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.  
We are always open to new suggestions and if you have any ideas you want to share with us, then please talk to  Angie, our manager
or alternatively, contact  
Fern Dunn our Secretary at Meadow Vale, Hillcommon TA4 1DZ,
telephone 01823 400423 or
Opening Hours
Monday to Friday
Post Office


7.30 to 1.00  and 2.00 to 5.00pm
8.00 to 1.00  and 2.00 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 including 'Reserve and Collect' for Sunday Papers
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
Dry Cleaning Drop Off and Collect Point
Lottery Sales and Scratchcards

paying in and cash out on many bank accounts
foreign currency
gas and electricity key top up
payment of bills & rates
parcels & letters sent to UK and overseas



We had our thinking caps on for a most enjoyable quiz held in the village hall at the beginning of July. 
Our shop committee chairman acted as quiz master (again) and patiently dealt with some challenges to the huge variety of questions set - our table decided that we had miscellaneous minds, having miserably failed to use our joker to good effect on the history section. Thank you to the committee for arranging a most enjoyable evening with a welcome glass and tasty nibbles on our tables. £555 was raised for shop funds.

Oake Fete included a 'white elephant' stall in aid of Oake Shop Funds



We are currently undertaking a survey of households locally to encourage support for the shop.
We really need to boost sales so are interested in any ideas that villagers might have.
The shop and Post Office is such an asset to many in our communities and we are trying hard to keep it up and running.
Please come in and spend your money! You will receive a warm welcome from Angie and the volunteers.


Fern Dunn is Secretary to the Community Benefit Society that runs Oake shop & Post Office for you.
She has just been given the ‘Chairman’s Award for Service to the Community’ which recognises people who have devoted their time and energy to others.
A picture of Fern receiving her award from the Chairman of Somerset County Council is on our NEWS page.


We would like to report a few exciting months for your local shop!
In August we officially ‘welcomed’ our new manager Angie Higgs with a little ‘pavement party’.
Customers enjoyed nibbles and a natter in the sunshine. Angie is now settling in nicely.
Having a post office locally is such an asset so do please pop in and see her.

Volunteers were invited to a fabulous tea party as a thank you for their efforts.

A ‘Harvest Hamper’ raffle in September was a great success with customers and
shop supporters donating their home grown & home baked produce.
The raffle raised £110 which was shared between the shop and Oake church.
Our grateful thanks to everyone who supported the raffle with donations or buying tickets.
In October we had a bit of a do for ‘Apple Day’.
The picture below is Angie our manager accompanying the Apple Day produce.
Traditional homemade apple goods were on sale along with free samples.
We also gave away easy recipes to give you ideas on what to do with your own excess apples!
These are still available in the shop.
We thank the children in class 2 of Oake School for drawing us some lovely pictures of apples to display.
You can still see them on the wall inside the shop.


Oake and District Community Shop celebrated the opening and refurbishment of the shop and post office on Saturday 24 March 2013.

On Saturday 1st December 2012 the general stores and post office in Oake opened under new management,
a Community Benefit Society headed by a management committee.
In January extensive refurbishment was carried out. The shop is supported by a team of volunteers.