After many months of preparations,
the new Village Shop opened on Friday 12th December 2008 and a busy first
day saw a steady flow of interested visitors who came along to see the shop
and what is available to buy.
Everyone was visibly and pleasantly
surprised by the size of the shop floor and the light and airy display. Shelves
were well stocked and whilst a few things still have to be sourced, there
is a wide range of everyday necessities including fruit and vegetables, newspapers,
milk and dairy products, pet foods and household items.
We also can serve Tea, Coffee and
The Shop Manager, Martin Delacamp,
and the very willing team of volunteers will be pleased to help you find
things (it’s good practice for them) and will make a note of anything
not currently stocked so it can be obtained for the future.
The shop is open every day: -
Monday to Friday 8.30 am – 5.30
Saturday and Sunday 9.30
am – 12.30 pm
You can telephone the shop on 01473
328133 during opening hours and there is an answering machine
should we not be able to answer or for after-hours.
Come and say hello and have a look
July 2008 Update
The shop building is now in place next to the Community Hall and refurbishment
and fitting out will soon be underway. This will take a while, a process not
helped by the imminent holiday period, but if everything goes to plan, we hope
to open in mid-October.
I have been appointed as manager
of Stutton Community Shop and I am looking forward enormously to the challenge
of getting the shop up and running. The shop committee have determined that
the shop will reflect the needs and wishes of Stutton residents so the volunteer
staff and I will be keen to hear your requests so we can adjust to meet your
needs. Click here for a list of items to be stocked
by the shop. The plan is to stock a wide range of food, household and
convenience items as well as local produce, newspapers and magazines and
to develop other ancillary services.
A team of volunteer helpers is needed
to serve our customers and we are currently
re-contacting those who have already expressed an interest in helping.
Do you occasionally have a couple
of hours to spare? Have you thought about volunteering to help out in the
shop? It will be a great way to meet people, renew friendships, make new
ones and help make our shop a friendly centre for everyone. Click
here for more information about volunteering.
The work will be enjoyable and won’t
be difficult, training will be given and we anticipate the volunteers working
in 2-hour shifts and organised to work in pairs. No regular commitment regarding
days or times is required, just a willingness to help us when you can, for
the shift(s) that suit you best. Even once a month would help us.
If you are interested, please contact
me on 327024. Also, if you know anyone else who might be interested, please
put them in touch with me.
Martin Delacamp - Shop Manager
On Saturday 13th September 2007 a late summer Fiesta was held at the village
hall in aid of the Stutton Community Shop. Many people attended what was a
most enjoyable occasion with plenty of amusements and entertainments and some
lovely autumn weather. There was also much interest and enthusiasm shown in
the display of details about the plans for the shop.
To date over £10,000 has been raised or pledged and it is intended that
the shop will open next year. This site will be updated with full contact details
and further information within the next four weeks.
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People enjoying themselves at the Fiesta event held on 15th
September in aid of the community shop project.
In July 2007 Stutton¹s community shop project was
registered as a Community Interest Company a CIC.
This formal structure allows us to trade with the public
(unlike a charity) and ensures that any profits are ploughed back into the
shop or into community groups and activities.
The voluntary shop committee comprises Jill Seggar, Sue
Hewlett, Cavan Browne, Ray Fishwick, chairman, and Richard Lawson, treasurer.
Jan Brown, Ken Wilson and Paul Simmons have agreed to act as advisers.
We are working to implement the recommendations of the
previous steering group, which had spent many months in examining a number
of alternative sites in the village. The agreed plan is to install a portacabin
on the grass area next to the community hall, with the full cooperation of
the Parish Council and the Community Hall Committee.
Why a portacabin? It is the easiest and
quickest way to get a shop up and running. It is a well-tried and secure
formula, which has been successfully employed in other villages.
Why this location? The Community Hall
area provides the ideal social centre for the village, with its safe parking,
varied activities and the playing field close by. No other site in the village
was able to provide these facilities.
When and how much? We are aiming to open
during the first half of next year. It will cost about £36,000 to purchase,
install, equip and stock ready for opening.
How much has been raised so far? Over £10,500
Who will manage the shop? The shop will
be run by a paid full-time manager and it will need 40 part-time volunteer
helpers. There has been a good response so far but we still need more. The
more volunteers, the more hours we can open. We also need an experienced
manager, salary to be agreed. If you are interested, please let us know.
You can contact Ray Fishwick on 01473 327588, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
or contact any member of the committee.
What will the shop sell? As well as staple
goods, we want the shop to offer locally and home-grown produce, stationery
items and newspapers. It will be able to publicise local events and business
and be a social focus for the village. We think it unlikely in the current
climate that a post office service can be included, but the shop will be
able to sell stamps. If you have further ideas on what you would like the
shop to provide, please let us know.
What is the long-term plan? The further
stage is a purpose-built shop on the Community Hall site, but this will take
longer. It is included in the subjects being discussed for the Village Plan.
Stay tuned! We¹ll keep you informed as soon as we
have more to report on progress and funding achieved.