A thriving community Village Shop & Post Office for your daily groceries and local artisan food

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

We are open and serving our customers every day.  Please see below our opening hours.

To abide by the social distancing and health guidance from the Government and for the welfare of our staff, volunteers and customers, we allow TWO CUSTOMERS inside the shop at any one time. We are offering an Order & Collect to local residents. Please contact us by email to find out more or telephone the shop.

Lurgashall Village Shop & Post Office is situated at the heart of our beautiful village and we pride ourselves on a friendly welcome and helpful service for all our customers.

The shop offers all the essential everyday groceries such as fresh bread and eggs, quality meat, fruit and vegetables, wine and beer, newspapers and ice creams. We also offer all the services of a community Post Office including banking, cash withdrawal, stamps, letters and parcels,  payment of utility bills and collection of foreign currency (pre-ordered online).

As a community enterprise, we seek to support our local producers and suppliers with a varied range of goods from Crossways fruiterers, Young’s butcher, Crosbie’s cakes, Red Card gift cards & wrapping, Blackdown wine.

Lurgashall Village Shop & Post Office has a rich history and been trading for over 120 years. In March 2018, the shop was taken on by the community and is now managed by the community with an enthusiastic team of volunteers and staff.

If you are visiting the village or passing through, do stop by and see what we have to offer or stay for a tea or coffee and sit outside and enjoy the beautiful view across the village green.

The shop is situated in the centre of this picturesque Sussex village just 6 miles from Haslemere, Midhurst and Petworth. Lurgashall has a wonderful community spirit with a very popular village pub, the Noah’s Ark, as well as a beautiful Grade II listed 13th century church St Laurence.

Opening Times

Mon 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Tue 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Wed 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Thu 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Fri 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Sat 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Sun 10.00am – 12.00 pm

Mon 9.00 am – 4.00 pm
Tue 9.00 am – 4.00 pm
Wed 9.00 am – 4.00 pm
Thu 9.00 am – 4.00 pm
Fri 9.00 am – 12.00 pm
Sat
Sun

Post Office

Lurgashall Post Office is a community branch offering a wide variety of services. Save yourself a car journey into town to your high street bank or post office, just take a look below at the extensive range of services available here in Lurgashall.

Currently we are open every weekday morning.  Last collection is 4.30 pm weekdays and 9.30 am on Saturday.

Your custom and support will safeguard the future of the village Post Office and with enough regular trade we hope to further extend the Post Office opening hours in the near future.

Letters & Parcels services
Stamps
Parcels
Recorded Delivery
Royal Mail Special Delivery (collection by 11 am)
Parcelforce Worldwide
Drop & Go
Local Collect

Other services
Electric key
Rod Fishing License

Banking services
Cash withdrawal & deposits (majority of high street banks)
Cheque deposits
Business Banking
Foreign currency (order on-line and collect at the Post Office counter)
Travel Money Card
Pensions
Postal Orders
One4All gift cards
Utility payments eg council tax

Volunteers & Staff

As a community shop, we are dependent on the enthusiasm and support of our volunteers. This venture has brought together many people from across the parish (and generations) who have enjoyed getting to know each other by working together to ensure the success of this valuable village asset. The success of our shop and business is dependent on volunteer support and we are always looking for new people to join our team.

If you can spare a few hours of your time, please do get in touch. You can help in a variety of ways, either by serving in the shop or you may have experience or skills that could help the management or maintenance team.

We would love to hear from you.

History

There has been a village shop in Lurgashall for almost 200 years. The first official record dates from 1841 listing shopkeepers Mary and James Chalwin with post office services introduced in 1851. The 1871 census names the Farthing family as new shopkeepers and they continued to manage the shop through the generations until the early 1930’s. During the remainder of 20th century the shop changed hands many times and in 2001 was taken on by Pam & Martin Forey until their retirement.

In 2017, the community and village residents, concerned that the shop would close, formed an action group dedicated to saving and re-launching the shop as a community shop. Signing a rental lease with the support of the new owners Susan and Ralph Tucker, the community shop was opened on 5th March 2018. With financial support from local and national grant providers, the shop underwent a full refurbishment in February 2020. There have been many challenges but Lurgashall Village Shop & Post Office is testament to the dedication, determination and hard work of volunteers supported by the community and loyal customers. The shop is now at the heart and focal point of our village and employs three talented and enthusiastic members of staff supported daily by a team of volunteers.

Elizabeth Farthing circa early 1900s

circa 1920

circa 1970

circa 1970

2018

With thanks to Lurgashall Archive for providing the historic photographs.  If you would like more information on the history of Lurgashall please contact archive@lurgashallvillagehall.org

Services & Suppliers

We offer a range of services to the local community including a prescription collection service from Petworth surgery once a week,  special orders of your favourite fresh food from local suppliers, as well as local kindling and logs or charcoal for the barbecue.

We also serve teas and coffees with delicious cakes and savoury sausage rolls, so take a seat and enjoy a view across the village green of the beautiful Sussex countryside.

Cards & Gift Wrap for all ages and occasions
Quality Local Butcher
Handcrafted luxury chocolates
Artisan Bakery
Traditional Family Bakers
The Finest Smoked Trout

Contact

Address
Lurgashall Village Shop & Post Office,
The Green, Lurgashall, West Sussex GU28 9ET

Legal

Lurgashall Village Shop Limited. Registered in England and Wales.
Company number: 11184971.
Registered office:
Village Shop and Post Office, Lurgashall, Petworth GU28 9ET

Partners

Lurgashall Village Shop & Post Office is very grateful for grants and funding from Lurgashall Parish Council, Lurgashall Fete and the following:

Chichester District Council
National Lottery Community Fund
Post Office Community Fund
The Prince’s Countryside Fund

Lurgashall Village Shop Refurbishment

Completed in Spring 2020, part-funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

With thanks to the LEADER action group Sussex Downs & Coastal Plain.