COMING FOR BRENT KNOLL
NEWS FROM BRENT KNOLL
SOMERSET EMERGENCY SHOP IS NOW “OFFICIAL”
BRENT KNOLL COMMUNITY SHOP NOW EXISTS, AND HAD A COFFEE SUCCESS AND AN MP VISIT
In just two days, the volunteers at Somerset’s Emergency Shop in Brent Knoll had three good news items.
They’ve discovered that their plan for creating a permanent community shop has been boosted by becoming registered as a Community Benefit Society with the Financial Conduct Authority.
This news followed a visit to their Emergency Shop by their constituency MP, James Heappey, who had provided an online opening ceremony for that shop – and the success of their latest monthly special event, a coffee & cakes day.
On the day that MP, James Heappey, visited the shop, the Financial Conduct Authority registered Brent Knoll Community Shop Limited as a Community Benefit Society.
The very next day, their shop frontage was the scene for a speciality coffee and cakes event that saw more than 70 people enjoying a socially-distanced get-together that raised £180 towards the aim of a permanent community shop in Brent Knoll.
According to David Sturgess, a member of the shop’s Steering Group: “This has been a great weekend for our aim of delivering what our community consultation project revealed – the wish for a permanent community shop and the potential to restore our closed Post Office.
“We could not have achieved the opening of an emergency shop within ten days, nor the success of that shop, without the tireless input of our team of energetic volunteers. We’ve now consulted the community on what they want, so we’ll be looking at increasing our opening hours”, he added.
The Brent Knoll Emergency Shop project was quick to win the support of the Plunkett Foundation – the national charity that has helped more than 300 rural community shops to thrive.
“We’re now working with Plunkett towards our aim of a permanent community shop and a restoration of our village Post Office”, said Mr Sturgess.
David Sturgess: 01278-760621 or 07768-078656