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Volunteers Meeting

The Summer meeting for both existing and new volunteers is on Wednesday 29th March starting at This is being held at Exeter House, Church Street. Ropley. This provides a great opportunity to hear about the progress of the shop. updates in systems as well as enjoying some wonderful home baked items and chatting with other volunteers. Ideas and suggestions for the shop are always welcomed at these events.

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2021 events

Ropley Courtyard Village Shop says goodbye to some long standing staff

Customers of the Ropley Courtyard Village Shop said goodbye on Tuesday 20th July 2021, to four key members of the shop team with a combined length of service exceeding half a century! 

Retiring Chairman, Alec Nicholson, was a leading light in setting up the shop before it opened in 2006.  He has been a key member of the shop board for twenty years, becoming Chairman in 2009, and has been a source of inspiration to the management team during that time.

Popular postmaster, Rasik Lakhami, who attended the party with his wife, son and two grand daughters, made the decision to retire at the end of April after twelve years driving from Farnborough each day in all weathers.

Sue Sansom retired earlier in the year, however as this was the first opportunity for a get together, she came back to have a formal thanks for the eleven years she worked in the shop. 

Finally, as shop manager for the past nine years, Vonnie Archer has worked tirelessly for the shop.  During the first Covid lockdown, she kept the village supplied with many staples that were out of stock elsewhere.  Loo rolls, bread flour and yeast were in plentiful supply and the shelves were kept full while a delivery service was started to the vulnerable and socially isolated villagers.

The Post Office is now run by Nicky Dennis and the senior shop manager is Karen Jones. 

The shop organised the party at the Sports Pavilion with a game of cricket on the recreation ground as the backdrop.  Many residents attended to wish the four goodbye and thank them for their years of hard work.

L-R Rasik Lakhami, David Hope-Mason (previous chairman), Vonnie Archer, Alec Nicholson, Sue Sansom and Stephen Broadbent (current acting chairman).




New furniture for The Courtyard Summer 2017


The new outdoor tables and chairs…..just waiting for some good weather……


Many thanks to the Mason family for providing this lovely wooden bench for The Courtyard.


From left – Becky Shotton, Vonnie Archer, Rasik Lakhani (Post Master), Sue Sansom and Doreen Gostage