Winsham Village Shop & Post Office
Owned by the Community Serving the Community

Church Street, Winsham, Chard,TA20 4JA
Tel:01460 30225

For the attention of Shareholders:



Church Street



Somerset TA20 4JA



Tel:  01460 30225                                                VAT No. 631 3727 5





To all Winsham Shop Shareholders



Invitation to our Annual General Meeting


Date: Tuesday 14 December 2021 at  6pm


Venue : Jubilee Hall, Winsham



Performance of Winsham Community Shop to year end 30th September 2021 will be reviewed


Re-election of committee


Due to the current Covid situation, it has sadly been decided that it would be irresponsible to hold the usual shareholder drinks party after this year’s AGM.



Winsham Post Office -  A Big Thank You


As Christmas approaches the importance of our Post Office comes to the fore as we send cards and parcels to our family and friends. We feel this is a particularly good time to share with you some background about our Post Office and also to take the opportunity to say a huge thank you.


Winsham Post Office, though located in our community owned shop, is a completely separate entity, operated and managed by the Post Office, accessible  for 23.5 hours a week Monday to Friday. The Post Office has its own contract with an individual Sub Postmaster/Mistress which means If this person is unable to be at work,  it is he or she who has to arrange their own cover, which at times is not always possible. This cover is paid for out of their own pocket.


For those of you new to the village, and perhaps used to a more accessible Post Office, it is important to recognise our good fortune in having a Post Office at all.  Winsham would be bereft without it, but could easily lose it, as have many rural communities. You need to be aware that if our current Sub Postmistress were to leave, it is very possible that the Post Office may seek to close our branch.  Obviously, this is something that the Shop Committee would petition energetically to prevent, but will have little control over.  In order to strengthen our case if this were to happen, do please continue to support our Post Office whenever you possibly can.  The larger the turnover, the less likely it would be closed down. 


In the meantime, we would like to say a very big thank you to our Sub Postmistress, Kate.  Kate has been in this role  in Winsham for 10 years, being there for us all, particularly over the past two difficult years where she personally has had to deal with  significant close family losses and health issues due to serious Covid illness. 


Thank you Kate, we are very lucky indeed to have you and our Post Office service. 


Winsham Shop Management Committee 



Monday /Tuesday/ Wednesday: 9am to 2pm

Thursday : 9am to 1.30pm 

Friday : 9.30am to 1.30pm


Please follow us on Facebook-see link below- for any communication regarding changes to these hours due to unavoidable circumstances.

Winsham Shop Facemask policy -19th July 

 In light of Government changes on 19th July we respectfully ask - for the protection of our whole community - that you continue to wear a face mask when you visit our Shop and Post Office.

We are well aware that the wearing of masks is now optional and that many of you will be delighted to lose yours; you may well feel protected and safe owing to having been double vaccinated. We will all be very happy when they will no longer be considered necessary.

However, with case rates rising, by no means everyone in our community has had the opportunity to be vaccinated and others still feel incredibly vulnerable. This is why we are asking for your support with this request in these challenging times. 

Winsham Shop Management Committee 


Winsham Parish Council sends a 'thank-you 'letter to Winsham Shop and Post Office.....

Dear Committee Members, Staff and Volunteers,

 On behalf of the village, the Parish Council would like to thank you all for everything you have done over the past difficult year. 

Winsham would have been a sadder – and hungrier – place without your amazing and efficient work.  The operation of the shop has been outstanding in providing the village with all the basic needs, as well as much more and delivering to those who were not able to get to the shop themselves.  All of us who were lucky enough to be able to get to the shop received an unfailingly cheerful and cheering welcome.

During the first lockdown not only did you provide this valuable service, you also supported the community in organising volunteers to carry out dog walking etc for those who were unable to get out.

We are very lucky to have such a strong community shop and you certainly kept us all going.


 Winsham Parish Council

April, 2021

Shop and Post Office opening hours:

Sat:8am-1pm; Sunday:9am-Noon

Post Office:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday:9am-2pm
Thursday: 9 am-1.30pm
Friday: 9.30am-1.30pm
Closed: Saturday & Sunday

On-line orders can be taken at anytime-see below

Previously, from October2020:


We are delighted to be able to launch Winsham shop online by working in collaboration with a new website called


In these difficult times when you may not wish to spend time browsing or even going shopping at all, we can now offer a click and collect service.

Benefits to you:


·       Shop on line in the comfort of your own home

·       Choose when you collect – available 7 days a week during trading hours

·       Collect order from outside shop if you wish

·       Wider choice of fresh food when you order in advance

Ø Fresh Fruit & Vegetables

Ø Evershot Bakery - bread, rolls & cakes

Ø Blakes Bakery – Pasties and cakes from Cornwall

Ø Trewithen /Longley - milk, cream and cheeses from Cornwall

Ø Jon Thorner – Fresh & cooked meat, pies, quiches , cheeses from Somerset


You do not even need to come into the shop, as you can pick your order up from the table outside the shop at your appointed time.


To order on line click on below link:


Enter your postcode. If you would like to set up a customer account then either select the option at the checkout or click the person icon on the top right of the site and complete your details

 Those who prefer to telephone or email orders can continue to do so via    

If you have any questions or feedback on your experience using this website via email address:    

Winsham Shop Management Committee

Useful Information when using this website:

1.   Make sure you select/state pick up time and date within our trading hours: Monday to Friday 7am – 5pm, Saturday 8am - 1pm , Sunday 9am - 12pm.


2.   State whether you allow substitutions or not.


3.   You pay by credit or debit card.


4.   There is currently no ‘minimum spend’ required to use this service.


5.   Money will only leave your account once your order has been collected. You will never have more money taken from your card than you have authorised - e.g a more expensive substitution - unless you have agreed to it. 


6.    If you order more than one day in advance you can make changes/additions up to 2 hours before pick up time if product in stock. However non-stocked items ordered specifically for you cannot be changed at short notice.


7.    Please note that fresh food items are ideally pre-ordered to guarantee availability.  Also please note that order lead times differ for different products e.g you can order fruit & vegetables and Evershot Bakery products the day before, if order received by 12 noon, but other items may need a little more notice for our suppliers. This is stated for each product where relevant. 


8.    At present, we have focused our on line range on key food and non food items and have included tobacco. Currently excluded are stamps, newspapers & magazines, stationery, cards and gifts.


9.    We are really pleased to be able to offer a greater range of Jon Thorner meat, pies and cheeses if you place your order in advance,  i.e. order on day 1 for delivery day 4. At present we order with Jon Thorner twice a week:  Monday by 12 pm for delivery Thursday and Thursday 12pm for delivery on Monday (Subject to volume of orders, we may extend this service.)


10.        You can pre-order compost (60 litre bag)  through this website for delivery to your home on Friday, if ordered before Wednesday.


11.        You can order logs and kindling via this site.


12.    If there are any questions regarding your order then our staff may contact you to discuss. 

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Winsham Shop and Post Office has an unbroken history of 150 years of service to the people of Winsham. Over this period it has had many different proprietors, but now it is run by the village, for the village.

The very existence of Winsham Shop & Post Office has been threatened twice since the turn of the century.

Winsham Web Museum now carries the history of Winsham Shop and Post Office from 1850 until the present. Three new sections have been added, dealing with the last five years. Click HERE for the an accurate account of a difficult few years


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