The year has flown by, but what a year.  Snow in March that, although forecast, still caught us all out somewhat.  But in a strange way it was sort of fun and showed what a great community we have in our little village, with snow wardens clearing paths through the village.  We are very lucky to have three members of staff who live in the village and worked extra to keep the shop open.  In addition, people offered residents lifts in their 4x4s and tractors and did shopping for neighbours.

As the year rolls on, our Spar store is now all set up for Christmas.  We’ve got the cards, wrapping paper, gift tags, Sellotape, stamps, chocolates, advent calendars, nuts, crisps, mince pies, and not forgetting our ‘Free-from’ range which includes Christmas cake, gingerbread men, Christmas pudding and mince pies.  We also have a great range of Lyme Bay Winery wines, mulled wine and cider and Christmas pudding.  Why not treat yourself to a bottle of the Lyme Bay cream liqueur?  Our off-licence offers change every three weeks and there will be plenty of deals coming up to Christmas on beers, wines and spirits so no excuses for running out!  We also have our ’12 deals of Christmas’ which are weekly offers which really are ‘when they’re gone, they’re gone’, so be quick and grab them when you see them.

Hot on the heels of Christmas comes the MCC Exeter Trial – it’s Friday 4th January and once again we will open overnight as a refuelling stop and time control for the event.  If you’re having trouble sleeping or would like to see an interesting mix of motorcycles and cars, come and join us for a coffee or hot chocolate and see what’s going on.  The competitors do their best to keep noise levels to a minimum but there will be extra noise, so please accept our apologies in advance if your sleep is disturbed.

As in previous years the Spar store and filling station will be closed on Christmas Day & Boxing Day.  We’ll be back at 7.30am on Thursday 27th December through to Monday 31st, and we are closed again just for New Year’s Day.  The workshop and Practical Car & Van Rental will be open until 1pm on Christmas Eve, before re-opening on 27th December.  Our opening times between Christmas and New Year will be 9am – 4pm on the 27th and 28th & 31st, and 9am – 12pm on Saturday 29th.  After being closed on New Year’s Day, normal hours of 8.30am – 6pm resume on January 2nd.

So, from all of us at Musbury Garage, we wish you a peaceful Christmas and a Happy 2019.

Theresa Stockman – Spar Store Manager