Community set to reap benefit

PUBLISHED: 10:00 17 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:49 10 June 2010

EAST Budleigh shop was officially opened on Saturday when the oldest villager and youngest school pupil came together to cut the ribbon. The much-awaited community shop, next to the village hall, has been months in the pipeline and backed by scores of res

EAST Budleigh shop was officially opened on Saturday when the oldest villager and youngest school pupil came together to cut the ribbon.The much-awaited community shop, next to the village hall, has been months in the pipeline and backed by scores of residents who have bought bonds to help raise the £30,000 needed to fund the project.The opening ceremony was led by East Budleigh's All Saints Church Vicar, Reverend Janice Cackett, with 100-year-old Kit Bridgford and five-year-old Drake's Primary School's youngest pupil, Violet Fleming, given the joint honour of cutting the ribbon.More than 100 people turned out to see the official opening of the new community shop.A celebration cake was baked locally and many of the shop's suppliers took up residence in the village hall, offering visitors a chance to try their locally-sourced produce before buying.Shop project chairman Linda Florey gave a welcoming speech and thanked the shop's sponsors.Shop spokesman Councillor Malcolm Florey said: "It was a really good day. There was a good turn out from the village, our sponsors and people who had given us grants"There was an extremely positive feel about it all."Having one of the oldest villagers and youngest Drake's School pupil cut the ribbon was a really nice touch and kept it in the family."The shop has been up and running for almost three weeks now.It is managed by East Budleigh resident Colin Weston with a host of volunteers helping with the day-to-day running.The project committee is so determined to keep the venture local, the shop sells locally-grown and reared produce, and homemade cakes baked in the village.Trade has been brisk since the shop opened its doors and the committee said the takings match projected figures.Cllr Florey said: "It is early days but it's looking good. It's a real collaborative activity. The shop is for the community, run by the community and it will benefit the community.

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