Minstead Community Shop

Coronavirus National Lockdown

We plan to keep the shop open during national lockdown thanks to our brilliant volunteers but ask customers to be understanding.

Please support them by keeping to government guidelines i.e. only one customer at a time, sanitise hands, wear a face covering, pay by card if at all possible (though we will continue to take cash if no alternative)

Normal Winter Opening Hours will be:

10am to 2.30pm Mon-Fri and 10am to 3.30pm Sat & Sun


For the month of January we are offering a 5% discount to all locals living in the SO43 area who are not yet shareholding Members.

If you who would like to place a telephone order for collection you should ring the shop on 023 8051 8166 and we will do our best to oblige (but if a Volunteer is working on his or her own you may have to be a little patient!).  Pay when you collect.

We shall continue to serve warming hot drinks including New Year Specials with either Cappuccino, Mocha or Hot Chocolate base with marshmallows, wafers and lots of other toppings to choose from. Why not customise your drink today? 

We shall of course continue to sell cake, dairy produce and basic groceries as well as lots of locally sourced goodies including a wide range of cheeses and jams.  We are always trying out new products too like these delicious  vegetarian sausage rolls and sugar free fruit and nut bars – super healthy for the New Year!


Why not drop by and see what we’ve got?

      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.

We are managed and staffed entirely by Volunteers, 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. 

Contactless payment available (other than AMEX)

See what we’re up to on 


and do come and visit us or give a ring on 023 8051 8166

during opening hours

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 07842502956 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