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Village Stores AGM Tuesday 21st June, 8 pm, in the Village Hall, West End, OX10 0RY. All welcome, although only members can vote.

A presentation will be made to the retiring Post Office subpostmaster, Mike Powell, and his assistants Carol and Annette. Cards are available for signature in the shop up until 20th June. 

Agenda items should reach Village Stores secretary Karen Sibun by 19th June; the accounts and balance sheet for the year ended 31 December 2015 are also available to the membership on request. You can contact Karen at


Reports of the Management Committee

Receipt of accounts and balance sheet and Auditors report

Election of Management Committee members

Appointment of an auditor

Fixing of annual subscription

(To consider and if thought fit pass a resolution [in compliance with Rule 8 & Rule 14(d) of the Association Rules] fixing the annual subscription at nil.

Shop/Post Office report

Any other business (notified to the Hon. Secretary at least 48hrs in advance)

Management Committee Members up for election:

• Anna Bartlett - has lived in Brightwell-cum-Sotwell for 14 years and was a member of the Village Shop Operations Group and has served on the Management Committee since 2010. She is a keen volunteer and has undertaken the book-keeping, VAT returns and PAYE for the Stores. Anna runs her own business selling central vacuum and whole house ventilation systems which currently employs 5 people. Her early career as a Computer Programmer and Systems Analyst has given her the varied and much needed skills in computing, book-keeping, data base design, web design, purchasing and PAYE. She wishes to continue serving the community on the Management Committee.

• Celia Collett - has lived in Brightwell-cum-Sotwell all her life and is a founder member of the Village Stores. She fought for eight years to re-establish a village shop and served on all the committees during this period and has continued to serve on the Management Committee since the opening of the Community Shop in August 2010. She is dedicated to the success of this enterprise and currently acts as Chair of the Management Committee. Celia is a Parish Councillor; she has also done a variety of voluntary works locally and for Save the Children & was awarded an MBE in 2005 for services to the community. She wishes to continue her efforts with the shop and the new venture of the Post Office Local.
• Gina Coupar – has lived in Brightwell-cum-Sotwell for nearly 30 years. She has been a volunteer in the shop since it’s opening in 2010. She supported the re-establishment of the Village Shop and has served on the Committee for the past five years, acting as Chairman for 3 years and Vice-Chairman for the past year. Gina wishes to continue to serve the community on the Management Committee by supporting the staff and being involved in taking the shop forward. Prior to her retirement in 2007, she was a local government officer gaining a wide variety of experience over a period of 25 years, including the management of staff and budgets.
• Jon Godfrey – has lived in Brightwell-cum-Sotwell for 18 years. He has worked as a volunteer in the shop for a number of years before being co-opted and then elected onto the Management Committee. Working as an engineer he has various practical and technical skills which are used in a variety of ways within the Church and local community and lend themselves well to serving the shop in a very practical way.
• Sue Hollebone - has lived in the parish of Brightwell cum Sotwell since 2004 on Sires Hill. She has been self employed virtually all her life after valued retail experience at Habitat. She works in Design, Fashion and Retailing and owned shops and a successful business which she recently runs in a slightly different vein. When asked to join the Store’s Management Committee. In autumn 2014, she was most honoured to be included in the village. She feels the shop has much to contribute to the community and is an essential part of it and is hoping to continue assistance with its upward progress & success, suggesting & promoting new products for sale.
• Charles Hunt - has been privileged to live in the village for 37 years, & as a family have enjoyed the friendship and community spirit, which the village offers. Now retired, after 50 years in a local retail business, I enjoy sharing my experience, in the running of the village shop.
• Paul Rodwell - has lived in Brightwell-cum-Sotwell for 5 years having moved from Crowmarsh Gifford. Until 2009 I owned & ran a small group of 3 pharmacies, 2 stores in Oxfordshire and 1 in Dorset. I am a qualified pharmacist and still practicing, albeit only occasionally. I was a member of Wantage Round Table until I reached the retirement age of 45. At this point I took up working with the Army Cadets in Oxfordshire. I ran a detachment in Wheatley & for the past 4 years have been responsible for cadet training for the South Oxfordshire area, Nivelle Company. In January this year SI took over as Officer in Command for Nivelle Company which consists of 220 cadets and 30 adult volunteers. I am married to Liz, also a pharmacist, & have 2 children, Chloe and Oliver.
• Fiona Rooney – moved to Brightwell just a year ago (from Wallingford), and has along with her husband already contributed greatly to the village. She has a background in market research for blue-chip companies across diverse sectors (investment banking, real estate, healthcare, soft drinks) – so brings a strong understanding of data and analytics. She currently works part-time for BP Lubricants (Castrol) and has 3 young children.

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