With the generous support of the community, the potential loss of a shop and Post Office in Burley Gate was avoided and a new community-owned future secured for this vital local service in 2015.
As of Monday 18th April 2016 we started trading from the new premises in the Village Hall car park. We look forward to welcoming you there.
History and Background
The old village shop and Post Office in Burley Gate was due to close in Autumn 2015 when the owners retired. However local residents across several parishes overwhelming believed in the importance of a shop and post office for our rural community. Without a Village Shop in Burley Gate, they would have to travel miles just to buy bread, milk, newspapers and other essential groceries, let alone access Post Office services.
In order to safeguard this vital social asset in this rural community a committee was set up by local residents. We started with the support of an initial feasibility grant from the Plunkett Foundation, along with funding from local Parish Councils, and Churches, and practical help from Community First.
Following on from our initial efforts, we developed a Business Plan, calculated the funding required, and were successful in getting enough money raised by the local community in the form of a share issue and some loans.
We were registered as a Community Benefit Society (CBS) – the Burley Gate Community Shop Ltd – to provide a shop and Post Office run for the benefit of the local community.
The new venture was set up to provide a high quality village shop with a good variety of everyday items at reasonable prices plus a compelling range of locally produced food and drink, whilst crucially, also continuing to provide full Post Office facilities. It would serve the surrounding local parishes of: Felton; Little Cowarne; Moreton Jeffries; Much Cowarne; Ocle Pychard; Ullingswick; Preston Wynne; and Stoke Lacy. The CBS also aims to develop its role as a friendly community focal point where neighbours can meet, friendships can form and be maintained and local information exchanged.
We acquired a new portable building which has been sited on the Village Hall car park and in which we will establish the shop as a viable enterprise. If successful, then in the future we will look to build a proper new build shop in Burley Gate. This is a model that many other successful local community shops have undertaken.
We thank the community for their support in this ongoing venture.