Jo and David from the Totally Socially team have been supporting a small group of residents in the Wolds village of Bishop Wilton.     

In June 2018 the village's only shop closed.  As well as providing essential goods, the shop had been an informal hub for the community to catch up on news and meet each other. A number of residents shopped for frail and elderly neighbours, while visitors had somewhere to stop on their walking or cycling routes. The shop was popular with parents from the village school and it was these parents who kick-started the campaign for a community shop.

A few local people formed a working group to see if the community was interested in running its own shop. Following two public meetings and the circulation of a questionnaire there proved to be an overwhelming demand for a community shop.

Early in 2019 the Bishop Wilton Community Shop Ltd was formed. A private individual is in the process of buying the existing premises which will then be leased to the community shop at extremely favourable rates. The business will be owned and run by the community.

The community now needs to raise the money to refurbish, fit and stock the shop - originally a chapel - all before the end of September when they hope to open. A share prospectus was published on 10 April 2019 and there is huge excitement and enthusiasm locally.

CAN YOU HELP?

The success of the project now depends on raising over £50,000 very quickly and recruiting a bank of about 80+ volunteers to work in the shop. Also needed is anybody who can help with the refurbishment and fitting – practical offers of help and/or offers to supply fitting will be gratefully received.

The villagers are also determined to stock a very wide range of local produce. They are on the lookout for local producers who might be interested in supplying the shop.

Get involved or find out more here: 

bwcommunityshop.co.uk

facebook.com/bwcommunityshop

twitter.com/WiltonShop

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