Lily's Lavender Hut in Corby Glen re-opens as new building is complete
A popular wooden village shop has re-opened again to the community after the old building was demolished.
Lily’s Lavender Hut on Station Road, which has been the general store in Corby Glen for decades, re-opened to the villagers on Saturday after being completely re-built in a £55,000 project.
The new building includes an extension with a kitchen and community room and took eight weeks to complete.
Julie Tuckey, 59, who runs the shop, said: “It was a brilliant day.
“A lot of people came out, I did a speech and Lily, my granddaughter, cut the ribbon along with Pauline Bland who ran the shop for 32 years and I brought it off her two years ago.
“I’m relieved it’s open and I’ve been grinning like a Cheshire Cat because it’s just so fabulous.
“It’s really light and airy.”
The original building, which opened in 1954, was believed to have been the oldest wooden shop in Lincolnshire and closed for the final time on March 9.
Julie had been running the shop out of temporary accommodation in the car park of the nearby Fighting Cocks Pub.
She added: “We’ve used the original footings but other than that, the old building was completely re-built.
“Simon Harwood, the landlord of the Fight Cocks pub, project managed it and we also used local builders, plumbers and electricians so it was a real community venture.
“Everybody has been very good because I’ve been in the temporary accommodation so it’s great to be back.
“I’ve had really positive feedback from everybody so far.”
Julie, from Boothby Pagnell, was a home economics teacher in London and Portsmouth before returning back to Lincolnshire.
The shop previously been called Pauline's General Store and Julie decided to name it after her granddaughter, Lily Jones.
As well as a shop, Julie wants to use the building as a community hub: “At the moment, I’m just finishing getting the shop up and running but I want to put on cookery lessons in the kitchen and activities like scrabble and cards," she said.
The new wooden shop has been part funded by a £19,000 LEADER grant from the European Union.
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