A family butcher in Little Chalfont has closed its doors after 60 years of service.
T.A. Robertson & Son officially closed its doors for the last time on Saturday August 29, with owner Tom Robertson deciding to retire after 50 years of his own service.
This ends a wider family institution, as the Robertsons had owned butchers’ shops elsewhere in the area in years gone by.
Tom was hoping to find someone to continue the butcher’s business, but there were no takers and the Little Chalfont community is mourning its loss.
Roger Funk of the Little Chalfont Community Association said: “Tom always offered high quality produce and his sausages and burgers have been legendary.
“He gave a friendly welcome to all his customers, greeting his regulars by name. Nothing was too much trouble for him and in the recent coronavirus lockdown, he quietly delivered supplies to some of his older customers who were isolating.
“From a community perspective, he has been supportive of local initiatives and was a member of the Little Chalfont Revitalisation Group from the outset.
“It was through his initiative that the village has hanging baskets and he has also supported our Christmas lights. The community will also miss his support for Village Day when he would barbecue sausages and burgers outside his shop.”
The Little Chalfont Community Association managed to mark his retirement on their last day of service at a small COVID-19 approved gathering, joined by people that Tom had worked with on community projects over the years.
Amongst other gifts, Tom was given lifetime honorary membership of the community association.
Picture credit: Keith Hoffmeister