Residents hail 'saved' village shop
RESIDENTS have celebrated the second anniversary of the saving of a village shop.Metfield Stores was bought at auction on behalf of villager Rachel Kellett, who offered it to the community to be run on a volunteer basis.
RESIDENTS have celebrated the second anniversary of the saving of a village shop.
Metfield Stores was bought at auction on behalf of villager Rachel Kellett, who offered it to the community to be run on a volunteer basis.
Two years on, the property has just been sold to a development partnership but its future as the village shop has been secured.
The shop has been bought with the help of government money by Harleston Information Plus (HIP) - set up to promote the economy of the area, especially tourism.
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The money came from the East of England Development Agency and the Action for Market Towns scheme.
“Working for the regeneration of market towns, HIP is in a good position to share with Metfield Stores its local networks and advice. Immediately it sourced funding for, and found expertise to support Metfield Stores in the development of a professional business plan - a necessary prerequisite for any future development,” a shop spokesman said.
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For the last two years, the shop has been run successfully on the basis of “for the community, by the community”. It has been staffed by two part-time paid managers and a team of 40 stalwart volunteers.
The shop's “Cinderella” transformation and first two years successful trading are a testament to the determination of local people.
“That the shop has been a roaring success is without question. It has generated community spirit within the village and environs and among the 40 stalwart volunteers,” said the spokesman.