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 we recently celebrated its first big milestone – its fifth anniversary! It is staffed by a paid part-time manager, paid Saturday staff (providing first employment opportunities for younger people); 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 all 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, as well taken a basic food hygiene course. Some who are busy in shop hours, or prefer to help in other ways, offer their services for free in ways such as marketing, keeping our window boxes and our café vases freshly maintained, 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, you can drop into the shop anytime to find out more, or contact Julie, our manager (pictured above with Keith Felstead, longtime volunteer and chief trainer of new volunteers!) by email at email@example.com. We always welcome more volunteers and can adapt to suit your availability.
Please find below links to PDFs – Chiddingly Village Shop accounts year ending 31.03.17 and Plunkett Foundation Model Rules for New Registration November 2010
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