Barrowden and Wakerley Community Shop wins Lottery funding to improve facilities

Photo: SM290512-001ow'Barrowden Community Shop has received Village SOS funding for an assistant or trainee manager. From left back, volunteer Antoinette Pocklington, Lara Furey, Terry Humphreys, volunteer Penny Wake, shop manager David Lewis and chairman of shop directors Sheila Saunders. Front, Joe Marriner, four, volunteer Caroline Marriner, Frances Traves and volunteer Rosemary Roberts.

Photo: SM290512-001ow'Barrowden Community Shop has received Village SOS funding for an assistant or trainee manager. From left back, volunteer Antoinette Pocklington, Lara Furey, Terry Humphreys, volunteer Penny Wake, shop manager David Lewis and chairman of shop directors Sheila Saunders. Front, Joe Marriner, four, volunteer Caroline Marriner, Frances Traves and volunteer Rosemary Roberts.

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A COMMUNITY shop has been awarded grant funding for a trainee to develop its activities.

The team at Barrowden and Wakerley Community Shop are celebrating after receiving a Big Lottery Village SOS grant for their project, which is called Moving Ahead in 2012.

The shop received more than £30,000, which will be used to expand the services at the shop to offer limited postal services through Post Point, increase the food offered in the cafe and improve the display facilities for Fairtrade items and local art and crafts.

There will also be more freezer capacity and a reorganised counter.

Some of the funding will go towards employing a trainee to work with the manager and the team of volunteers for a year to develop the existing activities at the shop.

Shop manager David Lewis said: “We were delighted to be awarded the grants. When we started out with the shop three years ago, it was funded largely by the community and very much on a shoestring.

“But this money will enable us to do the things we have always wanted to do such as make the coffee shop more comfortable, serve hot food and have some postal services.”

The Barrowden and Wakerley Community Shop, which has been open since 2009, was one of six village projects in the East Midlands to receive a Village SOS award.

Since opening, the shop has proved a huge success with villagers and people across the county alike. It is a Rutland Ambassador, which means it is promoted across the county, and the overall ethos of the shop is to support as many local producers of food, drinks and craft as possible.

The shop in Wakerley Road, Barrowden, has a coffee shops, which has also been popular with customers, stopping for a slice of Fairtrade cake and coffee and increasing the social aspect of the shop.

It also has internet and photocopying facilities, parking and picnic tables in a landscaped garden, as well as knowledgeable staff.

Anyone who wants to find out more about the trainee position can find out more about the shop and download an application form by visiting www.barrowdenshop.org. Alternatively phone Sheila Saunders on 01572 747036 or e-mail sheila.saunders@squiffle.net for more details.