Our once-vibrant village has been stripped of nearly all its assets, with the school closing seven years ago, and the shop more recently. We formed a community group with the intent of buying the shop, to provide a much-needed facility for top-up shopping, meeting each other, and buying & selling a wide range of locally produced goods, including home-made bread, preserves, cakes & cookies, as well as free range eggs, and organically grown fruit & vegetables, home-made soaps, and artwork from well-known local artists.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
The social capital growth since we began trading has been considerable, so much so I wish there were a linear measure for it! We have a rota of over 20 volunteers who commit to opening and running the shop. Opening the shop has brought our community more alive, it brings people together for groceries but also a social interaction across the generations of older Welsh villagers and the newer incomers.
In terms of the local economy we offer an outlet for local producers who wouldn’t necessarily sell elsewhere because of the small quantities they offer, or the distance they would have to travel to sell. So for them and us we tick all the value boxes; low impact, high respect, and value and at the end of the food chain happy eaters!
In time we want to offer more structured volunteering positions for individuals from other groups and agencies, which in turn can lead to increasing people’s employability options.
Steps to get it done:
As a small rural village shop, networking with other groups is essential to our future sustainability. To be able to share & barter with other community shops and community centres in our area would be to everyone’s benefit, whilst at the same time not detracting from what we produce best locally. We are already actively involved with two other local groups in nearby areas. It doesn’t matter what the goods / or service is, someone always wants to know about it, have some, share or give to! The shop enables communities to exchange information and as we all know word of mouth really is the best marketing tool – and its free!
Bad news! Auction was yesterday, and we were outbid. New owners bought mainly for the accommodation, however, so are open to discussions about the future of the shop. These will take place after Completion in 28 days. In the meantime, we will continue to trade as normal from the current temporary location. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.
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