If you were to describe the ideal village shop, it might just be something like Roger's.
'Roger's of Crowthorne' (known simply as Roger's), is conveniently a short walk from everyone. It's a wonderland of things you don’t even know you need. It's where I find myself going for a box of screws and emerging with a bag for pegs or garden twine, after having a much-needed education in 'Match of the Day'. I am sure Roger could even supply fork ‘andles! Every day, like Arkwright or Granville, he displays a selection of household wares on the pavement in front of his shop.
I have lived in Wokingham Without for many years and assumed Roger had always been here. Not so, he explained. Originally from Sunbury, he arrived here via Sandhurst where he had worked as a carpenter. He raised two sons, one a professional goalkeeper the other a skilled electrician. He has also been something of an athlete himself in his time and is still a regular swimmer. Roger is always ready for a chat, everyone is welcome. He is a fixture of our lovely little parade and long may he be so.
And this generous, warm-hearted man truly embraces the festive spirit. His ever-changing window is the first to be decorated for Christmas, with bright lights and tinsel, and full of such delights that the child in you will want to press your nose to the window and take in the display! So when it came to the Christmas tree idea, the Parish council’s first call was to Roger, who immediately rose to the challenge sorting out lighting, cabling and fixtures.