Chiddingly had a wonderful old-fashioned village shop for many years located a stone’s throw from the Six Bells pub and the church. It closed down in 1998 when the owners eventually retired and no-one could be found to take it on.
About 10 years later, a campaign was mounted to set up a new shop, this time to be community-owned and run. Thanks to contributions from many locals in exchange for shares, as well as grants from several organisations, a new shop was created in a new location (Farleys Yard, Muddles Green – opposite Farleys Gallery) yet still within the environs of Chiddingly.
It opened in August 2012 so last year we celebrated a big milestone – its fifth anniversary! It is staffed by a paid part-time manager, paid Saturday staff (providing first employment opportunities for younger people in the village), and a team of volunteers who work behind the counter, behind the scenes and as part of a management committee.
Our volunteers come from all walks of life and span a wide age range, but they all share an enthusiastic commitment to the shop and derive great satisfaction from volunteering. Working in the shop is an excellent way to get to know new people, both within the village and from some distance away.
You’re never too old to learn new things and everyone who works behind the counter has mastered our coffee machine and our till, and has also taken a basic food hygiene course. Those who are busy during shop hours, or prefer to help in other ways, offer their services for free in ways such as marketing, keeping our window boxes and café vases freshly maintained, organising fundraising activities, taking a role on the shop committee, or even cooking winter soups for the café.
If you live in the area and would like to become involved, just mention your interest next time you’re in the shop, or send an email to shop manager Julie (pictured in main photo with Keith Felstead, longtime volunteer and chief trainer of new volunteers) by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are always looking for more volunteers, can adapt to suit your availability and look forward to welcoming you on board!
Next year (2019) will be our third year producing a Chiddingly Calendar featuring stunning photos taken in and around the village by local photographers, both amateur and professional, with all proceeds helping our community shop & cafe stay afloat, especially during the quieter winter months.
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Five Star Rating
Following our recent Food Safety & Hygiene inspection, we were very pleased to be awarded another 5-star rating (the highest possible) from the Food Standards Agency. A big thank you to all our volunteers for maintaining the high standards at all times, and to local Food Safety expert Suzanne Goss for training all our volunteers and keeping us up to date with the ever-changing health & safety regulations.
Please find below links to PDFs – Chiddingly Village Shop accounts year ending 31.03.18 and Plunkett Foundation Model Rules for New Registration November 2010
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