David Gammell is our new Bledington Community Shop manager. Many of you may have met him in his previous position at Majestic Wine in Stow
David or Dave?
Why have you taken the job of Shop Manager?
It’s a great challenge, and I love challenges. I was attracted by the huge amount of work done by Bledington volunteers and I know I have a lot to contribute from my retail experience. And I have spent my whole life involved in charities and volunteers, so the fit seems natural.
Where have you come from?
For the last 4 years, I have been at Majestic Wine in Stow. Before then I was the Volunteer County Coordinator for Help for Heroes in Devon and Cornwall. I ran my own property business for 35 years and originally spent 16 years in the City after qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor.
And where are you now?
I live in Evesham with my wife, Sally. Between us we have 8 kids, all of whom have left home, and 17 wonderful grandchildren.
What are you looking forward to in the shop?
Giving other people exactly what they want. I want this shop to offer a personal, bespoke and individual service. After all, many of my customers are also owners of the shop.
What’s your favourite meal?
Barbequed mackerel straight from the sea on any North Cornwall beach.
Anything by John Grisham
Charity of Choice?
Help for Heroes, of course. I was involved with them from the start.
It must by the Monadhliath Hills to the west of the Cairngorms in Scotland. I was born in Edinburgh and my family had some land up there and I spent many childhood holidays in those hills – many happy memories.
Of what achievement are you most proud?
Completing the first Help for Heroes cycle ride through the battlefields of northern France. We did 60-70 miles every day over a week, which raised money to open Headley Court, the initial rehabilitation centre for H4H.
Tell us something most people would not know about you?
At 13, I was asked to train as a skier for Britain.
Whisky, particularly Stronachie, a Speyside malt.
Best lesson learned in the retail world?
Serve your customers with passion. It’s all about the customer.
What can we expect when we walk through the doors of the shop
Most importantly – a warm welcome. This shop is owned by the village and I want everyone to feel this shop is their place.
Where do you see the shop one year from now?
Flourishing! Not just supplying the essential daily items we need, but also at the heart of the village where people are constantly dropping in, volunteering and having a cup of coffee and cake. It should be your home from home.
Bledington Community Shop opens November 16, 2019