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 infomation 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  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  - a particulary useful service with local bank brach closures
foreign currency
gas and electricity key top up
payment of bills & rates
parcels & letters sent to UK and overseas

In January a Public Meeting was held in the Village Hall attended by about 60 members and
public to discuss the future of the shop. Three important facts emerged – the 5 year lease
will expire at the end of November; the existing Management Committee announced their
intention to stand down when the lease expires, and Mr McMath informed the meeting that
they were going to put their bungalow on the market. A number of local residents
volunteered to form a Sub-Committee to look into the viability of the shop and its future

The Sub-Committee undertook a full review and presented its initial findings at the AGM in
June. They undertook a feasibility study into four alternative sites that they identified and
concluded that by far the best option was to convert the Barn in front of the Village Hall and
subsequently received a positive response from the Parish Council, owners of the Barn. This
would be a major project, however, necessitating Lottery Funding.

Mr McMath also announced his intention to resign as Sub-Postmaster and, at the request of
the Management Committee, agreed to defer this until the end of August so that his
resignation coincided with the expiry of the lease. In September Mr and Mrs McMath
agreed to re-commence negotiations for renewal of the lease and the Sub-Committee made
an application to the Post Office for a new Community Contract and were very fortunate
that Mrs Catherine Early agreed to be our nominated Sub-Post Master.

An EGM was held on 27 October at which the Management Committee confirmed their
intention to step down and the Sub-Committee presented their proposals for the
continuation of the shop in its present location for a period of about eighteen months to
provide time to submit a Lottery Application and, if successful, convert the Barn for use as a
shop and Post Office. The meeting overwhelmingly approved their proposals and raised
nearly £4,000 to finance continuation of the shop and to cover the initial expenses incurred.