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New manager required for Broadwindsor Community Stores

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Broadwindsor Community Stores

Our award winning shop seeks an enthusiastic Manager to run our thriving business. The successful applicant will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the store, working alongside an assistant and volunteers. They will be computer literate (the shop runs an EPOS till system) and possess excellent inter-personal skills. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate initiative, imagination and leadership to implement strategies to increase customer spend and shop profitability. Relevant retail experience is a prerequisite of the job, with a liquor licence an added benefit.

Hours are negotiable, around 39 per week, with early starts, weekend and Bank Holiday work involved. In addition, the person appointed will be expected to attend Management meetings outside these hours.

A full job description, including remuneration, can be obtained by e-mailing or telephoning 01308 868806.

Closing date for applications: Friday 3rd March.





Broadwindsor Community Stores Promotional Showcase

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Shop at Broadwindsor Community Stores this Christmas

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inside the hallBroadwindsor Comrades Hall was full of the Christmas spirit when the village stores hosted a special ‘shop-up’ in the run-up to the festive period.

Stalls full of seasonal fare, along with craft tables, lined the hall to give customers a good look at all the items available at the community-run shop.
Thanks to manager Steve Jarvis and a snow machine, there was even a festive feel to the hall entrance where an inflatable Santa stood guard. Inside, Santa’s Grotto on the stage provided another sprinkling of Christmas magic.
Customers were able to buy produce, place orders and have a go on the bumper Christmas raffle while enjoying mulled wine and mince pies.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of Broadwindsor Community Stores

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Broadwindsor Community Stores is celebrating after winning an award from the Dorset Volunteers Centre.

The shop, which opened in spring 2013, has 50 volunteers who support manager Steve Jarvis and his assistant, Jane Sloman.

“They’re the lifeblood of the shop,” said shop chairman Fraser Hughes. “Without them, the shop just wouldn’t be here.”

The shop was nominated in the Dorset Volunteers Centre’s Volunteer Group of the Year category.

Among the shop’s volunteers are three young people doing their Duke of Edinburgh award. Teenagers Joe and Michael O’Hagan (pictured) and Grace Reeder can regularly be found behind the counter at weekends.

A young resident who lives in a house run by Autism Wessex also volunteers at the shop.

“We have volunteers throughout the village and further afield,” said Mandy Crane, volunteer co- ordinator. “It really reinforces that the shop is run by the community for the community.”

Mr Hughes said more and more customers were using the stores to do their weekly shop because the prices gave value for money without people having to travel very far.

“We’re seeing a lot more people we haven’t seen before, as word about us spreads,” he says.

The shop has introduced a number of new lines and also new services. The latest includes the Amazon Pass My Parcel delivery service in which Amazon customers can select to have their packages delivered to the shop.

Broadwindsor Community Stores also offers Pay Point, which allows customers to pay utility bills and top up their gas and electric. People can also buy their TV licence at the shop.

In the lead-up to Christmas, there will be a ‘Shop Up’ event at Broadwindsor Comrades Hall on  Saturday 21 November There will be hot food tasters from E @ Tangs Chinese Takeaway, a new line the shop will be carrying, and other local suppliers, as well as tea, coffee and mulled wine. This will be a cash-only event as the hall does not have card payment facilities.

“Broadwindsor Community Stores is a shop with something for everyone,” Mr Hughes said.

Another accolade for our village shop

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Congratulations to everyone involved in Broadwindsor Community Stores, which has just been shortlisted in a national competition.

The shop is one of three in the ‘services’ category of The Plunkett Foundations’s community ownership awards to have reached the final of the competition. See more here.

The winners will be announced in July.

People power wins award for Broadwindsor

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Broadwindsor has won the people’s project category in the annual Dorset Villages competition.

The sterling work by villagers to get the new shop up and running – a real community enterprise – has been rewarded with a trophy.

See the article here in this week’s Bridport News.

  • Pictured receiving the award is Fraser Hughes and Susannah Madigan, from the community stores committee, from councillor Su Hunt (left) and Adam Peat (right), from Magna Housing.

Taken from the Broadwindsor Community Stores website:

Broadwindsor Community Stores has won the prestigious ‘Best Dorset Village – People’s Project Award’ for 2013. The awards ceremony, held at Puddletown Village Hall on the evening of 19th September, saw a packed audience gather for the announcement of the winners across the various categories of this popular annual competition.

Before the announcement of the People’s Project Award, the four finalists from the 18-strong field for this category were invited to give a summary of their project, after which the chair of the Dorset Community Action judges’ panel announced the result. Represented by chairman Fraser Hughes and secretary Susannah Madigan, we were presented with our award by Adam Peat OBE, Chairman of the Board of Magna Housing, the sponsors of the competition, and Cllr Su Hunt, Chair of North Dorset District Council.

The criteria for the award is that it is a project which involves local people, benefits the community and is supported by it. So we thank all those who over the past two years backed the project, bought shares to help finance it, volunteered to work in the shop, and support it by being customers. You can see our award, a framed certificate and fine wooden plaque on display in the shop. 

Well done everybody! 

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A triumph for the village
A triumph for the village

Villagers at Broadwindsor were in the mood for celebrating on Saturday when they officially opened their new community stores in the old telephone exchange.

And it was a special day for village school pupil Ellie Guppy, who won a poster competition to promote the opening. Not only did she cut the ribbon, it was also her ninth birthday.

Afterwards, they all went back to the school for refreshments and a slice of cake given by Fancy That Cakes of Beaminster, which bore the words ‘We Did It!’.

Fraser Hughes, chairman of Broadwindsor and District Community Enterprise, told the crowd: “The shop has drawn generous compliments from customers, who are not just from Broadwindsor, but all the local villages and further afield. Our fame is spreading. In fact they tell us they love it.

“Many customers have been amazed at how big the shop is when they get inside and how many lines we stock – over 1,000 already with more lines and services to come.

“We are good supporters of local firms and producers and aim to eventually have 30% of our products from suppliers within 30 miles of Broadwindsor.

“We have done what we said we would do, open a shop for the community. I think all the committee feel immensely proud of what we have achieved. And we have given the shop a real chance of success, with no loans or mortgages to pay back.

“It is now down to the community to support it. I think they will.”

The community stores are popular with customers, who have been without a shop since the one in the square closed 18 months ago.

Megan Jones, who is a volunteer as well as a customer, said: “It’s wonderful to have a shop in the village again. There is no need to get in the car, we have all our daily needs right here in Broadwindsor.  The fresh bread and vegetables are especially welcome.”

Mr Hughes paid tribute all those who had been involved in bringing the project to fruition.

He said: “This is definitely a day of celebration and a day to thank all those who have brought it about.”

Shop manager Sue Williams, who is assisted by Jane Sloman and a team of local volunteers, said: “Since coming to Broadwindsor after many years trading in Lyme, I’ve been impressed by the commitment of everyone I’ve met to making the community shop a success.

“The volunteer staff are doing a great job and the committee is tireless in its efforts.

“We are stocking as much local produce we can as well as giving value for money to local people. Our fruit and veg comes into the shop daily as does the bread from Evershot bakery.

“We have a full range of dairy products and frozen food as well as dried goods which carry our label.”