For most villages a community shop is a vital service; it is a meeting place, communication centre and an important lynchpin of village life. Much of the appeal of our village rests on its sense of community. It is the reason many people have moved here and remain here. The presence of a community shop would, we feel, greatly enhance that community spirit.

This questionnaire is the first step. We need to know your views on what might be provided and what would receive your support. Please be as honest and realistic as possible in your answers!

Your response will be treated in confidence. It is entirely anonymous, unless you wish to add your name at the end.

The completion date for the questionnaire has been extended as we are still keen to hear your views.

The results (along with those collected via hard copies) will be published and presented to a public meeting when the proposal can be discussed further.

We would also like to hear from you if you feel you could help in any way with the running of the Community Shop. There will be a wide range of tasks to be done from the initial setting up of the project to managing the enterprise and being involved in the day to day practical operation. 

This kind of venture has been successfully achieved in other villages. There are currently 348 Community Shops in England, Scotland and Wales and many of these have been set up with the support of the charity Plunkett Foundation ( Will our village be the next one?

If you wish to speak directly to someone about this project please contact one of the following:

* Chris Devereaux-Little,  01386 882217
* Chris Beaver           ,  01386 881734 
* Sue Morris               , 01386 882423/07896 160453

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