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30th September 2016

Our First Annual Members’ Meeting is to be held on Friday 28th October 2016 at 7pm in the Parish Hall. This is the first opportunity to hear about our progress and finances and also to elect a Management Committee. If you are a Member and would like to join the committee please write your name on the form that is in the shop. The Agenda for the meeting is at Burrington Community Shop Ltd AGM.doc

After the AGM we are holding a quiz, open to everybody. Teams of up to 6 people can enter and please contact the committee if you would like to enter. There will be a bar. £5 per team

 

30th September 2016

Many apologies for not updating the site until now. We have all been so busy in keeping the shop operating and stocking the goods you want.

The shop expanded in March to include space for a freezer and more shelf space. Now, we have run out of space and need to expand much further. We would like to add another fridge and freezer, an ice cream freezer and more shelving. Discussions are on-going with Pickards to achieve this and, possibly, a Post Office.

We review the stock we hold weekly, and try to meet the needs of the village based on requests and the actual sales. There is a very wide range of goods available – Bobby’s cakes, Wessex pies and pasties, fresh fruit and veg, ready meals, general groceries, bread and cakes etc etc

 

5th January 2016

The Community Shop was inspected by the Environmental Health Department at North Devon Council in December. We have just heard that we have received a Food Hygiene rating of 5. This is the highest possible rating, and is unusual for food premises at their first inspection. This was only possible through the hard work of those members on the committee who attend the shop daily and make sure that all procedures are being followed.

Pls remember that our first delivery from the new supplier of pies will be tomorrow (6th). There will be quite a wide range of individual pies for you to try (£1.95 each). Please let us know what you think of them.

 

16th December

I hope you have ordered your supplies for Christmas! If not, please ask us asap. Last deliveries of bread and milk are next Thursday and the shop will close at 1pm, reopening on Tuesday 29th.

We are delighted with how things are going, with more and more people using the shop every week. It is very gratifying that the community shop has gained back so many previous customers of Miller’s Store and we thank you so much for putting your faith in us. So much so that we are now starting the long process of attempting to get our own building. We have obtained an opinion from the Planning Department regarding our possible locations and it sounds very positive. We are now starting the process of applying for grants. This can be a lengthy process, but we are quite hopeful of success so are now starting to design the building and seeking costs.

We are changing the supplier of fresh pies from “Chunk” to “Wessex Pantry”. They are a relatively small company in Bradworthy and make pies (both meat and vegetarian) to order. The first delivery will be on 6th January. For the first delivery we will order as wide a selection as feasible, but would like to hear your wishes. Even if we aren’t going to stock your preference on a regular basis, we can accept orders to meet your needs (by Friday for a Wednesday delivery). “Wessex” don’t supply pasties or sausage rolls so we will increase our orders from Chulmleigh Bakery to meet that need. Please look at the range of pies available. There are “individual”, “medium” (for 2 people), and “family” (for 4 people) sizes. The Cold Cutting pies come in 2 sizes (approx. 600gm and 2kg)

We’ve only been trading for just under 3 months and financial reports appear to be quite favourable so far. So, many thanks to all of you for supporting your new Community Shop.

In case we don’t see you personally, may we wish you a very Happy Christmas and New Year.

 

19th November

It might seem very early, but the Shop Committee wish you a very Happy Christmas. We are so grateful to all of you who are now supporting our village shop.

Deliveries from most of our main suppliers are likely to be virtually as usual, but items with a short shelf life may well be restricted over the holiday period.

We will only be ordering dairy and bakery items for the Xmas period that have been pre-ordered by our customers – since the “use by” dates will expire before we get back to daily opening. So, please tell us what you will require as soon as practical.

There is a form in the shop for ordering the dairy goods. We will be delighted to receive your order for milk, butter, cream (end date 6th December). Similarly, if you would like to order cheese, ham, sausages, burgers (well we all get fed up with turkey eventually!) please give your order to the shop at the earliest opportunity.

Of course, we will need your order from the bakery as soon as you are clear as to how many are visiting for the Xmas period.

We understand that we are asking you for commitments in mid-November when Xmas is still a month away. But we have to place our orders with the suppliers well before the holiday period begins.

The shop will be open as follows over the Christmas and New Year period:

Thursday 24th December – 8am – 1pm

Friday 25th December – Closed

Saturday 26th December – Closed

Monday 28th December – Closed

Tuesday 29th December  - 8am-5pm

Wednesday 30th December – 8am-5pm

Thursday 31st December – 8am-5pm

Friday 1st January – Closed

Saturday 2nd January – 9am-1pm

Basically, the hours are as usual except for Xmas Eve (morning only), Public holidays – closed.

 

The deliveries from the DAIRY are :

Tuesday 22nd

Thursday 24th – instead of Saturday PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE

Tuesday 29th

Saturday 2nd Jan

 

The deliveries from the BAKER are :

Tuesday 22nd

Thursday 24th – last before Xmas!!!

Tuesday 29th

Thursday 31st

Saturday 2nd Jan – not confirmed yet

 

We would love to be able to supply you with as many of your Christmas requirements as possible – just ask if it isn’t on the shelves and we will do our best.

During the week between Christmas and New Year there may be limited dairy and meat products to buy “on demand” as the shelf lives are very short.

 

17th November

We are having a stall at the Xmas Fair on Saturday (21st) in the Parish Hall – 10am – 4pm

There are some items now in our freezer – sausages, burgers, beans, peas, carrots. Just ask at the counter (not enough room for a freezer inside the shop!)

Now taking orders for Xmas – milk and cream plus bakery

12th November

Apologies for the delay in updating the website!

The quiz was a great success with 8 teams and a total of 43 people joining in. After paying our costs, we made a net profit of £270 for the shop. The winners were “The Riddlers” who were from Riddlecombe. Next year, we really must beat that team of regular quizzers!!

 

We now have extra products within our limited space. There are “over the counter” supplies of pills and potions” in case you suffer from colds and ‘flu.

 

We also have a wider range of foods. There are butcher supplied beef burgers in the freezer. Also frozen veg – peas, beans and carrots. Just ask Jess for them.

 

The shop is for the village and to be able to have a permanent presence in the village we need everybody’s support. If you come and can’t find what you want, then PLEASE ask. We can get most things, but we have limited display space.

 

As well as our own food items, Pickards also have some household goods – toilet rolls, washing up liquid etc

 

3rd October

We are holding a “Wine and Wisdom” quiz on 16th October in the Parish Hall, to raise funds towards a permanent building for the shop. The quiz is open to all and will comprise teams of up to 6 people. There will be a charge of £7 per person that includes nibbles and a bottle of wine per table. There will be a raffle and any prizes will be very much welcomed. Doors open 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Prize for the winners: bottle of wine per team member.

The shop is well and truly open and we are delighted with the results to date. Thank you to everybody who has visited, and especially if you have bought something and ordered regular deliveries of milk, bread etc. For the shop to exist long term, and especially if it is to have its own premises, we need the commitment of a sizeable percentage of the residents. If you don’t see what you want, please let us know! We are obviously still learning what products will sell and those that are too specialist for a village shop.

 

23rd September

Fantastic news! We opened our doors for the first time this morning. It looks great and the products are even better!

You can order regular supplies of bakery and dairy products, or just browse on the shelves for the widest range of products in a small space. Do you want a snack lunch? We sell “CHUNK of Devon” pasties and pies. Want to cook from scratch? We have a wide range of fruit and veg as well as baking items on the shelf.

Come along on Friday and we will offer you a free sample of some of our goods and also give you a free raffle ticket for a bottle of bubbly! Now, that is an offer!!

Enormous thanks must go to Teresa Cullen and her small group for the incredible work they have done over the last few weeks to select suppliers, products and set the prices.

We look forward to seeing you in the shop.

 

6th September

The new Community Shop will have its grand opening on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th September. We will also open the doors for two preview days on the Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th and will be open for business on both days. The shop will be inside Pickards Country Store. The shop committee will stock and price all the goods, but you will be served by Pickards staff. We are delighted that this offer to accommodate our shop has enabled us to open much sooner than was previously thought possible.

 

17th August

We are now offering shares in the Society (Burrington Community Shop Limited). We will be bringing forms around soon. You can also download the information by choosing “share offer” above.

12th August

Carole Poulton has joined the Committee

8th August

After planning towards opening a shop within the Parish Hall, we received an offer that would allow us to open in a shorter timescale (and also save money overall).

We are delighted to now be able to tell you that Burrington Community Shop will be opening very soon. After discussions, we have accepted the very kind offer to open within Pickard’s Country Store. The shop will be stocked by the Community Shop Committee and proceeds will go towards opening a larger, permanent store adjacent to the car park behind the Methodist Chapel.

Initially we will stock dairy, bakery and store cupboard items as well as some fruit and veg. Although space will be limited, we will endeavour to stock as much as practical. Please let us know of any specifics you wish us to consider stocking.

Please contact Jack (520628), Jo (560909) or Teresa (520384) for further details.

We will provide an update as soon as the opening date is finalised.

A share offer will also be coming through your door in the near future as we will need to raise a lot of funds for the permanent shop. We hope that you will be able to support us in this venture.

There is also a spare position on the committee as, sadly, Zena Tett has had to step down.

 

 
26th January

At our last meeting on 12th January we discussed the results of the Questionnaire. It had been completed by about half of the households in the Parish.

Almost all would use the shop at some time, mainly for top-up shopping, although a small number would rely on it for their main shopping on a daily basis. The majority of replies said the shop was very important to the village.

The range of goods required was mainly in line with what had been available in the village shop – largest numbers being for newspapers, fruit and veg, dairy, tins, jars and packets. Many would like to see locally sourced items, but not quite a majority (and a number were prepared to act as suppliers to a greater or lesser extent).

The vast majority would use the shop on weekdays and Saturdays, with a

slightly smaller number wanting to use the shop on a Sunday. Hours of opening varied widely.

There could be an argument to open a post office, but most wanted to be able to post parcels, buy stamps and have access to a cash machine.

The possible spending suggests that takings could be around £1200 per week, but more analysis needed – this is slightly more than at Chitlehamholt.

75% would prefer the shop to use an existing building – possibly because of the costs involved.

 

We therefore decided to move to the next stage and create a more formal organisation with a constitution and elected the officers.

Jack Earnshaw as Chairman, Jo Budden as Vice Chairman, Zena Tett as Secretary and Stephen Aldridge as Treasurer.

Stephen Aldridge and Claire Bryce will start to prepare a business plan.

 

On Saturday 24th January we met with Paul Bailey to view the potential locations for a shop – In the Methodist Chapel, in the Parish Hall and two locations where a new or temporary building could be sited. Kevin Pincombe also came to offer his advice on the locations and the work needed.

After viewing the sites, we decided to approach the Parish Hall committee with a view to renting the store adjacent to the Club Room as it offered a low cost way to open a small shop. The land adjacent to the Methodist graveyard could provide an excellent location for a purpose built building in the longer term.

 

6th December

Well, we have carried out the first task that is recommended by all organisations involved with opening a Community Shop – asking the community what they would like to have, via a questionnaire sent to all households.

You should now have both received the questionnaire and returned it to one of our supporters. If your questionnaire has not yet been collected then you can return it to Jack Earnshaw at Cavok Cottage (the green cottage next to the pub) or email an online version (available here) to jack@jearnshaw.me.uk.

 

We have also visited several other community shops in the area to see how they operate and to gather ideas about running a shop and how to fund it. It does seem that many villages are delighted to have a shop run by volunteers to replace the commercial village shop that had closed. There are huge differences between the shops we have visited so far. So we need to understand what model is most appropriate to us.

 

We are now carrying the process of analysing the questionnaires. Once we have finished that complex task we will know whether there is enough support to open a Community Shop. The visits to other shops will give us a great insight into what works and what doesn’t work as well as understanding more about raising the necessary funds. Hoping that the answer from the questionnaires is YES, then we will liaise with the organisations that have offered a site for a shop to see if any of them are practical. We will then hold a Public Meeting to feed back our findings and seek support for a way forward.

 

We are also delighted to welcome Steve Aldridge to the steering group. Steve is an accountant and so brings a lot of skills and experience that we currently lack. He will be a great asset to the group.

 

Presuming the analysis of the questionnaires is positive we will then set up a formal organisation and company in order to begin the process of opening our new shop. We will then be able to begin raising the funds necessary to obtain and fit out a building as well as obtaining the initial stock – but remember that planning permission will almost certainly be required and that takes at least 8 weeks to obtain.

 

The Parish Council has agreed to provide an initial grant of £100 to help us to carry out the first phase of creating a new shop – cost of meetings, our web site etc. We have also received a generous donation that enabled the questionnaires to be printed totally free of charge.

 

We understand that a lot of you believe that a new shop should be opened quickly, before people get used to their alternative arrangements. However, it is essential we get things right, in order for a shop to be viable in the long term. Hopefully most residents will return to use the Community Shop even if they have made other arrangements since the village shop closed. We won’t be able to compete, on price alone, with online orders and deliveries from the major supermarkets. But that isn’t what we are about. Many will rely on such services, but a village shop is much more than that. It can offer fresh, local produce, a place to sit with a friend for a cup of coffee, access to items you forgot to buy yesterday, bread and cakes made the traditional way.

 

Page updated 16 December 2015

 

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