Shop on Wheels will have loyal customers

PUBLISHED: 11:51 16 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:29 10 June 2010

To answer Mr Wheeler's letter in the Journal of August 7 (regarding a proposed community shop in East Budleigh - Editor). First of all, 250 people is a low number for the whole of East Budleigh and Bicton. Money has been given by grants and other funds th

To answer Mr Wheeler's letter in the Journal of August 7 (regarding a proposed community shop in East Budleigh - Editor).First of all, 250 people is a low number for the whole of East Budleigh and Bicton. Money has been given by grants and other funds that makes it a very unfair playing field, when the Shop on Wheels has had to go it alone, with no help. They do, indeed, need our encouragement for being there for us all as a village when we had nothing.You condemn Mr and Mrs Frost from the village shop when they are not here to defend themselves.The village had 12 months' warning about the closing of the shop. Mr and Mrs Frost went to the parish council and gave the warning that, unless the shop was used more, it would close. This also had a write-up in the Budleigh Journal at the time.As I have already said, a shop cannot run on people buying a paper and the odd pint of milk.I think it is very debatable how you can tell when Mr Farr came into the shop, unless you worked or lived there, which you did not.As to Salem Chapel, it indeed took a lot of money from English Heritage, the Heritage Lottery Fund and East Devon District Council and many other appeals and is now in the ownership of the Historic Chapels Trust. To you, it might be debatable if it was worth saving, but it was saved because of its truly outstanding architectural quality and historic interest. Salem is the only complete dissenters' chapel with school in England, complete with a very rare smugglers' roof - when smuggling was a very lucrative and often violent reality on our coastline and here in East Budleigh.It now belongs to you, the community, but was saved not just for us at East Budleigh, but for the nation.The only way forward that I can see is that East Budleigh will indeed be blessed with both a community shop and our Shop on Wheels. The people who want to support the community shop can do so and the rest of us who wish to stay loyal to the Shop on Wheels can go on as before.Please, Deo Volente, that Alison can keep going.Kathy Moyle,4 Collins Park, East Budleigh.

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