Slindon Forge Community Shop and CaféWe 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 – it’s 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 aspirin to apples, beer to bread and firelighters to fish fingers. The café is licensed, serves delicious coffee, light meals and cakes – much of it home-made, or sourced from local suppliers. We have free and fast wi-fi too.
In fine weather you can sit 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, installed by the National Trust.
We have a manager, cook and two other full-time members of staff, plus a group 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 seven 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).