News Update 7th July 2020

Carry on The Courtyard

Unprecedented times indeed – on the volunteer front, The Courtyard Shop was immediately impacted, as many of our regular faces behind the till had to self-isolate but we had a fantastic response from villagers who found themselves working from home or unable to go to college/university and who were happy to help out and fill the gaps, thus enabling us to keep the shop open, albeit for mornings only.

Vonnie has done sterling work in ensuring we kept you supplied with pasta, bread flour, YEAST, tinned tomatoes and loo rolls, when other shops struggled to find stockists, as well as manning the post office. Vegetables have come in fresh every day and our bread supplier was delighted  to increase the delivery  to us to make up for the lack of restaurant business.  Our weekly wine order has more than doubled since pre-lockdown days – clearly Ropley residents are enjoying the odd tipple during their Zoom socialising!!

Our new delivery service has really taken off. Every afternoon, 16 volunteers concentrated on deliveries to our self-isolating customers.  Over 200 deliveries have been made since 30th March and the team has also ensured that the shop shelves have been restocked as far as possible for the next morning.  Alas, it has not always been plain sailing; frozen food has been left in the freezer rather than being delivered (hopefully the items were not expected for supper that night); orders have been misinterpreted (2 “bakers” were translated as Bakers dog food, not baking potatoes – a household of very happy dogs!).

Comments received have included:

Better stock than Tesco…………..

We really appreciate the deliveries…………..

Our assisted shopping at The Courtyard has been a Godsend in lockdown.

We are delighted that since mid-June we have been able to open the shop again until 5pm (please note the post office will still close at 1.00pm on weekdays).  Our current volunteers can cover the opening hours until the end of the summer – after that, who knows how/if the working from home arrangements may change.

PLEASE, if you have any spare time on a regular (weekly/fortnightly) basis, do consider offering help in the shop – it has proved its worth as an invaluable resource to the village during these extraordinary times but we need help to make sure we can continue to be there for you. Just ask in the shop or contact Sue Brown tel. 773435 email


News update 5th May 2020

Please note we will be open from 8.30 to 1 pm on Friday 8th May 2020.

All that you need for your special VE Day afternoon tea is available to buy in the shop – scones, cakes, biscuits etc.




Think of Summer and you think of holidays, parties, picnics in the sunshine and BBQ’s. We can’t guarantee to supply the sunshine, but we can supply the sausages, chicken thighs and burgers, as well as Meadow Cottage  ice cream, both in family sized cartons and individual tubs for the BBQ’s – and quiches and salads for the picnics. We can supply the holiday euros from stock in the post office and other currencies by advance order. You can order your party drinks from our tempting selection of wines and champagne, both in small and larger quantities. Whilst not wishing to encourage a community of closet drinkers, we are now stocking single serve GNT’s, Prosecco and Pimms, as well as individual bottles of white, red and rose wine. The increasingly popular Fever-Tree tonic is also on our shelves and for the less alcoholically indulgent, we have Luscombe lemonade, iced coffee and elderflower presse.

Why not treat  yourself to a quiet sit down and a drink in our attractive courtyard. Thanks to the kind green fingers of neighbours, Frances Dearn and Jenny Barron, it is literally blooming and you can buy your own plants and bedding plants from us, as supplied by …………….. yes, you’ve guessed it, “Bloomers”.  Where else (apart from Midsomer Murders) would you find fruit and veg and all those delicious summer fruits supplied by “Bunched Carrot” and fresh bread supplied by “Happy Toast”  – and you can now order artisan bread during the week, not just at the weekend.

Bank Holiday Monday saw our volunteers beavering away at the Pram Race running the tea tent. We owe a huge “Thank You” to all  those, who baked the cakes, who sold the cakes, who bought the cakes and who ate the cakes. Thank you too to our gallant volunteers who helped to set up and dismantle the stall and not forgetting our stalwart wash-upperers..  As a result, over £520 was raised in donations to help to keep the shop running.

Don’t forget you can always find out more about The Courtyard –

You can visit us at           

You can like us on Facebook      Ropley Courtyard Shop

You can telephone us on             01962 773666  post office 773190

You can email us at         

You can reach us through

AND you can just pop into the shop!  See you there.

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.


We are really sorry to announce that Doreen Gostage is leaving us to start a new life near her daughter in Germany. She has been a stalwart of The Courtyard Shop for over seven years and has become an essential part of the team, not only running the shop on Saturdays but also putting in many hours of voluntary work behind the scenes each week.

Doreen, we will miss you. We hope you will be very happy in your new home.

All at The Courtyard Shop


Doreen’s departure means we will be looking for a new paid member of staff to work in the shop on Saturday mornings. Anyone interested should please contact Vonnie in the shop (01962 773666) for full details.