Internal Preparation


Lots of work has been going on over the last week or so to complete the insulation and refurbishment of the floor for the Shop Cabin.

A huge Thank You once again to the Build Volunteers / Shareholders who have been working hard on this !

Internal Work

Jumble Ramble – Success

Everyone had a great day in St Dominick last Saturday at the Jumble Ramble……. a great atmosphere and lots of people walking, chatting and buying lovely items which was great to see.

Currently, with almost all the monies now collected from Stall Holders and counting the funds from the Raffle, the event has raised over £1,100 ……and we are hoping to reach a Final Grand Total of £1,200.

With the grant from the Parish Council, Shareholder contributions and general donations, over £2000 has been raised during September.

If anyone still has Jumble Ramble money to donate to the Shop then please contact Carolyn Wilkins asap or simply make your payment into the Community Shop account via the details already provided to you.

Thanks again to to all those who contributed in every way.

Shopping Bags

The Community Shop has it’s first product to sell – Daffodil Yellow Cotton Shopping Bags bearing the Shop logo – you may have seen these beginning to appear around the village.

Pre-opening prices for bags are £2.50 per bag or two bags for £4 (this price will increase when the Shop opens so this is a short term offer!).

All profits will go towards the funds needed to open the Shop. If you would like to buy one or even several bags, then please contact Jo Redgrave on 351007.

Volunteers

The VOLUNTEER ROTA has now been created.  THANK YOU to Linda Fry for her excellent work on this.  There will be four shifts each day Monday to Saturday and one shift on a Sunday morning.   The good news is that we can confirm that the Shop will be able to open every day – which is fantastic.  If you would like to become a Shop Volunteer, there are still some spaces on the rota, plus we are looking for a number of people who can be flexible and help to cover or fill in when needed.  Please contact Linda Fry on 351177 if you are interested.

Parish Council – Grant

At the meeting last evening, the Parish Council kindly agreed to give a further grant to the Community Shop of £500 towards the costs of the refrigeration equipment. This is GREAT NEWS and supports the current Fundraising efforts to raise the money needed in order to open the Shop.

Share Offer 2020

Share Offer

From Monday 24th August 2020, the Share Offer will be open through the website and anyone who wishes to can purchase shares – this may be new residents to the Village, those who missed out last year or indeed any existing Shareholders who want to top up their ‘social investment’ in the Community Shop.

This will be an ongoing open offer – so there is no longer any closing date for this.

Licence Application

One of the many other things that need to be done in the background for the Shop is to apply for the appropriate licence and have the arrangements in place to sell alcohol for off-site consumption.  This process is underway now, it is quite lengthy and time consuming, please look out for the notices referring to this elsewhere in the Parish News, Facebook and also on this Community Shop site.

Continued Progress

The work on the build and creation of the Community Shop has continued to progress and everyone can begin to see the evidence of the wonderful transformation taking place on site. This work is continuing and the current plans mean that we estimate that the work on the internal fit out of the Shop counters and shelves will take place sometime around the middle of September.  As with all building projects it is always 90% in the preparation and the work that doesn’t always get seen – and a tremendous thanks must go to the Steering Group members and the very many Volunteers from our Community who are working so very hard to get this done and being incredibly generous with your time and energy.  THANK YOU!

Progress will continue to be made on the transformation of the Cabin itself, and the aim continues to be to open and start to operate  as a Community Shop at some point during this autumn –  albeit it that the further external work originally planned will now take place during next year.  

To ensure the Community Shop can become a reality, alongside the ongoing transformation of the Cabin, the big focus over the next couple of months will be on the following areas:

Welcoming the Volunteers to work in the Community Shop – the opening and running of the Shop will depend on the creating the team of brilliant Volunteers for the Shop.  Work is taking place right now to finalise the shift patterns and rotas for Volunteers and this will mean that the Opening Hours for the Shop can then be set.   As it gets closer to an actual opening date there will be welcome sessions arranged to introduce the Volunteers to how the Shop will work in practice. This will also need to take into account the requirements for social distancing and PPE, and we will need to manage any risks or concerns from Volunteers too.

Finding more Funding – as mentioned above, the fundraising for the Shop has already reached the amazing amount of £30,000.   But inevitably costs have increased as we have progressed with the work.    In order to complete the transformation of the Cabin and set up the Shop to be ready to open this autumn, there is now an urgent need to raise further funds in the region of £4000 and to achieve this quickly over the next couple of months. We are currently progressing with a number of ideas and options for how this can be done.