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From the past (2013)

One Big Event in 2013 was just before Christmas, on Saturday 7th December. Watch out for news of this Christmas's activities on the village email or on the new shop web-site when that opens.

It was all systems go for the run up to Christmas ! Many made a point of coming to the Christmas Fayre on Saturday 7th December. We used the village hall as well as the shop, and I have it on very good authority that Father Christmas was there to welcome our younger customers. 

There were lots of seasonal "goodies" to tempt you, as well as stands by local Aromatherapist Katie. Our very own flower lady, Amanda, who was displaying, and taking orders for Christmas Door Wreaths and table decorations. Also due was local author Harri Romney at the shop to sign copies of her delightful children's books. There were of course  coffee, cakes and some hot food available during the day, which ran from 10am until 4pm. 

 This was what happened at our 2013 Fun Day.



Our summer FUN DAY was on Saturday 31st August between 12 noon and 4pm. The Dog Show (in the Surgery Field, behind the Shop) was between 2 and 4pm.


There was lots to do, lots to buy and lots to eat and drink, including some childrens fun activities, BBQ and Cream Teas and Ice Creams. 


Note the next day. Come and stay.


Changes accomplished and yet to come.

At a meeting of Shop Members and Volunteers, in June 2013, the Chair of the Trustee Directors, Sheila Saunders, reviewed the improvements accomplished as a result of the two recent Grants awarded under the Awards for All programme and the Village S.O.S. Fund. The first provided for the new open chiller, the outside canopy above the entrance and some air conditoning improvements. The second had provided the salary for the Assistant trainee manager, Michaela Hopkins, for one year together with the reconstruction of the counter area, the large upright glass fronted freezer, a dish washer, an outside plant container, the setting up of Post Point, and in the Coffee Shop area, new lighting, a dresser, display units and the new tables and chairs. As with all such Grants, much preparation is needed to assess the probable costs accurately, then actually to spend the money within the time specified, and finally to gather all the paperwork together to prove that the money has been spent in line with the original requests.

The day of the Meeting, 20th June 2013 was a day of great rejoicing because that afternoon the final papers had been posted by Recorded Delivery, happily now available through the Post Point  arrangements.

Sheila then briefly reviewed the progress of the Shop project from the initial meeting in May 2005, with the motto "A Shop owned by the community to serve the community". Four of the original 11 who offered to explore possibilities for a Shop were still involved, and Sheila thanked them and all those who had been involved since then.

She felt that the recent physical changes plus the establishment of Post Point and the more recent introduction of the Coffee Shop Lunch-time menu meant that the Community Shop was at a very positive and slightly calmer stage of its life. In the light of this both she and Gill Coleman were looking to lessen some of their current responsibilities. David Fry would be standing aside as a Director as a result of his recent move to Ashwell.

The Directors were looking very hard at a some fresh arrangement for the sharing of duties and responsibilities in the light of their past experience. They were open to ideas and suggestions from Members and volunteers.

The meeting then heard from the Manager, David Lewis, Janet Maguire on the re-organising of the art and craft section, Carol Harding on the new Coffee Shop menu, and Kay Bagshaw on the volunteers rota. Others also contributed.

See also the "Getting Involved" page for news on our support systems.

Below is our computer area as it was for a while. Much re-organisation took place in the cafe area during Spring 2013.  Re-organisation is always a work in progress. But the good news is that you can get a nice cuppa and a piece of cake while it is all happening.

A view of the free computer area. Some come because their own computers are having an off day. Some because they are away from home and want to catch up. Younger folk keep touch through facebook and twitter. Some have even been spotted doing research for home-work!
Games keep us all happy as well.


It was an Easter event a  week early, but that did not stop the fun as Chloe Tattersall found out. She was helped by volunteer Helen Roper in our photo immediately above. Higher up she is watched by a proud Grandad and others. Our thanks to Mum Hayley for letting us have these photos.