Over the last five years, the Parish Council and Shop sub-committee have worked hard to try and re-establish a shop in the Village. At times it must have seemed that nothing was happening. Many of the discussions had to be kept confidential due the nature and sensitive of the possible solutions being dealt with. However, during this time we have visited many community shops both in Oxfordshire and the near by Counties, a wealth of information has been collected.
Our thanks go to Matt and Sarah Allen who have given us the opportunity to restore a village shop in the previous location and to the community supporting the project.
The results of the questionnaire distributed in March are as follows: -
77% return (512 delivered - 394 returned)
Question 5 "How important do you think it is to have a shop in the village (please circle order of priority) 1 2 3 4 5" (5 being very important). 76% were 4 and 5
19% were 1 to 3
5% did not answer this question.
Question 6 “Would the following encourage you to use a shop in the village? Post Office, bakery, local produce, newspapers, home-made produce, and delicatessen came top.
Question 7 "How much would your household be likely to spend per week in a Community village shop" 200 said £10 to £20, 96 said £20 to £30, 36 said £30 to £40, 16 said £40 to £50, 2 said £50 to £60, 3 said over £60.
Question 9 "Would you, or anyone in your household be interested in voluntarily helping a Community Shop to get started by" Fundraising 71, Marketing 27, Donation 72, Buying shares 75,
Making a loan 39.
Question 10 Volunteering to work in the shop Over 150
Book keeping 5…Shop manager 1
This is very encouraging and gives us a positive result to move forward to the next stage.
When embarking on a Social Enterprise such as this, all the options must be considered. In addition to the refurbishment and alteration costs, any planning issues to overcome, and grants and funding which may be available.
We propose to have an open meeting in June to keep the Community informed. Jane Barker the Shop Advisor from Oxfordshire Rural Community Council, will attend to answer any questions.