Countdown to Christmas and 2021

Well, here we are, with Christmas fast approaching, after a year with no precedent.  Here at The Courtyard Shop we have been delighted to be able to support the residents of Ropley during the year and will continue to do so, reacting as necessary to whatever changes come our way in the months ahead.

Over the winter months if we get heavy snow, combined with a second wave of Covid-19, (heaven forbid!) we are hoping to use the services of the Hampshire and Berkshire 4 x 4 Response organisation to ensure customers get supplies.  We are also looking for volunteer drivers who are able to get out and about to help others in the event of snow – could anyone who is able to offer their help in this respect please get in touch.

Sadly, the “Rule of Six” means that we are having to postpone the event we had planned for 6th November – we had anticipated that considerably more than six of our loyal supporters might attend!  In its place we are going to run the Courtyard Cooking Competition each month!  Details are available in the shop. Basically, participants need to cook a dish of their choice and send us a photograph and recipe.  The one caveat is that all the ingredients must have been bought in The Courtyard Shop.  Judges will be looking for originality and seasonality and the winner each month will receive a small gift.   We would then like to publish all the winning recipes and some of the others in a Courtyard Cook Book for Christmas 2021.

The Post Office have just published their last posting dates for Christmas 2020.  For the UK these are set out below and Rasik recommends that online present orders are placed sooner rather than later, in case items run out and to avoid parcel congestion!  Remember, you can collect your online parcels in shop hours, not just post office hours. The shop subsidises the post office, so please spend in the shop at the same time, to keep your Ropley post office going.

Last Recommended UK Posting Dates Christmas 2020
Special Delivery Guaranteed Wednesday 23rd December
1st Class and 1st Class Signed For Monday 21st December
2nd Class and 2nd Class Signed For Friday 18th December
Parcelforce express 24, 9, 10 and AM Wednesday 23rd December
Parcelforce express 48 and 48large Tuesday 22nd December

Rasik will be able to advise on specific overseas dates but we were amazed to see that the last date has already passed for Economy Services (5th October or 12th October) to all non-European destinations!

As usual we will be stocking a range of Christmas goodies and treats from the beginning of November.  We can make up hampers, which make ideal presents and we have a range of cards, wrapping paper and a variety of wine (sparkling and still) and you can simply place your Christmas order for your turkey, other meat, vegetables, cheese, bread and mince pies – and relax! Our Christmas and New Year opening hours are detailed further on and don’t forget, you can get rid of all those copper coins using our Coppers for the Courtyard jars.

And finally, to update you – despite our best efforts, our plans for extending our premises, as promised, have been curtailed for the time being, due to a delay in the renewal of our lease, due on 15th June of this year.

So that’s it for 2020 – all that remains is for us to wish you a very Happy Christmas and a healthy New Year.

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Hilary Lloyd