Formerly Oake Village Stores, Est 1955

A community store, run by the community, for the community

Community shop

01823 461348

The Committee continues to work hard on behalf of the communities in Oake, Heathfield, Hillcommon and Hillfarrance and we hope we will continue to have your support  to help us to run the Shop and Post Office as a successful community enterprise.
Please read the additional information lower on this page regarding the future of the shop.
We are always open to new suggestions and if you have any ideas you want to share with us, then please talk to Sharon, our manager or alternatively, contact  
Diane Charlton at Cox's Farm Bungalow, Hillcommon, TAUNTON TA4 1DU
Telephone 01823 400566 or email
Opening Hours Shop and Post Office
Monday to Friday


8.00 to 5.00pm
(The Post Office closes at 4.30pm on a Wednesday in order to prepare necessary financial reports)

Shop and Post Office

8.00 to 12.00 noon

Fresh Bread and Cakes
Local Milk and Dairy Products
Sandwiches, Pies and Snacks
Newspapers and Magazines 
Local Beers and Ciders, Soft Drinks and Spirits
Stillman's (The Butchers)  Ham, Bacon and Sausages plus orders taken for next day delivery
Fresh fruit and Vegetables in season
Tinned and Packet Groceries and Cereals
Frozen Foods
Ice creams and Lollies
Greetings Cards and Stationery
Cigarettes and Tobacco
Garden plants and vegetables in season
Lottery Sales and Scratchcards


  • Paying in and cash out on many bank accounts  - a particulary useful service with local bank branch closures
  • Foreign currency
  • Gas and electricity key top up
  • Payment of bills & rates
  • Parcels & letters sent to UK and overseas


Following the Public Meeting held in the Village Hall in January and the AGM held in June, an Extraordinary Meeting was held on 27 October attended by about 70 members and public to discuss the future of the shop. At the EGM the existing Committee all resigned with effect from November 30th with the exception of Diane Charlton and the sub-committee were all appointed as the new Management Committee who took over from 1st December.

Our landlords agreed to a new 15 month lease commencing on 1 December and we obtained a new contract with the Post Office with Catherine Early as our nominated sub-postmaster. The new contract commenced on 19 April when we formally took over the Post Office.

The feasibility study that we completed last summer highlighted the Barn in front of the Village Hall as our preferred option but there were problems with vehicular access and the cost of laying services - drains,electricty and gas etc - with the result that we now have plans drawn to construct an extension to the Village Hall  and we have had meetings with both the Parish Council and Village Hall Committee. We have submitted preliminary plans to the Planning Department for approval..