Stop press……. September is a good month. We have lift off!
On 3 September, at a special meeting, the Parish Council, who have been totally supportive throughout, offered us a further £5,000 – the maximum it can give us under its rules. On 10 September, the Community Association allocated £1,000 to us and the Trust for Oxfordshire Environment, as the result of some determined work by David Fox, awarded us £20,000. The SODC on the same day, confirmed its grant from the smaller part of the Community Investment Fund of £19,999. In pledges, grants and loan we now have enough to press the button to build the Community Village Stores.
The position now - Budgeted costs confirmed
We have received the tenders from four local builders for the construction of the shop. Initial indications, and there are some further details to be negotiated, are that the cost will come in at or around our budgeted level thanks to some sterling work from Phil Jones and our architect, Mike Orr.
Of the £203,000 estimated to be needed to build and operate the shop, the village has pledged a heart warming 41%, the SODC have awarded just under 10% and the remainder has been raised from other funds. We are hugely grateful to everyone who has worked unstintingly to restore a shop to our village over seven long and tedious years.
By the time you read this, we anticipate that we will have instructed the Architect to issue a Letter of Intent to the chosen builder. Work should begin in mid-October and the shop could be completed and fitted out by early April – we will try to be up and running by Easter 2010 (3 April).
We still need your help….
First, we will be coming to collect pledges during September and October, so please have your cheque books handy (payable to the Brightwell-cum-Sotwell Community Association). Secondly, we need to plan the running of the stores. We are starting the recruitment of a paid manager (possibly a job share?) and Corinne Jones is setting up the volunteer organisation. Anyone interested in either area, please contact her on 836686.
Lots more to do…
We are only half way through our project. The funds have been raised, a location identified, planning permission obtained and the shop designed. We still have to build the stores and organise its continuing operation. We depend on volunteers to support and run the shop.
Step forward, please; Brightwell-cum-Sotwell depends on all of us.
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