The opening of Broadwindsor Community Stores is a triumph of local endeavour and a major achievement for Broadwindsor and the surrounding villages.
When the original shop in the Square closed at the end of August 2011, it seemed at first that there might never be another shop in the village. But a team of residents, with tremendous backing from the community, embarked on the road to prove it could be done.
Unsuccessful attempts were made to buy or rent the original shop, and at one time a temporary shop in the grounds of Comrades Hall (the village hall) was considered. Despite setbacks, the village stayed committed and at the beginning of December 2012, the breakthrough came when planning approval was given to turn the Old Telephone Exchange in Drimpton Road into a shop.
The finance to open the shop has been raised from donations, grants and a share issue, to which over 200 local people subscribed. Chalk & Cheese, an organisation administering funds for rural development on behalf of the EU, also awarded the shop a grant. This money has meant that the shop fittings, stock and initially part of the manager's salary has been funded. The shop committee has also received a huge amount of encouragement and advice from outside organisations, particularly the Plunkett Foundation, the acknowledged experts in the Community Shop field.
It is our shop…..and many local volunteers are helping to run it. Having battled so hard to provide this amenity, requested by over 90% of residents in the Parish Plan, we now need to ensure it succeeds. Please help by supporting it. Thank you!
For details and a map of other Community Shops in the UK, please click on the link: http://www.communityshops.coop/shops
Broadwindsor & District Community Enterprise Ltd.
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2 Manor Farm Cottages, Common Water Lane, Broadwindsor DT8 3QR