Village shop set to open

PUBLISHED: 15:14 26 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:33 10 June 2010

TUESDAY, AUGUST 26: EAST Budleigh's new community shop is to open its doors and begin serving the village from the start of September. Months of setting up a full-time shop to serve the community have almost come to fruition and, with this week's arrival of the shop building

EAST Budleigh's new community shop is to open its doors and begin serving the village from the start of September.Months of setting up a full-time shop to serve the community have almost come to fruition and, with this week's arrival of the shop building, its committee has begun counting down the days until its new venture opens. East Budleigh shop committee member Councillor Malcolm Florey said the task had been a 'real challenge' for the project management team."There have been times of uncertainty and frustration and times of real satisfaction in knowing that we were working to deliver what the real majority wanted," said Cllr Florey. "This has given us the stamina and determination to complete our work."We can now all look forward to the village shop opening and working with its members and wider community to provide all the services and support desired by the community. "The shop will also provide that important focus and meeting point for everyone. "The support of the village hall committee and the work being done to adapt the room at the end of the building to become an information centre for the village further enhances the whole project."The new shop will be adjacent to the village hall and managed by Colin Weston, who lives in the village with his family.A band of local volunteers, who signed up to help when the idea of a shop was bandied around in 2007, will help with the day-to-day running.Funding to raise the £30,000 needed to run the venture has been found through securing a number of grants.Several weeks ago the shop committee launched a membership scheme, inviting people to buy £50 shop bonds or pay a £5 joining fee.Within a month the committee raised £11,500 after some 300 people registered their interest.Cllr Florey said he was delighted with the uptake, but wanted to remind people the shop was for all - even if they were not members."This overwhelming level of membership and great demonstration of support by our community was the final endorsement we needed for the work being done," he said. "Key to the way the village shop will be operated is that it is owned by the community and will be for the benefit of the community.

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