We are getting close to opening a Community Shop and Cafe - a new hub for our community in Bledington. This is to replace the village shop which closed in 2006.  This will serve the villages of Bledington, Icomb, Wescote, Oddington, Foscot, Foxholes and Bould.

Our community shop will be a new centre for the village. A place for everyone to get involved - whether by working, shopping, meeting, volunteering, using the internet or gaining work experience.  It will be an essential lifeline for many - especially our older neighbours.

So far we  have raised and been pledged over £100,000   £120,000  £140,000 £170,000, have purchased the site, designed the building, been awarded planning permission and begun to prepare the site.  We have had backing from a number of trusts and grant making bodies including Summerfield Trust, Plunkett Foundation, Big Potential, a Big Lottery Fund grant programme managed by Social Investment business and Susanna Peak Trust. We need an additional £120,000 £80,000 to complete the build.  Our fund raising continues.  

Nearly 240 260  270  300 residents are members of the Shop Group and owners of shares in the Bledington Community Shop. Please join us. It costs just £1.00.  As a member you will be a part-owner of the shop and will have a say in how the shop will run.

Contact any of the management committee for more information, or if you wish to be involved either via the website, see us on facebook or via shop@bledington.com   You can donate via our Bledington Community Shop Just Giving page 
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December 2017 Update from the Bledington Community Shop Group

Great success with bingo!

Bledington community shop bingoOver 65 people crowded into the Village Hall to play bingo on a cold winter’s night in November.  For some players this was a first time experience and others were old hands at the game.  By the end everyone agreed that it was great fun and should be repeated.

Minutes of the Sixth Annual General Meeting

Bledington Community Shop Limited

Minutes of the Sixth Annual General Meeting

Bledington Village Hall: 10.00 am on Saturday 14 October 2017

 

Committee Members present: Michael and Robin McCulloch (Co-chairpersons), Ben Woodward, Ben Ball, Andrew Packe, Rebecca Allen, Sigi Lang

Apologies:  Penelope Leather, Heather Pearson, Vicky Algar, Jennifer Steel.

Notice of Bledington Community Shop AGM - Sat 14th Oct 10am

BLEDINGTON COMMUNITY SHOP LIMITED

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

 

Saturday 14 October 2017 at 10.00 in Bledington Village Hall

AGENDA

1.     Welcome

2.     Approval of Minutes of 2016 AGM

3.     Co-Chair’s Report

4.     Treasurer’s Report

5.     Adoption of Accounts for year ending 31 March 2017

September Shop Update - CLOSING THE GAP

We are very excited to report that all 25 places on the 25 x £100 challenge have now been taken!  With matching funding and Gift Aid, the challenge will bring in some £6,000 towards realizing the redesigned shop and café.  It attracted a number of new contributors to the shop as well as showcasing some innovative ways of fundraising.  Many congratulations and thanks to all of you who took part, and to Penelope Leather for taking the lead in organizing it.

Bledington Community Shop - Report to Bledington Parish Council - May 2017

The project to build and operate a new shop and café is the largest community-led initiative of potential benefit to Bledington and nearby villages.

It is an investment in the future vitality of this community comparable to the decision of Edward Bailey, Lionel Hitchcock, and John Davison in 1920 to provide a building for use as a Village Hall.

There have been several significant steps since the Parish Council’s 2016 AGM:

May Update - Bledington Community Shop

THE GREAT VILLAGE RENAISSANCE!

 “A quiet revolution is taking place in villages across the countryside,” writes Clive Aslet, editor of Country Life in its Easter edition – and he should know!

After a difficult time at the end of the 20th century, he argues communications really are improving – well, in Bledington we may not have fibre optic cable yet, but even BT has managed faster broadband.  As systems improve villages are again becoming places to work as well as sleep.  And the spirit of village cooperation is reviving too.

December 2017 Update from the Bledington Community Shop Group

Great success with bingo!

Bledington community shop bingoOver 65 people crowded into the Village Hall to play bingo on a cold winter’s night in November.  For some players this was a first time experience and others were old hands at the game.  By the end everyone agreed that it was great fun and should be repeated.

Minutes of the Sixth Annual General Meeting

Bledington Community Shop Limited

Minutes of the Sixth Annual General Meeting

Bledington Village Hall: 10.00 am on Saturday 14 October 2017

 

Committee Members present: Michael and Robin McCulloch (Co-chairpersons), Ben Woodward, Ben Ball, Andrew Packe, Rebecca Allen, Sigi Lang

Apologies:  Penelope Leather, Heather Pearson, Vicky Algar, Jennifer Steel.

Notice of Bledington Community Shop AGM - Sat 14th Oct 10am

BLEDINGTON COMMUNITY SHOP LIMITED

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

 

Saturday 14 October 2017 at 10.00 in Bledington Village Hall

AGENDA

1.     Welcome

2.     Approval of Minutes of 2016 AGM

3.     Co-Chair’s Report

4.     Treasurer’s Report

5.     Adoption of Accounts for year ending 31 March 2017

September Shop Update - CLOSING THE GAP

We are very excited to report that all 25 places on the 25 x £100 challenge have now been taken!  With matching funding and Gift Aid, the challenge will bring in some £6,000 towards realizing the redesigned shop and café.  It attracted a number of new contributors to the shop as well as showcasing some innovative ways of fundraising.  Many congratulations and thanks to all of you who took part, and to Penelope Leather for taking the lead in organizing it.

Bledington Community Shop - Report to Bledington Parish Council - May 2017

The project to build and operate a new shop and café is the largest community-led initiative of potential benefit to Bledington and nearby villages.

It is an investment in the future vitality of this community comparable to the decision of Edward Bailey, Lionel Hitchcock, and John Davison in 1920 to provide a building for use as a Village Hall.

There have been several significant steps since the Parish Council’s 2016 AGM:

May Update - Bledington Community Shop

THE GREAT VILLAGE RENAISSANCE!

 “A quiet revolution is taking place in villages across the countryside,” writes Clive Aslet, editor of Country Life in its Easter edition – and he should know!

After a difficult time at the end of the 20th century, he argues communications really are improving – well, in Bledington we may not have fibre optic cable yet, but even BT has managed faster broadband.  As systems improve villages are again becoming places to work as well as sleep.  And the spirit of village cooperation is reviving too.

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