Community marks Barrowden and Wakerley shop’s birthday

The Shop at Barrowden second anniversary celebrations - Regular customer and speical guest Barrowden Parish Council chairman Derek Lanning, centre, with shop directors, committee, manager and volunteers'Photo: SM240911-032js
The Shop at Barrowden second anniversary celebrations - Regular customer and speical guest Barrowden Parish Council chairman Derek Lanning, centre, with shop directors, committee, manager and volunteers'Photo: SM240911-032js

A COMMUNITY shop celebrated its second anniversary on Saturday.

Barrowden and Wakerley Community Shop in Wakerley Road, Barrowden, is run by volunteers and stocks a wealth of produce from Rutland and Stamford.

Families, shoppers and suppliers joined forces for the celebrations, which were opened by parish council chairman Derek Lanning.

About 300 people passed through the shop door throughout the day.

Committee chairman Sheila Saunders, of Main Street, Barrowden, said: “We had an excellent response and there were lots of people here.

“Derek Lanning was our guest of honour and he gave an excellent opening speech congratulating all those who brought the shop into being and who work here now.”

Among the activities for children was a scavenger hunt, face painting, cake and biscuit decorating and making lavender bags.

Shop suppliers were also there doing demonstrations and giving out samples of their products.

Among them was Little Cakes from Uppingham, who did a cake decorating demonstration; Barrowden and Stamford honey suppliers; King’s Cliffe Bread; Julia’s Cakes; Piper’s Crisps and Stamford Apple Juice.

For those that could not wait to get home there was a barbecue serving tasty burgers which sold out on the day.

Adults were entertained by a tombola, bottle raffle and a craft demonstration by wood turner Barry Windsor, who sells his products in the shop.

Mrs Saunders added: “We were very pleased with the celebrations.

“It was very much a village fun day and get together. We had villagers from Barrowden and Wakerley and people from outside the village who use the shop.”

Volunteers who work at the shop also give up their spare time to maintain the shop garden.