Coronavirus

Lockdown 2 –  9 November 2020

This is just to let everyone know that The Courtyard Village Shop and Post Office will continue to open during the four weeks of lockdown as an essential service.  Our suppliers will help us keep the shelves full so there is no need to “panic” buy and, as usual, if you need anything specific do let us know (eg bread, vegetables).

We are happy to offer a collection service on Wednesdays and Fridays.  Just email through your order to this email address by 11.30am on Tuesdays and Thursdays and we will sort it all out for you.  If you do not get a reply to say we have received the email do please ring so we can look for it.  We will also continue with a mini delivery service.  This is aimed at those who have no-one who can collect for them, it will be on Fridays only for orders received by 11.30am on Thursdays.

Masks to be worn from 24th July 2020

As most of you will know it is mandatory to wear face masks in shops from Friday 24th July.  We thought it would be helpful to set out what this means for us, and you, in Ropley’s Courtyard Shop; in terms of what we understand from the Covid-19 Secure guidelines published by the Government.

·         In the context of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, a face covering is something which safely covers the nose and mouth.  You may use a scarf, bandana, religious garment or hand-made cloth covering but these must securely fit round the side of the face.  You can also buy reusable or single-use face coverings.

·         Face coverings are largely intended to protect others, not the wearer, against the spread of infection because they cover the nose and mouth, they are not a replacement for social distancing.

In The Courtyard Shop, we have already provided a table with hand sanitiser outside the door.  We will also now offer single use face masks for customers who have forgotten to bring their own – but ask for a small donation to cover this cost, please.  It will be the customer’s responsibility to comply with the law in this respect; however we can refuse entry if we feel a customer is not prepared to play their part.  Children under 11 are exempt as are people with a disability that means it is not possible for them to put on a mask or are a carer of a person who needs to lip read (the full list is available on the Gov.uk site).

Our volunteers will also need to wear masks in the shop but will be able to take these off in the office and store room if they prefer; they will also be able to remove the mask if they need to have a conversation with a customer and it is easier for that customer if the volunteer does this without their mask.

We want to make this easy for everyone!  So from 24th July, we are increasing the numbers of customers in the shop to a maximum of 3.  We will also ask you to exit via the door beside the Post Office in order to maintain social distancing of 1 metre “plus”.

Please let us know if there is anything else you think will take us all into this next phase of exiting lock down.

Thank you all for your continuing support!

Revised Opening Hours from 15th June 2020

Shop Post Office
Monday 8.30 – 5 pm 9 – 1 pm
Tuesday 8.30 – 5 pm 9 – 1 pm
Wednesday 8.30 – 5 pm 9 – 1 pm
Thursday 8.30 – 5 pm 9 – 1 pm
Friday 8.30 – 5 pm 9 – 1 pm
Saturday 8.30 – 1 pm Closed
Sunday 9-12 pm Closed

Update 8th June 2020

We are delighted to inform our customers that, from next Monday 15th June, we will be open until 5.00 pm again – please note that this is only the shop, the Post Office will still close at 1.00 pm on weekdays.
We will also continue with a reduced delivery service on Wednesdays and Fridays only – for orders received at least 24 hours before to this email address – the-courtyard@btconnect.com.

We look forward to seeing everyone!

Update 4th June 2020

Due to the immense hard work of Vonnie and many other volunteers we are able to provide Self Raising, Plain flour as well as a variety of bread flours. Eggs, fresh strawberries, ginger and too many other items to mention.

Update 3rd May 2020

We have successfully survived managing the new way of working for another week…….

Where else can you buy fresh asparagus, eggs, all types of bread and baking flour including self raising and many other varieties, fresh bread, meat, fish and vegetables?
We are also doing regular deliveries to local customers who are self isolating.

Support your local shop – we are doing our best to support you!

Coronavirus Update 28th March 2020

The shop is delighted to have been able to assist the villagers of Ropley and surrounding areas. New people have offered their services as volunteers due to the fact that many of the existing volunteers have had to self isolate due to age and health issues.

Vonnie has been working tirelessly and has even taken over the running of the Post Office in the enforced absence of Rasik.

However, our priority is to keep both customers and staff safe and abide to the government guidelines. Therefore, there will be changes to the shop’s operating.

The new shop opening hours are;

8.30 to 1 p.m. Monday to Saturday

9-12 Sunday

The Post Office will operate 9 to 1 pm Monday to Friday.

This will allow ordering, re stocking, preparation of orders and thorough cleansing of the shop each afternoon.

Obviously, there will be gaps in stocks as our suppliers, while working very hard, are unable to supply everything we want. We are concentrating on stocking basics. There will be limits as to the number of items per person for some items.