When the previous village shop closed it had a big impact on the community. We lost a meeting place and a vital community service.
Soon after the shop closed a group of local residents got together and decided to create a local shop that was owned, run and for the benefit of the local community. The community shop was born.
The hallmark of a community shop is community control: It is an enterprise that is owned, managed and staffed by the community in which it serves. The community shop model makes having a shop in the heart of Bishop Wilton possible.
Our community shop has been a massive success story and has proven a vital lifeline for the community. The shop has really brought the community together and having a shop really adds to village life.
You can become a member and be a part of the journey. As a member you can have your say on how the shop is run and ensure its continued success.
Why become a member?
If you want there to continue to be a shop in Bishop Wilton and want to be a part of the community that makes this possible then becoming a member is the right thing for you to do. The shop is enabled by having members.
Benefits of becoming a member:
- Help ensure Bishop Wilton has a village shop
- Be part of the team that is providing a key service at the heart of the Bishop Wilton community
- Own a part of the community
- Have your say on key issues and direction of the shop by attending and voting at members’ meetings.
- A chance to join the Committee and be part of the team driving the shop forward.
What does being a member involve?
One you are a member you will receive ongoing communications about the shop. Things like key news, big changes and member matters. You will also be invited to our Annual Members Meeting – a popular social event – and have the chance to vote on key issues.
There is no commitment to being actively involved in the shop on a regular basis.
Who can become a member?
Anyone who is 16 years old or older can apply to become a member.
How do I become a member?
To become a member you buy one share in our community shop which costs £10.
You can also pick up a paper application form from the shop.
If your membership application is accepted, the team will be in touch with the next steps.