Residents of a village can now pick up some of our hand-crafted baked goods at their local community store.

The latest stockist of our products is Stockcross Village Stores, with the first delivery being handed over on Monday, 29 June.

The store is stocking white and wholemeal loaves, the occasional speciality loaf and white rolls & baguettes for its café from the Bread & Beyond bakery, which is providing young people with severe autism vital skills for employment.

All Bread & Beyond products are free from additives and preservatives and are best eaten on day of purchase.

Lynne Doherty, Prior’s Court’s Head of Commercial Enterprises, said: “We are delighted to welcome Stockcross Village Stores to the growing number of Bread & Beyond stockists and hope its customers will enjoy our delicious goods.

“By becoming a stockist, the store and its customers are helping to support young people affected by severe autism to gain a wide range of skills which could lead them to gaining employment in the future. And with only around 32% of autistic adults in the UK in any form of work, this work is vital.

“Meanwhile, all profits from Bread & Beyond products go back into the work of Prior’s Court Foundation so the customers of Stockcross Village Stores, and all our stockists, will be contributing to changing the lives of our young people across Prior’s Court.”

Deborah Wilson, owner of Stockcross Village Stores, said: “Sally and I are continuing to work very hard in supporting the local community with food supplies and postal services, essential during the current Covid-19 crisis.

“Some supplies have been difficult to obtain, but we have the majority of basic provisions in store, together with a wide range of fresh fruit and vegetables, milk, butter and we are delighted to announce, fresh bread now delivered daily from Bread and Beyond. We also continue to sell our pies, quiches and traybakes.

“We have added to our services to include ordering, by email before midday for next day collection, any of our daily delivered items. Email [email protected] with your name and phone number and order before midday for collection after 10am the following day. You can order fruit, vegetables, milk, butter, and the Bread & Beyond bread. For other products we stock, these can also be ordered but would be supplied subject to availability. Our temporary opening hours during the coronavirus crisis at Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm and 8am to noon on Saturday.”

Bread & Beyond was set up to provide work-skills training to Prior’s Court’s young people who have severe autism and complex learning difficulties.

Baking is an activity which suits the strength and skills of people with autism; highly process driven, practical and with an end product which is rewarding and motivating.

While the bakery shop is not open to the general public, Bread & Beyond products are available at the Hog & Hedge, in Newbury, Casey Fields Farm Shop, in Ashampstead, Yattendon Village Stores, in Yattendon, and Rosebourne garden centre, in Aldermaston. The bakery also supplies all the bread and baked goods on the Prior’s Court site, catering for around 90 young people and 500 staff members, and supplies a large proportion of the rolls, loaves and speciality breads for Downe House School, in Hermitage.

To enquire about becoming a stockist, email [email protected].