We are proud to have a new shop and café in Slindon, which has opened as a result of community effort and co-operation. Like many villages, we lost vital services in recent years – Post Office, shop and one of our pubs. The loss was not just practical – it meant a loss of social contacts as well. The Forge project has given us a wonderful opportunity to reverse this and provide vital services to ensure our village remains the vibrant community we all enjoy. Not only that, it also give an important new lease of life and public access to an historically important village building.
The Forge opened in October 2012. Formerly the village blacksmith’s, the shop stocks a wide range of items – its a cross between a convenience store with everyday essentials, a farm shop with lots of fresh produce, and a deli – all with an emphasis on local produce wherever possible, including some of own unique products. You’ll find everything from asprin to apples, firelighters to fish fingers, and wine to The café is licensed, serves delicious coffee, light meals and cakes – much of it home-made, or source from local suppliers. We have free and fast wi-fi too.
In fine weather you can site outside and enjoy the views across the fields to the woods, and there are many great walks into Slindon Woods and onto the Downs, right on the doorstep. We also have an information point with lots of details of local attractions, maps, books about the South Downs – and an interactive touch-screen information facility, recently installed by the National Trust.
We have 3 key staff, plus an army of volunteers who help in shop and café. The Forge has proved a huge boon to the village and is growing in popularity with customers from beyond the village. The Forge is open 7 days a week.
Do take a look at The Forge website: www.slindonforge.co.uk for updated information and news, find us on FaceBook (SlindonForge) or follow us on Twitter (@SlindonForge).