Minstead Community Shop


Monday to Friday 9.30am to 2.30pm

Saturdays and Sundays 9.30am to 4.00pm

Winter Opening hours from 2nd November

Monday to Friday 10am to 2.30pm

Saturdays and Sundays 10am to 3.30pm

Our mission Statement

“To set up a sustainable, attractive Community Shop for the benefit of local residents and businesses. Providing a focal point for the parish, with a strong community atmosphere, the shop will offer basic commodities alongside high quality local produce.”


Our shop has been created thanks to the generosity of a great many local Shareholders (Members) together with grants and support from our Parish Council and District and County Councils.  It would not have been possible without the generous support and cooperation of the Trusty Servant and the hard work of many in the Community.

Our shop is managed and staffed entirely by Volunteers, we have been trading since 1st June 2020 and have worked hard to extend the range of stock to meet local needs.

Our prices compare very favourably with local supermarkets although this is not possible in every case as we are buying in smaller quantities.  Members (Shareholders) get a 10% discount for as little as £25 investment. As well as delicious coffees, hot chocolate, bottled water, fresh milk, dairy produce and basic groceries we have re developed a range of local produce with low food miles, for example: 

  • Pies, artisan breads, meat pies and quiches.
  • Jam, marmalade and chutney from the Real Jam Company in Woodlands
  • Lyburn cheese from Landford
  • New Forest ice cream from Lymington
  • Free range eggs from Claytons in Romsey
  • Smoked trout pate from The New Forest Smokery in Fordingbridge
  • Plants from Furzey gardens
  • Fresh Cakes and sausage rolls from the kitchen at the Minstead Trust (Fri/Sat/Sun)
  • Greetings cards by Karen Frampton
  • And of course Minstead Honey!

A full price list will be posted shortly.

Contactless payment available (other than AMEX)

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and do come and visit us!

The shop has recently registered with Refill New Forest, the cyclists’ app as a water refill centre. Click  https://refill.org.uk/get-the-refill-app/ to find out more!

If you are interested in becoming a Member and getting a 10% discount download a form (see below) or pick one up in the Shop.

Do contact any of the Committee if you have any suggestions or questions and if you feel you might be able to help in any way do apply as outlined below.

Shop Committee members

George Dibben 023 8081 2967 george@dibben.net

Annabel Bruxner-Randall 023 8081 3242 pdbruxner_randall@hotmail.com

Alison McGhee alisonmcghee@btinternet.com

Yvonne Le Brun 023 8081 2916 yvonne.lebrun@btinternet.com

Denis Bates 023 8081 2903 denisandhilarybates@gmail.com

Alan Ferguson 023 8081 3838 alanandfionaf@btinternet.com

The long term success of the Shop depends critically on there being sufficient volunteers to staff the shop and undertake background activities.
Currently we estimate that for full opening we shall need between 50 and 60 people and although a magnificent 40 originally offered their services some of these are unable to help as long as the current COVID-19 restrictions apply. 

At the moment we have 34 Volunteers to work in the Shop which we think is sufficient to open the hours above but it would be wonderful if there were more.  In addition there are 4 Support Volunteers who help behind the scenes and maintain stock levels.  If you are able to give a little bit of your time and feel you may be able to help please complete the Volunteer Application Form and return it as requested at the bottom of the page.


Many thanks go to everyone who has helped get the project to this stage, especially to the Parish Council and those who have purchased shares. The Committee is satisfied that the financial basis is sufficiently sound to proceed, however our contingency for unexpected expenditure is almost used up and additional funds would ease our concerns and would help the Treasurer sleep at night.
If you have not yet done so but would like to give your support you can join the growing band of Members (currently over 110) through buying shares in Minstead Community Shop Ltd. To do this download the MCS Share Application (updated August 2020) which also includes an application form on the last 2 pages. If you would prefer a hard copy delivered please contact the Committee via minsteadcommunityshop@gmail.com.
Information about the membership rules and how the Society will operate are in the document Minstead Community Shop Ltd Rules. You may also want to review the financial estimates by visiting the Excel spreadsheet Business plan MCS Ltd.

To read more about how we got here and the answers to some frequently asked questions please have a look at our Shop’s