One Year On: A look back at our first year

The year 2020 was pretty tough; from COVID lockdowns to the joys of ‘home learning’, it was enough to send the best of us running for those Yorkshire Wolds. But amidst loo-roll buying frenzies and the many hardships we faced, Bishop Wilton villagers united to open their linchpin of village life. Today we celebrate the shop’s first birthday with a look back on the best moments of 2020.

One: Funding

After the Bishop Wilton community lost the previous shop in June 2018 the village came together to launch this much-needed service. We were able to raise a huge amount of funds from shares, grants and donations which allowed for the shop’s transformation; Stripping back the old building and exposing original beams, we installed new lighting and have now created a space that our community has throughly enjoyed over the last year.

Two: Our members and volunteers

With 232 community members, mainly from the local area but some as far afield as Switzerland, Malaysia and Australia, we were able to work with the church, the school and the village hall throughout the COVID pandemic to provide essential services to all who needed it. The shop was even used by the Plunkett Foundation as a case study example of how communities united during the challenging times of 2020. See here

The commitment from the volunteers during an unsettled first year has been resolute. Sixty-eight active volunteers ensured that the shop remained opened throughout the COVID pandemic and not one shift went uncovered. With a total of 2,215 shifts at 2.5 hours per shift, shop volunteers have covered 5,537.5 hours since first opening on 30th January 2020!

Three: Our local area

In a year where the village’s sports clubs, pub and church were all forced to close, the shop provided residents with a sense of community and togetherness and the service was vital for many of those shielding and self-isolating. Multiple fantastic local suppliers ensured that the shop’s shelves remained fully stocked and allowed the shop to provide its vital service through a very unsettled period.

Four: Bishop Wilton in the news

We received some fantastic press and media coverage, the shop featured on the front cover of the Pocklington Post twice and the front cover of the Parish Pump many times, as well as having multiple radio appearances and even achieving national media coverage! See here:—say-bishop-wilton-community-shop/ 

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Five: Our future

As we enter our second year, the beginnings of the Bishop Wilton Careers Programme are underway. The programme is designed to help local students demonstrate work experience and training and thus gain employment. The shop looks forward to re-starting high-quality training and local supplier events and will be opening our wonderful cafe as soon as the restrictions allow.

After a turbulent first year and as we celebrate this little community shop’s first birthday, we want to send a big thank you to all of our community for the unwavering support throughout 2020 and we look forward to many more years of success to come.

Follow us on:

Facebook: @bwcommunityshop

Instagram: @bishopwiltonshop

Café/Takeaways Update

Our café will not be fully opened until Covid-19 restrictions have been significantly relaxed – and who knows when that will be?! There is simply not the space in the shop to maintain any sort of social distancing if we try to operate the café and the shop together at this moment in time.

We do, however, still have lots of cold drinks and a range of ice creams and snacks to take away or eat outside.

We cannot do hot drink takeaways for the time being due to restrictions behind the counter and in order to keep the flow for customers without causing big queues but we will keep this under review.

The Shop During the Coronavirus Outbreak

It is our aim to keep the shop open in the village to provide you with supplies during this time.

It may not always be full opening hours or fully stocked but we will do our best.

We will follow government guidance and up-to-date shop announcements will be made via social media or a poster in the shop window.

We need to keep the shop as safe as possible. So, please do not come in the shop if you have coronavirus symptoms of a persistent cough or high temperature or if have been in close contact with someone who has symptoms or has been told to self-isolate.

Please follow the government guidelines for self-isolation and keep up with regular hand washing.

If you need support during self-isolation, the shop is also part of a newly formed village group working to help the village during the coronavirus outbreak.

We can offer a delivery service to those needing to self-isolate, just ring
the shop on 01759 369 774 or email

If you need assistance in getting items from Pocklington, please contact  Sarah Berry on 01759 368 606 or email

Rev Linda Munt is happy to collect prescriptions, and although church
services have regrettably had to be suspended, Linda is always available
for a chat. Please call 01759 369 974.

Derek Black is available to help with odd jobs. Feel free to get in touch via  the vicarage on 01759 369 974.

Grand Opening Cancelled

Due to the coronavirus restrictions currently in place across the country, it is not possible for this event to go ahead.

It’s disappointing but we believe that it’s the right thing to do in the situation. I’m sure we’ll plan another event when all this is over.

Annual Members’ Meeting (AMM) 2020 Coronavirus Postponement

Following the Government’s guidance on public gatherings during the coronavirus outbreak, the management committee has decided to postpone the Annual Members’ Meeting that had been scheduled for 31 March 2020.  We now propose to hold the Annual Members’ meeting towards the end of 2020.

We have taken this decision as we feel it is our responsibility to support national efforts to control and minimise the spread of the illness. We also want to be sure that all those members who would wish to come to the meeting are not discouraged by concerns about risks to their health.

We are now open!

We’ve had a very busy and successful first week in the shop. Thank you very much to all of the volunteers who have worked their first shifts – you have done incredibly well!

Our opening times are:
Monday – Friday 7.30am–7pm
Saturdays 8.30am–5pm
Sundays 8.30am–4pm

We are looking forward to seeing you!

The Shop will open on January 30th!

Christmas Fayre

Sunday 22nd December 2019
4.30pm to 6.30pm
This is taking place on the green outside the shop so – WRAP UP WARM FOLKS and come and enjoy the festivities!
Please bring a chair if you wish to sit down.
– Carol Singing outside the shop to start off the festivities at 4.30pm
– Complimentary Mulled Wine/Apple Juice and Mince Pies
   (Please help us to be green and bring your own cup if you can so we don’t have to use disposable!)
– Raffle – win a fabulous hamper of shop goodies!
– Free bran tub for the kids
– Not forgetting Lucy and Sarah’s handmade Marshmallow Snowmen!
– The Fayre will end with a walking tour of the village to view the festive windows with Carol singing along the way, before ending at the Fleece.
There’s no better way to get into the festive spirit than coming together to sing under the stars with a cup of something warm and a mince pie – we do hope you will bring family, friends and join us!

Christmas presents from Bishop Wilton Community Shop

We cannot open before Christmas but we can start selling and get into the Christmas Spirit!

Following a specific request from a Bishop Wilton resident, in the run up to Christmas we are going to be selling some Bishop Wilton Community Shop branded jute bags, reusable drinks bottles and Bishop Wilton own brand red and white wine. The idea is that you could buy a bag and/or some wine and/or a water bottle and then fill the bag (if you wish) with other items (bought elsewhere) to give the filled bags as very special Christmas presents to your friends and family!

The bags and the water bottles both cost £4.50 and the wine costs £8.50. Solve your Christmas present dilemmas and get ordering!

You can order by e mailing or filling in this order form and dropping in to Louise at 2 Main Street.

The bags and bottles will also be available to buy, collect or order at the Christmas Bazaar (Village Hall) on Saturday 30th November where there will be a Community Shop stall and at our Christmas Fayre.