We are working to open 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 over £100,000, purchased the site, designed the building, been awarded planning permission and begun to prepare the site.  We need an additional £140,000 to complete the build.  Our fund raising continues.  

More than 250 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
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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.

April 2017 Update the Bledington Shop

It has been a quiet month on the outside, but within the Shop Group much work has been taking place.  We are actively pursuing a wide variety of funding opportunities – researching and applying to grant agencies, approaching trusts, working on some social investment opportunities.  We are delighted to welcome 20 new members to Bledington Community Shop Ltd and Camilla Bowditch to the management committee.

Bledington Community Shop - February Update

Bledington Community Shop – February Update

Will 2017 be the year we realise our ambition of getting the Bledington Community Shop and Café open?

What you can do to help bring this about

1. Landscape and plant the site

New Year Update - Bledington Community Shop

Happy New Year!

The first piece of 2017 good news is that we are through to the second and final stage of the LEADER competition, which, if we pass, could yield us approximately £30,000.  LEADER have offered us much support in getting to this stage, so we feel reasonably hopeful.  We have another application in to the Power to Change Community Business Fund.  We should know by the end of January whether we are through to the second stage.

December/January Update from the Bledington Shop Group

After 300 cakes, sandwiches, soup and muffins, and 3000 mugs of tea and coffee, we made an astonishing £13,225 from serving teas at Chastleton this season.  Many, many thanks to the 35+ volunteers who baked, prepared, served and washed up. We now have a much better idea what the new Bledington Shop Café will feel like and how to run it successfully and profitably. Louise is now looking for volunteers who might take the lead on running their own days, as everyone did so successfully in October.  Please call Louise on 658 464 to discuss.

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.

April 2017 Update the Bledington Shop

It has been a quiet month on the outside, but within the Shop Group much work has been taking place.  We are actively pursuing a wide variety of funding opportunities – researching and applying to grant agencies, approaching trusts, working on some social investment opportunities.  We are delighted to welcome 20 new members to Bledington Community Shop Ltd and Camilla Bowditch to the management committee.

Bledington Community Shop - February Update

Bledington Community Shop – February Update

Will 2017 be the year we realise our ambition of getting the Bledington Community Shop and Café open?

What you can do to help bring this about

1. Landscape and plant the site

New Year Update - Bledington Community Shop

Happy New Year!

The first piece of 2017 good news is that we are through to the second and final stage of the LEADER competition, which, if we pass, could yield us approximately £30,000.  LEADER have offered us much support in getting to this stage, so we feel reasonably hopeful.  We have another application in to the Power to Change Community Business Fund.  We should know by the end of January whether we are through to the second stage.

December/January Update from the Bledington Shop Group

After 300 cakes, sandwiches, soup and muffins, and 3000 mugs of tea and coffee, we made an astonishing £13,225 from serving teas at Chastleton this season.  Many, many thanks to the 35+ volunteers who baked, prepared, served and washed up. We now have a much better idea what the new Bledington Shop Café will feel like and how to run it successfully and profitably. Louise is now looking for volunteers who might take the lead on running their own days, as everyone did so successfully in October.  Please call Louise on 658 464 to discuss.

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