A lot of village life revolves around our shop. Our noticeboard is a very good way for people to know what’s going on in the village, and we also display leaflets for all sorts of activities.
Every month we sell tickets for both the Stutton cinema club and neighbouring Tattingstone’s cinema club. Many people found out about the really successful Pantomime, recently performed in the Village Hall next door by, first the notice in the shop inviting people to audition, then the leaflets and posters we displayed. All three performances were sold out – and volunteers behind the counter had to keep fielding requests for returns.
Stutton Support Network – our village ‘good neighbour scheme’ – has its telephone line in the shop with calls being diverted to a co-ordinating group who take it in turns to receive requests for help. Network volunteers are available to drive people to the shop who have difficulty walking and don’t have their own transport. And both the Network and Shop volunteers are in regular contact with residents of the extra care housing in the village and Network volunteers recently took new residents to the shop to show them what we sell and to have a cup of tea and chat.
These are just some of the ways that Stutton Community Shop really does feel like a vital village hub. So it’s really important we secure our future by replacing our current temporary building with a new and better one. (See previous post for information about our plans.)