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Pictures from the Broadwindsor Community Stores opening on Saturday 6 April by John Heys and Harold Jenkins.

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Community stores official opening

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Broadwindsor is in celebration mode with the opening of its new community stores in the old telephone exchange in Drimpton Road tomorrow.

The official opening at 11am on Saturday 6 April marks the culmination of months of hard work by local people.

The ribbon will be cut by Ellie Guppy, the winner of the shop poster competition, selected from entries from Broadwindsor Primary School children. It will be a very special event for Ellie as she also has her ninth birthday on that day. Runners-up were Alfie Marsh, Kitty Neary and Ryan Leader.

Afterwards, there will be refreshments at the school next door, where visitors can look at the display of posters and enjoy a celebration cake given by Fancy That Cakes of Beaminster.

There will also be special offers during the day and a draw for a selection of prizes including an iPod and docking station.

Background information

When the original shop in the Broadwindsor 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 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 have 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. Broadwindsor’s is the 307th community shop to open in the country.

The shop manager is Sue Williams, who is assisted by Jane Sloman and a team of volunteers.

Broadwindsor Community Stores, The Old Telephone Exchange, Drimpton Road (next to the school) 01308 867922 www.broadwindsorcommunitystores.org.uk

*The project is part funded by the European Fund for European Development 2007-2013; Europe investing in rural areas. The project is being delivered through the Chalk & Cheese Local Action Group, with Defra as the managing authority. 

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Broadwindsor Community Stores now has its own website.

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Here’s an extract from the front page:

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 will be helping to run it. Having battled so hard to provide this amenity, requested by over 90% of residents in the recent Parish Plan, we now need to ensure it succeeds. Please help by supporting it. Thank you!

 The project is being delivered through the Chalk & Cheese Local Action Group, with Defra as the Managing Authority

http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/rurdev/index_en.htm
The project is part financed by the European Agricultural Fund for European Development 2007-2013: Europe investing in rural areas
Broadwindsor & District Community Enterprise Ltd. Registered in England No. 31629R: VAT Number: 152 5751 14
Registered Office: 2 Manor Farm Cottages, Common Water Lane, Broadwindsor DT8 3QR

 

 

Hurrah for Broadwindsor Community Stores!

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Fantastic! That’s the verdict on the new community stores which opened in Broadwindsor today.

Bunting was waving and the Dorset flag was flying  as customers were greeted with shelves bulging with produce at the old telephone exchange in Drimpton Road.

There’s a good range of local produce for sale, as well as everyday items. Orders are being taken for fresh meat and fish and the shop has a coffee machine (with real beans!) so early birds can call in to pick up a sandwich and a coffee en route to work.

The shop is managed by Sue Williams and her assistant Jane Sloman and around 40 volunteers from the community. The shop hopes to offer to make up welcome hampers for holiday cottages, a dry cleaning service and prescription collection.

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Fun Day 2013: now it’s a whole weekend

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The date for this year’s Broadwindsor Fun Day has been set – and this time it’s a whole weekend.

The fun will take place in the Comrades Hall and on Bernard’s Place over the weekend of June 8 and 9.

Other events have also been lined up by the Jubilee Group, which organises the fun day actitivies.

Broadwindsor Jubilee Group events 2013

Friday 29 March  Hot Cross Buns at Comrades Hall 10.30am-noon £1.50 admission includes coffee/tea and a bun

Saturday 11 May Coffee Morning and Spring Sale at Comrades Hall 10.30am-12.30om

Saturday and Sunday June 8 &9 Broadwindsor Fun Weekend

‘Superstitions and Old Wives’ Tales’

Saturday: Big Breakfast in Comrades Hall, Scarecrows and Barn Dance

Sunday: Fete at Bernard’s Place (village green) 2pm

Villagers celebrate opening of shop

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Broadwindsor Community Stores opens its doors at 9am on Monday 4 March.

The facility in the old telephone exchange in Drimpton Road is the culmination of months of hard work by locals after the village shop in the Square closed 18 months ago.

Funding for the project comprises £33,000 from villagers and a Chalk and Cheese grant of £29,000.

Shop manager Sue Williams and her assistant, Jane Sloman, will be helped by an army of local volunteers.

The shop will be open on Mondays to Saturdays from 7.30am to 6pm and Sunday mornings from 8am until noon.

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Update on the shop

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Broadwindsor residents are now planning to open a community store in the old telephone exchange after problems negotiating a lease for the empty shop in the square.

Broadwindsor and District Community Enterprise chairman Fraser Hughes told more than 100 shareholders at a meeting in the Comrades Hall on Tuesday 30 October that the current owners of the shop in the square were not in a position to look at a lease until at least February 2013.

“The committee’s view was that in these circumstances it would not be possible to open a shop on this site until at least June 2013,” he said.

Mr Hughes said swift action had been needed to find another site, otherwise a £29,000 grant from Chalk and Cheese would be lost. Villagers have already raised £33,000 to help re-open the shop, which has been closed for more than a year.

“We have been fortunate enough to find another site at the old telephone exchange in Drimpton Road, which until recently housed a small print business,” he said.

“Negotiations have been conducted with the owners of the building and we are close to signing a five-year lease, with break clauses after one year. However, the building will need change of use approval and we have applied to West Dorset District Council for this, with a decision expected in early December.”

If successful, the bulk of the grant would be secure.

Mr Hughes said: “The shop in the square remains the ultimate goal and once the current owners have resolved their situation, we can re-open negotiations.”

Shareholders unanimously backed the plan of the committee, whose members were thanked for the amount of work they have put in so far.