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.


We’ve got the keys!

The purchase of the shop building has now been completed. Peter Marriage is the new owner and Bishop Wilton Community Shop Ltd has entered into an agreement to lease it from him on the favourable terms we communicated earlier.

We would like to formally thank Alek, Wendy and Peter for creating this wonderful opportunity for Bishop Wilton to have a community shop.

Those of you who applied to buy shares now officially own those shares. You are all listed on the Bishop Wilton Community Shop Ltd Share Register. This is a secure document which we are obliged to hold and is proof of your share holding. Share certificates, although not a legal requirement, will be sent to you soon. 

Whilst waiting for the purchase to complete we have been busy progressing other things to try and minimise the delay in opening the shop. Our planning permission application for the change to the shop frontage has already been approved.

We are clearing out fittings from the old shop today and the building work/refurbishment starts tomorrow.

We are currently researching and selecting suppliers and products for the shop which is no small task! We intend to stock the essentials as well as some special ranges from local suppliers. We always welcome any suggestions on this matter both now and once we are open – although we might not be able to please all of the people all of the time – we will do our best!

Considerable progress has also been made with the numerous compliance requirements and putting together a volunteer training schedule. We will be holding a series of volunteer meetings and training sessions starting at the end of September – if you have already volunteered we will let you know the schedule very soon. If you have not already volunteered but would like to do so please let us know.

As well as working on getting the shop up and running we are also hoping to organise some events through the autumn. The first of these is planned for September 28th, when we will be holding an Apple Pressing Event  at the pub in conjunction with one of our potential local suppliers – save the date and watch this space for more info on this.

We intend appointing a part time (probably up to 20 hours paid) Shop Manager who will receive a wage once the shop has opened. If you think you might be interested in this role and would like more information please get in touch no later than Monday  16th September.

This is all very exciting news but there is still a huge amount of work to be done before we can open the shop. Please do not hesitate to let us know if you can help in any way.

Feedback from our 1st Pop Up Bakery

Bishop Wilton residents clearly love their bread & weekend treats and we send huge thanks to everyone who supported our first pop up bakery. We were sold out of all items in less than 20 minutes which was a big success for us but apologies to those who had to leave empty handed. As there is clearly a demand for the pop up bakery, we plan to run the stall for the remaining Saturdays in June from 08.30am until sold out.

To avoid disappointment we recommend that you come down early and for those of you who are bold enough – anyone arriving in their PJ’s or onesies may receive a small prize!

Also a reminder that when the ‘real’ shop is up and running, we will stock the usual standard loaves – sliced, white, wholemeal, granary etc – our pop up’s are to determine the demand for different types of breads and breakfast style items that you would like us to stock/order for the weekends.

See you next Saturday from 08.30am at the same place; follow the signs from the bus stop!

Everest Hill Climb Fundraiser

Keep track of Dave’s progress here:

Dave Diston will be raising money to help support building work on the shop premises. He will spend the day cycling up Worsendale Road as many times as he can. He is aiming to aiming to complete 57 ascents, which would mean he’s climbed the equivalent of Mt Everest (8848 metres)!

Please sponsor Dave, either per hill climb or as a one off donation, and of course come along on the day to spur him on (or even ride along)! You can find the sponsor form here:…/1FAIpQLScNTE7duobpPcPLDk…/viewform

Dave is hoping to start cycling around 6am and, legs willing, hopes to finish around 8pm. We will have tea and cakes for sale on the day!


We are keen to have as many volunteers as we can to cover all the shifts in the shop and all eventualities. Shifts are 3:15 hours long for the front-of-house staff in the shop for these opening times:

  • Monday to Friday (excl bank holidays) 0715–1900
  • Saturday 0830–1700
  • Sunday/some Bank Hols (no deliveries) 1000–1600

We need front-of-house shop staff but also anything else you can offer from DIY and building work to computers, cleaning and deliveries. Full training will be given for front-of-house staff so no need to worry about anything, it’s going to be a great place to be! We’ll need a mix of people who can do regular shifts and those who can fill in as and when.

Get in touch with Sally Smith, our friendly volunteer manager on: or 07971 875 871.

Do you have a van and/or storage space? Would you be able to help us move and/or store shop fixtures whilst the building work is going on? Please let us know if you can help!



A huge thank you to everyone who came to our recent event, it was very well attended and we received fabulous feedback from you all. Everyone was particularly interested in the community spirited ideas such as pre ordering breads and cakes and services such as a drop off/pick up of – for example, fish from the weekly fish van. Thank you for completing the ‘Shopping Lists’, they are providing all the essential information that we need. The Bishop Wilton Community Shop will have all the day to day basics plus treats such as those everyone enjoyed at ‘A Taste of Things to Come’.

Thank you again to the community of Bishop Wilton – we are all in this together!


We have now raised £36,000 through share applications with £16,000 still needed to hit the target. Huge thanks to all of you who have already applied for shares. Here are three great reasons to buy shares (or buy some more!)

1. We’ll get a shop for the benefit of the whole community and the environment. The shop will provide convenience and great local produce as well as a place to meet, have a chat or a coffee. As a shareholder you become a member of the Community Benefit Society, Bishop Wilton Community Shop Ltd and will have a say in how the shop is run and what benefits it provides to the community.

2. You should be able to get half of your investment back from the tax man. Our application for Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme status for the share offer was recently approved. This means if you are a UK taxpayer you should be able to claim a tax refund of 50% of the amount invested. Further details about this very generous incentive are available on our website. Alternatively drop us an email or call David Gaskin on 07803 023842 if you have any questions.

3. If you own a house locally, having a shop should increase its value. It is well established that having a local shop along with other local amenities enhances house prices in the area. Some attribute as much as 5% to this.

Now is the time to buy shares or more shares as the share offer closes on 9th June. We have attached an application form for your convenience, but if you want to apply and haven’t already seen our prospectus please take a look at this. If you live in the parish it should have been delivered through your door in April but it is also available on our website.

Advance assurance of SEIS (50%) tax credit on shares now received!

We are delighted to inform you that we have now received advance assurance from HMRC that our share offer qualifies for Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme tax relief.
This is a 50% tax credit so you should, if you pay enough tax, be able to get back half of your investment.
For example, if you have applied for (or are about to apply for!) £1,000 in shares you should be able to reduce your UK income tax bill by £500 (provided you have paid, or will pay, at least that amount of tax in this current tax year and the year before combined) . We expect to be able to issue to you a certificate (SEIS3) a few months after the shop has started trading to enable you to claim the tax credit.

We will provide more guidance on how to claim the tax credit when we issue the SEIS3, but we are unable to provide personal tax advice and each investor is responsible for satisfying themselves as to their eligibility for any tax reliefs. Please also see for more information on the rules concerning the income tax credit and other SEIS related tax reliefs available.

If you haven’t applied for shares already, hopefully this provides another good reason to do so. If you have already applied, but would like to buy some more based on this news, this is also great – just complete another share application form and we will combine the two applications together.

The share offer remains open until June 9 unless we hit the £52,000 target before then!