Become a member

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:

  1. Help ensure Bishop Wilton has a village shop
  2. Be part of the team that is providing a key service at the heart of the Bishop Wilton community 
  3. Own a part of the community 
  4. Have your say on key issues and direction of the shop by attending and voting at members’ meetings. 
  5. 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.

Becoming a member is really straightforward. Complete the member application form, which you can either find here, and then either hand it in to the shop or email to us.

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.