Shop News

New Faces at Benenden's


Our community shop continues to flourish and grow thanks to the hardworking staff, volunteers and large number of loyal customers. We recently said goodbye to Viv, who has moved to a job closer to her home and we warmly welcome Gemma Rance and Carol Worrall, who are joining the staff as trainee managers.  Both are well qualified and very keen to be part of this friendly team.

Gemma has lived in the village for almost three years and loves being involved in the local community. She has been an enthusiastic and reliable volunteer in the shop since Easter this year and jumped at the chance to become a permanent member of staff. Previous employment includes roles as bar manager and care worker and Gemma is keen to put the skills acquired in those jobs to good use in Benenden’s, within the friendly team run by Mel, Sue, Lorraine and Penny.

Carol has lived in the village for a year and feels she has ’come home’, particularly loving the discovery of the jewelled sky because of the lack of light pollution.  “ Everyone is so approachable here”, she enthused as she reflected upon the places she has worked before, which include Scotland, Coventry and Tonbridge. Carol too has worked in bars and in Waitrose where she has learned how to look after the best interests of the customers.

Don’t forget to visit us and say hello. You too are assured of a warm welcome!