The Shop sign and logo on the wall facing the Wakerley Road.
There is another one facing King's Lane.
Above is the plaque which is now in the Shop after being unveiled by the Lord Lieutenant. He was welcomed by the Steering Group Chairman, Mrs Sheila Saunders, and after untying the ribbon across the wrought-iron gates, he went into the Shop to be greeted and shown round by our Manager.
He spoke appreciatively of the effort put in by so many to get the Shop this far and wished us well for the future. Our Rector, the Revd Geoff Angell prayed for God's blessing on the venture, and Mrs Jacqui Shorley, who has advised the Steering Group over various applications for grants, added her greetings and good wishes.
Dr Howard then went outside through the newly-finished garden to plant a tree to commemorate his visit.
The Lord Lieutenant plants a tree in the lower garden, watched by garden designer, Sue Moffitt and her head gardener, Alan Harvey.
Quiz question: When did the Lord Lieutenant of Rutland last come to Barrowden for any occasion?
Answer:........ It was on 16th November 2002, when Sir Jock Kennedy came to mark the Recreation Ground Wall Restoration in honour of the Queen's Golden Jubilee. Our thanks to Miggs Bonnor for calling attention to the photograph in the Village Hall recording this.
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Back in August 2009, we had the bunting out for the start of trading on August 13th, and again for the Official Launch by the Lord Lieutenant of Rutland on November 6th.
Visitors to the Shop Launch enjoying the displays
Our Launch Day was Friday 6th November, 2009. The Guest of Honour was no less than the Lord Lieutenant of Rutland, Dr Lawrence Howard. There were greetings from those who have backed and supported us, the prayer of the Rector, and the encouragement of a large number of people from our own two villages of Barrowden and Wakerley and surrounding communities.
In the Village Hall refreshments had been prepared for everybody, and various of our suppliers took the opportunity to show us some of the other products they have, in addition to those we already sell. It was good to be able to welcome representatives from some of the many organisations that have helped us financially, or by gifts in kind, or who have worked on the site as contractors. Our two County Councillors joined us, as did available members of the Parish Council.
Happily, the rain held off and everyone could not only enjoy the Shop itself, but also the specially-designed garden as well as the other planted areas. The signs at each end of the building had been put in place the previous afternoon, and many volunteers had played their part in preparing the whole site for visitors, and for everybody's use and enjoyment.
What remains now is for us all to benefit from the stock in the Shop and to enjoy meeting one another whether as volunteers, customers or visitors.