2024 Newsletters

View St Breward Community Shop Limited’s 2024 Newsletters below

April 2024 – Newsletter

April’s Newsletter


Shop Manager – we’ll start with some amazing news!  We’ve been awarded a £20,000 grant from The National Lottery, to employ a part-time shop manager for up to 28 hours per week.  Heartfelt thanks to Veronica Stansfield who helped with the application which has brought such a great result.  We hope to advertise the role for applications very soon – please keep an eye on our website, Facebook page, Community Email and noticeboards (details below) for the advert.

Premises – we’re on our way!   We’re pleased that the negotiations with Cornwall Council have gone well, so we’ve handed the reigns over to our solicitor to finalise the lease.  With so many plans and ideas, we’re keen to get started and hope to be able to call on all our volunteers for various roles very soon.   There’s still quite a bit to do over the next few weeks in readiness to start work, but we’re starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Share offer launch event – more exciting news is that the Share Offer is almost ready to go!  We’ll be holding a Share Offer launch event in the next 3-6 weeks, so you can meet the Management Committee, see our plans and ask questions.  Please keep an eye on our website, Facebook page, Community Email and noticeboards (details below) for more information.

Newsletters to your inbox – are you receiving our newsletters via Mailchimp email?  We had a few bounced emails, so please get in touch if you didn’t receive it.  You can sign-up to receive our newsletters directly to your inbox on our website (details below).

Date for your diary – Saturday 18th May 2024, fundraising event ‘Music in the Courtyard’ at De Lank!  4.30pm-7pm, £12.50pp inc. a cream tea.  Music from the ‘Seriously Aweful Sinfonia’ orchestra and ‘Stubby’s Jazz Band’.  Limited tickets available and are selling fast – book yours from Val Hill today!  Email brianvalerie@btinternet.com   Please support this fantastic event!  We can’t open and run the shop without ongoing community-led fundraising, so thank you to the organisers for arranging this.

Updated contact details – to make our web address and email addresses simpler, we’ve shortened our web address to stbreward.net/community-shop and main email addresses to: Secretary secretary.stbrewardshop@gmail.com and Treasurer Treasurer.stbrewardshop@gmail.com

Debbie Honey (Publicity) and Dee Fry (Secretary)

29 March 2024 – website update

Please note that our web address has been shortened to stbreward.net/community-shop/ so you’ll start seeing this on all of our publications.

March 2024 – Newsletter

March’s Newsletter


Comms help needed – we need a volunteer to help with our comms & marketing, for example monthly newsletters, website content & social media. Please get in touch (details below) or contact Debbie to discuss the role at publicity.stbcomm.shop@gmail.com

Share Offer – coming soon! Thank you to Andy Thatcher for all your wonderful help with production (and soon, printing)! Watch this space for further updates…

Premises – thank you to Rob & Wayne Davey (builders) and Ed Dyer (electrician) who are

View From Proposed Customer Entrance

kindly helping with the costings for adaptation of the premises. Once we’re ready to go and to help keep costs down, we’ll ask the community and other ‘tradies’ who can help and where, so fingers crossed!

This help with costs has confirmed that our initial hope to widen the existing pedestrian doorway is not cost-effective, as we would also need to add a ramp/slope outside and move the stairs inside to give more room. So, we now plan to include a doorway within the ‘false shop front’ (the green bit below) and the existing doorway will be the staff entrance.
So, here’s a sneak peak of the proposed shop layout. We’ve also included some pictures to help give you a feel of how the layout will work.

View From Proposed Staff Entrance

Debbie Honey, Publicity






Proposed Shop Layout

February 2024 – Newsletter

February’s Newsletter

Planning permission – progress! We have been granted planning permission for change of use of Business Unit 1, Chyryn Drive. Hooray! You can view our application and supporting documents on Cornwall Council’s online planning register, using reference PA23/08039: www.cornwall.gov.uk/planning-and-building-control/planning-applications/online-planning-register/

Premises – we’re pleased with progress so far. Photos above and below are from a site visit on 27 January, when some of the Management Committee members met with appointed surveyor, Stephen Knightly, to prepare working drawings to convert the Unit into a shop. There’s still quite a bit to do over the next few weeks in readiness to start adaptation work, so we’re now on a final push to:

  • Arrange further on-site visits to check handover condition and ensure Cornwall Council complete any remaining work.
  • Use these visits to also finalise what works and costs are needed to convert the Unit into a retail Shop (a schedule of works).
  • Undertake a building survey and prepare working drawings for Building Control approval.
  • Finalise the lease details and sign the lease with Cornwall Council.
  • Finalise and publish our Business Plan. Finalise and issue our Share Offer, to help raise final start-up funds.

Please note that the above aren’t in step-by-step order, as some of the items go hand-in-hand and need to be done together.

Myth Buster – We’ve become aware of a rumour that the Community Shop won’t be selling newspapers. The Management Committee knows that nearly half of the questionnaire respondents wanted newspapers (46%) and there have been no suggestions at Committee that we shouldn’t provide newspapers.

Debbie Honey, Publicity

January 2024 – Newsletter

January 2024 Newsletter

January 2024 Newsletter

Happy New Year from all of us on the Management Committee!

Planning permission – you can view our application and supporting documents for change of use of Business Unit 1, Chyryn Drive, on Cornwall Council’s online planning register: PA23/08039 | Change of use from wine warehouse/industrial unit to a village shop. | 1 Chyryn Drive St Breward Bodmin Cornwall PL30 4LL
The 3-week neighbour consultation period will have closed by the time you’re reading this. However, at the time of writing there were 26 public comments on the website, and 100% are in favour. So, thank you, St Breward, for rallying and showing your support!
The Parish Council held a public meeting on 11 December to discuss our change of use planning permission application. Support was unanimous from those present, subject to this being ratified at the next formal Parish Council meeting, as it was not an official agenda item.

Finances – we have transferred money from our temporary Lloyds account to our new Co-operative bank account, which kindly allows free everyday banking for Community Benefit Societies; non-standard charges apply.
Please get in touch (details below) if you have not yet received a receipt for your loan or donation.
We estimate that we need to raise at least another £25,000 to get the shop up and running with essentials. We are hoping that we can raise some of this from grants, however, some grants will need the shop to be already up and running. So, it’s likely that the majority will need to come from the issuing of community shares. Therefore, we are currently getting ready to be able to issue our ‘share offer’ once planning permission is hopefully granted.
When the shop is open, we can then explore grants for further improvements and developments, for example a café space and solar panels (subject to planning permission etc).

Fundraising – we’re aware of an exciting fundraiser in development for next year. Please get in touch if you can help with a fundraising event – big or small, every little helps!

Debbie Honey, January 2024

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