also exploring the possibility of a mobile service. We hope to bring you regular updates on our website, social media and notice board.
Our insurers are visiting to inspect the damage today. The claim is expected to take 4-6 weeks.
The fire is thought to have originated from the freezer to the right of the store. Despite the fire services best efforts, the store has sustained extensive damage. There is significant smoke and water damage and we will need to replace many of the electrics and a couple of windows. We anticipate loosing most, if not all of our stock.
Special thanks to Hampshire Fire Service for their speedy response. Also to local hero Jane Eastwood who was the first on scene. Awoken by the Post Office alarm, expecting intruders, Jane selflessly entered the premises armed with a baseball bat, ready to defend our turf! A vigilant member of the community also acted quickly and contacted the police suspecting a break in, thank you.
We are overwhelmed with the well wishes and support offered by the community and thank you whole-heartedly!
We may not have all the answers yet, but we do know this...
We’ll be back!