Thea Jones

Happy New Year and a look back at 2019

Happy New Year to all our customers from Gary, Kay and all the staff.

We introduced a number of initiatives in 2019 to reduce our plastic waste and develop a more environmentally friendly, sustainable business. The initiatives covered areas such as packaging, gardening, new products and more.

We’ve included some of our key initiatives below:

  • Milk, juice, yoghurts and milkshakes now sold in glass bottles
  • Returnable plastic bags for our bread from Hallett’s The Bakers
  • Support local wildlife – advice on feeding, gardening and corridors
  • Sheep wool compost to replace peat and coir varieties
  • One plastic container for life with new top-up cleaning products
  • Palm oil and cruelty free, vegan soaps and shampoos
  • Beeswax for DIY reusable wraps, homemade soaps and candles

A big thank you to our customers for supporting us in these initiatives throughout 2019. We hope that you will continue to support our plans in 2020 and are keen for you to share any feedback and suggestions for other initiatives you would like us to introduce.

For more information, pop in and speak to Gary or Kay, give us a call or contact us here. You can also keep up to date with new initiatives on our dedicated page here.

Buy Peat Free compost for planting time at Galleon Stores

As we approach planting time in the UK, have you considered what compost you will be using? Concerns have been growing for many years now over the environmental impacts of using peat-based composts. See this article for example, on a 2010 consultation by the government to phase out horticultural use of peat.

At the end of last year, we introduced varieties of Peat Free Wool Compost from Dalefoot Composts available at £7.99 per 30L bag. Made from a blend of sheep’s wool and bracken, the compost is made wholly in the UK and is a ‘professional growing medium with consistent performance and reliable results. Read more on Why Peat Free? here.

Based in Cumbria, in addition to the sale of peat-free composts Dalefoot are also working on restoration projects more locally. They shared an update on one of their current restoration projects on Dartmoor:

‘The site on Dartmoor that we are restoring is a former peat works complete with its very own railway siding which connected the moors through to the main railway line. The work we are doing on the site has consisted of manipulating the hydrology of the site to raise the water table instead of diverting water off the site all the time. This will allow peat forming vegetation to grow in the small pools that are now visible on the site as further drains continue to be blocked. We are undertaking this restoration work using specially adapted diggers and machinery that can track over the peatland without degrading it further.

Results of this restoration work will consist of locking up carbon back into the bog rather than releasing it, better quality water that comes off the moors and then down into the water table, natural flood management as well as restoration of a uniquely important eco-system for biodiversity and flora.’

You can find out more about the work that is being done to protect peatland here.

Any questions? Pop in and speak to Gary, give us a call or contact us here.

Special Stamps issue January 2020 – Video Games

Royal Mail’s first Special Stamps issue of 2020 celebrates what has become a £4 billion industry; featuring some of the best loved games from the 80’s to the present day. There are eight stamps in total, each capturing one of the landmark UK-designed games.

Items from the issue will be available to purchase at Galleon Stores & Post Office from 21st January 2020. For a glimpse of the issue visit Royal Mail’s website here; alternatively give us a call or contact us here for more information.

Final totals for our 2019 counter collection boxes

A big thank you to our customers for contributing to our counter collection boxes. In the final collections of 2019, we’re pleased to share they raised over £260 in total for The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, Guide Dogs UK and Torbay Lifeboat. Keep up the good work!

2019/20 Christmas and New Year opening times

Please find below this year’s Christmas and New Year opening times.

We’d also like to take this opportunity to wish all of our customers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you for your continued support and custom throughout 2019 and the festive period.

23rd December – 7.30am to 5.30pm

Christmas Eve – 7.30am to 1pm

Christmas Day – CLOSED

Boxing Day – CLOSED

27th December – 7.30am to 1pm

28th December – 7.30am to 1pm

29th December – 8am to 12 noon

30th December – 7.30am to 5.30pm

New Year’s Eve – 7.30am to 1pm

New Year’s Day – 9am to 12 noon

2nd – 4th January – 7.30am to 5.00pm

5th January – 8.00am to 12 noon

6th January onwards – back to our Winter hours

We’re now selling palm-oil free soap

The range of Alter/Native soaps are plastic free, vegan and cruelty free, made with essential oils and free from nasty parabens. 

You’re likely to be spoilt for choice in terms of scent; some of our favourites include Coconut & Argan, Lavender & Lime and Peppermint & Poppyseed. 

We have a small selection available to purchase instore, with other varieties available to order. 

For more information, contact Gary and Kay here or give us a call on 01803 842148.

Christmas additions from Waterhouse Fayre

Alongside our usual favourites from Devon-based Waterhouse Fayre, we’re now stocking a range of their festive specials including Christmas jam, Boxing Day chutney and vegan friendly mincemeat. 

To browse the range, pop in store or for more information give us a call on 01803 842148.

Cheese and pate lines for Christmas

As we begin the run up to the Christmas and New Year period, our Christmas cheese and pate lines are now available instore or to order in time for your festive celebrations.

You can find Black Forest Gauteaux Wensleydale with Cherries, Chocolate and Kirsh, Nature’s Nectar Mature Cheddar with Rum Figs and Honey and Boy Laity Camembert amongst our cheese line, plus Brussels & Cranberry Game Pate and much more.

For details of the full range and to place an order, pop in store and pick up an order form or give us a call on 01803 842148.

Now selling: Beeswax

As we continue to make changes to our products and packaging in store in an attempt to reduce our plastic waste and be kinder to the environment, we’re pleased to share that we’re now selling beeswax.

If you’re new to the idea of using beeswax to reduce your plastic waste, beeswax is excellent for making your own natural, reusable wraps – great alternatives to cling film or tin foil. Buying the beeswax to create the wraps yourself is often much more cost-effective.

But that’s not all beeswax is good for: incredibly versatile, it can also be used to produce homemade soaps and cosmetics, candles, wood polish, shoe polish and much more.

For more information, give Gary and Kay a call on 01803 842148 or contact us here.

New Winter opening hours

Our opening hours are changing over the winter. From Sunday 24th November 2019, our opening hours will be as follows:

Sunday – 8.00am to 12 noon

Monday – 7.30am to 5.30pm

Tuesday – 7.30am to 5.30pm

Wednesday – 7.30am to 6.00pm

Thursday – 7.30am to 6.00pm

Friday – 7.30am to 6.00pm

Saturday – 7.30am to 5.30pm

 

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