Community shop hopes for village

5:00pm Sunday 9th June 2013

A GROUP of residents are planning to open their own community shop after the village store and post office closed following 80 years of trading.

The shop in Main Street, Bretforton, closed its doors on Saturday, April 27, but residents still wanted a hub where they could meet friends and buy goods.

Now a steering group committee has been formed and they hope to open a community shop run by volunteers.

Chris Buckham, vicechairman of the committee, said: “Support for a community shop in Bretforton is very encouraging.

“More than 86 per cent of people we surveyed think it is very important to have a village shop.

“We have a number of keen volunteers who are working hard to get this project off the ground for the benefit of the village and the community.”

The group hopes the community shop will provide villagers with the wide range of products and services they asked for in an extensive survey conducted last month.

As well as post office facilities, the new enterprise also plans to offer fresh, local produce and a coffee shop.

Mr Buckham added: “We’re aiming to open the community shop as early as October this year and are very interested in hearing from anyone who could help and support the community in any way.”

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