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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Building work should continue for another week or so. Watch out for further news about our opening. Not long to go!
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 email@example.com
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.
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
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.
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…