Shop Manager

I saw the position of Shop Manager advertised just after my youngest child started at Langham Primary School. With a history of working as a volunteer for various organisations: the National Childbirth Trust, Langham Mother & Toddler Group, Langham Pre-School Committee and Chair of the Friends of Langham School, the idea of working in the shop really grabbed me. Several years on and I still love the buzz of the place and enjoy being involved: little girls like playing shop and I get to do it for real!

I am on the Volunteer Committee which runs the Shop and I look after it on a day-to-day basis. I place all the orders and deal with pricing; I oversee the volunteer rota – it still amazes me how somehow we manage to fill every slot; and I deal with matters as they arise. Being in the Shop is a great fun – there is rarely a dull moment! As everyone else is a volunteer I am quite often the first or last point of call for a problem. The Shop is a focal point for the community so we seem to get involved with things which happen in the village which are not really anything to do with the Shop. I am happy to be on hand to help, it is all hugely rewarding and a long way off from my career in international banking!

I was lucky to join the team when the Shop had just moved from the old green cabin into its current permanent position in the purpose-built extension to the Community Centre. Stocking the Shop is a key part of my role and I am always trying new things. People often show their amazement when they find something they are looking for, but did not expect to see. I feel proud when I think about it, we are friendly and helpful to our customers; our Shop is clean and tidy; and our shelves are full. Langham Community Shop is not only successful but those involved strive to make it better and I love that.

See you in the Shop soon…

Jane

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Saying an emotional farewell to some of the volunteers at the Shop. Thank you everyone for all your good wishes and hugs this week and for the beautiful flowers, generous Boathouse gift voucher, chocolates, Prosecco and cards. I feel very spoilt!

I have loved being Shop Manager for all these years... so many memories. So sad to be going, but it’s time for me to pass the baton. I will be around, but with a new hat - I am really excited to be joining Essex & Herts Air Ambulance on Monday as their new Volunteer Manager. I can’t wait to see what the next chapter brings!

Make new friends but keep the old, the new ones are silver but the old ones are gold...

Jane x
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