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A Christmas welcome to the Community Shop

Happy Christmas to all our customers

Buckland Brewer Community Shop is offering to help make your 2015 Christmas spectacular:
Why push and crush when we can supply most of your Christmas needs!

Orders are now being taken for meat from Heards Butchers. All meat is delivered fresh and ready to be collected on the 23 or 24 December 2015.

Look at the range available:

  • Turkey roll
  • Chicken, beef and pork
  • Beef, pork and lamb joints
  • Hams and gammon
  • Sausages and sausage meat
  • Pigs in blankets
  • Cooked meats

Also available to order:

  • Milk, cheese and eggs
  • Cream (single, double, clotted)
  • Bread

Come and see the exciting range of Belgian chocolates available from our local
Buckland Brewer Chocolatier.

And don’t forget:

  • Local handmade Christmas Cakes
  • Fudge
  • Chocolates

Collecting for the Bideford Foodbank

Collection basket for the Bideford Foodbank
Your community shop is now a collection point for the Bideford Foodbank. Please stop by and donate non-perishable food items (dried goods, tins and so on).

The food bank provides emergency food for local people in crisis. Up to 1 June 2013, you collected 15.72 kg of food for those in need. There are distribution centres across north Devon, including:

34 Mill Street
EX39 2JJ


Telephone: 07874 206438

Community shop grand opening

Rev Graham Slingo and shop manager Lorna Seymour at the community shop grand opening

Rev Graham Slingo and shop manager Lorna Seymour at the community shop grand opening

Saturday 2 February saw the grand opening of the Buckland Brewer Community Shop.

There was a fantastic turnout from the village and the shop committee were delighted to welcome a number of special guests who have helped get the shop up and running. Geoffrey Cox MP helped cut the ribbon. Daniel Lobb, who helped inspired the shop logo design, cut the celebratory cake.

The committee also welcomed representatives from the Community Council of Devon, the Plunkett Foundation and the Bideford and Shebbear Methodist Circuit, plus our county district councillors Cllr Alison Boyle and Cllr Robert Hicks.

BBC Spotlight were on hand to film the opening and there was a nice package that went out on the Sunday bulletin.

A big thank you from the shop committee to everyone who helped make the day so special.

There are further photos on the shop website and Facebook page.

Your shop is open 7.30am to 6pm every weekday, 8am to 1pm on Saturdays and 10 to 11am on Sundays for prepaid newspapers.

Photo courtesy of Trevor Maggs

Buckland Brewer Community Shop now open

Your community shop is now open for business selling:

  • fresh fruit and vegetables
  • bread, rolls and pastries
  • tinned and dry goods
  • chilled and frozen food
  • sweets and treats
  • cards and stationery
  • milk, cheese and dairy

We’ll be selling newspapers and magazines before Christmas.

Stop by and say hello to the friendly volunteers and Lorna, the shop manager.

Opening hours

  • Monday to Friday 7.30 am to 11.30 am and 2pm to 6 pm
  • Saturday 8am to 1pm


Buckland Brewer Community Shop – update

Community shop interior

Community shop interior

Check out the Community shop Facebook page for more photos of building works and interior shots.

With only a few weeks to go before we open, we’re lining up suppliers and figuring out what we need to order. Daily newspapers and magazines will form an important part of our offering. But, we need a good idea of what’s likely to sell. To help us, we’ve put together a short survey where you can tell us which papers and magazines that you might buy regularly.

Take our newspaper survey

Community shop - new entrance

Community shop - new entrance

We had a successful volunteer evening this past Wednesday at the lovely Coach and Horses. We still have spaces for more volunteers to man the shop or carry out other tasks. If you can spare a couple of hours a week or any time, please email

Building work should continue for another week or so. Watch out for further news about our opening. Not long to go!

Community shop: job vacancy for part-time manager

Are you enthusiastic about customer service; small local shops selling great value products? Do you want to be part of a great community? Are you looking for a challenge?

We are seeking a part-time manager to help establish our new village shop scheduled to open in mid-November 2012. You will need to have retail management experience and be able to establish processes and procedures to get us up and running. You will manage a core of volunteers and be responsible for their training to suitable levels.

In return, we can offer a salary of  £9984 to £11,232 – depending on experience –  (pro rated over 39 weeks: £7488 to  £8424) plus  a performance related bonus if you make a success of the job. You’ll be working 24 hours a week (or more in busy periods during our first few weeks) in a small village with loads of character.

The closing date for applications is Noon on Monday 24 September 2012.

For further information and a job application pack, please contact Lesley Wilson on 01237 451273 or email

Community shop news: grant success and share offer

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The management committee of the Buckland Brewer Community Shop Limited is delighted to announce that it has had a conditional grant offer of over £24,000 towards the project’s startup costs.

The award comes at a great time for the project as the shop membership share was launched on 31 March. The committee aims to raise £6000 over three months through the share offer. Every £ raised through local fundraising reduces the reliance on grant and loan funding and increases local ownership of the project.

The £24,000 grant will be made under the Village SOS scheme, a Big Lottery Fund (BIG) and BBC initiative to help rural villages across the UK regenerate their communities through new community enterprises.

For more details about the grant offer, see the shop press release. The shop website also has a copy of the share offer prospectus and application form.

Community shop: call for volunteers

Committee visiting Ashwater Village Shop

The community shop management committee is making good progress on planning and securing funds. The membership/share offer will be launched by the end of March.

In the meantime, the committee needs volunteers with specific skills and expertise.

As a community project, we’d like to use the skills of local people who are willing to donate their time and expertise.

Do you have skills and experience in any of these areas?

  • bookkeeping/accounting
  • building work
  • electrical work
  • plumbing
  • decorating
  • graphic design
  • retail

If you can donate your time and expertise, please contact Pete on 07799 372 600 or email:

Buckland Brewer needs a shop. Your shop needs you!

Please see the shop blog for more details.

Monthly mini-market – 8 February 2012

Return of the Buckland Brewer Mini-market, run by Dawn and Lesley.

  • Wednesday 8 February
  • 11.00 am to 4.00 pm
  • Buckland Brewer Methodist Church

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Following on last years’ highly successful monthly Mini-Market, by popular demand, Dawn and Lesley are going to run it again this year. It will be on the same day as before and at the same times starting in February: second Wednesday of the month between 11am and 4 pm, coinciding with the mobile library and post office van.

As always we aim to have a selection of home baked bread, rolls, cakes, jams, etc. and fresh produce as and when available, together with our usual range of children’s clothing, toys, household items, toiletries, books and gifts. We welcome contributions from all as it helps to raise funds towards the opening of the Community Shop, which will be of lasting benefit to all the village in so many ways.

Starting in April, in addition to the Mini – Market we are proposing to open once a month for ‘Afternoon High Tea’ for the retired in the community who would like the opportunity to meet and enjoy a bite to eat, a cup of tea and a chance to chat with friends. This will be held on the last Wednesday of the month starting 25 April at 3.45 – 5pm. You will need to book for this but more information will be available at the Mini – Market from Dawn or myself.

Further fund raising events planned, both events in the Methodist Church:

  • Easter Fair Saturday 31 March 11am – 3pm (tea and coffee available)
  • Craft and table top sale Saturday 28 April (tea and coffee available). To book a table for the table top sale please ring Dawn on 451630.

We always enjoy your company and look forward to meeting customers old and new at the first Mini – Market of the year in February.

Proceeds to the Buckland Brewer Community Shop


Community shop news – January 2012

Community shop at Welcombe, Devon

Community shop at Welcombe, Devon

The shop is now a registered Industrial and Provident Society (IPS). What does that mean? It means that we can operate as a co-operative, with members who will have a say on running the shop. It also formally establishes the society as a legal entity that can sell shares and run for the benefit of the community. Read on…