Bledington Community Shop Ltd
Bledington Shop and Café is run as a community owned enterprise. It operates as a business, but trades primarily for community benefit. The venture is currently owned by over 300 members who bought shares. All members have an equal say in how the business is run, regardless of their investment.
Bledington Community Shop Ltd is a community-owned Registered Society, for the benefit of the community (the Society) with a constitution developed by Plunkett Foundation for use by community shops. Plunkett are a charitable organisation whose purpose is to support and encourage community shops in the UK.
The Society is run by a management committee elected annually at an Annual Members Meeting. The Society is run democratically and the management committee is appointed on a one member one vote system regardless of the level of investment of members. Any member can stand for election and we would encourage anyone who wants to play an active part in the management of the shop to stand.
Once we are operational, surplus funds, over those needed to develop the Shop and Cafe, will be distributed to the community to support community projects.
We are Supported by
Susanna Peake Charitable Trust
Charlotte Heber-Percy Charitable Trust
And 300+ generous
residents of Bledington
Bledington Community Shop Ltd has been supported by the Cotswolds LEADER Programme towards the construction of a new community shop and café at Middle Orchard, Bledington.
It is part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.
With the closure of our Village Shop in 2007, Bledington was left without a store for the first time in living memory. Residents faced a lengthy round trip to the nearest shops, and the village became isolating for many, particularly the elderly and those living alone. The social hub of village life had gone and was sorely missed.
After nearly ten years of determined and tireless hard work, the Bledington Shop Committee and scores of village volunteers worked towards the opening of Bledington Community Shop and Café – now scheduled for 2019.