After the village shop closed in June 2018 a group of villagers got together and the idea of having our own community shop & cafe was born. With the support of many people we raised the funds required through shares, donations and grants. The dream was starting to become a reality!
Special thanks go to the very many local people who have given their time and expertise, which then enabled the shop to open on 30 January 2020.
The building is a former Primitive Methodist Chapel that opened in 1839: it first became a shop in 1941. We’ve exposed the original beams and installed pendant lights similar to those that would have been hanging in the chapel.
Bishop Wilton is an extraordinary village: not only is it beautiful but much of its real appeal rests on its sense of community. It’s the reason many people have moved and remain here and is one of Yorkshire’s best kept secrets!
We want the shop and café to be a linchpin of village life, a vital lifeline for those without transport, a meeting place and a communication hub. We hope it will be a lovely experience for visitors and shoppers alike. Any profits will go back into the shop or towards supporting the community.
We hope you enjoy your time here today in this special place. Don’t forget to look out for our very own Bishop Wilton wine, shopping bags, water bottles, coasters, pictures, coffee – and so much more!
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch!