We now have a great convenient 'corner' shop, with a wide range of foods including named brands and fantastic local produce you won't find easily elsewhere - eggs, honey, jams, Coopers' pork, Cornfields bread & Sandford sourdough. We have a great wine selection from The Oxford Wine Company and loads of brilliant local beers (LAM Brewing, LoveBeer, Shotover, XT). We've got the household goods you need too including SESI detergent refills - great laundry and washing up liquids.
We're open from 9.30am to 5pm on Mondays to Fridays. We serve coffee and cakes all day and lunch from 12-2pm. (and of course we're open for the market & cafe on Saturdays too - click here for more info)
In our cafe we sell our own home made cakes & scones, coffee from The Missing Bean and a variety of teas (including mint from our garden). For lunch we make our own soup, stews, hummus, veggie chilli wraps and a variety of sandwiches (including Coopers' sausages, pork burgers and Oxford Cheese Co cheese) using fresh bread from our local bakers.
We need Volunteers: Join the Team & Help us Run things Through the Week
Local shops are a valuable community resource, a lifeline to those who are without a car, who live alone or care for others. Ours is no different. Working in our new community shop & cafe offers a great opportunity to get experience in retail, cooking or hospitality. And you will be part of a very friendly team running a much needed community hub for local people.
We are looking for enthusiastic and friendly people to join our teams. We have two great core teams and we're always very happy to get new applicants for those - Kitchen Assistants and Shop & Cafe Assistants - but we are flexible and you’d be welcome to spend time in one or both. We welcome people of all ages, backgrounds and levels of experience (including none!!).
There could be opportunities to develop particular responsibilities if you are interested (for example, shop display work, stock ordering and management, cooking skills, menu planning etc). Full training and support will be provided.
Kitchen Assistant As part of our café team you will…
Help to prepare simple lunches, including: salads, sandwiches, etc. (full training provided)
Have the option to be part of a team to prepare the menu for the week, to include: chopping vegetables, making soup, baking cakes (full training and support provided)
Work with the team to keep the kitchen clean and tidy using our daily and weekly cleaning checklists
Shop and Café Assistant As part of our front of house team you will…
Play a big part in making our customers feel very welcome
Serve on the counter, taking café orders and selling shop goods
Make and serve hot and cold drinks and serve cakes and scones
Clear tables and keep the counter and customer space clean
Help to maintain the shop, this could include organising displays, re-stocking shelves, pricing goods
How long can I volunteer for? Our key weekday shifts are from 11am to 2.30pm. There are also spaces for people to take on particular responsibilities that they could complete more flexibly in their own time - have a chat to us if something like this would be more suited to you. You may like to commit to a regular shift, or you may want to sign up for different shifts as and when you're available.
full training and support (including from a Duty Manager in your day to day work and a Volunteer Supporter to help you get the most of your involvement with Talking Shop)
a personal learning record (if you want to develop particular skills or confidence)
opportunities for training (for example, accredited food hygiene and safety, mental health awareness or first aid, physical first aid)
a friendly, supportive, inclusive and safe environment!
To apply or to ask any questions please use our contact form here.