Lower Broadheath Community Shop
The Lower Broadheath Community Shop and Post Office has already been open for a whole year. In that time, it has become an essential lifeline for many of the village’s older residents without cars. It is a social centre at the heart of the community where villagers can access household essentials, postal services, newspapers and local produce, and its run almost entirely by volunteers!
LBCS celebrated its first birthday on 4th February, finishing its first year by hitting all the targets in their business plan. The shop sits in the car park of The Bell Inn on Martley Road in Lower Broadheath. It stocks a range of local produce including cakes, jams and chutneys, fudge, sandwiches, pies, cheeses, gin, beers and ciders.
The Post Office has just been awarded a remote support payment of £5,000 for the next twelve months, thanks to their success in supporting the local community. The Post Office is open from 10am to 3pm between Monday and Friday, and 10am to Midday on Saturdays. It supplies a range of services including full banking facilities. Villagers who are going to be affected by the closure of Lloyds Bank in St Johns can pay in cash and cheques through the local Post Office as well as making free cash withdrawals.
The Lower Broadheath Community Shop Committee held its Annual General Meeting in March, where villagers and shareholders heard an update on how the shop is running as well as voting in this year’s management committee.
In response to the Coronavirus outbreak, the committee is now looking at whether the shop might start a home-delivery service in the area. Its also limiting the sale of certain items to one per customer, in order to be able to provide for as many people in the local community as possible.
The shop’s managers Victoria Howells and Jess Ronan also asks customers not to visit if they have contracted the coronavirus or have been advised to self-isolate. ‘If you need anything please call us on (01905) 641512 or email email@example.com‘ says Jess, ‘and we'll do what we can to help, including organising home deliveries where possible.’
What makes Lower Broadheath Community Shop so special is its wonderful team of volunteers! If you're interested in helping out, please get in touch - anyone over the age of 14 can volunteer, with flexible shifts the shop provides full training, friendly conversation and cups of tea! Committee members are also needed with all sorts of skills to help with the next phase of the shop project.
If you are interested in putting your name forward for the committee you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org