St Breward Community Shop Steering Group – a shop owned by and for St Breward Community
A warm hello from the recently formed Steering Group: Robert (Bob) Kirby-Harris (Chairman), Dee Fry (Secretary), Annie Crichton (Treasurer), Denis Lusby (Vice Chairman), Bonny Bryan (Deputy Secretary), Dominic Fairman (Cornwall Councillor), Dawn Barrett, Kevin Foster, Pat Dowdall, Karen Nankivell, and Debbie Honey (Publicity).
Questionnaire Results – thank you to everyone who returned the questionnaire. We had a great response, with over 25% returned. This showed overwhelming support for a new shop (98%), with a significant number stating that they would either volunteer to work in the shop (42 people) or contribute financially (74 people). Concerns include finding a centralised, accessible location with parking, and loss of the Post Office and other services currently provided.
Next steps: Our initial focus will be finding a location for an interim solution stocking essentials. A temporary shop will enable us to properly explore and raise funds for a permanent location and set-up. Our hope is to have an interim solution in place by the end of the Summer, but with your support this could be achieved sooner. We will particularly need financial support, volunteers and the support of local trades people, please. Please get in touch (details below) if you can help! In the meantime, for those without transport please don’t forget the community bus visits towns daily. The bus timetable is available at www.stbreward.net
How might it work? The long-term survival rate of a community shop is 92.5%. We are working with Plunkett Foundation, a membership organisation who support the set-up of community shops. The shop would be a ‘Community Benefit Society’, which is the most common legal structure of community shops. A Community Benefit Society exists to benefit the wider collective interests of a community, rather than that of its staff, committee members or investors. This structure also emphasises its members and member involvement, and can issue community shares.
Fundraising, can you help? We need to establish a fundraising team, which will be key to the success of both the temporary and permanent shop. Please get in touch ASAP (contact details below) if you can help!
Post Office – Post Office have added a St Breward stop to the North Cornwall Mobile Post Office Van on Mondays 3-4pm, kindly hosted at The Old Inn & Restaurant. Please use this service, as it can be revoked! It’s currently unlikely that a new shop will include a post office, due to a) Post Office not looking to open a replacement branch and b) the significant set-up costs (estimated £17k+). We will however explore other services previously serviced by St Breward Stores, such as the prepayment top-up and Amazon collection point.
Keep in touch with Community Shop updates – contact Steering Group Secretary, Dee Fry at firstname.lastname@example.org, join the St Breward Community Facebook group, subscribe to the Community emails (email@example.com), or visit www.stbreward.net and community noticeboards for additional updates
Debbie Honey, Publicity
The theme this year was ‘Under the Sea’with 22 entries, The winners will be announced on Carnival Day this Saturday 1st July
Take the Scarecrow Trail, Map and List of Entries can be found on the Buttons below, or pick up a hard copy from the box on the front gate of No1 Row, (opposite the former Chapel)
Bolts Quarry Farm – Garden Open Sunday afternoon 8th June
Cornwall Wildlife Trust will be hosting an Open Gardens Event at Bolts Quarry Farm, Penvorder Lane, PL30 4N on Sunday afternoon July 9th from 2.00 till 5.00pm,
The garden is being opened aid of Cornwall Wildlife Trust. Admission £6, field parking, dogs on leads welcome.
Light refreshments. The Garker Street Band will be entertaining during the afternoon. Plant sales. Come along and have a fun afternoon
Community News Magazine